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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re: Good (213 comments)

You can run native apps on Chrome OS out of the box, and you don't need any silly censored app store to do that.

5 hours ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Hmm. I smell a rotten bucket of fish (111 comments)

The rules are designed to try to prevent embezzlement

So...the rules designed to prevent spending more money than necessary that would end up in the pockets of people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world...cause more money than necessary being spent and ending in the pockets of other people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world? *double facepalm*

6 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Keyboards (213 comments)

Objective-C and Cocoa continue to be great, and produces far better quality apps than on exist on Android.

Engineers produce applications, not languages. I'd argue that engineers provide quality apps for iOS despite Objective-C, and not because of it.

But the "oh there's something new coming along so the old thing must be crap" game is juvenile.

Except the "old thing" is practically from the 1980s. And even back then, there were even better languages than the chimeric mixture of C and Smalltalk. This is not some "juvenile game", e.g., Google is abandoning C++ for basically the same reasons why Objective-C is crap. The compilers are never going to be fast as long as every file #includes tens of thousands of lines of code dozens of time. The code that will have to extract knowledge from the files instead of from reasonably formatted separately-compiled module metadata (a thing solved back in the 1970's, for gods' sake!) to assist the editors and the ancillary tools like code analyzers will have the same problems. I hate to say it, but even Microsoft's .Net is technically better than that. And I don't even like .Net! But there it is, I've said that...

8 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Keyboards (213 comments)

Not on school networks it's not.

And the devices don't work anywhere else, of course...

The topic is schools. Not computer science/software engineering at university.

Yes, because people not even being ever confronted with programming before enrolling into a university course is the optimal approach to STEM promotion.

Compared to the technical capabilities of iOS and OSX, Android and Chrome are the crapfest of the century.

Apple hasn't been able to provide programmers with a decent consistent and modern language for over a decade. That alone means that the Apple stuff doesn't set a bar of any significant height to leap over.

8 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Keyboards (213 comments)

Porn is viewable in the browser these days. No hacker tools is a major crippling factor in iOS in any educational settings. No in-process compilation => no JIT-equipped programming learning environments, no LuaJIT, no hosted Oberon or any similar environment, no nothing. Programming tools only for iOS? Only on an expensive Mac. How do you run your own apps on your device? You pay $99/year on every device you want to run them on?

Compared to the technical capabilities of Android and Chrome OS, iOS is the crapfest of the century.

8 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Good (213 comments)

How are they better than an iPad with a proper hardware keyboard?

For one thing, Google doesn't limit you with what you can technically do on the machine to the extent that Apple does.

9 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Good (213 comments)

Can the students even install and use a proper compiler

Most certainly, once someone takes his time to build one.

or something like AutoCAD? Photoshop?

You'd have to ask Autodesk or Adobe about that, respectively.

"laptop" that no one can do anything except be forced to Google cloudservices to even login

You really think your ignorance of the range of possible Chrome OS configurations is bliss?

9 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re: Papers (213 comments)

Or, it could be because GDocs isn't a real word processor

Don't worry, It should be perfectly possible to compile TeX for Chrome OS. ;-)

9 hours ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Cost (176 comments)

If the hardware is sufficiently general, wouldn't it be possible to use in other airplanes, or even in remote drone control? That is, if economy of scale is the problem.

9 hours ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Surprise, surprise (213 comments)

Why wouldn't a person want that? It's effectively the same thing as an ordinary PC, only with a declarative language for UIs, a dynamic, high performance language as the go-to systems language, the ability to run legacy code or code from whatever environment you use in the more static PNaCl environment, and a lot of rather neat things, all that with strengthened inter-app security, if I understood it all correctly. The one fundamental limitation is that you can't run the topmost high-end applications such as resource-demanding CAD systems on it (basically stuff that needs native multi-core speed with a single large address space), but that's about it. And even that might be possible if PNaCl improves, at least to some extent. Other than that, there are no other theoretical limitations, unlike with iOS. Beyond that, all that matters is how good you are with your tool.

yesterday
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Keyboards (213 comments)

The students can't install much on those machines, and in fact I think they can be locked down so that no apps can be installed at all.

Unlike the Apple iOS devices where whole classes of applications were banned outright by Apple even before it got into the admins' hands, not matter who buys them...

yesterday
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

K. S. Kyosuke Not just physicists (206 comments)

physicists have never been entirely comfortable with the idea that regions of the universe can become infinitely density

I'm pretty sure that editors outside of /. have never been entirely comfortable with that idea either.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

K. S. Kyosuke Re:~50% have no degree... (169 comments)

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree

Overall, software development is one of the few engineering fields where you can learn on your own without paying up front through the nose for oscilloscopes, CNC machines etc., and without attending an institution that would let you touch their gear either.

yesterday
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

K. S. Kyosuke Re:ads (170 comments)

Well, I don't have a data plan but my data connections don't seem to be blocked, they're merely metered and unreasonably expensive to use with zero fixed costs if I don't use them at all. So much for the difference. :)

2 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

K. S. Kyosuke Re:An ad hockin' 'mergency (59 comments)

but what good is an insulated LAN for these days?

...are you serious? What about outside intruders?

2 days ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

K. S. Kyosuke Re:ads (170 comments)

That's exactly what I bought in Europe, and I experienced no problems in doing so. Why would they refuse it?

2 days ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Correction (97 comments)

For example, in the immediate vicinity of a magnetar, the strong magnetic fields would deform electron orbitals to the extent that life chemistry with complex molecules simply might not work.

2 days ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

K. S. Kyosuke Re:ads (170 comments)

So...you're voluntarily paying for something you don't actually need and don't use it on purpose?

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Scaremongering? (132 comments)

That should have read "obviously no deficiencies", of course!

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Scaremongering? (132 comments)

How does it assure no deficiencies?

I spelled out the "obviously no efficiencies" part, haven't I? How much up to date are you with your Hoare lectures?

And why don't other projects use that methodology?

Because they'd have to change their whole direction? As I said, compact things fell out for fashion in the SW arena.

2 days ago

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Radio Contact Lost With Vostok Station

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "Russian scientists at the Antarctic Vostok Station, who have been trying to dig into the liquid heart of Lake Vostok, have suddenly gone silent.

The conditions in the lake are presumed to be similar to those of Europa and Enceladus and there is a hope that previously unknown forms of life could have found a niche in this unusual environment. Despite having been warned that their drilling technology (using freon and kerosene to lubricate the bore hole) may not be up to the task of reaching the lake without harmful enviromental side-effects, the Russians have decided to go on with the drilling. They haven't been heard from for the past five days."
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HP releases AdvFS under GPL

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "The battle for the "next-gen Linux file system" might have just become a little fiercer. Hewlett-Packard have just released their AdvFS file system under GPL. There is a press release on the HP web site, but the Wikipedia entry sports less PHB talk. The reaction of Sun and Oracle (each with their own advanced FS initiative, ZFS and Btrfs, respectively) to this might be interesting."
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