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Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring

sporkmonger Re:Self domesticated (503 comments)

Ok, so then why do cheetahs, which are most certainly not domesticated, also do this? Their purr is a bit more like a jackhammer, and the cry doesn't sound at all like a baby, but they do it.

about 5 years ago
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Aion Shaping Up For US Launch

sporkmonger Re:Alternate Universe? (212 comments)

I couldn't agree more. Eve is my MMO of choice, but I would kill to be able to extend/improve the UI.

about 5 years ago
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Ocean Currents Proposed As Cause of Magnetic Field

sporkmonger Re:I may be wrong, Im not an astrologer (333 comments)

More importantly, permanent magnets, when melted, tend to stop being permanent magnets. It then follows that any magnetic field generated by a molten planetary core isn't likely to be caused by the same physical properties as a permanent magnet.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer Crisis

sporkmonger Re:I hope the article is right (315 comments)

Kinda. You can use XMLVM to cross-compile, but the JVM isn't involved.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer Crisis

sporkmonger Re:I hope the article is right (315 comments)

GNUStep runs on Windows, and it's about 90% compatible with the Cocoa API. I think there is a demand for Apple stuff, not a demand for their unusual API.

As someone who's developed for Windows, Linux, and OS X, I think it's reasonably safe for me to say that this is true. There are a few people out there who genuinely do like the Cocoa API, but they are a very small minority, composed almost exclusively of Apple fanboys.

I should probably qualify that a little bit, though. Cocoa isn't terrible, and neither is Objective-C. I would much rather write GUI code with Cocoa/Obj-C than with C/C++. However, both Java (either SWT or Swing) and C# are (slightly) more pleasant to write code for. That said, you can't write iPhone apps in Java or C#, and neither Java GUI toolkit gives you a sufficiently native feel on OS X unless your app is extremely simple.

If given the option, I would happily switch to another language/toolkit if it gave me full equivalency to everything I've got in Cocoa, but without the pain of manual memory management and the arcane syntax of Obj-C.

more than 5 years ago
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NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers

sporkmonger Tell Obama that we want Carl (111 comments)

(a) the guy with the idea behind this bill was "open government", "open access to court records", "open source", "open everything" activist Carl Malamud, who was most recently in the news when Congressmen and Senators started picking up his thread about making PACER -- i.e. court records -- free (as in beer); and

Also, it should probably be noted that Carl Malamud is informally campaigning to be nominated as Public Printer of the United States.

more than 5 years ago
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US CTO Choice Down To a Two-Horse Race

sporkmonger Re:Cisco vs. Wash DC? (284 comments)

The government of D.C. may suck, but I'm pretty sure Vivek Kundra doesn't. He'd be my pick, without a shadow of a doubt. He's a pragmatist, and he doesn't get bogged down in the whole out-of-control requirements document stuff. That said... he's probably the closest thing you can get to a shill for Google, without actually being a shill for Google.

more than 5 years ago
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Square Enix Announces Supreme Commander 2

sporkmonger Re:Unit and map tools! (70 comments)

I care how good it is. Unit and map making tools are nice, but I'm more concerned about the game being buggy. The original for the PC had more patches than you can count, and the Xbox 360 version is still unplayable, months after it was released.

more than 5 years ago

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