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Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 416

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

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...

Submission + - Microsoft closing down Flight Sim dev team (

chiefnerd writes: "After 27 years, Microsoft has confirmed that it is shutting down ACES studio, the development team that has supported its Flight Sim franchise. This will affect not only flight sim fans but also third party developers. No word on a successor. Personally, I prefer X-Plane (Windows, OSX, Linux)."

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

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.

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