Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Comment Re: Dual Sims (Score 1) 127

Here in South Africa, (most, if not all) the networks offer very cost effective cost per GB SIM cards, but they can't be used for voice or SMSes. So as an iPhone user, I can't get decent data rates unless I am willing to carry around a separate device with one of these SIM cards which shares its data over a wifi. Which is inco

Comment Love the equivalent iOS Feature (Score 1, Interesting) 89

It's called "Find My Friends" on iOS, you can share your location temporarily which is great for when you are travelling with friends. I have it permanently enabled with my brothers, easier than having to phone/message them to find out how far away they are when we meet up.

Otherwise, while I wouldn't enable it until a relationship becomes serious, my girlfriend (of 3 years now) and I have had it permanently enabled with each other since we moved in together. It's very good for peace of mind and was especially useful when she was unfortunately involved in a serious car accident as I was able to locate her very quickly.

Considering that iOS has a reputation for generally lagging behind Android in features, I'm quite surprised this has only now arrived on Android when Apple has had it for years.

Of course if you value your privacy greatly, steer clear, I'm not worried, but each to their own I guess.

Comment Re:With one hand he giveth; with the other he take (Score 1) 177

I found it very useful about 8 years ago, before smartphones with messaging apps became so ubiquitous. I lived in France for a bit, then Ireland a little later and had a long distance relationship with a girl in Turkey. Using Skype to send the SMSes to her phone was considerably cheaper. Once I moved to Ireland, I got a cellphone contract which included "free skype to skype" and I could call her for free, just using my Skype credit. It was just a cheap feature phone, but the phone software somehow instructed the cellphone network to "call me" and then route the call over Skype from their network.

I haven't needed Skype credit in quite while now, I met a different girl ultimately who was local, but still have a little credit on my account.

These days I use iMessage and WhatsApp.

Comment I suspect it will be an "okay" TV Show (Score 1) 227

I get the feeling from SyFy in the last few years, particularly with 12 Monkeys, that they seem to focus on using "safe" formulas for their shows, they try appeal to science fiction fans with the core premise of the show, but also try to keep the show appealing enough for more mainstream viewers.

10 years ago when we had the Stargate franchise and Battelstar Galactica, things were pretty cool on SciFi, but they followed those up with Warehouse 13 and then later 12 Monkeys which are entertaining enough, but not the same kind of cool science fiction in my opinion.

I haven't read the book (which I now plan to rectify soon), but my gut feeling based on how things have been recently, is that the SyFy TV show will likely just be "okay", but watchable enough.

Comment Most people aren't interested in actual facts (Score 1) 240

Most people are looking for "facts" that validate their preconceived opinions. They tend to selectively read articles which have headlines for topics they already have an opinion on, if the article is in conflict with that opinion, they dismiss the article as rubbish, or perhaps comment on it to that effect. If the article is in line with their opinion, they share it proudly with all their social media friends as a proclamation on how "right" their opinions are, regardless of the factual accuracy of the article. It's particularly amusing when it's apparent they have only skimmed the article looking for a choice quote to validate their opinion, while the article on the whole is actually in disagreement with their opinion.

Comment Re:Do older programmers even need help? (Score 2) 435

You may be an excellent and perfectly competent developer in your day to day job, but by not knowing (at least certain) terminology for your field, you are lacking a certain degree of professionalism and are certainly restricting yourself in the broader field as you are lacking the ability to effectively converse with others in it.

All different fields have their own set of terminology and at some level it is arbitrary as to what things are called, but when it comes to communicating with others, it is absolutely essential that you all use the same terms for things. When people aren't familiar with standardised terminology for their field, at best they battle a bit when it comes to communication, at worst it leads to a misunderstanding and the wrong thing being done.

Even if your methodologies are exemplary, it is for nought if you are applying the wrong ones simply due to a misunderstanding of what was asked.

My girlfriend is in the process of acquiring a project management certification (PRINCE2) and while part of the certification covers methodologies, an arguably more important aspect of it is the terminology, in particular, the names of different roles that people are assigned to on projects. This is important because she works in a consulting firm and all their big clients expect the consultants to be familiar with these names of roles so that in client meetings, the client could just mention a role name, and everyone in the room will already be on the same page as to the responsibilities and expectations of any person with that role.

At one of my previous jobs, developers were given training on and are expected to at least know the following above and beyond "knowing how to program in general":
  • - GOF Design Patterns (at least their intent and how they conceptually solve a given problem)
  • - OO Terminology
  • - Data Structure Names and what kinds of problems they are appropriate for

And other stuff of course. It of course helped us day to day solving problems, but I imagine that it also helped all of us more readily absorb information at conferences too.

Comment Re: Wot? (Score 1) 121

Since you don't actually know me, you can be forgiven for your complete ignorance into the irony of your assertions.

I started off my career as a computer technician but self taught myself to become the professional software developer that I am today.

Believe it or not it, it was in no small part thanks to Slashdot and by my doing research on technologies mentioned in articles featured here.

So while some people like to sit and moan as AC on Slashdot, I use it as one of many sources to keep a pulse on what is happening in my industry. If I read about something I haven't heard of before, I research it to at least understand the problem it's trying to solve and to be able to keep it in mind for the future in case I encounter a problem for which it may be an appropriate solution.

Perhaps I was a bit harsh, or fed a troll, but the comment I replied to was either genuinely trolling or otherwise deserves to be called out on its apathetic nature.

As a side note, I do not generally work on web front ends and haven't really worked with Angular, I just know of it as it's immensely popular.

Comment Re:Wot? (Score 0) 121

A mistype of the word "Angular"?

Any half competent person in front end web development knows what it is, if you're not in that segment of the software development industry, then it is likely that it is of absolutely no interest to you, in which case feel free to move onto the next story.

If you're interested in making yourself more generally knowledgeable and finding out more about Angular, Google it, assuming you know what Google is.

Comment I've unchecked it during NVidia driver installatio (Score 3, Insightful) 129

When it first came out I tried it and after discovering it's a complete waste of resources, I uninstalled it. For years now I have deliberately unchecked it during installation of NVidia drivers. I also turn off the system tray icon. I feel that drivers must just do their job quietly in the background without ever bothering me. For those twice a year occasions when I need to tweak something, it's a 1.5 seconds away in a start menu search. I definitely prefer NVidia's low key control panel on my home machine over the flashy horrific mess that AMD puts on my work laptop.

Comment Re: Do they really ignore them? (Score 1) 125

You're not wrong, the way that the UI works and how users use it is a big issue. SSL only provides a way for you to absolutely determine you're talking to a particular party, or that a party who you already trust has supposedly vetted that the party you are talking to, is the party you think it is. And I agree the issue with the green bar is that it just means that things "seem legit", but unless users understand how to inspect certificates for themselves, it's not actually much use. As we can't realistically expect all users to be better informed, it would instead be better to improve the UI.

However, what I was really addressing was this:

For example, a warning about a self signed cert on a website that I wouldn't mind using over plain text: that still more secure than plain old http, so I click off the warning.

I have bolded the part that is factually wrong, unless they are actually checking self-signed certificate thumbprints, the unverified certificate is no more secure (or at best, only negligibly more) than plain text HTTP.

Comment Re: Do they really ignore them? (Score 2) 125

Oh, so you're manually inspecting the self signed certificate every time you visit your website? If not, then how do you know nobody is intercepting your communication, making your self signed certificate as useless as having no encryption at all. What you should do is add your known self signed certificate to your local certificate store, which means that the warnings will stop, unless there is an actual attack or change in configuration which you absolutely do want to be warned about.

Comment Re: Nice, but... (Score 0) 98

Is accusing me of being a shill your way of covering up the fact that people like you just hate (even modern) Microsoft on sheer principal regardless of the particular topic? You have no doubt convinced yourself your opinion is completely rational and justified, but you sound like someone with a college level of maturity who regardless of what they are presented, refuses to objectively re-examine the situation and, God forbid, revise their opinion, instead you prefer to point fingers and falsely accuse others without any facts of their motives aside from the fact their opinion is different to yours.

You are likely referring to the C++ telemetry injection into compiled output, which I agree is indefensible, but that is a different matter to the telemetry present in the .NET Core 1.0 compiler, which they were in fact completely open about if you read their initial announcement on their blog. I have not made up my mind about Windows 10 telemetry, but I was very grateful for the free upgrade on my Windows 7 machine at home which was feeling very old in comparison to my Windows 8.1 machine at work, which aside from the annoying Start Screen, was a definite improvement over Windows 7.

I'm clearly a bit of a Microsoft fan, but that's because as a C# developer I use, appreciate, and realise value from their products daily. I find using Linux/BSD quite frustrating by comparison, but I don't go around bashing them, I recognise and respect the value that Linux/BSD adds to society, so why can't people like you do the same in regards to positive initiatives by organisations like Microsoft? Like for example when they released .NET Core 1.0, certainly very useful software, made available on non-Microsoft platforms, made available at no charge, and even has the source code freely available? But in your opinion, that is all worthless because of some optional telemetry which I feel is there to actually serve the interest of the users.

I am not so bold to try proclaim that Microsoft is especially "great" overall, that they aren't still bad in some aspects, or even better than some alternatives, but the fact is that I, along with millions of other people, find Microsoft's products very useful on a daily basis.

Take it like a man Boo, acknowledge that no matter what Microsoft does, people like you will just always look for any reason to hate them. People like you seem to rely on selectively choosing the pieces of articles which validate their opinion, then selectively quote those pieces out of context, proclaiming how it's just further "evidence" of how X is bad.

Slashdot Top Deals

"May your future be limited only by your dreams." -- Christa McAuliffe

Working...