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

by Dadoo (#49643403) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

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

by Dadoo (#49622815) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

At least most people have heard of that language. Check out Databus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_Language_for_Business), 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

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

by Dadoo (#49285247) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

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

by Dadoo (#48860291) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

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

by Dadoo (#48824697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

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

by Dadoo (#48807945) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

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

by Dadoo (#48767907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

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.

Comment: Re:Vector Graphics (Score 1) 71

by Dadoo (#48693327) Attached to: Quake On an Oscilloscope

The irony is that it's only taken 40+ years to get to display resolutions for raster graphics to approximate vector graphics.

I'm not sure why that's ironic. When you're only displaying the outlines of objects, you don't need nearly as much memory (or memory bandwidth) as you do with a raster display. On top of that, vector displays only get that resolution in monochrome; you lose it when you try to do color. (A color display can't exceed the resolution of its shadow mask.) I can tell you from experience: Quake looks better on a 640x480x8 raster display than it could ever look on a vector display.

Comment: Re:More like Chrome? (Score 1) 248

by Dadoo (#48693225) Attached to: Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

Please, not another useless Chrome clone.

I agree. Other than greed, I can't understand why they don't just make an agreement with Google or Mozilla - preferably both - to have one of their browsers automatically installed with Windows. Writing a browser from scratch is a huge project, and while I'm sure it's a tiny fraction of Microsoft's output, that's a fair amount of resources that could be directed elsewhere, while generating a fair amount of good will in the software community.

Comment: Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 719

by Dadoo (#48636979) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

if you're not willing to build a bunch of nuclear power plants and shut down a bunch of coal plants, then yes you ARE arguing global warming to advance a political agenda

Some of the most prominent AGW scientists are strongly in favor of nuclear power: http://www.scientificamerican....

Others are a little more cautious, but still think nuclear is an important part of an overall strategy to reduce global warming: http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work...

Comment: Re:EEE (Score 0) 217

by Dadoo (#48620749) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

To extend and extinguish, of course.

Yeah... My guess is that, after this announcement, developers are going to say to themselves, "Great, now we don't have to learn how to use new tools to create software for Linux", and do all their work on Windows. Fewer people will work on development tools for Linux, too, because they can use tools that already exist on Windows to create software for Linux.

Then, in five or ten years, when everyone's using Microsoft's tools, they'll claim no one's using them to port to Linux, anyway, and drop support. Developers will have no choice but to use Linux's (poor or non-existant) development tools, or drop support for Linux, altogether.


Comment: Anything that's OS independent? (Score 3) 259

by Dadoo (#48596143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

As long as we're on the subject, I'd like to know about such software, too, but I'd like something that's OS independent, and stores images locally. My mom has an enormous collection of family photos, dating back to the early 20th century, that I'd like to catalog while she's still around. It would be nice if she could do the annotations on her Windows machine, while I organize everything on my Linux machine. Ideally, we could copy the images and associated data back and forth using a CDROM or USB key.

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