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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

McLoud Re:We need something... (104 comments)

What I'd really like is a Javascript-like language - that compiles to efficient Javascript - where I get to structure my application; enforce type constraints at compile-time; provide test-time assertions... etc... and allow me to implement my Javascript application as a collection of independently tested components.

So you want Ceylon then?

about 5 months ago

Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

McLoud Re:Awwww (71 comments)

My GF's aunt used to say that when they are little's, you feel like you want to eat them. Once they get to the adolescence, you wonder why you didn't

about 7 months ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

McLoud Re:Reversable? (208 comments)

But if you plug it in the other way round won't the phone charge the car's battery, and the 1's become 0's on the data?

No. You just have to keep the charging device elevated above the charged device. It works like a siphon.

Insighful??? Is this serious really?

about 8 months ago

Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

McLoud Venezuela (75 comments)

Keep out of Venezuela if you want to keep your precious neutrino sensors. They basically confiscated the brazilian gas plant there and the government is turning into a de-facto dictatorship much like the Cuba of old or worse

about 8 months ago

Java 8 Officially Released

McLoud Re:Did they finally straighten out the 64-bit mess (302 comments)

Try to use PKCS12 in windows 64bit jvm and see how far you get. Hint: it's non existent because the original code is C and nobody's bothered to compile it because "they didn't have a 64 bits smartcard to test it on"

about 8 months ago

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

McLoud Re:Getters and setters (543 comments)

"One full-time Java programmer told me that he hasn’t had to manually type in any setters and getters in years, and he has a template from which all his objects are typed in automatically, thanks to the code snippet tools in his favorite editor (which isn’t Eclipse—he uses IntelliJ). Clearly, methods of automated typing seem to be a favorite among a lot of programmers. So why did Visual Studio remove a feature that facilitated this? Who knows."

Let's not mention the fact that in C# you don't need to manually type in all the getter/setter junk, just public int MyField {get; set;}

These days in java, I just use Lombok. Put an @Data over your class and it generates everything. Pull in extra @EqualsAndHashCode on entity classes so the Equals/HashCode gets generated on proper business fields for database stuff and done. No more getter/setters needed to be typed and Netbeans even recognize the new methods on save

about a year ago

LibreOffice Calc Set To Get GPU Powered Boost From AMD

McLoud Re:Appropriate tool use (211 comments)

When people go wrong using spreadsheets it's usually one of a few ways. The one I see the most is when they take what should be a prototype analysis and turn it into a production tool. If you need to put a bunch of buttons and other interface tools on a spreadsheet THEN you are doing it wrong. The second is when they try to take analyzed data involving more than 3 dimensions. While it can be done it rarely is a good idea.

Excel pivot`s is very good as a pivoting tool, and very few applications do it better, and I don't know of any that do so at excel's price range. Calc's version of it it's crap and kinda hard to setup.

about a year ago

Qt 5.1 Adds Android and iOS Support

McLoud Re:QT is a flawed implementation of cross platform (81 comments)

On Windows there is no standard widget set that everyone uses, an no agreement on how a widget should behave. Every framework has their own. MFC, WinForms, whatever MS Office uses, Wordperfect, etc.

There are standard widgets provided by the OS, and everyone who uses them will produce apps which look the same, absent customization. There are alternatives, but that doesn't change the fact.

Really? So how to I use those nice office widgets like the excel pivot or word rich text editor (since the one I can use in MFC is crap) in my own native MFC application?

about a year and a half ago

Objective-C Comes of Age

McLoud Re:Yes but (437 comments)

Thats like saying that C/C++ adoption on windows is due to vector locking because that's what the API is built on. Due to that, C-like bridges need to be build into other languages so they could talk to the OS
The same can be done to talk to Objective-C

DISCLAIMER: have been dealing with windows api the whole week and is not funny

more than 2 years ago

Why New Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail

McLoud Its not the languare only per se (274 comments)

It's not really just the language. It's the entire programming environment: the language, the library, what system features it allows you to get your hands into and failing that last one, how much the language has "build in" and with how much quality, how much trouble-less it is to run in your target system, how much easy is to build a program around it
The major PITA's I have found with "alternative" languages is when building beyond hello-world/clickety demos. Many languages with their respective build environments fail to provide a good desktop infrastructure to build rich apps. Some fail at the web side of it. Some ain't much good at any of it. For windows desktop apps, if you don't provide support for system widgets, you better have a alternative to the build in rich editor with printing support that can just copy/paste to/from office-like software without much trouble. Many focus too much into the "programming" side of it and relegate the integration with everything else to second plan.

more than 2 years ago

Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

McLoud Real statistic (310 comments)

Nerds spend more time on /. than any other use spend time on G+. Or MySpace. Or both added up together.

about 2 years ago

Oracle's Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

McLoud Re:Oracle and Java (372 comments)

In my experience, Microsoft has some of the best backwards compatibility of any vendor out there. Well written C++ and .NET apps on Windows will probably keep working until the heat death of the universe. Meanwhile, Java took a long time to catch on to the fact that the runtime and standard libraries aren't 100% backwards compatible, and that people may actually want to run multiple versions side-by-side. For comparison, every .NET app uses the appropriate runtime automatically.

Java Runtimes are installed side-by-side, even minor versions. And even if you have a grip with a particular installer feature, you can very well get your own folder bundled with the app and it will not touch anything else. Try that with a .NET runtime. I've seen 1.1 .NET apps fail to work properly after a 2.0 .NET runtime got installed in the system, no way to do otherwise that I know, the only solution was remove everything and stall from scratch and stop the damn f* windows update from messing with the SO.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

McLoud avant + compiz or kde (357 comments)

Last time I used that, I was using compiz, avant-window-manager and gDeslets. I used nautilus as filemanager, but keep in mind this was in the gnome2 days where all you needed was to lauch gnome-settings-daemon and you was set. At this day and age, I use a customized kubuntu, and plasma makes very easy to move stuff around the way I like to do, kwin is working great in 4.7.6 as window manage. The only complaints I got is kopete protocol stability (only recently msn got back to working for me) and lack of a descent SIP phone, so I got to use ekiga for that. I always used thunderbird as mail client and that's unlikely to change since it is mostly desktop-safe, same for chrome (konqueror or rekonq are still too slow;/buggy for general usage)

Thats my 0.02 brazilian cents

more than 2 years ago

High School Reunions — Facebook's Newest Victim?

McLoud Re:I doubt it (168 comments)

We need a "like" button on slashdot

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

McLoud Re:The Desktop Mirror (614 comments)

What would you base that assessment on? If that were true why would lInux, which had exactly the same combination of possible buyers (techies plus people seeking really budget computers) not have beaten Windows long ago?

* flamebait mode on *
Because Linux STILL F* SUCKS! Even tried to use linux for anything desktop remotelly serious? Office suites on it are still a joke (I am lookin' at you Open/LibreOffice), it is still hard to do anything gui-wise, some stuff still lacks any useful gui, while some other don't even had any. Try to configure sound for example. Or try to use any intel graphic card (majority of OEM PC's come with them). I use linux daily, have used from many distros, used gnome, kde, E15, E16, E17, XFCE, black box, you name it, but to say it is as usable as windows or OS X, that's a dream, and most tech users agree with it (even if they don't speak so, but OS usage figures speak wonders for that)

more than 2 years ago

Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

McLoud Interaction Difference (315 comments)

I wonder if light is being affected by space-time some way and neutrinos aren't. Then they measure the true maximum allowed speed better than light does. Taking that into account, how the theories will look like using c @ neutrino's speed ?

more than 3 years ago

Google Developing Master API — Web Intents

McLoud Re:Let me know if I'm wrong... (86 comments)

Google seems to be proposing a bit of javascript that anyone can add to their website,
which will pull my data from any other enabled website I've stored information on?

Why does this just seem like another entry point for abuse?

Anything can be abused, give enough time and effort. It's just a matter of figuring if it is still worth giving how much useful it is still is. By the looks of the example it reminds me a lot of a ESB where You have services that do stuff registered in a common place, Google way seems like the REST counterpart of it.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5

McLoud Re:OK, and what is new? (154 comments)

Working with people on organizations over here, everyone uses a simple html template with their sig (simple html plus embedded company logo)

more than 3 years ago

Why People Watch StarCraft, Instead of Playing

McLoud Re:Real Reason (122 comments)

this is a phenomenon unique to starcraft, and absent from more strategic and better designed RTS games where playing the game is much more popular than watching experts

It is not. I've seen many times in many games. I've done it myself for a variety of reasons. Seeing someone pretty skilled at RTCW:ET was very entertaining to watch in a Saturday afternoon (sometimes with a big cup of coffee on cold days where your fingers could barely move).

more than 3 years ago


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