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Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 2) 103

Windows 8.1 worked fine in "just" 1Gb (my tablet ran it with that, it was a very smooth environment.)

People were expecting Windows 10 to be the "7" to 8.0s "Vista" (boy, is that a confusing sentence.) I think Windows 10 though is the second coming of Vista. I'm hoping "what comes after Windows 10" (I'm not sure how the marketing will go) to be rather more memory efficient.

Technically Windows 10 runs in 1Gb, it's running on the same tablet right next to me. But it crawls. All the smoothness of 8.1 is gone.

Comment Re:When you do microservices, it isn't one project (Score 1) 260

This works quite well when you're developing yet another web app.

Right. But that's a very small slice of the software development space. Lots of embedded applicatione don't even have the luxury of a real O/S. On the other hand, even with web apps (well designed ones) most of the interesting work is done by the time you get to where you can fling a few buzzwords at the APIs.

Comment Brute force? (Score 1) 83

I may misunderstand this -- my quantum physics are hazy at best -- but I am under the impression that "brute force" isn't the leverage that quantum computing will apply to the problem.

Can anyone who actually understands what a quantum computer could do give us (ok, me) a lesson on the nature of the threat to encryption?

Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 1) 223

You entirely missed the point. The community is on FB. They are not going to move, even if I build a much better site. I can't -- no one can, in fact -- offer them what FB does, which is that hub, plus connection to family and friends and job, including the very good chance of re-connecting with old friends, associates and classmates.

What they have is the public. Getting the public away from them is a pipe dream for anyone. Google couldn't do it, and Google+ is *far* better, technically speaking, then FB is.

It is simply glib to say "go build your optimum site" because to be optimum, the community would have to be there. And that is not going to happen no matter what you do.

As I already said, I can live with the down-side. What I can't do is replace with something of equal value.

Comment Re: Waaaahhhhh!! (Score 1) 536

Jobs, yes. Zuckerberg I can't comment upon. Gates? Supposedly very pleasant and encouraging to developers who reported to him (not always for the right reasons, there's a nice story about the author of one of the first multi-app extensions for Mac OS where Gates try to manipulate him into over-promising by flattering him.)

Still, that said, I still really don't understand the mentality that says a good boss or project leader should be an abusive asshole, or that abuse is a reasonable way to impart criticism that doesn't over all cause harm in the long run. Abuse is abuse. Jobs will be thought of as a great innovator long after his death, but he'll never, ever, be thought of as a great leader.

Comment Re:Any links to real conversations? (Score 1) 851

The linked message was not to Sarah Sharp.

And Sharp has made it clear it's not criticism she's afraid of, it's the personalization of it, the fact so much comes across (rightly or wrongly) as "You're a fuck-up" rather than "You made this mistake".

I wouldn't want to work in that environment either. But then I don't really care for those Reality TV shows that comprise of a rude Brit expert insulting the contestants... (spoof)

Comment Re:Oh good, more contention. (Score 2) 150

The reason we use 2.4GHz is because we're cheap. We've known of problems with it for years, with cordless phone makers making 2.4GHz phones, and with even the most well shielded Microwave oven causing interference. But we continue to use it because early 802.11a gear was expensive, and because "advanced" equipment like 802.11a repeaters was priced for corporate purchasing, when they cost $10 or so a unit to make.

Even after this, we still have 900MHz and 5GHz free and clear. Personally, I think the 5GHz Wi-fi system, coupled with cheap repeaters, is a better system than 2.4GHz, and I wish we'd move over to it. There's massively more bandwidth, interference from neighbors is close to impossible both because of walls and because the bandwidth makes it rare two networks will use the same frequency, and there's less interference from every day devices like cordless phones (even 5GHz phones, which are being phased out in favor of DECT anyway) and Microwave ovens.

If LTE-U both pushes us to move to 5GHz, and gives our mobile devices better coverage and more bandwidth, I'm all in favor of it.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener