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Competition is also a bad thing in software development. Enlightened and agile software development says to break down the barriers. That is, you don't have analysts and designers vs programmers, with the analysts disappearing after paper documents are thrown over the wall to the programmers. No agile says there should be a continuation of process that people should take responsibility for the whole project, thus feel motivated. In this case, contrary to what I said...
Well, the ultimate goal of competition is to kill the competition right. So there is no competition. So the pro-competition people just vanished in a puff of their own logic!
No, anonymouse has stated the truth very succinctly. It is naive to believe that competition is just good. Competition leads to clashes over resources in which the resource itself is often diminished leading to further clashes. Wastage is maximized. Cooperation (often maligned as socialism or communism) means that a resource is shared with wastage minimized. Competition is good in so far as it motivates the competitors to do better and thus satisfy more customers....
Most people aren't content creators. And even those of us who are content creators are content consumers most of the time. Content consumers can publish small snippets of information, hence sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, you may as well get used to the fact that tablet devices are more about content consumption than creation. That seems to be the market analysis behind this, and I think it's right. Maybe detractors are right that so much content uses Flash (as...
iTunes 9.1.1 - this must have been an emergency update in the US!
So, why is most of the code written in C? With reference to previous comment, C is certainly not 'modern', but it is not a resource hog because it does not do mandatory checks to save us from things like viruses, etc. This is because C came out of a low-level telecommunications mindset, rather than a 'modern' high-level programming mindset. Oh well.
Agreed. Like Burroughs before it (well Alan Kay was a student of Bob Barton), Apple looks at the interplay of software with hardware to make something that is useful. The geeks simply never get it - but their arguments have thus far been very persuasive in a naive market. The market is not so computer naive anymore so is wising up to these idiots.
Gates didn't develop DOS - that was Seattle Computer Systems - all Gates did was buy their QDOS (Quick and Dirty OS) for $50,000 to fool IBM he had something. The last 30 years of inanity in this industry result from that deal (the previous 50 years of inanity were due to IBM).http://www.patersontech.com/Dos/Byte/History.html
I'm afraid you fail this CS course. Go back and read my many entries on multitasking. OK, I'll explain again slowly. What does multitasking give you? The ability to swap applications and return to the original application exactly at the point where you left off. In CS jargon it's called saving state. IPhone OS does exactly this - it's just that state is not saved in main memory, it's saved out to flash. Swapping is sufficiently fast that this does not matter. The...
Ha you are joking - Burroughs sales people couldn't sell anything - they were known as the Burroughs sales prevention force \ Mind you, they did have to combat the IBM-only mindset, much as Apple has to battle the MS-only mindset these days. Not to mention the dirty-tricks departments. MCP still leaves Unix for dead and buffer overruns are completely prevented - the scourge of C-based security problems.
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