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Comment It could work. (Score 0, Troll) 336

Remember that forks sometimes do succeed.

Take Linux. It forked from OpenBSD which itself was forked from QNX with smatterings of FreeBSD code.

QNX programmed itself from vacuum tubes and trace wires left on the ground at Quantum Software in Ottawa one evening. Dan Hildebrand (RIP) apparently had something to do with this metamorphosis.

Meanwhile across the ocean, FreeBSD was forked from Windows 95 which itself came from the unholy union of MS-DOS and the GEM environment. MS-DOS was bought from a company in Washington State and was a fork of CP/M. GEM was a stand alone thing and should never have been born.

Where was I? Oh yeah, CP/M. CP/M was a copy of Apple's SOS used in the Apple /// series of super-powerful business computers. The source code was left at an airport where Gary Kildall read it when his plane was on auto-pilot.

Apple SOS was a mix/fork of Apple ProDOS and TRS-80's OS; I forget the name, not important. Radio Shack forked their TRS-80 OS from some source code they saw in Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition.


Comment Re:If the black cabs have a legal monopoly... (Score 1) 197

But London has had minicabs too for years (these are cabs you can't just hail in the street, you have to phone them to get one) and these are regulated under less onerous regulations than the black cabs. What makes Uber different to any other minicab service that's currently up and running in London? Nothing really, other than you press buttons on your mobile phone's touch screen to order one, instead of talking into your mobile phone's microphone.

Comment Re: They demanded my ID and power bill (Score 1) 204

What is a "real name" in Facebook's definition, anyway? I know many people who are not known by the name printed in their passport. There's two people at the place I work who are not known by the first name their parents gave them and that is printed in their passport. I'd argue the name we know them by is still their "real name" (more so in fact) than the name printed in their passport.

In any case I'd just photoshop mine if they asked.

Comment Re:What applications? (Score 3, Interesting) 176

In other words, virtual reality. The problem with the current VR headsets like the DK2, is you have effectively a 1080p display that fills most of your field of vision, in other words, yes - you can see the pixels and they are pretty big. The screen door effect is also pretty bad. Text is very difficult to read using the Rift DK2 unless the text is very large.

Developing very high PPI displays will be a real benefit for VR headsets. Tne next crop (the Vive/SteamVR and Oculus CV1) have better resolution (IIRC it's something like 1200 pixels vertical) and probably will have much less of a screen door effect, but the resolution really needs doubling at least for a VR headset to truly feel HD.

Comment Re:I caught none of it (Score 1) 16

I have no idea who can win the election. I'm completely out of touch with what's become the average American these days.

All I know is I'm not just anti-dynasty (IOW anti- another Bush for prez), I'm anti-cartel (IOW anti- another member of the political class for prez). I'm completely in touch with the "Sixty-six percent of GOP voters [who] say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who brings new ideas and different approaches to Washington, compared to 29 percent who say experience and a proven record in government are more important to them.".

Comment Re:sounds an awful lot like (Score 1) 6

using entity framework to access a cloud database that I have zero control over.

I've never done EF, but that sounds like paradise. I desperately want to just use the database as a persistence mechanism at some job, where it's just used to store a snapshot of the C# object model's state. IOW, business logic only in C# classes.

code generated views


I may have to abuse some of their tables to do it.

That's breaking even the very first normal form of relational database design, which makes me want to run away screaming.

Comment Re:sounds an awful lot like (Score 1) 6

Thanks, I'll look into Web Parts, might make it a good deal easier.

MVC is largely overkill, but I've gotten used to breaking the model with code generated views. After that, going back to codebehind web forms seems hard to debug again- especially using entity framework to access a cloud database that I have zero control over. But at least it's work.

What is going to be fun, this time around, is figuring out where I can plug my widget data into their data model. I may have to abuse some of their tables to do it.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe