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What?! No acronyms, nor abbreviations?
It is said that eskimos have a t least forty (or more) different words for different types of ice(s).
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to their word for "ice" which stops neutrinos?
And: I realize we're talking about different parts of the world; no geography lesson needed.
Cold fusion, anyone?
Let's see if I understand correctly...
Neutrinos, which supposedly can travel from one end of the universe to the other, passing through absolutely ANYTHING, including Kryptonite, strip shopping malls, and that densest of ALL known materials, administratium, can be stopped dead in their tracks by Antarctic ice?
Sounds like we're on to a new defensive weapon which lends new meaning to the term "cold war".
Just don't let the Neo-Nazis, Neo-Commies, or the Academic-Research bandwagon-jumpers-on know about this.
"If you have anything of importance to tell me, for God’s sake begin at the end.
--Sara Jeanette Duncan, 1861-1922
I have not read any of the comments--sorry, I'll do that later--but I feel as though I could summarize the general tone fairly accurately.
I will give you a brief bio in following Ms.Duncan's advice. I will also use the term "we" rather than "I", because thinking in those terms makes, I think, for a more accurate fable.
We started programming minicomputers and writing productive programs in assembly language in the 1960s.
We also learned Fortran and Basic. We were in a good position to design and program the micros which came along; F-8, 6800, 6809, Z80, Z8000, TI9900, 680xx, I80xx series, and on and on.
We learned to program and we learned languages for the same reason we wrote our own peripheral drivers--using devices which were never meant to be used as a computer "peripheral. We wrote our own operating systems.
It was nirvana when the 8080/5 and Z80 became so popular that the CP/M operating system was created BECAUSE of these devices. Suddenly, there wa an operating system with rational demands and rational ends, and one could be more productive in a much shorter period of time.
All this changed in a very short time as IBM saw the success of machines such as the TRS-80, et al.
When Microsoft entered the picture, there was no longer any need to learn anything, except how to USE pre-written software.
And one contributing factor is the lack of any stability in the programming field. No sooner had we learned to use BASIC and Fortran, than we were told that APL, Pascal, ad nauseum were the waves of the future.
Oh,kids, don't EVER mention that you know COBOL, or BASIC. The one has only, at last tally, more than USD 60 trillion worth of installed, running code which MUST be maintained. The other? I teach, among other things, the discipline of Digital Signal Processing. I recently received a fairly new text on the subject for review. The author had to include large sets of data, complex numerical calculations, and ordered output, all in a well-formatted and labelled manner. He reproduced, for the benefit of the reader, all his computation. It was, every bit, in BASIC, one of the most powerful languages you have at your disposal.o u
Just don't EVER mention that you know how to use it, if you do.
I steadfastly maintain that this pathetic state of affairs exists because the educational process was hijacked by two groups:
a) hardware and software manufacturers who saw in the educational market an opportunity to literally print money by convincing the second group that all they had to do was teach students to USE THEIR PRODUCTS; and
b) the worst of the two groups: "PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS", who are totally and completely clueless as to the proper way to teach young people how to use--and that means ALL aspects of digital technology--this new promise of the future.
Consider this fact: if you are a "professional educator", it is career suicide to admit that there is ANYTHING
which you can't teach a young person.
NO KIDDING?! SERIOUSLY?!
"Galaxy is CRAMMED with HABITABLE WORLDS – and possibly ALIENS"
ALIENS!? NO WAY! You've obviously been brainwashed by Carl Sagan ("One must always keep an open mind, but not SO open that one's brains fall out.").
All the aliens are right here, stealing our precious body fluids (we won't even touch on Social Security funds), abducting us for all kinds of nefarious, unmentionable--even in impolite society-- experiments, and then wiping our memories so that we have ABSOLUTELY NO MEMORY OF ANY ALIENS.
What a TERRIBLE job of objective reporting. Hmmmpf!
Say, here's a thought:
perhaps you could expand this idea into, say, a television series. Call it "The X-Files", or some such. On further reflection: forget it. It would never draw any viewers.
The comment Eric Snowden made popular: "Don't believe anything, or anybody..." was always true.
I worked in the aerospace industry (company redacted) during the extremely active phase of the SR-71. It is common knowledge that whatever specifications were admitted to by the contractor or contractee were off the mark by almost any number you'd like to guess.
What do you think of whatever 'facts' will be admitted to regarding the SR-72?
Not good enough.
Don't stop here. Arrest anybody, anywhere wearing Google Glass, or anything similar which the CopyAsses are getting ready to introduce.
Invoke "Invasion of Privacy" laws.
Simply wearing the device is 'de facto' evidence of use.
A Big Surprise?
Clement Lefebvre can always be depended upon to ultimately employ the correct solution for his users.
This is why he and his work will be one of the "last men standing" when the big Linux 'shake-out' occurs
Puffery, dissembling, circumlocution, prevarication, and lying are no longer nearly as widely-tolerated and embraced (except, of course, by the ignorant) as they, unfortunately, used to be.
Absolutely nothing is to be read into this comment.
"...NOBODY STOPS YOU..."
1. Good arguments, all.
2. The REAL message of your response totally escapes me.
3. Since you've chosen the format for a reply to my (I--supposedly wrongly--thought) fairly-well-thought-out defense (sic) of one small step taken by some very selfless and very concerned individuals to START the stemming of a pernicious tide, I can assure you that we'll all be awaiting your VERY long list of EVERYTHING WHICH I AM NOT DOING BUT SHOULD BE, which no one is stopping me from doing.
I DO have to question the logic of some of the items in your list as to what they have to do with, and how the results compare with the long-term effects of the efforts of Eben Upton, Cambridge University, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and all who have selflessly devoted themselves to the increase in knowlege of our young people. But, then again, having taught logic for many years, I can assure you that your perception of logic can differ markedly from others'.
We'll all be eagerly awaiting your voluminous additions to the list you've started.
I will read every one. I will not speak to the level of possible boredom of anyone else.
Warmest regards; hands across the sea; be careful what you wish for; and all that. ("Not ending a sentence with a preposition is one of those pathological rules of grammar up with which I will not put..."--Sir Winston Churchill).
"Is the Rπ the savior (sic)..."
Caveat: from an EE, ECE, CIS, Solid-State Physics prof:
As one of my favorite (sic) (have you ever considered that if we Yanks had lost 'The Big One', we'd probably be speaking--and spelling--English today?) tee-shirts says, "What?! Do You Think I'm a Rocket Surgeon?"
The obvious--to most, but I'll get there in a moment--answer is, "OF COURSE NOT"!
Only an idiot would (I'll get there in a moment) so think, and formulate, and implement, a program based upon such a premise. Being a college teacher, I tend to ramble, so I'll make this shorter than I can.
The problem with education at any level is that its direction and--most importantly--implementation has been hijacked by people who have no idea how to teach and motivate CHILDREN--those REAL, HONEST-TO-GOD PEOPLE, people, whose formative years are between two and seven.
Until YOU get the "Professional Educators" out of the way of the education of our young, you will see only what you're now seeing: disaster. 'Nother (sic) caveat: I quit teaching, in no small part, because of this problem.
Again: from someone who has seen for far too long what Cambridge and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has observed; and are trying, in their own small way, to provide a starting point for attacking the problem.
There's a REALLY GOOD point HERE; It simplyneeds to be better articulated.
I think the commenter might be confusing opportunity with mandatory requirement.
There's no question but that there is a desperate need to teach our children how to best handle the teaching of this "new" technology, There's also no question that the way it's been handled so far is an absolute disaster.
The reasons for all this and the methods to combat it MUST be revolutionary and are too important to be left to professional "educators" and pedagogues.
My suggestion is very complicated: it's called 'Back to the Basics Plus Two": back to 'readin', writin', and 'rithmatic, PLUS a very strong dose of DISCIPLINE and LOGIC.
You'd be amazed at what young people would accomplish under this regimen, and out from under the thumbs of "professional educators".
There can be no dignified title to these ravings.
You discredit yourself by deigning to give Mark Shuttleworth a forum. Ever.
Where did you discover your first clue, Sherlock?
"...but somehow El Reg doubts customers will be flocking to the stores. "
Re: S.O.S.S.: SAME OLD SHUTTLEWORTH SH*T
Learned some new words from your comic books, today, eh?.
Pity, but the only new word you learned, you misspelled:
The word is not "noobuntu", but rather "NoUbuntu".
Re: IT'S LACKING A LOT
What else would you expect from Shuttleworth?
Re: I'm NO MS supporter, but can't figure out why corporates haven't moved to Open office ?
Can't understand, eh? Choose from the following list ("all" is a perfect answer):
Couldn't understand if they would/could read.
Feel free to add to this list.
A SHUTTLEWORTH DEADLINE? DOES THE WORD 'OXYMORON' RING A BELL?
"I LOVE deadlines. I like the 'whooshing' sound they make as they go rushing by."
and, obviously (based ONLY on everything he's EVER announced), so does Mark Shuttleworth.
S.O.S.S.: SAME OLD SHUTTLEWORTH SH*T
"Shuttleworth, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), said he was committed to unleashing a “full smartphone experience”, powered by Ubuntu 13.10, on the world."
Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much on the world already?
"Shuttleworth wants his distro to power 'tablets, phones, TVs and smart screens from the car to the office kitchen'."
Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much bullshit on the world already?
"Given how far short that project [Shuttleworth's crowdsourcing fiasco] fell, and given the huge amount of coverage it generated, we were left wondering whether the whole thing wasn’t just cheap PR ..."
"Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much cheap PR bullshit on the world already?
City of Munich: Four Steps Forward, π Steps Backward
"City of Munich Throws UBUNTU Lifeline..."
WTF! The tone of this article, or rather the title, suggests that Munich is doing XP hold-outs a favor.
Munich is doing a favor by suggesting that people use an operating system whose goofball, megalomaniac, SelfAppointedBenevolentDictatorForLife has gone on record as saying that Ubuntu is NOT Linux, and he'd rather people didn't refer to it as such?
XP Hold-outs: try Linux MINT instead; it's been much more popular than Ubuntu for a long time.
Everyone says it's much more XP-friendly, and every Linux user KNOWS you won't get shafted by ITS founder, Clement Lefebvre.
Suggesting they use Ubuntu, huh? Incredible. I thought these people were tech-savvy.
Balmer on skis?
We all need to read
“Schneier on NSA's encryption defeating efforts: Trust no one"
by Grant Gross, IDG News Service, September 06, 2013, 4:06 PM.
Re: John von Neumann
One question, one comment:
Someone needs to dig very deeply into why INTEL is trying to strong-arm anybody having to do with the software design of SECURITY implementation. No ties to the spooks, huh, Intel?
Perhaps the EFF needs to get involved here.
Wait...one more time; let me see if I understand correctly. A HARDWARE manufacturer is trying to INFLUENCE the DESIGN of an OPERATING SYSTEM'S SECURITY PRACTICES??!!
"I am so glad I resisted pressure from Intel engineers to let /dev/random rely only on the RDRAND instruction... Relying solely on the hardware random number generator which is using an implementation sealed inside a chip which is impossible to audit is a BAD idea."
A very, very bad idea, indeed.
Intel's got a bad case of "Let's All Follow Microsoft"
I can buy a complete computer for $199 AND it's expandable AND it can be converted to run Linux.
Here are the specs:
11.6" (1366 x 768) HD display
High-brightness, 200 nit screen
285 x 202 x 27.35 mm
3 lbs / 1.38 kg
Dual-core Intel® Celeron® Processor
3 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
2-in-1 card reader supporting: SD, MMC
2 GB DDR3 RAM
16 GB Solid State Drive*
Stereo internal speaker
4 cell, 37 Wh battery. Up to 4 hours*
Oh, by the way, it's called an Acer Chromebook C7M!
Take your Minnowboard and stuff it, Intel!
Maybe if we spruce the old place up...
Please ask the galactic estate agent the Penultimate Question:
So, how much can we get for the old place if we do a great landcape job, replace the roof, go all-out upgrading the loos, and replace all the kitchen appliances with stainless-steel? Oh, I almost forgot: we'll replace those bourgeois formica countertops with granite.
What's the answer, meece?
If 'dumb' is what they want, let them use Windows, or Ubuntu. If not...
Will there be jubilation and dancing in the streets if the Rsapberry Pi Organization dumps all its current aids to learning the device, and, instead, forces everyone who wants to use it to write their own Linux OS from scratch? To really weed out the slackers, how about Slackware? (not sorry about that).
"...Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school... thou hast caused printing to be used...".
--Shakespeare; Henry VI. Part II
"Mozilla has already lined up hardware and carrier partnerships around the world, including the US which is home ground for the iPhone-Android duopoly and where Sprint is now working to bring some sort of Firefox OS phone to the market."
And then, of course, Tizen is coming to further simplify the world.
Bye, bye Ubuntu phone..
Massively-Parallel Computing: the elusive goal (so far....)
One can only hope that this new generation of ultra-low-cost computers will keep resulting in the design and construction of more and more massively-parallel (MP) computers.
Why? Because what is and has been missing from the MP scene in order to realize the full potential of MP computers is the SOFTWARE to fully make use of the hardware. As the cost of the hardware approaches zero--relatively speaking--we self-important computer engineers are going to have to stop kidding ourselves that we are doing something REALLY IMPORTANT by designing and building the MP machinery; we've got to finally 'fess up to the fact that all along, that's been the easy part. Now we've got do the really HARD work: design the assemblers, compilers, and high-level languages to make it all really, REALLY WORK.
And one more nice feature of low, low cost MP computers: don't bet against a ten- or twelve-year old boy OR girl--or a group of them--doing the seminal work on the MP critical software (their advantage over us? They, unlike us, don't know that it can't be done).
Re: @tabman: THANK YOU!
Less than one hour, and already one downvote. How about that?
My point made!
Get a life, you gits.
Regards to all, even you mindless, ,know-nothing (except how to play games; this IS a great game, isn't it!), web-enabled super-heroes.
@tabman: THANK YOU!
A huge "THANK YOU!" for changing the subject!
I am continually amazed at the amount of time and bandwidth wasted when someone sees, and creates, an opportunity to bash an object of their disaffection; and bash the bashers.
Same ol' same ol. Ubuntu and Shuttleworth are irrelevant, and off the radar.
"...First the bad news: most of the big new features planned for Ubuntu 13.04, or Raring Ringtail, haven’t made it – they’ve been pushed back to 13.10, due in October.
"...prompted Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth to promise that future releases would offer ".
"...Ubuntu 13.04 is actually the sort of release that has been missing lately from the Canonical camp...".
NO, IT IS NOT.
It is precisely the type of offal which Shuttleworth and Canonical have been serving up since rev. 11.04: bug-ridden, diminished capability, loaded with 'features' which are only there to stroke Shuttleworth's massive ego, and pre-loaded with promises from Shuttleworth to fix all the blunders in the next release.
Given your own writing and assessment of 13.04 (see above), would you please explain, Mr Gilbertson, how you arrived at the conclusion contained in the last quotation, above.
"One small deed is worth more than the most grandiose of promises"--a fact never learned by Mr Shuttleworth.
He has one year. FireFox OS will close his doors, and solve all our problems
The world is going to get an Ubuntu which really works, and will work fabulously. So much so, that the Chinese will teach us all a lesson in capitalism: it will sell ITS version of Ubuntu to the rest of the world for $4.99, and make bazeelions of dollars.
Oh, and in the process, it will tell Mark Shuttleworth to go take a hike; that they've gotten all they need from that lame organization. Yes, Mark, the Chinese are going to show you how correct you've been all along: there IS a way to 'monetize' Ubuntu. Just sit back and watch. And don't even THINK about legal matters--you're now dealing with the world's largest software pirate, and THE entity which started the crumbling of the Microsoft empire, when they told Microsoft to take a hike.
Good-bye, Mark. I'm looking forward, finally, to a really, REALLY good version of Ubuntu.
UBUNTU is NOT LINUX; no carbon-based life-form thinks it is.
"I give ubuntu another 2 or 3 years before they'll vanish completely."--I did that last year. Take a number and get in line.
"loving the fanboi down votes :)"--read this comment's title.
" Having been burned by Ubuntu, I won't be looking at Linux again, except maybe in 5 to 8 years time..."--so how do you feel these days about your Lord High Everything Else, Ubuntu cretins? And DO factor into your reply Shuttleworth's latest LINUX-KILLER (READ THE QUOTE AGAIN, BRAIN-DEADs), version 13.04.
"At the moment, if somebody asks me to install Linux for them, I use Mint..."--@Rambler88: UBUNTU IS NOT LINUX!
...and on and on and...
...this is too easy; there's no sport involved.
All you folks considering REAL LINUX, read all these comments, and more: start with the articles in PC GAMER for a real eye-opener regarding a real pro's real-life experience with Ubuntu. If anyone ever suggests you jump into LINUX by using ubuntu, tell them you said LINUX, and walk away. Then get Mint LINUX.
Yeah, yeah, yeah Shuttleworth. Where've we heard THAT before? Oh! Now I know...
"But Canonical's Shuttleworth disagreed, telling ZDNet that although Ubuntu for devices is a work in progress, the vision for the platform is clear."
Before Shuttleworth introduced his beloved Unity interface, his puffery regarding his savior of all Linuxdom was that it was "...so simple that even your Mum could use it...".
AFTER its introduction, and it bombed big time because it was executed so poorly, Shuttleworth's circumlocution was at its worst (He probably thinks he was at his best): he never actually SAID it would be READY when introduced, and that all us boobs and nincompoops should have KNOWN that it was--here it comes:--a WORK IN PROGRESS!
"I never said all them things I said!" --Casey Stengel (stolen by Yogi Berra)
"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." --Abraham Lincoln
By the way, has anyone noticed that "Ubuntu For Devices"--UFD--is an anagram for "FUD"?
And THE Linux problem IS...
...that there is no organization [sic] (your woord prosessor don't spiel chek good) or entity which has an interest in giving coverage to testimonials such as appeared above, to wit:
"I have no background in linux but have enjoyed setting up a home multimedia server using a Mint and an old laptop."
Please understand that this is not an indictment; merely a statement of fact. It is a fact that the best model for generating robust software must find a way, and reason, to generate revenue, which would lead to "honking its own horn."
"When setting out to explain something, make the explanation as simple as possible. ..but no simpler".
(1) Microsoft user--DOS 2.11 through Win7, but not Bob, ME, or Vista
(2) Linux/Unix user since 2009: BSD, Ubuntu, SuSE, Mint, Knoppix, Debian
I've taught college for over twenty years, from Boolean logic to assembly-language programming to Operating System Design, and I've always ascribed to the philosophy that the best way to teach a new subject is introduce it gently. If the 'gentle' tool(s) used turn out to be elegant, powerful tools--they most always do--then so much the better.
To use a topical example, I would never use LibreOffice or Office to teach a begiining course in word processing; even if the goal of the course was proficiency in a 'powerful' WP, using AbiWord as an introduction to the subject would be most beneficial to basic and lasting knowledge of the subject. And, as it so happenst , Abiword seems to be able to do almost all that one would want from a word processor while not being intimidating.
In a similar vein, considering power, lack of intimidation, and lack of ego-inspired "capabilities"--which only add to the new-Linux-user's burden--the best choice, and the one I suggest to those who are interested in switching from Windows to Linux with the least effort and highest productivity is Linux Mint.
"On Selling Out of an Empty Cart"
"Mr Jones, I see your lamb chops are $4.69 per pound. Mr. Wasser, down the street, has lamb chops for only $4.25 per pound."
"I suggest, my dear lady, that you go and buy lamb chops from Mr. Wasser."
"Oh, but he sold all he had before noon."
"Madam, let me tell you a butcher's dirty little secret: when I don't have lamb chops, I sell them for $3.99 per pound."
Poor choice of name...
I find it a shame that our National Weather Service didn't name the storm 'Ahab'.
That would have provided fodder for all manner of comments based on 'The Great White Whale' vs 'The Irrelevant White Elephant'. As, for example: "The tale of The Great White Whale and The Irrelephant White Elephant." OOOoooooooohhhhhhh! See how easy it is? Now it's your turn!
Where's the NEWS, El Reg?
Microsoft blaming someone else? Give us some real news. please.
Here's a scoop for you: in six months, it'll be us idiot consumers to blame for MS's problems.
Here's the solution for Microsoft: assume COMPLETE control of the business by building the hardware yourselves, a la your most hated rivals.Then you wouldn't be at the mercy of all those nincompoops who don't know how to build or sell stuff, or follow directions.
Then you'd have all the glory.
Re: Oracle appears to be a corporate psychopath...
...perhaps because it's led by a psycopath? Just wondering...
Trust Larry Ellison?
C'mon, people; get real.
The only people I know who trust Larry Ellison eat their dead.
Clarification for all you cobra-lovers: "Oracle Linux" is an oxymoron. Go look it up. Don't ask Ellison; he won't know, either.
And, one could also...
...hold a π-mile road race event, as they do at the Georgia Institute of Technology (at least they used to, long before π-day was created). Yes, that same Georgia Tech mentioned in your "Lara Croft...doomsday earthquake...Greek underwater volcano..." article.
thanks for the heads-up.
Here's the way I handle stupidity and arrogance like this, Bezos: I don't buy your product.
Bezos, you'd better hope that someone doesn't take this story and make a major internet article/issue out of it.
Hey, there's an idea...
Fedora/Red Hat; you are an absolute HOOT!
Red Hat, my hat (I just may start wearing a red one) is off to you. You have, hopefully not unwittingly (but it doesn't matter, the joke is still there, and a really great one), pulled off one of the better zingers of a competitor that the software world has seen in a long, long time.
We all know that--some--Linux Distribution organizations seem to place more effort and importance on generating snappy nicknames for their products rather than in generating a high-quality product which is an evolutionary improvement of their existing line.
You have a long history of producing outstanding product, and have not been one to put much emphasis on naming your products (someone has suggested Incontinent Ibex to a competitor; my suggestion would be Randy Rhinoceros), so why now, and why "Lovelock"?
Could this just possibly be a reference to the minions--that's spelled "millions"--for whom love has been lost for Ubuntu vis-a-vis their upcoming whatever-it-is?
Is "Lovelock" a play on the words "Love Lost"?
Canonical lost me at 9.04, when the results of their "improvements" to that fine piece of work resulted in a disaster called 9.10 (and no, Canonical, I don't remember their cutesy names. I have never cared, and seriously doubt that most do). I immediately "upgraded" back to the future to 9.04, started reading and hearing good things about Linux Mint which has--in the past--seemed to take a few months to do the latest release of Ubuntu correctly, and then release their own, high-quality distribution. I've been using Mint in one or the other of its many variations ever since.
You notice the use of the word "has". M. Clement LeFebvre, the low-key, high-class force behind Mint has been, in his inimitable fashion, slowly and quietly distancing himself from any dependence on Ubuntu. Check out what M. LeFebvre has to say about his upcoming Mint 11 release, AND note that Mint now has another card to play: they have developed a rolling-release version of Mint based on Debian.
I love humor mixed with great technical expertise. There is absolutely no doubt about the latter in your case, and the only reason for my not having tried Red Hat before now is inertia. I have two computers on which I've scheduled replacement of the operating system. Have no doubt that at least one will be "Lovelost" (sorry about that; everything about that name and what it implies has such a great ring to it!).
Anybody remember Fred Brooks?
Fred Brooks: the (still) best-selling author of "the Mythical Man-Month" (Essays on Software Engineering) became an icon when he was put in charge of the development of IBM's OS-360, the operating system which was to power the highly evolutionary IBM 360/370 series of mainframe computers. The development was in shambles when he took over. It was in shambles because of situations in the OS-360 development process similar to what we're seeing happening at Canonical re Ubuntu "development", for lack of a better, more politic, more descriptive, politically correct word. (read the book and his bio, paying-passenger Shuttleworth...uh, I forgot: ASTRONAUT Shuttleworth (by-the-by, my friends are happy to know that precedent qualifies me to be referred to as an Aerospace Engineer due to all the airplane flights I make). Canonical's problem is that it has no knowledge of either the history of software engineering nor of the software engineering process itself, and therefore doesn't understand what it takes to do it correctly.
We, the users of good, robust, intuitive, sanely evolutionary Linux OSs are not under the same illusions that you are, Admiral: Canonical is not a designer of Operating Systems. It is an operating system CHANGER; the real, true operating system was designed by someone else long years ago. There it is: I'd lay odds that you really believe that you are an Operating System designer (Wm. F. Buckley once stated, "I'm not going to insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said").
Ring a bell?
Now, with all the current changes: frivolous, sometimes useless, changes made on a whim, some good changes, changes made to fit a personal agenda; and particularly when, as a point of honor (sic), Canonical must get all this done on a sacrosanct six-month schedule, how to cope? Easy!: Do it the way the Big Boy, Big Bucks, for-profit guys do it. CHANGE THE RULES! Re-define 'release candidate'; 'beta'; drop perfectly good programs and forks; let ego and pique get in the way of good decisions; and--most of all--excuses, excuses, excuses, PARTICULARLY starting on 28 April. Shuttleworth, it's obvious to one and all that Canonical is (sic) becoming the Microsoft of the Linux world. I'll bet your momma's really proud!
Back to Fred Brooks: I'm only going to give you a small part; you'll have to do something which has obviously and sadly become foreign to Canonical: hard work and (now) really heavy lifting on your own to learn what you need to know (you knew all along that there was a catch, didn't you?).
From one fiasco after another (no inferences or analogies implied) in the OS-360 design, IBM let Fred Brooks take over the development. The first thing Mr. Brooks did was to let EVERYONE--both inside and outside IBM--i.e., management, sales, and PARTICULARLY customers--know that all preceding schedules and promises were summarily cancelled, and that he was starting the program over correctly; and furthermore, that when OS-360 was finished, it would work correctly and be what the customers wanted.
Ring a bell?
Your latest attempts are the epitome of a saying (paraphrased to fit your company) we had at a company at which I worked for all too long (two agonizing months): why do you always have time to do it over, but never time to do it right the first time?
One last suggestion: I remember reading, a few years ago, an article by someone high in one of the UNIX/Linux world-wide organizations in which was stated that there were perhaps thirty or forty people in the world who were considered to truly be REAL operating system designers. Perhaps you need to consider hiring one of those people. This suggestion carries with it some real problems: (1) convincing someone of that caliber (sic) to consider the offer, and (2) following their advice.
Mr. Clarke: you obviously have a penchant for circumlocution--or just plain niceness, which is NOT a positive in your line of work--which was not displayed by Mr. Gilbertson (ABSOLUTELY no offense (sic), Mr. Gilbertson; you get an A+ for honesty and an A++ for objectvity and for 'calling it like it is') in his "Operating Systems" article of 1 April, wherein he (Mr. Gilbertson) described 11.04 as the ""worst Ubuntu beta ever."
You did not, Mr. Clarke, answer the question: is this still "the worst Ubuntu beta ever"? Did it even make it to "barely adequate"? Higher? Please remember that your answer, should you choose to provide us with one, will be proven in thirteen days.
Did Einstein say that?
Looks as though you've created some hard work for yourSELF.
Since this is obviously a matter of serious concern to you, YOU will have to be the one to find whatever or whomever you consider to be a "real" source.
As I tell everyone, when the situation merits the response, "Don't bring problems unless you can also bring the solutions."
p.s.: I REALLY don't know, and would, therefore, like to know (quotations being an avocation of mine) the "real" source of Sir Winston's supposed statement concerning Americans always seeming to do the right thing. While you're about doing all this research, you might find it enlightening to discover what Sir Winston had to say about quotations.
Looking forward to hearing of your discoveries of--remember--the "real" sources...
"A fifth of Europeans..."
Einstein said it best:: "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
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