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Comment Re:Nine years of pair programming? (Score 1) 186

Imho both things are positive. I'm working for on of the biggest startup generators in the EU and currently as a team lead for something similar to amazon marketplace. Our project employs about 70 developers spread around 8 sub-teams. Each team practices both pair programming from time to time, like couple of hours a week per dev and we also do code reviews per feature for each other, randomly, across all sub-teams. This ensures both knowledge spreading and better code quality. I can't imagine anyone doing it all the time but I don't see this subject as one VS another.. I'd rather have both moderately. For us it works very well.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer ( 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Comment Door mechanism and extra member presence explained (Score 1) 737

Quoting Lufthansa CEO here. "In a joint press conference on Mar 26th 2015 Germanwings and Lufthansa stated they are shocked having to accept that according to cockpit voice recorder the first officer locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately steered the aircraft into terrain. Pilots undergo detailed assessment and psychological tests. The first officer started training in 2008, worked as a flight attendant, continued training after undergoing another assessment, passed all tests and started his pilot career as first officer on the A320 in 2013. The CEO of Lufthansa explained, that if after the extended code to enter the cockpit has been entered, the pilot in the cockpit receives a signal and has the ability to open the door or lock the door. If the pilot in the cockpit does not react at all, the cockpit door opens upon entering the extended code after some time. If the pilot in the cockpit selects to lock the door, the door remains locked for 5 minutes. Within the entire Lufthansa group there is no standard operating procedure requiring another member of the (cabin) crew to enter the cockpit if one of the pilots leaves the cockpit. The captain was permitted to leave the cockpit in cruise flight, e.g. for a toilet break."

Comment Couch programmers bashing again. (Score 5, Insightful) 182

Honestly I'm really tired of reading over and over again about how PHP is bad and is better. I'm working for one of major European companies that have e-commerce businesses all over the world and pretty much everything is developed in PHP. Properly developed. Currently we employ around 3000 devs worldwide and somehow the products are stable, reliable and security wise, we still haven't had much issues except for some mishaps from system administration side. Our code is not all written from scratch because we employ some frameworks that indeed force most of the people to write better code.. Add constant code reviews from professional team leads, some tools that help you hunt bugs and you get yourself a proper platform. And I've seen it all.. Java development, C for embedded systems, .NET for medical development. There is shit everywhere when there is no discipline, so please spare me all the mocking. Don't blame the tool.. blame your laziness for not doing things properly.

Comment Everybody are complaining but most of us do use it (Score 1) 470

It's just a never-ending bitching about windows this and windows that. It if suits your tasks, use it, if it doesn't don't. I use KDE 90% of the time at my job for coding, testing, deploying, etc. At home I use windows to do some freelance work, code some shit for ARM devices and watch movies/play games. I'm a windows user since 95, and while with you on most of the 8.x metro problems, they are solved with a tiny tool called startisback or start8. And those are the guys who made a fucking fortune with all this situation. Every problem has a solution and while 8.x shouldn't bring all this inconveniences, it's a fucking stable OS that works A-ok. KDE crashes way more, Gnome is the same shit... Unity, well that is a fucking abomination. As for OSX, I just don't like it on a personal level so I won't comment on that. Get over it and stop bitching, don't like it, don't use it. If you have to, fix it. Anyone who asks for help, well you can earn an extra bucks with them.

Comment Is it really? (Score 1) 269

I consider myself a windows power user that uses its features and shortcuts as much as possible because I like a responsive OS. Windows 7 had it all.. fast stable and snappy. Now I've been using windows 8 rtm for some time and it's even faster. I don't get all this whining about metro ui. Just remove all metro apps and you are good to go. Same ol windows.. just a fullscreen start menu. Mine has a desktop shortcut and weather widget. That's it. And it not that bad anyway. Search works way faster. OS boots WAAY faster on a normal HDD (pretty much the same on an SSD). I do a lot of web development in php, .net with several DBs including mysql, postgres, sql server and everything works seamlessly. I just don't get everybody complaining as you are being forced to use the metro ui with everything. It's just a god damn "eye candy" with some adjustments for touch devices. Don't like it, don't use it... it's not like a fullscreen start menu with lots of personalization screws up your experience with the OS. It seems to me that almost everybody who's bashing windows 8 or haven't used it or are simply doing it for the lulz. Get over it, it's a good and stable OS and it's here to stay. And it has nothing to do with Vista.. i had to suffer with it a lot.

Comment Way too expensive. (Score 1) 351

I seriously don't get it this prices.. maybe lack of good competition? I know the country is huge but still... here in Portugal i'm paying 30 euros for 100MB/s download and 20MB/s upload fiber optics with free landline calls 24/7. Even 4G connection with 50/25MB/s is priced as 40 euros per month with unlimited bandwidth.

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