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

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 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 https://console.ng.bluemix.net... .

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) 370 370

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 1) 112 112

by qbzzt (#46222365) Attached to: IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

I don't know specifically about the 401(k), but frankly I don't care either. I don't put money in it - all the retail investments that are available will depreciate when as the baby boomers attempt to retire and realize the demographics don't support it.

Note: My opinion, obviously not IBM's.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.