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Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 409

by bondsbw (#49623961) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

The burden of proof lies on the person making the claim.

If they said "its curve would probably look like the normal distribution", I can go with that. It might have some merit considering what you quoted. But to make the claim that it is Gaussian, without having an acceptable amount of evidence to back up the claim, is misleading and potentially wrong.

Comment: Re:Doing it now... (Score 1) 257

by bondsbw (#49622225) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Not true, C# has been off of Windows for a long time by way of Mono.

Microsoft is open-sourcing .NET Core, which supports ASP.NET v5 on Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Kerbal Space Program is an example of a game that was written in .NET (I believe specifically in C#) but is available on OS X and Linux. External plugins can be created in C#.

Xamarin provides a way to write native cross-platform applications using shared code and native user interfaces.

I think it's fair to say, we're well past the day where anyone can claim that C# is completely locked to Windows.

Comment: Re:No suprise. Comcast TV is poor value for money (Score 1) 136

by bondsbw (#49617111) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

I want service and infrastructure to be separated.

I like the idea of IPTV, and AT&T's U-Verse TV service is completely IP-based. So why do I have to have U-Verse Internet service? If I can only get Comcast Internet at my home, then why am I limited to Comcast TV? Why can't I subscribe to U-Verse TV over the Comcast lines?

That is just an example. The same principle could be applied elsewhere... such getting DirecTV over cable lines or cable TV over satellite. The point is, you should be able to choose your service based on what you want, not which pipe you happen to have running to your house.

Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 1) 174

It's not just about trying to prove someone wrong. But few people want to spend their energy on proving someone else to be correct, although that is arguably the best kind of science we can do.

And suppose you do try to prove them wrong, and fail to do so. What's in it for you? Too few papers are submitted or published where the author's hypothesis is shown to be flawed.

Comment: Re:'Hidden city' explanation (Score 2) 126

by bondsbw (#49597833) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets

This seems bit like Coca-Cola selling 20oz bottles for $1.50, 2 liter bottles for $0.99, and then getting mad when the customer pays for a 2 liter, drinks 20 oz, and throws the rest away.

Boo-freaking-hoo. Somebody is getting paid to set up these pricing schemes, and part of their job is to take into account the consequences of non-obvious cost structures.

Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 3, Insightful) 174

Many sciences, not just the ones you listed, have at least some problem with reproducibility. Verification isn't nearly as sexy as coming up with a new idea.

During my academic days, all the focus was on new work and literature reviews, but only one professor seemed to (defeatedly) care about verifying the results of other researchers. That doesn't get the funding.

Comment: Re:MORE BLOAT! (Score 3, Insightful) 81

Not sure about the desktop side of things, but Microsoft is building a Windows "Nano Server" edition that is about as slim as it can get. The way I understand, their goal is to release this version with only a PowerShell remote interface and the ability to host ASP.NET, but eventually they'll allow the user to layer on additional optional components to build a system with more features.

I'd love if they did that for the desktop...

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