* Posts by Dyson Lu

14 posts • joined 1 Feb 2008

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

Dyson Lu

Re: Why are they all the same?

It “works” because we’ve been so accustomed to it that we no longer see its shortcomings. We work around them, we endure them, we get used to them. It “works” but it could be better. For instance, the Start Menu is a ridiculously inefficient construct for listing apps, Due to its inefficient use of screen real estate, you often have to drill down and scroll through menus and lists to find an item. That is silly.

Believing that it’s darwinian is also silly. The elephant in the room that destroys this belief is user inertia (resistance to change, reluctance to leave familiarity and habit). It’s no coincidence that so many Linux desktops look like Windows. They need to, to have the best chance to attract (mostly Windows) users.

Physical keyboard on phones worked too, why change to touchscreen?

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say

Dyson Lu

Intermittent Business Mayhem.

Google says it’s the cleanest cloud, also reveals deal with Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company for new cloud region

Dyson Lu

Anyone remember this?

"Don't be evil"

Riiiiight... They just work with evil.

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp

Dyson Lu

Re: Any blame on Hertz for not actually being in charge?

"The great collapse is coming. People have no clue how vital IT is to the modern world and are literally cutting their own throats."

The Great Collapse. The incessant drive to reduce cost and cut corners. The constant struggle of technical workers against tech-illiterate managers/bean counters. Not to mention the sheer lack of skilled workers (how many of them are working on "useless" software like Snapchat, TikTok, etc?). It's gonna eventually hit a wall but not until vital aspects of life are "computerized", e.g. monies become totally virtual, connected vehicles, planes, homes, etc.

Dyson Lu

Re: Wow!

I bet the ones who had the bright idea are connected, across a few degrees of separation, to the to-be-hired firm. "I scratch your back, you scratch mine."

Accenture, IBM, CGI -- just to name a few -- they are of the same species of predator preying on tech-illiterate clients. IBM with the Phoenix pay system for the Canadian government. CGI with HealthCare.gov. Very lucrative business.

Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs

Dyson Lu

That's why this has been targeting Windows machines. ;-)

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Dyson Lu

The Google coding team responsible for their Cast product has become pretty bad. Worse is that they force-upgrade so you have no choice but swallow the buggy code.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Class Action Lawsuit Please

If true, then the performance is pretty significant. Now, all of a sudden, many consumers end up with a product that offers much less than what they paid for. There should be a class action lawsuit seeking compensation.

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Dyson Lu

>Then you are doing it wrong (or you have the wrong people as developers).

The same could be said if you can’t write code by yourself and then meet witth your team members to review and discuss about it.

But “doing it wrong” or “having the wrong people” are fake arguments because you are basically asking for an ideal situation, e.g. that a team have the same kind of people as developers.

Dyson Lu

So damn true. Or: perpetually being not responsable for the code you write.

It’s sign of the times, now they have kids in elementary school all sit together around a large table to learn as a group. Independent learning and thinking (solo flight of thought), is going to be a skill of the past soon.

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Dyson Lu

Re: Introductory

JavaScript is more object-oriented than Java. Java is "class oriented" -- the inheritance hierarchy is a relationship between classes. In Javascript, relationships are all about links between objects. You create objects out of thin air and can link them other objects through a prototype chain. In Java, you create objects using a class as a blueprint. Javascript's "class" is simply syntax sugar to make look more familiar to the horde of programmers who were taught classical inheritance.

Chinese state media accuses Cisco and other US giants of spying

Dyson Lu

Re: Chairman Pot calls the kettle black..

"could or would China survive without Cisco?"

Wow. Big display of ignorance there.

Why do you think the US is going after Huawei? Because it's going to, if not already, replace Cisco. Huawei is "the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world" (wikipedia). Cisco has become overrated. It's no longer 1990. Lots of companies can do what Cisco does, and often, they do it better than Cisco.

Dyson Lu

Re: I wonder

And when the USA fells the need to be more protectionist, they'll find an excuse to do so.

I don't blame any of them for doing what's best for themselves, first and foremost. That's how it works in this world.

'Facebook fatigue' kicks in as people tire of social networks

Dyson Lu

LOL. Best Analogy Ever

RE: "Social networks = Bars" by Anonymous Coward. Good one, pal.

About Facebook, it has become a popularity contest where people seem to compete in adding the most "friends" and the most junk on their profile as possible. Sooner or later, the whole site will be such a big mess that users who wanted to do *useful* social communication and networking become so annoyed that they'll go somewhere else.


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