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Comment: Re:Classic... (Score 1) 85

by ghjm (#45760329) Attached to: Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Has Been Found

The word "refactor" has been insanely successful in getting managers to approve rewrites. Before the Agile Manifesto, when programmers wanted to take a completed function and write it again, they would ask to "rewrite" it. The manager would ask what's wrong with it, the programmers would say, "nothing, really" and the manager would decline the request. Now, the programmers ask to "refactor" the function, the manager asks what that means, and the programmers give a confused answer whose only consistent message is that whatever-it-is is urgently needed. So the manager says, "okay, I guess."

The first case leads to crufty codebases that are hard to add new functions to. The second case leads to writing the same functions over and over and getting nowhere. It's not clear to me which is better, but it is clear to me that substituting the word "refactor" for "rewrite" has changed the world.

Comment: Re:iTunes (Score 1) 519

by ghjm (#43728641) Attached to: iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

The Windows HAL is certainly not the greatest API ever, but somehow everyone other than Apple manages to have their device detection work by callback or event sink, not by polling. If Apple really is polling for USB presence, then there's really no way you can blame that on the Microsoft API, which does provide better ways of doing USB device presence detection.

Comment: More Tim Ferriss damage (Score 1) 317

by ghjm (#43089101) Attached to: Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work

A couple months ago, we had the (likely made-up) incident of the programmer outsourcing his job to China. That story was widely told in corporate boardrooms, along with mentioning Tim Ferriss. Now they have all just read The Four-Hour Work Week and have come to the conclusion that anyone who wants to telecommute is trying to rip them off (which is what they already secretly thought anyway).

Comment: Re:Bumpy times ahead (Score 1) 295

by ghjm (#41608851) Attached to: Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

> If you're gonna have to learn a new OS why does it have to windows?

Because only Windows runs all the applications you depend on. If your business runs on Quickbooks, then it runs on Windows for the foreseeable future. (Though not necessarily Windows 8. Many businesses are still running Windows XP today. You won't be forced to Win8 for several years - and who knows what might happen in the next decade.)

Comment: Re:Good riddance. (Score 1) 313

by ghjm (#40999449) Attached to: Adobe Officially Kills New Flash Installations On Android

That would make sense if they were producing revenue for it. But for a free giveaway, the faster they can kill it, the sooner they can fire the one remaining developer who knows anything about it.

tl;dr - keep Flash on your Android device for as long as possible, because Stan really needs that job.

Comment: Re:PC analogy (Score 3, Interesting) 278

by ghjm (#38296498) Attached to: EFF Asks To Make Jailbreaking Legal For All Devices

It needs to be more sophisticated than that.

For example, in the automotive industry, you DO NOT void your warranty (no matter what the dealer tries to pull on you) by installing a K&N air filter. But you DO void your warranty by reboring the cylinders and putting in oversized pistons. This is all regulated and the manufacturers don't get to just decide you void your warranty if you sneeze inside the car, the way computer industry manufacturers do.

What we need here is common sense regulatory involvement. Apple needs to be told to quite the ridiculous arms race and just let 0.01% of people run weird software on their hardware - just like GM needed to be told that bolt-on upgrades don't void the powertrain warranty.

Comment: Re:convenience over quality (Score 1) 360

by ghjm (#38293290) Attached to: Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

You might as well ask why people read newspapers, when hardcover books have better typography.

Netflix streaming is as good or better than any other kind of streaming, but nobody ever claimed it would be as good as discs. If you want the highest possible quality, stick to Blu-Ray ... which Netflix also offers.

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