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Comment: Encouragement... (Score 4, Insightful) 50

by FearTheDonut (#48599697) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services
We've been asking for years now (decades, even) for Microsoft to become more open. Regardless of their motivation, this kind of behavior should be encouraged, rather than ridiculed. To my knowledge, none of the other platforms they've open sourced has 'taken back' by them, as some conspiracy theorists have anticipated. While I'm under no illusion that Office or Windows will ever be open sourced, I'm very happy that much of their other platforms are becoming more open and hope they continue to do so.

Comment: Re:Influenza is a serious risk (Score 2) 258

Ordinarily, I wouldn't respond to an AC.. But, Ebola HAS mutated into an airborne form in the past. Look at some non-recent (as in, non-edited) posts about Ebola Reston. As I recall, it was an airborne strain of Ebola. Fortunately, when it mutated into an airborne form, it was no longer infectious in humans.

Comment: Re:What to know (Score 1) 548

I didn't realize the .NET bubble popped. In the mid-atlantic area, there are a lot of people looking for SEASONED .NET Developers, commanding 6 figure salaries. I know the start-up community shies away from .NET (which is an understatement), but the corporate world has a lot of use for .NET, and appears to do so for the time being.


Your mileage may vary.

Comment: Re:This is how business should be done (Score 2) 168

by FearTheDonut (#47530661) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Yes, I agree with this. But, at some point, investors need to get a return on their investment: it's what they asked for and it is required by law. The have never paid a dividend (as far as I can tell), and so their stock price is the only real way to get a return on the investment. At what point does "avoiding short-term profits for long term gains" become a losing bet? When does "long term" happen? That's what investors want to know.

Comment: Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (Score 3, Interesting) 168

by FearTheDonut (#47530633) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
As a software engineer who is often asked to consider "the cloud," at what point should things like poor company performance impact software design decisions? It's easy to say not to use the cloud, but the cost savings for some make it irresistible. I suppose at some point AWS might go away due to a CEO change, corporate shift, etc., but I have a feeling that, with all of the consumer services using AWS, it will be considered "too big to fail," and be required to stay up (and, therefore, I won't have any reason to consider AMZN's performance as a software design concern.


Anyone have thoughts on this?

Comment: Re:Computer Science curriculum (Score 1) 293

by FearTheDonut (#47245287) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success
That's interesting to hear. I think my school (University of Delaware, class 2003) mostly assumed you had that entering in the program. It might well have changed.

That being said, I do take issue with one thing: as far as I can imagine, there is only one way to skin a cat. :)

Comment: Re:Computer Science curriculum (Score 1) 293

by FearTheDonut (#47245069) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success
For a standard high-school "computer" class, yes, I agree with you. 100%. But I'm referring to Advanced Placement classes, where it's gearing you for college credits. It should teach them the same things I've had to learn my first class in CS: basic algorithm development, pointer arithmetic, registers. (My first intro to CS class has us learning C inside and out).

Is this the exception for CS classes now? Or a typical program?

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