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Comment: Re:.NET Framework (Score 1) 267

by SparafucileMan (#31051670) Attached to: An Interview With F# Creator Don Syme

That's great and all but .NET is a library, not a language. It sounds like the fact that you enjoyed IronPython after coming from a C# background really has nothing to do with Python as much as it does the fact that you already knew the .NET library.

If you don't know .NET? Well, thats another library to learn, and is no better or worse than anything else.

Comment: Not New: Hypercycles (Score 1) 214

by SparafucileMan (#30715248) Attached to: Prions Evolve Despite Having No DNA

Not new. See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_Eigen

"In addition, Eigen's name is linked with the theory of the chemical hypercycle, the cyclic linkage of reaction cycles as an explanation for the self organization of prebiotic systems, which he described with Peter Schuster in 1979."

Evolution doesn't require DNA, and the theory is like 40 years old at least.

Comment: Re:Grrr (Score 1) 260

by SparafucileMan (#30125374) Attached to: We Really Don't Know Jack About Maintenance

Don't kid yourself, genius.

Efficient software maintenance is directly related to the Halting Problem. I'm sure you could figure out a thesis about it. Or at least a proof.

Besides, "business programming" involves many things, some of which includes problems (for example, my field, aerospace) that are ridiculously complex, certainly at least as much as a good 80% of any CS degree or thesis.

Comment: Re:Easy for users, hell for admins (Score 1) 225

by SparafucileMan (#29817161) Attached to: Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

I agree that users tend to find it useful and easy to handle. That's what it's really for, anyway---when you get into more complex situations the whole mass blogs down and we use other software. But it is not bad for what its used for, by and large. It's just a more friendly file share with calendars and lists and stuff. It's more descriptive and useful than a file share and it's no more complex than one.

That being said, as a programmer and IT person I hate it. I don't administer any but the documentation and webservices are absolutely atrocious. It's like pulling teeth to do the most basic thing.

Comment: Ridiculous (Score 0, Troll) 863

by SparafucileMan (#29817033) Attached to: IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

I wonder how IBM arrived at the result of $2000. Because I'm pretty sure that out of the 150k people that I work with that 3/4 of them will take months to adjust to Linux and be completely pissed off the entire time. At an internal rate of $100-$150 per person per hour... uh... lol, right.

This is what most of the company uses: Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Project. File shares. Blackberry/Phone. Online web conferences. PDF. That's about it. Everything else is either a back-end system specific to the business or a program (i.e, drafting, manufacturing, etc) for the specific business at hand.

And don't give me crap about open office solutions. It took most of these people 10 or 20 years to just get by with Office, you really think they are going to want to essentially re-learn everything? $2000 is only relevant if the people are actually fairly computer savy, which pretty much everyone everywhere is not nor do they care to bother.

Comment: Re:short answer: no (Score 1) 350

by SparafucileMan (#29640457) Attached to: Will Books Be Napsterized?

You should try out a Kindle for a month. I think there is a no-questions return policy anyway within 30 days.

I have always been a big physical book person and was worried about buying the Kindle but I have to say it was worth every cent.

The thing is that the screen used (via eInk) is completely different from any other screen you're used to. It has high contrast, the rough color of a page of paper, and, most importantly, low glare and eye strain. I've taken my kindle on the beach, full sun, and it was actually easier to read than your usual magazine. It was even nicer given that the wind was kicking up and i didn't have to screw around with trying to hold my pages down. You can read it for hours with no problem, the battery life is incredible, and you have the ability to just go on and download any kindle book in the store (provided you have mobile reception)... which was fantastic when I was about to board a flight recently and realized I didn't have anything to read.... in the time it took them to call boarding and give them my ticket (5 minutes) I had gone online, download a book, and was set for the 4 hour flight (with a book selection that is obviously > airport bookstores). Things like that are priceless.

Give it a try.

Comment: Re:Not for a while (Score 1) 350

by SparafucileMan (#29640393) Attached to: Will Books Be Napsterized?

The reason there are no dirt-cheap readers out there is that the eInk screen is still pretty brand new. Eventually it will cost pennies, so relax (and, yes, it beats the shit out of your typical screen).

Also, I have no idea what your point is about dirt-cheap if your examples are a $300 iphone (with subscription costs), your $300-$500 netbook, your $1000-$2000 desktop, and your $200-$500 palm. The kindle is $300 and provides exactly the exactly the screen you are looking for so... you're an idiot.

Comment: Re:Not consistent? (Score 1) 823

by SparafucileMan (#26921837) Attached to: Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

/facepalm

It is also a stawman argument to state that because a bunch of people believe that something is true it obviously is.

And that's before we even get to the fact that just because x% thinks something that doesn't mean the truth or validity is proportional to x%. Not everything is linear you know.

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