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Comment Why custom GUI app? (Score 1) 264

This problem has been solved time and time again using web browsers. Even the big GUI app companies are starting to produce extremely capable versions of non-intensive tools in the browser.

Really for database/form-based apps, I can see absolutely no compelling reason to use Glade or GTK (or C++ or Mono) for this.

Comment HTML5 (Score 1) 83

Much as I respect Mozilla as an organisation, even a quad core phone is worse at interpreting web-stack apps than byte-compiled or actual compiled code. I don't understand how lower processing power and higher processing requirements are going to solve anybody's problems.

Comment Re:Don't buy Chinese (if you can) (Score 2) 431

About 5 years ago I stopped investing in American companies. Why? Because I didn't want to support even indirectly a regime that, without apology, oppressed many South American countries, and also supported the despotic regime of Iran, back when it suited them. I hold them largely responsible for sacrificing millions of my long-separated brothers (yes, I'm ethnic Iraqi Arab) through starvation and torture simply to keep a "buffer state" in between them and the insane near-nuclear powers of Iran (ha ha, what irony).

Comment Re:Fair point but. (Score 1) 276

True. However the article goes on to use the cover as a springboard for ideas on how bad we are at predicting technology advances. Given that the point of the picture is to show watches becoming computers, and the current trend for "smart" watches, I'd say that shows the complete opposite. We may be bad at predicting the specific form-factors of technology, but the prevailing idea of miniaturization seems spot on.

Comment What's happened to Slashdot? (Score 1) 464

So, as far as I can tell from the comments, most of you think "bitch" is a pretty acceptable throwaway term for women, and that you're all bile-filled because this lady chose to wear a DEACTIVATED Glass while driving.

I would have thought that, as technology (and science fiction) fans, Google Glass, no matter whether it works out as being useful or not, would be something to celebrate - a real stab at the technology of all the futurism we've read about for the last hundred years or so.

This forum has gone from celebrating the idea of the future and whatever that entails, to overt sexism and denigration of anyone trying anything new.

Thank the stars that most of you are support workers and net freaks, and not actually in any kind of forward-thinking technology development. At least that's what I assume from your changing-room diatribes.

Comment From a UK perspective. (Score 4, Insightful) 671

All of you guys arguing about a system that makes healthcare available to those who don't have it - assume the vulnerable as it seems they are most likely to benefit - sounds like base savagery. I can't begin to imagine that you think the free market is a better fit for such a basic human requirement.

Comment Re:yep (Score 1) 671

Here in the UK thousands upon thousands of doctors do exactly that so they can be part of a society-wide force for good called the NHS. The NHS is a mandatory insurance policy which every UK citizen pays for, but the doctors could certainly get paid more for going private.

It is base cynicism that appears to be the worst disease affecting US society.

Comment Re:Out of the box solution is going to have pushba (Score 1) 163

I have to agree with this. I tried (and tried and tried) to move my company's ailing VB-based CRM system to a OOTB solution, but none of the platforms I tried (Sugar, VTiger, and a few others) really did what we needed. Either too much or too little complexity and customisation with each.

In the end I gave up and spent a week designing, and then another two weeks implementing, the first version of a custom-built solution using Zend Framework (yes sorry, feel free to snarl at my framework/language choice, but it's great for quick prototyping and RAD). Obviously I've had endless feature/bug fix requests ever since, but after initially trawling the SugarCRM code it became clear that any amount of customisation on their awfully confused and verbose code would be so troublesome, and that our needs as an small business were so specific, that getting any of the other solutions into shape was going to be an entirely joyless exercise.

If they'll give you a few weeks of time to do it yourself, and you follow good coding practice, you'll end up with something far more lightweight and fit for purpose.

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