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Comment: Re:Powerpoint resulted in the loss of 2 space shut (Score 2) 327 327

Considering PowerPoint didn't exist in 1986 (little more Windows in any usable GUI form), methinks that your first example is false. Secondly, why would you use PowerPoint to create an Engineering Report? Incorrect use of tools... who is the blame, the tool or the user?

Comment: Re:Updating would be nice if it wasn't mandatory (Score 1) 434 434

I like my Droid 4, too - but will probably move it to Cyanogenmod so it can run the latest version. (I have a cracked screen one and did this for wi-fi only settings to make sure I could do it without bricking the silly thing). It's annoying that Verizon isn't doing any updates for this phone. (a different problem is running out of space for installing/updating apps, but hey, I'm a geek I should be able to fix this, right? :) )

Comment: Re:A story for those who (Score 1) 128 128

I'm out of mod points else would definitely give you a +1 informative. And based on the map, I was about a 1/2 mile from the epicenter of this one and didn't feel it - but I think we were in the car coming from the latest Avengers movie so really paid no attention to it. Anything under a 5 is not worth talking about unless they are foreshocks.. .

+ - Microsoft Celebrates 40th Anniversary

HughPickens.com writes: Alyssa Newcomb reports at ABC News that the software company started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975 is 40 and fabulous and highlights products and moments that helped define Microsoft's first four decades including: Microsoft’s first product — software for the Altair 8800; Getting a deal to provide a DOS Operating System for IBM's computers in 1980; Shipping Windows 1.0 in 1985; Microsoft Office for Mac released in 1989; Windows 3.0 ships in 1990, ushering in the era of graphics on computers; Windows 95 launches in 1995, selling an astounding 7 million copies in the first five weeks, and the first time the start menu, task bar, minimize, maximize and close buttons are introduced on each window.

For his part, Bill Gates sent a letter to employees celebrating Micosoft's anniversary, how far computing has come since he and Paul Allen set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home, and predicting that computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. "We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more. Under Satya's leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources to drive and solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry," concludes Gates. "We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come."

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1) 134 134

Depends on the zombie. World War Z (movie) zombies are faster than Death. Typical zombies are slower. Faster than 3 miles/hour and you can stay ahead of Death at least for the study period. 2 miles/hour and you are almost certain to be caught. Of course this was done with men in their 70s, but you can probably extrapolate and find something that matches your age at least with regards to outrunning Death. Note that Death does not need to stop walking ever, so this is most likely cumulative, and there are offsetting factors of course - such as whether or not Death is distracted - so there is some truth about "I don't have to run faster than Death, I just have to run faster than you." line.

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645 645

They did this during the Vietnam War (search for videos on YouTube - or 4chan if you have to see them - I prefer not to look - I already know how bad my fellow man can get). Depending on the war, yes we would still call them "boys" and receive them as heroes. See what Jordan's response has been to this video. The "Rules of War" and Geneva Convention was put into place to keep this sort of thing from happening, and if you choose to ignore them, then the term "Non-Combatants" goes out the window. Sadly, what's going to happen is a lot of people are going to die.

Comment: Re:90 days is really long (Score 1) 263 263

90 days is really long when you don't have a massive base to run testing and regression against. Let's just say that the fix is adding a bounds check to the input for a single function. The engineer assigned to the bug adds the bounds check and unit tests to make sure it behaves now. The fix is submitted to the build queue for the (let's say nightly) run to generate the next patch set, and the next production build for Windows. Now QA gets it, and being that this particular item failed for an input, they write a bunch of tests that kick in various input items - numbers, letters, binary data, larger than expected, smaller than expected, etc. This is then run in the "Test this subsystem" run and if it passes, yay, else back to step one. Then they run that test as part of their automated "Test Windows" run (which probably takes hours to do). If everything passes, great. If not, back to step one. Then after it passes QA for "Test Windows", it needs to go through QA for "Test Windows with {list of major software that if we break something it is bad}". If that all passes, then it can go to the patch queue for the next scheduled release. I'd be surprised if an automated "Test Windows" run can be completed in less than a day or two. Probably 3-5 days for the "Test Windows with Other Software Running". So the minimum time to get a tested patch is about a week assuming the problem is super simple. Once it starts involving multiple subsystems, you can start running into weeks to get a good tested patch, assuming that it doesn't take a few weeks for engineering to get a fix ready for testing in the first place.

Comment: Re:The truth of the matter (Score 1) 629 629

Google made the 90 day deadline up, sure. But they are enforcing it, which I think is pretty cool. MS wanted them to wait two days. TWO DAYS. Which says to me they were testing the waters. No way those two days were actually crucial for MS. If you can finish the job in 92 days, you can finish it in 90 days (especially when you have the resources MS has)....

I see you've never done regression runs with a large software base. 2 days can make a lot of difference in completing the regression run to make sure that the patch won't break anything else (remember - MS just had to pull a patch that broke stuff, which means they released it without doing a full regression run - willing to bet some of the guys who do this were on vacation over the holidays). While there may have been a "testing the waters" bit there, it was also a "hey we, really do need time to make sure everything is hunky dory".

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