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Comment: I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movie (Score 3, Informative) 258

Amazing how the government freaked out over H1N1 years ago and simply nothing happened. Yet, a real virus is on the move and "everything is a-ok" is the word from everyone.

Yes yes, you only get it if you come in contact with feces, vomit, etc, but that perception is there now that it is in the US.

Comment: Re:C# using xamarin (Score 2) 316

by hsmith (#48006641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?
I do all native for my development. But, if you design your business and storage layers correctly, it is all but a few "find and replaces" to convert ObjC to Java. Then all you have to worry about is your UI. Apps that took months to sort out business logic have been ported (business layer) to the other platform in a day.

Comment: Won't solve the real issue. (Score 1, Interesting) 64

by hsmith (#47913703) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
Lets say you have the best "mobile app" to do whatever, XYZ.

Oh great, govt customer wants it. They see it today. Well, thanks to procurement, it will be 18 months before they actually buy it. But, by that point, the product will have changed a good bit - well because that is what software does now a day. But, that isn't what Gov manager wanted - they want what they saw 18 months ago.

The sales cycle will chew startups up and spit them out. Not many can accommodate 18 month+ sales cycles.

And that even excludes the issues of continuing resolutions means they don't have cash to buy buy many shiny new objects.

You know that feeling when you're leaning back on a stool and it starts to tip over? Well, that's how I feel all the time. -- Steven Wright