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Comment: For teenagers with a hardon.. maybe (Score 1) 107

Cortana is the best example yet that Microsoft's management is really really dumb. When all else fails pull the only skirt from your games and hope that your client demographic is dumb enought to buy it. Microsoft is a technology company and should be able to come out with compelling technology, instead someone thinks that this is what Steve Jobs would come up with and its just a bit sad.
There are a huge number of markets where microsoft should have a natural advantage where the returns are enormous, instead the company keeps tilting against corporate windmills, imagining that they're going to dominate market segments which they don't have a natural advantage which are dominated by players at the top of their game. For example phones are dominated by apple and android, apple have the high ground and Android has the low ground. Android doesn't make money on the phone platform, it role is a loss leader to support the Google ecosystem. So MS has two options, lose money trying to compete with Google or attempt a high market product to compete against Apple, both approaches don't make money for MS.
I work in an environment where a group of ICT hopefuls keep trying to pitch MS phones at senior management. Management currently have iphones and keep torpedoing these initiatives so the hopefuls go back, regroup and try to serve up the same meal.
Microsoft is not at the top of their game, they are a mature company with weak management dominated by an internal bureacracy. Better returns to shareholder could be garnered by breaking the company up and hoping that this exposes some management talent who can turn this bunch of capital and product around.

Comment: Python simply a better choice (Score 2) 648

by Stonefish (#48859635) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Python is simply a better choice for beginers, . It's indent based syntax indirectly teaches students what programs should look like instead of require the teacher to state how indentation improves readability. There are many other nice features however these have been covered elsewhere. I have worked in IT for 25 years and about a decade ago my sister who teaches senior high school students enquired about 'better" teaching languages. I suggested python and after more research and similar suggestions from IT staff in Sydney University she adopted it. The NSW department of education rates teachers based upon their performance based the performance of the students compared against their baseline performance and she has consistently performed in a top few percent. Python won't make a great educator however it is a tool that a good educator would choose.

Comment: Open Source is about ego (Score 1) 993

Open source software is primarily about ego, and Lennart is pushing a viewpoint through his creations that he's a player in this space. By the same token he also believes that he's better than Linus, hence the critique and comment that you don't live up to my standards. On the flip side Lennart could make some consessions himself, the thing that blows my goat is binary logging in systemd, given that he's generally demonstrated that he refuses to compromise why should others listen to his complaints which essentially boils down to "I don't like your style".
Lennart is essentially driving a view which has had an impact on the kernel and has been on the recieving end of some criticism and he finds this uncomfortable, the name calling is not the part of Linus' style that he finds most unsetting, its the direct nature of the outting relating to specific issues which have made Lennart complain about Linus's manners.
ps I think that both individual have provided some great software and deserve kudos but I think that one of them may fall from grace

Comment: Open publish perish (Score 1) 81

by Stonefish (#48051699) Attached to: Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

What is comes down to is agility and design. You don't control other peoples knowledge and communications to mitigate your flaws, you ensure that you have a process for managing them effectively if you care. If a service is that valueable to you ensure that you have two service delivery mechanisms. Yes its expensive but you've just said that this channel is that important to you. Or live with the risk and keep the cash, in both cases the ball is in your court.
The whole censorship approach is created by anal retentive morons who don't understand risk, the mathematics of access control or the environment in which they're building systems.

Comment: Not particularly inspiring (Score 2) 369

This stull is not particularly inspiring and about I could have written this stuff when I was at high school. The reality of the situation is that any biological vector created will impact the poor and the 3rd world more than the Western world. Look at natural outbreaks such as HIV. Western world OK (not great butOK), 3rd world broken, Islamic world really broken because the can't discuss the problem openly.
The 'cure' in this case might be to infect the region with something virulant and taboo, this may have already been done as apparently there's a couple of particularly virulent STD's making the rounds of ISIS.

Comment: Where is the market demand? (Score 1) 161

by Stonefish (#47493277) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

There is a solution that does this, it called a mainframe, they're hideously expensive, cooked a motherboard recently 1.2 million, want a 10G network card $20000. Now you can buy an awful lot of commodity hardware for much cheaper so that you have excess resources, need a dedicated system for a database buy one, run the other applications on a shared resource, you'll still end up with spare change if you dump a mainframe contract. You can replace a mainframe with commodity items you just need to plan for it. The cost of this scheduling is more expensive than deploying a couple of dedicated components.
The last time that I looked the number of cycles being performance on mainframes had been decreasing for over 25 years. ie there's not a great deal of market demand in this area and most of this market is with legacy systems.
The other litmus test is to look at how many successful IT companies that have developed in the last 20 years use a mainframe. I suspect that it is zero. Do google, facebook amazon etc use mainframes?
Scheduling and resource control on systems, is a bit like QoS, if you can buy fat pipes just buy fat pipes, it's a better solution and it makes all of the problems go away. Introduce scheduling and you'll be employing goons for now to enternity trying to sort out which application is king and performance still sucks.

Comment: Google and facebook changing to microsoft (Score 2) 589

by Stonefish (#46928655) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

In terms of economics, I'd prefer to trust dollars not mouths. All of the major players in ICT in the last 15 years have a base platform of linux, Google, Facebook etc. They didn't use linux because its more expensive, they did it because it's cheaper. The longer that others stay with high cost platforms the longer their competitive margin remains.
IT staff cost pretty much the same regardless of the base platform unless you're doing something really esoteric, if you use centos or debian and pay for support not licences where you have a choice you have a chance of making savings. One of the problems with MS is that through a series of low risk choices you get herded into a higher cost solution. Think of the way that wild animal are herded down a funnel with weak barriers until the final half mile which turns into a killing field. Only a few animals make the correct decision of breaking away, the other like this goose try to justify a costly platform as cost effective. ps Mr Creese owns a Windows phone too. He thinks its great. ;-)

Comment: General Aviation is dying, somthing needs to chang (Score 1) 269

General Aviation is dying, unless something changes it will dissappear completely. This may assist in reversing the trend, much as the commercial lobby may not like it. Unfortunately FAA has nannied the GA field into the ground, planes are too expensive to certify so the field is dominated by expensive dinsaurs, the average ages of GA planes is so old that if it were alive it would have flaps of loose skin and wrinkes.
In short this is about user choice, be clear about the risks, let people provide reviews of the pilots skills and get on with it.
I don't really think that the 15% margin is justified, 1% should cover costs here and another 4% for lobby expenses, the rest is greed.

As far as the commercial pilots saying this will fail,
1 You have a professional bias, get over it
2 FAA is under pressure to ensure that GA doesn't fail
3 If this is demonstrably "non-commercial" it should succeed

Comment: Education for end users (Score 1) 479

by Stonefish (#46449201) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

Passwords are keys, do you put your house and work keys in a mostly public pigeonhole on a regular basis? Then rail against people who are dishonest enough to collect keys from other peoples pidgeonhole? Yeah the key thief that was caught might be a bit of a dick however their a lot of other people who've already taken copies and sorted through your house while you weren't there.
What the user doesn't say is that
1. She knew emaiing passwords was a bad idea.
2. She know that password complexity was a good thing but ignored it as its too hard

Comment: They took our jobs... (Score 1) 131

by Stonefish (#46350949) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

This is pure protectionism, effectively there are people elsewhere who will do the work cheaper of better. The way to compete against this is to lower your overheads rather than trying to get the government to be your friend.
The problem is that people are too busy trying to create companies which create millionares rather than actually do work. Accept that fact that a VFX company doesn't really have much net worth beyond the capabilities of its employees and adjust margins accordingly.

Comment: Broken Security (Score 1) 148

by Stonefish (#46261433) Attached to: LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

The key problem with these networks is that there the system which keeps content secure however this content is created on ordinary windows PC and file shares. You create content with word and then you upload this into system X. System X is secure but there's a copy on the local network. Also when viewing content it is downloaded to be viewed in word or powerpoint. ie it goes outside the system into the MS world. The logging in windows is very obscure and rarely leveraged in a manner which audits read only access. From the results so far the following can be ascertained.
1. The windows logging wasn't up to the task and they have no idea what was taken
2. They don't want to move away from the present windows centric systems so poor system design isn't being highlighted
3 They don't use two factor authentication
What they are trying to do is blame administrators when it's their system which is fundamentally broken and leaks like a sieve. Yes they have a safe but the valuables are being left on the outside.

Comment: We need more legislation (Score 3, Insightful) 366

by Stonefish (#46221825) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

Ban voice calls on planes, in airport lounges, subways, resturants and cinema. We need legislation so that the state and lawyer can become involved in the enforcement of manners. Also we need laws on the correct position of toilets seats, cutlery positions after meals and the poking and prodding of bodily orrifices in publice places. Conversations on planes should be banned as well as they annoy surrounding passengers as well as children, infants and movies..........Or we could just ensure that airlines provide earplugs on request.

Comment: reads like an add with a fake storyline (Score 1) 153

by Stonefish (#45105321) Attached to: Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry

Don't read this it's an advertisement. Short story buy brand X fast food using phone app to jump queue. You can save favourites.
Doesn't require any new technology or systems
As an aside, the current payment systems are insecure and cost too much. Show me something that is as cheap, convenient and anonymous as cash. Sure it doesn't make company X rich but that's not my job. Find me the visa replacement with lower margins and better security.

Comment: Of course for a couple of key reasons (Score 1) 252

by Stonefish (#44503025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?

There are a couple key reasons for overvalueing management
1 Management key job is to make you do your job for the least amount of pay. This tends to make them avoid rockstars.
2 Management don't like indians being paid more than them. It happens but if you listen to their conversations behind the scenes they bitch madly about this behind the scenes.
3 Management overvalue themselves because they are managers.

Your response should be
1 I don't enjoy management, I enjoy development etc
2 With self motivated ....... people like me your managers can manage larger teams allowing for a flatter management structure with larger teams.

This is now. Later is later.