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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

Nbrevu Re:Something It Isn't (775 comments)

Very different, actually, and it's a matter of degree. What google glass introduces is a constant surveillance, eerily close to the third episode of Black Mirror.

That said, I'd love it if everyone stopped permanently carrying cameras (this includes smartphones) with themselves, although I may be relatively alone about that.

about a year ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

Nbrevu Re: Something It Isn't (775 comments)

Some corporations (for example Blackwater, now known as Academi) do have access to military weapons. And sufficiently wealthy corporations (including the military ones) do have the de facto ability to write laws via lobbying, and have done so for a long time.

about a year ago
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Dart Is Not the Language You Think It Is

Nbrevu Re:ActionScript + Python + Ruby (312 comments)

I don't know about the others, but for me, it's like muscle memory after a few years of C++.

First, you have to take into account that not everything that accepts "++" is a number. It may be anything, and in particular it may be an iterator, which is very common.

Now, you have to consider that "++variable" is not the same as "variable++"; they are two distinct operations with their own behaviour. So, "++variable" increments in-place, but "variable++" returns an anonymous copy of "variable" and then increments "variable". It doesn't seem like a big deal when you're doing a standalone increment (i.e., not assigning "++variable" or "variable++" to a result, which has different behaviours because the result won't be incremented in the second case), and indeed the result is the same, but the preincrement doesn't create a copy, while the postincrement does. So, preincrement is more efficient (especially if the copy is not trivial, if it's inside a loop, or both. The second case is the most frequent). It's a micro-optimization (which means that you won't speed up your code by 200% by doing this) and many compilers will probably do the fastest thing if you use postincrement and do not assign the result, but it doesn't have any downside. And, like I said in the first sentence, it becomes muscle memory quickly. I've ended up doing it in all C-like languages, but I'm not sure if there are differences in anything that isn't C++. I certainly hope there isn't any downside.

about a year ago
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Canada Courts, Patent Office Warns Against Trying To Patent Mathematics

Nbrevu Re:Uh Oh (215 comments)

Of course! This is because of prior art. Your so-called 'x' is nothing but a 45 rotation of MY patented '+' symbol for addition.

about a year ago
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How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

Nbrevu Re:"Importing" labor? (293 comments)

Wrong. You destroy businesses by destroying their customer base, which you attain by ridiculous race-to-the-bottom labour laws that erase their purchasing power. We've seen it first hand, here in southern Europe.

There is a heavy demand problem, and you won't solve it by worsening workers' conditions.

about a year ago
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How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

Nbrevu Re:Not true (293 comments)

I have to wonder where that "it is impossible to let go of somebody in europe" mem comes from.

Just typical employers' whining, don't pay much attention unless they get too close to lawmakers (they have in Spain. Look at the results).

about a year ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

Nbrevu Re:"Learning curve" is missing the point. (536 comments)

Not really, Unity it's more like a compromise between desktop and touch. The problem is that it's optimal for none of them: it's too touch-y for desktop, and too desktop-y for touch, so I'd prefer a more 100% desktop oriented for my desktop, and the same for touch interfaces. I understand the appealing of having a common "universal" interface, but I still prefer a specialization, using the best tool for each machine.

Still far better than the Win8 approach of trying to push a heavily touch-center UI for desktops (even if the desktop UI is still present).

about a year ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

Nbrevu Re:mature response to a corporate stumble (536 comments)

You are missing a huge point. It's not that users don't want to get rid of XP, it's that they don't want to get rid of the XP UI. Make it so newer systems look identical to Windows XP and people will happily upgrade (by the way, Classic Shell is not identical enough for a lot of people), but start changing things and users will start to get pissed off about changing their workflow, re-learning where to find whatever they need and having to get accustomed to the new look of certain components. I know a few cases of people with dual boot that still use Win7 only when strictly needed (in most cases, because of compatibility problems), going back to XP for the everyday use. Some of them are actual power users (baking their own Windows install CDs with their own preferred bundle of applications and preset configuration, for example).

Changes in UI are a big point of friction, probably even more than susceptibility to malware, performance problems or even compatilbility (with both software and hardware, although this last one is sometimes a good reason to keep your old OS). Well-known example: for a lot of people, and this one includes me, Windows 7's Start Menu was already a step in the wrong direction, and many of us still think so. Go figure.

about a year ago
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It's 2013, and Windows Activation Is Still Frustrating

Nbrevu What do you mean, frustrating? (435 comments)

I mean, surely megaupload was closed, but there are hundreds of different file hosting services where you can download RemoveWAT from.

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

Nbrevu Re:mother of all languages (323 comments)

Nope, it's us who got separated from the ice age. The'yre still there (insert drum roll here).

More seriously, the very similar-sounding aíta means father in Basque. Probably a coincidence, though.

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

Nbrevu Re:Words in common - Thai and English (323 comments)

"Chichi" is also one of the million terms for female genitalia in Spanish.

about a year ago
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Facebook "Trusted Contacts" Lets You Pester Friends To Recover Account Access

Nbrevu Is this new? (114 comments)

Facebook [..] Lets You Pester Friends.

Wasn't that already its primary use?

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

Nbrevu Re:Reject (381 comments)

I wish I could mod you up. Your last sentence is so absolutely essential to a healthy work-life balance that I'm surprised so many people don't follow it.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

Nbrevu Awful idea (381 comments)

I don't like smartphones and I like to erect a metaphorical concrete wall between my job and my life. So obviously I hope this idea doesn't get far, and in fact I cannot see how could any employee like it.

I'd go as far as not to let my employer know my phone number, so they can't call me: after all, if it's worktime, I'm at the office, so no phone call needed. Do you want to call me on a weekend because something happened to the server? I won't even try to charge a million, I just won't do it.

about a year ago
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Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

Nbrevu Re:Burn out speaking here. (365 comments)

So true. I'm a software developer, but I spend my evenings studying to get a degree in Maths. I wonder if that'll make me one of the wizards or one or the burnouts.

about a year ago
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Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

Nbrevu Now that's good managing (400 comments)

I once worked on a place with such "mind control" (I would have put it as "emotional blackmail"). Oooh, free food! Oooh, videogames to play after lunch -there is a one hour mandated break, although most people will be done by 15-30 minutes-! Ooooh, free pizza&beer every Friday! Oooh, lots of parties on weekends! Yeah, well, I got fired because of the mortal sin of going home at about 7-7:30pm despite having been told that I had very good technical capabilities, so I wouldn't say it was a good job.

I'll take owning my time over such "perks" any day, and I wish there were more CEOs like this guy.

I work, I go home when I've done my 8 hours, I get paid. Simple. Why is this so difficult to grasp?

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Nbrevu Re: Why do companies make the same mistake (1010 comments)

And then there are Windows+E, Windows+R, Windows+F, Windows+Pause, Windows+D and a lot more. The Windows key already had a lot of power for those of us who always preferred the keyboard's speed to the mouse's ease of use (check http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ph/windows7/keyboard-shortcuts, under "Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts").

We don't need Win8 in order to have a keyboard-oriented interface (in fact, that's definitely NOT the UI paradigm Win8 is trying to push). Ten years ago, still using win98, I spent a whole summer without a mouse, and I only missed it in certain program whose crappy UI didn't have key bindings.

about a year ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

Nbrevu Re:No (522 comments)

Also, some countries provide national identity documents to their citizens, although that strikes some people in the US as fascism for reasons I don't yet fully understand.

about a year ago
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

Nbrevu Re:There isn't always a significant other provider (174 comments)

I think that, given the nature of internet, is far easier to provide a website than a domestic gaming system or a telecommunications infrastructure. Although you may be right when it comes to very big sites.

about a year and a half ago
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Illinois Politician Wants a Kill Switch For Anonymous Speech Online

Nbrevu Re: Death of Slashdot? (522 comments)

That's right! I always feel the (childish, I guess) need to make the distinction, because I still feel a little uneasy with that ambiguity. In Spanish, people from the USA are called "estadounidenses" (which obviously comes from the "United States", not from "of America"), so there is no confusion; plus, a lot of Latin American (i.e., Spanish speaking) people complain if we conflate the two meanings of "American", so there is a little cultural pressure. I've talked with some American friends of mine, and it seems that there is a cultural difference that makes us think of the USA as if the name of the country is just "United States", and "of America" is just referenced officialy, just like Spain is always called España and not "Reino de España", which is the full official name of the country. In fact, in Spain we call the USA just "EE.UU.", that is, Estados Unidos. Funnily, there is also a difference on how we distinguish the continents (North America and South America vs. just America).

Well, you probably already knew most of that, but I wanted to justify myself...

about a year and a half ago

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