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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

arendjr Re: Subject bait (379 comments)

You're not taking into consideration that Iron Dome does a trajectory analysis of the rockets and when the rocket is determined to fall safely outside of populated areas (like the vast majority of them do) they don't even attempt to intercept them. So they only have expenses for rockets which actually threaten to hit any cities.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

arendjr Re: Debian! (211 comments)

Something makes me think they won't use remote X to implement their streaming feature though ;)

about a year ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

arendjr Re: Debian! (211 comments)

"Temporary" until 2019, which is soonest I expect Debian Stable to include Wayland :)

about a year ago
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What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

arendjr Re: It means there's now one more API to target. (182 comments)

What are the odds they are building off of Mir or Wayland to get their improved graphics and input performance? If they choose one of these it would add a lot of weight to the respective choice.

about a year ago
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Former Sun Mobile JIT Engineers Take On Mobile JavaScript/HTML Performance

arendjr No rebuttal (106 comments)

While this post is a valuable addition to Drew's analysis, I feel it's not really a rebutal at all.

Yes, JavaScript is slow for the reasons Drew mentioned and yes, the DOM is a nightmare to optimize for responsive UIs. They're both right.

While this blog also provides some nice insight into how you can have acceptable performance with a GC on mobile, it's not offering any workable alternative that would work for JavaScript. So Drew's article still comes out pretty strong, IMO.

about a year ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

arendjr Re: Makes sense (566 comments)

The fuck! A car analogy that is actually accurate! Congrats, AC :)

about a year ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

arendjr Re:Duh, they are a publisher (463 comments)

What's even more telling is how misplaced their "we're on top" attitude is. Xbox 360 may have had the lead for quite a while due to being released earlier, but the PlayStation 3 actually did surpass it in worldwide shipments. In total shipments, MS is actually behind both Nintendo and Sony.

Then again, I think they still do have an edge in the US (I'm in Europe, so I don't know the US numbers by head), and given that MS is a US company they must feel like they own the world.

about a year and a half ago
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Proof-of-Concept Port of XBMC to SDL 2.0 and Wayland

arendjr Re:A good idea (81 comments)

It seems to me you're making an issue out of nothing. You say "applications must talk to the Window system, so the Window system is as important as the kernel", but in practice this is not true. Applications talk to a toolkit/library like Qt or GTK, or (as what this article is about, and which you agree is a good idea) SDL. These libraries do the hard work because noone wants to talk to Xlib directly since it's a mess. Now, as long as these libraries all support X, Wayland, Mir or whatever will be around next week there simply won't be a problem.

You said it yourself. "It is always a good idea to use a platform independant library", and I agree. Yet you continue with the rest of your rant as if nobody actually does that.

PS.: I disagree Wayland should be in the LSB. As others already mentioned, let it first prove its worth. And not to forget X's network transparency is very valuable to some. Forcing Wayland into the LSB would be like throwing out the baby with the bath water, at the very least.

about a year and a half ago
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Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code Released

arendjr Re:Native framework not-quite-C++ yay. (37 comments)

Not just that, the API they use for developing native applications is EFL. You know, the API from Enlightenment, the immensely popular X11 window manager. It's all pure C. That will be an ecosystem developers will flock to en masse!
</sarcasm>

about 2 years ago
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Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

arendjr Lazy journalism (307 comments)

"Facebook didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment, according to The Huffington Post."

While I agree with the article's premise, this just seems incredibly lazy to me. Heck, e-mail isn't even meant for immediate responses!

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

arendjr Re:More like... (347 comments)

It's getting a stupid meme, but again: this.

I got a job as a web developer (though the job title is actually Senior Software Engineer). I did a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's in Software Engineering, and it sure paid off. Of course going to college didn't teach me how to do PHP or HTML or CSS, but it did teach me about time complexity, algorithms, data structures, and all the stuff needed to solve scalability problems. It taught me database design, which you better firmly grasp before even thinking about using a NoSQL solution. It taught me about testability, software processes and design patterns, all stuff which any developer should know, web or not.

I remember when I was young and just about to start going to college. I was a self-taught programmer, was working as a programmer part-time already, and I still had the arrogance to even doubt if college could still teach me anything useful. Boy, am I glad I finished my studies anyway.

about 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Got Into the Console Business

arendjr Re:I remember a story when I worked at Microsoft.. (257 comments)

Funny, Gabe himself considers Apple a bigger threat to the upcoming Steambox than either Microsoft or Sony.

But even so you may be half right, Valve will probably be a threat to Sony and MS as well.

about 2 years ago
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For personal printing, not work, I usually use ...

arendjr Use the printer at work (266 comments)

I chose a laser printer (someone else's) where "someone else's" means "the printer from work". My personal printing needs are so few I find it hard to justify getting my own printer and letting cartridges dry out and associated annoyances.

about 2 years ago
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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

arendjr Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (228 comments)

What I think mlts means to say is he wants a browser that is implemented for Metro itself, not just presents itself there. Neither IE10 nor Chrome runs in the restricted sandbox like Metro apps.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

arendjr Re:Bullshit (133 comments)

It's not bullshit at all. But yes, the Data Protection Directive makes it very hard for companies to comply with both PATRIOT and the DPD. In other words, many US companies are excluded by default from providing cloud services to many European agencies.

about 2 years ago
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FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

arendjr Re:Having a strong competitor to GCC (360 comments)

Well, it seems to me the major forces driving the development of a compiler are the chip manufacturers and the developers of operating system. Both have an intrinsic desire to have a good compiler available to them. But what vested interest do they have that this compiler be GCC? If at some point in the future LLVM were to be become the one generating the most efficient code, and if the LLVM codebase is the more maintainable one, then why not switch?

And both chip manufacturers and OS developers seem to have a common goal of making their optimizations available to as many developers as possible. It does not seem to be in their interest to make their optimized versions prioprietary. After all, the compiler is not their money maker, it's simply a prerequisite of getting developers to support their OS or CPU in the first place!

You're right any GPL purists will likely stick to GCC, but personally I doubt they make up the majority of the GCC community.

about 2 years ago
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FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

arendjr Re:Having a strong competitor to GCC (360 comments)

My agenda has no stake in this debate other than me wanting to have a good open-source C++ compiler available.

Why your mumbling about browsers is beyond me, but maybe I'm the one missing something...

about 2 years ago
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FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

arendjr Re:Having a strong competitor to GCC (360 comments)

If both were proprietary software, I'd agree, but given they're open-source, I don't think so.

GCC is an open-source project. How are they going to hire extra developers to keep the edge over LLVM? And to what end? Once LLVM takes over the crown I believe it makes more sense for a lot of GCC developers to just continue their work on LLVM instead, and GCC will shrink to irrelevance. But it's still good for all involved, as everybody gets a better compiler :)

(And yes, I know, this might not happen for a long time, and GCC supports many more languages than LLVM, but I do think over time LLVM will become more dominant...)

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Crown Buddhist Monk the World's Happiest Man

arendjr Re:Why be happy? (348 comments)

How do you define Actual Life? You seem to imply happiness can be improved by improving this magic variable called Actual Life, but how are you going to do that? Get more money? Get more wifes or children? Work less? (See, there's already a conflict with the first suggestion) Live healthier? Have more friends?

If we are to stick to your formula, I think given the ambiguousnous and vagueness of the definition of Actual Life, working on (b) and (c) is the only sensible choice.

about 2 years ago
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Nokia Apologizes For Misleading Lumia 920 Ad

arendjr Re:The damage is already done (233 comments)

Seriously? Take a look for yourself: http://swipe.nokia.com/features/

That must be the first you actually see what MeeGo is like, because apparently you still think they use a "desktop paradigm". They were innovating, but some people at the top apparently were too blind to recognize it, or (more likely) simply stubbornly unwilling to admit it.

There's a reason the N9 with MeeGo outsold their first batches of WP7 phones, despite its lack of marketing and limited availability.

more than 2 years ago

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