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Submission + - Microsoft wanted to hide behind "Get the Facts

Hawaiian Rules writes: InformationWeek has a blub on how Kevin Johnson — the man who now leads Microsoft's Windows — wanted to hide Microsoft's name from a TCO report that it commissioned for its controversial "Get the Facts" campaign.

From the story: "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention that we sponsored it."

Submission + - Bjarne Stroustrup on C++ and why software sucks

prostoalex writes: "MIT Technology Review interviews Bjarne Stroustrup on C++ and why modern software is so bad. Some memorable quotes on why software is bad: "People reward developers who deliver software that is cheap, buggy, and first. That's because people want fancy new gadgets now." On problems developers might have with C++: "Often, when people have trouble with C++, the real problem is that they don't have appropriate libraries — or that they can't find the libraries that are available." On some developers frequently complaining about C++: "There are just two kinds of languages: the ones everybody complains about and the ones nobody uses.""

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