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.NETly News 301

Lots of .NET stories in the news today and yesterday; it's a total coincidence that Microsoft started a huge marketing push on Wednesday, including the occasional Doubleclick ad running on Slashdot. BrendanL79 writes: "Peter Wright at contributes to public awareness of Microsoft's .NET with this exuberant piece. The praise borders on sycophancy ("Gutenberg ... Babbage ... now Gates") with no apparent tongue in his cheek. Comments?" Reader vw writes: "Active State has just released Visual Perl 1.2, Visual Python 1.2, and Visual XSLT 1.2 as plugins for Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET. Wonder how long it will take for a Mono hack." Numerous readers pointed to several stories about a buffer overflow problem in Visual Studio .NET which was supposed to be immune to buffer overflows - but it had passed Microsoft's stringent new security audit.
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  • congrats (Score:3, Funny)

    by HCase ( 533294 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:57AM (#3007715)
    i would like to be the first(maybe) to congratulate the newly engaged couple in the comments of the wrong article
  • by frob2600 ( 309047 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:59AM (#3007732)
    In Bill Gates' version of the way things will be, we will all carry around hand-held computers that will allow us to access our e-mail, trade our stocks, send video and photos to the family and generally manage our daily lives. Those hand-helds will also be phones and navigation units, and will carry our electronic wallets. They'll communicate with our computers at home to manage the heating, order the groceries and, when we get home, set just the right ambience for that all-important date with a mix of appropriate mood lighting and Barry White.

    Am I the only person who is just a little afraid to have all of my personal information online? There is just too little right now to keep it secure. Maybe when we are on IPv6 it will be better. But it becomes too easy to hit a few buttons and accidentally abort your new baby instead of inform your parents. ;-)
  • by gTsiros ( 205624 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:02PM (#3007767)
    ..."microsofts new stringent security audit".

    am i the only one who reads this as

    "we now pay attention to compiler warnings"

  • Sycophants? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Shuh ( 13578 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:04PM (#3007776) Journal
    The praise borders on sycophancy ("Gutenberg ... Babbage ... now Gates") with no apparent tongue in his cheek.

    Microsoft has apologists? No way!
  • by Prisoner Of Gravity ( 555440 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:05PM (#3007784)

    Wrong. Java 1.4 has the same thing, an undocumented feature with the exact same name that hypocrit Bill Joy bashed. Yes that's right, Sun included something called 'Unsafe' mode for Java code, that lets it write all over memory to its hearts content. Don't tell Bill Joy though, he's likely to spasm from being called on his lie.

    (PS I love Java. But Bill Joy is a LIAR and should be called on his LIE.)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:21PM (#3007928)
    Why does MS and the world need a new, multi-million-dollar platform like .NET when you can already remotely execute code on 90% of the desktop systems on the planet thanks to MS's security holes?
  • by Kushana ( 206115 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:22PM (#3007931)
    Peter Wright seems to have been given a few too many Microsoft T-shirts, for his critical facilities have completely left him.

    Human history has shown that with the advent of any new important media, pr0n has never been far behind. The printing press? One estimate says that within 10 years 30% of all presses were being used for pr0n. Glossy magazines? Pr0n. Pictures on your computer screen? Pr0n. The Web? Pr0n.

    The simple fact is that .Net will not assist in the distribution of pr0n, and therefore will never be as important to humanity as the printing press, the computer, or the Web.
  • by overshoot ( 39700 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @01:27PM (#3008340)
    Wow! 50% improvement in programmer productivity.
    Fine print:
    ... at shops like Microsoft where the entire design cycle consists of coding. In more mature shops where requirements analysis, specification, design, and QA take up 80-90% of the design cycle things may be a bit different.
  • Pantheon (Score:2, Funny)

    by Latent Heat ( 558884 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @01:49PM (#3008480)
    My personal pantheon (in this order) 1. Guy who invented Novacaine for dental procedures 2. Thomas Crapper -- inventor of indoor plumbing 3. Norman Borlaug -- developer of high-yield cereal grains (he is supported on foundation money, the robber barons (i.e. Gates's) of last century, so his stuff is "Open Source") 4. Chester Carlson -- inventor of Xerox photocopy process (I love my laser printer -- THAT is the best thing since Guttenberg)
  • Re:BS (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tony-A ( 29931 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @05:35PM (#3010095)
    Impressive funeral music for the damned. Somebody had a wicked sense of humor. Thanks.

    The Microsoft emblem. Doesn't the trailing edge look like it's been out in the elements too long. Shattered. (Well it is Windows)

    "Microsoft servers for small business let you connect with customers in ways you never have before." Somehow that sounds omnious.

    My guess is that he has to say something, has nothing to say, and starts blithering.

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