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Comment: Re:LibreOffice (Score 1) 277

by SQLGuru (#46782403) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

This is my biggest gripe with open source. You *SHOULD* be concerned whether the format changes or not. All of these different versions of similar products fracture the landscape which hampers the adoption. Just like there are too many Linux distros for Linux to ever win, too many Office products will keep adoption numbers lower than they could be.

Comment: Re:What now? 1 billion! (Score 1) 277

by SQLGuru (#46782369) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

While I don't condone it, people in the Finance/Accounting departments have made complete applications in Excel. Then, they throw it over the wall to I/T and say "turn this into a web app for us -- it should take, what, two or three days?"

But again, I've seen plenty of complex spreadsheets that use way more functionality than I as a developer would ever use.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 1) 457

by SQLGuru (#46773225) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I expect to be a millionaire at some point in my life....but 1) I expect it to be because I've saved over the years and 2) by the time I have $1M or more, it won't be the same as having $1M today. I don't necessarily expect it to be my salary or that I've sold "the next big thing" to Facebook.

Comment: Re:Why is Raymond's claim theoretically sound? (Score 1) 580

by SQLGuru (#46766855) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

And a million monkeys will eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare

Open source is no more (or less) perfect that closed source at a fundamental level. Bugs are introduced in both. The difference is that once found, open source has more eyes looking to try to fix it.

Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 1) 307

by SQLGuru (#46686715) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

The difference between "some of them will die" and "all of them will die" is drastic. The first implies that some of them have a reasonable chance of survival. The government provides the training and supplies such that potentially all of them could survive with a reasonable expectation is that some of them will survive. I'd be ok with a voluntary mission with similar chances. I would not be ok with a mission where the expectation is that noone would survive.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis