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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

eminencja Re:A new programming language (411 comments)

Looks somewhat similar to JavaScript/TypeScript. They took parens out of conditionals (so you say if condition {} ). Plus is still used for concatenation and addition. (Maybe that's not a problem, unlike in JavaScript.) Wonder if they will support Swift in Safari (with possible JavaScript generation for non-Apple browsers)

about 2 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

eminencja A new programming language (411 comments)

Yosemite will feature a new icon set. A bigger news is Swift, a new, safe programming language with type inference. Anyone who is able to find a language reference manual (supposedly available on iBooks) will get a lot of mod points.

about 2 months ago
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City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

eminencja Why would the sea level increase?? (249 comments)

A piece of ice breaks off, it flows to a warmer area. 10% of the ice is above the water surface, 90% is below. It dissolves. This makes it's volume _smaller_ -- by the 10% that was above the water surface. So why say goodbye to Florida?

1 year,18 days
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Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?

eminencja A happy comment (187 comments)

Why nobody is demanding a browser ballot for Android? Monopollies are broken not by bueaucrats but by technology advance. Same thing happened to the railway monopolly (Technology brought lorries) But now the EU beaucrats have another billion to waste. If you're happy I am!

about a year ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

eminencja Re:Opera CEO is a sales guy! (314 comments)

> Why would it kill morale?

Please, rendering technology was the heart of the browser and now it's been flushed down the toilet.

> How will Opera deteriorate by using the most popular browser engine?

How will it innovate? How will it differentiate? By creating a different set of icons on the toolbar? Look at Dell (basically sticking their logo on sb's else hardware) vs Apple which actually innovated and designed stuff. What Dell did made sense in the short run (they were able to increase their profit margins), but in the long run without innovation and technology you lose.

about a year and a half ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

eminencja Opera CEO is a sales guy! (314 comments)

The former CEO was a visionary that created the company and founded it on technical excellence. The current CEO is a sales guy. Killing Presto is said.
1) This will kill the crew morale; most of the dev's will quit.
2) Opera may continue to grow for a bit; just like Dell did when it started to outsource more and more manufacturing, and then design to asian companies. (One of those companies is now known as Asus). But it the long run, having no technology, it will deteriorate.

about a year and a half ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

eminencja Wishful thinking (465 comments)

I skimmed the article and it looks like a wishful thinking of the publishers who see the writing on the wall.

The Association of American Publishers recently reported that annual growth in adult e-book sales dropped to 34 percent during the first half of 2012

So e-books are still growing and growing fast (34%!). The fact that an e-book costs as much as a paper one, has a DRM, and a delivery fee(!) is a disgrace but just imagine what will happen once those get fixed.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sources For Firmware and Hardware Books?

eminencja Re:Unfortunately... (88 comments)

> It is really hard to recruit people with those skills.

Are you talking US? I'm curious if there is any demand for such people in Europe. AFAIK Europe is no longer relevant. One example: not a single mass market digital camera was produced in Europe.

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Claims C-code To SoC In 8-16 Weeks

eminencja Emperor's New Clothes anyone? (205 comments)

I've been hearing that kind of crap for more than 10 years now and have known several startups that claimed exactly that.

Some would claim they had some cool software and you would start thinking, "oh my, how did they do it? that's truly incredible. This might be worth even more than the 200ooo$ they charge for it". The truth was that the price tag was that high so that noone could buy the software (because it was not ready yet; and in fact never materialized).

Some companies had some technology, e.g. Celoxica that did Handle-C (C variant) synthesis to FPGA. They had large offices, their employees drew BMW's but finally the bubble burst; they moved to a more modest location; and then finally sold the C synthesis business to Catalytic, a company that claimed they could synthesize MATLAB to FPGA (haha); and finally all that crap was acquired for 80(?)k $ by Mentor Graphics.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Forensics Team Salvage Blind Authors' Inkless Novel Pages

eminencja Code reuse (100 comments)

Apparently it's only programmers that say -- this sucks, I need to re-write it from scratch.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo Layoffs Begin, CEO Sends Employees Apologetic Letter

eminencja Re:Yahoo is dead (138 comments)

I hope it's not dead. I use both Gmail and Yahoo! mail and I find Y! far superior. Plus D.C. talks on JavaScript rock.

more than 2 years ago
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Polish Government To Deliver Free Textbooks For All Kids Grades 4-6

eminencja My 0.02$ (80 comments)

0.01$ Socialism never works.

0.01$ Polish people I know are very unhappy about their government; they say it the worst one after communism was overthrown; they have also had a lot of bitter remarks about public education. (Actually some people in Poland are on hunger strike now protesting against the removal of history lessons.) So this "free" stuff looks like the goverment is trying to improve their PR.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Not To Like About New iPad?

eminencja Re:Par for the course? (617 comments)

Just checked -- works on a "regular" Safari.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Not To Like About New iPad?

eminencja Re:Par for the course? (617 comments)

Actually, the video player is amazing -- it has captions on the side highlighting phrases there are being spoken in the video. If you click on a phrase, the video scrolls to that point. I thought -- wow, who needs Flash any more? And now you are telling me that's just a fallback version?

more than 2 years ago
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What's Not To Like About New iPad?

eminencja Re:Par for the course? (617 comments)

Last time I used IPAD I tried to edit some circuits using an MTI web app (https://6002x.mitx.mit.edu/ free login required, then go to Overview | Circuit Sandbox) but it did not work -- I could not move any part on the schematics. So maybe the APP has just to be fixed for the IPAD. Just saying it did not work for me and my instinct was to reach for a mouse.

more than 2 years ago

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