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Is Final Cut Pro X Apple's Biggest Mistake In Years?

DrPizza Re:"Designers" are taking over. That's the problem (443 comments)

Programmers are responsible for the GIMP GUI. Fuck programmer-designed user interfaces.

Programmers designed the pre-Office 2007 GUI. Result? Microsoft fielded a hojilliion support calls with people making feature requests for features that were _already implemented_. But nobody could figure out where they were or how to work them!

Functionality that people can't use and can't discover is absolutely useless. Let's hope for more designers and less developers.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

DrPizza Re:Peter isn't too Bright: He's a collegiate dropo (663 comments)

On the one hand, the fact you've posted this a bunch of times to the thread is a surefire sign that you're APK.

On the other hand, the grammar and punctuation are at least vaguely sane. So I have to wonder; APK, have you been medicated?

more than 3 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Revealed

DrPizza Re:Hooray for freedom (747 comments)

Yes, because the fact that the current generation of law-makers all smoked dope at university has been instrumental in ending the war on drugs, hasn't it.

more than 4 years ago
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Extreme Memory Oversubscription For VMs

DrPizza Re:What's new? (129 comments)

If your load average is >1, you have CPU over-subscription....

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Should Dump Middlemen, Build Own Phones

DrPizza Re:Hasn't Microsoft just done this with the Kin... (262 comments)

I might not be a multi-billionaire.

But I also didn't buy Danger for $500M, run it into the ground, and then post a $240M write-off last quarter for KIN.

So I must be doing something right, I guess.

Microsoft may be successful. Microsoft's phone efforts are not.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

DrPizza Re:Maybe I'm missing something (663 comments)

Not in the least bit. C89's restriction (gone in C99) encourages you to leave uninitialized variables lying all over the place (since you can't always initialize everything correctly at the top of the function), which invites bugs, and, worse, encourages developers to reuse a single variable for multiple purposes, due to the inconvenience of having to go back to the top of the function and the fact that some things like loop indices are necessarily scoped inappropriately. This re-use hurts code clarity a great deal.

Mixed declarations and code are the only thing that make sense.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

DrPizza Re:So what? (663 comments)

Java may have a single-rooted hierarchy, but its OO model (static typed, v-table lookups) is _not_ the same as Smalltalk's (dynamic typed, message name lookups (though I think with optional use of selectors? Certainly in Obj-C, so I assume also in Smalltalk). Java's style of OO is the same as C++ and Simula.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

DrPizza Re:So what? (663 comments)

There's more than one way to skin the OOP cat. Message-passing, like Smalltalk, is not the only way.

Simula, the first OO language, that predates Smalltalk, and predates the term OO, uses a model that's very similar the one used in Java/C++/.NET. To say that C++ is not "object-oriented" is absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels

DrPizza Re:Maybe I'm missing something (663 comments)

Nonsense. C++ has different syntax, semantics, idioms, and libraries to C. I'm a long-time C++ programmer who's recently had to undertake a project that unfortunately requires me to write C89, and it has been quite a struggle to adjust to the new (to me) language. No more mixed declarations and code, barely any type-checking, no more constructors and destructors (let alone methods or inheritance), no more collections classes, no more exceptions, no more lambdas--it requires a totally different approach to software development that is completely unfamiliar to me, and completely inappropriate to C++.

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:You shot your mouth off and messed up DrPizza (1051 comments)

As such an IRC expert, you would know that only IRCops can k-line people, and further, as an undoubted master of IRC, you would know that I am not an IRCop on the Ars Technica server, and never have been. So how precisely would you suggest I k-line anyone?

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:I don't buy things from ads (1051 comments)

But companies running large campaigns don't advertise just to get some clickthroughs, which is why they don't reward clickthroughs. They advertise to raise brand awareness.

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:Quit avoiding his questions (repeating them aga (1051 comments)

I am not avoiding any questions. I answered them all.

Who is talking about dalnet? Why are you banging on about that? You claim that you were talking about the Ars Technica IRC server. What does dalnet have to do with that?

1) Again you are talking about what people are "supposed" to do. According to what?

2) Gays can, and do, sleep with people of the opposite sex to produce offspring. Gay doesn't mean sterile.

3) I have never self-identified as such; you are projecting.

4) Define "normal".

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:Quit avoiding his questions (repeating them aga (1051 comments)

1) If they want.

2) Homosexuals breed all the time. Homosexual doesn't mean sterile.

3) I wouldn't have said so, no.

4) Yes, of course.

re: IRC

Since I'm friends with the owners of the server, and since the Ars Technica IRC chanserv recognizes me and ops me on those channels that I moderate, and since this has been true since the early days of the IRC server, I haven't the faintest idea what you are talking about. Do you have any links that might provide elucidation?

I remember this incident: http://www.compatdb.org/support/topics/81050_good_old_apk.html#Post81050

But it does not contain the details that you claim. It's a bit hard to tell, of course, since all your posts seem to have been deleted (funny that).

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:Answer a few questions won't you, PeterB? (1051 comments)

1) Humans aren't _supposed_ to do anything. The only purpose in life is that which we choose for ourselves. You say men are not supposed to do this or that; why not? Says who?

2) See #1.

3) I'm not sure that her name is any of your damn business. I think she'd be surprised to learn that she's a man.

4) Again, claims of homosexuality would be a great surprise to my girlfriend. And even if I were gay, I doubt my parents would care. Why would they?

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:Homosexual defective idiots don't deserve answe (1051 comments)

Yeah, of course you're not. You just show the same writing style, insults, and preoccupation with homosexuality and what my parents think as he does. But you're not the same person, nuh uh.

http://web.archive.org/web/20010304194832/http://www.inkvine.fluff.org/~peter/download/apk.txt
http://web.archive.org/web/20010304195402/www.inkvine.fluff.org/~peter/download/apk2.txt
http://web.archive.org/web/20010304195402/www.inkvine.fluff.org/~peter/download/apk3.txt
http://web.archive.org/web/20010304195402/www.inkvine.fluff.org/~peter/download/apk4.txt

Any of the language there looking familiar to you?

I'm sure it's all an honest coincidence, no doubt.

I also have no fucking clue what you're trying to say about IRC. Perhaps you could elaborate?

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:Peter B: Arstech & adbanner viruses? (1051 comments)

APK, what the hell are you talking about? Some /. submission (that never got posted to the front page) about someone's false positive from McAfee? Who cares?

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

DrPizza Re:So Ars is selling impressions? (1051 comments)

Most or all big ad campaigns are based on impressions rather than clicks, because big advertisers know that there is value even when people do not click, due to increased brand awareness and so on. It's unbranded and low-end advertising (e.g. Google's text ads) that are click-based.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Is Microsoft too slow to make a decent browser?

DrPizza DrPizza writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cremou-brulee (558687) writes "Ars Technica discusses whether Microsoft's platform-oriented corporate culture is appropriate in the rapid-paced world of browser development. It wasn't this way during the browser wars, but now the company is resting on its monopolistic laurels. From the story: "Internet Explorer 9 is looking promising. But it's up against stiff competition, and that competition isn't standing still. Can Microsoft actually move fast enough to keep its browser relevant, or does its corporate culture of stable, solid, immutable platforms stand in the way of regaining the success the company once had?""
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Windows 7 Taskbar not so similar to Dock after all

DrPizza DrPizza writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cremou brulee (558687) writes "Redmond's photocopiers have been unusually busy for the last couple of years, with the result that Windows 7 copies a lots of Mac OS X features. First and foremost among these is the Dock, which has been unceremoniously ripped off in Windows 7's new Taskbar. Or has it? Ars Technica has taken an in-depth look at the history and evolution of the Taskbar, and shows just how MS arrived at the Windows 7 "Superbar". The differences between the Superbar and the Dock are analyzed in detail. The surprising conclusion? "Ultimately, the new Taskbar is not Mac-like in any important way, and only the most facile of analyses would claim that it is.""
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