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Comment Rarely (Score 1) 319 319

If you mean upgrading to a new version - will do it on rare occassion, either need new features, or the old version didn't work so well. Maybe once per machine. If you means applying patches, then only once when the new OS is installed, then never. In any case, all my OS's are long since out of support anyway.

Comment Re:Europe is a shadow of itself (Score 1) 266 266

"America on the other hand never had any war on its main land."

The American Civil War was fought on US soil, is considered one of the earliest "Industrial Wars", and resulted in over one million casualties. Not the largest war ever, but its impact is still felt today.

"Also, europe is very strong in the free software world."

There was also that guy Torvalds from Finland who created something called Linux.

Comment Patent Wars? (Score 1) 355 355

Why would anyone expect Microsoft to engage in such combat? Especially since the person in charge of Microsft's Open Source strategy famously wrote:

".. our PREFERRED plan is to LICENSE ... versus LITIGATE."

Gotta love Microsoft. Always thinking about our welfare. Or not.

Comment Re:Hard To Say (Score 3, Interesting) 293 293

No trolling, and even though you post as AC, you raise a good point. Slashdot is not functional without Javascript enabled, and so that is how I read it. Nevertheless, it is teetering on the edge of becoming unusable. The moment it crosses the threshold, I will stop reading it. There are many websites that I used to visit (some hosting content by very good writers) but the Javascript jockeys have turned them to mush. The submitter seems to aspire to becoming one of those jockeys. What do I know? I'm just one person - a tiny mote in webserver logs. Whether I am a canary ...

[Way OT - I just used the Post button. What's quick reply?]

Comment The PM writes good code (Score 1) 230 230

I was able to compile it with both gcc and g++, even though it seems to have been written for a Windoze system. So yes, it is legal as both C and C++ code.

No idea how to run it. Was expecting "You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here." Instead, all you get is "Row[1] :"

Comment Face-to-Face Communication Matters (Score 4, Interesting) 133 133

Many years a go I was coordinating a group of developers that was somewhat larger than yours and possibly even more distributed. E-mail and phone conferences were fine, but they were no substitute for face-to-face communication. At some point I just decided that we all needed to get together for a 2-day meeting every month, which meant everyone else had to fly in, except for those in Asia, who joined by videoconference in spite of ridiculous time zone differences. No objections from upper management. It definitely helped (and later learned that people regretted when I stopped holding the meetings.) The key is to make sure you work in a place where it is a non-stop flight for everyone else.

At the moment I am working on a project where the center of activity is two time zones away. Coming up on a review, I realized that there was a big disconnect in how the people in charge thought my part of the project would work - this in spite of our having even more advanced online collaborative tools to communicate. On my own initiative, I flew out to where the rest of the project is located. It was for 2 days, and it was extremely productive - indeed, essential.

There always seems to be a mandate in organizations that people travel too much, and it needs to be cut back. I look at it the opposite - people don't travel enough.

Comment On the other hand ... (Score 2) 116 116

The place I work is required to allow itself to be scanned, both from outside and inside the network perimeter. However, whenever the auditors show up to do their inside scanning, we have to disable a number of security systems so they can "do their job". Kinda defeats the whole purpose, but whatever makes the auditors happy.

Comment Re: Sony should return to its roots (Score 2) 188 188

The real roots were tape recorders. Those were the first Sony (consumer) products I saw. Also, transistor radios. Next came portable (B&W) TV's - ones that would fit on a small table. My brother bought one and then invented the world's first remote control - it was a long stick with wooden attachment that let him change the channel while remaining in bed. Lazy SOB. I did have a Trinitron for a while, and while awesome for its time, it has long been shipped off to recycling.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 393 393

"Consider this: In the past 10 years has the distribution you run changed significantly in what it offers over other distributions? I think you'll find the answer is largely no."

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, and in a negative way. Distros got better for a while, but then they maxed out around 2001, and it's been a gradual decline ever since. Luke may have the best of intentions, but his solution is no solution.

Frederick Brooks had it right - there are no silver bullets.

Comment Re:Uh, I've worked for Big Blue . . . repeatedly. (Score 1) 190 190

"Employees now are issued laptops with a rebranded version of RHEL installed."

Why not SCO Linux? Given that SCO and IBM are such close business partners. Typical example:

"IBM DB2 Version 8.1 Certified on SCO Linux 4.0 ..."

You will lose an important tape file.