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Submission + - Google Donates $20,000 to Eclipse Foundation (thepowerbase.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In response to user's concerns about performance issues on the latest Eclipse release, Google’s Open Source Programs Office has agreed to make a $20,000 donation to the Eclipse Foundation so they can setup a dedicated performance testing lab.

Considering Google ships Eclipse with every copy of their Android development kit, improving it means happier Android developers. Will improvements to Eclipse increase Android adoption rate among developers?


Submission + - BSA Piracy Witch-hunt (bsa.org)

Vexo writes: The BSA has launched a new web campaign asking users to report piracy via a web form. They're even offering bounties for juicy submissions. Surprisingly, none of the forms appear to utilize captchas.

Comment Re:Article summary (Score 1) 444

And what relational algebra languages "of all the alternatives" other than SQL are database professionals such as yourself using to query RDBMSes? Tutorial D?

So-called NoSQL DBMSes started out by requiring you to use object oriented facilities of your preferred client language to painfully build up queries.

It's no surprise to me that so-called NoSQL DBMSes are now developing SQL or SQL-derived query languages upon finding, as we seem to go through this same cycle every few years for the past 30, that SQL is pretty good at what it does.

Comment A lesson (Score 1) 201

I used to work for a small computer firm in Weybridge, England. Oh, damn it, since it collapsed ten years ago, I may as well name it: MTA (Computer Consultants) Ltd. We had a project between 1997-9 to write a software demonstrator for a radar resource manager for the Eurofighter project, for DERA Malvern. The project was divided into two parts, of which phase 1 went through a successful factory acceptance task. However, a few bugs had been found in the programme after this, one of them, due to me, was fairly serious. It was a small mathematical error but I produced a bug in a few mninutes.
Now MTA had gone through a turbulent time, having to sack all of its staff because of the lack of money and the rehiring them. MTA were annoyed that DERA decided to stall the programme while it did a full evaluation of the software, rather than go to phase 2, which would have provided money for the coffers. At this point, the only thing keeping MTA afloat was hope for this project and a tiny project. MTA stalled on delivering the software, saying they would only do so when the software went to phase 2. By the time MTA had backed down and provided the patch, I had already left. DERA cancelled the project and MTA went bust within the year.
Moral? It doesn't pay to piss off those who pay you.

Comment Re:Journalism 2.0 (Score 1) 344

That's explaining why journalism needs a kick in the teeth, not further doting encouragment. Nobody in this world needs opinions given to them on a plate, and if you think that, then you believe that people should be uninvasively lobotomised on a large scale by having their own thought processes undercut. You can't contribute anything to anyone if you are just regurgitating what everyone else has said, you just become another domino for somebody else's self amusement.

Comment 2 things.. (Score -1) 518

there are 2 things that's holding bakc pc-gaming..: 1. too much difference in end-user GPU/CPU performances.. one of the problems a developer faces is the variety of users, you cannot only target the high-end pc's and you also must keep in mind the lowest-specced pc's. But by the time you are finished the difference has advanced enormously between a high-end and low-end.. these days about every other month there is a new GPU which is even faster as the one before that.. The biggest market isn't the high-end (most 'gamers' don't have triple SLI hexa-core PC's).. 2. too much piracy on the PC.. well some of you will effectivly deny this, but piracy is another big factor why publishers aren't investing less and less money into new PC games (without it being a console-'port'). Piracy is also a problem on the Wii and xbox360, but compares to the PC it's very small.. PS3 still hasn't got any piracy (yet) so that platform is even more interesting for publishers now (Except for the slightly more difficult architechture). Personally I'm also beginning to think consoles are a better target for developing especially because it's fixed hardware, and 'we' learn more and more about using that hardware instead of relying on consumer to just buy a better CPU/GPU or more memory (the latter is actually the biggest problem with the current consoles especially the PS3).. The only problem with consoles is the controllers which makes it harder to do certain types of games..

Comment Re:Confusing summary (Score 1) 186

when you create an sdfs volume, you specify an arbitrary volume size - 8EB must be the maximum size you can specify. I'm guessing the current implementation is only able to deal with 32TB worth of deduplicated chunks - so if you have 8EB of data which you can get a 250000:1 deduplication ratio on, then you could fill up the 8EB volume.

Comment Re:Stoppelman doesn't get it (Score 1) 120

Having a landline telephone

Seriously? You get points for being technologically backwards?

Being married

And what if you're not allowed to?

Being at your current address for a number of years

Being employed, and having been in your current job for a number of years

So, leading a boring life is bonus points too?

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