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Comment Re:Yes... (Score 4, Insightful) 218 218

Yeah, those are legitimate concerns with a web app. But pretending that developing a standalone app doesn't have its own set of equally painful problems is ridiculous.

With a standalone app, you've got to worry about things like .Net versions, DLL hell, installation packages, keeping users up to date, windows versions, etc... Yes, modern languages will typically take care of most of this for you, but to pretend like they don't exist is just being naive.

Comment Re:I probably would've gotten the death penalty... (Score 4, Funny) 629 629

Back in Windows 3.1, you could use qbasic to write a file with a non-standard filename, which would exceed the 8.3 format.

8th grader me thought it was the height of comedy to write files with names like "[Teacher name] is dumb" to the desktop.

Any attempt to remove or rename the file using the command line or UI would cause Windows to crap all over itself and crash.

Comment Re:No words (Score 4, Insightful) 144 144

Yes, this is monumentally stupid on their part. But I'll be shocked if there's any real consequences for it. The other manufacturers are all watching to see how much backlash there is, and how quickly people forget and move on to see if this is something that they'll want to do in the future as well. Consumers won't care about this, and business will carry on as usual soon enough.

Comment Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (Score 4, Informative) 681 681

I didn't ask him to, I didn't hire him to, I didn't indicate any desire on my part for him to do so.

So his tweet just randomly showed up without you following him, or without someone you follow retweeting it? I'd contact Twitter, it sounds like you've found a bug.

Comment Old news (Score 4, Interesting) 151 151

Over a decade ago, Siemens offered a system that offered all of this. It would automatically alert dispatch if a vehicle left a specified area, the shotgun was dismounted, lights were on, vehicle was exceeding a certain speed without lights on, etc... I worked with the public transit version which had similar features, but the local PD was there with us for quite a bit evaluating how we were using it to possibly start using it on their fleet. This was in 2004.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long