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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

bondsbw Re:Objective-C (139 comments)

Depends on if it's a generic floor or a dynamic floor.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

bondsbw Re:All or nothing (78 comments)

I'm not even going to pretend I RTFA, but I did notice this in the abstract:

Critically, engaging the A3AR mechanism did not alter nociceptive thresholds in non-neuropathy animals and therefore produced selective alleviation of persistent neuropathic pain states.

I'm not sure what it means by selective, whether it is something that can be applied temporarily, or if it can selectively target locations of pain.

yesterday
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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

bondsbw Re: Autonomy is the killer-app... (144 comments)

As for safety, rear-facing seats are much safer in the event of a crash, even for adults. I hope they become mainstream with the invention of self-driving cars. There really would be no need for passengers to see the road.

3 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

bondsbw Re:"One" is the new "i" (171 comments)

Honestly, I was very surprised that chose Windows 10 over Windows One.

about a week ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

bondsbw Re:Driver ABI change (171 comments)

Agreed, this is the big takeaway, that they are moving off 6.*. The reason they skipped 7, 8, and 9 is rather obvious, that Microsoft wanted to align the kernel version with the product version.

It's not like skipping 7, 8, and 9 causes any additional compat issues.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

bondsbw Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

What?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

bondsbw Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Yet I don't remember the other clown providers making headlines like this. Microsoft seem to have a tradition forming all by themselves.

Then your memory is very short lived. Amazon, Google, Apple, Dropbox, and others have all had very notable cloud outages over the past few years.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

bondsbw Re:Stupid. (299 comments)

Spending a cool million to dig up dirt on 8 people?

Wouldn't it be cheaper just to hire them?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

bondsbw Re:Not interested (77 comments)

It's kinda a slap in the face when they only offer an upgrade for [Windows Phone]

But this isn't the case at all. Perhaps you need a slap in the face just to knock some sense into you.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

bondsbw Re:terrible summary + not news (77 comments)

And further, this is actually an exciting development, it shows more of a commitment to keeping its older devices modern.

Apple supports mobile OS upgrades for its devices for at least 3 or 4 major versions. Android manufacturers tend to do the opposite, you'll be lucky if you get even minor version upgrades through your 2-year contract period. (My Android got point release updates for a few months, then surprisingly one large update about 1 1/2 years later. I seriously doubt my phone sees anything newer and I still have months left on my contract.)

WP looked like it was firmly trending toward the Android upgrade model, what with even new WP7 barely being supported the second WP8 was announced. Perhaps, at least for first-party devices, we are starting to see support timelines that look more like Apple... and that should make any user of WP8 devices happier.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

bondsbw Re:terrible summary + not news (77 comments)

Unless the summary changed, the words

News suggesting that Microsoft plans to offer Windows 10 upgrades for all its Windows Phone 8 devices broke today.

does not parse the way you say it does. There is no situation, other than not reading, that parses the way you suggest.

And just as much as you are harping on it potentially not being free, I'll harp on the wonderful possibility that it could be free! And you know what? Neither of us know anything about their plans because they just now kinda-sorta gave us a hint as to the future roadmap of these devices.

Lay off the FUD.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

bondsbw Re:Interesting (120 comments)

How about this scenario:
1) Dollars Bank has a contract with Edward in the form of a savings account to hold his $1 million in cash.
2) Faye sues Edward because he destroyed her $1 million house.
3) Edward only has $5 in his wallet.

What can the courts do here? Using the logic above, I'd be tempted to say that Faye can only get the $5 he has that isn't under contractual agreement.

And sure, perhaps banks are special in this regard, but it wouldn't take much thought to find a loophole that didn't involve a "bank".

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

bondsbw Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

The difference? MySQL allows more than 30 characters for table/column names.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

bondsbw Re:Customers (282 comments)

Yes, that is a rational answer... but not the only one. "The problem doesn't exist", "the problem exists to a lesser degree", "this problem doesn't exist but a confusingly similar one does" are all also rational answers to many questions.

about three weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

bondsbw Re:Facebook is the scam (116 comments)

Advertisements should always be marked as such. I do not trust any service that does otherwise. (Not that this was the only thing keeping me from trusting Facebook.)

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

bondsbw Re:cell phones and notepads (415 comments)

Would people complain as much if Apple called it the Apple WristComputerWithTouchScreenAndBluetoothSpeakerAndHealthMonitoring?

I mean, that's what it is. But Apple's marketing decided on a somewhat better name.

about a month ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

bondsbw Re:We can be certain of one thing (152 comments)

That isn't the same thing at all. It might be if the artist is contractually/legally restrained from ever drawing new characters, but obviously that is not the case.

about a month ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

bondsbw Re:We can be certain of one thing (152 comments)

I was NOT alluding to creator's rights. I was alluding to exactly what I said before, the employee/employer relationship and significance of work. Stop trying to make my analogy something it isn't.

about a month ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

bondsbw Re:We can be certain of one thing (152 comments)

That was an analogy and was not intended to be identical in every way. The similarity is in the relationship between employee and employer, and the significance of what someone might consider the "main work" when in fact it is not.

Why do I have to explain this?

about a month ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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