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  • Giant rollable TV

    Have you guys seen Samsung's work in this area? This was from last year's CES so we may be just a few years away from this goodness...

  • KDE Plasma 5.0 released

    Yeah but can it run Crysis at max settings?

  • Microsoft Layoffs

    Gotta wonder where Channel 9 is in the mix for the layoffs. I hope they keep working hard on developer relations, training, and evangelism. No one wants them to turn into a closed shop like Apple. That does't sound like where Nadella is taking them but with Kevin Turner pushing netbooks again who knows what really is going on under the hood.

  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    Great thread Bas. I've been working in a similar 'startup" for the past 10 years and we have similar struggles. Management believes "Agile" involves having a daily standup and managing a list of bugs and enhancements that are tied to "releases" (waterfall-esk). There is no code review, no standards; developers are support to "just be the professionals we hired them to be". Developers asking for dedicated testers or support staff is considered "lazy" by management. I've been told by senior management in the past that we're a "sales" company, not a "development" company. I know that money doesn't grow on trees but we piss away so much time and money writing throw away code, piss off our customers by releasing bug-laden software, etc. All-in-all very frustrating.  

    Good luck in figuring this puzzle out. You're not alone.

  • Google NativeClient demo that I liked

    As technology goes this is "neat" but I'm still not sold on the browser as the OS. What problem does it solve? I get a development environment (kind of) in the browser that is far worse than what I get from the desktop (Windows, Linux, and OSX alike)? I can write sandboxed, native code where I have direct access to the hardware? All of the layers upon layers won't slim down the need for a decent CPU, memory, etc. The demo's need for mucho threads is a great example of that. It also doesn't negate the need to install software to create your development environment.

    At best it's about Native Client's ability to run more performant complex code utilizing the underlying hardware (assuming they're not running on some slow-arse stripped down Chromebook). For that I'd leave it to the browser manufacturers to leverage the underlying hardware when implementing things like WebGL.

     

  • New Sherlock!

    , ScanIAm wrote

    @DeathByVisualStudio: You are wrong, but I'll fight to the death for your right to be wrong.

    That's great and all but what I really want to know is "Will you clean my house?"

  • New Sherlock!

    @JohnAskew: That's a horrible, horrible version. I hate my freedom.

  • I wish Windows Phone has Brazil ESPN app.

    , kettch wrote

    *snip*

    (Preferably all of the above, including a note tied to a brick through their front window).

    That sounds pretty desperate. Soccer hooligans? Meh...that's so 2001. If you want to be hip you gotta be a Microsoft hooligan.

  • wiping a Windows Phone

    That's disgusting! Oh sorry I misread the title... My bad.

  • I wish Windows Phone has Brazil ESPN app.

    While WP's app library has grown by leaps and bounds WP is still the laggard when it comes to new apps or updates to existing apps (see Twitter). It's the old "lack of market share" that's damning the platform. Microsoft is really stuck between a rock and a hard place here.

    I remember back in the day when OS/2 and Windows were battling and the shoe was on the other foot. Why run OS/2 when all of the apps I want are on (and first on) Windows? OS/2 had WOW for running Windows apps but it never was enough (like Wine on Linux). Keep in mind even back then Microsoft's marketing and branding wasn't great either so suffice it to say IBM's was worse.