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Comment State of software quality (Score 4, Insightful) 358

I don't think this has as much to do with Android and iOS as it does with the state of software quality in general. The current state of software quality is abysmal, since the shift to scripting languages and web apps as the primary platform about ten years, the science and art of writing robust and reliable software for OO, event driven, asynchronous platforms like iOS or Android has become an almost lost skill. Unfortunately failure modes for these platforms are more dramatic than for web apps, in that you'll likely get a crash rather than 'error on page' message. The situation has been further exacerbated by management's insistence an always hiring the lowest quality developers they can find, outsourcing, H1 B's etc. If you use low quality and inexperienced devs, you'll likely get an unstable and and unreliable application on these types of platforms. This should be a wake up call to the industry in general in that we need to focus and engineering, quality and reliability, and not just minimizing cost.
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Submission + - I Phone unlocked (blogspot.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "The Apple I phone has been successfully unlocked. George Hotz of New Jersey managed to unlock his I Phone and is now using on the T-Mobile network. Detailed instructions on how to unlock the I Phone are posted on Blog Spot also the story is being carried on CNN and Fox , no comment from yet Apple or AT&T."

Submission + - A geek on Everest (kahrlconsulting.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "Recently I was recruited by altitude films to be the IT geek for a filming expedition to the north side of Mount Everest. I have written an account of my experience at : http://www.ueverest.com/camp_life.aspx?postId=19 . It is a tale of high latency, low band width, blown hard drives, and frozen fingers. Summit day is June 14th, the overall expedition is covered at http://www.ueverest.com/"

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.