45 posts • joined Monday 29th October 2007 14:19 GMT
is about solving problems. How many people do you see sharing a crossword puzzle or sudoku unless they're stuck? It's the nature of the beast to try fix it yourself, for several reasons
1) you don't know if you can do a task, or if you'll need help, until you start to tackle the problem hands on
2) you might not want to piss people off with stupid questions
3) you might feel you can tackle the problem on your own and let everyone else get on with their own job
4) it's a creative process, people work in ways which may not be compatible with other people's ways of working
Anyway, the people sampled for this study aren't likely engineers, but programmers.
There's a difference, engineers rarely get to write code.
You couldn't make this shit up.
Eclipse's support for other languages makes it a clear winner in this space. See Carbide from Nokia which, while buggy/limited by eclipse, is making it the clear leader in Symbian and plain C/C++ development.
Free will always triumph over paid-for IDEs. Game Over.
When is the last time EDF sent an meter reader out to your house? I've not seen one in the 4 years I've been living in the UK. I have to tell them my reading.
And there go my plans for a cannabis grow-op in my shed.
At last, someone who seems to understand how difficult it is to preserve backwards compatibility.
MS is really good at this, I can still run a Win95 app on XP. I work on an OS and everything is about maintaining backwards compatibility. It's a big deal
When I see people complain about how long it takes for MS to release a patch it's clear these people haven't a clue about what's actually involved. Even buggy behaviour must be maintained if there are 3rd party apps that rely on it.
Look at Linux - people complain about driver interfaces changing among releases
Symbian has BC issues too that people whine about.
We're not dealing with PHP scripts here, people! I'm absolutely sure that OS programmers would love the freedom to fix everything they know is broken, but they'd lose their customers before long.
I went to Uni
And I'm glad I went. Not only did I start on a higher than my fellow non-3rd level employees, I have progressed up the software engineering ladder faster than them.
But then, some people are happy to have a job that involves formatting drives.
Would you include dodgy paint, dodgy milk additives and dodgy pet food in that list of nefarious elements?
I don't know if this is true or not, but I seem to remember a story about the Chinese govt including brute-force decryption chips in Chinese TVs to help them crack encryption. I'd love it to be true.
I knew it, the platform's not ready. There is no reason why Palm would make their developers jump through an embarrassing hoop unless the platform was immature. Sounds to me like this Pre is a last-chance for Palm, I expect this phone to flop.
Palm stock is 46% owned by shorters, let's not forget that.
Symbian was never really allowed advertise it's existence apart from a line in an About box in the phone software. This actually really frustrated some people there as customers keep thinking S60 IS Symbian OS. It's not.
UIQ is dead and has been incorporated into S60.
One reason/excuse for Apple's behaviour I can think of is that the US thinks the AppStore is some magical service that will revolutionise the smartphone world. Apple aren't the first to do this sort of store but they're probably the first to get it right. It will only be seen as successful if they manage to keep the useless crap away from it.
I don't like Apple or own an iPhone
Is everyone missing the point?
She tried to stick with Linux but it wasn't for her. She's no different from the 99% of humanity who really don't give a flying fuck what their OS is, as long as they get to check emails and save Word documents.
Linux is clearly not ready for the desktop.
And for the AC @ 03:16, just re-read what you wrote:
"So you just right-click and 'repair' in Windows, huh? And about 14% of the time it actually fixes the problem!
Really, Linux isn't that hard... you may have to search online for some answers if you don't know how to do something"
How can you go online if your internet connection isn't working??? This women isn't the only idiot around here
Dell has been planning the move for years, with the help of Accenture. It's true that the recession has nothing to do with it. I've commented here before about Dell managers buying property in Poland to rent to future Dell workers there.
As for degrees, Irish universities are too busy in training up people for what industry wanted last year. The number of grads who are capable of innovating is quite slim in my opinion, the majority just know what they think they need to get by for a few years, before realising that they're in the wrong job and moving on.
Ireland has gone back to the 1990's within 3 months
The armchair coders are out in force. Wow, you guys must all be really shit-hot.
@Eddie Johnson: Microsoft's KB and MSDN are fantastic, I don't do Windows development any more but I wish the docs for what I do code for now were of the same quality. It definitely beats man-pages anyway
@DZJay and Tim Brown: Developers come and go, chances are this code was written years ago, by a developer who has left, before everybody did fancy UML diagrams (which are largely useless anyway with the exception of sequence diagrams). There is bad code everywhere... I know there is bad code is some frameworks I work with, but it's not that easy to just go fix stuff. Just ask your manager, and product owners and customers.
@Rotacyclic: You've never written software in a commercial environment have you? (and doing web pages doesn't count)
You can get the latest firmwares for almost any smartphone at service centres. Nokia now allow users to download new firmware and flash their phones from their PC at home. These all contain bugfixes and new features.
Paris flashes in public.
There was a man painting a picture of a street scene in Wimbledon Village last week. Just before the tennis started! I thought nothing of it at the time but now I'm tempted to report him to the police.
Paris: Because she likes a big SLR
You know you can turn off the check that only allows signed apps to be installed? Sure, some apps *must* be signed by the developer but most don't. Signing means that the app doesn't need to ask you if it needs to do something potentially risky, turning this off means that you will manually have to give the app permission to do the risky stuff each time it asks.
There is a manual.
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