Given the countless galaxies, each with its own supermassive black hole, just like intersecting waves...would you like a piece of toast?
You could make a film about a pile of dead body parts assembled into the form of a man being shocked by lightning and being given the will to live. You could even add some wanton violence and philosophical questions of existence to make the story interesting.
Because Adobe can release Vermeer Photoshop plugins that make boobs and LOLcats look photorealistic. That's why.
"NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son's utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl"
If I was a Yahoo employee and read this memo, I would assume it would mean the company was desperate enough to hire Beck as HR director.
Here's my memory of what happened. Maybe it's falsely implanted by the NSA. Feel free to mod down -1 Heretical.
From my point of view I see an endless cycle of web zealots who keep saying that fat clients are irrelevant, yet who seem to be adding one layer of kludge after another just to keep up with basic fat client functionality that they keep denying is unimportant to users. After all I've seen, I really can't take web people very seriously.
Fixing a failed or behind software project in my experience was like stories I heard about battlefield medicine. You have to establish a system of triage where you realistically work under the assumption that not everything can be saved. At least not anytime in the near future. You're knee deep in digital blood stripping out one layer of feature after the other right down to the last thing that did work properly, and you have to start with what is the most simplest thing a user absolutely must be able to do that without that ability the project would be considered completely pointless and fix that before you write any other code. You have to act in a way towards users that might seem indifferent or cold, ignoring users' screams about your removing their daily reminder widget and you have to tell them in a tactful way that you won't put it back in anytime soon because your number one priority is making sure the accounting systems can actually add numbers correctly; you also have to make sure that if those users' are powerful stakeholders and order you to add back the fun happy reminded widget that they can be properly countermanded by higher authorities who have the authority to get them to shut up and sit on their hands.
In short, you have to piss a lot of people off and be committed to accomplishing your grim task.
Perhaps Silverlight has become self-aware and assumes that any upgrade would involve Microsoft trying to kill it off.
If we make it too costly for American hacktivists to do their work here, then someone's just going to offshore the job of breaking into important industrial military complex computers to China.
Has far more data that is likely to hurt you than the NSA does, and they have no problem selling to anyone with enough money. Potential employers having access to my salary history without my consent scares me and will hurt me far more than the government knowing I called my aunt yesterday. Likewise with my insurance company knowing that I visited Dunkin Donuts yesterday. Put away your tinfoil hats and see the real threat.
That it burns rubber *before* you hit the accelerator.
It's an engineering tradeoff. You take away user's ability to change to custom keyboards and give them protection from a malicious, or even worse, well-intentioned 1 pixel high custom keyboard that effectively makes the keyboard disappear.
There's this wonderful and probably highly embellished anecdote about mac creator Jef Raskin where he had this friend that ranted and raved about how wonderful it was to be able to skin his Windows installation anyway he wanted, and challenged Raskin to prove otherwise. Raskin proceeded to sit at the computer and make every skinnable element on the friend's Windows UI red. Windows, buttons, toolbars, etc. So effectively the guy had an entirely red monitor and could not see anything to change it back and had to reinstall his OS to get a functional computer again.
As reviled as Apple might be by gearheads about issues like flexibility and not letting samsung et all reap all the rewards for taking none of the risks, Apple stands up to telcos and don't let them put crapware on the phone, and the stuff Apple themselves makes and puts on the phone they actually attempt to make decently. The walled garden keeps the bad people out as much as it keeps the good people in. Stuff like this generates loyalty, folks. It's not just fanboyism.
Between phones and sex toys.
There's far more significant knowledge you take with you that you're not legally required to give up (procedures setting stuff up, what vendor bugs to work around, what authentication scheme, whatever). No need to go to jail over passwords when there's plenty of other petards for a former employer to hoist themselves on.
It's hard enough to work with one spotty vendor, let alone 55. That number, 55, represents somewhere between 55 and 55-squared lines of possibly iffy communication between possibly iffy organizations. When I first heard that healthcare.gov had 55 contractors working on it, I was surprised that the damn thing ran at all.