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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Gary W. Longsine mainstream standards (636 comments)

Time was, phrases like, "if their entire platform doesn't want to play nice with mainstream standards" were deployed by Microsoft dweebs against UNIX geeks. Did you not notice that iPhone apps are written in Objective C / Cocoa? Swift could just as easily be called, The New Objective C, or Objective C^3, or Objective Cocoa, and none of what you're griping about has changed at all, since the iTunes App Store was first deployed. You don't own a Mac, so you're already not in the iTunes App Store market. Why, again, do you care about this discussion, at all?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Gary W. Longsine Ditching PHP (and WebObjects) for Swift/Cocoa (636 comments)

Yeah, that definitely shouldn't be overlooked. Apple has a bunch of web-facing apps of their own, implemented in a variety of technologies, including some WebObjects/Java stuff, and some SproutCore/JavaScript stuff. Both of those are essentially clones of portions of (and different generations of) Cocoa (fka NeXTSTEP, which is relevant to recall here, because the WebObjects clone is that old, despite the fact that one of the largest stores on the Internet, iTunes, is built on it).

Here's an interesting political history of WebObjects around the time we last heard from it. As strange as it may seem, there's still an active WebObjects development community despite it being essentially self-supported for nearly a decade, now. Many of the developers in that community were, previously, Objective C developers, and the ones that survived the transition to Java are language agnostics. I suspect they might welcome the opportunity to migrate to a Swift/Cocoa web stack.

It will take some while, but Apple has just made the first step to a "language mindshare" play in the web application space.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

Gary W. Longsine MOD: That up. (247 comments)

Whoever moderated this "flame bait" needs their ass kicked. That was the funniest thing I've read all week.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

Gary W. Longsine Prophet of Retrospect (577 comments)

Actually, with every announcement you've been demonstrated to be wrong. Mac OS X isn't going anywhere. Apple has quite clearly been working very hard to bring some of the best ideas from iOS to the Mac OS X platform. They also introduced a nascent third platform, iCloud. If there was news of a platform's demise to be read between the lines at the WWDC 2011 keynote yesterday, it's more likely to be the demise of Windows as a consumer OS.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

Gary W. Longsine The way you see it (577 comments)

Since Apple currently offers you the choice of a tablet starting at $499 and laptops starting at $1199 (or something like that) and since the choice is already between a tablet iOS device with a subset of functionality, vs. a laptop or iMac with greater "professional" level functionality, then all you've done here is out yourself as a troll, or waste electrons on the internet. Which is it?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water

Gary W. Longsine Digital Divide (568 comments)

If that scenario pans out (and the recent HP blathering about why they are not interested in Thunderbolt provides some evidence that it might) then you'll see Apple's share of the consumer market growing even faster over the next couple years, when Mac users are loading their iPad with movies to take on the plane in about 90 seconds, and HP users are spending a non trivial part of an hour to do the same.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water

Gary W. Longsine Re:Firewire a replacement for SCSI? (568 comments)

FireWire was the replacement for SCSI, for connecting fast external drives to a Mac. (Mac computers at one time were all SCSI, internal and external connectors.) There's more about the relationship, at FireWire Wikipedia. My (fuzzy) recollection is that, at one time, one could even get adapter cables to allow FireWire ports on a Mac to connect a SCSI hard drive.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water

Gary W. Longsine Thunderbolt (568 comments)

Of course, my next migration will be via Thunderbolt.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water

Gary W. Longsine FireWire (568 comments)

FireWire isn't dead, yet. I use it to migrate from one Mac to another about once a year, and to connect hard drives. USB is sorta like gruel. You could eat it. But I've got whole modern cuisines, why would I give that up?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water

Gary W. Longsine consumers and the tech geeks in their family (568 comments)

You haven't been paying attention. The "tech geeks" in the families of "non-tech savvy consumers" have been telling them for a few years now, "sell it on eBay and buy a Mac." Thunderbolt will do fine, even if only Mac users get to connect their iPad 3 or iPhone 5 to it and get Thunderbolt 10 Gbps transfer speeds. They won't care what all y'all are doing, and won't be interested in how long it takes you to sync your iPad. "You know how long it takes? Mine is so quick, I never thought about it."

more than 3 years ago
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Evolution Battle Brews In Texas

Gary W. Longsine the rise of home schooling (916 comments)

The decline of a commonly agreed objective reality (based on facts and logical reasoning) in United States at least, appears to be concurrent with the rising popularity of home schooling in the past 25 or 30 years. It's not clear that government is the problem. Certainly it doesn't appear to be the only problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

Gary W. Longsine process (255 comments)

It appears from casual googling, that Intel could make the A5 using a smaller process size than the current ARM manufacturers are able to produce.

more than 3 years ago
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NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7

Gary W. Longsine for certain values of truth (377 comments)

It "shouldn't be a problem" if you buy a "decent printer" where "decent printer" is defined as "some hypothetical printer which works with whichever of the dozens of Linux forks you happen to be using" and which is almost certainly not documented.

There. Fixed that for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Developers: MS Hopes To Lure iOS Apps With API Mapping Tool

Gary W. Longsine mnemonic (191 comments)

It's easier to remember this stuff, when you recall that what actually happened was that NeXT acquired Apple for a negative four hundred million dollars ($US -400 million).

more than 3 years ago
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China Plans Space Station By 2020

Gary W. Longsine The High Frontier (293 comments)

An American physicist named Gerard K. O'Neill explored ways to boot strap an in-space economy and the notion is sometimes referred to as The High Frontier. A permanent presence in space, and an in-space industrial economy would be useful for many things.

more than 3 years ago
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What Happened To the Climate Refugees?

Gary W. Longsine Innumeracy (471 comments)

Your post was thoughtful, unlike TFA. The only thing you missed was the perfect opportunity to recommend that all Slashdot overlords, submitters, moderators, and participants equip themselves with the following ignorance reduction module (aka an excellent book):

Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy Consequences by John Allen Paulos .

more than 3 years ago
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SlashTweaks Let YOU Micro-Edit Slashdot

Gary W. Longsine Wait a moment... (257 comments)

This is an April Fools joke, right? It's so hard to tell, it maps to neatly into the long Slashdot decline...

more than 3 years ago

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Intel extends Moore's Law with new transistor

Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gary W. Longsine writes "Taking a queue from 1950s era cars, Intel will add fins to otherwise flat transistors. Using the new process, Intel will build cooler running chips with a smaller process size, shipping next year (2012). Moore's Law will be granted a temporary stay of execution. Will they use it to build the next generation Apple A5 processor? Next up: sharks with laser beams."
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NASA picks 5 firms for private launch to LEO

Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gary W. Longsine (124661) writes "Five contracts have been awarded by NASA today, to firms exploring different aspects of the effort to develop a private launch industry for people to low earth orbit. Today's winners include:

Will the forecast $6 Billion allocation over five years be enough to inspire private industry to develop not one, but two human rated launch systems (a capsule, and the lifting body Dream Chaser)? NASA clearly wants competition in the private market, so they seek more than one vendor. Will the losers in this competition be able to survive today's announcement, which makes them "distant third" candidates to provide these services?"
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Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gary W. Longsine writes "Various blogs and press release sites are reporting a hot Palm story this morning: Palm to sell 25% stake, overhaul board. Palm today anounced that they have sold a 25% stake in the company to Elevation Partners to raise $325 million in venture capital, hired former Apple design guru Jon Rubenstein, and former Apple CFO Fred Anderson. It looks like the nearly comic Palm Foleo was just a clever smokescreen. Can former Apple employees bring Palm back from the Zombie undead?"
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Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gary W. Longsine writes "The Washington Post writes about a Venture Capitalist and blogger, Fred Wilson, who recently declared e-mail bankruptcy, wiping out his inbox and starting over because he couldn't keep up. Spam is cited as one reason. It seems that too much spam is not the only problem that Mr. Wilson has with email. Another curious tidbit mentioned in the article is that Donald E. Knuth gave up email on January 1, 1990 after using it since 1975. Is eMail dead?"
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Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gary W. Longsine writes "Researchers have discovered that a cheap, safe drug dichloroacetate (DCA) fights cancer cells of many types in the test tube, leaving healthy cells untouched. The drug is not patented and lacks funding for additional research and clinical trials that would be needed to bring it to market as an anti-cancer treatment. Although the article describes the drug as safe, you probably won't see this appear as as a natural supplement in your local herbal (unregulated medications) store as this by-product of water chlorination is also apparently a carcinogen (see A Model for Tumor Promotion by Dichloroacetate and Dichloroacetate Stimulates Glycogen Accumulation in Primary Hepatocytes through an Insulin-Independent Mechanism [PDF])."

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Gary W. Longsine Gary W. Longsine writes  |  about 9 years ago
Hey there, friends and fans! See: antiworm blog and antibogon for other musings.

AntiWorm is the Intrinsic Security blog with observations about the evolving threat from automated large scale intrusions performed by worms and botnets, as well as other security related items.

AntiBogon is my outlet for random thoughts, observations, musing, and rants.

Enjoy!

/gary

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