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Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 416

by chiefnerd (#34273416) Attached to: Woz Says Android Will Dominate
It is interesting just how many of today's supposedly "new and revolutionary" products and methods of applying technology are rooted in the variety of those early days. Standardizing on one platform appears on the surface to be more efficient, but may not be beneficial to the trade or the individual developer long term. In fact, blindly doing things the same way time after time can obscure better ways of doing things. I appreciate the fact that by coding for many of the systems the parent mentions, I have gained perspective on different design and architecture decisions. This has proved invaluable when working on a number of software development projects throughout the years. Variety is good.

Comment: Re:midichlorians (Score 1) 629

by chiefnerd (#30516100) Attached to: The Definitive Evisceration of <em>The Phantom Menace</em> *NSFW*
I am not so sure that the Old Republic Jedi had this right. Maybe they *thought* that midichlorians imparted Force powers, but it was actually more of a correlative effect than causative. Maybe it was even a way to insure that Anakin (who was most likely created by Sidious' former master) was chosen by the Jedi Council for training. Interesting fictional conspiracy theory...

Comment: Re:If you have abstraction, switching is a LOT eas (Score 1) 622

by chiefnerd (#22681326) Attached to: When Should We Ditch Our Platform?
MOD PARENT UP! I totally agree with the abstraction layer strategy. It has saved my team from "improvements", deprecations, and basic changes in the development environment vendor's flavor of the week. Most of the time with commercial vendors these "improvements" are driven by the vendor's desire to sell more licenses and training.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.