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Comment Re:Advert aimed at wrong market? (Score 1) 259

Kind of like another poster - that's not really what I meant. I'm 44 myself, have been gaming since the ZX Spectrum days (and slightly before in the arcades). I love Skyrim, but I love Pikmin as well and I still emulate a few C64 games to play. No, what I meant by the kids console bit was that it's putting it in a difficult position - I think existing phones and tablets occupy the niche it seems to be aiming for.

Comment Re:Advert aimed at wrong market? (Score 1) 259

Totally agree - the "kid's console" thing has been rife since maybe the SNES. I thoroughly enjoyed my Gamecube, and the Wii as well. I'm not much of a 'hardcore' gamer, which seems to consist of endless first person shooters to me. That said, I think the kids market is shrinking because you have phones on the one hand, and then the powerful 'hardcore' consoles (and PCs) on the other. I have no market data to back this up with, it's pure opinion - it does seem to me though that niche has been taken by phones.

Comment Advert aimed at wrong market? (Score 2) 259

Looks to me, sorry to say, like a kid's console. They're playing on the TV, then the rest of the family needs the TV so they move over and carry on playing.

Must say doesn't look massively desirable otherwise. It's pretty big. Can't see this challenging the primacy of phones for mobile gaming, and already we see that even with controllers available most mobile players don't go for them.

Comment Python is taught in secondary (high?) schools now (Score 1) 370

Python is the new BASIC. My kids are being taught in Python. Their schools have Python posters up, and they do their work in it. No need to go back to the 80s and learn BASIC as I did, the school community is all about Python - at least here in the UK, not sure about elsewhere.

Comment Re:why just why (Score 2) 127

Because I want to use grep. Because I want to run scripts and write them in Bash. Because I like the find command. Because...

You get the idea. I run OS X^H^H^HmacOS as my main operating system and use the shell frequently. I used Red Hat as my desk top in the late 90s and early 2000s. I like the idea that my knowledge and familiarity is portable across all the environments I may come across.

Comment Re:what a waste of article (Score 1) 531

I agree with you - I think chasing 'rock solid software' is fools gold. I've been coding both privately and professionally for more than 30 years now, running teams of coders as well. There's always some magic bullet proffered - it's Lisp, or Rust, or....whatever. I inherently disbelieve these "it will all be solved if we just move to language/methodology x!' ideas.

Comment Re:what a waste of article (Score 1) 531

I agree with this point of view entirely. I interact with flawed software daily, and none of its flaws either become apparent to me or affect me in any way that I care. Same for the games or video editing suites that the original post mentioned.

I'm not fooled into believing they actually are rock solid though. The original poster stated that we should look at 'rock solid' things such as kernels, games and video editing suites. They aren't rock solid. They're just predictable, mostly.

Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 90

Yes - there's a reason. They've bought various bits of kit like Good Enterprise etc. which work well for keeping people on corporate email, intranet access, IM chats etc.. They also have server products for security, though to be honest I know a lot less of those.

For a consumer, can't think of a reason. For a business looking for good BYOD-style options, yes - there's some decent stuff done by them.

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