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Comment: Re:Enjoy years of splitting between 5 and 6 (Score 1) 192

by smash (#48977339) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?
You're still boned as soon as someone attempts to enter their name if it uses characters that are not available in ASCII, and say, link that to data from a Unicode application somehow. Amongst a heap of other seemingly trivial use cases that will render your application pretty useless.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

by smash (#48976349) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

In my experience I have had less crashes in the past 15 years with FreeBSD than I have with Linux. I have had crashes with both. I haven't had significantly more blue screens with Windows either, and the ones I have had with windows have been caused by broken hardware or drivers.

Buy decent hardware with proper driver support and most current operating systems are stable. Problem is most people buy bottom dollar hardware.

Comment: Re: Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

by smash (#48955065) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

And power users complained that Apple stuff doesn't meet their needs - yes, that's true. But Apple doesn't cater to the power user niche - they cater to the common user whose needs are fairly simple.

This often comes up, but many of the power users I know (engineers, including network engineers, etc.) use Macs.

This statement is a fallacy propagated by those who haven't spent any significant time with OS X I suspect. OS X looks shiny on the surface, but is extremely powerful underneath if you care to spend a few days exploring it. It marries unix with a friendly UI and some pretty awesome, easy to use automation capabilities (Automator, Applescript). Yes, other platforms have automation tools as well, but they're nowhere near as quick and easy to make use of.

Comment: Re: Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

by smash (#48955045) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Selling a tablet was an innovation. If you recall when the iPad was first announced, many, many people thought it was pointless, it would never sell, there was no market (possibly because people had tried to sell tablets before and failed).

Apple were first to make a tablet experience that didn't suck.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo