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Comment: Re:Too soon to tell? (Score 1, Flamebait) 250 250

With the .NET platform now being available for cross platform development I can't see how there could be a decline in C#.

You'd have to be an idiot to use .NET for cross-platform development. In five or so years, Microsoft will discontinue cross-platform support, giving some BS excuse, like "no one was using it." What will the cross-platform developers do then, rewrite their code in a language that's really cross-platform? Doubt it.

As I've said here, before, this is just more Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.

Comment: Re:When do we get a real boost over 2013 speeds? (Score 1) 126 126

AMD did make a 133 MHz version, but called it "Am5x86-P75"

That may have been the official name, but many people who sold them called them DX4/133s. I've certainly never heard them called "Am5x86-P75" before, and I've been in the business since the early 80s.

Comment: Re:When do we get a real boost over 2013 speeds? (Score 1) 126 126

The jump from a 486DX/2-66 to a Pentium 75 was very ho-hum back in the day

Maybe for some workloads. For others, a Pentium was a significant upgrade. I used to play Quake, a lot, and upgrading from a 486DX4/133 to a Pentium 133 was like night and day.

Comment: Re:I'll bite (Score 1) 265 265

Having used powershell a few times, it really just feels like a kludged attempt to bring CMD.exe to something closer to bash.... 20 years later.

I think it's cute, how Windows people gave Unix (and Linux) people grief, for 20+ years, because they thought the command line was "archaic". Now that Microsoft has a halfway-decent shell, it's the best thing ever.

Comment: Re:little-known programming language (Score 1) 267 267

At least most people have heard of that language. Check out Databus (, sometime. Yes, people still use it; I had to go to work early, this morning, to fix a problem that was caused by one of its many limitations.

Comment: Re:Probably Xamarin (Score 1) 96 96

I think it will be helpful to everybody if they can get .Net code to compile for iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. It will make cross platform development so much easier.

Except that it'll only be cross-platform for as long as Microsoft wants it to be. What will happen to non-Microsoft platforms if, say five years from now, they decide to say, "Sorry, we're done supporting other platforms." Will software companies that have been using VS all that time re-write their (possibly entire) code base in another language that's actually cross-platform? Not likely.

This is just another round of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 2) 342 342

A consumption tax is inherently regressive. Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption. The wealthy will spend a comparatively tiny fraction of their income on tax and continue to amass vast piles of money.

I dunno... it might work, if we taxed everything that was bought and sold, including stocks and other financial instruments, but you know that'll never happen.

Comment: Re:Wirthian syntax ... (Score 1) 648 648

There's a reason why Pascal and Java made good teaching languages for so long.

I'm going to have to disagree with you, there, as far as Pascal is concerned. Pascal has always been a terrible teaching language: it's too complicated for beginners and not nearly powerful enough for experts.

Comment: Re:pfsense (Score 1) 403 403

It is a complex and fairly large chunk of code that "fixes" a nonexistent problem

I have to disagree with you, there. Unix-type systems have needed a new, dependency-based init system for at least 20 years, now. I'm amazed it took as long as it did to replace. I won't argue that systemd breaks the Unix philosophy of doing one thing well, and suffers from some overreach, but at least someone took some initiative.

Comment: Irony (Score 1) 496 496

A few months ago, I was having lunch with two of my coworkers. Let's say their names are "Sean" and "Nate". Nate is a seriously hard core conservative; I'm guessing he's a Tea Partier, but he may be just your typical Republican.

At one point, Sean notices Nate is wearing a jacket in the style of a uniform from the original Star Trek - a blue one. Sean asks, "Why blue?". Nate replies, "Science officer."

Comment: Re:Seems obvious but... (Score 1) 325 325

By definition, a laptop has to compromise, for space and for weight.

That may be true, but some companies are better at compromise than others. I have an Asus GX-something-or-other. It's almost five years old, but it runs almost everything I've tried, and the fan hardly ever turns on, as long as I keep it clean. The laptop ran Minecraft perfectly well, with an HD texture pack, until the 1.8 update (but I think that's a Java garbage collection problem). It chokes on Kerbal Space Program, but then, it's five years old.

There is no time like the present for postponing what you ought to be doing.