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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Torp TFA has no idea what he's talking about? (179 comments)

Swift is a programming language. Anyone can write a different compiler for it. Open sourcing Apple's LLVM frontend would be nice, but is not required.
If it's not open sourced and no one does a Swift implementation, we'll be exactly in the same situation as before. You had to write Java for Android and Objective C for iOS. Now you'll have to write Java for Android and Swift for iOS. I fail to see how that changes anything, except Swift being slightly less annoying thatn ObjC.

90% of the article serves to show that the author doesn't understand the difference between a programming language and the libraries provided by OS X. The other 10%... well I didn't notice what it was about.
And this crap makes Slashdot...

2 days ago

Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Torp Good news for those who still like small phones (207 comments)

If the 5S and 6 have comparable performance, it means the 5S remains a long term option across OS upgrades. No need to keep a tablet in your pocket...

5 days ago

iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Torp Re:"Early adopters"? (222 comments)

"Impatient kids"?
And i say this as the owner of a few Apple devices... which i bought on my own schedule, not by queueing at launches.

5 days ago

Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Torp Balrog (92 comments)

Don't delve too deep.

about a week ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Torp I don't get it (532 comments)

The righteous communists have a need to trade with the capitalist imperialists? Won't the ghost of Stalin provide for all?

about a week ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Torp Re:Scary-ish (203 comments)

I was wrong. This is NOT a leak of passwords from google accounts.
I checked my account on and it was NOT the google password, but the easily guessed password i use for accounts that I don't care about.
If your google password is unique, you're safe. If you reused it on low security sites... not so much.

about a week ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Torp Re:Scary-ish (203 comments)

... but I'm guilty of not ever changing the password after i created the account :)
Until today, of course.

about a week ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Torp Scary-ish (203 comments)

I was on this list and i had an unique (for me) password for the google account. I've had the account since you had to beg for an invite to get in as well.

about a week ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Torp Re:And I have an 1000Mbps subscription in Romania (526 comments)

Yeah, this is where Eastern Europe laughs their ass off at the "developed" world :)
But it may be some kind of cycle. Today we're in front, but at some point even AT&T will be forced to upgrade their network, while our ISPs will fossilize and then *we* will be the ones behind. I'd say 30 years.

about two weeks ago

The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Torp Your company's fault actually (129 comments)

... for not having contacted a local tech contractor with some english speaking skills that could help. Someone that comes in a couple hours now and then to solve any issues.
Remote tech support is all fine and dandy, but sometimes you do need (technically literate) hands and eyes on the ground. I've taken care of servers on a different continent - 99% of the time I just ssh-ed in. The 1% I've had someone local - and technical! - drive in with a laptop and help.

about two weeks ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Torp Maybe, but... (105 comments)

... an e-reader saves a LOT of shelf space, making it WORTH it!

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Torp Stockholm syndrome (331 comments)

Let's translate the OP's question:
I have this insecure by design environment, while there are more secure by design environments available (yeah, probably not completely secure, but much more secure than what I'm using now). I'd like to patch my grossly insecure environment to get at least an illusion of security instead of considering the alternatives.

about a month ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Torp Why no 1 Tb version? (183 comments)

OCZ's reliability aside, why no 1Tb model? Believe it or not, I need most of the space for work purposes (huge source trees, virtual machines etc). A drive that just fits my OS wouldn't help at all.

about a month ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Torp Re:Self signed-certificate?? (141 comments)

But the client's browser is not likely to have the company's certificate as trusted, so they still have to accept an unknown certificate. Just not the device's, but the manufacturer's.
Do you think average joe would actually verify his printer's certificate for authenticity? :)
This is only likely to happen in a large corporate network.

about a month ago

NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Torp Can they make one... (125 comments)

... that doesn't run Facebook?
Otherwise, no buy.

about a month ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Torp Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

Hmm question. When you develop for the ARM surfaces, do you compile with gcc/llvm or they have some custom compiler?

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Torp By all means, do it (421 comments)

School all year round with NO breaks.
Also, give grades according to the number of overtime hours the kids stay in school, not according to what they manage to learn. You want all A-s, better spend 90 hours per week in school - you can even do 120 if you sleep under your desk and are careful when you shower.

about a month ago

My degree of colorblindness:

Torp Missing option here (267 comments)

I am not colour blind, but I can only distinguish 8 colours, including black and white, because I simply don't care about the other shades.
Male only :)

about a month and a half ago


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