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Dvorak Looks Back At 'Another Crappy Tech Year'

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the so-cranky dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 253

twitter writes "The Vista Death Watch is PC Magazine's most popular column. That is just one of many items in Dvorak's review of yet another 'disappointing' year in Technology. 'I was not a fan of 2007. It was another crappy tech year--just the latest in a string of bad years dating back to 2000. Let's see some of the highlights and lowlights in no particular order ... The whopper for Intel, though, was its Viiv initiative, which was a dog from the get-go and was dropped--finally. Somewhere along the way, Intel bought into the Silicon Valley crock that CPUs were not important any more. What a laugh. Luckily for the company, it refocused on processor chips and found itself in the driver's seat once again. Of course, Intel will fall off the path again, of that you can be sure.'"

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slashdoters (4, Insightful)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874738)

are bored by another dvorak troll article

Re:slashdoters (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21874766)

Microsoft must have given you the day off. I see the MS trolls are out with mod points.

HEY TWITTER (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21874800)

How does it feel to be such a fucking useless human being?

What kind of retard uses words like "M$" and "Windoze" anyway?

You are the reason people think linux is for geeks. They read your comments and don't want to be associated with total retards like yourself.

Do yourself, and linux, a favour and stop the anti-windows rants. You simply look like a child.

Re:HEY TWITTER (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875930)

"You simply look like a child."

Is that why you told me you want to, and I quote, "rape his mouth"? Faggot.

Re:slashdoters (4, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874990)

Well, Dvorak is part of the "tech industry," so I guess it would be a paradox if his commentary were fantastic :)

That said, I have to agree that the thrill is largely gone. Even slashdot, the stories all seem to be something I've read before, and so do the comments. The late 90's, they were fantastic. But like the hippies after Woodstock, this is not the low point of a cycle -- it's over. Whatever "it" was, it will only return in a different form, and it will revolve around people other than us.

Happy 2008!!

Re:slashdoters (2, Funny)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875544)

Sure he might be of the tech industry. That doesn't mean that what he has to say is interesting. I read through half of the article before filing it in the "no shit" drawer.

All it will take for an interesting tech year is Duke Nukem Forever to come out. That will fix this whole mess.

Re:slashdoters (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876126)

Sure he might be of the tech industry. That doesn't mean that what he has to say is interesting.

Um, that was the GP's point. If he's part of the tech industry, given what his article has to say about the tech industry, it would be paradoxical for his article to actually be interesting.

Life's good (5, Insightful)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875808)

That said, I have to agree that the thrill is largely gone. Even slashdot, the stories all seem to be something I've read before, and so do the comments. The late 90's, they were fantastic. But like the hippies after Woodstock, this is not the low point of a cycle -- it's over. Whatever "it" was, it will only return in a different form, and it will revolve around people other than us.

That's a fantastic analogy, Abe Simpson. Let's try not to be so annoyingly self-indulgent as the Baby Boomers. The internet revolution, which the older of us experienced as teenagers, college students, or even adults, was one of the biggest transformations in the exchange of information that we'll ever see. The kiddies talk about how different "2.0" will be, but these little bastards have never used a card catalog system to know how different the internet is that what we had before. Things are good now. We're spoiled.

So expecting the changes of 1995-2000 to keep going would be stupid. But that doesn't mean what we're getting now is actually bad. Device creators are focusing more on UIs now, so that the stuff we have is actually, you know, not a pain in the ass to use. That's good. Online services continue to get better, if not in a "blow your mind" kind of way. That's good.

THUS (5, Interesting)

Ibiwan (763664) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875724)

I propose another topic of discussion, specifically a question raised by my dad after I read him several of the current comments:

What individual piece of tech do you use that you've used for the longest period of time?

For reference, he's got a computer he's happy has lasted 6 years, and some woodworking tools he's hoping will last 50.

Yay its Dvorak (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21874770)

Oh. Twitter posted it. That explains it.

Read twitters [slashdot.org] comment history. He is everything that is wrong with linux zealots.

He seems conflicted (5, Insightful)

slyn (1111419) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874774)

He writes about how it's such a miserable year, but half the stuff he writes about is about companies being uber-successful. Google, Apple and the Wii come to mind.

Honestly, why does Dvorak still have a job?

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874784)

Slashdot effect, probably. It makes them think we still like him.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

darkfire5252 (760516) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875784)

More to the point, they don't care if we like him or not. That was never the goal, the goal is page views. There are 4 ads (including a popup) on that page, not counting advertising for other parts of PC Mag. Counting self referential ads, the number jumps to over 40, many of which want you to sign up for continued contact. This is on page one of a two page article, when the article could easily have been fit on one page.

No, I doubt very much if PC Magazine cares about whether people 'like' Dvorak, as long as they know the name enough to have an opinion.

Re:He seems conflicted (0, Troll)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874788)

same reason "people" watch Fox news

cause its dramatic at times and is far removed from the truth

Re:He seems conflicted (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875220)

this is such a ridiculous statement...

Re:He seems conflicted (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875894)

In what way exactly is that ridiculous? Typical Fox viewer response: kneejerk and completely lacking in any depth.

...Or are you making the assertion that Fox News is merely broadcasting impartial, dispassionate news?

Re:He seems conflicted (1, Troll)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874848)

I tend to agree with Dvorak here. The last 10 years has pretty much been a fizzle of redesign but no real revolution. iPhone? Pfft. Google? Pfft. Doom3? Possibly. Hybrids? Pfft. VoIP? Hmmm. Ad Infinitum. Of course, I actually watched the moon landing (like him), so I'm probably jaded at this point. Where are my damn flying cars?!

Re:He seems conflicted (5, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874956)

Honestly, there's a huge amount of really interesting technology and science out there, more so even than I was a kid in the 80s. It's just that you've got to focus where the developments are happening. The OS world is largely dead in terms of innovation. What we do get from them is pretty consistent bloat, very little of which is actually new, and none of which is more useful than what we had.

Medical technology has made amazing strides in the last 10 years or so. Cryosurgery, Sequencing a human Genome, stem cell results, bacteriophage treatments for infections, using said treatment to limit the amount of e. coli on beef in the US, the ability to operate within a human heart without having to open up the chest, the continued rise of digital X-rays in hospitals, the realization that sleep is primarily regulated by 1 single molecule and the discovery of a method for converting all blood donations into 0- from whatever they were previously.

And that really isn't everything. Any one of those things is of more significance than the moon landing was. Even the space research that we have NASA scientists do is far more important than the moon ever was, the only reason why we think of the moon at all, was that we beat the Russians at the race from the earth to the moon, and key to it, back home safely. Apart from that, it really didn't contribute that much to scientific research in general.

Re:He seems conflicted (3, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875190)

1) Bacteriophage treatment was used in the Soviet Union for a long long long time.
2) Why should e-coli be on the beef in the first place if you are butchering the cow properly? i.e. What's shit (cow or other) doing on your beef?

The advance I'm waiting for is a far more reliable and safe way of attaching devices to brains. Then the blind would be able to see etc.

Of course the **AA and the DMCA might cause problems with that.

Re:He seems conflicted (2, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875282)

1) Bacteriophage treatment was used in the Soviet Union for a long long long time.
Yes, that's true, but how many of those treatments were conducted in the US or even on Americans? The science behind it is fairly straightforward, but the ability of the treatment to get enough approval for a human experiment in the US is significant. There are many treatments that don't ever get there. I think we all know that the Russians during the communist era were willing to experiment on their people in a way that would be completely unthinkable in the US.

You could have the most effective treatment of all time, but if nobody has access to it, it's the most worthless thing ever to exist.

2) Why should e-coli be on the beef in the first place if you are butchering the cow properly? i.e. What's shit (cow or other) doing on your beef?
If you've got a better way of slaughtering the huge numbers of cows that Americans consume every year in an economical manner and guarantee that no shit gets in at that stage. And can guarantee that it isn't added later in the process during the later processes up until it is eaten, then I'll grant you that. Until then the treatment makes a lot of sense in terms of limiting the scale and effect of outbreaks.

Besides, the issue isn't that they've used it for that, the issue is that they've used it in the US on beef. The beef lobby is an incredibly influential lobby, and they are an important ally on things like this. The fact that they've managed to get approval to put these non-organisms into food is significant.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

odourpreventer (898853) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875838)

I think we all know that the Russians during the communist era were willing to experiment on their people in a way that would be completely unthinkable in the US.

Really? [newstarget.com] What [wikipedia.org] makes [wikipedia.org] you [wikipedia.org] believe [wikipedia.org] that? [google.com]

If you've got a better way of slaughtering the huge numbers of cows that Americans consume every year in an economical manner

I guess the magic words are "economical manner". Granted, eating shit is quite economical (resulting illnesses notwithstanding), but I prefer paying a little extra for shit-free meat.

Re:He seems conflicted (2, Insightful)

hotsauce (514237) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876066)

You could have the most effective treatment of all time, but if nobody has access to it, it's the most worthless thing ever to exist.

Because, of course, the rest of the world doesn't count. It's only worthwhile when it finally makes it to America and becomes known to you.

Wake up. The rest of the world is passing you by.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

lluBdeR (466879) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875506)

The advance I'm waiting for is a far more reliable and safe way of attaching devices to brains. Then the blind would be able to see etc.
Of course the **AA and the DMCA might cause problems with that.


God damn! Could you imagine the consequences?
The electrical impulses being fed into their brains could be arranged into a non-DRMable series of neurons by the limbic system! It would be madness! Only sure fire way would be to remove the hippocampus. You'd still bump into furniture, but at least you could watch movies.

Re:He seems conflicted (2, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876138)

Why should e-coli be on the beef in the first place if you are butchering the cow properly? i.e. What's shit (cow or other) doing on your beef?
Well, there's shit, egg, sausage, and shit; that's not got much shit in it.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

Znork (31774) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875230)

"bacteriophage treatments"

Eh, bacteriophage tech has been in use for more than 50 years, much in eastern europe and the former Soviet union, and while it's good to see the western medical community start looking around for options after antibiotics runs into a dead end, one rather wonders what took them so long.

The medical field is hardly in good shape to in comparison with even a lackluster technological field, and for the level of funding that the field gets, one could expect it to have produced much more significant strides than it has.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875452)

You want an OS without bloat? from what I hear, you can run KDE4 on only 256 MB of RAM. Sure it's not the OS, but that's where linux is headed. I would like to see MS die if only for the fact that I think it would yield cheap, low powered computers that could save the world tons of energy. May current laptop is a Celeron 1.5 GHz with 512 MB of RAM. It runs everything I want using Linux and KDE. Web development, web browsing, email, office apps, and a little bit of light photo editing on GIMP. It does all this while only consuming 20 watts. When I think of all the people with 300 watt + monitor desktop workstations out there, I think it is obvious as to why there is such a problem with energy in this world.

Re:He seems conflicted (5, Insightful)

smilindog2000 (907665) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875100)

Oh, come on, now. It's been a good year. The iPhone brought multi-touch displays into the mainstream. Google started the Android project. Hybrids made huge gains [a123systems.com] with new battery technology. VoIP? How about Skype and the new Asterisk appliance, or even the Free Telephony Project [rowetel.com] ? I see the same list, but somehow I see it in a more positive light, but heck, I'm an optimist. I saw the moon landing, too. I also witnessed the birth of the personal computer, cell phones, and the Internet. Computing power increased a mind boggling amount, memory went from $1M for 64K bytes to $50 for a gigabyte, and of course disk storage went nuts.

As for real revolutions, I don't believe in them. From airplanes to telephones, when I dig into the story of innovation, I find instead a series of incremental improvements. All we've really been missing lately is those OMG moments like a moon landing. I'm jaded too... when a 5-year-old boy gets to see the first moon landing, he expects amazing things for the rest of his life. At 44, I'm still waiting for a comparable moment. When I think about it, I feel let down. The trick is to step back and realize that the revolution has been happening every day, little by little, just without the OMG moments.

Re:He seems conflicted (3, Insightful)

drsquare (530038) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875356)

The iPhone brought multi-touch displays into the mainstream
Far be it for me to dare to question the iPhone, but if touching a screen in a slightly different way counts as a technological breakthrough, then it has been a crappy year.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

CoolCash (528004) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875684)

One thing about the iPhone that people tend to forget is that Apple dictated to the phone company what they were going to offer for hardware. Generally the phone company goes dictates everything. In this case, Apple has the most control over the phone. They release new updates, software, etc. Tell me the last time your cell phone has gotten new software with features?

Re:He seems conflicted (4, Interesting)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875402)

Nothing that came out this year was really innovative, though.

the iPhone? Uh, ok. Mainstream. That just means someone took an already existing idea and slapped a lot of marketing and PR behind it... but the actual IDEA behind the iPhone is at least a decade old.
Hybrids are a wash through and through. They're neat.. and nothing special.
and VoIP? Uhm. 11 years ago there were several popular free internet telephone services.. OK, so you had to connect to the internet to use them, and OK, back in that day and age most everybody connected via modem, BUT.. it was there. As a teenager I was able to talk to many people all across the country with no long distance charges. THAT was cool. VoIP now? Merely an extention of that, made easier due to the proliferation of cable/dsl, and oh now you have to pay for it but hey you can use your regular phone now so I guess that's OK.

Honestly the only really innovative and new thing I can bring to mind is the Wii -- a successful console, wildly successful, that uses a non-traditional control mechanism? Now that's a miracle.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875816)

Honestly the only really innovative and new thing I can bring to mind is the Wii -- a successful console, wildly successful, that uses a non-traditional control mechanism? Now that's a miracle.
Even that's nothing new. It's just an extension fo existing technologies [walthelm.net] that have been created for use by the disabled for years.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876178)

but the actual IDEA behind the iPhone is at least a decade old.

How many ideas can you take from concept to production in less than a year? I bet there were a number of revolutionary ideas envisioned in 2007 that we will not see for ten years, and beyond.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

lessthan (977374) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875134)

I was born after the landing and have never seen the complete newscast. How sad is that?

Re:He seems conflicted (5, Insightful)

Ckwop (707653) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875120)

Honestly, why does Dvorak still have a job?

His job is not to write decent well researched articles on the state of the industry. His job is to get visitors to the site to keep the ad revenues healthy. He's laughing at us, he knows he's stupid. He's counting on your love of pointing it out to make him money. If you view Dvorak through this light, he is a very talented individual.

This raises the question as to why Slashdot continues to post his articles? Well, they're part of the gravy-train too. You see, Dvorak stories usually have a lot of comments on them because there a loads of posts from people who love to point out his deliberate stupidity. Slashdot is supported by ads too, so it makes sense for them to post stories that generate the most controversy. More page views equals more viewed advertisements which leads to increased revenues.

As such, the only way to stop these poor quality stories is not to react to the flame-bait. Don't go to the linked article, don't post against the article, don't even read the thread and mod down the stories in the fire hose.

Simon

Re:He seems conflicted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875346)

If you view Dvorak through this light, he is a very talented individual.

It's amazing how easy it is to manipulate people, isn't it?

FWIW, I think he's entertaining and enjoy his pokes at the tech industry giants. He's got a good show going with the crankygeeks podcast.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

Afrosheen (42464) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875364)

That's what I've been saying for years, Dvorak has a job because he's a professional troll and writes from the "wrong side" of any issue. He also does it with a heavy degree of holier-than-thou tech-writer slant, which creates indignation in the reader. He really is a brilliant writer in these respects.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875122)

Because his job is not to write insightful opinion pieces, but to generate ad revenue.

Re:He seems conflicted (1)

One Childish N00b (780549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875970)

Honestly, why does Dvorak still have a job?

Page views.

You clicked the article, you (assuming you don't run adblock, etc) saw the ads, PC Mag got paid. Rinse and repeat. While he can troll you and other /.'ers into reading his articles with things like this, he's going to keep doing it - there's what, 8 ads per page? They all pay.

Read the Dvorak in your best "Andy Rooney" voice. (5, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874792)

"What is all this Windows Vista stuff we're hearing about? After so many years, it seems like Microsoft finally discovered that Windows are clear. You can see through 'em. Isn't that nice? But what if you are trying to read something in those Windows? My 4-year-old grandson writes on he windows all the time, and gets a good spanking for smudging the glass. Which reminds me: It seems like Microsoft has entered the Windex business - something they used to leave to real technology companies, like Symantec and Johnson Wax. Speaking of which, why doesn't Microsoft just start learning from Dow Corning, if they want us all to have clear windows in Vista?

Re:Read the Dvorak in your best "Andy Rooney" voic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875480)

not to be rude..but WTF are you talking about????

Grumpy old men (1, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874794)

Dvorack is like the tech equivalent of that pissed off old fart who alternates between wanting to tell you exaggerated war stories and screaming "GET OFf MY LAWN, YOU PUNK!"

Re:Grumpy old men (1)

jon287 (977520) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874882)

Ha! The Andy Rooney of the tech world! How long until all of his articles are just him complaining about being old?!

Welcome to maturity (5, Insightful)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874798)

It had to happen eventually. IT has become middle-aged, mass-market, everyday stuff. Everybody and his mother (and grandmother) are using computers so the majority of the industry is driven toward low-cost, lowest-common-denominator products.

Yet, that doesn't mean that there can't be excitement at the margins of technology (e.g., RFID, GPU processing, ubiquitous mesh networks, MIMO wireless, GPS-everything, or cloud computing). Fun stuff is happening even if the core of the technology has settled down into a workaday existence.

Re:Welcome to maturity (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875854)

It had to happen eventually. IT has become middle-aged, mass-market, everyday stuff.

Are you referring to the technology, or to Dvorak? I mean, if a line like "it was another crappy tech year--just the latest in a string of bad years dating back to 2000" doesn't scream "curmudgeon" at you from the get-go (guess he's still hung up on Win98), I don't know what does.

Re:Welcome to maturity... and mediocrity (1)

MOBE2001 (263700) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875942)

It had to happen eventually. IT has become middle-aged, mass-market, everyday stuff.

Yeah. That's the real problem, in my opinion. The computer industry is dominated by a bunch of aged computer academics who haven't had a really innovative thought since Charles Babbage designed the analytical engine 150 years ago :-). It's sad. Now that the industry is taking its first painful steps away from Babbage's serial paradigm toward massive parallelism, the old school insists on using failed ideas like multi-threading as the solution. What the computer industry needs is to retire all of their so-called "corporate fellows" and inject fresh new blood into research. The first company to crack the parallel programming nut will dominate computing in this century, you can bet on it. Microsoft and Intel know this and they are spending a shitload of money on it. Unfortunately for them, the old geeks are still in charge. Too bad. A little known startup is bound to come from left field and steal the pot of gold. ahahaha...

Google Apps is a fad (1)

alen (225700) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874818)

and along the way MS bought into the nonsense of software as a service. Google Apps might be OK for some small business where it's too much to buy a few servers, but not for any place that needs backups and the reliability of always being up. locally installed apps always work. my Outlook offline folder always has the latest copy of my mailbox in case the network goes down. if someone deletes something, we have backups in 2 places. and no one wants to write up a spreadsheet with advertising on the side

Google caught the MS bug. it's trying to get into markets where it has no business

Re:Google Apps is a fad (5, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874968)

MS bought into the nonsense of software as a service.

How can you say such a thing? Services are reliable! Everything is reliable these days. The network never goes down, the servers never go down, the drives never crash, the equipment's never taken offline for maintenance, the certificates never expire, the DNS hosts never get redirected, the security policies are never changed in the middle of the freakin' day (oh, that's a fun one!), the databases always replicate, the bandwidth is never saturated, latency is always zero, and the application software itself is flawless.

Hang on just a sec, there's a unicorn taking a leak on the rainbow on the next cloud over. "Get off my damn cloud, you freaks!"

Re:Google Apps is a fad (1)

TimTheFoolMan (656432) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875096)

Yup... I would use those Google apps more if Google could figure out "the reliability of always being up."

Oh wait...

Nostalgia (3, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874820)

just the latest in a string of bad years dating back to 2000.

Translation : "I hate the 2000's, take me back to the late 90's! At least back then we were closer to the release of Duke Nukem Forever than we are now, somehow!"

Re:Nostalgia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875598)

I wish they'd just come out with a Windows / Linux version of the original duke nukem with better multi player support. It was such a pain to run it under DOS and hook up all those null modem cables with friends computers... but such a fun game

I wish for... (5, Funny)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874824)

"The Dvorak Death Watch is Slashdot's most popular column. That is just one of many items in Slashdot's review of yet another 'disappointing' year in Dvorak articles. 'We are not fans of 2007. It was another crappy Dvorak year--just the latest in a string of bad years dating back to... when he started writing. Let's see some of the highlights and lowlights in no particular order ... The whopper for Dvorak, though, was his article on how the computer mouse would never catch on, which was a dog from the get-go and was dropped--finally. Somewhere along the way, Dvorak bought into the Vista Hype that Microsoft was capable of releasing a better Windows product. What a laugh. Luckily for Dvorak, he refocused on flaming the Apple fanboys and found himself in the driver's seat once again. Of course, Dvorak will fall off the wagon soon, of that you can be sure.'"

Somehow, that makes more sense.

Bjarne Stroustrup is right C++ is on the rise (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21874846)

I am with Bjarne on this one

Bjarne Stroustrup, creator of the C++ programming language, claims that C++ is experiencing a revival and that there is a backlash against newer programming languages such as Java and C#. "C++ is bigger than ever. There are more than three million C++ programmers. Everywhere I look there has been an uprising - more and more projects are using C++. A lot of teaching was going to Java, but more are teaching C++ again. There has been a backlash.", said Stroustrup.

Re:Bjarne Stroustrup is right C++ is on the rise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875062)

Um, relevance?

i love to see slashdot (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21874870)

bash dvorak.

he makes more money doing nearly nothing and pisses off more people than any of you. :)

he's one of my heroes.

even all you people who claim to totally despise him. you went and read the article didnt you.. and gave them some ad money. lol

Re:i love to see slashdot (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875750)

you went and read the article didnt you.
You must be new here. We all just saw twitter as the submitter, Dvorak as the author, skipped 90% of the summary, didn't click on TFA and dived straight in to the comments.

Troll indeed (4, Insightful)

motorsabbath (243336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874896)

"I'm certainly not going to be a happy camper if I have to switch to a Mac or Linux system full-time, yet that is exactly where this scatterbrained company seems to be sending me."

Why would that be so bad? As someone who uses all 3 operating systems daily (XP, not Vista), this new iMac way outshines the rest. What a dork. If MS is that bad than stop using it.

Re:Troll indeed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875458)

So if somebody doesn't like the Mac, they're a troll?

Apple fanboy, indeed...

Re:Troll indeed (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875732)

Uh... you obviously didn't understand his point. The point is that Windows is becoming so bad (in Dvorak's opinion), that it's now getting to be almost as bad as the bloody awful (in Dvorak's opinion) Linux and Mac OS. He's using Windows because he thinks it's still the best, but getting worse, and he's afraid that it'll get so bad he'll be forced to switch to other OSes he hates, because his OS of choice sunk to a profound level of suck.

Mind you, I disagree with him on almost every point there (except about Mac OS), and still think it was a pretty horrible article, but that is what he was trying to say. So, to answer your question, that would be bad because using something you hate, just because it's the lesser of two evils, doesn't mean you stop hating it... thus your experience would be pretty miserable.

Moan, moan, moan (5, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874918)

It astonishes me how people are capable about bitching about every single year, and never notice the contradiction of every year being crappy, while this year is better than the one several years ago.

IT and tech is the worst. Oh, piss piss, moan moan, life sucks... except for the surprisingly affordable HDTVs, the free fall of per-gigabyte hard drive costs, the near-inability to buy non-dual-core CPUs, $200 laptops that do really useful things, the "gigabyte" being the new standard measurement of a RAM stick and the $10 bill being the new standard increment of its pricing, entire hardware categories like "MP3 players" that didn't exist a few years ago and in another couple of years will be given away free in cereal boxes, and on it goes.

Crappy year after crappy year after crappy year... yet somehow, here we are and you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming back to the year 2000's technology. Somehow, the "crappy year" math doesn't add up.

(This applies in other domains too, but that is left as an exercise to the reader to avoid topic drift. Note that only tech has the exponential improvement, though.)

Re:Moan, moan, moan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21876114)

Those may be great yard-sticks if you're a consumerist, but what if you value the environment, or equality, or some other parameter that goes beyond price for items? Was 2007 still a great year?

Slashdot loves to feed 'em! (4, Insightful)

Nanite (220404) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874932)

Stop posting Dvorak's crap here and stop going to his website and we can finally pick this leach off of the computer world's underbelly. He only exists to stir up shit for web hits. If we stop giving a damn he'll have to go somewhere else for food!

Re:Slashdot loves to feed 'em! (2, Insightful)

lotho brandybuck (720697) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875152)

Agreed...

I went to TFA, now feel like a total asshole for giving this talking-head, professional troll and self promotor crankypants yet another click to notch into his bedpost.

Has this guy actually done anything, or just talked about what others do, and gloat over their train wreaks? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dvorak [wikipedia.org]

Here's my vote for Slashdot not linking to Dvorak anymore.

Re:Slashdot loves to feed 'em! (1)

onefriedrice (1171917) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875510)

You're already at +5 moderation, but your comment deserves much higher. Dvorak writes flamebaits for the only purpose to get listed on sites like Slashdot a lot. Editors need to ignore this troll so he'll be forced to change his strategy.. perhaps (heaven forbid) go out and make an honest living!

Re:Slashdot loves to feed 'em! (1)

TCook (66808) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875538)

I have to agree with this. Dvorak has been posting crap since the mid-1980s. He was on RIME and FidoNet then and still keeps attracting attention. How do these guys do it? It certainly isn't out of any great technical knowledge.

Re:Slashdot loves to feed 'em! (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875658)

He only exists to stir up shit for web hits.
Same as Slashdot really, then.

BSD??? (4, Funny)

dreyergustav (1013913) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874958)

With all this talk about the imminent death of Vista I'm beginning to believe that Microsoft based it on BSD.

Re:BSD??? (4, Funny)

Torvaun (1040898) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875652)

With all this talk about the imminent death of Vista I'm beginning to believe that Microsoft based it on BSoD.
Fixed that for you.

A cynic is Dvorak (0, Flamebait)

hxnwix (652290) | more than 6 years ago | (#21874980)

A cynic is somebody who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. See: Dvorak.

It was a crappy year for the industry because of Viiv?! If, like Dvorak, you are so totally uninformed that you don't know about core2, the 45nm advances, the x38 chipset, Intel's steady stock price in a failing economy, AMD/ATI's competitive next gen cards, the growth of the video game industry, the iPhone, & etc, then I suppose that Viiv might stand out, provided that you are an idiot.

It's about staying famous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875008)

The hockey equivalent of Dvorak is Don Cherry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Cherry_(ice_hockey) [wikipedia.org] The guy says anything and makes half the hockey playing world mad at him. Of course, if he was reasonable, he wouldn't have a job anymore.

The other people who come to mind are all the celebs who are in and out of rehab. Their behavior keeps them in the news. That seems to help them sell CDs.

AFAICT, Dvorak has to say wildly stupid stuff to keep his job. He isn't paid for being right. He is paid to attract readers. If he could do that by standing on his head while singing God Save America, I bet he would.

Let's hear from Qwerty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875036)

On Soviet Slashdot, crappy tech year looks back at Dvorak.

Someone should legally change their last name to Qwerty, and start up a competing column.

He sounds bitter... (4, Interesting)

kaiwai (765866) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875078)

But can you honestly blame him? unless you're one of those energy drink sipping geek who bounces around the office like some sort of hyped up 8 year old who has just been given a new toy - I've yet to have a single year when I've looked back and thought, "wow, that was one hell of year" then look at awe over all the great products released that year.

1) The iPhone delivered only to the US and using GSM 2G - and people are hyping it? I'm looking around New Zealand; at the bottom of the world, sitting at the crevice of the ass crack when it comes to technology availability, and yet, I'm seeing far superior smart phones being delivered, CDMA and 3G GSM.

2) The PS3 - Sony just don't get it. They didn't get it with BetaMax, they didn't get it with MiniDisc, and now they're repeating the same mistake with BluRay - apart from the mouth frothing PS3 zealots/fanboys - PS3 and BluRay have been a resounding failure.

3) Windows Vista has only made inroads because of it being the default installation on new computers; the better view is this; look at the rate at which Apple's Mac sales are growing compared to the rest of the industry. If Windows Vista was such a resounding success, Apple's market share should be staying static of shrinking. Neither have happened.

I could go on and on, but you get the basic idea; nothing to do with 'maturity' - just people willing to tolerate technology thats 'good enough' rather than expecting the 'fuck thats awesome!' factor.

Minidisc? (3, Interesting)

soilheart (1081051) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875354)

they didn't get it with MiniDisc

What's wrong with MiniDisc? Before the advent of mp3-players MiniDisc was the way to to for either the ones with style (who didn't want to run around with a large "portable" CD-player) or the amateur artists (easy digital recording options).
All the siblings in my family (from my 9 year older sister down to me) have had a minidisc (and my sister still uses it for easy piano recording).

The thing that actually killed MiniDisc was the late adoption of native mp3 playback on Hi-MD's though... A great mistake by Sony.

Re:Minidisc? (1)

kaiwai (765866) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875700)

The thing that actually killed MiniDisc was the late adoption of native mp3 playback on Hi-MD's though... A great mistake by Sony.

Nothing to do with mp3; I used ATRAC3pro, it is far superior to mp3. The problem is that they stuck with Hi-MD at 1gig, if they pushed it up to something like 8gigs, the media was sold at $3 per media, no one would have gone for anything else. Had they actually allowed clones/MD compatible devices, it would have spurred development and innovation. Like BetaMax, they proprietartised possible partners and 'cloners' out of the market. Ultimately, Sony only have themselves to blame.

Re:He sounds bitter... (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875790)

PS3 and BluRay have been a resounding failure.
Hell no. I'm not a Sony zealot or fanboy, but this is patently false. The PS3 is in the last place in the console race, it's true. I don't even expect them to take second in the end, for that matter (although I may yet be surprised). That doesn't make it a resounding failure, though. The PS3 has done surprisingly well, in my opinion, for how expensive it started out being... it might even pick up some steam now that Sony is wising up, and dropping prices. And as far as Blu-Ray being a resounding failure, last I checked, Blu-Ray was selling more than HD-DVD. It's kind of a moot point, because high-def discs aren't catching on in general, but Blu-Ray is a success, seeing how it seems to be winning the high-def format war.

Measuring success (1)

Dobeln (853794) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875916)

" I don't even expect them to take second in the end, for that matter (although I may yet be surprised). That doesn't make it a resounding failure, though. "

Matter of taste, of course, but with Sony coming from holding 70+ percent of the home console market last generation with the PS2, I would certainly consider dropping down to third place this gen a significant failure.

Re:Measuring success (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875974)

I refuse to measure success or failure of a product relative to how its sibling products did. The PS3 is a success, by my standards, because it's sold ok, especially if you consider the handicaps it's had to overcome. Really, it is dependend on the metric which you choose for success or failure.

Re:He sounds bitter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21876116)

1) The iPhone delivered only to the US and using GSM 2G - and people are hyping it? I'm looking around New Zealand; at the bottom of the world, sitting at the crevice of the ass crack when it comes to technology availability, and yet, I'm seeing far superior smart phones being delivered, CDMA and 3G GSM.

It's not supposed to be superior as in "includes all the latest hot acronyms", it's supposed to be superior as in "the user interface doesn't make me want to scratch my eyes out". Try it, then try any of the buzzword-enabled competitors with interfaces based on clicking the four arrow keys and you'll see. The iPhone has easily the single best user interface I have ever seen. If you want a faster data transfer rate instead, be my guest.

Re:He sounds bitter... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876140)

yet, I'm seeing far superior smart phones being delivered, CDMA and 3G GSM.

You're really not, you just don't know it yet. 2G isn't as bad as you think and wireless is more prevelant than you think and the iPhone UI is about 10,000x better than you seem to be making out.

The PS3 - Sony just don't get it

Growing sales of the PS3 and Blu-Ray says they do. They are just Japanese, and thus don't care that something takes five years to become dominant rather than dropping everything else out of the gate.

Actually though, I thought it was a pretty good year for all sorts of reasons. Sure Vista got a slow start, but now with both Vista and Leopard in the world we have mainstream choices between pretty advanced operating systems with great featuresets and better usability. Between Apple and Google there looks to be some light at the end of the tunnel for the US cell phone market, and for cell phones in general... we saw the music industry crack and bow to demands for DRM free music. That last especially is a huge one because if we can break music, I think we can crack video as well.

Not exactly news (2, Insightful)

unoengborg (209251) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875204)

Nobody is surprised that Vista isn't a success (perhaps with the exception of one or two Microsoft employees).
XP did/do the job for most people. So, why upgrade? The only time Vista is worth to consider is if you buy a
new machine. But even then, Vista makes you machine more expensive, both in terms of hardware and software. Then
there is the question if it will work well with your old existing network of XP or even win2k boxes.

Microsoft had the same problem to get people to upgrade from win2k to XP, but XP didn't look like such a total
failure. The reason for that was that there were a lot of win9x users that left that platform for XP. Unlike the win2k users these customers actually got good value for their money, so it was not so hard to make them upgrade.

Another factor is that the competition is much harder now than when they released XP. Apple is starting to get
back in the game, and Linux looks better and better and evolving fast.

People didn't upgrade from win2k to XP... (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875632)

Microsoft had the same problem to get people to upgrade from win2k to XP

In general, people didn't upgrade from 2k to XP until they had to, or they bought a new computer. As you say, it was the huge 9x/Me user base that drove the adoption of XP, and they don't have that this time.

I'm still using the old retail Windows 2k I got six years ago, and if Vista hadn't been such an appalling monster I'd have skipped XP completely. Now I'm considering upgrading from 2k to XP because as much as I dislike the subtracted value in XP I'm concerned I'll lose that option if I don't take it.

The reason for all the bad tech years has 4 letter (3, Insightful)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875306)

It was another crappy tech year--just the latest in a string of bad years dating back to 200


lets see, what law was passed in 1998, then used as a cudgel as the internet matured into 2000?

lets see.. duuuh... D... uuuuh M.... errrr C.... what was that last letter what was it.. oh yeah.. A.

and as long as that law allows hollywood to dictate the design of all tech, it will continue to be a crappy year for tech year after year.

for once I agree with DVORAK.. kinda.. (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875316)

I do agree that 2007 was a crappy tech year, but not for his reasons.

thereason that 2007 sucked for tech and 2008-2010 will suck is because of laws. Honestly we have the technology right now to do some amazing things with media. But the old business models refuse to adapt so they instead make everything illegal. I have an incredibly illegal (as far as the law is concerned) system in my home that makes everyone that sees it gasp in awe. I have every DVD i own on my own On demand system in every room, I also have all recordings from TV available in every room as well. Music, Video, News, media.. we have the technology RIGHT NOW to make the "star trek" universe as far as media is concerned. I should be able to from my bedroom TV call up a copy of last nights 11:00pm newscast FROM that station over the internet. but no, they believe that that newscast is more valuable than 90 pounds of platinum and i'm going to share it with 20,000,000,000 people and make it so nobody will watch the news.. So they put DRM on it and make it useless to me.

Media needs to be in open NON DRM formats and via RSS feeds so I can automatically collect what I want. I SHOULD be able to buy a download of a movie and play it on MY HDTV using whatever system I desire to play it.

Information, Video, Audio, news, all of it should be on-demand at any TV I have and it is not because of the silly delusion that this media is incredibly valuable. When in reality it is not.

And that is not even covering the incredibly retarded IP laws that stifle innovation.

Greed. It's all about Greed. (1)

rawg (23000) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875746)

The corporations hold back innovation to maximize their profit on current outdated tech. Their share holders demand it so.

Apple is moving forward, and so is OSS. But there is only so much they can do when they are in danger of being sued at every turn.

If I were as rich as Bill Gates, I would buy an island and get all the smart people I could to live there. Then I would build the future unencumbered by the rest of the world's greed for money and power. And this island would become the richest, most powerful place on earth.

bwahahaha

Well, what did we get? (2, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875542)

  • In hardware, the real action is in memory. Cost per bit for flash memory and disk drives continued to drop rapidly.
  • In CPUs, we have two futures - shared memory multiprocessors, and GPU-like massively parallel machines. The GPU-like devices have turned out to be more useful than expected. Non-shared-memory multiprocessors with small memories, like the Cell, weren't too useful. This isn't surprising; that idea was a dud in supercomputers, where it was tried about ten times over the last 20 years.
  • The big screen problem has finally been solved. It took fifty years, but the TV you can hang on the wall is finally the standard product at an easily affordable price.
  • The Blu-Ray vs. HD controversy has stalemated. Both are losing. Something better than both may come along before either achieves significant market penetration.
  • Batteries improved a little in energy density, but they're blowing up more. We may be reaching a limit there, as weight reduction reduces the safety margins. Fuel cell products remained vaporware.
  • Networking is somewhat stable; most consumers have enough bandwidth right now. This may change as the demand to download HDTV-sized content increases. There's more action in the phone side of networking, as video to the phone becomes widespread.
  • Desktop computing didn't really change much in 2007.

We're posting articles from Twitter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875968)

A troll with such bad karma that every comment he makes is automatically modded -1, and who can't spell Microsoft without using a dollar sign?

"As soon as somebody uses a dollar sign to replace the letter S in "Microsoft" or "MS", it's a very relieving feeling. I know that I can ignore everything they have to say because it is meaningless." - Anonymous
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