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Comment The future: when everyone can be a hairstylist (Score 2) 255

Ugg. The future where it's all API's is already here. The fact is learning API's is often a pain in the ass. Maybe most people could code if you told them they would be killed in five years if they didn't learn to code, but no, we are not moving towards everyone being able to code, or everyone even being that computer savvy, or people knowing how to turn their problems into specific algorithms.

Comment For reasons we are not yet aware of.. (Score 1) 235

It's popular to explain why they created an umbrella company and offer your theories. But I am convinced of this: the general public is not aware of the reason at this time.

I'll offer a very general reason they would do this, I don't have the details: doing this creates a financial/legal advantages for Larry Page and Sergey Brin. What kind of advantage? Why does it create the advantage? I don't know. But why do business people do anything?

I could be wrong, but I don't think it is for the "soft" reasons that people are positing now, i.e. it explains the structure better, it highlights that Google is not a "conventional company". This is a big change, and probably an expensive and time-consuming one. And making everyone aware of this "Alphabet" brand is a big pain in the ass.

I think the reasons they did this are very specific and concrete, but we just don't know what those reasons are at this point.

Comment How do you feel about web applications? (Score 4, Interesting) 359

I know you don't like Software as a Service: article

However, there are some web applications that really only work as a web application. Slashdot is an example of this.

Do you feel that creators of web applications should be obliged to make their source code available?

Also, if I am employed as web application developer, am I a bad person?

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal