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Comment Re:Do you now realize why Trump won? (Score 1) 600

Do you have any substantive critique, or is name-calling the sole piece of your debate repertoire?

Net-net, even if factories come back, automation will be doing most of the work, and the people who will work in those factories will (by and large) be hands-on technical people, not grunt labor. That is NOT coming back. And if you're in denial of that, well, you'll find yourself in a difficult position when your job is replaced by a robot, bc traditionally, the powers that be have not looked kindly on the backlash Luddism you're implying you espouse.

Comment Re: Middle Ages preserved content (Score 1) 348

During the middle ages, they did preserve a hell of a lot of documents - and they created a number of mathematical concepts which are core today, like algebra and the very concept of 0 as a mathematical symbol.

Are they still preservers of culture? Not now; I think that it's clear that the current extremist Islamist religious movements have entirely abandoned the concept of knowledge acquisition as a way to improve the world.

But whatever they are now, they preserved information during the dark ages that would otherwise have been lost. And a lot of what they preserved is core Western philosophy - Hellenic philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Heraclitus, Thales of Milesius, Anaximander, Pythagoras, and a host of others. And we'd all be poorer for the loss of those texts.

Comment Re:Anathem (Score 1) 348

I was just going to cite that, too.

In Anathem,, ancient history is better known than the technologically advanced period leading up to the cataclysm called "The Terrible Events" in the book, presumably because the storage media of that time is more ephemeral and less durable than the records of earlier ages.

I guess if paper or papyrus etc can be left and are kept reasonably dry etc, knowledge is easily preserved in an accessible state. Data on magentic tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc, all require industrial infrastructure - electrical power generation, sufficient technical ability to read them, an understanding of the technologies required to read them - and hence a lot of what we currently have is not easily accessed by a non-technical civiliation, whereas paper books, however, inefficient, are.

(Librarian-DW has had an effect on me).

Comment Re:No dice, f$%& yourselves... (Score 2) 405

....and this is why some people don't get laid. IJS.

Really, the knee-jerk reactions have gotten tired. Yeah, everybody makes jokes about other systems - Linux guys tell jokes about Windows and Mac, etc. But y'know what? They all have their place, and sometimes the cute girl actually, you know, is using Windows to run spreadsheets or databases to do legitimate, difficult work. Yeah, sometimes it'd be easier on Linux - or easier, anyhow, for anyone who's been doing LAMP for years and has some background - but if she can do her work on Windows (or Mac, or whatever), don't deride her choices, be glad that she's using computing resources to do something complex....we need every brain we can get working at full capacity these days. :-)

Comment Re:OS X (Score 2) 405

Good snark. But for all that, any platform that people can use to Get Stuff Done is an ok platform.
Some people like the pretty of the Mac.
Some people like Windows bc it has All Teh Biz Apps
Some people like Linux bc reasons too numerous to list (but I totally don't have an opinion)
At the end of the day, if the system does what you want it to do - help design and compile software, perform data analysis, display graphics, watch video, edit content, ad infinitum - then it is a useful system for you. If the guy across the street doesn't use the same system, he's not a heretic, and as long as you can reasonably expect to exchange files with other users - a foregone conclusion, these days - then it's all good.

Comment Re:OS X (Score 1) 405

As someone who uses OS X, Windows, Linux, and a few other *nix systems, I see the utility in each.

In terms of Windows, its primary use seems to be as the base for MS Office, which runs better as a fat install on a native Windows install than in any other configuration. And that's not a bad thing - Excel for Windows, for example, is a pretty profound tool, better by far than either cloud versions or what they've released for OS X.

OS X's utility is in its ease of use especially on portable systems. It's not uncommon in my environment for a user to use several different systems -
- A Windows system (either local or a virtual session)
- a Citrix/NX client to a Linux system (usually but not always a VM, and generally not dedicated per user)
- a Mac - often an Air - with which they attend meetings and connect to Windows or Linux systems

The staff uses each platform as needed....there are die-hard Windows and Mac and Linux users who scarcely ever use the other two, and there are people (like me) who switch easily.

And Windows 10, just now starting to get into the mix, doesn't seem to be horrible. Haven't found obvious limitations yet (but haven't been using it long). We'll see how it pans out - I'm suspecting, like Win7, it won't be a really big splash, just gradual expansion into the Windows part of the enterprise.

Comment Re:The 90's all over again... (Score 1) 151

Are you sure that your solution, however valuable, is monetizable as a discrete product?

I built something some years ago which tied calendars from various sources together in a single view. It was, if I may say so, a neat piece of work, and open source....however, it died on the vine because iOS and Android devices included that functionality as part of their base product. And I do't really have an issue with it, because the base need - consolidation of calendars - was recognized as a near-universal use case (vs consolidation of email accounts, which users often want to view separately).

So great ideas which deal with obvious use-cases may show up in mass-market offerings because they're obvious....and render other efforts redundant. If your use case is truly unique and unlikely to be directly addressed, that's great, but the next question is whether or not there's a sustainable market for it. Right now, there's a huge market for pluggable and easily-implementable analytics, and a number of smaller companies which built such software have been eaten up by the majors to shorten the development curve. Most of these solutions are frameworks, and they're built that way, with the intent to sell to a large commercial buyer who will then tailor the solution to their specific need, and productize it for specific environments. In that kind of case, designers can enjoy both sale of company/IP and ongoing development, so there's a business model.

I think, net-net, that the ecosystem has evolved to a place where most new growth is accretive rather than disruptive. And until the Next Big Thing comes along, the business model of choice will be to layer on add-ons to the existing model.

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