* Posts by P.B. Lecavalier

96 posts • joined 14 Aug 2015


All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

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pipeline of female

> Develop the pipeline of female talent by partnering

> with schools and colleges to "educate and inspire"

> young women with the delights of a career in IT

Well I'm pretty sure we have something that would turn off many women in this: People talking like a pimp, with terms like "pipeline of females" and "educate and inspire young women with the delights of a career". You just need to change one or two words and you got human-trafficking right there.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on

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Re: won't someone think about Canon :P

We all knew that HP was just wrapping up parts made by others for PCs.

I thought there was something original in their printer business... How I was wrong.

Remember when Michael Scott explains to kids that all they do is get the paper from the mill then sell it with a markup?

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

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Just use Qt

Some people are asking M$ to switch their UI framework to something cross-platform?

Then why not just use something that is reputed to be pretty good for cross-platform support, namely Qt? There, problem solved. But I can understand it's not a solution in many, far too many shops. Is it a technology from Microsoft? No. Then I'm sorry we can't use it, and there cannot be any discussion on this matter.

By the way, what good is a cross-platform UI if the involved software requires three different versions of .NET and five different versions of Visual C++ runtime? Yes, such things exist...

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

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> Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.. switch to AMD-based kit, but she said it is "time consuming for business users, especially large companies where a large number of PCs are deployed."

This is so dumb! But then he reports the mindset of CIOs, so that should not be surprising. What's a CIO? Someone who is paid a fortune to do one job: Repeat all day long "You must install Windows and you must do so using a processor from Intel". Either Windows or Linux (and many others) are very oblivious to AMD/Intel. This is not like, once upon a time, having say SPARC workstations around. Now that's a whole other beast.

Recently I attended a talk given by John Cleese (of Monty Python fame), and one thing he said is that people who have a job and are actually knowledgeable about it (know what they are doing, know what they are talking about) are a surprisingly small minority, about 1 in 6 people. Well here's some additional evidence!

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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How about you optimize Mozilla with its 1000+ employees and its 300+ million budget?

Deutsche Bank calls in AWS, Microsoft and Google to tout for cloud biz: Come in to tender, deal value unknown

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The CIA is running their operations on the cloud. If the CIA can do it, I'm sure a bank can do it.

Are we talking about the very credible agency that claimed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction?

I'm skeptical on the wisdom of outsourcing the heart, lungs and spine of a company. Once you commit to a particular provider, you might become their slave, forever. On the other hand I'm also very (very!) skeptical on their ability to successfully overhaul their systems internally. After decades of "it's ok do nothing" they would have all of a sudden a revelation? That would mean getting to know who does what, who can do what, who should do what, and have skills development on a continuing basis. Yikes... I'll get my coat!

Ever had a script you just can't scratch? Excel on the web now has just the thing

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Excel is a strategic application for Microsoft, being one of the elements that keep businesses hooked on Windows.

Excel fanbois have no choice but to keep it that way. Bring in someone with just a little bit of R or python know-how, and you realize that this one person can do the job of an army of "analysts" in no time. As a matter of fact, people are often scared of me, because they know if I looked into how they get work done, I may be able to put them out of their misery.

You may now continue to reinvent the wheel with your puny VBA.

US govt accuses four Chinese army soldiers of hacking Equifax and siphoning 145m Americans' personal info

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In Québec (Canada), an important credit union (Desjardins) had a massive data breach not long ago. They offered a free account to everyone to check that their credit information is safe.

What company provides this surveillance service? Equifax, of course!

If you can't beat em, join em??

HPE's orders to expert accountant in Autonomy trial revealed

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Unobtainium-Flavored Kool-Aid

So, another big company bought some kool-aid with unobtainium flavor, and now they are complaining that it did not taste what they expected?

Have you noticed the number of big companies (publicly traded ones, because we see them) these days that are sitting on huge piles of cash, don't have a clue what to do with it, and then they either: a) buy some unicorn (can't do in-house development anymore??); b) share buybacks (let's burn through cash while that accomplishes nothing except marginally benefiting us, the wealthiest). In any case, what we have is a corporate breed that claim non-stop to be "creating shareholder value". Thank goodness they say that, because they are absolutely not creating value as such. Even if they wanted, how could they? Most of them don't seriously know what the company does! But they will go on talk about earnings per share being up and how much they boosted the dividend...

Boeing was led for many years by an Harvard MBA (what a useless degree) with experience at... Proctor and Gamble (!?!?!), and obviously no clue on how to make airplanes. Now take a good like at that company. Single best example of shareholder value created by actively plundering the underlying value.

Good: IT admins scrambled to patch 80 per cent of public-facing Citrix boxes to close nightmare hijack hole

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Seriously? Shitrix?!? The name alone is gonna stick around way more than whatever the issue is, and cause way more damage.

Git takes baby steps towards swapping out vulnerable SHA-1 hashing algo for SHA-256

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Exactly. I heard that git is a convoluted mixture of perl, bash and C. Happy debugging! Some people at Facebook were looking to migrate from svn to git, but as they required customization, it was easier for them to learn mercurial from scratch and then write extensions rather than get git to do their bidding.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

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openRC works fine for me on Gentoo. Pity it does not have better documentation, which could help to have it spread elsewhere.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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with a fresh agreement that would ensure the company could keep its "focus" on its browser business

Hehe, I see what you did El Reg with "focus". If only Mozilla, with it's 1000+ employees, would actually focus on its browser!

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Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

I think the number is correct, in that nowadays the vast majority of opened emails are consumed like newsletters or a friend's message "see ya in a bit" to which there is nothing to reply to, and that often is on some mobile platform.

A more meaningful indicator: Share of emails that were opened, replied to, and with a reply that has at least a few sentences. This way, you rule out pretty much all of mobile (emails that just don't get a reply).

Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

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Security Lawsuits

I am a strong advocate of free software, but on that one, unless the FSF made this as a joke (like that petition to actually build a Death Star), it doesn't make any sense.

As others said above, asking DOS/win3.1 and win95 would be far more realistic. Everyone knows that these were quick-and-dirty insecure hunk of junk and just won't work on modern hardware without a boatload of emulation. Mostly retro gamers would stand to benefit, among other technology archeologists. If I recall correctly, no USB support on the first release of win95, so it's not like it would compete against their current crop.

Security. Can you imagine if people could nose around the source of Windows 7 and actually inspect whether it's safe? Lawsuits!!! A cottage industry of consultants and lawyers mulling whether the design was inherently insecure and if the company knew it all along. "My client was exposed to untold risks by using this product which was sold as an enterprise-class solution..."

We would get to know why updating Windows 7 takes longer (search for updates, download, install, try again and download again!! because failure) than updating an install of Gentoo with ~1400 packages (where you must compile everything). Yikes, that would be embarrassing.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

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Let me fix it for you

> He pulled off the Office Ribbon UI

You mean he successfully forced it down people's throat. Stalin also "pulled off" many things, you know.

> and Windows 7 was a triumph

It's all about managing the expectations. When you start from low...

> Windows 8 failed. Sinofsky left Microsoft in November 2012,

> just over three months after its August launch.

I see honor.

> Windows 10 is now well enough liked by business users

I'm sorry, well liked?!?! Business users: People who don't have a say at what's going on, with dumb PHBs deciding on the tech in front of you.

Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'

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Re: Typical Web Development

I'm just saying that it is no longer given serious consideration anymore by crass ignorants who all too often call the shots on projects. It's always nice to hear about people and projects who don't bandwagon on wheel reinvention.

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Typical Web Development

Big change! Rewrite everything! In other words, the usual state of affair in that domain. I believe that web development is a leading bullshit job generator in the IT world (bullshit jobs: read this for a starter).

20 years ago, in web development, perl was a big thing. 10 years later perl was quite gone from web development. Now ruby is not looking so bright and it gets (along with python) tough competition from weirdos who believe in JavaScript as a server-side language. And that's just languages, don't get me started on frameworks, with a new one every five minutes. You start to learn a brand new one that seems to have a promising future? By the time you are becoming proficient, it's already deemed "old school, nobody should use that anymore" or got so many changes all of a sudden you need to relearn from scratch. Add to this so many organizations that reinvent their website for no reason, and is often a clear regression from before (harder to access information, though perhaps intentionally). Dilbert on this. It seems nobody is learning from amazon: A rare case of a website that certainly changed, but very slowly, incrementally, and usually with actual feature improvements that I agree with as a user. Pointless design changes? Can't recall any.

20 years ago, the top free GUI development frameworks were GTK and Qt. Today? GTK and Qt. How boring for PHBs! Of course those frameworks evolved, but much of the skillset remains valid.

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding

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Re: How Sad

It seems he wasn't a very good CEO before the gay marriage thing blew up

Maybe so. It would not be a surprise that an über-geek does not make a good geek-in-chief. Peter's Principle. Even so, it doesn't seem his successors were much of an improvement.

It [FirefoxOS] still lives on in the form of KaiOS for mobiles, Panasonic's TVs, and custom ROMs.

Yeah, I thought I heard that some necromancers were tinkering with its remains. But upon the initial launch of that thing, it was well known that this space was very crowded, unlike, ahem, email clients. "We are going to succeed where Microsoft and Blackberry failed!!" Yeah sure.

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Re: I like firefox..those 1000+ what are they doing?

Hey I did not realize that. This simple arithmetic is just stunning. This has a scent of Wikipedia, a.k.a. the beggars with millions in bank. But WORST. At least Wikipedia is not known to s**t the bed all the time.

Take Gentoo and Debian Linux. Those projects are well and alive. I don't know if either has paid staffers (if so, unlikely to be more than a handful). My point? ~99% of the work is done "magically" by the community and it does not cost millions a year. These are examples of relatively well run free software projects.

Firefox? It seems that ~99% of the work is done by staffers. That's a prime example of nominal open source software. You can get the code, sure, but... I don't see anybody touching it!

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Re: Microsoft didn't help

I recall hearing some time ago that the visual output/layout of Gecko engine was superior to that of Chromium's engine, but the non-existent documentation of Gecko made it utterly unusable for anything outside of Firefox.

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How Sad

They adopted the crazy version scheme of Chrome, just to "keep up" (some people clearly have nothing useful to do in that organization). Then eventually they ditched its look to make it look like Chrome, which was heavily decried from the user base (apparently they have people to "think" about version scheme but none to think about users), enough to spur forks. Clearly, arrogant idiots have way too much power over there.

I still use it and have been over the last 15 years, but it's quite sad to see so many stupid decisions were taken by Mozilla. Just a few more I can think of:

* Get rid of their very qualified CEO Brendan Eich for something that had absolutely nothing to do with technology, only due to a totalitarian leftist/emotional/brainless subculture that plagues much of IT (cowards and low-life become brave when hidden behind a monitor).

* Kill development of Thunderbird (which is a thing, had and still has users), in favor of the ridiculous FirefoxOS, something that nobody asked for, never took off and is now dead and buried. One top reason why the Linux desktop is not taking off in enterprise setting is due to the lack of something impeccable to replace Outlook. We are still waiting.

* They had hundred of meeellions from Google in advertising in the past. That was so heavily squandered that it makes me unable to donate to Mozilla, even though I would very much like to support Firefox.

Shhhhhh: Fujitsu bags another £12m from Libraries NI as bosses fail to bookmark replacement

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Re: £25m over 5 years

"we manage data, metadata and digital archives"

And is Fujitsu paid to enter the metadata? Isn't that supposed to be handled by employees already on the payroll? Or are digital archive a whole new thing? Surely if you have to scan millions of pages and it's a whole new business sector, hmm, a few millions bucks don't seem excessive.

From where I come from, maybe libraries don't have such a portfolio, but on the other hand it they did not expand into make-believe work, as bureaucracies are wont to do.

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£25m over 5 years

"a five-year deal worth £25m in 2013"

How do you justify such a price tag for... libraries IT? Did they move from index cards and everything on paper???

What could be possibly involved: a website, a catalogue database, some software and terminals for checkout, a few public terminals in each library, and that's it. That's nothing really new, you know... I mean it's the stuff of high school projects.

What's the population of Northern Ireland? Slightly below 2 million. With that money, you could build or expand several libraries.

We have reasons to believe that this procurement was rigged, and now that it is quietly extended means one of two things: incompetence or corruption.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

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"/" in paths?

Am I the only one who noticed that paths have "/", rather than the usual M$ "\", like "C:\"?

This is not retro. This is futuristic!

Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

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Re: Creepy, Crappy and FF

Looking at desktop only, I think. Hold on... You are quite correct! How things have changed

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Creepy, Crappy and FF

Recently I looked at some estimates of browser market share. To see M$ IE around 70% was quite a shock. Ok, it used to be much higher way back (in the period from Netscape 6 to M$ IE 6 SP1), but still so high?! Yeah I know, it's all about users who don't know and are quite content in their misery.

Now the choice is clear: You can go with creepy (Chrome), crappy (IE) or Firefox.

I learn here that the release schedule is going to 4-weeks. It looks like they are converging toward daily builds and abolish altogether the notion of a release version, following what's done in experimental channels. I've been using Firefox Nightly at home since 2012, with very little problem. It's a new browser everyday.

Stack Overflow makes peace with ousted moderator, wants to start New Year with 2020 vision on codes of conduct

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Re: They

"we revoked privileges for one Stack Exchange moderator when they refused to abide..."

English is not my first language, yet it is very painful for me to read this!

Intel unveils Project Athena: Chipzilla tells lappy makers how to build their own kit

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I smell desperation in this move. My HP laptop with a mere i3 is now in its 9th year of service, and I'm certainly not alone in that situation. This is so unlike machines from pre-2006 vintage. Took out the optical drive and put instead an SSD from day one, with Linux on that (for some reason Windows 7 on the HDD is very slow, but it's a non-issue). I can't think of a reason to change, other than being limited in games I can play. But I take this as an advantage, as I get to do other stuff with my time. Else, dosbox works fine!!

RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub

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Re: Sueballs ready ?

You raise an interesting question on Intel + systems "specifically purchased for"...

You see where that takes us? Does it affect... Itanium systems?!?!?!

Itanic strikes again!

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Looking forward to revised price of refurbished Xeon workstations on ebay!

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Re: What about AMD cpu's?

Well done, chimpzilla!

Japan's mission to mine Mars' moon is cleared – now they've filled out the right paperwork on alien world contamination

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Re: Heck no, it shouldn't go!

> bad ship happens on Phobos! Where's my BFG-9000?

No BFG on Phobos, nor Deimos. Only introduced in Inferno episode.

> surely everyone knows it should be a super-shotgun.

Introduced in Doom II, therefore only available on Earth.

Pedantic icon for a reason!

Japan on track to start testing Alfa-X, fastest train in the world with top speed of 400kph

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Re: Well....

Yep. Meanwhile in US and Canada the number of miles of operational high-speed train is the following: Zero (hey same thing in km too!!). Montréal--New York, by train? 10 hours. With a car or bus? less than 6 hours.

And we are told that we are "advanced" economies.

Why Qualcomm won – and why Tim Cook had to eat humble Apple pie

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Re: 5G - beyond the hype

You beat me to it, was going to post the exact same question. Nobody is raising the question about what needs it fulfill or what "problem" it will solve. Unless 5G allows to have the same (and more) as 4G or LTE at a fraction of the cost (skeptical of that), I don't see any merit to it. Well, that's like the media buying the BS of Hyperloop, without doing any check whether this thing and Musk wild claims make any sense at all.

I heard stuff like "5G will make autonomous vehicles a possibility". Oh yeah?? Welcome to Newfoundland. What happens when you lose your network connection? Or "people want to stream on their phone!!!". Oh yeah?? In Canada, a medium-large data plan is a mighty 2 GB. With 5G, you get to enjoy a salty surprise by the end of the month.

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

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Small is Beautiful

Let's say that you have normal-sized pockets, normal sized-hands, and like to hold this device in just one hand. Also, you are not into the cloud Kool-Aid and want plenty of storage (say microSD). With decent specs, great lifespan. We are talking about 5 inches at most. It's getting hard to find that in Android land. Bigger is not better.

Human StarCraft II e-athletes crushed by neural net ace – DeepMind's AlphaStar

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I don't know which one is the most depressing. Is it that a machine beats humans, or that there are humans whose job is to be a "professional SC gamer"?

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are cunts

You sir have summarized how to KonMari your browser: get rid of what does not bring joy.

Michael Howard: Embrace of open source is destroying 'artificial definitions' of legacy vendors

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BS Ahead

"cloud native technology"

WHAT does that even mean? Does it work on a computer in the basement? Yes. In a data center? Yes. So, moving on?

"adaptive scalability"

That's like saying "strategic leadership". scalable == adaptive, no?

"professionalising people and technology"

I'm sorry... what?!?!

IBM's Red Hat gobble: Storage will be a test of Big Blue's commitment to open-source software

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IT Angle

open source, default choice?

"Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions."

The statement is true, if you pay attention to the word MODERN. Unfortunately, modern solutions are not so prevalent. Look at government. Look at just about any large organization that has been around for a while (long enough to be infiltrated by PHBs, dancing around in a macabre mockery of what that place used to be). Those are not using open source as they are far from being receptive to the concept "modern".

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Remember MySQL?

>> In other words, IBM's proprietary storage software will still

>> effectively see Red Hat software as competition.

Remember when MySQL was the one database everyone was flocking to? What has Oracle done with it? Right. It doesn't make sense to support development of a lower (or zero) cost product eating into your high margin one.

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Let's Cook!

Your brain on Wifi 6:


Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Office 365?

"[...] those who are fully bought into the Office 365 platform and ecosystem"

You know a place where everyone got M$ Office slapped on their computer? <yes>

You know a place where this Office 365 is used? I heard of this thing for years, and unless it's a buzzword, I've never dealt with someone using this. I have no idea what it looks like and what it does, but from what I hear, it's made for people who (once upon a time) thought that the Palm would revolutionize their productivity.

Freshly baked storage: Take a pinch of Intel Skylake silicon, some flash powder, sprinkle into IBM's FlashSystem

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x86 really?

And I thought that IBM was completely out of the x86 business. Silly me.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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What about Replicant?

Not a single mention of Replicant in this article? Replicant is based on Android, minus the non-free components. And that's hardly new, though I never did anything with it other than know it exists (I've the feeling I'm not the only one!).

The main problem facing its use? Proprietary drivers, what else?! Phones and all SoC devices are very unlike the generic PC x86 boxes, with just about every necessary drivers for the latter already built in the Linux kernel.

Oh but wait even with Android, drivers are a massive problem. If there's a new version of Android, it seems the drivers need to be ported to it if the phone is to receive an upgrade (How hard is it to recompile sh*t? Is it all written in assembly for specific micro-architectures!?!?). On my computer, I don't need to get new drivers in order to receive... a new version of KDE or whatever I fancy. Conclusion: Android is a pitiful design.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Today's story...

The people who don't make mistakes are the people who don't get any work done.

That being said, that is not the fundamental issue here: The sheer stupidity or incompetence behind this code. It's not even about testing. It's how can someone even write that?!?! That's even worse than the "rm -r *" of Valve's Linux Steam a few years ago, because this time the target is very deliberate.

When you go on the web page of "Open R", you see a drawing of a monkey. Thank you. Now we know what MVP stands for! Most Valuable Primate!!

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Re: EEE play

> R language is extended atm with incompatible M$-only features

I use R very much, and my first reaction to this article: WTF is that POS "Open R"??

The question is not what, but why? And the answer is simple. M$ brings forward their toxic commits to GNU R, which are rejected for very obvious reasons. Then they create their own thing. Relax, the abomination is contained.

By the way, I would like to thank M$ for aptly naming this creature of theirs.

Open R == open source

GNU R == free software

Even though the source of this "Open R" is out there, its sole purpose is to facilitate the integration of proprietary technologies.

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: @Updraft102 - If GPL is that toxic

M$ can claim that they "love open source", and that is absolutely not reassuring.

open source != free software

By the way, does M$ still wage war of bogus patents?

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Re: Opportunities

Also exactly this in Dilbert:


Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Re: Oracle has probably managed to kill Java also

But unlike those other projects, Java is the only one that has not been forked. Why? Simple. Nobody likes Java.* No sane person will produce code in Java unless you have a gun on your head. That gun could be an adequate compensation or just some PHB asking for "enterprise" stuff, whatever that means.

(*): People who know nothing outside of Java possibly love it. Many "computer science" programs are more like "Java science" programs.



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