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Comment: Re:Hang on (Score 2) 445

by LatePaul (#42202515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

But they are different kinds of conversation.

Here's something that happens to me a lot. I get an IM asking me a question, in order to answer it I need a bit more information so I ask a question. I wait. Just at the point where I think there's no reply coming and I can re-focus on whatever I was doing before I get an answer. I reply, adding a further request for information. Repeat a couple of times until I finally say "Send me an email".

If that was a phone conversation the person would generally answer immediately or at least I would know what was happening. Silence on IM might mean they're thinking about my question, or it might mean they've been distracted by an email.

The problem with IM for me is that it's somewhere between email and phone in terms of being "live". It can come across as passive agressive because it demands attention right now but the person at the other end can more easily split their attention across other things. A phonecall would require both my and the other person's attention equally. An email requires my attention but I can prioritise when I reply.

Comment: Re:Just a thought... (Score 2, Insightful) 302

by LatePaul (#24522837) Attached to: IBM Exec Bemoans Lack of Industry-Specific Linux Apps

Thing is even if they did (are?)

a) we're talking about a lot of money to fill even a small proportion of the missing apps

b) for the health of the Linux software eco-system there needs to be many developers of such apps, not just IBM and a few other big corporations

Thing to realise is this is a keynote speech at a conference. Despite the tone of "I'm tired of waiting" he's not really talking about what applications he personally, or IBM as an organisation want/need, he's trying to throw out a challenge to the community in general. I'm sure if there are specific apps that IBM need on Linux they are willing and able to develop them.

Indeed "I'm tired of waiting" sounds to me like an attention-grabbing phrase rather than anything else.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"