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Comment Agree to disagree. (Score 1) 106 106

The new start menu is pretty nice. "Pin to start" is great. You can go with small or large icons for the pinned apps. The pc mode is improved where you don't have the ridiculous full screen "modern apps" that you have to switch away from with alt-tab or by using hot corners. Hot corners in general are gone. Dual monitor is pretty good. All my devices work. I'm using it on my daily work and home machines. VMWare runs fine on it.

On the not so good side. It is hard to make search only search my machine and not the internet. You really feel this with a slow connection. Sometimes the start menu will not come up when I hit the windows logo. They kind of dumbed down the windows update making so you can't pick which ones you want now. That may be a good thing for most folks but I don't like it. Settings in general are an ugly mix of modern and classic. Device Manager and some of the Network settings are classic but the tray interfaces are all moder. The Moder App version One Note is confusing. It is even more confusing that you end up with two versions of OneNote if you install office. You can set the zoom / scale differently on multiple monitors but you sometimes get weird font behavior if you drag a window across the monitors.

It feels like an improvement over ghastly windows 8 , which I previously ran on all machines so I could get task bars on all monitors.

Comment "Woeful diversity" or the "wrong diversity" (Score 1) 256 256

The company is 51% white, barely over half. They are making progressat a rate of 2% per year, if the goal is to be "less white" . How fast can a company change with Facebook's attrition and growth rate? 49% asian includes a several ethnic phenotype. Grouping them together makes it look like a monolithic block when in fact it probably means large pools of Indian or Chinese ancestor employees. Would facebook look more diverse with a finer breakdown?

Certain groups, who are under represented in engineering colleges, are also underrepresented in their employee pool. Facebook could do "fake" diversity like a lot of companies where HR, facilities and non-tech jobs are disproportionately black and Hispanic. It would help them make their public numbers without actually creating oportunities :-(

Comment Possibly bringing high grade slicers to everyone (Score 2) 81 81

I talked with folks from the Microsoft side at the build conference. The Microsoft team was pretty passionate how 3D additive devices can change the future of manufacturing and make communities. They were really focused on the needs of small-med-large manufacturers making high quality slicers and standard drivers wildly available. The person I talked to said that they wanted to help let printer manufacturers focus on the things they innovate and not worry about the software as much that was outside their area of expertise.

Some of the larger machine shops are talking about being able to build parts with additive processes that are impossible with current techniques. You can add cooling channels, hollow spaces, internal honeycomb structures that can't be forged or milled. I'm not a machinist but it sounded like a change on the scale of computer controlled CNC

Comment Agree: Didn't want one band tracks (Score 1) 163 163

I wish I had mod points. The one band games and packs were a horrible idea. The original Guitar Hero products introduced people to a lot of different bands from different times. My kids and their friends came to appreciate that. (Ok me too). This is actually one of my gripes with Rocksmith. I'd really like some (80s,90s,2000s... ) anthology pack rather than "3 greenday songs"

Comment C# is the only .Net language for practical purpose (Score 1) 421 421

There are dozens of languages that compile to the .NET CLI, including BASIC, C++, Ruby, PHP, Java, JavaScript, Python, Lisp, Pascal, Perl, Scheme, etc. C# is the most popular language to compile to the CLI, yes, but almost any other common language out there can be used too.

C# is really the only popular .Net language. Microsoft .Net spent time on C# while the Java / JVM crowd spent time building new languages.

Comment Re:MS has been late to every recent tech movement (Score 1) 421 421

.Net 4.5 has some nice async features. LINQ, on the other hand is yet another power tool that lets the unsuspecting create amazingly inefficient code. No one ever seems to have any idea what their LINQ code is doing under the hood.

Comment .Net exception handling? (Score 1) 421 421

Exception handling isn't that different.

Java unchecked exceptions operate basically the same was as C#/.Net extensions. You catch them where you want in the call stack or it bubbles all the top.

People don't like checked exceptions because your code is filled with documentation about the types of problems it can have. Of course the alternative is you end up with catch Exception(e) code at boundaries which has its own problems.

Comment VS unless you want to work with multiple projects (Score 1) 421 421

VS is great unless you want to run and build multiple projects (solutions) at the same time. Want to work on a library and a couple consumers? Open multiple copies of Visual Studio. Want to run the debugger against multiple copies? Run multiple copies of Visual Studio. Want to do certain operations in test or other modes? Run Visual. Studio as administrator

VS only got the ability to edit code in the debugger in 64bit mode this year!

Comment Re:no good guys here (Score 1) 236 236

uh, well that's easy, the aliens are the bad guys and the predators are just that.

The aliens have the ability to wipe out entire spieces and co-opt their DNA. The predators assume they can control that type of danger to support their coming of age rituals. The Predators are stupid.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.