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Comment Re:Initial thoughts on the three (Score 2, Informative) 64

DataMasher is a bit more cryptic, but much more powerful - I'm worried about people drawing the wrong implications from the simple analyses, but it's interesting in a "data mining, damn the statistics and causality" kind of way. [snip] I'd have a tough time chosing between ThisWeKnow and DataMasher, and I really hope both stick around after the award thing is over.

Thanks! And yes, Datamasher, for one, will be here after the contest is long gone.

We were concerned about appearing statistically valid when we knew very well it wouldn't be in most cases, so we chose to encourage discovery and discussion over rigor. We have ideas of things we'd like to do for it, but it was literally built over a few weekends after hours, limiting what we could do by the contest deadline.

The cool thing about the contest is that all the applications are open source, so if a contestant can't maintain an application you like, the code will still be available for anybody who wants to perpetuate it. I'd encourage people not only to check out and vote on the finalists, but also check out the other entries that didn't make the final round--there were some good ideas in there, too.

Comment Re:Oh, come on (Score 2, Insightful) 423

Reason 1 - Hype - people are pissed off at those who sound so happy with their apple stuff that they'd fellate the great steve, when technically it's not that special (even if the user experience generally is)

Reason 2 - Hype - the hype is always "It just works". It's virus free and PERFECT out of the box. This is what Macfans use to slag off both MS and Linux. It's delightful to see this falling down.

Reason 3 - Actually, with most mobile phones (see Nokia/LG etc) they do just work and firmware isn't updated.

You're going to hate me then, because I have an iPhone 3G and It Just Works. No dropped calls, no data losses, no unusually low battery life, and I'm on the 2.0.1 update (haven't updated to 2.0.2 yet). Sorry your self esteem is hurt by my lack of misery.

You sneer at user experience, but if the experience helps you get things done, then inevitable technical issues won't bother you as much. I'm also unaware of any Mac users slagging Linux for being virus-ridden.

Dunno why, in order to be happy, you want to see others do badly. I'd love it if MS made reliable stuff with a great user experience that Just Worked. I'd love it if Linux had a great user experience.

The "great steve" actually addressed this attitude back in 1997: "We have to get over this idea that in order for us to succeed, they have to fail."

Comment Horrible development (Score 1) 421

I'm breaking about three years of /. silence to say, "SCO, you should get down on your knobby, Latter-Day knees every single day and thank your lucky stars that there isn't a just corporate God, for if there were, you and all your minions would be struck down with some corporate equivalent of advanced syphilis, except for your minions, who would get a real form of advanced syphilis, and a nasty case of herpes just for good measure."

It just needed to be said.

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