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Comment Re:PL/B (Score 1) 429

FWIW, it's still being actively used by some big/important places

While I'd debate your use of "big/important", I know it's still being used; I have to deal with it every day. I was kind of hoping to stimulate a discussion where I could complain about it, but it seems there aren't enough people still using PL/B.

Datapoint's 8-bit computers could not fit COBOL into their limited memory.

That actually explains a lot.

Comment I was... (Score 1) 159

...at the very first Red Hat conference, in New Orleans, with my (very) young children, just a few weeks before Katrina hit. We flew in there from another city, so I can't imagine how we would have evacuated, if it had hit while we were there.

Comment Re:Too soon to tell? (Score 1, Flamebait) 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:I'll bite (Score 1) 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: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

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.

You've been Berkeley'ed!