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Comment horseshit (Score 1) 226

Developers too often seem to think they know everything, when (esp on large teams) often they have zero idea what it takes to bring their ideas to the real world. It takes serious designers to develop a scalable app, even if lots of people think they know how. I work in production support of multiple websites, meaning I have to clean up after the mistakes developers make on a daily basis. The support folks who have to write patches for our products often grieve over the situations the original developer placed them in. It often takes a major rewrite to fix many performance issues, because the original programmer never imagined all the different situations their code would be used. Prod support is where the real issues are discovered and solved. Accept it and move on.


Microsoft Phases Out XNA and DirectX? 256

mikejuk writes "It is reported that Microsoft has sent an email to DirectX/XNA MVPs which informs them that they are no longer needed because XNA and DirectX are no longer evolving. What does this mean? If you don't need MVPs then presumably you anticipate nothing to support in the future."

Comment since 1.0 (Score 1) 263

Like many of you, I've been learning and using Perl since 1.0 was first released on CSU. I was privileged to be able to contribute to the early versions by porting Perl to the many various platforms I had access to at my employer (a compiler company) at the time. 25 years later, I still find Perl useful in my current job. Love it. Thanks Larry and everyone else!

Comment Re:Automatically paralleling compilers (Score 3, Informative) 404

SGI's automatic parallelizing software came from Kuck and Associates, Inc ( I worked there for 8-1/2 years, and one disappointing fact we learned was that the only people who really cared enough about parallelizing their software to analyze their code and modify the source to make it faster were either research scientists (of which there were relatively few) who mostly wanted quicker and cheaper results (because renting time on supercomputers costs $$) or marketing departments of computer hardware manufacturers (of which there were fewer) who only wanted to be able to advertise higher SPECmark numbers for their hardware. SGI was the only manufacturer who shipped our product with every C and Fortran compiler they sold. IBM, DEC, HP only sold it as an option, but all used it internally to speed up their own benchmark numbers.

Automatic parallelizing is tough, tougher than you think. It's nearly impossible if you don't have a human performing program analysis and adding source code directives to inform the compiler about data dependence needs.

Comment where exactly is it "on sale now"? (Score 1) 403

I read TFA where is says the new laptop is for sale now, but it's not listed on their website anywhere. and all you see are 4 models, and all include windows 7 home premium. There is no option for another OS.

Search for "xps 13 developer" from within and you get three links to their wiki containing press releases about this new product.

Comment details, details (Score 1) 67

While the article says they 'unveiled' it, it doesn't give any information about the hardware at all. I'm guessing it hasn't actually been built yet. Too bad. The Top 500 Supercomputers list is due to be updated this month.

Comment IPV6 is inevitable - better learn it now (Score 3, Insightful) 260

Right now I'm running a free IP v6-over-v4 tunnel from my router to Hurricane Electric. I got assigned my own v6 LAN range. Mac OS X works fine, hits the v6 version of a website if it exists, the v4 version otherwise. Doesn't always work, I know. The DNS part is the problem to figure out. The larger infrastructure DNS servers (comcast, at&t, verizon, etc) need to support IPv6. Comcast has just begun rolling it out to end users, so hopefully they've got dnsv6 servers that work now and still return the correct regionally sorted IP addresses for cloud services like akamai.

Comment Who has the time? (Score 2) 487

When I have a list of 200+ servers and VMs that I'm responsible for, as well as the applications that run on them, who has time to tune each server? While a nice idea, it's simply not practical at the scale most large businesses run at.

We used to use FreeBSD on some servers, but they all quickly became dead ends, as OS patches and upgrades were painful and time consuming. Now we're a SLES house.

Comment no collusion (Score 1) 112

Having previously worked for a US national cell phone company that went through mergers/buyouts, I can tell you this. Until the date that the purchase is approved and announced, there is a "wall" between these two carriers. I guarantee T-Mobile's marketing dept is not making business decisions with any thought or concern about whether AT&T will like it or not, because the people who make those decisions are not allowed to talk to each other. Marketing and engineering teams are not allowed to start talking about integrating systems and product lines until that magic date passes. Employees have undoubtedly already been cautioned to be careful what information they pass along on any normal business calls between the two organizations. After all, it's possible the deal could still fall through.


4chan Declares War On Snow 201

With all the recent hacktivism in the news, Anonymous has decided to take on a new and powerful enemy: snow. On Sunday the group announced that it will "do everything in its power to shut snow down by attacking the Weather Channel and North Face websites, boycotting outerwear, and voting for the sun as Time’s 2010 Person Of The Year." I'm sure there are a lot of people in Minneapolis right now that would wish them luck.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.