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Comment Freedom Zero (Score 1) 163

MS now has most of .Net out on Github, with more going up all the time. They'll let you download the code, and they've even accepted patches from the community. What they don't do yet is give anyone the right to make and publish their own fork. But they're making progress. The old Windows Live Writer code really is completely FOSS now. To my knowledge, that's the first MS product to ever achieve freedom zero. That *anything* made it out of Redmond like that is a huge deal.

Comment Re:SQL Server, thanks (Score 3, Interesting) 244

I'm a Sql Server guy myself (I spent a brief period as #1 user by rep within the sql-server tag on Stack Overflow back in 2009), but Postgresql does offer some nice language features missing in Sql Server. It also has table inheritance and for larger servers can save you a LOT of licensing costs. It performs pretty well these days, too. I agree that MySql is toy, though. Still no windowing functions after 10+ years as part of the ansi standard, awful handling of NULLs, and no FULL JOINs are just three of the many reasons that MySql is and has been for some time only the 2nd best open source DB in most categories. The only reason it's popular today is because of the self-perpetuating nature of popularity. People like it because it's what they've known, and it's what's been available.

Comment Re:Does OS take advantage of SSD abilities? (Score 1) 272

It's hard to give a concrete answer for linux because it depends on which exact file system you use, but I believe most modern linux do at least support TRIM.

For OS X, I don't know about defrag at all, but I do know that Apple has been late to add TRIM support. Right now (as of 10.10.4) I believe you still have to run a shell command to enable it, or did as of January this year, and more complete support is expected with El Capitan.

Windows 7 (and later) had TRIM supported added via Windows Update back in 2010, but it was disabled by default in most cases (the bios must be using AHCI mode, which was less common then). There have been updates since both from Windows and OEM manufacturers that make it much more likely to be enabled today. Generally, Windows does the right thing here. Additionally, Windows is smart enough to know the difference between an SSD and an HDD and won't try to background-defrag SSDs very much (see here:

I don't know of any **mature** file system designs that are explicitly optimized for SSDs from day 1, but I'll be surprised if one isn't in development.

Comment Re:Leverage (Score 1) 123

This is about more than just overseas spies. This is about people working in sensitive positions with the pentagon, the capitol, at langley, the nsa, embassies, etc, and gaining access to anything to which those people can get access. Perhaps one of the first things a hypothetical Chinese operation might do with this leverage is use it to discover the location and ID of any agents working in their borders. However, the real danger here isn't just for current operatives. The danger is that we can't also just recruit and place new operatives, because this gives anyone with that leverage the ability to continue to discover new operatives over time. It's not about the data they already have. It's about their ability to use this to continue to gather new data.

Comment Maybe on Android, but not for long (Score 5, Interesting) 107

Having used all three platforms, I don't see the point of this on iOS. Siri is good enough that I don't think you'll get many people to install Cortana, especially as Siri can be activated without having to start an app. Android on the other hand... OK Google hasn't worked as well for me. It's search dictation is fine, but some of those other things that Siri/Cortana can do aren't handled as well by OK Google. I would tempted to install Cortana on an Android phone. But really, if a lot of people started doing this, I have to believe that Google would just fix their own service. It's gonna be a real uphill battle to get adoption across platforms unless one of the other platforms really drops the ball. Maybe if you are a mutli-platform user, you'd want the same service on each device... say you have a surface, you could put Cortana on your phone, as well. Or if you have a Windows Phone, you and Bill could put Cortana on your tablet. And since Cortana is coming to the desktop experience, MS may be counting on that. They could do some tie-in feature so that it works better that way: set something in Cortana on your desktop/laptop, and your phone and tablet know about it. But I still think that's a tough sell.

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