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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Wdomburg Re:In the USA people don't pay for phones (536 comments)

Eh? Both T-Mobile and AT&T (and Verizon, actually) offer no-contract service. Not one or two year. No year. Now you might finance a phone through them, and be on the hook for paying that, but that is not the same thing as being under a service contract.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Wdomburg Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (715 comments)

Erm, LLVM was around for half a decade before Apple started contributing to it.

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Wdomburg Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (394 comments)

I would think the more apt analogy is that you sold me unlimited access to your fridge (bandwidth) but Netflix (content provider) is only restocking at a rate of one six-pack per week. IOW, Netflix is the one failing to have peerage agreements in place to honor their downstream sales commitments.

4 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Wdomburg Re:Good (223 comments)

Very expensive items ... like an iPad. Even if, as you stipulate, the replacement rate is significantly higher, it can afford to be. Because again, half the cost. Less once you consider the cost of keyboard and case for the iPad.

But I frankly doubt the iPad will last that much more. The batter is probably higher grade in the Apple, but the battery in many Chrome books is user-replacement and long off-AC battery life is not going to be a pre-requisite for this use case. There may be a slightly higher breakage rate with a Chromebook (given hinges, keyboard, etc), but accidental damage is likely to be similar on both and repairs on the Apple side are going to be more expensive (since they are not easily user-serviceable). Loss and theft will be more expensive on the Apple side as well, since the unit cost is higher. And separate keyboards are probably more likely to be lost or damaged than a built-in one.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Wdomburg Re:Good (223 comments)

Less than half the price. When buying tens or hundreds of thousands of units, the savings add up.

And applications targeting the platform have the expectation of a keyboard and pointing device, unlike iOS apps.

There are limitations, but that does not mean it is unsuitable to all markets. And those limitations become less important as applications increasingly move to the web.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Wdomburg Re:Intel (236 comments)

It was the G4 and a considerable level of creativity in Apple's marketing department. They were not considered a "supercomputer". They were briefly subject to an export ban to some markets because they breached a arbitrary limit that had already changed by the time they hit the market.

See, for example:

The extend of their superiority over the Intel and AMD processors of the time also need to be taken with a grain of salt. As with most Apple touted benchmarks, the fine print would reveal that the "up to twice as fast" claim referred to three specific Photoshop filters that were optimized for the Altivec operations in the G4. In other words, they exploited the fact that Intel made significant performance trade-offs with their implementation of SIMD instructions in that generation. In other benchmarks (like SPEC) the P3 spanked the G4.

about two weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Wdomburg Re:Desktop Repos? (125 comments)

Ah, you must be on the Red Hat AUS update channel, which (to my understanding) provides critical bugfixes and security updates, but not enhancements. In other words, you are running 6.4 + fixes, which isn't the same as 6.5.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Wdomburg Re:Desktop Repos? (125 comments)

RHEL 6.5 is just RHEL 6.4 with all the updates already applied. Applying the updates does not change the system-release file.

Yes, it does. The centos-release package gets updated with everything else.

about three weeks ago
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Perl Is Undead

Wdomburg Re:Perl 6ers just can't get shit done. (283 comments)

That is the core API, not the standard library (csv, net/*, json, etc).

And again, that holds true for MRI Ruby, not every implementation. For example, in JRuby, this is:

/** rb_ary_push - specialized rb_ary_store
          *
          */
        public RubyArray append(IRubyObject item) {
                modify();
                int valuesLength = values.length - begin;
                if (realLength == valuesLength) {
                        if (realLength == Integer.MAX_VALUE) throw getRuntime().newArgumentError("index too big");

                        long newLength = valuesLength + (valuesLength >> 1);
                        if (newLength > Integer.MAX_VALUE) {
                                newLength = Integer.MAX_VALUE;
                        } else if (newLength

And in Rubinius:

def push(*args)
        Rubinius.check_frozen

        return self if args.empty?

        concat args
    end

about three weeks ago
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Perl Is Undead

Wdomburg Re:Perl 6ers just can't get shit done. (283 comments)

Ruby 1.8, which was superseded in 2009 and completely discontinued in 2013.

The majority of the standard library is written in Ruby. The handful of extensions typically have native Java versions under JRuby (and I believe in Ruby under Rubinus).

It may not be "wrong", but it is significantly incomplete. The language has multiple first class implementations, in multiple languages. But the broader point was not the implementation language (which I point out is C in several examples) but other languages in the same class are not interpreters in the classic sense. They are almost universally virtual machines, either from the beginning (like python) or at some point in their evolution (like Ruby, TCL, PHP, etc).

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Wdomburg Re:Perl 6ers just can't get shit done. (283 comments)

- Perl 5 and earlier: An interpreter written in C.

Not exactly. The interpreter compiles the source files into a bytecode and executes it on a stack-based virtual machine: ahref=http://perlbin.sourceforge.net/perlcompiler/perl.internals.pdfrel=url2html-14852http://perlbin.sourceforge.net...>

- Python: An interpreter written in C.

A virtual machine in C: http://www.troeger.eu/files/teaching/pythonvm08.pdf

- Ruby: An interpreter written in C.

A virtual machine in C: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YARV

Or in C++: http://rubini.us/

Or against the JVM (which is written in C++): http://jruby.org/

- Lua: An interpreter written in C.

A virtual machine in C: http://www.lua.org/doc/jucs05.pdf

- Tcl: An interpreter written in C.

A virtual machine in C: https://www.tcl.tk/community/tcl2002/archive/Tcl2002papers/kenny-bytecode/paperKBK.html

- PHP: An interpreter written in C.

Hey, you got one. However the they are currently revising the language to make it compatible with adding a JIT later: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248637/PHP_keepers_plot_radical_revision_of_the_language

And Facebook has their own C++ VM: http://hhvm.com/

- UNIX shells: Interpreters written in C.

Different problem space.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Wdomburg Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

I'll sort of second this. JRuby. Full access to the Java ecosystem, but better aligned with the goal of rapid development.

The beauty part is that you can do your prototyping in a convenient, highly expressive language using the same frameworks you plan on using in production.

about a month and a half ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

Wdomburg Re:... and with systemd. (231 comments)

systemd is irrelevant here. RHEL6 has always had a committed lifecycle, ending on November 30, 2023.

about a month and a half ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

Wdomburg Re:So CentOS will be out in 2016? (231 comments)

Red Hat does the same thing. They provide ABI compatibility for major components (e.g. libc) two major releases back. For example, an application released against RHEL5 (first released in 2007) will continue to be supported until RHEL7 falls out of support in 2027.

Likewise, AIX does the same as Red Hat. Any given release of AIX is supported well past the release date of its successor. So even though AIX 7 became available in 2010, AIX 6 is still supported and AIX 5.3 was supported until 2012.

Ultimately ABI compatibility is a secondary concern for large scale and long running deployments. The question isn't whether an application will still work after an upgrade; it's why you should upgrade a working system in the first place.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

Wdomburg Re:Ha ha (230 comments)

More to the point, the problem is that x86 is not compatible with ARM. And it's pretty much just a problem for Intel. So not really a problem at all.

about 2 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

Wdomburg Re: So now we're trusting blogs face value? (142 comments)

In other words, it's not only on the internet, but it's been vouched for by anonymous sources. It clearly must be true.

about 2 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Wdomburg Re:Right. (379 comments)

Seriously? Grow the f!@# up.

about 2 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Wdomburg Re:Right. (379 comments)

I never said a finger was like a pointer. That does not mean you cannot design an interface that can accommodate both effectively.

With a convertible device like this you _are_ directly holding the device when using it as a tablet, and when you are using it like a laptop you have a keyboard and a touchpad, so reliance on the touchscreen aspect is diminished. I think you overstate the challenge there, though. I have absolutely no problem using the touchscreen on my tablet when it is on a dock or even stood in its case.

Either way, it's pointless to argue over matters of aesthetics. If your opinion of their design decisions turns out to be more common, it will do nothing for their bottom line and they will either change course or lose marketshare.

about 2 months ago

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