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Comment: Re:You seem to think .NET is a language (Score 2) 418

by Billly Gates (#48644407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

There are dozens of languages that compile to the .NET CLI, including BASIC, C++, Ruby, PHP, Java, JavaScript, Python, Lisp, Pascal, Perl, Scheme, etc. C# is the most popular language to compile to the CLI, yes, but almost any other common language out there can be used too.

Yeah but really who uses them?

95% of .NET is in c#. All the VB jobs are still for legacy 5.x and 6.x code that I see. Take it back 85% c# and 10% c++. Just because it can be done COBOL doesn't mean people use it other than to see if they can write a hello world program.

In essence it is a c# based environment.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 418

by Billly Gates (#48644375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

I welcome it if it is more open and cheaper. 100k to start a website for unlimited licenses is freaking nuts.

But that was a few years ago.

MS is changing because they have lost and can no longer use leverage like they once did. Witness IE and visual studio where lots of free competition exists?

I welcome an alternative to java and hopes it encourages python and php to get their acts together. More competition the better for everyone

Comment: Yes MS has lost and is now nice (Score 4, Interesting) 418

by Billly Gates (#48644359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

The old gray beards today might say the same with IBM or Digital but once market forces correct a monopoly the company either whithers or adapts.

Doesn't mean MS is no different than any other corporation even if that opinion is unpopular here on slashdot. Timewarner/AT&T/Comcast are far more evil and God forbid what Jobs would have in store if Apple won the Pc wars in the 1980s and achieved 90% marketshare! MS would be tame in comparison.

Under a free market people play nice or loose out.

Today I like Microsoft even though I hated them hence my name 13 years ago. Here are the facts in late 2014
1. IE is not a bad browser anymore. It used to be both feared and loathed in the old days as it was a threat to win32 applications. Today they no longer will ever have the control they did in 2004 when you needed to go to a library to use IE 6 if you used a mac or linux to fill out job apps. Yes I remember doing that. Monster.com was optimized for IE 6 quirks back then.IE 11 is modern and has great debugging tools and behaves like a real browser behaves and has the best security with sandboxing. IE 12 will even have an add-on framework ala Chrome/Firefox. I use adblock on IE today
2. Visual Studio 2015 supports Android and Linux Xiarmin development?? No I am lying. Go google it as emulators are included including CLANG support.
3. Office is available for Android and IOS. Full suite is coming soon
4. MS more liberal with pricing for non corporations. Google VS Community edition. It is pro and free!
5. MS is opening sourcing .NET and lots of frameworks
6. Azure supports non win32 operating systems.
7. MS is putting more effort in security and stabilizing and fixing bugs now that competition exists.

Am I a fanboy? No. I am agnostic this day but I find MS getting much better and if it were not for Metro I would be a fan even of their desktop products. Windows 7 is a very stable desktop oriented OS. It is not and I repeat not the POS slashdotters who have not run Windows in 15 years remember.

MS woke up and realized oh shoot. IOS and Android are eating our lunch! Eclipse will eat our lunch! Amazon will eat our lunch! Firefox and now I should say Chrome has eating our lunch! Ms has so much competition today on so many fronts it can't go back and use leverage of a monopoly in one area for another. Blocking Android on Windows? Who cares about Windows blah. Block W3C standards iwth IE? Fine I will use another browser etc.

This was unthinkable in 1999. So Linux did not win the desktop wars like we hoped but open source software did win everything else. Browsers are competitive. Mobile operating systems competitive. Development environments are competitive. Clouds and virtual services for legacy win32 apps scare the crap out of them so soon if mega corps want to leave they can.

MS is done. I welcome the new MS. As some (I did not say all folks) products are fairly decent and play well with others.

Comment: Re: AH, the good old days (Score 1) 100

by Billly Gates (#48608163) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

I was wondering why someone was still employed after reading the story myself. Next they made an ad?? Yeah heads would roll in today's more hostile work environment.

Maybe I just worked for shitty employers recently? But I heard back then you stayed with a company for 30 years. So different today where firing 15% every year is the new rage. Sigh ...

Comment: Re: please keep closed! (Score 1) 50

by Billly Gates (#48600227) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

This is cool for a project I am working on. I plan to see if I can create a .com that will do business transactions. I need no latency but at the same time require ACID to ensure each transaction will be written to disk :-(

My Idea is to have no sql and sql databases where something like this will do the transactions to ACID.

Comment: Re:How about a straight answer? (Score 1) 329

by Billly Gates (#48562517) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

You are asking a group of people who believe the world is no more than 5,000 years old and there is no evidence (in their eyes a serious intellectual way) that humans evolved from primates for a straight answer why they do not believe? Especially since those that due are liberal which are obviously wrong all the time in their opinion just look at obamacare etc so there is zero credibility.

It is an embarrassment such a solid group even exists in my country! I just can not fathom this in the 21st century people who are afraid of change but they exist and are very gullible. The same political party also supports big business and oil and the other half who votes believe whatever they hear on Fox, Rush, and their church pastor who also gets his information from the same sources who are funded by the energy industry. In other words they perfect combo.

My point of this post is not to go offtopic but to point out it is political. Not scientific. You can't argue with gullable people who think facts are not fact. Only gut feelings.

FYI I am not bashing libertarians who may want to mod me down. I am bashing those in the same wing politically who are social conservatives.

Comment: Re: Counterpoint (Score 1) 415

They are. They paid frys and best buy to destroy copies of win 7 and office 2010 to force users to run an OS for tablets.

Like firefox developers will stop focusing on writing for a single browser or os version. Everyone will constantly upgrade.

If they don't Android and I OS will win. SC will probably be tied to updates more to make the transition easier. Look at win 8? Update every 6 months and new version every year.

Agile software development is here to stay and no more 10 year old operating systems

Comment: Re:There is a reason for this! (Score 3, Insightful) 317

by Billly Gates (#48552863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Understanding netmasks and broadcast addresses is worthy of a certification? Really? Are there really people who work in IT who don't understand the basic concepts of networking? Isn't this taught in the first year of college? I mean we're not in 1980 anymore!

Yes, Yes, Yes, Maybe - but the first year of college is about booze and women - P's get Degrees!

It is worth certification because it is such a fundamental component of the job of an IT person now that the Internet is ubiquitous, and because such a horrifying number of IT people don't have any understanding of switching, routing and subnetting is.

There is a reason CCNA qualifications are so widely sought - it teaches the fundamentals of networking that every IT professional should know.

The CCNA in its current iteration is ridiculous. It is the hardest now of all the tests and requires 5 months and buying your own switches and routers as the training material and simulators do not cover everything. It is says associate but it is like requiring a WAn engineer to take the MCSE so he can troubleshoot login issues. Yes I know the tests progress supposedly but the CCNA you need to know not just subnetting, but span trees, tons and tons of theory, CIDS, and a dozen other topologies and requires like 1500 page books to master the material.

I would think more entry level certifications would be better for a non network engineer to take. If you can pass the CCNA you can setup a network of any size with ease. Not just tell me what a subnet mask is which is the intention of taking it.

Comment: Re:There is a reason for this! (Score 1) 317

by Billly Gates (#48552511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Which is why IT departments are now requiring CCNA in addition to the MCSE. Wan engineers are tired of sys admins opening tickets.

The CCNA is way overkill just like requiring network admins to be mcse certified in case they use a shared drive. But to run viritual machines you need to setup viritual networks and subnet and and diagnose connection problems

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