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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Maxwell Re:Limited coding isn't everyone's goal (69 comments)

Building complex apps without coding doesn't seem like a useful goal. At some point you have to express the program logic and coding has always proven to be the best way.

The dividing line between graphical tool and actual code seems to have been a shifting one over the years. So when you go to a new environment or language where there's a substantial GUI component to building an app, the desire to see it all in code is strong. What actually happens when you add that button? I expect to be able to do it either through code of GUI and if they can't tell me what the GUI did in code, then I'm left clueless as to the underpinnings and so it becomes hard to think through the implications of design decisions.

I tried Swift recently. Swift was easy enough. But Swift+Xcode was impenetrable.

My micro processor prof insisted that C was an abomination and that code was easier to follow in native assembly. (Mostly Motorola, some TI)

There is a big chunk of people who have no desire to see the assembler, or the massively abstract C++ code that created it. Anyone who uses Access for example. I had a tool Palm Toolbox that made simple apps for PalmOS way back when. It was limiting, because I know better, but you could do a lot without ever looking at the real code.

Be prepared for multiple variations of the Fart Machine!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

Maxwell Re: Moodle (97 comments)

Absolute nonsense. Moodle is for managing content and it happens to have an optional plug in to monitor viewers ('students') progress.

But as others have noted, it is not the platform that is the problem, it is getting and keeping fresh content that matters. Any platform with good content would work.

2 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Maxwell Review are actually quite positive.... (189 comments)

...thanks for cherry picking the worst part of every review. Most reviews seem to like it, appreciate it, but are on the fence about the size and form factor.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Maxwell Re:Not as much as it used to... (287 comments)

Similar experience here. You are now a service provider for your family. Reliability, ease of use are more important than bragging rights. I am down to a single xeon server, serviio, 24g, 8tb. PS3 as media player and servio handles the transcoding for phones and tablets. Kids can watch their movies, we can listen to music, watch movies.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Maxwell Re:Sensationalism? for BIOS updates? (294 comments)

If updating your BIOS is the *most* important feature of a motherboard, sorry.

I've never had a problem with MSI, Gigabyte or Asus . And the one time in a blue moon I had to update a bios, I simply booted off a USB HDD with windows on it.

Your deciding which car to buy based on how hard it is to adjust the cam shaft timing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Maxwell Axis and Allies Board game (382 comments)

let the all nighters begin.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Maxwell Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

Required comment: the big corps have won. Deal with it.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Maxwell Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

For everything else, I'll take my solid-as-a-rock Gigabit ethernet thanks. Also, off the lawn please!

about a month and a half ago
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Maxwell Settle for 1M. No harm done (115 comments)

They settle out of court for 1M, he'll get to keep the car named condo and nothing will come of it. The city needs the revenue too badly to take the cameras down. Remember kids, white collar crime *does* pay!

about a month and a half ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Maxwell Doesn't scale anyway (81 comments)

One of the major drivers of online was for scalability/cost. Do the bulk stuff asynchronously online with some minimal in person or synchronous work. If this is an instructor led , real time course they might as well be 'in the building' anyway. How would 200 people take a course like this? All you need is 23 professors, easy right?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Maxwell How did micorsoft 'solve' this problem? (249 comments)

For 20 years we had nothing but Microsoft (DOS, Windows) on PC's and somehow we survived. Now we need someone to curate the app store? Why not submit your app for review, like in the olden days? The reviewing, rating and recommending of apps should be a separate function than publishing...

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Maxwell hard to hate this guy... (24 comments)

There is a lot of hate for his movie success - just 8 films to date, virtually all of them massively successful - but man he sounds cool in this interview!

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Maxwell IE11=IE6 all over again (138 comments)

Sure, all we have to do is rewrite the internet to work with IE11 and we'll be fine. I propose Microsoft should start with Sharepoint, Project server, CRM Dynamics etc that currently don't work well with IE11...

Firefox 3.6 has better overall compatibility than IE11!

about 2 months ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Maxwell Re:Uh...try again (116 comments)

Think again. AOL, prodigy, compuserve were all proprietary, isolated systems. They did not provide internet access. It wasn't until 89/90 that there email services could even talk to each other (via the internet).

Source: old enough to have listed compuserve "forums" and AOL "keywords" on my business cards...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Maxwell Re:Seriously? Nope! (194 comments)

What he really wanted was for someone to actually read his request. I guess it wasn't you.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

No that is Windows Server Security 101. Network security is different. If you had network security you don't need firewalls on every single server in your enterprise because that traffic is already caught and logged elsewhere. By the time they are at your server, and you haven't detected it, it is too late.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

Stop being rational. Just, stop it. You never need a business case for awesomely complex, double reverse DMZ firewall setups here on /. !

about 2 months ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Maxwell Re:Out of the public domain? (96 comments)

If one can ride by on their bicycle and take a picture of "secret installations", they have a security leak. It's not an American concept.

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Maxwell You weren't asked to be creative... (372 comments)

"Software development has become a mostly operational activity, rather than a creative one." And this is a bad thing?

about 2 months ago

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