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Comment Re: I love this crap (Score 1) 232

Even if companies like Epic switch over to Linux they do not surrender control of the product. There is no need to open the source code for the product; only make a shim layer which allows it to run, and add a different authorization mechanism than tying the instance to a specific OS instance.

This is a great thing for the megacorporations as well, as they will lower support costs (without necessarily lowering support revenue - on the contrary, probably) and will be able to compete better as they can devote more resources to implementation of new features as they no longer have to play catch-up with various Windows updates.

The only real obstacle is inertia.

Comment Re:It's a lack of installing updates. (Score 2) 58

And the main reason people turn off updates on Windows 7 is - Microsoft's underhanded Windows 10 upgrade tactics.

When they treat an automatic unattended unwanted upgrade as a critical update, they're teaching users to not accept critical updates.

If they had handled the Windows 10 updates in a mature manner, the impact of WannaCry would have been much, much lesser.

Comment Re:We've been down this road before. (Score 1) 247

The geek generally doesn't care about Office because the geek doesn't use Office. That is the main reason not much happens in that space; Office is the weapon of choice for memos. That may well remain so, but it doesn't much matter, that is not where the battle is fought. Office is pretty much irrelevant.

The huge animation studios run Linux - because it provides the stability and long support cycles they need, and they do not run Photoshop. The market is a lot more fragmented than sweeping generalizations allow for.

That the geek sees only the code is a feature, not a bug. In the long run that wins the battle.

Comment Re:In some ways Stallman is right (Score 1) 247

You know what Stallman would think about that?

He'd love it!

You seem to be under the impression that Stallman is after the glory of being the one that makes this happen. Nothing could be further from the truth. He simply wants it to happen. If it takes someone else grabbing the torch and running doesn't matter, as long as it happens.

This is very clear in how he advocates for everything he advocates, and in the approach he takes. This is not about him becoming a leader of some sort. He does not want that. It has simply happened, and he's not the kind of person who is interested in that - and that is why he's not doing a great job of it.

But right now, if he doesn't do it, it doesn't get done. And that is why he does it. And all this talk about how he could do it better completely misses the point.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 734

On 2), he was trained in Sweden, where you are allowed to call yourself an engineer if you are trained as an engineer. That's the qualification required, and that's it.

Why would Swedish universities teach that in backwards states in backwards countries he is not allowed to call himself an engineer? It is not the case in most of the world, after all. I am fairly sure hardly anyone at the universities in Sweden know that Oregon has this crazy law.

Comment Re: Sounds like you're the problem (Score 1) 262

If all the company wants to do is "survive" then the company really needs to rethink its strategy.

My role usually involves improvements, follow-ups and making sure customers are satisfied. The company can survive for quite some time while neglecting these aspects, but it will hurt more and more the longer it goes on.

But me being a way a month or two at the time is not a problem, as long as I do my job properly while I'm on location.

Comment Re:Do literary awards matter? (Score 1) 252

Before I buy a book, I find out it exists. I usually do that through articles, blogs and the like - and they tend to favor books which won awards.

So no, I do not directly check that. I do not care. But I will probably not find out a book is worth reading unless it has won an award, or is from an author who has previously won one. There are exceptions, but they are not that many.

Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 1) 400

To generalize, the right time to use objects is when you have an object oriented language, so that you have polymorphism, iteration and extendability. I use those a lot. The right tool for the right job.

Just providing object access does not really add much, except complexity.

And sure, it's good for something. It's just a lot more complicated to do difficult things when constrained by provided objects and expected interaction. Specialized interfaces with limited extendability are not a step forward.

Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 1) 400

That sound you heard was the point whoosing right past.

The point isn't possibility of emitting text.

The point is:

"This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface."

Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 1) 400

"Parsing"? What other tools have you been using?

And the fact that everything is an object is not very helpful unless there is consistent polymorphism and iterability.

As to easily extend the shell, you might have heard something like this:

"This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface."

This philosophy was first written down in 1978. Good of Microsoft to finally start catching up to it. Too bad they think it's better done with proprietary object interfaces than with plain text, but maybe the next iteration will get there.

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