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Comment: Re:That's how it's done... (Score 1) 294

by tshak (#39450421) Attached to: Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

Poker between a group of players is a zero sum game, therefore, the hypothetical "average" player breaks even.

This is not necessarily true. For example, it is not uncommon to have one or two really bad players at the table feeding the rest of the game. While the "sharks" may have the largest edge, the average player may have an edge as well. The inverse is also true. One or two exceptional players could be the only players at the table with an edge.

Comment: Re:Conflicting Research (Score 1) 214

by tshak (#38701802) Attached to: Introversion and Solitude Increase Productivity

I wouldn't discount research based on the research date. If the research is accurate there's no reason that time would be a factor, unless better studies were conducted and drew a different conclusion. If you're interested, do some research on the topic and you'll find that many companies from startups to major corporations utilize some form of open work spaces.

Comment: Re:True that - NOT (Score 1) 551

by tshak (#29541195) Attached to: The Duct Tape Programmer

...he was a duct tape programmer! He always got it done by the deadline, but then he spent 75% of his time maintaining... in some cases we just tossed the exisiting work and started from scratch

Maintainability costs money. The article would have been much better if it just linked to the KISS principle as a reminder that needless complexity is bad. Instead there's this apparent (unintended?) emphasis on lower quality with the use of the "duct tape" metaphor as well as an out of context reference to Gabriel's "Worse is Better" essay*. The hard problem in software is maintainability, which is usually the result of hack-n-slash code that appears "done" because it "works" (just don't ever change it).

* There is a big difference between not developing the "perfect product" (i.e. every ideal feature) vs. code quality. The latter has a direct correlation to maintainability costs and future development velocity.


+ - Apple Mail in Leopard vulnerable again->

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juct writes "In March 2006 Apple defused a security problem in Apple Mail that made it possible to inject disguised malignant code. In Leopard, the patch was apparently forgotten. This means that you can inadvertently start an executable by double-clicking a mail attachment that looks like a JPEG image file. This works with special attachmnets of the MIME type AppleDouble, that carry information which application should be used to open a file. In Tiger you got a warning about a program being opened, Leopard silently executes a shell script with Terminal.app. heise Security provides a demo, where you can check for yourself."
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+ - Vista passed OS X in 15 weeks, Gates claims

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SlinkySausage writes "Speaking to 3000 delegates of Microsoft's annual WinHEC conference, Bill Gates says sales of Vista overtook sales of Mac OS X in just 15 weeks. "We set a bar for ease of use and security," Gates told the audience. "As of last week we have had nearly 40 million copies (of Vista) sold, and that's happened twice as fast as Windows XP."
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+ - Bill Hilf Clarifies "Free Software" Commen

Submitted by tshak
tshak (173364) writes "Bill Hilf recently posted a clarification on Port 25 related to this earlier story about comments he made like, "The Free Software movement is dead": "My statements were shaped in a sensationalist way, not surprisingly, this isn't the first time the press has used shock value to get headlines... In this article it sounds like I say 'because they are paid, then free software is extinct!' which, of course, is silly. I know this and I think it's a combination of me not being clear and this particular article shaping it in a certain direction. But I'll take the blame: I shoved my foot in my mouth and it came across as idiotic. ""

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