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Comment: Re:This is not a mindshare battle...at all (Score 1) 318

by Bent Spoke (#49096237) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Javascript is the "English" of the programming world: ie. it is ubiquitous. Like English, javascript is far from perfect. But it has the advantage that if a company takes a given pool of programmers and start a new web project, it will find that most already know javascript. Even if they don't, Web development means they will be forced to learn it (in order to interact with the frontend).

Certainly, some feel there is no problem becoming an expert in many languages/eco-systems: Java, C#, Go, etc. But ultimately learning and mastering a single language (however flawed) is simpler and more manageable for most people. And at the end of the day you will also need to learn javascript.

Moreover, Node JS is not the only javascript alternative. For embedded work there is also JSI (disclosure: my project), which is for using javascript with C. If your interested you can check it out here:

    http://pdqi.com/jsi

What does this have to do with Java? Nothing. But it goes to reuse. Reuse of skill-sets rather than code.

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Comment: A grain of truth (Score 1, Troll) 253

Despite the anit-MS sentiment, there is a grain of truth to the "ALWAYS a hidden trap" sentiment.

Who here doesn't believe that MS has a huge marketing department that essentially holds sway over almost all major announcements and strategies. The untrue part is that there is some sort of evil at work. There's not. It's not personal at all.

However, to the marketing department, all software outside their control is viewed as a potential competitor. And Linux/GNU more than most.

So we can be reasonably certain that any MS direction is not designed to help Linux be more attractive to users.
 

Comment: The Systemd of Everything? (Score 5, Insightful) 471

by Bent Spoke (#48968419) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

The Systemd Consortium of Uber-Masters (SCUM) is proud to announce the finalization of it's acquisition of the NSA. Hot on the heels of absorbing the CIA and FBI, Vice Chancellor Lennart Poettering had this to say: ".. this brings us one step closer to our ulitimate goal of reducing complexity for the common man."

Comment: Re:Ppl who don't know C++ slamming C++ (Score 1) 200

by Bent Spoke (#48898469) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

Is this in the same vein as "Ppl who don't know General Relativity slamming the Speed Of Light"?

The big problem with C++ is that it's complexity makes it unknowable for the vast majority of the population.

On the plus side, it does make producing entries for Code Obfuscation contests rather easy! <smiley />

Comment: Re:Win/Lose (Score 1) 463

by Bent Spoke (#48742737) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Of course we ran virus scanners, but now they can run for 6 hours straight in prime-time.

Unfortunately virus scanners are mostly scare-tactic marketing to sell software, or in the case of certain large software monopolies, to assuage users that they chose the best OS.

    http://www.computerworld.com/a...

The real problem with them is that virus scanners are of little use against Social-Engineering, which is how we figure the infection got in. An example: user receives an email from known client that contains nothing but the line "click for content!" which is a link to a zero-day exploit. Yes, of course most people do not click. However, occasionally someone will. That's the point of social engineering!

So go ahead, use Windows. But when things inevitably go wrong, you'll just blame "idiot IT policy" or bitchy "users" rather than admitting that it is the weak link in the IT world.

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