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Book Review: Enyo: Up and Running

AaronLawrence Re:I am the Author (46 comments)

Hm. The very first paragraph on the home page says:

Use the same framework to develop apps for the web and for all major platforms, desktop and mobile

sounds like a focus to me!

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Enyo: Up and Running

AaronLawrence Re:I am the Author (46 comments)

Since it claims to produce desktop apps, it would be nice if the samples for Enyo actually included some desktop apps.

about 2 years ago
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Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

AaronLawrence Re:As a dentist who treats patients with Mt. Dew (362 comments)

But in addition to that, if you drank that one soda fairly quickly, it won't do a lot of harm to your teeth; if you sip it all day it will be terrible...

So I think one soda, drunk in a few minutes, would probably be fine.

about 2 years ago
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Security Expert Says Java Vulnerability Could Take Years To Fix, Despite Patch

AaronLawrence Re:Applies to all outside software (320 comments)

For the same reason, I'm nervous about all the new features being added to browsers such as WebRTC, video, and 3D support. All of those can and will have bugs and greatly increase the attack area. It seems tedious to have to repeat the cycle of "add awesome new feature, wait for exploits, exploits get serious, disable feature" for every brilliant new idea.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

AaronLawrence Embarrassingly stupid question (590 comments)

I would be quite embarrassed to have asked this on slashdot. Next up: why doesn't magic work?

about 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

AaronLawrence Re:Absolutely not. (767 comments)

This sounds very interesting me, because in the last few years I had some major life changes, and afterwards found that I really quite dislike going into this state that makes for really productive programming. I now try to tackle it much more piecemeal and process oriented, and while I might be more thorough and thoughtful, I'm pretty sure it's much slower.

So my conclusion is that this alpha state for programmers is something really unhealthy and maybe programming is quite damaging ...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?

AaronLawrence Re:Knife professional (298 comments)

You're right it's not black and white: but the problem is, even if you enjoy it, you probably don't enjoy doing it ALL THE TIME. At work, you have no choice; you've got to keep doing it, even if you don't currently feel like it or there's some aspect you don't enjoy.

Yes, there really can be too much of a good thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

AaronLawrence So they *really* can't let go of the Windows brand (378 comments)

For years, Microsoft has been stuck on making everything "Windows". "Word for Windows". "Windows Live Messenger". "Windows Phone". Their marketing department seems convinced that it's their strongest brand and needs to be spread to absolutely everything, no matter how irrelevant.

They clearly now have committed the whole company to it, building the Windows logo into the company logo.

Personally, I think it's tedious and repititive and of little value. But they clearly aren't going to let go now...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

AaronLawrence EReader ... but (415 comments)

I bought a cheap Kobo reader, and it's been a smooth transition from reading paperbacks - rarely - to reading ebooks regularly.
The availability of a store for instant gratification is nice, although it's still severely limited in range (maybe a Kobo thing).
The web browser is too crude to use daily, but I think shows that it would be quite nice to read web pages on an e-Ink device.

The Kobo has a nice looking UI, but everything else is a bit clumsy; PC software was clunky, store is clunky, performance is patchy. I just got it because I had some vouchers and it was cheap. And for plain reading, it's fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

AaronLawrence Re:I find this depressing (275 comments)

high frequency trading adds liquidity to markets that might otherwise be illiquid

Does it really? Or is that just a hypothetical? I would imagine HFT is only worth doing in markets that are already liquid.

quantitative trading has pushed the boundaries of the high performance computing market

In other news, glaziers are experiencing a boom from the number of broken windows.

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Mountain Lion Out Tomorrow

AaronLawrence Re:Mac vs. the Linux Desktop (230 comments)

My impression was there was huge progress from 1995 to (say) 2005ish. But after that things slowed. Essentially the Linux desktop was good enough, but Linux as a platform is now held back by other non-technical things: the kernel "no ABI" philosophy, the fragmented distributions, Windows is now also "good enough", specific applications that businesses rely on (Office, Photoshop, etc) even if there are equivalents.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook API Bug Deletes Contact Info On Phones

AaronLawrence Re:Well deserved (178 comments)

and nobody would have expected even Facebook to fail this hard

Huh? Facebook has pretty stated that their strategy is to try major, risky changes at high speed and retract them if necessary. A careful, backwards-compatible, regression tested release process is the opposite of what they do.

So: I would say anyone trusting facebook with their critical data is a fool.

more than 2 years ago
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Phoronix Confirms GNU/Linux Steam and Source Engine Clients

AaronLawrence Re:Good luck (324 comments)

Yes, indeed that does answer the questions, but that's not really what Linux users probably have in mind :)

Then it's a matter of "launching a new console", which is an extremely difficult problem (mostly - getting big game houses on board and marketing $$$ to be visible to consumers).

more than 2 years ago
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Phoronix Confirms GNU/Linux Steam and Source Engine Clients

AaronLawrence Re:Good luck (324 comments)

Perhaps I'm being naive, but Steam only solves one part of the "problem" of games on Linux. Many other difficult technical problems remain, such as the fragmentation of distros, poor 3D video drivers/performance, fragmented APIs such as audio.
And then there all the "marketing" problems, such as that many Linux users are not interested in paying for games, or want open source, or also run Windows for games.

more than 2 years ago
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Review of the First Medfield Phone

AaronLawrence Re:An x86 pocket PC (66 comments)

imagine using all your favorite desktop apps on your phone

No thanks, that would suck. The success of iPhone followed by Android shows that people want new software (or at least software with a new UI) suited to the form factor. In any case, my favourite desktop apps now consist of a web browser, and ... um. An IDE? Good luck using that on a phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

AaronLawrence Re:Study shows... (630 comments)

Well. I used to think the same too. But in reality I was just suppressing the pain, and it came bubbling back up eventually. Humans are biologically wired to be with a mate, just like most animals, and those instincts and desires don't really go away...

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

AaronLawrence Re:Optical? (502 comments)

As a game artist myself, you can never have textures with too much resolution [...] or models with too much detail.

As a player, I stopped caring about improved resolution some time ago. Current PS3 games have enough. It would be a minor nicety to have more resolution, but only if it was free (ie. didn't hurt framerates, load times, effort put into gameplay, etc).

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

AaronLawrence Hybrid works if the SSD is good, but ... (311 comments)

We are using Intel's "Smart Response Technology" which uses a small 20GB mSATA SSD on the motherboard in conjunction with a regular hard drive.
It can cache both reads and [optionally] writes.
In read/write cache mode, it gives about 80% of the performance boost of using the pure SSD, for our Visual Studio 2010 disk thrashing.

However, these are good quality Intel SSDs, not the "cheapest flash chip I could find to bung in my hard disk" that the all-in-one hybrid drives seem to use.

more than 2 years ago

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