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  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , NoelCarboni wrote

    Experienced people have wisdom.  I'm not more stupid than when I was a bright eyed 20 year old working on mainframes, dreaming of the computer power we'd some day have.  I've written thousands of lines of code this week.

    Computing, however, is getting a whole lot more stupid than it was then.  It was struggling to get better.  Now it's not.  This is a recent phenomenon, and not an inevitable product of a "generation gap".

    When Engineers (geeks) are in charge, things get better.  When Marketing people (jocks) are in charge, we suffer.  It has always been and it will always be.  Scott Adams has it right.

    -Noel

    So back in the 80s pretty much all PCs came with BASIC included. Even the cheap/crappy ones. And some popular programs in the 90s had integrated scripting. This lowered the barrier to entry to becoming a developer. These appliance-like devices that are popular these days put harsh restrictions on programs that can be used to create other programs, so it's not even that programming is less accessible, it's becoming prohibited completely.

    This could sound great in the sense that less people doing development = more demand for development, supply/demand, good for developers. But, at the same time computer science is such a new field and there so much left to do, as you mentioned, to create the "Star Trek" future. We all actually suffer if people are discouraged from getting into computer science. Plus, there are entire fields that probably aren't investigated as much as they should be, with less scientists and technologists in general, society as a whole will tend to increase economic priorities on software that does not progress the human condition, to the point that even such an idea, as you observed, becomes niche.

  • how recent is adblocker?

    People would share /etc/hosts files with ad agencies domains back in the 90s. I think ad blocking as probably about as old as ads.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Then stop watching trash. There's plenty of good stuff out there if you reach for the remote. Hell, you could even turn it off and read a book.

    I sometimes have concern for things that don't directly effect me. I'm commenting on how the quality of TV programming has declined, not that I can't avoid it.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , NoelCarboni wrote

    When I was younger I played a few first person shooters (Doom, Duke Nukem 3D), but that was a waste of time and, frankly, I found it got old.  Recently I played Plants vs. Zombies for a while on our iPad.  Cute, but again a real waste of time.

    I use computer systems to do engineering.  THAT is what I find rewarding and fun.

    Now I see Microsoft is turning toward gaming being a more significant part of the Windows experience...  And turning away from Windows being the heart of a serious general purpose computing system.  I find that troublesome.

    I realize that gaming finances a lot of development (look at what it's done for GPUs), and it's great that people have fun with their computers - more power to them - but does it have to DOMINATE?  Does the inclusion of fun and games (hey, past versions came with Solitaire, etc.) have to eclipse the real work aspects?

    Call me a boring business user, or whatever.  Windows just isn't going very quickly toward the bright high tech "Star Trek" future we could foresee some decades ago, in which high tech facilitates our being smarter and able to do more and more with information.  All it seems to be able to do today is distract us.

    It seems to be just turning into all commercials without the TV program.

    -Noel

    I think the world is just getting intellectually disturbed. Not just video gaming but reality TV, pop stars, celebs, whatever. It seems so much of the masses is obsessed with the most petty and pointless distractions, and maybe I'm getting older but it feels like this "culture" is getting more prominent. I mean it was possible to find like actual history on the History Channel and TLC standed for the Learning Channel and not the HoneyBooBoo channel at one point. Video games were always a distraction and a vice, don't get me wrong. But they've also feel like they've been increasingly idiot'ifed too if you know what I mean. Except for a few gems like Kerbal Space Program of course. Microsoft if would bundle KSP with Windows, I assure you the response to something like that would be extremely positive.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    If you are wondering why King is so adment of promoting this free game (even spamming commericials on TV, etc.), King designed Candy Crush Saga with significant help from psychologists to short circuit people's inherent reward response. Basically, Candy Crush is a PHYOPS tool designed for the explict purpose of fleeing people vulnernable to a certain kind of suggestion. Some freeminum games have resulted in people spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars (and in some cases, tens of thousands) on these so called "microtransactions".

    If someone assaults you on the street that's clearly a crime. I contend that human mind can also be assaulted, and the business model of freminum relies on this. But modern culture is based on the false theorem that the mind is a temple that acts unimpeded relative to its inputs.

  • Stop the madness mark 2.

    Well it is technically Windows OS X.

  • The most important Windows 10 news of the day

    Interesting in the sense that this might remove the strong coupling between node and V8.

  • Window container support on client

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Used to work very closely with the Google Chrome team in Zurich and MTV. It's a cool team.

    I really wish you didn't answer this way. How would we know you aren't embellishing facts or just making stuff up? Even if you aren't, Google tends to publish through official channels. I personally read lots of their published papers, because they are often extremely groundbreaking. But by no means do they publish everything about how their business or technology operates. I wouldn't be so sure Google is cool with you publishing various additional tidbits about their internal datacenter operations that apparently have not been cleared for wider dissemination.

    But here are facts anyone can verify: Google developed cgroups, the foundation for containers on Linux. Google also developed Kubernetes, a way to manage a dataceneter as a logical set of Linux containers. If Google isn't currently or doesn't intend to use container-based cloud themselves while at the same time publishing massive amounts of code to enable that use case, that's an awful waste of effort on their part.

  • Bloat,​versioning and Containers

    Docker containers are union mounted (copy on write) by default.

  • Window container support on client

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Google use container abstractions for all of their deployments to datacenter infrastructure.

    For some deployments to Linux, this uses Linux containers under the hood. For most deployments to Linux, this actually involves reinstancing the whole CPU via a PXE boot and installing it fresh on the bare metal.

    For deployments to hardware, this is done via a network signed boot and FPGA flush.

    For deployments to Windows servers, this is done mainly via virtual machines which revert to a "known good snapshot" and then running what amounts to an installer to install, self-test and deploy.

    It's confusing because "container" is the name of the abstraction and the Windows and Linux implementations and the name used by third parties that leverage those APIs (like Docker).

    Where are you sourcing this information from?