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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

Brandybuck Re:Native Widgets (282 comments)

Android and iOS)are weird platforms because they treat all non-native toolits as second class citizens. You are EXPECTED to use Android/iOS APIs for everything. The idea that people might write apps in a non-Google/non-Apple framework simply did not occur to them. They are too busy trying to reinvent the world to bother with anything that is not invented in the hallowed halls of the Goolgeplex or Arcology.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

Brandybuck Re:GTK+ is standalone (282 comments)

"weird dialect of C++98" - WTF? What is this dialect you speak of? Do you need to pass --weird to G++ to get it to compile? Of course not! It's using the same C++ every other C++ app in the world is using. Both C++98 and C++11 are supported. It doesn't REQUIRE you to use C++11, but that is a benefit not a drawback.

"it has its own object model" - Of course it does, that's because C++ does not have one of its own. QObject is there to provide for the introspection that C++ lacks. Once you have that introspection you can start communicating with other objects. I fail to understand why this is a disadvantage in your eyes.

"networking stack" - Of course. Why should it not? It is an cross-platform application framework.

"container library" - When Qt began the STL was fragmented, not standardized, and poorly supported. Yet containers are useful. Qt kept them around because they turned out to be better than the STL containers. They're a balance between raw performance and the "bloat" of pure templatized containers. Externally they end up being 100% compatible with the STL.

"threading library" - It was only extremely recent that C++ got its own threading, and it's just very low level threading. Qt threading provides a nice usable wrapper around threads (which are native C++ threads underneath if built with C++11), and the ability to easily communicate between threads with signals/slots.

"graphics primitive library" - Why not? Seriously, why not? Isnt't that the whole point of a GUI toolkit? Underneath it draws widgets using the native controls, if available, or uses its own if not. That's why the widgets look like native controls on Windows and Mac, because they ARE native controls! On X11 it will draw its own. It doesn't use Cairo, why should it use Cairo, who made Cairo king that we all have to bow down before it?

about 3 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

Brandybuck Re:GTK+ is a C library (282 comments)

When it comes to the UI, objects are natural. Every C toolkit goes through hoops to provide you with objects of some kind. Motif, GTK, etc. So why not just use an object oriented language to begin with?

You don't have to use the dark corners of the language. Qt sticks to just the Object Oriented parts of C++, with just a tiny bit of templates. Not a functor in sight (unless you wander toward the totally optional Qt::Concurrent framework). Internally it uses all of the language, but as an API it provides just the object oriented subset.

about 3 months ago
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Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition

Brandybuck Re:Ahhh ... (196 comments)

The shareholders hired Elop. The shareholders kept Elop on. It will be the shareholders who approve the buyout. And it will be the shareholders who vote to reward Elop.

So yes the sharehodlers are getting the shaft, but they're asking for it. I don't understand the motivation behind bondage and dominance, but who am I to judge the shareholders' sexual proclivities?

about 7 months ago
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Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

Brandybuck Re:29 years old (432 comments)

At 29 you've barely learned how to shave.

about 9 months ago
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The Price of Amazon

Brandybuck Re:Defending tuf (298 comments)

Precisely! The price if a good is whatever the seller and buyer can agree on. The labour theory of value is wrong. The cost theory of value is wrong. Things are only worth what we think they are worth. There's stuff like marginal utility, supply and demand curves, etc., but they are just fancy ways of saying that something is only worth what someone will pay for it. Even that $200 textbook, if we didn't value the textbook more than $200 we wouldn't buy it, and would resort to alternatives instead.

p.s. Actually we're not paying high prices for textbooks, we're paying high prices for college courses to which textbooks are attached.

about 9 months ago
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Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

Brandybuck Re:Missing the point... (259 comments)

It's not about missing the point, it's about the how email actually works. It's not that this method doesn't work, it's that it's a complete and total non sequitur. It's like trying to hide your income from the IRS by endorsing all your paychecks in disappearing ink.

about 10 months ago
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Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

Brandybuck Re:Yeah... (259 comments)

As trivially as ROT13? Hah! Doesn't even need to be subverted at all! There is no encryption here, no cipher, not even obfuscation. This idea is so mindboggling stupid that I can't help but suspect the work of a Grandmaster Troll.

about 10 months ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Brandybuck Re:OP is flawed: Open source is not a democracy. (406 comments)

Then there's the part in the book where the architect blows the building up because they didn't follow his plans exactly. Apparently to Ayn Rand artistic sensibilities trumped property rights.

about 10 months ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Brandybuck Re:Huh? (406 comments)

How is he denying freedom of speech to anyone? There's an entire internet to go post their garbage to.

about 10 months ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Brandybuck Re:Wow, just wow. (406 comments)

Government is a special case because government gets to use violence against you. KDE can't prevent your from posting on any non-KDE blog, they can't arrest you, they can't throw you in jail, then can't shoot you if you resist, they can't torture you, etc. But government can. Even those warm fuzzy governments that wring their hands and feel your pain.

It's not censorship if KDE doesn't provide you with a microphone. Sheesh. Enough with the whiny gimme attitude.

about 10 months ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Brandybuck It's not censorship (406 comments)

Freedom of speech does not mean I must provide you with a microphone. Moderating forums and mailing lists is not censorship.

about 10 months ago
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Vastly Improved Raspberry Pi Performance With Wayland

Brandybuck Desktop is forgotten (259 comments)

Wouldn't it be great if this kind of effort was applied to the desktop?

about a year ago
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NetBSD 6.1 Has Shipped

Brandybuck Re:"UNIX-like"??? (105 comments)

On the other hand Darwin certified and blessed as a bona fide official UNIX. And Darwrin is derived from BSD.

Genetically, the various BSDs are direct descendents of UNIX. The ancestral tree might not be all that clean, but no one outside of a mythical Ozzie and Harriet world can claim the same about their family either. Legally I can't call NetBSD a UNIX, but that doesn't mean it isn't.

about a year ago
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Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

Brandybuck F2P == Gimped To Make People Pay (369 comments)

I don't mind paying to play a game, but I do mind paying to get rid of a grind deliberately introduced to make people pay. That's just rude. It's would be like if restaurants offered you free2eat meals, but you had to pay to get rid of the hostile and abusive waiter.

about a year ago
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Gnome Goes JavaScript

Brandybuck Re:Gnome is officially dead. KDE has won. (387 comments)

I'm as confused as you are why everyone is jumping on board the Javascript bandwagon. And not just on the desktop where there's the extra horsepower to run it, but also on very resource limited platforms such as phones. Why not Python? Isn't it easy to learn? Isn't it stable and robust? I'm coming from the Qt world, and Nokia's decision (which Digia is now forced to live with) to make QML/Javascript a requirement for QtQuick was mindbogglingly stupid. I have nothing against QML per se, but the arguments as to why C++ can't be used instead are downright silly.

But I know the reason why everyone is pushing Javascript: Because it's a web language. Look at the apps you can get for your Droid, the vast majority are little more than hastily ported web pages. Web developers are cheap, C++ developers are expensive. With HTML/QML/Whatever all you need to do to write an app is drag-n-drop some stuff around in an IDE and tie them together with some Javascript snippets. It's Visual Basic all over again!

about a year ago
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Foursquare Will Display Users' Full Names By Default

Brandybuck Re:I don't think for many people it was about "coo (101 comments)

If they don't want their privacy violated they shouldn't be telling the whole world what they're doing on a minute by minute basis.

about a year ago
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Foursquare Will Display Users' Full Names By Default

Brandybuck Unconcern (101 comments)

I get the impression that those who want to tell the whole internet where they are at any given moment aren't too concerned about privacy. Then again, they may just be oblivious to reality. I know many college kids who have absolutely no clue that everything they post on a social site is viewable by the entire world for all of eternity.

about a year ago

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Brandybuck Brandybuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Two recent story titles on Slashdot:

Washington Bans Chemicals; Industry Freaks
Microsoft's 'Men in Black' Kill Florida Open Standards Legislation

Why do I continue reading Slashdot? Why do I put up with this juvenile content? Maybe it's time to think of retirement.

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Brandybuck Brandybuck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Slashdot posting has been down for two hours now. Attempts to post are greeted with the rude message, "Database maintenance is currently taking place.". Two hours to do database maintenance? Give me a break!

p.s. They're still managing to put stories up on the front page though. Go figure.

p.p.s. I checked back, and posting is still down after four hours.

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