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Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 3, Insightful) 51

Sounds horrible to me. Why bother?

Not sure what MS' motivation is, but it's good news for a lot of scientific software developers. Small teams or single researchers rarely have enough time to even keep the main development going, never mind keeping up with multiple OS targets. With this everybody can simply focus on Linux, and tell Windows users to just run it under the Linux layer and stop asking about a native port.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 403

Well, it hasn't happened yet. That said, why would you cancel your cable Internet for this? Yes, cellular Internet will be useful for your Chromebook when you're away from home, but in the same way it is today - a useful supplementary service that fills in the gaps, not as your primary system.

As for how you'd connect to a server at home, there are two options: VPN, or IPv6. The latter tends to get forgotten, but I connect to machines at home directly via IPv6 from my (T-Mobile) cellular connection without any problems. This sounds horrifying in terms of security, but if you imagine the development server being as locked down as a Chromebook or iDevice, without the back doors associated with too many modern IoT devices, it should be fine.

I'm more bothered about having to develop using a web interface, especially in an era in which leaving Firefox open for a day with 20 or so tabs open seems to result in it eating 4+Gb of memory, not the connectivity part. The connectivity part is actually the nice part.

Comment Re:I kind of like them as they are (Score 1) 34

What's more satisfying than a model airplane that crashes AND bursts into flames?

This is how we know that real terrists are vanishingly rare. A $120 drone with some mechanism added to cause the battery to combust, let's call it $20 or less, is a serious threat to modern civilization. Well, not a drone, but multiples of them. Since we still haven't learned not to make flammable roofs, even though it is idiotic and we have alternatives, you could cause major chaos with such toys. Yet, nobody is doing this, thankfully.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 282

that's not really a good endorsement. I'll pass.

I don't know how many hotels you've stayed in, but even supposedly nice ones often get these things wrong, and they are the most important things (after not having bedbugs) for a hotel to get right. Notably, the hotels on the strip often get these things wrong.

Another problem you won't have in a business hotel off the strip that you will have in a hotel on the strip is garbage infrastructure. A lot of the big hotels have very poor water systems, for example. Getting a consistent hot shower is a problem in some of them.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 4, Insightful) 184

WHen running multiple VMs, and IDEs on Windows on Macbook Pro hardware -- it simply outclasses the same setup on alternatives.

[citation needed]

Apples are made out of the same chipsets as everyone else's PCs. There's no reason why they would be better at anything, especially since they are usually made with last year's hardware.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 1) 184

Microsoft wants those developers using Windows PCs. Putting WSL/Bash on Windows so that it's a credible alternative to the 'nix tools available on OSX gives those developers one less reason to avoid using a Windows based OS.

Except it isn't a credible alternative, because microsoft does stuff like breaking break. Why would you use that garbage over cygwin if what you're trying to get is development tools?

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 517

It's unfortunate that the program has been abused to replace American workers. (Which is in direct violation of how the program is supposed to work.

You mean, it's the opposite of the stated intent. Don't go getting confused about the purpose of the H1B program. It's there to export jobs for short-term profit, period the end.

Comment Re: Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it work (Score 1) 203

https://mariadb.com/kb/en/mariadb/dynamic-columns/

Interesting. But they do seem like second-class citizens compared to "regular" columns in Maria-DB. It's extra syntax to use them. My approach would allow formality to be incrementally added without changing a column's "type" (mode?) from dynamic to static.

They also seem to require explicit type declarations. I prefer implied or WYSIWYG typing, a bit more like perl's typing model, even if it does complicate comparisons to some degree. (Different readers had diff opinions on how to handle dynamically-typed comparisons. I prefer a symbol next to the comparison operator, such as "#" for numeric: it's short and easy.)

Comment Re:Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it works (Score 1) 203

Sounds awfully like Prolog.

Not really. Prolog is mostly a query-like language; I'm not defining a language. SQL, or at least some variant of it, is good enough; no need for users to relearn the entire wheel.

(I've proposed an alternative to SQL, but it's probably not significantly better enough to dethrone the de-facto standard: SQL, for most uses. But that's a different topic.)

Comment Re:Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it works (Score 1) 203

Oh dear gods, you want dynamic schema because planning is hard and relational database normalization is too complicated for you. Nobody sees the value in your asinine idea because you're an idiot.

Sometimes planning is hard. I've been in many situations where the customer doesn't quite know what they want yet, and/or some trial-and-error is needed to settle on an optimum design. Think of it as a prototyping tool.

Have you memorized every domain and customer preference in the world?

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