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Comment Re:MAKE UP YOUR MINDS (Score 1) 145

"Agile" is -whatever you want it to be-, and that's part of my problem with it.

My favorite definition doesn't prescribe any rigid methodology rules at all, but rather a set of values[1]. In fact, one could even follow a waterfall methodology and just make some adaptations in the spirit of some of the Agile Manifesto values.


Comment Re:Design flaw? (Score 1) 161

You can, but it adds another step (more $$) to the manufacturing process if all you don't have homogeneous component type (e.g. all SMD or all through hole).

I've never had a problem with mini USB SMD connectors that come with two through-hole mechanical support posts (not soldered to anything - just snugly fit through holes you provide) plus four tabs that are soldered to big pads to provide the strong board attachment. Inside most consumer products this is how the mini and micro USB connectors are attached and it doesn't seem to be an issue.

Comment Re:Software distribution culture, and Open Source (Score 1) 1880

So, now it is good to always update working software to the newestestest version available? I thought we had the mantra of "if it is working don't fix it".

If a security vulnerability is discovered, then that piece of software is decidedly no longer working. A good update system allows you to choose whether you want minimal updates to fix just security updates, just bug fixes, or new features. In Ubuntu these channels are -security, -updates, and -backports. By default -security and -updates are enabled, but you are in control based on your needs. For example, you might choose to disable -updates (though I've personally had nothing but good come from the -updates channel)

But, if you want automatically updated Windows programs I suggest you go with LiberKey. You can install it in your PC and if you even want to reinstall your OS you just have to move one folder to a temporary position. Oh, and it detects and installs software from PortableApps too.

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a cool project that definitely fills a need.

Comment Re:Software distribution culture, and Open Source (Score 1) 1880

Why do I need Linux when all the best open source programs have easy-to-install Windows binaries?

Good point. However, don't forget the downside of this system - software updates are a pain with each vendor adding their own software update daemon that nags you about updates. Or (for better or worse) no update system at all. Mac users have the same problem but it's not as bad because typically almost all their applications come from the same vendor - the same vendor that makes their OS.

The software repository system is part of the reason Linux distributions (Debian, in particular) have a reputation for better security.

I agree that Linux could use some more stability - and I think the LTS releases from Ubuntu are a good step in the right direction. Simply enable the "backports" software channel in these releases and you'll get fairly up-to-date versions of all the big name applications while keeping the core something stable that proprietary software vendors can target.

Comment Re:Test Your Bias! (Score 1) 548

If I saw this hypothetical post, my reaction would be "Hm, since Microsoft knows exactly how many copies/licenses of Windows it has sold, so this must be a tactic to count how many *stolen* copies there are (and possibly pursue prosecutions)"

When I read the real article about canonical-census, my reaction was "Hm, it must be really difficult to track usage of this operating system that they are distributing free of charge without a tool like this"

Comment Re:Does that mean (Score 1) 249

Free call to Canada.

Not just free calls to Canada, but cheap international calls. There are lots of ways to save money on international calls, but GV on an Android phone is by far the easiest I have found. Wife tested. Geek approved.

Comment Re:What is the status on Ubuntu reducing features? (Score 3, Interesting) 157

Windows certainly can't do it!

Windows 7 or Vista instructions: Right-click on the little speaker icon in the bottom right. Click "Playback devices". Right-click on the device you want to use instead of you current device. Click "Set as Default Device". The audio output will instantly switch to that device.

I assumed the GP was referring to the ability to move sound from between output devices on different computers. In the middle of playing. (Both machines running PulseAudio, of course) This is what makes PulseAudio worth the growing pains that it has been.

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