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In my opinion they are done .. Everyone over there is abandoning ship .. All their execs are leaving ..I saw it coming a long time ago. In my opinion, they can't compete anymore.
The same will happen to Apple and Android sooner or later.
Sooner or later we will not have to hold phones in our hands. We will just have a Satellite pointed at us at all times. Command driven by your voice of course... You will be able to talk to people that way. The tech exist however getting the U.S. govt to allow a private organization to do this will be tough. Not to mention the cost.
Our lifetime - is a bit pessimistic. I think 10 years from now we will be completely on voice-only devices, people do not need to gaze at things in order to communicate, make plans or any types of records, all will be done by voice only.
In parallel to this, there will be holographic imagery on the market everywhere, with 3D control, i.e. like today's kinect, just with high sensitivity and precision, like the ones shown in Iron Man.
Well DarWIN is going to be my new home. Currently here it is bitterly cold for the locals (around 21 degrees c), but even with the mild introductory weather you know you're in a different place. Just about every property is fenced with 1.5 to 2m high fences, but the gates aren't locked. Apparently they are to keep the ill-tempered dogs (and their owners) in and the high-velocity debris from passing cyclones out. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a croc story. Plainly to qualify as a territorian you have to have a good (i.e. gruesome) croc story - ones about idiotic German tourists seem to be preferred.
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Code Complete 2nd edition and Pragmatic Programmer were/are a true eye openers for me and I tend to force junior programmers (or just ignorant ones) to read them.
They should be obligatory literature before starting third year in software development jobs.
Enough about my fascination with those books...
For most part I am self-taught DB developer.
I've spent many hours reading Books online, I've spent money for silly Learn SQL in 30 days type of books, I've learn by looking others, I've tried and worked with several DBMS' and by making many mistakes in the process...
Process goes on for over six years, but sometimes I still feel like a dilettante and I've noticed that my self-criticism can cost me as much as over-confidence, therefore I would like to solidify my knowledge with good book(s).
Even though many practices from above mentioned books can be applied to DB development, I would like get my hands on specialized title (by acknowledged author) for DB development.
I am not saying anything about these books or your views, I am only saying that published in 2004 and 1999, if I were looking for a book, I would probably not even consider them on published date alone.
For the last year every time I get called for reserve duty and I enlist someone in the family dies. Last year was my father, two days ago Mrs. Wife's grandmother.
So my service is postponed for a week and then I am off for another week. While at it I am at work and hell is breaking loose here no less than where I serve.
It is safe to say that I should tell my commanders to release me from the army permanently. At this rate I will "kill" all elder family members. My commander already half joked about it...
“The city’s central computer told you? R2D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer!”
A nice 3 bed Semi in a good area that backs onto parkland (There is a gate!).
I am letting out my apartment to help pay for this (Not bad either, 2 bed fully furnished apartment at £650 pcm if anybody is interested).
All I need to do now is stop Mrs Dalek from spending £1000's doing the new place up.
(I have ordered 10 Litres of White and 10 Litres of Magnolia through work (for the massive trade discount) just to be on the safe side).
--------------------------------- I will never again mention that I was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel. Dalek Dave
"When a man is tired of Luton, he is tired of ankle-deep slurry."
"Poets have tried to describe Luton. They have failed. Perhaps it's the sheer zestful vitality of the place, or maybe it's just that a town with a 180,000 inhabitants and a large student population is rather robust for poets, who prefer daffodils and no wonder."
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water