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Comment: Re:iOSification? (Score 1) 965

by cait56 (#43165549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
The IOSification of Mac OS X has less to do with the features of MAC OS X and more to do with the near total lack of features from anywhere else.

Almost all features you use on Mac OS X either a) come from Apple or b) are a port of a Windows game.

The lack of anyone adding any original value to this ecosystem is why I ended up buying Windows 7 machines, and lately just not buying any desktop machines in favor of various Android devices.

Comment: The standards are published in English (Score 4, Informative) 330

by cait56 (#42834133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?
All of the protocols that web programming depend upon are published in English. So presuming the ability to read written English is reasonable.
If you collaborating with non-native English speakers, although, you should be careful to not assume that the ability to read or even write English guarantees that they will be comfortable discussing ideas orally in English.

Comment: It's what you learn, not earn. (Score 1) 133

by cait56 (#42781711) Attached to: The Top Paying Tech Companies For Interns
I wouldn't want an intern who focused on their pay as an intern.

What you should be focused on is how much you will learn. In a good intern position the company is investing in training a prospect. If you were paid your real net present value you would be lucky to get minimum wage.

IMHO, a company paying more than that is looking to hire a temporary grunt who has learned some syntax -- not someone they want to train.

Comment: Re:Confirmation from NORAD... (Score 1) 425

by cait56 (#42716895) Attached to: Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back
More to the point. I am skeptical that Iran could launch any missile into space without prompting a massive response by Israel.
Any missile that could reach orbit could reach Tel Aviv. Faith that Iranian's are pursuing research for purely scientific reasons is not in abundance anywhwere, but especially not in Israel.

Comment: Bitcoin is not the problem. (Score 1) 347

by cait56 (#42552731) Attached to: Online Gambling Site Bets On Bitcoin To Avoid U.S. Laws
The use of a dubious currency just distracts from the real problem - gambling with an online site that is not certified by anyone. Regulated casinos have to document exactly how much they rigged each game in their favor. An unregulated online site can cheat you anyway it wants to.

Comment: Importance not related to Windows (Score 3, Insightful) 162

by cait56 (#42550669) Attached to: Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important
Thinking that Samba is less important because "Windows is less important" is definitely off target. The obvious implication of the statement is that if Samba is less important then NFS is. I certainly am not aware of any trend there. CIFS and NFS both remain valid NAS protocols. To the extent that "Windows is less important" because PCs are less important then you are dealing with some serious trends in storage.

One trend is the growing use of virtual disks in VMs to provide storage. This is just stupidity. Shared files server users far better than virtual disks do. Files are not created for OSs, they are a mechanism for sharing information between users.
The other trend is away from NAS and towards object storage. That is a good trend, but not one that will make NAS protocols obsolete anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Wasn't it only available online or in MS stores (Score 1) 375

by cait56 (#42194875) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units
Dead on. The surface is selling a new form factor. The inclusion of Office makes it something I might consider, but only if I can get a feel for the form factor before I buy. So when Microsoft does not convince Best Buy et al to put it on shelves I can either conclude that Microsoft does not know how to market things, or that they know that my getting my hands on it at a retail outlet is not going to increase sales.

Comment: Is the problem Chrome itself? (Score 2) 230

by cait56 (#41699183) Attached to: ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets
This hardware at this price running Linux, Android, Windows RT or even iOS would be a great bargain. What I have not yet seen in any promotion of a Chromebook is how well it works as a basic document editor when I'm *not* connected to the Cloud. If I need a lightweight mobile editing device with a permanently attached keyboard (which I cannot accidentally leave behind) then I need that portable document editor to be able to work even if the WiFI at the conference I am attending isn't working yet or is just plain overloaded. Adding a carrying case with a bluetooth keyboard, and software, to my Nexus 7 comes out way ahead Microsoft Surface. If this Chromebook ran Android, it would come out ahead. But have they really enabled Chromebooks to work effectively when detached from the network yet?

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov