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Comment Eval (Score 1) 600

Eval, properly used, can be extremely valuable and reduce a lot of code bulk. Improperly used it presents various nightmare scenarios for security and stability.

In reality though, I don't see much more than a slightly nuanced difference between using eval and dynamically constructing any portion of a SQL statement for execution at runtime.

Use it, but use it carefully.

Comment Varied opinions (Score 3, Interesting) 798

First, I feel that Snowden should actually have his day in court and present his case before anything related to a pardon or commutation is discussed. The American people need to see and hear both his and the government's position and evidence in a more balanced, less sensational environment than the MSM gives us.

Second, I feel that neither Manning nor General Cartwright should have their sentences commuted. They were both members of the US military who had sworn oaths regarding their behavior and ethics in their service and disregarded them. Gen Cartwright, as an officer should be held to an even higher standard. They were both tried, found guilty and sentenced. What message does it send to the rest of the military if they don't have to serve their sentences? Why should anyone in the military feel compelled to obey any order or protect any secret if they know that whatever punishment they get will be commuted and all they need is some publicity to make it happen.

Comment Re:It might be something but it isn't anti-trust? (Score 1) 121

I don't believe controlling which apps are accepted into the store is much of an argument. I have a Vizio TV that supports apps. I can put any app I want in it as long as its in Vizio's store. Guess how it gets there. Where do I get apps for my Roku...Oh yes, the Roku store (even the private channels are actually there.) In all such cases, the apps must go through some kind of acceptance and review to get into the store. The only real difference isn't so much in style as it is in volume.

Comment Software quality is my biggest disappointment (Score 5, Insightful) 293

I've been an OS X user since 2006 when Intel Macs arrived. I was strictly a linux user for the prior 7 years having abandoned Windows in the late 90s.

The reason I went to OS X was that its *nix under the covers (and gave me all of the programming/scripting power I needed) and also was incredibly stable. I would literally go for months without rebooting and without native (X86, not PPC emulated) apps crashing...at all...ever.

I feel that from a stability POV OS X peaked around 10.6. Ever since then, a pattern of increasing crashes and decreasing reliability has followed every release. The amount of instability is still very small, but when as a user you are used to 0 problems, it is very frustrating. (iOS seems to have followed a similar trajectory lately as well.)

I don't know what's happened to the QA process at Apple and I also don't see the point in rushing out a new OS every year. I would love for them to go back to the simpler, more stable approach that they have 5-6 years ago.

Comment Re:"H1-B skilled worker visas" (Score 5, Informative) 184

At 1/3 of the cost, it's rather irrelevant to those who do nothing but stare at the bottom line all damn day long.

With those kinds of demonstrated cost savings measures, even system outages perpetuated by a lack of skills are somehow justified.

This is the BS part of the H1B Fraud that is going on. If you look up the rules around H1-B one of them is:

You must be paid at least the actual or prevailing wage for your occupation, whichever is higher.

If this was being done legally, there would be no advantage to displacing the US workers; it would only be used for skills in short supply as it was intended. This law is being totally subverted by Infosys, Tata, WiPro and everyone of their customers that uses such replacements. I think that they would qualify for prosecution under RICO statutes.

Comment Eventually they'll be compelled to (Score 1) 168

Eventually they will have to. It may be because most of the people they communicate eschew analog communications but its much more likely that the government will actually compel via some form of records retention regulation that will make having in person conversations unpopular because they will need to be recorded.

Comment Why not move on to touchscreen (Score 1) 361

I've been an Apple user since 06 when they went Intel (strictly *nix for 22 years before that other than a brief, self abusive period using Windows in the late 90s) and I don't understand why the retina, multi-touch tech of the TouchBar isn't implement in the screen as well. Touch may not have seemed important 8 or 9 years ago but between tablets and smartphones touch has become a much more common part of the computing experience.

As long as I'm complaining, I also don't understand why the 13" MBP is limited to 8 Gig of Ram. Memory is cheap and Apps use ridiculous amounts of it now.

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