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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

putaro Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (314 comments)

And btw, I notice that, with 99 comments in, nobody else has bothered to actually provide you with the links to the official Apple iOS developers or Android developers docs, api, tools, etc. I at least showed enough respect for you to expect you to benefit from them. Was I wrong? Only time will tell.

You know, if he can't use Google he's really bad off.

Back in 1990 if you were an experienced C developer and hadn't looked seriously at OO languages it was understandable. In 2014, if you haven't at least dabbled with C++, Java or C# I think it shows a definite unwillingness to learn. So that's why the OP is getting "condescending" answers like "just hire someone"

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

putaro Re:Very outdated info (314 comments)

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

You don't know Apple, or iOS developers. Dominant over ObjC within two years (and by the end of next year that prediction will probably seem ridiculously conservative).

Oh really? Drink some more koolaid. Remember how long it took to lay Carbon to rest. And the Cocoa APIs are still incomplete in many areas. Then take a look back at all the new programming languages and frameworks Apple has introduced over the years and then shot in the head. Dylan? OpenDoc?

I'd say it's 50/50 whether or not Swift will get enough traction to continue on.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

putaro Why start now? (314 comments)

If you've spent this long avoiding modern languages why start now? If you're not interested in object oriented design you're just going to spend your whole time cussing at the frameworks. Just hire a contractor.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

putaro Re:oh yeah, GNOME3 (249 comments)

That's my question. I've wound up with it installed plenty of times because it's the default on too many distributions but use?

about a week ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

putaro Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (249 comments)

At least with terminals you could arrange them how you like. Ah, the joys of 3 VT100s on your desk.

about a week ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

putaro Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

Untrue. I've had the X server hang up and I've logged in via the network and killed it and restarted it. I can't restart systemd without restarting the whole system. Furthermore, I don't run the X server on our mission critical machines.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

putaro Re:Your post is a non-sequitur. (183 comments)

The point being that Apple didn't adopt Objective-C just to be weird. Next used Objective-C to build NextStep and there's certain things in Objective-C that made NextStep moderately cool.

I actually worked at Apple, on the operating systems team, around that time. Apple was in no position to be arrogant in 1997 and wasn't actively looking for ways to be incompatible. Today, that's a very different story.

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

putaro Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

When a police officer is around you, you are being surveilled - by the police officer. If you're doing anything illegal in front of the police, expect to get in trouble. Police wear uniforms and are easy to spot. That's very different from having concealed cameras everywhere.

about a month ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

putaro pkexec?? (98 comments)

Sorry, old Unix guy here. My first reaction was "What the F is pkexec and why is it running setuid?"

Yet another way to execute arbitrary privileged executables is yet another potential security hole. This dumb thing is apparently part of the "Free Desktop" but it's depended on by all kinds of stuff including the fricking RedHat power management. What's wrong with plain old sudo?

about a month ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

putaro Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

No, that's not right. You have to pull the finger. I'll show you. Pull my finger.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

putaro Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

The question is, who is "you" and when does that checking happen? I don't do a lot of work in Python, Ruby, etc. and all of the programmers that I know who do are fairly young and working on fairly small projects so they don't have a good answer for refactoring.

If I change the arguments to a method in a statically type language any place where I forgot to change the call to that method will be exposed at compile time. As far as I've been able to learn so far, in most dynamically typed languages that check won't happen until runtime. The pat answer to that is "you should have unit tests that cover everything" - but getting complete code coverage is hard and for large projects, the test suite takes a non-trivial amount of time to run - usually much, much longer than compile time. So, you wind up with bugs at runtime. Or is there a better solution?

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

putaro Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

OK, that's bullshit.

about a month ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

putaro Problems getting merchants to accept it? (78 comments)

Technically, I see how it works but why would a merchant accept this thing? It doesn't look like a credit card and it's missing all of the anti-fraud elements built into the physical cards. According to their FAQ, Coin is trying to substitute an image on your smart phone plus their gadget for your physical card but I don't see that any of the actual credit card issuers are actually endorsing this. As a merchant you might be in violation of your merchant agreement by accepting this thing.

about a month ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

putaro Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

The Blu-ray disc needs to be mounted before it can be accessed. The ratio of robotic mechanisms to discs becomes important. If you need to mount ten discs, it takes ten times as long (if they're all using the same arm) whereas you could spin up ten hard drives simultaneously.

I've worked with large scale robotics since the late 80's. The performance of the arms has not increased significantly since then. When you're dealing with scientific datasets or backups it's not as much of a problem. In random access storage, though, it starts to be an issue.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

putaro Re:And how long does it take... (190 comments)

Also, as they proliferate, they're going to have to deal with vandalism. A gas station is a neatly concentrated resource with oversight, security and even they still get vandalized.

Don't whiz on the electric fence!

Things like pricing can always be messed with. I think the maintenance issue, as the network grows, will become challenging. We'll see, though.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

putaro Re:Enough of the Tesla circle jerk (190 comments)

And in 1900 the same arguments applied against gasoline cars and you could get food for your horse, have a stable to keep it in, find a blacksmith to put new shoes on your horse, etc. just about anywhere.

The technology for EVs is still pretty early and just starting to improve. Give it another 10 years and it will probably address most of your concerns.

about a month ago
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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

putaro Re:Who's wondering this? (129 comments)

Some people like nested virtual machines, some people like candy colored buttons. What else are you going to do with all those resources? :-)

about a month and a half ago
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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

putaro Re:Everything new is old (129 comments)

Despite the name, DOS was not an operating system

about a month and a half ago

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"not even worth mentioning"

putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Bastards. Idiots with spreadsheets pretending to be engineers. Who would need a repair kit for a shuttle? No, that foam strike is no problem at all. Nosiree. Trust me

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putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

OK, who was the retard who decided to map entire PARTITIONS into memory and that therefore PARTITIONS (not files, file systems!) could only be a max of 2GB under HURD? Oy vey. Yah, you betcha GNU's not Unix. Maybe some SCO code would help.

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putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So I thought I'd try installing GNU Hurd and messing with it. "Try the Debian CD image" beckons the GNU Hurd page. My, that's nice I thought. Who needs to read the instructions page - that's what the installer is for, right? Why bother making an installer if it's not going to at least install the boot loader? And then I'm supposed to type this at the GRUB prompt:

grub> module (hd0,0)/hurd/ext2fs.static \ --multiboot-command-line=${kernel-command-line} \ --host-priv-port=${host-port} \ --device-master-port=${device-port} \ --exec-server-task=${exec-task} -T typed ${root} \ $(task-create) $(task-resume)

Ya know, I don't mind doing the extra work since it's a development system - but why go to the effort of making a CD image and an installer and not do the last two fricking steps? A kernel comment comes to mind: This was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.

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