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Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 1) 172

by ErnoWindt (#48188571) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Yes, that is true. I think one thing that might save Microsoft on this front (and avoid the fate of Novell, say) is that they've responded in an intelligent way to the growth of Google Docs. That, and almost 20 years' worth of inertia to overcome in long-time Office users - which is still just about everyone on the planet - will work in their favor. I do think Nadella is making clear that he is going to respond intelligently and with clarity to the challenges the company faces. Quite a difference from the craziness, chaos and contradictions of the Ballmer era. Assuming Microsoft is seriously embracing a platform-agnostic world, that will be a major disrupter. No one anticipated Microsoft diving in like this, however they've been inching in that direction for a while now.

Comment: The silence is deafening (Score -1, Troll) 236

by ErnoWindt (#47999563) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Only 51 comments as of this post? Sort of like way back when Sun Microsystems tried to trademark "enterprise". Crickets. One can only imagine the trollbait / flamestorm that would break out if Shellshock were a Microsoft bug. Time to put on some pants, UNIX/Linux geeks: ain't no operating system out there immune to error. Or, as Immanuel Kant once wrote: "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."

Comment: Orion is NOT carrying astronauts to Mars (Score 4, Interesting) 108

by ErnoWindt (#47497683) Attached to: A Look At NASA's Orion Project

There is absolutely zero possibility that astronauts are going to be travelling to Mars in Orion which is basically Apollo + 1 extra seat. NASA has been misleading the general public about this for years. Oh yeah, astronauts are going to stay strapped to their seats for 18 months...in a capsule with almost no room to move. Major components of the project - including room to live and move around, along with mild gravity provided by a centrifuge - haven't been even designed yet, let alone price spec'd. No one has any idea how they will work or how they will protect astronauts from radiation from the Sun. I'm betting it's 2100 before we ever get to Mars, at least under NASA.

Comment: They're all the same (Score 1) 168

by ErnoWindt (#46254795) Attached to: Google's Definition of 'Open'

Google are to be admired for their energy and inventiveness. However, all big companies (and those who aspire to be big) all want the same thing: dominate the markets they are in, or take over everything they can. Google hides behind the fig leaf of "open source" when it suits their ends. If we compare Google to Apple, however, it's like comparing the US to North Korea.

Comment: That's funny because (Score 1) 668

by ErnoWindt (#45172013) Attached to: A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

Tea Partiers don't seem to understand that the Social Security and Medicare programs they don't want changed in any way - both programs by the big, evil government they despise - are government programs. Oh, and that their friends in the Republican party - the people they're voting for all of the time - have spent the last 80 years (in the case of Social Security) and the last 50 years (in the case of Medicare) trying to destroy both programs. By any chance were the Yalies (that bastion of revolutionary thought) who conducted the study Tea Partiers themselves? ;-)

Comment: Stealing Mayer's bad idea (Score 5, Interesting) 477

by ErnoWindt (#45078719) Attached to: HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

Meg Whitman - a totally hideous person - mean, small, vindictive - has no ideas of her own, so she's just stealing Marissa Mayer's bad idea. Both are insanely wealthy people who literally have no clue how the proles who work for them actually live their lives. Step by step, the US stumbles toward its own French Revolution, but ours will make the one of 1789 look like a walk in the park.

Comment: Very literal? (Score 5, Interesting) 173

by ErnoWindt (#45012561) Attached to: The Changing Face of Software Development

I really have to take issue with the "very literal" comment. In my experience (stretching over 20 years), it's the non-literal types who are the best software engineers. They not only have an imagination, but understand nuance as well. I'd say a literal-minded person might succeed at programming at a very low or entry level, but beyond that, it's imagination and creativity that win the day.

Comment: NASA's manned spaceflight program is over (Score 5, Interesting) 233

What Bolden is simply acknowledging is that NASA's manned spaceflight program is over. Sure, they're still recruiting and training astronauts, but that's so they can keep the ISS manned until it is retired. The future of manned space flight, including space stations, Moon bases and interplanetary and interstellar travel will belong to private industry. NASA will focus on scientific missions. There's nothing wrong with that - it represents the evolution of the space industry. Billionaires like Elon Musk can build, launch, and return space capsules today. Fifty years ago, Musk's approach would have been highly unlikely, if not completely impossible. The US government will help fund and provide frameworks - think DARPA's development of the Internet and now the 100-year starship project and the humanoid robotics initiative. Along with its own research and development, private industry will take the frameworks and ideas DARPA is developing now and leverage and exploit them in unimagined ways, just as with the Internet.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov

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