* Posts by The MOTO

12 publicly visible posts • joined 15 May 2010

We're almost into the third decade of the 21st century and we're still grading security bugs out of 10 like kids. Why?


Simple answer, because a score from 1-10 is easy for most people to understand. It may not be the best method but telling people there is a severity 9 bug they need to plug (i.e. upgrade software) is going to be a lot more effective than (e.g.) a 14R8 level bug.

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs


China will be running everything it can on their own built ARM CPUs faster than you can say "F&*! Intel and AMD". This is not retaliation but rather long term strategy to be self sufficient which has always been a Chinese way of thinking.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea


All this so called AI should at best be called a adaptive expert systems.

I can drive a car, make a cup of coffee, and read a P&L statement. I must be a standout genuis as I clearly have some skills here. I can't see a self driving car understanding a P&L, or some AI bank software making a cup of coffee. All of these intelligent systems can only do one thing at a time ... that's not intelligence.

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs


Re: common::sense .... what???

Clearly what you see in less vs the editor is the most important aspect of modern programming.

Readable code, easy to understand, well structured, well designed, well documented, clean APIs, reusable code, all part of a great architecture is so last century.


Re: common::sense .... what???

From the Steve Miller song "Stuck In The Middle With You".

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am Stuck in the middle with you

In the words of Frank Caliendo ... "It's a long way to go for a Steve Miller Band joke, but"


common::sense .... what???

You want people to use common::sense. What's wrong with you? Developers are still fighting about TABS vs SPACES. To prove it, my common::sense after 25+ years tells me TABS to the left SPACES to the right ... here we go.

Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first


If you can't bring the workers to the work ... you can bring the work to the workers

Has anybody considered that the large firms will just move their development out of the country!

How is that going to help the locals?

I'm just a techie myself and not an "economicast" (as I like to call them) to understand basic market forces. Think of it like this. I can spend a lot of money to have the project done in the USA or I can spend a lot less money to do the project in "pick a country". Mmmmm .... which one should I pick ???

Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript


Big surprise

Big surprise that an ex-microsoft type is coming in to create a proprietary lock in solution for Facebook. Where could he have learned such a trick?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff


BB10 starting to get popular

Many of the people I have been talking to have, as the saying goes, had it up to here, with the iPhone. Many have switched to the new Blackberrys and others are considering. Blackberry needs of course millions upon millions of sales to be successful and not just the handful of sales that I can possibly attest to.

Nonetheless this may very well be more to it than this simple anecdote. It sure seems like it to me, at least in the prosumer market that I tend to swim in.

Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros


Programing is easy ....

Programing in itself is easy. Really, so is playing the piano. You point to any key or set of keys on the piano and I can hit them. Does this mean I can play the piano? Not even close. The same analogy goes for programing. Just because I can do an "if" statement, can call a function or class, and/or increment a variable, it does that mean I am a good programmer.

The bigger issue at hand here is how one designs/architects ones code, in other words puts it all together. As a person with a degree, the big thing I noticed was that during the dot com days too many people dropped out of college or just outright skipped it to jump into the game. Many of these people never learnt the appropriate discipline and understanding software design/architecture that is required to writing good software, and now many of these same people like to think that they are "experts" and are deserving of special something when in reality they stink as programmers.

My favourite quote is "I don't understand why my application is running so slow .... we are using a database"

FSF to Google: Free Gmail's JavaScript now!


Definition of freedom ...

The FSF tells you they are all about being "free". Well the last time I checked my dictionary "free" had something to do with "not under the control or in the power of another". The FSF sure likes to tell companies and people how they should be doing things. Is that freedom? To me, it surely does not seem very "free".

Adobe tilts at windmills with image apps for iPad


Can you say antitrust (or anti competitive) probe

If Apple was to bar Lightroom but allow Aperture on the iPad it would be so ripe for an Antitrust / Anticompetitive probe.

I can appreciate Apple wanting to protect it's revenue channels but sooner than later the ball is going to drop. Apple will by now have learned from the likes of Microsoft on how to deal with such a situation. In other words, forcefully deny, back up with strong legal team to fight it, make concessions but stall and implement only half heartedly while continuing to protect revenue channels. These are some business fundamentals they don't necessarily teach you in business school.