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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (483 comments)

Pascal strings are better in most cases, but C strings are not without its merits, for example you can not write a one line string copy in pascal (just kidding).

yesterday
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Anyone remember, "Write once, run anywhere"? (483 comments)

Just to nitpick one of your wrong comments, deprecating features is a healthy thing to do. Languages without proper deprecation mechanics built-into them quickly turn into a clusterfuck.

2 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (483 comments)

If they have both Pascal and C on their resume ask them to compare the strings on both languages and then ask "which one is better?" If they say one over throw the resume away.

2 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Daniel Hoffmann Re: I hope not (483 comments)

Have you ever used function pointers in C? Proper syntax and semantics built into the language goes a long way to enable the OO paradigm.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Apple as a model (720 comments)

I still haven't found a Linux distro that has GUI for configuring everything I want to configure, say what you will about windows, but at least its GUIs for configuring stuff is pretty complete (even if stuck in windows 2000 UI creating a dissonance with aero and metro.)

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Nobody else seems to want it (720 comments)

I agree 100% with you, to this day I have owned several machines that I need to manually download and install wifi and ethernet drivers for them to work on windows, in linux they just work. As matter of fact the only drivers I ever had any problem with in Linux were video card drivers.

I always forget to download the drivers before formatting and then I am stuck with a box that can not get into the internet to download them.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Actually, it's the PERFECT name (426 comments)

There is one advantage with going with an odd name, namely that your application name becomes the de-facto standard name for the task it is supposed to do. For example you don't manipulate an image, you photoshop it. You don't buy music in an online music store, you iTunes it. That gives brand recognition.

about a week ago
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Google Fit Preview SDK Arrives For Android Developers

Daniel Hoffmann Re:The Fitness Store (13 comments)

That would facilitate user switching their fitness apps, the established apps (runkeeper, nike, endomondo) would probably not implement it or delay its implementation as long as possible to avoid losing their userbase.

about three weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Math (141 comments)

Yet, we should measure this every year to see if the number is increasing.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Daniel Hoffmann Re:they might as well (138 comments)

It is even worse for vendors, In companies that sells services and products for other companies you have to use the lowest common multiple which was IE6 until a couple of years ago, now it is IE8.

You are also absolutely right about your points for IE9, I had to fight with my bosses for our new product to be >= IE9 only. They wanted the latests HTML5 buzzwords but also to be able to run on old IE. The alternative was building everything using Java Applets...

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

I feel your pain, but the area I work with in the company has been using trello to keep track of this kind of stuff, we have one card for each process/application/script running on our servers. These cards describe what each script does, where it runs, how often it runs and so on. It has been working great.

about three weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Gaming? (110 comments)

I have a Samsung 840 PRO with 256GB, it is noticeably faster for most games, specially at startup. But I could leave without it. I rarely fill out it completely and when I do I just remove some games I don't play anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

Daniel Hoffmann Re:About bloody time (97 comments)

Well I don't know about you, but the day that half-life2 came out the source engine kicked ass, water looked gorgeous, the physics was sophisticated for the time the facial animation was the best there was for games, the graphics just plain looked good and the damn thing could run in reasonably spec pcs of the time. To this day I still consider HL2 the best game ever.

The tools and documentation for modding on the other hand...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:I've found these tools useful (132 comments)

Hm, if I am not mistaken iText 2 is LGPL so I believe it would work for me. Thanks!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:I've found these tools useful (132 comments)

This library uses iText, unfortunately my projects are closed source and the budget for libraries is zero.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:I've found these tools useful (132 comments)

You know any that can convert simple HTML with simple CSS into pdfs? Preferably with support for dataURL in image tags?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Alternative to iText (132 comments)

iText has some problems with licensing for commercial applications and government projects. I am looking for an alternative.

about three weeks ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Explain something to me (46 comments)

But aren't they weakening their patent portfolio by not suing the other companies? By not suing something that LG does that apple has patent when Samsung eventually does the same thing won't they be able to say: "but LG has been doing this without your permission for a long time, why haven't you sued them?"

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Daniel Hoffmann Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

I would assume that any person doing professional statistical research knows how to validate to a certain degree of trust.
For example from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"Repeated random sub-sampling validation

This method randomly splits the dataset into training and validation data. For each such split, the model is fit to the training data, and predictive accuracy is assessed using the validation data. The results are then averaged over the splits."
So you actually train against all data and validate against all data in several random sub-samplings, then you average the results to get your 70%. This is just one form of cross-validation there are other more fit for some specific problems.

I think what you actually mean is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...
The solution is fits too tightly to the current data. There are ways to reduce overfitting (like using some forms of cross-validation,) again if the researcher is competent he can be pretty sure that his solution is not overfitted to the current data. But who reads the actual paper when you can head a headline with big numbers like 70%?

about three weeks ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

Daniel Hoffmann Explain something to me (46 comments)

Why only Apple and Samsung are fighting each other over patents? Why do they not come after LG, Motorola, Nokia, Microsoft, Sony etc?

about three weeks ago

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