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Comment Practical experience, common sense and policy (Score 1) 196

It is very usual that priorities get inverted. You'd say that one diligently designs the architecture and that afterwards everything is derived from there. But that's hardly ever the case. People in spots where money flows (e.g. sysadmin, sales, purchase) usually have more influence than those who actually matter most in the light of business strategy.

Who will be your boss? Will he back you up? Did you guys actually analyze your business to develop a business strategy? Or do you have policy by decree? What will the guys say that will become redundant as a result of your optimizations?

I hope you will succeed in pushing your company forward; Costs and efficiency are always factors. If you don't have reall backup from the business strategy then you might head towards rubber stamp. You should avoid becoming a scapegoat for the mess the shop is in.

(I say this with long experience as programmer, sysadmin and architect.)

Comment 80GB still being sold? (Score 1) 275

I might be completely out of touch here. But are 80GB drives still being sold? If so, is the price that prohibitive for Oakland?

Don't care much for surveillance ad nauseam. But this seems to be a 3rd world problem. Which is worse? Or is the one perhaps causing the other?

Comment And what about the napkin arrangement? (Score 1) 280

And what about the napkin arrangement? Many hours go into studying origami.

Finally someone takes action! The proprietors of Imbiss will be delighted. EUR 3 for a Bratwurst and a mere EUR 99 for the right to take a picture of the grub. Picture of the way the plastic container is presented? Prices start at EUR 250. Power to the chippies!

Comment Java fanboy here (Score 2) 457

Java fanboy here.

Java is the new COBOL. that's a status very few general purpose languages have reached. It runs everywhere, can do crazy stuff and banks have embraced it. I'll not jump ship for a long time.

But calling Java "a potential mobile device operating system" is bat shit crazy.

Comment Bring it on! (Score 3, Informative) 394

As a guy with very broad shoulders I say: Bring it on!

On planes I prefer aisle seats because that way I don't have to constrict myself in order not to disturb fellow passengers. For me one shoulder in the aisle is the way to travel. Every now and a trolley bangs into me. But so what.

Still I wonder how this is ever going to work gracefully.

Comment That's normal business transaction (Score 4, Insightful) 92

When you sell a business as a whole, you sell its inventory, credits, debits and running contracts. If you want to do that differently than you have to stipulate. But then the business's value will be different. Private customer information is as much inventory as is the fish tank in the hall.

Comment Re:If you cannot answer your own question.. (Score 2) 296

Furthermore you should ask yourself why you would need such a low level access when low lever performance clearly isn't the main issue. Consider using available main stream OSS APIs and libraries to allow higher abstraction level. You could then contribute to improve the used library.

Reuse components that others developed. It will most likely render you more effective and efficient. You would also pay the component developers back at least through lips service. The components will improve. Everyone will be a winner.

Comment Less suspect than the others (Score 5, Insightful) 78

IMHO Google remains less suspect than other corporations, when it comes to defending privacy. I would never trust MS or Apple with my data. Not that they would gladly hand over data. But the corners they cut in order to achieve their own goals and the negligible contributions to OSS show that they're only in it for the money. I know, purely subjective but we as commoners will only be able to judge through indirect perception. Much like you can judge by lack of code quality that software is unlikely to be well developed.

Comment Re: One more in a crowded field (Score 3, Interesting) 337

... and C is the only language more popular than Java...

Nitpicking here. I started with C nearly 3 decades ago, I switched to Java but I'd be able to pick up C again in a very short time. Large parts of large/huge systems I design in C structures as they provide a nice abstraction of the underlying hardware. No matter how much I like C, it's no longer number 1 when considering the number of programmers involved. It's "too technical" for application programmers. Considering that financial programmers push the numbers and that they are moving from COBOL to Java, I see Java as the COBOL of the future. The upshot is that Java is good enough to do almost anything and much more elegant than COBOL.

Comment Re:outrageous (Score 3, Informative) 363

Go back say 100 years. Then you could occasionally go to a chemist and buy a set containing heroin and syringes. See for yourself: From 1898 through to 1910, diacetylmorphine was marketed under the trademark name Heroin as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant. And here someone even has a site on hystoric syringes.

I don't say that using heroin makes sense. For me it doesn't. But who are we to meddle with people that want to intravenously inject that stuff? Just because someone proclaimed a war on drugs doesn't mean that such a war makes any sense.

Comment I'll start using Swift (Score 2, Insightful) 270

I'll start adopting Swift as soon as it has an active community on most commercially interesting platforms. E.g. all UNIX derivatives, Windows, z/OS and Mac of course. When I have ample choice of programmers to hire. Not interested in technologies exclusively centered around one supplier.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"