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Comment Re:all that wave particle jazz (Score 1) 370

So, what you're really saying is that the electron is a.... wavicle?

example of wavicle math:
0.5particle + 0.5wave = 1 wavicle
0.5particle + -0.5wave = antimatter
-0.5partcile + -.5wave = antimatter
0.99particle +0.1wave = particle
0.1particle+0.99wave = wave
... simple enough....
Intuitively Obvious To The Casual Observer...

Comment VM's eat up hard drive space.... (Score 2) 163

I have over 50 VMs - every major version of RH, Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo, DOS (not so much anymore), Windows (back to Win 95, but mostly Win98 and newer). I use these for testing installation of various packages that I build/release for industry. That, plus multimedia will guarantee many more TB's of disk storage for me. I have found the reliability to be a factor in any drive > 1TB from any manufacturer. They all suck. I have had drives from WD, Seagarbage, DeathStars all fail if > 1TB. I am just putting together bigger disk farms using 1 TB drives. SATA is fine for what I need, I don't run more than a couple of VMs at once, I just need access to them occasionally.

Comment management and process (Score 1) 200

I have been developing software for ~15 years having been employed with only 4 companies, but 3 of those were consulting companies and as such I have worked at dozens of companies. Some at CMM levels (above 1) and some ISO and some with aboslutely no process.

It's been my experience that most companies that want process improvement view it as a way to protect the company. Management's view of process has a primary goal of documenting everything. Management theorizes that if this occurs, then employees can be swapped, let go, hired with minimal interruption to the company's profits.

Management's secondary goal is to gain consistency for their product. This is a very distant secondary goal compared to the primary goal.

Unfortunately for Management, Engineers by their nature aren't stupid. They recognize what's happening when there is a "process initiative" started at a company. It's an effort to lessen the impact of any one individual's contribution to the company as a whole. In order for a process improvement program (PIP) to gain wide acceptance at a company, the Management of a company has to show its employees that they are valued and will continue to be valued and demonstrate to them that this faith is justified by deeds and not just words. Otherwise it truly is just a mechanism that accelerates the outsourcing of labor. Of course, often Management finds out too late that individual contributions do matter, not all Engineers are created equal, some are more "equal" than others. But by then it's too late, they've left and started their own company to compete against them. (Thus starting the entire process over again - Matrix style).

Consumers of products from process-based companies, generally win, either through better quality and lower cost, or just lower cost (because the labor was outsourced). It's difficult for the consumer to know which occurred.

Always remember a quote from someone famous: "The ideal company has 0 employees".

The other irony WRT to "process improvement" that I have experienced, first hand is that Management is often exempted from it. That's usually a bad omen.

Comment How to create nothing from something (Score 1) 136

Company 1 CEO: "Hey we're losing money. Let's find someone to buy us. No one wants to buy us. Let's merge with someone else"

Company 2 CEO: "Hey we're losing money. Let's find someone to buy us. No one wants to buy us. Let's merge with someone else"

CEO 1 to CEO 2:

Yes let's merge our two losing companies. At least then we can make sure that we secure Golden Parachutes for senior management,
make boatloads of money for our lawyers and fuck all the shareholders, fuck all the "little" employees, all in one step.

We've seen this show before.

Comment Re:For me (Score 1) 402

"but they do require people-time to keep them matching production."

Not really. Not if the production machine is a virtual machine. Clone it, and depending on how your DB is set up (separate machine or same machine) point the cloned vm towards a different DB and you are up and running in minutes.

Comment Re:Old trick... (Score 1) 426

"Of course, with the advent of .NET....well, now you're only as good as Microsoft is."

I am sorry to say that .NET is not the only interpreted language here....Give me freakin' break!

"Of course, with the advent of java....well, now you're only as good as Sun/Oracle was/is"

Of course, with the advent of <insert interpreted language here>....well, now you're only as good as <insert language originator's name here>

If your going to condemn something, condemn all interpreted languages and not just the ones that are in vogue today to criticise.

Comment Re:Let's get this out of the way, shall we? (Score 1) 321

Actually, Steve Jobs probably would allow malware, if someone paid Apple for those rights. He has shown as much contempt for Apple end-users as Bill Gates has for Windows end-users. The difference between the two is that in Apple's case Apple controls the machine and the user's experience, In Window's case Microsoft doesn't give a crap about the quality of their software so they leave it to the end-user to decide who controls their machine - either the malware writer's or themselves.

Personally If I had to choose to live in a world only with Microsoft and Apple, I would choose Microsoft because at least with them, I have the freedom to choose. With Apple there is no choice - it's their rules, or the highway.

I use Linux when I can, and Microsoft when I have to. And will start using stone tablets before I ever use or develop for any Apple product. You can "take them words" all the way to Bill Gates' bank accounts...

Comment Re:Is it me or is he sounding more desperate? (Score 1) 733

What is the definition of a sport? One possible definition: (must meet all guidelines)

1) Participants must exert enough physical activity to sweat
2) Participants must be able to directly affect the outcome of another participant
So, Golf isn't a sport - doesn't meet #2. Darts isn't a sport - doesn't meet #1, etc. etc.

That's not to say that these games don't require a great deal of skill, they do, but that's not enough to call them a sport.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Pop. of Virtualization a reflection of poor OS's? 1

gooneybird writes: It occurred to me to ask a question underlying the popularity of virtualization:

Virtualization seems to deliver on its promise of better utilization of hardware resources, which equates to better overall efficiency. I can't help but wonder why — at least for Enterprise/IT users. (This wouldn't necessarily apply to developers).

Are the majority of operating systems so inefficient in their use of hardware resources that the resulting increased efficiency justifies the cost?

Or is this just another indication that the OS and application developers just don't know how to take advantage of the increase in the number of CPU/cores now available.

Is this one of the very rare cases where adding an extra layer of code (i.e. the hypervisor) results in improved overall performance?

Personally, as a developer, I love virtualization. I run everything in a vm, including my corporate desktop/apps and my many development environments. I don't know how anybody gets along without doing so. I think we live in the golden age, right now, where technology (hardware and software) supports pretty darn good virtualization and the applications are not so advanced that they detect/prevent operation in a vm (I predict this is coming soon, unfortunately).

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