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Comment Re:DLL hell (Score 1, Offtopic) 206 206

Give this man some mod points. CPAN hell. And CPAN bloat - how many different modules for building modules does one need? 3? 4? 5?

And fragility - I made the mistake of upgrading a package once, only having to re-wind it because of the knock-on effect through the rest of the module hierarchy.

Comment Re:No more Flash/Java? Gee, wonder why. (Score 1) 353 353

It's the logical next step. It appears that Apple are bringing Mac OS in line with the iPhone and iPad. I think they're closing down the Mac OS. Notice that Steve "The Prophet" Jobs was nibbling at Google about Open-ness. I guess this is the next step. Steve "The Prophet" Jobs is redefining "open-ness" to mean what he wants it to mean. And that means no third party frameworks. Neat, hey?

This is my first and last Apple machine. Well played, Steve.

Comment UK "Competition" (Score 1) 72 72

The UK govt has never been known for its open policies. Typically, it will hire a firm to build a system, and any incomers will have to buy in to that companies system. Which is nice if you're the gatekeeper. If this ever takes off, then it will be a great step forward for UK software. If the govt publishes the specification, and products are measured against that, then competition is more likely to succeed. We might even get a real software industry.

Comment Re:Comment your code (Score 1) 590 590

Always comment your assumptions.

Give usage examples (scripts or modules).

Files that are used.

Conditions when module/script dies.

Major bits of functionality - like, this module forks, or it makes RPC calls to some external system.

Make sure the mother fucking error-statements actually MEAN SOMETHING, a line number whence they came, what caused the error etc.

Comment Re:Culturally relevant? (Score 1) 420 420

Your analysis is spot on.

ESB is better because it was written by Leigh Bracket and Lawrence Kasdan, who have both been involved with adult *movies*. I tend to regard Star Wars as television for film. It pretends to have a majestic sweep, but it feels phoney.

By the time we get to VI, we're into toys and preview screenings big time. There is no hope after that.

Comment COMPETITION (Score 1) 324 324

Amusingly, MS are really shit when they enter a market with real competition - like the tablet, or the smart-phone. The only way they get to control the market is through the OEMs and the corporate monopoly MS have.

Anybody who said that this is a management failure is correct. It's about time they trimmed the top of the tree and started re-focussing. Although I think it's a bit late now.

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