* Posts by Dinsdale247

175 posts • joined 4 Apr 2014


Oracle's Java 15 rides into town, waving the 'we're number one' flag, demands 25th birthday party


Re: Still stuck on Java 8

I actually did find a decent solution to the "thall shalt use the installed JVM" problem on Windows machines. This maven tool builds MSI packages (must install Wix toolset 3.11). The MSI includes a custom JRE. It's pretty slick...



Re: As a seasoned Java veteran, I have to say...



Still stuck on Java 8

AND no matter what I do, inevitably I wind up having to support Java 8 because some wanker third party vendor is still stuck on a 6 year old java release. I don't see how upping the cadence of releases is going to make that problem any better.

As if you needed another reason not to use Visual Studio, C++ extension for Visual Studio Code is live


Eclipse needs to go away now

I got really tired of Visual Studio and Eclipse. I HATE having to drill into a dialog box every time I want to change my build settings, include paths etc. I very much favor IDEs that use text files for build/project configuration. Using eclipse on our last project was so bad I was actually getting wrist and arm pain from click click clicking on dialog boxes. You know things are bad when CMake becomes the less painful option!

KDevelop has become an excellent IDE, though there are some odd key map duplicates when you first install it. Every keymap can be re-assigned which is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless, it's smoking fast, has lots of tools and is cross platform. I use it with CMake or xmake

CLion is now my hands down favourite IDE. Though the key mappings aren't as flexible as KDevelop - and you are more or less glued to CMake - I have found it to be fast, full features and incredibly robust. The only outstanding issue I have so far is getting OpenOCD to work with it for debugging embedded systems.

CLion is so good in fact, I can't wait to try Ryder so I can ditch Visual Studio 2019 for my C# development.

The truth is, honest people need willpower to cheat, while cheaters need it to be honest


Only 2000 years later

science if finally catching up to those pesky Christians. For more information please refer to the old testament, the new testament, anything written by St. Paul or Thomas Aquanus.


Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles


Lousy memory

My God, have we already forgotten about HTTP2? It's almost like Google/Microsoft/Facebook didn't buy off the W3C to support the google SPDY binary web page format that intrinsically linked ads to content.

For the record: Google totally bought off the W3C and forced their SPDY standard onto everyone in an attempt to force an all-or-nothing binary content package on users.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member



FreeBSD uses Pharbicator.

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled


I'm all for it

As someone that just recently switched away from a Blackberry Passport Silver, I welcome this development. The question is: will it work with LineageOS?

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021


Not so subtle

Oh look, another American CPU that has a secret processor that the user can't access or control. That's so surprising?

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven


Re: The problem is...

And a decent camera. Please, Nokia, I would pay $200 for a phone like that. Just like the old phones but with a good camera. Wifi or blue tooth for transfering photos would be great but not a deal breaker.


Quit telling me which box I fit in

As a full time senior software developer I don't need a computer in my pocket. I need a phone with a good camera. I went as far as buying a Nokia 515 which is basically this phone with a 5 MP camera, but the frequencies don't work in North America.

They have hobbled this phone on purpose with a VGA camera and that makes me mad. I just want a phone with a decent camera. Or a decent camera with a phone, I don't care...

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source


Re: Always seemed an uphill task

"Fun fact: did you know that .net core doesn't include a cross-platform GUI library? Yeah."

And no interface to C/C++ other than COM. How on earth did they suppose that would work? Thousands of fantastic FOSS libraries available and you can't use any of them.


Re: Microsoft's fault

No, Mono was not starting to gain ground. There was close to zero Mono development on the desktop. However, Xamarin Studio allowed for cross platform mobile apps, which opened a new avenue of revenue for Microsoft. It was a brilliant strategy by Miguel de Icaza.


Re: Microsoft's fault

Yes, Microsoft owns Mono. They purchased Xamarin.

.Net Core and Mono do NOT share any code. Mono DID move over to the Rosyln compiler, but the frameworks (e.g. the classes that you call) are completely different implementations.


I used .net in my thirties too thank you very much!


Re: Who needs Ms Net Core? We have Mono.

Except that mono is slooooooow. I had one app and you could see the application halt as it garbage collected.


Too much missing

I am fairly cross platform so when the .Net Core thing came out I was keen. Except that you couldn't interface with native applications in Linux, there was no built in GUI framework and you can't port .net Framework apps (other than asp.net and even that is brittle) to Linux. Soooo.... WHY would a developer spend time trying to piece together a solution in broken .Net code when there are so many other tools?

What is the ROI in building or converting applications for a platform where the only users are too cheap to buy software??? (I include myself in that 'too cheap' comment).

No, Microsoft is inching towards replacing the NT kernel with something else. That is the only reason for .Net Core. They are biding their time until they switch the kernel model and NT becomes the subsidiary to Linux. Then suddenly all the features that developers need will magically appear. Just wait...


Re: What's up with non-.NET developers thinking?

Mono did not evolve into .Net Core. Mono is a completely different code base and never shall the two meet. I know this because I was helping port .Net Core 2 over to FreeBSD. They are not the same and share very little (if any) code. From what I could tell at the time, the teams don't even talk to each other.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer



ARM processors and x86 processors are completely different. They use different instruction sets, different pipeline configurations, everything. Intel processors are powerful and fast because they have more advanced instructions for complicated processes, not to mention totally different clock speeds etc.

If you think that you will get the exact same performance per watt from an ARM based computer you are deluding yourself. The trick for Apple will be tuning these ARM based processors for very very specific workloads so that they *seem* to be as fast as an Intel chip when doing certain tasks. That will be fine for an iPod or a phone, but the ramifications for "PCs" is far worse.

If ARM based computers were so desirable, why haven't ARM based servers taken off? Answer: because they are not as competitive as Intel based servers. I am no 'lover' of Intel, but the market speaks for itself.

Amazon teases Bottlerocket, its take on Linux specifically for running containers


Re: Oh good

Except that I'm saying it's not hard; it's been done to death. I have a 5 year old Linux image that likely has 80% of this. FreeBSD has a deployment script to set up an SD card to do the same thing. If Amazon is having trouble running the build root script and creating Linux partitions, we all have bigger problems.


Oh good

They've finally caught up with buildroot and embedded Linux best practices. Partition swapping has only been around for 30 years or so...


Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'


Title is Incorrect

The Galileo probe did not get it wrong according to your article. The scientist misinterpreted the data.

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Balance anyone?

If the author had so much as even attempted a balanced article I might listen, but this is just left wing porn.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction


Re: Oh Jesus Christ

Jesus has nothing to do with this, it's our own mess.


New High Priests

Web browser engineers seeking to become the new High Priests of the Internet so they re-invent Assembly in the browser. Sigh.

Ted Nelson on the history of computers...


The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die


Thanks for sticking your finger in the wound

I was rummaging through some old boxes on the weekend and came across my old Lumia handsets. I loved WP. May she rest in peace...

Phew! All that competition in the US mobile industry was exhausting. Thank God for the FCC, am I right?


From the attached document

"A study commissioned by the Canadian government found that Canada’s three-carrier wireless market had some of the highest mobile prices anywhere in the world. Today’s decision does not address any of this literature."

We in Canada literally pay double what they do in the US. I don't think this fact was lost on the merging parties.

DoHn't believe the hype! You are being lied to by data-hungry ISPs, Mozilla warns lawmakers


Ya cause you know, the whole push to use TLS on all communications had nothing to do with large service providers protecting the value of the data they are collecting on you. Just like the new push for DNS Sec has nothing to do with protecting the value of the data on your web requests.


Google ads from the po-po can prevent vengeful gamer nerds going full script kiddie – research


Of Course?

Yes, big brother reminding you that you are being watched is an effective way to model peoples behavior. But I thought Orson Welles already established that pretty clearly?

No ghosts but the Holy one as vicar exorcises spooky tour from UK's most haunted village


Sweet Kicks

As a practicing (rather orthodox) Catholic I see nothing wrong with the shoes themselves. The miss-appropriation of the Papal Seal may be an issue. While some may claim that "walking on water" could be blasphemous, I will point out there is water in the sole (soul?) of the shoe so the wearer is literally walking on water.

I might point out, though, that instead of spending $3000 on shoes, perhaps said purchaser should spend $100 on a pair of shoes and give the rest to charity. It would be a more appropriate action for someone in love with the Lord.

Apple will wring out $18bn by upselling NAND to fanbois – analyst


No, cloud storage won't dampen profits

because iPhones are tied exclusively to Apple iCloud and I pay $5.00 CAD a month for 1 TB of iCloud storage. It's a win/win for Apple...

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Re: Fossil

Fossil is awesome. Self hosted web site, wiki and issue tracker. Brilliant.

Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose


Anyone could see...

I remember the first time I heard about DMA use in high performance network cards I remember thinking "this can't be good". All the while Mr. Torvalds assertion that micro-kernels are unnecessary performance drains was ringing in my ears.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy


Re: "Perhaps a better comparison would be the margins in retail stores?"


Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct


From a poster in the original FreeBSD discussion

"As a person who probably classified as one in the groups "being protected" it irrated the f**** out of me that I can see people obviously trying to figure out how to talk to me without offending me and it really seems to me like pandering.


I think it boils down to you can't legislate compassion toward others it just ends up doing the opposite."

The pendulum will continue to swing too far to the left, before it starts it's arc back the other way.


Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...

Don't be silly. People are too self centered to have kids. Fill in the forms for offspring? Na, book a vacation to Mexico instead.

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL


So silly...

This is just silly. Anyone that wanted to use dtrace or zfs was building the packages as modules and adding it themselves.

I'm glad this makes the communists feel better. However, me thinks Oracle has an ulterior motive. Ten bucks says they're going to kill off the Solaris project all together and replace it with Oracle Linux and needed this license change to avoid sticky-ness with the GNU project.

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: Sounds like Windows

Sounds like you need to start looking at FreeBSD.

GhostBSD is a nice GNOME based GUI variant on 11-RELEASE and TrueOS has it's own Lumina UI that can be swapped out for most common desktops.

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited


Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

The N8 and E7 were my favorites. There was nothing else as beautiful on the market at the time...


Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

"They couldn't release Asha, the update to make Symbian at least bearable until a year, 18 months after Elop took over."

If you read up on the history, the core OS of Symbian had flaws that didn't allow it to really take advantage of new screens and resolutions. It was designed for pre-iPhone type hardware. The internal teams that were tasked with fixing the problem fought each other for resources. I worked with a woman that was a Project Manager for Nokia at a team in Canada and she told me the nightmare stories about inter-office battles.

"MS could have invested sufficiently in Windows Phone, both in getting developers and keeping it updated."

I couldn't agree more. Corporate bungling.


As a Windows Phone Fan...

1) The carriers do not want multiple OSes to have to support. As Blackberry waned, the carriers only cared about having a foil against giving Apple a monopoly. BB couldn't do it (the storm and fire were flops) and MS pissed off all the carriers multiple times. I am also convinced Google and Samsung paid great sums of money to the carriers to keep Windows phone out of the market in the US.

2) While it's nice to try to pin it all on one person, the death of Nokia was a perfect example of corporate bungling: Great hardware, great OS with lots of features. What did I get for supporting Nokia and Windows Phone? Each year I received:

- Discontinued hardware (We had our Lumia 700's for 3 months when MS announced it wouldn't be bringing them forward).

- No new hardware or designs

- No new OS features. In fact, each upgrade they removed more and more of the great features we used. Each release was almost 2 years apart in Canada.

- No new look and feel - Come on MS, add some colors or themes or something. Did it really need to take 4 years to give us transparent tiles?

- Less apps every year.

All the while Android was getting more invasive... er I mean, more feature complete. Stephen didn't kill Nokia. Microsoft and Nokia were totally unable to keep existing users because they were more concerned about their bottom line than the users. The market never expanded because everyone that bought a Lumia wound up jumping ship a year later due to lack of many things that were basic features on other phones.

3) The death kneel as a user was when Netflix refused to support the platform. "Yes honey, Netflix can be streamed anywhere... except YOUR phone." Shortly after that the banks started pulling support for banking apps.

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle



I do the same. The irony is that there is *so much code* out there in the wild now, nobody can even consume it all. Even if I did do something innovative, I don't think anybody would notice...


Re: "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"

@Sam Adams the Dog: Good doggy. Was the puppy eating a computer history book? Yes he was! Yes he was!

The groups supporting the BSD tapes specifically avoided GPL code because they wanted to be able to use the sources for business purposes. SUN Microsystems was started by Bill Joy by taking the BSD tapes and turning it into a proprietary product. Later, the FreeBSD license was created specifically in response to the GPL.

The LGPL was created because the GNU realized to get traction they need developers in businesses to use their software. What good is libmicrohttpd if nobody is using it for anything important?


Re: "But the latest version is incompatible with the one you've got."

I can't agree enough with the "kludey mess" comment. SO many people that argue about software don't know the first thing about creating it.

I'll also add to the discussion that if the format has changed, then hopefully the company has innovated the software and made it better. That means they spent time and effort to improve it. In the real world, developers must get paid (I know I like my paycheque) so yes, new features should cost money.

Now if said seller of software is abusing the customers by forcing them to do things they don't want to do or add features they don't need, then it's up to us to create new software and sell it at a reasonable price. Thus the free market gets two great products and another small company gets a chance to make money.

If it were based on GPL, then Google/IBM/Canonical/RedHat would give it away for free, then start making changes to the API so quickly that everyone had to use *their project* and they become the de-facto standard. Nobody but the big guy makes anything in GPL.


Re: GPL is not freedom at all.

I would go one step further and say that the GPL has the unintended consequence of supporting large businesses over small players because they don't have to innovate to stifle the market. They just have to ensure that nobody else can be more innovative than them and the GPL guarantees that. This forces the "communization" of all software and as pointed out, makes us dependent on large companies for our living.

My preference is for FreeBSD and MIT licensed code. There are few things GPL that cannot be replaced with more "limited protection" licenses. Big businesses don't use BSD because that means a small company or employee that understands the system better can innovate and cut them off.

Smart companies such as Sony and Nintendo (PS3&4 and Switch respectively) have used BSD license software to create fantastic new devices that are valuable to customers, and provide profitability to those that can innovate. I don't wear suites except to weddings so I like the sound of that.

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks



I'm not a fan, but I can see the point Apple is making. Forks are pointers to the same code until someone starts changing things. Once a repo with Apple code is identified, Github should make efforts to not allow it to proliferate.

Either way, it's a good thing for Apple that there is only one way on planet to share code anymore. That could be read as irony over the shutdown of codeplex and the slow death of sourceforge, or as sarcasm about the fact there is now millions of copies of iBoot floating around in torrents and emails.

I'm eager to see if any of my previous posts about the break-ability of handheld arm computers rings true.

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason


Too darn difficult for the FBI


As I said in the comments to the above article: The gullibility of our society is *SHOCKING*. Perhaps I should have said depressing.

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'


Re: I still don't buy it


The gullibility is *shocking*.

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...


Re: Indeed

Your experience and your *opinion*. You may not appreciate some male behaviors, but that doesn't make those behaviors wrong or even less social. You have just failed to appreciate them.


Re: Indeed

Insight that men and women are constantly in competition for resources such as good mating partners and will take advantage of proximity and familiarity to get what they want?

It would be wise for us to look at the mating habits of other heard animals and cross reference the behaviors. It might be seen at some point that men are not *harrassing* women, but merely exhibiting the traits that most women desire and respond to. It's unfortunate that the line between sexual aggression and attempting to gauge a womans interest has been washed away...



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