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Comment Re: If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

That's misleading. The language is write once. But unless someone ports the JVM, you can't run the language on a different system.

No it's factual. You don't seem to understand that your knowledge is lacking. The language is open source which was done by Sun. The VM may not be. Sun is not the only one to put out a VM. Microsoft did. IBM did. Depending on the processor used, VMs for Java were released by other parties. Sun open sourced the language. They also put out a VM that works with Windows. Apple has open sourced Swift the language. They are not releasing VMs for Windows.

These days I write PowerShell scripts to automate InfoSec tasks. I would prefer to use Python but the three-letter government agency I work for is a Windows shop.

This still doesn't explain your lack of understanding of programming.

Comment Re: If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

You can't have Java without the VM. No VM, no Java. Hence, Sun "ported" Java to Windows, Mac and Linux.

Again, please learn what the term "porting" means. One of the strongest features of Java was the fact you didn't have to "port" it to different environments. "Write once" was a feature.

I made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in computer programming after I graduated from community college. That took me five years because I was taking two classes per semester, working 60+ hours per week as a video game tester and teaching Sunday school. I'm not a professional software developer. I went into IT support to use my programming background to help users solve difficult problems made difficult by professional software developers.

So after five years at a community college, you finally graduated. But you don't actually work as a programmer. I guess this explains why you don't understand basic concepts of programming.

Swift for Cygwin and Windows is called a "port" on the swift-dev list. The Cygwin port requires a hack to compile the binary for distribution. The Windows port requires more effort for a native binary.

Wow. So much wrong in that understanding. Cygwin is a VM. Please look what that is. Swift is a programming language. Please look that up as well.

Comment Re:Random aspersions (Score 1) 278

I assume you're talking about the TPP [slashdot.org] and, in particular, the point that this person [slashdot.org] is trying to make about the TPP being good for the Japanese auto industry and bad for the American auto industry? If not I don't know what you're talking about, but that's the talking point which was making the rounds.,

I'm pretty anyone who thinks that TPP is good for the Japanese auto industry doesn't know that the vast majority of "Japanese" cars sold in America are made in America. Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissans that are sold in the US are for the most part assembled in the US. Parts come from all over the world. For a long time the luxury brands like Infiniti, Lexus, and Acura were made in Japan but that is changing too.

Comment Re: If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

You're missing my point. Apple is a CORPORATION just like Sun back in the day. Apple has Windows developers since they put out iTunes for Windows.

Wow you really are dense. Apple has Windows developers. So what?

If Apple want their Open Source language to be successful, they should port it to Windows.

That's probably the most idiotic thing you've said. Was Java "ported" to Windows? No. Sun wrote a VM for Java. That's it. Java never was "ported". I don't think you know what "ported" means.

They're not lacking the resources like Linus, RMS and Canonical.

Again another idiotic thing you've said. You've missed the point again. Having resources != having the will or desire. Apple doesn't want to do it. That's why they open sourced it. So that others could.

If I can use it on Windows, then its a Windows program. I'm not a purist.

Um no. I think your understanding of computer programs is sorely lacking. Running something in Cygwin in Windows is not a "port" of that program.

Comment Re: If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

In the case of Sun, that was Sun's choice which is the point you are missing. Open source software is under any obligation to port. Did Linus make sure that Linux runs on Windows machines? No he puts out the kernel and other people port to all sorts of hardware. Does RMS ensure that GNU works under Windows? No. Does Canonical make sure that Unity works on OS X or Windows? No. These are choices.

Secondly using Cygwin is not porting to Windows. That's running Linux in a VM in Windows.

Comment Re: If this is open source... (Score 1) 338

That's as asinine as saying just because my neighbor has a snow shovel and I do not, he should clear my sidewalk when he clears mine after and snowstorm. No he has generously offered to lend me his snow shovel if I should ask but he's not going to do the work. Expecting someone who open sourced something to put it on the platform of your choice is equally selfish. Why don't you learn Windows APIs, C#, etc and do it yourself.

Comment Re:When will it end (Score 1) 265

There will always be some people resistant to change because they have to learn how to do something a little differently. The thing is that the Windows 95 Start menu was objectively superior to Program Manager. No UI can be perfect but Start forced some useful hierarchy onto Program Manager's groups and placed really important stuff like Control Panel or the Run box front and center so they couldn't get lost in some minimized Program Manager or deleted from Program Manager by a careless novice user.

One of the main issues I have with 8 and 10 is their bipolar nature. It's not optimized for touch UI and it's getting more terrible for regular desktop UI. Yet MS thinks it can marry two fundamentally different philosophies into a single UI design. For example the settings are not easy to change as it could be in Settings (Metro) or Control Panel (WinXP). Sometimes it might be in both. For organization, it moved away with a coherent menu driven approach to access your files and applications for a Search bar that isn't obvious and expects you to type everything. Or you can search pages of tiles.

Comment Re: I got an idea (Score 1) 110

Yes. Science is supposed to be an adversarial process. Whining that others may try to disprove your conclusions is decidedly unscientific.

And the scientists had no problem with showing the data when they present it (like they do in all papers). The problem they had was giving raw unfinished data to people who were felt entitled to it and were biased against it. It was the equivalent of you asking for all the lab results from your doctor because you don't believe him or her on their continuing diagnosis. It's not that you'll give the results to some other doctor; no you'll give it to a foundation based on spiritual healing that needs it to "prove" that modern medicine is quackery.

“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”

Perhaps you'd like to do some research before you proceed.

Comment Re: I got an idea (Score 1) 110

By "hiding data" you mean how scientists were reluctant to give their data to complete strangers that already showed their bias. Also the same scientists had not finished their analysis yet. That's like The neighbor that hates you asking to see your work proposal before you're done with it. What do you think is going to happen to the proposal? Do you think your neighbor who has no expertise with your work is going doing it to be nice? Also please describe what you mean by gaming the system. I have a feeling you don't know what you're talking about.

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