Other contractors won't be specifically developing any technology then going to pitch it to NASA. NASA decides what they want, and gives the designs to others to develop. So yeah I think what I said above holds.
They really need to rethink retiring the shuttles untill ares/constellation or whatever its called is running.
For crap applications sure you can knock something out relatively quickly but it definitely won't be bug free or stable! It takes a lot of a software engineers time to get design a good app.
Would you suggest that a software engineer should be paid less than a civil engineer? or a electrical engineer? Proper software development is difficult, tiring and sometimes thankless work( because a lot of manager types don't understand how complex coding can be ) which should be rewarded in the bare minimum with a good wage.
I'm really amazed that more chinese people don't leave the country.
Or having to wait significantly longer than I would storing my data locally!
it was a hell of a lot more stable than the old 95/98/me MS-DOS overlaid-with-a-desktop model
I might be wrong, but isn't that the same model that most *nix & bsd systems follow? Same basic terminal, with a GUI over it?