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Comment Re:Use GitLab instead (Score 2) 227

I think the point I was trying to make is that GitHub and GDocs feels very different. One is methodical and peer reviewed, one is kind of an editing free-for-all. But as I was trying to boil down what makes them different, it really just came down to how the collaboration is timed. I still maintain that it makes a big difference, but you're not disputing that. As you say, my complaint was made-up and pedantic, and upon further reflection, I agree with you that it's a better analogy than I gave it initial credit for. I retract my complaint.

Comment Use GitLab instead (Score 2) 227

First of all, this is easily the worst description of any technological subject I've seen on Slashdot for a long time: "The startup operates a sort of Google Docs for programmers, giving them a place to store, share and collaborate on their work." It does give you a way to store, share, and collaborate, but the mechanisms are drastically different. Google Docs collaboration is synchronous, GitHub's is serial.

I think GitLab has emerged rapidly the last two years or so as a very viable alternative to GitHub. If you want to use their hosted service, it's free for as many collaborators as you want, for as many projects as you want, that don't have to be public. It includes built-in continuous integration services, Kanban-style issue boards, Slack-style chat, and way more all for free. They're iterating and adding new features at an incredible rate. If you want to host your own, that's also free if you don't need any of the enterprise-edition features, which leaves the community offering still quite good.

Early this year, when the open letter to GitHub was posted, GitLab made their own post ( )about how they're working to solve the problems presented, even though they weren't specifically the addressee of the letter. I never did hear about GitHub actually responding to that letter, and I've seen very little iteration or change from GitHub in a very long time.

Comment Re:Except Silicon Chemistry isn't like carbon (Score 3, Informative) 87

Just to add a bit more in-depth analysis and information. I'm not a chemist, but I was trying to find once if the "Crystalline entity" was at all feasible in nature, and I found an absolutely fascinating article from Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican... Basically, the answer is no, silicon would have a very very hard time being the basis for life. For one thing, carbon (which is used for storing energy in carbohydrate chains) oxidizes to CO2 and water, and silicon oxidizes to a solid, which clogs up the system. For two, something about handedness that I didn't really understand. Maybe you'll make more sense of it than I could.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Secure methods for baby monitoring

Szeraax writes: Big time nerd, first time father (well, first and second since I just had twins!). Ideally, I can track temperature and heart rate of my new family members without causing a security nightmare on my home network. I see lots of arm bands from China that claim security, but even their documentation pictures are pure chinese screen shots. That makes me immediately leary of the device. I can use a private WLAN on my router for the devices if needed. I can connect via bluetooth on phone or computer. Is my best bet to check vitals manually and plot results in LibreOffice calc? Are there monitoring devices that totally avoid the cloud rush of today? Should I just not even waste my time with the data?

Slashdot, what advice do you have for me?

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 5, Insightful) 173

As much as I'm sure you're right, I think this is a great way to perform advertising. No flash animations, no autoplay video or sound clips, no clickbait... Just pure data-driven performance benchmarking. It's like they're saying "Let's attract tech-savvy customers by publishing something that will actually be informative and/or interesting to them, and then maybe some of them will be interested in what we sell" I can totally get behind this form of marketing!

Comment Re:Sum up... (Score 2) 313

For non-savvy users: I recommend Tresorit. I really like the interface, and they seem to have security as one of their primary focuses. Everything you store on Tresorit is encrypted before it leaves your computer / device.

For more savvy users: SpiderOak. Its interface is ... more than a little bit convoluted. But it's got all the same security and encryption that I like about Tresorit, plus file versioning and a web interface.

Comment Actually sounds attractive, but... (Score 4, Informative) 108

I actually think I would enjoy something like this, as I'm really enjoying using Kindle on Android lately. But not to the tune of $10 / month. The thing is for the $15 / mo you pay for Netflix, you could buy one movie. You watch one movie during that month that you otherwise would have bought, and you break even. It takes you one evening, and you still have 29 more days in the month to get more than your money's worth out of it. For the $10 they want per month for this service, you can buy one paperback book. But I know very few people who read more than one book per month right now. Maybe that's just because me and a lot of the people I know are all obsessed with the huge fantasty epics for now... (*cough*BrandonSanderson*cough) But personally, I really don't think I'd sign up for more than $2 or $3 per month. Good luck to them though.

Comment Re:You mean the entirety of the concept? (Score 5, Informative) 147

I disagree with your black-and-white view of microtransactions, and cite my experience in League of Legends as an example. The game is free to play. There are no ads on their website, annoying or otherwise, or in the game. About the smallest useful "microtransaction" would be around $2, which you could use to unlock a very cheap champion or skin for a champion. Other skins cost what would be close to $10. However, the skins have no bearing on the gameplay whatsoever, and nothing that does impact gameplay cannot be purchased with the currency you earn for playing and (at a faster rate) winning games.

I think $10 is a little much for a single champion skin, but that's me. I did buy one skin so far for ~$5. So far, I've probably enjoyed 200-300 hours worth of gameplay. That's a WAAAAY better ratio of dollars spent to hours of fun than almost any other game I've ever played. If they were to stop their system of microtransactions tomorrow, then ... Riot Games would cease earning any money at all, development would cease, servers would go down, and the game would be dead. In the interest of keeping them alive and well, I feel no compunction whatsoever about choosing to support Riot by buying the various boosts and vanity items they offer that appeal to me. It's an absolutely *fantastic* implementation of microtransactions.

So yes, I believe there is a "non-evil" way to do microtransactions, and I'm grateful that at least one company has found it.

Incidentally, if anyone wants to try it out, you can sign up for your own free account and help me out in the process by going to

Comment Re:All browsers are consuming more memory. (Score 1) 375

I should also note that I keep Firefox open, about 18 hours per day, every day, and I hibernate my computer at night with FF still open. So it doesn't get rebooted very often, it hardly ever crashes, and it's still only consuming 475 MB. I don't know why so many other people are seeing 450 MB for one or two tabs. Maybe it's my computer?

Win 7 Pro on a Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz with 8 GB of RAM.

Comment Re:All browsers are consuming more memory. (Score 1) 375

Although I agree that browsers in general are "consuming more and more memory", I'm seeing a slightly different story than you are. I abuse Firefox 4's new tab grouping functionality horribly, and keep tons of tabs open regularly. I use to have to pare them down just so I had room to read the titles on my tab bar, but now I can have upwards of 50 tabs open at a time.

Right now, I've only got 15, including my 5 pinned "App Tabs" (Four Google apps + FB). My Firefox is consuming 475 MB.

I was curious, and decided to see how much RAM Internet Explorer 9 would take with the exact same 15 tabs open. It appears to have spawned four child processes totalling approximately 1,283 MB.

My data: (Sorry, no pic of the tabs I've got going, you'll just have to believe that I really did open all the same tabs)

And yes, I should include data for Opera and Chrome, but I didn't have those installed, and want to get this posted in time for a chance at being modded up. ^_^

Personally, for how extensible, and how many great features Firefox brings to my online life, I've never considered its memory consumption unreasonable. And it certainly appears to be doing better than the competition.

Comment Losing lots of talent (Score 1) 344

From the perspective of liking my software free and open-source, I was actually a little excited about this announcement when I first heard it. And then I started thinking about all the implications.

I've been a fan of QuestHelper for quite awhile now, and I never saw a donation "reminder". And I didn't get it through WoWMatrix either, I downloaded it straight off WoWInterface manually, every time it was updated. I think it's a shame that Zorba is being forced to mothball that project due to this. The inability to even have the chance to pay my favorite mod authors to keep addons I like functioning is a mistake, IMO.

Another good addon that they've killed with this announcement is nUI. This is the Mazzle of 3.0, but instead of a collection of addons automatically configured, Scott has written an entire UI to replace the default. If I weren't so addicted to many of my addons that don't mesh with his, I'd use his in a heartbeat, it's very very nice. But he's been out of work for awhile as I understand it, and now that he can't have a seperate free and premium version, he's said it may not be worth his time anymore to continue development on. This one, I beleive, is truly tragic.

Last of all, I just noticed Mundocani taking down his postings of GroupCalendar and Outfitter from all the hosting websites. He doesn't even ask for donations as far as I can recall, but he's done that in protest. I don't disagree with him either, but I do regret the loss of such talent from the UI Dev pool.

Blizzard is not making any of their fans love them for this, and I sincerely hope they reverse this policy.

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