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Comment: History is destined to repeat itself (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by gladish (#46652265) Attached to: Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?
Is it or me does it seem more and more like SunOS, IRIX, HP-UX, VMS, Digital UNIX, and so on all over again? I sometimes wonder if this is the precursor to the second coming of windows. Microsoft is the only company that seems to be trying to unify all their "stuff" across various devices/platforms.

Comment: Re:Python's problem (Score 1) 510

by gladish (#39388257) Attached to: Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow
If you ever write a module extension that requires interaction with the GIL, you'll find yourself trolling through the interpreter source code trying to figure out when you should acquire/release the GIL. I can say, the experience was pretty fun and educational, but it just seems like concurrency within the interpreter itself was an afterthought. I would think that a relatively modern language like python would have 1st class support for threading in it's "official" runtime. (CPython). I agree with the original post, that the GIL is a huge shortcoming. As someone who's also written a lot of .NET wrappers around c++ libraries, I can tell you that in theory it's great, but in practice it's no where near as nice as having a fully "managed" implementation. For starters, portability now relies on that wrapper being available on your target platform. If you own the entire stack, that's fine, but there's still an additional maintenance cost. Also, a lot of people writing python code don't have the expertise to simply drop into c/c++, re-write a critical section of code, THEN write the language binding. No to mention when they're debugging, their code goes into this sort of "black whole" method call and comes back out... hopefully in a good state.

Comment: Re:dual sim? (Score 1) 371

by gladish (#38552776) Attached to: Speculating On What a Microsoft Superphone Might Mean
I'm not familiar how a carried binds a number to a sim. I don't' see why you couldn't route multiple numbers to a single sim, or even better a sim that's billable via different personalities. Here's the way I'm seeing it. Lots of people are carrying multiple devices. This is often times driven by corporate governance/compliance policy. One device for work, one or more for personal use. Eventually most mobile devices will look the same. I see patent litigation as an attempt to slow the commoditization of mobile devices as much as possible. Once all devices are nearly the same, software and yes, services, will be the differentiating factor. If you offer a single device that can be used in a corporate environment -- mostly to integrate with outlook, and be used as a personal device, then legions of BB users would line up to switch. I think virtualization is the key. They manage one clean restricted OS, I manage the other, virus infected, ad riddled image. How they switch... I'm not sure. Not having to reboot or log as a different user would be really nice.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 848

by gladish (#38258112) Attached to: Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?

I haven't RTFA, but the instant question is: So what?

As long as a device solves a problem to the user, that's what the device should restrain itself to do.. General use PCs have proven to become virus/worms/problem infested in the hands of "normal" users..

There will always be general use pc's for those who are willing and have to skills to handle them responsibly..

I for one welcome this new era when tech support nightmares get reduced to a minimum..

maybe you should RTFA.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. -- Milton Friendman