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Obama Says Offshoring Fears Are Unwarranted

cyberjessy Re:Historic reality (763 comments)

India and US have a lot in common, outside trade and commerce. Like Free Press. Unrestricted Internet. Real courts. Democracy. I could go on.
Similarly, we have a lot of respect for other democratic countries. It is not always about money.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

cyberjessy Re:cache difference (362 comments)

AMD is not done, in fact quite the opposite.

2011 will have some of AMDs most anticipated releases ever, Bulldozer and Bobcat. Also decent graphics are no longer a luxury, it is a necessity even in phones and tablets. Intel makes terrible graphics cards, while AMD makes the best performing ones available today. 2011 will see more widespread adoption of integrated CPU+GPU solutions (from both Intel and AMD), and guess who will hold the advantage there.

more than 4 years ago
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India Now Wants Access To Google and Skype

cyberjessy Re:Sevens Sins (366 comments)

a nation state with polytheistic Hindu as it's official religion

I don't know where you pulled that out from. India has no official religion.

Our Prime Minister is Sikh (about 2% of the population). The most powerful person in the country is an Italian-born christian woman.
Our President (mostly a ceremonial post, with few powers) is Hindu, and vice-president (another ceremonial) is Muslim.

I don't know where AC is from, but we are pretty proud of the fact that we are "genuinely" multi-cultural.
To the point that we are willing to elect someone to the most important office in the country, irrespective of religion.

more than 4 years ago
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BlackBerry Battle In India Going Down To the Wire

cyberjessy Re:RIM Don't cave in (176 comments)

I couldn't agree more.

To our left is Pakistan and Afganisthan (two of the most dangerous countries in the world).
And another on the north, which has a firewall on their entire population and doesn't even have a free press.

These guys are right next door, not a couple of oceans and a continent away.

Also, freedom of speech, dissent and media is reasonably well protected here.
It is difficult for the government to come up with any Orwellian scheme.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle Sues Google For Infringing Java Patents

cyberjessy Where are the Mono haters? (510 comments)

This is going to get down voted to hell. But anyway.

Here is Miguel's opinion on this development.

I hope the Mono hating will finally stop now.

more than 4 years ago
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China Says US Uses Facebook To Spread Political Unrest

cyberjessy Re:The Americans are tampering with our internet! (274 comments)

In Asia? What a sweeping generalization. There are not many countries in Asia which has the kind of censorship China has.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Developing Technology To Thwart Censorship

cyberjessy Re:In SOVIET RUSSIA... (144 comments)

I just hate this line of argument, which is unfortunately too common.

Article on how HIV/Aids is a big problem in Africa.
HIV is a big problem in the US too.

1. -- Insert significantly affected country here. --
2. Insert _relatively_ marginally affected country here.
3. Claim the situation is very similar, and hence the article to be moot.
4. Profit!!

In China, every day broadcasters are summoned by a Govt. agency to tell them what can be published, or should be taken off. This includes even cultural news, entertainment and other seemingly innocuous news - because they prefer such control being absolute.

more than 4 years ago
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Has a Decade of .NET Delivered On Microsoft's Promises?

cyberjessy Re:No Java or C# please (558 comments)

While the three points you raised are relevant, they are not important enough to justify your conclusion about "language polish".

* Adding extension methods without also adding extension properties
The objective of extension methods was to support LINQ, with the capability to extend a class being just a bonus.
It was not the primary motive.

* Refusing to implementing covariant return types
Covariance and contra-variance are addressed (somewhat) in the upcoming version 4.0 (out March 22nd, 2010)

* Adding type inference, but disallowing it for class method return types
Important, but considering that type inference works in the vast majority of cases - this is not such a big pain.

Scala is not without its problems
1) Performance (Though not an issue in most projects, but perhaps more important than the arguments above)
2) C# Expression trees are insanely powerful; eg: Type Safe SQL.
another possibility: Code that gets automatically distributed across machines if the dataset is more than 1GB.

If you know LISP, you know that Code-as-Data is magic. And C# brings that to a mainstream programming language.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Reaches 32% Netbook Market Share

cyberjessy So, Linux has an 8% overall share? (389 comments)

The numbers don't add up.

About 35 million netbooks are on track to be shipped in 2009.

That's about 20% of all shipments.

If linux is a third of netbook volume, overall linux market share (through netbook sales alone) is about 6%.
Add 2% for Linux on regular desktops and notebooks.

Linux share @ 8% of all new PCs shipped calls for celebration. But I doubt it.

about 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

Google this - "c# expression trees"

In our current project, we optimize C# code at runtime to run database queries faster. This is possibly only because the C# compiler turns that code an expression tree that can be analyzed at runtime (and then compiled, converted to sql etc).

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

But why was this attack needed when Mono is trying to split itself into "Guaranteed, patent free components" and "Gray areas"?

The Patent Free parts are covered by the legally Binding Microsoft Community Promise

Some parts of it:
Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation, to the extent it conforms to one of the Covered Specifications, and is complian....
To clarify, "Microsoft Necessary Claims" are those claims of Microsoft-owned or Microsoft-controlled patents that are necessary to implement the required portions (which also include the required elements of optional portions) of the Covered Specification that are described in detail and not those merely referenced in the Covered Specification.

Is this Community Promise legally binding on Microsoft and will it be available in the future to me and to others?

A: Yes, the CP is legally binding upon Microsoft. The CP is a unilateral promise from Microsoft and in these circumstances unilateral promises may be enforced against the party making such a promise. Because the CP states that the promise is irrevocable, it may not be withdrawn by Microsoft. The CP is, and will be, available to everyone now and in the future for the specifications to which it applies.

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

Having the Linux version of
Microsoft's standard be clearly inferior will just make Linux seem clearly
inferior (and justifiably so).

Mono isn't chasing compatibility with proprietary Windows Libraries. Instead, the focus is on the language/compiler implementation, runtime and important parts of the Base Class Libraries. You should read this post, which was quite popular recently.

Actually the bigger Mono projects don't even work on Windows. So, doesn't that suggest that developers who write code on Mono don't really care about proprietary Windows mechanisms?

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Oh change the record FFS (747 comments)

Microsoft needs to make the first move.
Why? There are doing well considering there was a recession, and Windows 7 looks like a winner.

Note that Windows is more proprietary, more shackled than ever before.
Err. How? Hasn't it always been closed source? Or is there an "Extremely Closed Source" classification?

I love open source, and use linux on my primary desktop. But I am not going to whine about Microsoft not doing enough for open source.

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

So your world is divided into "people who agree with me" and "mindless zombies".

I read it twice. Miguel was not saying that. Who modded you +5?

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

Stallman is a functional programming stalwart. Unix in general has had functional programming for a very very long time.

Not disputing either, but Stallman's statements had nothing to do with how useful Mono is. I was just pointing out what Mono brings to the table.

The reason C# is remarkable is that there are millions who are familiar with it (perhaps not the functional parts, which is somewhat new). There is no purely functional language (on any platform) with enough mind share to qualify as "popular". Popular sometimes has its advantages when working in a team; documentation, resources, tooling, availability of developers ... etc.

more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

cyberjessy Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

We have Java, as well as Python and various other languages on Linux for the niche Mono wants to fill

Actually Mono fills a niche not satisfied by any other language on Linux.
1. Python - too slow for any processor intensive tasks (I do a lot of python myself.)
-- not strongly typed, if the project decides to go that route.
2. Java, the language - No closures, lambdas, generators. Impossible to do any declarative programming. Many, many people hate it.

C# brings functional programming to the masses, and Mono brings C# to Linux.

more than 5 years ago
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China Starts/Stops Blocking Google

cyberjessy Re:Local Laws (142 comments)

I have great respect for America's determination to protect freedom and free speech. That word means a lot to you, as it does to me.

But wait, before you call it a Tiananmen square "massacre" - do you consider that ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND people are now dead in Iraq. Last week, a drone killed 140 people in Afganistan, mostly innocents.

So, as opposed to thousands of their own people killed by the Chinese, you went to another country and killed much much more.

I am not saying it is worse; just saying that taking a stance on moral issues is difficult. And often becomes very subjective.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Sets Direction of Low-Power CPU Market

cyberjessy Re:Not all computers are x86 (369 comments)

Moonlight 1.9 is available as a preview, and is compatible with SilverLight 2. Not that there are any SilverLight websites I visit, but it is available if you badly need it.

SilverLight 2 is a massive departure from version 1 (for instance, it now includes the CLR), but going forward changes are expected to be minimal. Meaning MoonLight will easily keep up with SilverLight. And besides, since its a mini-CLR now, you could derive a lot from the original Mono effort.

more than 5 years ago
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Phoenix BIOSOS?

cyberjessy Where is the source code? (394 comments)

Where can I download the source code from? Or, am I missing something here?

more than 5 years ago
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iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voice

cyberjessy Why not a small screen? (379 comments)

Though voice is more accessible and helps blind people, for the vast majority of non-blind users it is simply very inconvenient.

Many years back, I got a shuffle when I wanted a tiny MP3 player. It drove me nuts, and I bought a Sansa; same size, but comes with a screen and some useful features.

Just about every tiny MP3 player has a screen these days, but Apple is probably having the NIH syndrome.

more than 5 years ago

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Oracle sues Google over Java

cyberjessy cyberjessy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyberjessy (444290) writes "CNET is reporting that Oracle is suing Google over the use of Java in the Android OS. Oracle claims Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property."

This raises interesting questions. Is Java really open, in spite of being open source? And in hindsight, can we now call the criticism of Mono a bit unfair?"
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CEO of India's 4th largest IT firm quits on fraud

cyberjessy cyberjessy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cyberjessy writes "The boss of Satyam, India's fourth-biggest software firm, has quit after revealing false accounts including some $1bn (£663m) in fictitious reserves. Satyam employs more than 50,000 people, operates in 66 countries, and serves 180 of Fortune 500 companies. The company's stock tumbled 82% today, after the CEO Ramalinga Raju announced the state of affairs in a letter to the Board.
Interestingly, they won the World Council for Corporate Governance award in 2008 for good governance. See other coverage on various news sites."

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Adobe releases 64-bit flash alpha on Linux/Unix

cyberjessy cyberjessy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberjessy writes "After being the subject of dozens of threads on Slashdot, Adobe releases an alpha of the Flash 10 player for 64-bit Linux/Solaris systems. Will flash (along with web-based services) become the next write-once, run-anywhere promise for Rich Internet Applications? As a side note, Adobe's competition Silverlight 2.0 already runs natively on 64-bit Windows platforms. Moonlight 2.0 (its Mono re-implementation) is chugging along quite well, with an alpha expected soon. Interesting times ahead."
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