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Comment Turn the problem around (Score 1) 397

I think your problem is not that you made a dangerous feature too easy to use, nothing is too easy. The questions should be :
- Why is this feature dangerous in the first place ?
- Why do users feel the need to use this feature ? Aren't there safer alternatives ? If they are, why aren't they more accessible / easier to use ?

It's no problem giving flying cars to everybody, if the roads are good enough so that people rarely need to fly. Or that flight mode ships with a reliable auto-pilot.

Comment Games (Score 1) 335

Most people don't care about the console, they care about the games they can play on it.
That's why the PS4 and Xbox One are not really competitors to the WiiU. If you want to play Super Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart or Smash Bros, you need to get a Nintendo console.
Right now we only have a 2D "New Super Mario". As for the other big "exclusives" : Monster Hunter 3U is also available on 3DS, which seems to be the preferred platform and Dragon Quest X is also available on Wii. It's no wonder the WiiU doesn't sell that well but it says nothing about the future.

Comment Re:Adobe is a monopoly (Score 1) 658

Photoshop is still the best image editing software, and MS-Office is still the best office suite. That's why they tend to stick around.

Many prople tell about the tons of useless features these software have. But what is useless for you may be essential for someone else, and because not everyone needs are the same, it explains the apparent bloat. You simply cannot make light versions for a wide audiance.
It takes only one small feature in a list of 100 to justify upgrading if is important to you.

Comment Re:If I were (Score 1) 125

Indeed, patents, like guns, are not to blame. Both are just tools.
However, even if guns are OK, there are laws to prevent people using them to harm other people. In fact crimes involving guns are taken very seriously and often result in the most severe sentences.
In Apple vs Samsung cases, bullshit patents are cleary used as weapon to harm the other party. And they keep firing at each other, western style, and there is no sheriff with sufficient authority to make them stop. Here lies the problem with patent laws.

Comment "Real" developers (Score 1) 365

Back then, developers with a real background in computing were rare and demand was high. As a result, companies hired many people with skills only vaguely related to computers. If such people just did their jobs without acquiring the necessary background in the process, the fact that they have difficulties now is understandable.
OTOH, older developers with an extensive background will have no problem adapting to newer technologies because in the end, the techniques don't change that much.

Comment Re:Corporate User = Windows (Score 1) 413

I work in aeronautics (avionics testing and simulation) and we mostly use linux. We used to use solaris/spark and SGI workstations but they are currently being phased out.
But it is more the exception than the norm. The rest of the company network is all Microsoft Windows and Office and we often need a Windows computer (or VM) to work with other departments.

Comment Learn from Google (Score 1) 192

Two years ago, Google erased the contents of hundred of thousands of GMail accounts. It was caused by a bug and corruption spread through their network even though it is normally highly redundant and fault tolerant.
The result : a few hours to a few days of downtime for the affected accounts and almost no data loss.
How did they manage to avert a disaster ? They had proper backups, on tapes.

Comment Re:Point of fact (Score 1) 262

In fact he's right somehow. Renewable and unlimited are not the same thing.

Given enough time and as long as the sun is shining, new oil is created. If we could change suns like we change batteries and no catastrophic event occurs, oil would never wear out. OTOH, nothing "renews" in the sun.
As for unlimited energy, the laws of physics don't like it.

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