Mike Mariani MD, FAAP
16th September 2007 - 12:36 AM
This article is very interesting, though utterly speculative. Altogether likely, while lacking substantive suggetions, this is an excellent observation.
16th September 2007 - 04:24 PM
"We do not think quantum computing is doable in our lifetime,"
By our life-time he's probably referring to age 65+ senior execs.
17th September 2007 - 09:33 AM
So, now that you finally bought a nice, reasonably functional computer, the whole show is going to change... again. Seems like the only way these huge corporations can stay on top and 'in the money' is to perpetually upgrade. I was really impressed by IBM and MicroSoft's habit of requiring an upgrade of all your software in order to use a new system with your old programs. I'm also impressed with thier tactic of making its consumer base work as unpaid beta testers while licensing out the technology for the 'fix' to the problems inherent in their, usually unpolished, released works. If this weren't so lucrative, perhaps they could release bug free software from the start. But there is so much money in the third party licenses that there is no incentive for them to 'do it right' at all; except, of course, for the software tricks they license to third party vendors to 'fix' the problems. I'm sure I'm not alone in being fed up and tired of Microsoft advertising thier OS as being the most secure OS ever written, then issuing, on average, half a dozen 'security' fixes per month... every month for the duration of its exsitance. And, when it seems they've finally got a piece of software to actually work well... it's upgrade time, and the whole process starts over. And guess who's paying? With the current cost of hardware and software, it is a mighty expensive process to 'keep up with the Joneses, or in this case, with the Gates. When I was young I grew up being confident that certain things in this life were fairly constant. Now it seems that everything changes with the seasons. And, if you want to work with a system that can handle the latest software, you have to have the latest system. And if you have an older system that you've carefully maintained, despite the fact it may still work fine, your software will eventually be outdated and no longer supported. And, in the end, you can't complain because, after all, you never owned it to begin with. The digital age has ushered in the era of 'user licenses', where you never buy the product, but merely license the use of it. Then you have to pay a bribe... er, ah... an upgrade fee, to continue to use it. And just to make sure you feel like you're getting a good deal, they will upgrade the program, usually with a bright shinny new user interface that will make you have to learn anew how to use it. "Ve haf vays to make you upgrade!"
17th September 2007 - 05:53 PM
Anyone for a slide rule?
19th September 2007 - 12:53 PM
I agree with you. But there are lots of opinions about that matter and they all have a right to live.