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Comment Relevance (Score 1) 180

You know, I read these articles about Microsoft, and I start to wonder who actually cares. As opposed to 10 years ago, Microsoft just isn't a part of my day-to-day interactions.

* Laptop is a MacBook Pro
* Phone is Android
* Tablet is Android

At work:
* I work with very large e-commerce sites - everything is Linux
* No SharePoint

Outside of Outlook/Exchange at work, I just don't use anything Microsoft anymore.

Comment Re:Science works (Score 1) 434

^^ THIS ^^

Another thing I do not "get" - even if one was to believe in a "creator" (in particular, the Judo-Christian one), why would you worship it? Epicurus said it best:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

Comment Can they do anything right? (Score 3, Interesting) 442

Reflecting back, it is sort of amazing how far Microsoft has fallen. From being nearly synonymous with everything computer related to now being the last one you think of when it comes to the technology that is nearest to us (our cell phones and tablets), it is stunning. And everything they make now looks like a desperate me-too move. Even more broadly, just a few years ago I was working in all Microsoft platforms from server and web development to desktop and office automation. Now, with the exception of Exchange, I don't even see Microsoft products. Amazing.

Comment Seriously (Score 1) 388

I really see this viewpoint eroding. I think a lot of it originally came from that old guys tended to be mainframe-centric, and young guys were cut on open systems. There is a HUGE difference between the development mentalities between the two. My experience has seen that for the most part, mainframe guys really struggle when they are taken out of that environment. Between the fact that modern open systems have been around long enough for the young guys on them to become the old guys, and that many of those guys are now management making hiring decisions, I personally have seen this become much less of an issue.

Comment Stepping Back (Score 1) 126

All this word-wrangling about who-thought-of-what-first and who-made-who-do-what seems pretty infantile. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is going to go about making shit that people want to buy while the US and the companies that are part of it sit here and argue in court with themselves. Such a waste of financial resources and productivity.

Comment Good to see (Score 1) 83

I lost my wife to stomach cancer.

Although this would not have saved her (she had traditional surgery to have most of her stomach removed), one thing I noticed through the entire journey was that the research was geared towards more common cancers, like breast and colon. I'm happy to see that treatments of other cancers still being pursued.

Comment FTA (Score 1) 306

NOTE: For Windows 8, a clean install also contains the extended Windows Defender technology, which, for the first time incorporates complete antimalware functionality – also optimized for memory and resource use per Jason’s blog about protecting you from malware. (This functionality does not exist on a clean install of Windows 7 where we would recommend that you add security software).

This somehow made me frown.

Comment Good when done right (Score 1) 495

But most code reviews I have seen have been reduced to smaller items and standards enforcement (spacing, declaration, naming conventions, etc.) and not around anything that I consider significant enough to make the app "better." Usually those types of things are more in the application architecture, and a code review is much too late for that. As an aside, we used to semi-jokingly refer to code reviews as the "revolving vendetta" in my previous company, as certain individuals would pick on certain others with more zest.

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