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Comment Re:Firefly (Score 1) 300 300

As a wise fictional character once said, "May have [picked] the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one." Not sure that applies to the Zune, though, although it was brown...

The problem with the Zune wasn't solely that it was brown. It was brown and it squirted!

Comment Re:Lotus Improv (Score 1) 156 156

I remember it, and loved it! A friend who invested heavily in Improv-related technology told me he found out (after losing his shirt) that Lotus had shut Improv down because it was eating into 1-2-3's market share, and they considered the latter their bread and butter product. So they ditched Improv, stuck with 1-2-3, and got their clocks cleaned by Microsoft.

Comment Re:nice work (Score 5, Insightful) 468 468

Reminds me of a conversation I had with a student about a dozen years ago. GPS was all shiny and new in the civilian world, and he was an ex Army Ranger. I thought he'd be really gung-ho about GPS, but he said he preferred a paper map. When I asked him his reasons, he said "A GPS unit with a bullet hole through it is a door stop. A map with a bullet hole through it is still a map."

Ever since then I've operated in the belief that robust technologies trump cool technologies.

Comment Re:R... (Score 1) 143 143

Python libraries are simultaneously advantageous and disadvantageous. Yes, they give a lot of leverage to solving a broad variety of problems, but last I checked many of them remained available only in Python 2. The success of the Python library ecosystem has actually interfered with the adoption of Python 3.

Comment Re:Fully autonomous cars won't be ubiquitos (Score 1) 301 301

Pilots have a joke about the cockpit of the future. It will have an experienced pilot, manual override controls, and a German shepherd. The pilot is there to take the controls if necessary, and the dog is trained to bite the pilot if s/he reaches for the controls, thus ensuring that the pilot will only reach for the controls in a real emergency. In a pinch, you could replace the dog with high voltage running through the controls, eliminating the need for walkies.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.