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Comment: Web apps vs. desktop apps (Score 1) 218

by qbzzt (#49564833) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

If you develop a native app people will use everywhere, you probably need these version:

1. Windows
2. Linux
3. iOS
4. Android

And then you need to convince people to download and install your software, because it is not malicious. OTOH, with a web app they just need a browser.

Native apps may be a better solution when you are doing a custom application for a specific business, and all their employees have Windows desktops or laptops.

Comment: Re:Is IBM a real cloud hosting competitor? (Score 2) 29

by qbzzt (#49025743) Attached to: Microsoft To Offer Azure Credits To Compete With IBM, AWS

IBM recently bought SoftLayer, and is now offering a cloud with a bunch of additional enterprise services at .

Required disclaimer: While I am an IBM employee, my opinions are my own and do not represent the IBM corporation. In fact, being a publicly traded corporation, I don't think IBM can have opinions other than "it is good to fulfill one's fiduciary duties".

Comment: Re:Great school that is self pace, accredited and (Score 1) 370

by qbzzt (#46577169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

I got my M.Ed. there. The main advantage of WGU is that it isn't class based but competency based. You do assignments (and tests) to prove your knowledge. They don't really provide much in the way of materials, but if you already know it and just need the diploma you can advance very quickly. It is ~$3000 for an all-you-can-study semester.

Comment: Re:Edit, but disclose (Score 5, Informative) 112

by qbzzt (#46218733) Attached to: IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

This is pretty much IBM's policy. We're allowed to post about IBM, provided what we post is:

1. Non confidential (I can't tell you about the time machine we're building in the basement in Austin)
2. Not damaging (I am not allowed to be defamatory, for example - although I will say all of HP's employees who are black with yellow polka dots are habitual liars)
3. Clearly stated to be the opinion of a specific IBM employee, rather than the IBM corporation

It would be silly not to let IBM employees, for example, post about mainframes. A lot of the world's mainframe expertise is at IBM.

Disclaimer: I am an IBM employee, but these are my own opinions. They do not reflect the opinions of the IBM corporation in any way, shape, or form. Considering that IBM is not a natural person, I'm not sure if it even has opinions, beyond "money coming in good, money going out bad".

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