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Comment: Re:If it works, leave it alone. (Score 1) 213

by Just Some Guy (#48190703) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
The problem is that you're building more and more tooling on top of a painfully decrepit system. Every time you spend more than zero seconds dealing with renaming a file, you've lost money on the deal. Every time you work off HEAD because it's too painful to branch, you're spending developer salaries. I get that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but CVS it utterly and fundamentally broke. You're throwing good money after bad trying to keep it alive.

Comment: This is why they made the cloud (Score 1) 213

by Just Some Guy (#48190611) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Hosting Git is dirt cheap. Converting from ${old_terrible_system} to Git is the painful one-time expense. Here's how you do it:

1. Fire up a suitably bit AWS cloud server.
2. Copy your repo to it.
3. Run the command to convert your old repo to Git.
4. Download the new Git repo.
5. Shut down the instance.

You don't buy expensive, power-hungry software that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours. The Cloud isn't a magical cure-all, but it's a perfect fit for things like this.

Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 1) 165

by LWATCDR (#48187797) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Office is a different strategy.
On CP/M you had Wordstar, Dase II, and often SuperCalc or PerfectCalc. On a lot of other machines like the Apple II, TRS-80, and the Pet you had Visicalc.
When the PC came out Wordstar and Visicalc thrived for a short time then cam Lotus 123 and WordPerfect. WordStar died as did VisiCalc. Dase hung on for a good while fighting off Paradox.
Then you had Windows and Office took over most of the market.
Microsoft is desperate to not have Office go the way of Wordstar, Visicalc, Wordperfect, and Lotus123. When you change platforms new software has a great opportunity. Olders systems are left trying to not tick off their customer base by being too different but at the same time fit with the new platform.

Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 3, Insightful) 165

by LWATCDR (#48186599) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

" Refreshing, no question, and in direct contrast to Google and Apple as you point out."
Actually no it isn't in direct contrast.
When Apple first entered the mobile market they only had to worry about Blackberry, Wince, and Palm. In the smartphone market there was no real dominate player. It was in many ways a lot like the early days of micros with Atari, Apple, Commodore, Radioshack, Ti, and the CP/M machines fighting it out.
Apple and Google where friends and Google got Maps, search, and youtube on the iPhone.
When Android came out IOS was pretty much king. so Google kept putting their products on IOS to keep market share. Apple having the marketshare did not feel the need to put any services on Android. They used their services to keep market share.
Now Microsoft to get market share supports Android and IOS. Android and IOS see no reason to help Microsoft gain marketshare. It is the exact same pattern.

Comment: Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (Score 1) 216

by LWATCDR (#48185673) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Actually it is the opposite. You benefit preaching doom and gloom.
If your advice is taken what ever the worry can not happen because you stopped it. If good things that could have happened didn't no one will really notice.
If your advice is not taken you just take the "it is only a matter of time" and keep your true believers scared. Any failure no matter how small is a victory for you.
If your advice is not taken and something bad happens you where right all along.

You can not really fail being an anti.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 362

by LWATCDR (#48185643) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

"this is what I went through when I bought a retina macbookpro day one. There was a rough transition. I had to hack Word's internal settings to make Word usable. Firefox was unusable for close to a year."
Did you have to hack Safari to work on the retina? what about Apples office products?
You are talking about an issue where older software from a different vendor had issues vs the OS having issues on older hardware. This is a very different issue.
"It is. You can change that stuff easily."
So it would have been simple to default to the best font for each device. If DPI is x use this font.
Not a tragedy to be sure but it is lazy.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 362

by LWATCDR (#48185199) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

So customer that buys a brand new Air should just be happy that they get a bad experience for the next three years?
You didn't really answer the question of why not pick the font based on the DPI of the display? One of the bit selling points of the Mac was that they where resolution independant. What the comes down to is laziness or arrogance. I am sure that someone will make a utility to change the default font on the Mac if it is not already available in settings.

Comment: Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (Score 1) 216

by LWATCDR (#48172313) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

"You're so full of FUD that I can only wonder which energy conglomerate you're shilling for. Care to tell us?"
He is not he is a green.
You see the truth is that there are a good number of "activists" that make a living telling people that "you never know".
The will spout off about solar and ignore the problems like storage and the fact that solar peak is not the same as usage peak. They will just use buzzwords like "smart grid" and then complain about the cost of nuclear being greater than natural gas but ignore the cost of solar and wind being higher than natural gas.
It has become a religion and if you dare to be pro-nuclear your friends and the other people you self identify with will shun you.

Comment: Re:great news. (Score 1) 407

by LWATCDR (#48169131) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

It is simple.
If you know you are guilty they will offer you a chance to take a deal, save the courts a lot of time and effort, and rewards the guilty party for choosing to be honest. Yes it is honest for a reward but still being honest.
If you are caught and you know that you are actually guilty of breaking the law but try to get out of it they will make you an example.

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