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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

glennrrr Well 1 Real One (163 comments)

So 2 people who've gotten academic degrees in CS, but never worked professionally as coders, and one actual developer: the Republican Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

about a week ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

glennrrr 47W versus 15W (75 comments)

When it comes to building a compact PC, it's pretty hard to say they should have standardized on a socket which is only useable for 47W parts, versus a socket that supports parts which center around 15W. Are you actually saying that they should have designed a Mini with a 47W CPU? For home theatres and light server use? I happen to love the low energy use of the Mac Mini; I can't buy one for desktop use as I need the quad core for Xcode development, but I respect the idea of making a quiet, low energy general purpose computer.

about a week ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

glennrrr Can Apple Move to ARM on the Desktop? (75 comments)

Given the fairly lame update to the Mac Mini caused mainly by the lack of choices in Intel's mobile CPU offerings (and Apple's refusal to design and stock a separate motherboard just for quad core), I'm wondering just what would it take for Apple to make yet another CPU transition. They must hate being dependent on the release schedules of Intel for when it comes to putting out Macs, and the A8X is nearly the performance of a couple years ago MacBook Air.

about two weeks ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

glennrrr Apparently Worse Now (111 comments)

Well, apparently under this President it's gotten to the point where they've have to have a formal work-around. Perhaps partisans will jump in and say that under Bush a report was delayed for an hour because of an emergency, or some other lame precedent that will allow them to claim that "everybody does it," when no, everybody doesn't do it.

about a month and a half ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

glennrrr Arbitrary? (229 comments)

I'd hardly call the dropping of PPC emulation arbitrary. It took up a large amount of engineering resources, presumably, and encouraged developers to procrastinate before dusting off the source code and releasing a new Intel binary.

about a month and a half ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

glennrrr Could be Good (137 comments)

Is it an artsy movie about life in a totalitarian state. Something like Metropolis?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

glennrrr Windows OS X (644 comments)

Sounds familiar.

about 2 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

glennrrr Nor was she prosecuted (224 comments)

Or for that matter inconvenienced in any particular way. And Richard Armitage, the person who outed her as a former field operative wasn't punished that I'm aware.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

glennrrr iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (336 comments)

The same basic information came out on Ars Technica the other day. But the slant on that was not that Apple was locking out 3rd party credit card processors, but rather that the NFC hardware was not being used for anything else because Apple was not ready to say the whole stack was perfect yet, from a security standpoint. This is all new code and new hardware, for Apple, and they would rather not have stories about massive credit card theft come out next week. So, this is an example of slant driving angry diatribes in the comments; if it'd been presented in a more neutral tone people would have judged Apple's actions in a more balance way.

about 2 months ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

glennrrr Static Analyzer? (183 comments)

So, you can build a proper static analyzer with GCC libraries now?

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

glennrrr Re:False premise (546 comments)

So you are disagreeing with the facts of the summary which say that half of coders don't have degrees?

about 3 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

glennrrr Insuring a Phone If You Have Kids (253 comments)

By myself, it'd make little sense to insure a phone, but I have kids. And kids drop things. I've taken advantage of AppleCare's $69 replacement fee several times.

about 3 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

glennrrr Look at the Calendar - Red Circles (181 comments)

Did you see the calendar app? It's got the red theming and elements such as today's date being circled.

about 3 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

glennrrr The Free Market Was Trying to Tell You Something (291 comments)

When it priced this phone as the cheapest one in the store. When I go to Lowes and I see the cheapest screwdrivers, I know they aren't going to last. Thanks for the heads up free market.

about 4 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

glennrrr Or Some People are Finally Employable (608 comments)

So there is finally a job that focused, socially clueless people can excel at, and some want to take that away from them because it isn't fair for people who could do other jobs anyway.

about 5 months ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

glennrrr What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

Mark Zuckerberg got into Harvard, he recruits heavily from people who got into Ivy League schools. Why? Because IQ tests are banned for employment purposes, and he has to use the proxy of SAT scores which allowed people to get into competitive schools. Any actual benefit of attending said schools is purely secondary. Here he's found another way to find the smart kids, and they don't have to spend $30,000 a year to prove they are smart kids. It's a win, win.

about 5 months ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

glennrrr Except iOS after version 5 apparently (112 comments)

Also according to the article. Somehow iOS manages to have reasonable Wi-fi battery power without using this trick.

about 5 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

glennrrr Government Actively Keeping Fiber Dark in My Town (347 comments)

Because my city council demands that any new company providing cable TV commit to wire every home and apartment building before getting permission to operate in my town, Nashua, NH, Verizon FIOS was driven out of town. As it happens they sold what fiber they'd laid down to a regional operator, so I can get fiber Internet, but not TV.

I'm not saying that Comcast lobbied hard and spent a lot of money to get this rule enforced, but obviously this kind of barrier to entry benefits Comcast or any incumbent ISP greatly.

about 6 months ago

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The iPhone and the End of Bloatware

glennrrr glennrrr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

glennrrr (592457) writes "The referenced blog entry is a speculative piece which asks the question, "Do the resource limitations of the iPhone make it a platform where large bloatware vendors, i.e. Microsoft, have no advantage over individual programmers or small teams?" Bloated applications such as Office, seem quite non-adaptive in an environment where the typical main desktop toolbar would not fit onscreen, and where 1 second launch times are the norm."
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