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Comment Closure and Threads... (Score 0) 497

While I agree that they can be difficult, they exist for a reason, and frankly, with some proper study of functional and parallel programming, they can be used correctly. Closures have been a part of programming since LISP and frankly, higher order functions and functional programming can solve a lot of problems quite nicely. Certainly, mutability makes that a bit more difficult, but it can be managed. Finally, figuring out what variables are captured in a closure is quite doable by static analysis, which would be a nice addition to some programming environments.

Threads are more difficult for sure, but there are frameworks that can provide some useful higher level abstractions to make there use a bit easier. Lower level usage can be quite difficult, but a bit of actual thought and design goes along way. Also, there are some really powerful tools for multithreaded debugging, they just aren't freely available.

Mainly, I've found that people that can't manage these abstractions just don't have enough background in operating systems (which also discusses basics of concurrency) and functional programming, topics that used to be required in CS education. They can be learned and it can increase your overall code quality and reduce some frustrations.

Comment It's not about the learning.. (Score 2) 435

It's about the increasing biases in the industry that assumes that older programmers just can't possibly pick up new technology without a lot of help. It's quite the opposite in many cases. As if somebody that started programming hasn't moved from language to language multiple times. They understand the fundaments, and they don't just chase one trend after another. They have a good sense of what is mature enough for consideration and what isn't.
They know that programming all the time not only isn't necessary, it is detrimental in the long term.

Comment Don't review what you don't understand at all... (Score 1) 163

Seriously. The author seems to have no idea what the Windows Subsystem for Linux is nor how it works. There are separate file systems for a reason. The things the author tries are exactly the things Microsoft make it very clear will be very problematic at best.

The POSIX model and the Windows model of permissions are completely different. Instead of trying to map between the two (something Cygwin does variably well, sometimes really badly), they provide a file system with the semantics needed. Finally, there is no Microsoft version of Bash. It's Bash, compiled for the Linux kernel (like most packages) that is being run as is by the subsystem. The subsystem has bugs, this is known, this is beta software and it is software that even Microsoft is smart enough to know that they need as many people trying it to find bugs as needed.

And it does fill a very specific need and more importantly, it's further building out the newer subsystem parts of NT, which might come in handy for other things down the road.

Comment Re:Never was a reasonable conversation (Score 1) 249

Also, you don't have the right to deny your child the chance to be healthy and not suffer preventable diseases for any reason. We are a modern society. This is simple, just take the choice away. A child that medically able to be vaccinated will be, free of charge. Any attempt to interfere with that process is child neglect and will be handled as such.

Also, I want vaccine availability to be a specific line item in foreign aid for countries. I want a consistent vaccine development program at the CDC with proper funding.

Why all this? Because vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions ever. Only basic sanitation and clean water has been more successful and yes, they are in the same category.

Comment Re:Larry's bombast (Score 2) 157

On what service?. Azure has CDN services with similar pricing structure as AWS. No free tier, though.

Of course, cloud pricing is very tricky, overall, but the cost structures between Amazon and Azure are more and more in line these days, The competition between the two is starting to show some pricing benefits.

Comment It's just a tool... (Score 1) 349

And is limited to how well you use it. As the article noted, OpenOffice and LibreOffice will do they same thing as well. They noted Sheets doesn't, but I can't get Google Sheets to handle dates consistently at all sometimes.

This is just an excellent example of what works for a large population of users can be a bad thing for a small set of users. After this paper, I expect the error rate to drop dramatically, given how easy the fix is.

Comment Intel's Roadmap is really confusing... (Score 2) 55

Okay, they cancel Broxton, but then they release this. So, smartphones and tablets are out, but this is a great prototyping board for industrial IoT and other smart devices? Look, if they don't have a story on cellular network capabilities, nobody is going to care, and if they do have a story there, then they didn't really leave those markets. Does the Surface Phone crawl along, zombie like, after all? At any rate, Intel has a lot of work to do in the embedded space. A lot.

Comment Re:Pushing Linux Subsystem for Windows to GA? (Score 1) 150

Already use it, have for years, but the number of the ports varies and often lag behind in versioning. Certain tools work better than others overall. Not Cygwin's fault, they have to try and emulate certain semantics via Win32 in user space, and some calls, permissions, etc. just don't work quite right. (fork is an excellent example). But, this is because it is exceptionally hard to do. I am extremely grateful to Corinna Vinschen and her team for the tireless work she has done for countless years to bring a usable Unix like command line to Windows. She's was tirelss in tracking NT kernel semantics and the Win32 user space. But, a proper kernel subsystem brings it to another level and that is the better overall approach. And this time, Microsoft is working with good partners to get things working. But, I expect Cygwin (and MSYS) to have a role for quite some time to come.

Comment Basic Journalism... (Score 5, Insightful) 165

The basics of journalism do help. Just dumping raw data with no concern to how it may affect third parties that are irrelevant to the main story really hurts your overall credibility. Not even showing any attempt to verify the information as valid (because it is easy to tamper with digital information) with additional sources does as well. News matters. Providing a context to a given set of information is important. Asking for comment and/or rebuttal from various parties is important, even if they refuse. Showing judgement as to what is relevant is important.. Not doing so opens them up to a ton of valid criticism. Some editorial prudence would go a long way overall.

Comment Good Start... (Score 3, Insightful) 123

I think it's a much needed expansion of the .Net ecosystem (better late than never) and I do think will become a useful alternative to the JVM, which Oracle seems to have little interest in evolving or improving. It took forever to get invokedynamic added as an opcode. Tail call optimization is still not supported, after years of being requested. And there's tons of other ideas on the table that aren't getting anywhere.

In the case of .Net core, it's all open source. The runtime, the compiler, the cli tools. Sure, Microsoft isn't going to take any proposal on the table, but there's a process for making changes. And, C# is a great language to develop in (and F# is nice when you need it). And who knows, maybe it'll be a Scala target some day. I honestly think people will be surprised at it's performance compared to the JVM. It's adapted a lot of modernization that the JVM eschews for backwards compatibility and known predictability.

Submission + - Microsoft Releases FreeBSD on Azure (

ndykman writes: Microsoft just announced that FreeBSD is now available via the Azure Marketplace. Changes to the kernel and other code is being provided to the FreeBSD team, but Microsoft is accepting the burden of maintaing Azure specific agents and other changes. Microsoft apparently made this decision to avoid overburdening the FreeBSD team. Many of Microsoft's kernel changes have been accepted into the 10.3 release.

Again, Microsoft doesn't seem to be very concerned with what OS you run on it's cloud, and they are dedicating resources to that effect.

Comment Good result for now (Score 1) 243

I'm sure there will be appeals and Oracle will keep pushing the issue, but for now, it's a good thing. Frankly, it'll keep people using Java for longer, which helps Oracle a bit. Of course, Oracle and IBM are just fine locking people into insanely expensive middleware platforms too.

Personally. I'd more than like to see Java fade into maturity. It's clunky, verbose and many of the frameworks they use are showing their age. Of course, I'm biased having done recent work in C#. I've just gotten very used to it's asynchronous programming features and frameworks that embrace that and higher order programming. And .Net core is removing a major annoyance by finally going more OS neutral.

I do hope this will prompt Google to make Go a first class option for Android. Swift worked out well for Apple. I know Java has it's fan, but the ones I talk still act like Sun is in charge of the platform. They aren't and it really shows. Oracle has been a terrible steward of Java and the Java platform. Even IBM was better, but not by much. I'm surprised that more Java programmers aren't frustrated by how things have been managed, but imagine most of them aren't aware of how competing languages are changing.

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