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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

brantondaveperson Re:Problems in C++ (382 comments)

The [] operator skips bounds checking, which is the main reason for using these classes in the first place.

Stopped reading here. What nonsense. std::vector doesn't bounds check in any meaningful way in release code, and asserts in every possible way in debug code. The [] operator is overloaded by std::vector, and most assuredly does bounds-checking, and more besides. This is one of the reasons that stl is so slow in debug builds.

5 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

brantondaveperson Re:Problems in C++ (382 comments)

I must say, you're being very polite to a rather belligerent AC...

Anyway, I have a nitpick:

dlopen() is C++'s reflection system.

Not quite. dlopen is Linux (Unix? POSIX? Not sure...) reflection system, and OMG I hate it :) I remember reading the source code to some Linux commandline utility, and being completely unable to figure out how a particular function was being called until I found the dlopen() call...

5 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

brantondaveperson Re:COBOL (382 comments)

All exceptions implementations cause a performance hit. You are better off just returning an error value on each function call and checking it

...Which causes a performance hit, and also causes you to have to write a ton of boilerplate everywhere. Not seeing a win. The performance hit of exceptions is extremely tiny, and so only matters in the most performance-critical applications of all. The type of applications where throwing an exception would be unacceptable anyway.

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

brantondaveperson Re:a better question (590 comments)

Totally - they're not perfect. I do have a couple, and they both still look reasonably mint - they don't live in padded bags either. The aluminium polishes up really nicely with a slightly damp cloth, and glass cleaner is great on the screen. My ipod touch lives in my pocket, with my keys and without any type of screen protector or case. Still looks fine.

And of course I would hesitate to step on my aluminium macbook pro, so until we find someone who's willing to give it a shot we'll have to leave the question unanswered. It also would rather depend upon footwear and dietary habits :)

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

brantondaveperson Re:a better question (590 comments)

So your story is that you stepped on a Lenovo and it was fine, and you didn't step on a macbook air, and it might not have been fine.

Not a strong argument.

about a week ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

brantondaveperson Re:Wrong direction (217 comments)

So I take it you can answer my dumb question - why are politicians permitted to have robots call you up and hassle you whereas salespeople are not? They are both equally irritating in my opinion, and both of them are effectively trying to sell you something.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

brantondaveperson Re:Wrong direction (217 comments)

There are some exemptions - for political campaigns

Why?

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

brantondaveperson Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (217 comments)

As one, every man, woman and child should cancel their cellphone planes until this absurd situation is resolved. Starting today.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

brantondaveperson Re:My hack to rm.c (329 comments)

Great. More weird environment-dependant behaviour.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

brantondaveperson Seems weird.. (329 comments)

..but since '/' is owned by root (isn't it?) and isn't writeable by the user in question (presumably) then shouldn't the "rm -rf /*" stop at root and proceed no further? That would seem sensible to me.

I mean, I know that's not now it works (obviously, since the problem occurred) - but why?

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

brantondaveperson Re:When I see that [literaly] textbook mistake.... (329 comments)

And yet.. OS X is UNIX and it sandboxes applications. It doesn't appear to sandbox command line tools though, and perhaps a more knowledgeable reader can explain how it all hangs together?

about two weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

brantondaveperson Re:Remove the goddamn box (320 comments)

No. No it isn't. It's fine. You Americans love your freedom of speech, but when it comes to living next door to a slightly more interesting house than the usual cookie-cutter bland beige boxes you get all hot under the collar and start using words like "douchey".

Which, of course, isn't a word.

Just get over it. HOAs *should* be illegal, and I wonder how far they'd get if tested in a court of actual law.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

brantondaveperson Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

It's really not the realtor's function to make sure you understand what you're buying.

Really - then what is their job? Just to show you around the house, and take 5% of cream off the top?

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

brantondaveperson Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

I don't need my media player installing auto-starting services that run with elevated privileges

Something it does only under Windows, and about which I have no opinion. Does it really run with elevated privileges?

iTunes is way behind on feature parity with foobar2000.

Now, now - we can't have it both ways. Which is it, is iTunes bloated - or does it suffer from lack of features?

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

brantondaveperson Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

Well.... that's a reasonably strange argument. I mean, if she wants a pen, rotary phone and a phonograph then I don't see how she's going to be happy with a computer and a smartphone of any ilk. Maybe a Nokia 1100, a notebook and a walkman might be better. Personally I rather think that it is.

But anyway.

You almost make a fair point about iPhoto being the tool to take photos off the phone, whereas putting them on is done through itunes. Except that no-one puts photos on their phone in this way - you just use photostreams and icloud. The syncing of photos using itunes only remains in itunes so that it can continue to support the ipod classic.

I don't wish to suggest that the way in which functionality is distributed between some of these applications is perfect - but I really don't believe it's as bad as you say. For instance, you used your iphone to take some photos. If icloud is set up at both ends, then the photos are already on the mac, so there's nothing to do. If you plug in your iphone and there's new photos on it, then iphoto just pops up for you, so that's not so hard either. In fact, it's exactly the same as if you plugged in your digital camera - so it doesn't seem all that bad.

Regarding apps, you don't buy apps for your iphone through itunes. I mean, you can, but since we're discussing your grandmother's use of the device, wouldn't it be simpler for her to buy the app directly on the phone? Isn't that what you do on an Android device?

And contacts. You sync your contacts using icloud, and they don't have to be transferred - it all just happens for you in the background. I'm sure Android does the same thing too. Syncing contacts has been removed from itunes (not sure when), so this is the only way to do it.

Fair's fair though - putting videos that you didn't buy through itunes (yes, I know, it's called itunes and it does more things that just tunes. I get it. But I'm sure you're not just hating on the name, right?) on the phone is a bit of a pain. They have to be properly encoded, and then you have to import them into itunes - annoying because who uses itunes to watch torrented content? - and thence drag them onto the device.

Of course, your grandmother the leet haxxor would probably install something like Extreme Player HD (how's that for a silly name...) and download them into her phone from an SMB share.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

brantondaveperson Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

I don't really understand posts like this.

Ok - I have a music player in my pocket. Under the hood I have no doubt that its operating system knows all about 'files and folders'. I happen to know all about them too, I have countless thousands on my computer to worry about.

I don't miss them on my device. I can't stand the damn things. Folders within folders within folders. I just want a good database-like filesystem that works by automatically tagging things. But that's a whole other story.

Anyway:

I also have thousands upon thousands of MP3 files on my computer - but they do not belong in 'files and folders'. Because it makes no sense whatsoever to organise them in this way. Instead, most computer systems today come with software that organises your music collection for you. Windows has some, Linux has many, and OSX has one too.

I assume from your post that you too, like any sensible person, has their MP3 collection organised in this software. So now, you plug in your iphone. And either;

1) Tick 'sync my music' - all the music is copied onto the device. Done.
2) Likely it won't fit though, in which case just drag the music you want from your library onto the device. Also done.
3) If you prefer, you can tick 'sync my music', and then select particular artists or albums or whatever and tick those instead of the 'entire library' option.

How did you spend an hour fucking about with that? I sincerely don't mean any disrespect - I'm just interested in how none of the three above options matched your use case.

I don't know - it's never something I've had any trouble with. You can even set up your iphone to sync over wifi, and you don't even have to plug it into USB anymore - other than to charge it. You can buy music on your phone, and lo-and-behold it downloads onto your PC - and vice-versa too. The only thing you can't easily do, is get music *off* the phone. This is almost certainly a concession to the music labels, but I concede that it is a bit annoying. I even went as far as to write some software to do bi-directional syncing of music on an iPod, but in the end it was just easier to have a single music library and stop being so OCD about the whole thing.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

brantondaveperson Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

It seems to me that your chief complaint about iTunes is its name.

I don't disagree that iTunes is a bit clunky in some respects - but why would you want to use more than one app to manage the content on your phone? And since some of that content is music, and some is video, then why wouldn't you extent the media management app in OSX to sync to the phone also?

Look at is this way - it's perfectly possible now to own and use an iphone without touching iTunes. It's also perfectly possible to own a mac and an iphone, and still not use iTunes to manage your phone. iTunes is entirely optional, but if one does choose to use it, isn't it better that all of this device and content management is centralised into a single application?

It's also slightly unfair to suggest that every version has completely different interface. It has changed quite a bit over the years, but it's hardly completely different. And in any case, wouldn't it be worse to evolve the music library management application (iTunes was never just a 'music player' - that was the whole point of it) and not change its interface?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

brantondaveperson Re: Its a cost decision (840 comments)

True, but those clip-together cases are cheaper to manufacture and assemble - which is something that translates into cheaper products. SMD components are also cheaper, and save on board size - cheaper again.

It's not like this is a conspiracy - it's just that people prefer cheap stuff.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

brantondaveperson Re:Why are we letting this to happen to us? (840 comments)

Now be fair - normally the phone craps out before the battery dies anyway :)

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

brantondaveperson Re:Analog, still better than digital (278 comments)

When the power goes out, an analog phone line doesn't die or need a charger.

We had an earthquake. Power didn't work, phone didn't work, internet (ADSL) didn't work. Cellphone worked. Just saying'.

about three weeks ago

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