But, but, but, but... Java is secure right?
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Log4j doesn't just blow a hole in your servers, it's reopening that can of worms: Is Big Biz exploiting open source?
As others have said its simply a lack of innovation/progress.
Line 50 has changed very little in the last 20 years, its been a great cash cow for Sage. In fact ever since the 90s when their greatest success was 'accountants in practice' promotion ensured all accountants got a nice little 25% for every referral. What do you do when you start a buisiness? Go to an accountant ask what 'What do I need?'
That took Sage from just an accounting software vendor to massive scale, I was working at Pegasus in the early 90s and they were pretty equal up to this point but Sage left them in the dust. Not a better product just better marketing.
I actually wrote software that migrated data from Line 50 other formats for SaaS providers to eat some of Sage's lunch (Kashflow being most notable) but hey being the incumbent with huge market share still hasn't really threatened their dominance. Even doing an appaling job with Sage One didn't hurt them that much,
Don't even talk about Line 500, the original Tetra CS/3 product from 80s where all the database table names are still 8 characters long because of the old DOS naming restriction when the data was stored using Btrieve!
Newer != Better
Xp is a robust system and as others have said if it goes nowhere near the Internet and isn't fed USB dongles and dodgy CDROMs whats the issue?
XP is probably the only OS that I couldn't manage to BSOD (Even NT wasn't that hard to screw up if you had a dodgy device driver)
Adding more code (and probably more bugs and holes) and making an OS look 'flat' or 'modern' doesn't always equate to better.
Re: Microsoft Office
It is of course purely a commercial exercise to keep trotting out ever increasing bloatware but software companies forget that more features does not always equal better! Code bases get larger, more potential bugs and lets not forget; rendering completely usable hardware obsolete.
As mentioned constant UI revisions are simply bizarre:
Take the 3d effect UI and lets make the UI look flat
Nah don't like that lets make it 3d effect
Lets make top level menu items all Uppercase
No don't like that lets make it lowercase
and repeat Ad infinitum
"That means it is almost certainly working on a retro console that can play original Atari games".
That is pure speculation you don't *know* what they are working on so why assume?
And this line:
"You know, the ones that triggered the 1980s video games crash."
don't you mean the original games that triggered the 1970s video game boom?
Read up on the history of Atari, its all there.
“We do not currently have control of these domains and an unauthorised third party has taken over these accounts. We are working to recover our property from this person or persons whom we have identified and reported to Action Fraud and the Metropolitan Police,”
Its not an *unauthorised* third party. They let the domains lapse and someone bought them, simple as.
Complete and utter bollocks.
Re: Baby... Bathwater?
"Now ask yourself why a quick Google for "Java algo trading" returns 173,000 results."
Actually thats falling foul of the 'say a search terms has x 1000 results when in fact it doesn't'
I get 138,0000 results but if I click the 10 at the bottom of the 1st page and go to page 10 and then click 14 to go to page 14, what happens?
You get the "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 139 already displayed.If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."
In your case I'm guessing page 17 or thereabouts will show the same message. So there aren't 178 *thousand* at all
>Is there enough data yet to make language choices based on performance?
Based on what was written in this article hardly. I mean Twitter didn't realise they had a problem with Rails until there were generating gazillions of messages every second.
Its not battle tested (yet) with a massive throughput site so it remains to be seen if its a *better* option.
Re: Microsoft is just another me too company.
There is *no* innovation, anywhere.
What will iphone 27 and samsung galaxy s22 have what the current models don't?
thats not innovation thats just evolutionary progress.
Innovation stopped around 1986
Re: 'less' is sometimes 'more' - unless you're in OS design...
Couldn't agree more.
I find it ironic that Apple (once the doyen of UI design) would seem it appropriate to put functionality suited for a mobile device (where typing is a pain) onto a desktop OS. On desktop you have a keyboard and its quicker to type rather than wait for (dumb) Siri to roundtrip to some remote server to try and understand your request! Its so damn obvious its bewildering, and yes M$ adding Cortana to windows, why???
Sadly the typical approach these days is to simply 'add more shit' thinking (blindly) that it adds more value. All it adds are pointless features, silly constant UI revisions, code bloat and complexity. I keep banging my head against the wall telling people, more features *does not* mean better!
I guess it does achieve the ultimate aim for these companies though; making perfectly adequate slightly older hardware completely unusable.
I was quite happy with mavericks and my workflow for dragging photos straight out of iphoto into screenflow. One upgrade to EC later and I have the joyous piece of shit now named 'Photos' just to keep it in line with iOS (like anyone cares). Now my workflow is drag from photos into finder and then drag from finder to screenflow.
Photos only allows drag/drop with approved 3rd party apps (and finder), I can pay (again) for a major screenflow update for this feature.
I like (well did) Apple but their constant OS revisions are just like M$ now; completely pointless rehashes of the UI, keep changing/removing useful features while adding more bulk to the OS and features that nobody even asked for!
In other words dev teams working on these systems have completely lost their fucking minds.
Small Businesses....and old people
>Essentially, users who have updated to the latest version of Windows 10 are knocked back with weird password errors when trying to log into *Saga* 50, a financial management package aimed at small businesses.
Saga 50? So you are saying this only affects the older generation of business owners??? :)
Re: Screen size?
No need for science, just type the phone name into Google, it gives you the obi site, go to said site and read specs!
Yes it has a 5" screen :)
I was about to bemoan the fact it has no sd card support (because el reg didn't mention it) but boom it does!!! right there in the specs.
Re: ERP failure
Agreed, its down to organisations starting with a massive functional requirements list that means an off the shelf solution needs installing/configuring/maintaining all in a big bang approach and takes 2 years before everyone realises it isn't going to deliver what was needed in the first place.
Then of course there's the migration of existing data from the current system. I think every ERP upgrade/downgrade project I have been on has been 18 months minimum, big old job you ain't gonna do in a few weeks.
What the fuck?
Tell it to the families and loved ones of the 14 dead....
I can see it now, sales of idevices to terrorists goes through the roof. They can buy one safe in the knowledge that having blown-up/shot innocent people their deepest darkest secrets will remain hidden forever.
Couldn't make this shit up.
So they've learnt nothing then...
"It was Windows Phone’s smooth performance on budget hardware that finally gave the platform a toe hold on the market in 2013, as Nokia launched an impressive range of low cost models."
Still its going to affect what 40-50 people worldwide who actually *have* a winpho.
Re: The world is not Java, nor even the JVM.
What is it with all these fucking lame;
what about erlang?
what about haskell?
what about rust?
Because no-one can earn a living with them! I know.... I can say I know some esoteric language...before going to sign on for JSA/dole or whatever it's called these days.
Whats the hurry?
We've just had V. 8 and now 9 is already on the horizon?
O of course its just the way it is with software these days, regardless of platform or function. All the big firms go, 'I know lets just keep rolling out new versions with new features nobody wants or asked for, increase the codebase, introduce more bugs and slow everything down!'.
Yep you couldn't make it up.
I miss the days of long upgrade cycles, I started way back with BASIC. Then moved onto dbase/clipper/ Clipper 87->Clipper 5 that'll be 3 years. Foxpro 2.0->2.6 that'll be three years.
Its one of the joys I find in using SQL, I'm happy to work to an ANSI 92 standard, I don't need change every frickin' 6 months!
Re: Back in the day we called it 4GLs
Just what I was going to mention, actually it was:
70s: CASE Tools - going to make programmers redundant any day soon.... (where is IEF or coolgen as it later became these days?)
80s: 4GLs dBase/Foxpro et al so 'power users' can build apps - which sort of worked
90s: RAD tools, anyone (and I mean anyone) could walk into PC world, buy a copy of VB3 and label themselves a 'programmer' and then hash up fucking nightmare apps
00s: code generators and 'scaffolding' gets you somewhere as long as that somewhere looks and acts the same way
Its bad enough seeing most businesses run off a million and one excel spreadsheets which have become 'apps', still it means instead of steaming piles of crap all over the place its all going to be in 'the cloud'
Shiny new object/methodology syndrome
As @kmac499 says its all about building something to a rigid fixed set of requirements.
I've seen software development in 30 years go from waterfall, to DSDM/RAD (iterative prototyping) to now Agile (make it up as you go along).
The bottom line is these methodologies lean more to the user than the developer, i.e. more and more freedom to start from a 'I've not a frickin clue what I want this system to do' standpoint which makes a nice easy life for the user and a pain in the arse for the developer.
You start off with a sales person who says yes to everything (because they don't have the balls to tell the customer otherwise).
To a project manager who says yes to everything (because they don't have the balls to tell the customer otherwise).
To the devs who have to wear the shit and fit more in within the same time frame.
Any colour you like as long as its green....
I didn't have a D32, my friend did and he became quite adept at 6809 assembler on it. Even going as far as writing a Rally X clone. My one overriding memory is how everything was green! Quite a limited colour palette.
I had a vic20 which yes whilst had 8 colours had a paltry 3.5k, unless you slammed in a 4/8/16K cartridge. I went for a switchable one as bizarrely games written for one memory expansion didn't always work on another.
solution to a non-existent problem....
other OSes ...other choices.
It died a death for a reason....
I can remember working for a large British Insurer in the 90s that decided to adopt OS/2 across hundreds of desktops....just as the press was heralding its death
Of course it had nothing to do with the then head of IT being paid by IBM to go off to the Bahamas for a couple of weeks.
Actually it pre-dates that, CASE tools first surfaced in the 70s and work with things like COBOL/CICS.
I remember TI (they of dodgy chips fame) had some bloated behomoth of a CASE tool known as IEF.
And actually Gupta and PB had their own DB engine while Delphi used a connector to any data source you could need. None of them actually generated code or even mappings for data bindings. They just speeded up development.
O and sorry to be picky but Delphi is 3GL not a 4GL :)