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Comment Re:iOSification? (Score 1) 965

The IOSification of Mac OS X has less to do with the features of MAC OS X and more to do with the near total lack of features from anywhere else.

Almost all features you use on Mac OS X either a) come from Apple or b) are a port of a Windows game.

The lack of anyone adding any original value to this ecosystem is why I ended up buying Windows 7 machines, and lately just not buying any desktop machines in favor of various Android devices.

Comment The standards are published in English (Score 4, Informative) 330

All of the protocols that web programming depend upon are published in English. So presuming the ability to read written English is reasonable.
If you collaborating with non-native English speakers, although, you should be careful to not assume that the ability to read or even write English guarantees that they will be comfortable discussing ideas orally in English.

Comment It's what you learn, not earn. (Score 1) 133

I wouldn't want an intern who focused on their pay as an intern.

What you should be focused on is how much you will learn. In a good intern position the company is investing in training a prospect. If you were paid your real net present value you would be lucky to get minimum wage.

IMHO, a company paying more than that is looking to hire a temporary grunt who has learned some syntax -- not someone they want to train.

Comment Re:Confirmation from NORAD... (Score 1) 425

More to the point. I am skeptical that Iran could launch any missile into space without prompting a massive response by Israel.
Any missile that could reach orbit could reach Tel Aviv. Faith that Iranian's are pursuing research for purely scientific reasons is not in abundance anywhwere, but especially not in Israel.

Comment Importance not related to Windows (Score 3, Insightful) 162

Thinking that Samba is less important because "Windows is less important" is definitely off target. The obvious implication of the statement is that if Samba is less important then NFS is. I certainly am not aware of any trend there. CIFS and NFS both remain valid NAS protocols. To the extent that "Windows is less important" because PCs are less important then you are dealing with some serious trends in storage.

One trend is the growing use of virtual disks in VMs to provide storage. This is just stupidity. Shared files server users far better than virtual disks do. Files are not created for OSs, they are a mechanism for sharing information between users.
The other trend is away from NAS and towards object storage. That is a good trend, but not one that will make NAS protocols obsolete anytime soon.

Comment Re:Wasn't it only available online or in MS stores (Score 1) 375

Dead on. The surface is selling a new form factor. The inclusion of Office makes it something I might consider, but only if I can get a feel for the form factor before I buy. So when Microsoft does not convince Best Buy et al to put it on shelves I can either conclude that Microsoft does not know how to market things, or that they know that my getting my hands on it at a retail outlet is not going to increase sales.

Comment Is the problem Chrome itself? (Score 2) 230

This hardware at this price running Linux, Android, Windows RT or even iOS would be a great bargain. What I have not yet seen in any promotion of a Chromebook is how well it works as a basic document editor when I'm *not* connected to the Cloud. If I need a lightweight mobile editing device with a permanently attached keyboard (which I cannot accidentally leave behind) then I need that portable document editor to be able to work even if the WiFI at the conference I am attending isn't working yet or is just plain overloaded. Adding a carrying case with a bluetooth keyboard, and software, to my Nexus 7 comes out way ahead Microsoft Surface. If this Chromebook ran Android, it would come out ahead. But have they really enabled Chromebooks to work effectively when detached from the network yet?

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