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Movie Review: Ender's Game

TemporalBeing Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (732 comments)

I think you're confusing the Mormons with the Muslims.

No, I'm not. On the outset, Mormons pretend Christ is more than a prophet, but if you get into their doctrine, he's only a prophet.

about 5 months ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

TemporalBeing Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

Pretty sure the military is our biggest spending item. Especially over the last 30 years that has seen our debt go from $1T to $16T.

Ironically, every Republican president since 1980 has at least doubled the national debt.

Reagan - from $1T to $3T Bush Sr - from $3T to $6T Bush Jr - from $5T to $11T

But somehow Democrats are the tax & spend party. Which is actually fiscally responsible from a government point of view.

Sources please. From what I am aware, Obama entered office with around $8T in debt, not $11T. Even so, don't look at the timeline (1980 to 2008) or the amounts. You also conveniently skipped Clinton who had a full Republican congress nearly his entire 8 years in office.

about 5 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

TemporalBeing Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (732 comments)

I couldn't be less interested in debating religion here. I only bring up what Christ taught on the subject because Card professes to be a Christian, making it relevant to the topic at hand. If you want to get into a deep philosophical debate, this is the wrong venue.

Card is a Mormon...for him Christ is not the Christian Savior or Jewish Messiah, but just another prophet,

about 5 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

TemporalBeing Re:Hitchhiker's Guide (732 comments)

I saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first (US version), and it was awesome. And the book was, too. I am holding off reading the second book until the movie because you can only see the story first once, and I want that to be the movie.

go see the non-US versions. far better and very accurate to the books.

about 5 months ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

TemporalBeing Re:other compilers (196 comments)

I thought that was something people used back when MS-DOS was a popular OS was not even aware the product still existed.

I am talking about Watcom C++ of course.

It was open sourced some time ago. Now it supports Linux (to some extent) and some other CPU architectures. It can still make DOS/4GW exes, though. Ahh, nostalgia.

As someone that has maintained Watcom C/C++ code, the Watcom and OpenWatcom are slightly different and code needs porting from Watcom to OpenWatcom. How much I don't know...I just know that our code needed quite a bit of work to do that. Would have been nice if we did...but no one wanted to.

about 5 months ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

TemporalBeing Re:Measuring pebbles (196 comments)

First off, why wasn't Microsoft's C++ compiler included in this? That's the one we use at work, so that's the one I'd really like compared to all those others. Are we the only ones still using it or something?

Probably because it doesn't run on Linux, and one of the few compilers that is not multi-platform.

about 5 months ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

TemporalBeing Re: Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

it is absolutely unforgivable to allow a system design allowing for single authority.

Every OS I can think of - Windows, Linux, MacOS, Solaris and every descendent of Unix - has a single root account, with a single root password, which can change every other password on the system. The tablet/phone OSes (iOS and Android) are similar but worse - they give administration privileges to the one and only *user* account, with an optional-and-rarely-set password, and completely block the ability to log in as root.

Got any examples of a system design that does NOT allow for a single authority?

When you get into routers, etc the OS quite quickly comes down to 1 user - the root user. If you're lucky, it'll recognize several but then it'll usually authenticate against another source (e.g. LDAP, AD, Kerberos, etc). You're basically thinking of user-facing devices (e.g. PCs) and servers, not the backend infrastructure that connects it all.

about 5 months ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

TemporalBeing Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

I'm not saying what Terry did was right/wrong, but if they didn't have procedures/process in place, then it's there own fault a cocky sys admin grabbed them by the cohones.

Agreed. They should have at least asked for the password prior to firing him.

On a separate note, would you really re-grant sysadmin access to someone that wasn't "pleasant" about handing over the keys?

On a 1-day contract that is explicit about being for the sole purpose of providing the password(s) to another employee so that employee can then access and change the password? Yes, but no $1k/day - probably $100/hr, and only keep them around long enough to get and verify the passwords. Perhaps 1-2 hours per day for several days as needed by the other employee, but no - they would not be allowed to touch any equipment. If they needed to touch type for the password, a separate (controlled) system would be provided for them to do so into "notepad" (or equivalent).

about 5 months ago
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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

TemporalBeing Re:logic (299 comments)

learning logic skills should be well in advance of coding. i do think our society waits too late on that. that alone could improve lots of things out side of computer programming as well.

I learned Logo in 4th grade. We mostly had fun with it by making the turtle wrap the screen and change colors. It certainly helped produce an interest.

According to Linus Torvald's book "Just for Fun", he learned to program by typing in his grandfather's assembly code and moving on from there.

So all-in-all, I don't think logic skills are necessary to start learning to program, but they should at least be developed along side it. Really what you need to do is foster an interest in programming using some tool that kids like - whether Logo or a OLPC or Arduino or Lego Robotics or whatever. Spark the interest and it'll go on its own from there - and they'll get into the logic stuff (Algebra, Boolean Algebra, Calculus, etc) on their own as they realize the need.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Create New "Lightsaber-Like" Form of Matter

TemporalBeing Re:massless photons vs black hole (175 comments)

Photons at rest could then have a Really (really really ...) small mass ...

Well, theoretically (and only theoretically) photons could have a gigantive rest mass that is 100% converted to energy when in motion. The problem we normally face is that we cannot convert (or think of how to convert) 100% to 100% energy in a manner required to do that - t0 at rest, t1 in motion, a=c over t0 to t1 and (t1-t0) is nearly zero (e.g. 0.000.....0001 or 1*10^-infinity).

about 7 months ago
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A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo

TemporalBeing Re:Nobody in the business cares (144 comments)

Damn it people, so much emotional attachment to a company because it once had the distinction to cock up an OSS-based project.

That has nothing to do with my statement. My statement was purely that they could in fact go back to MeeGo/Maemo if they wanted. There's nothing preventing that.

Please get it through your heads: Nokia shareholders' objectives do not include supporting the cause of Linux, or Qt, or whatever. It is, plainly, to make money. They are fucking happy to see something sellworthy made out of the dysfunctional wreck that Nokia was in 2010.

The objective of any business is to make money. Whether or not that includes Linux or Qt or whatever - even Microsoft Windows - is different matter based on what products and features the company thinks they can sell to others (corporate or not) to make money. Often the case is more aligning to Linux now than it is to Microsoft Windows; but as I noted that is an entirely separate issue than the comment I made pertaining to MeeGo/Maemo and Nokia's ability to continue with that platform if they so chose.

about 7 months ago
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Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

TemporalBeing Same mistake the browser smade... (282 comments)

Honestly, while having users authenticate a self-signed cert in a browser did help with security, etc it also broke a lot of devices. I still cannot use my WRT54G with any modern browser aside from the default browser on Android 2.3.6; same with my newer model router with latest firmware.

And honestly the problem IS NOT the hardware I'm accessing - its the stupid browsers.

They're only going to cause the same kinds of headaches for everyone.

P.S. I'm not in favor of Java or Java Appletes, but it still seems like a bad thing given how it impacted browsers accessing valid websites with self-signed certs.

about 7 months ago
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A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo

TemporalBeing Re: It shoud have suprised no one (144 comments)

Funny how they were still selling quite a lot of them until Elop came around.

And RIM were selling quite a lot of Blackberries until it was too late.

My point was that comparing RIM/BB and Nokia is not valid - its an apples-to-oranges comparison.

Nokia is where it is today because of Elop and numerous things he did as CEO - from declaring symbian/meego/maemo dead and their move to WP. Prior to all of that Nokia was relatively healthy and in a good position to make a transition; after those things they were not. Please take off your revisionist history glasses.

RIM/BB is where they are because they had a technical failure in their network that severely hurt their customers. Up to that point in time, they were doing extremely well. When that occurred, people realized how tied their own communications were to RIM/BB itself. I don't think people realized how centralized the RIM/BB network was until then.

FYI - All those Symbian devs and their Symbian apps had a migration path from Symbian to Maemo/MeeGo.

That's what the powerpoint said. In practice, there were... issues.

Please share what inside information you have? Having participated in the Qt mailing lists at that time ( and I still do ) there was quite a lot going on. Qt for Symbian was doing well, and people were doing Qt for various platforms - including Symbian - and recompiling to go between them. Not saying everything was perfect or that they weren't fully ready to push it out migration wise, but it was something they had - unlike the complete and utter drop of all their partners, app developers, etc for the move to WP. (I would actually have been quite surprised if it was 100% perfect.)

Also Nokia didn't have the same issue BB had in having a central network that was essential to the platform and have a major crash that took weeks to fix and caused headaches for their customers.

Nokia had another issue: being the company that allowed the N97 to be released. That was in 2009, years after iPhone was on the market. All that happened after was, in essence, karmic justice.

So what? N97 was not the N900.

The N900 is what Elop completely killed before it was released, and outsold Lumias without any issue; it was a very high demand phone that Nokia under Elop decided they would only do a limited number of because they were doing WP instead of MeeGo/Maemo.

In 2010 MeeGo wasn't out. It was just about to be released when Elop wrote the "burning platform" memo; and during the presentation to the press he stood up on stage and said "We're not doing this; look I have another one running Windows Phone and that is our future" - intentially sabotaging it before it even hit market.

Your time window for "just about to be released" must stretch for half a year.

The N900 was originally released with Maemo5 (presented Sept 2009, released Nov 2009), and later released with MeeGo (May 2010). Just prior to its MeeGo release, Elop did exactly as I noted.

And, I'm afraid, your description of a presentation has no basis in documented reality. It was known since February that Nokia is pivoting towards Windows Phone and everybody knew that the N9 was a dead end. Moreover, it wasn't ever meant to be a proper MeeGo device. It was fucked up by internal politics long before Elop came on stage.

Please share your inside information.

Yet, as others have pointed out, with no marketing the MeeGo Phone outsold the Lumias wherever they were both sold in the same markets - and not by small margins - by 3:1 ratios.

I'm sorry to see you believe in a myth with no credible evidence whatsoever.

What myth? It's in numerous sources backed up by financials and information from Nokia itself.

about 7 months ago
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A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo

TemporalBeing Re:They can't do MeeGo anymore (144 comments)

They've sold off MeeGo's crown jewels, Qt. Now Qt is powering the direct competition, from Jolla to Android, iOS and even WP.

Sure they could. They don't have to control Qt to do MeeGo - they could just buy back Jolla and what MeeGo became - SailfishOS.

about 7 months ago
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A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo

TemporalBeing Re: It shoud have suprised no one (144 comments)

You missed a key fact: Elop took a good brand that now had only unwanted, aging products that could no longer compete, executed the most expensive failures, and sold the rest before the marketplace killed them completely.

Funny how they were still selling quite a lot of them until Elop came around.

Had he pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Symbian, and tried to make a go of it based on an existing loyal fan base and lots of marketing, he would have ended up EXACTLY like Blackberry -- warehouses filled with unsold phones, flat broke, and completely irrelevant in the marketplace.

FYI - All those Symbian devs and their Symbian apps had a migration path from Symbian to Maemo/MeeGo.

Also Nokia didn't have the same issue BB had in having a central network that was essential to the platform and have a major crash that took weeks to fix and caused headaches for their customers. That is really why BB fell in market share - everyone was looking for something more reliable. BB10 is a great little platform, but they have a reputation they have to fix - something that takes a long time to do and they may not be able to recover from.

At least with Microsoft owning them, they're not broke. I don't know why everyone on slashdot has remained so deluded about Nokia's potential future had Elop not taken those actions. They were not competitive, and their prospects were poor. If Symbian and Meego were as great as everyone here imagines, why weren't they crushing iPhones back in 2010?

In 2010 MeeGo wasn't out. It was just about to be released when Elop wrote the "burning platform" memo; and during the presentation to the press he stood up on stage and said "We're not doing this; look I have another one running Windows Phone and that is our future" - intentially sabotaging it before it even hit market. Yet, as others have pointed out, with no marketing the MeeGo Phone outsold the Lumias wherever they were both sold in the same markets - and not by small margins - by 3:1 ratios. Every review of the MeeGo phones compared it to the iPhone; it would have been a killer - and at the very least a very strong third, leaving everyone else to fight for fourth - had it not been for Elop.

about 7 months ago
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Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

TemporalBeing Re:I hope QT remains cleanly separate (68 comments)

My fear is that QT will become almost dependent on KDE.

The Qt Developers at Qt-project.org are making sure that does not happen for the official Qt itself.

Now whether developers pull in enough KDE Frameworks to effectively make that happen is a different issue, and one Qt developers cannot help aside from pulling more from KDE into the official Qt releases.

about 7 months ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

TemporalBeing Re:You see this in small businesses (616 comments)

Yes. It's called "Escalation of Commitment", and it happens in larger firms, too, and Government. Also with individuals. A good counter-example is HP ditching WebOS and now selling Android tablets.

Another good example is the Democrats and Obama with APA, aka ObamaCare - escalating in commitment to the destruction of everyone else.

about 7 months ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

TemporalBeing Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

If you try, you end up like US car companies in the 1980's. They're still digging themselves out of the hole they dug by their shortsightedness, and none of them would even exist if it weren't for government bailouts.

I don't know about any previous bailouts to the ones just a couple years back, but Ford did not participate in those bailouts. They requested the option if necessary, but they did not participate and advocated that they should be available for GM and Chrysler, both of which did use them.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

TemporalBeing Re:Key differences (381 comments)

The main thing that both Android and Apple based tablets have that Microsoft doesn't, is customers.

Yeah, well, if Google decides to move to a ChromeOS and does a little "embrace, extend, extinguish" dance with Android, Microsoft's offerings are going to be the most open on the market.

But Google doesn't do evil?

Yeah, bullshit. Google's an ad agency. That makes money by selling your privacy.

Google doesn't fully control Android. Sure they're the primary sponsor but Android is mostly controlled by the Open Handset Alliance.

about 7 months ago
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

TemporalBeing Re:404 Not Found (161 comments)

Which is not what you want to see in, say, an Apple verses Samsung style case where "previous art" and earlier applications are all that separate you from being successfully sued into the Stone Age.

FYI - the courts require that web content have screen shots taken with time-date stamps to avoid this exact issue. The screen shots must also contain the information in a certain manner, only then can it be used as evidence/exhibits. If the lawyers are not doing that, then they are not properly writing/citing their court paperwork (briefs, etc).

And no, it does not amount to a copyright violation.

IANAL, but that's my understanding thanks to Groklaw and other sources.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

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Linux-based GPS Units?

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "I'm looking to a GPS unit, in-car windshield mount, for my wife. I know there are some units on the market already that run Linux, and I'd like to lend them my supports over their non-Linux brethren. However, I am quite new to looking at them and looking over TomTom's and Garmin's website does not provide any info on what OS they run. Android or another custom Linux is okay; and I need maps for the U.S.A. So, what do you recommend?"
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The evils of CVSNT

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "CVSNT was originally a port of CVS to Windows, as well as some enhancements for the Windows environment. It is the backbone of projects like TortoiseCVS. This last spring, officially announced in late June, the current maintainers of CVSNT decided make the project a for-pay only as they migrate from being just CVS to their EVS system, which purports to integrate Subversion and other systems as well. In the process of doing so they have (i) closed down all mailing lists, even those they advertise on their website, (ii) no longer provide binaries except through back-end channels to open source projects like TortoiseCVS for distribution so those projects can continue, (iii) cut-off access to their source repositories, and (iv) done this all by saying they were advised to do so by the FSF, pointing only to a few web pages on the FSF's site. While the FSF does endorse that the GPL, LGPL, and open source projects can charge for the project, I find it highly suspicious that the FSF would endorse such a move by an open source project — one that essentially makes the project a proprietary project. What makes matters worse is that there is no tool available to move from CVSNT to a standard CVS or to any other revision control system as there are numerous "enhancements" to the RCS data backend that are specific to CVSNT which tools like cvs2svn don't understand, and without access to the source won't be able to understand. Additionally, since CVSNT became a more active project than the CVS project it was derived from it has essentially become the de facto CVS version used, stranding many in CVS and subject to the whims of March-Hare. Hopefully by brining this to the attention of Slashdot, the situation can be rectified."
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OpenMoko Freerunner dead?

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "I've been looking to get an OpenMoko FreeRunner for a few months now; however, I wanted to get the A7 model as it has the Buzz Fix already applied. Sadly, The A7 model isn't available from OpenMoko with the 850MHZ radio. I recently e-mailed OpenMoko through their contact e-mail/support about this, asking when the 850MHZ will be available, only to get the following response:

There will not have A7 for GSM850 because we had stopped the phone development. Now we are focusing on our new product called WikiReader.

This after the last September's announcement of No More OpenMoko Phone and Openmoko Phone Not Dead After All. Looks like they are really just trying to clear the stock.

Submitter's note: Original Source is an e-mail I have. Please be kind with the original source I quote — it's the best I could do with slashdot's story submission form."

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Scientists report others fake data...

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "Scientists, at least according to the Times of London, are doing science a great injustice as One in Seven Scientists Say Colleagues Fake Data, stating:

Around 46 percent say that they have observed fellow scientists engage in "questionable practices", such as presenting data selectively or changing the conclusions of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.

And people wonder why the science is so fought nowadays. It's interesting that only 2 percent reported having engaged in such practices though...but then, is the study author trying to justify their study? Or are they presenting the facts?"

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Science and Religion...

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "In a recent essay published by The New Republic Jerry A. Coyne provides some insight into funding of science and the public groups that provide it — even those professing to be of "Christian" leaning. Regis Nicoll writes a summary for Breakpoint (an on-line and radio broadcast originally lead by Charles Colson in which we find:

Contrary to modern criticism, the scientist who approaches the world as a product of intelligence, rather than of matter and motion, is less likely to stop short of discovery. Instead of dismissing a feature that, at first glance, appears inert, unnecessary or just plain mystifying, he is more inclined to push the envelope of investigation to unravel its function and purpose.

Comments by Breakpoint readers can be found here. (Please be kind if posting to comments there; they are moderated and they don't get the volume normally does.)"

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LVM Disk Mirroring - to USB or not to USB

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TemporalBeing writes "I recently had a hard drive fail on me, and now working my way through the recovery process. Fortunately I didn't lose much data as it seems the hard drive mostly had stuff I didn't care too much about on it...things easily recoverable by re-install. Thankfully, it was a Linux system using LVM2.

As I work through this process I am also thinking about how to keep from losing data in the future, and have decided to setup a basic mirror RAID on the system, which is relatively new — e.g. circa 2005 — and supports USB2.0 without a problem. I am also thinking of doing the same on my home server — circa 1997/1998 — that only has USB1.1, and is in a fully operational state — though it doesn't have LVM installed yet.

So I looked in the adds this week, and noticed a Western Digital MyBook Essential 500GB drive on sale this week for $89, which leads me to my question for SlashDot:

I know USB is slower than internal drives for performance. But is it slow enough that it would not be good to use for mirroring the internal drives as part of a software drive mirror implemented via LVM2? Or should I try to go with internal hard drives for the task?

My goal is to try to keep the budget down, and right now get a mirror in place so that next time a hard disk failure won't even stand a question on whether data is lost — I just pop in a new disk to mirror to."
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CowboyNeal for President!

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TemporalBeing writes "Given the poor choice of candidates for the President of the USA this election season, we here at Slashdot should organize our own campaign and put forth one of our own as a Candidate. I propose CowboyNeal for President. (Think we can get him to run?)

Let's have some fun and really enjoy the season."
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Visualizing the Body...

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TemporalBeing (803363) writes "IEEE provides a pretty nice article on how IBM is playing with technology like that of Google's GoogleEarth, only for medical, electronic health records instead. From the article:

"The 3-D coordinates in the model are mapped to anatomical concepts, which serve as an index onto the electronic health record. This means that you can retrieve the information by just clicking on the relevant anatomical part. It's both 3-D navigation and a 3-D indexed map," explains Elisseeff..."You can think of it as being like Google Earth for the body," is how Elisseeff frames the mapper engine. "We see this as a way to manage the increasing complexity that will come in using computers in medicine.""
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Microsoft's Real Plan?

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 7 years ago What's Microsoft's real plan? With the advent of .Net, the Microsoft/Novell deal, the splitting of Microsoft into three major groups internally, and the impossibility of Windows being developed the same way that Vista was for the the generation of Windows it becomes quite possible that Windows as we know it - with an NT Kernel and all - is no longer the future of Windows. Just how might Microsoft surive? Check out my full blog describing Microsoft's Real Plan.

From the blog:

It has been my speculation that .Net was the start of Microsoft's plan for how they will survive in a post Windows world.

...

Imagine (for a moment) Microsoft releasing a new version of Windows - Windows NG (for Next Generation) - that does not provide any backwards compatibility whatsoever. If Microsoft did this, they would need to be able to quickly push a lot of people to support their new system; or they could ride on the shoulders of giants - existing OS's that are already out there that have a lot of software

...

then how could Microsoft use an existing OS? What would there be for them to use? Well, there is always the BSD's, but then Microsoft would have to fork and support their own - kind of like Apple did; which could be costly. Or, Microsoft could chose a Linux Distribution (Novell's SuSE?) and make it its primary back end; add on the extra tools to move their infrastructure over (Vista's User Mode Sound and Video drivers, and .Net) and a user interface to make it look like Windows

A possibility? Sure. Likely? Only time will tell.

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Programming vs. Software Engineering & Why Software Is Hard

TemporalBeing TemporalBeing writes  |  more than 7 years ago I noticed the Slashdot Article on Why Software Is Hard and wrote a response in my Blog. Should be a good read for any techy. The blog entrie primary talks about Software Engineering vs. Programming. Needless to say, these go hand-in-hand with why software is hard. To quote from the Blog:

The key difference, however, is that the Software Engineer realizes that the "programming process" is just the implementation phase of creating software; and that there is a lot more to be done before the implementation phase can even begin. Comparitively, the programmer wants to just jump in and start writing code as soon as they have been handed a task, skipping the rest of the process, and possibly even ignoring any part of that process if anything from it was handed to him/her.

And FYI - the blog is more than just a link to the Slashdot article, and its related article. It also includes a link to few postings on OS News and its sister article, as well as some responses to a couple of the comments to that article. Needless to say, Slashdot (from what I could see) was a lot more forgiving of the original article.

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