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Comment Re:Legit Question (Score 1) 44

This is utter nonsense. Either you can program or you can't.

Now THAT is utter nonsense.

What is your metric for determining whether someone can program or not? There are tons of people who are basically code monkeys. They can program, but the code they produce is absolute crap. They just vomit out code without having the slightest understanding as to what that code is doing underneath.

A great example is, once I saw code from a supposedly 'senior' developer that iterated through a hashmap to find the value he needed.

No language reduces code from, say, 40 lines to 4 lines, just like that. What it's actually doing is abstracting the hard work away from you in the form of a library or whatever. And that's well and good when you understand what is going on. But when a language has all this stuff build into the core of the language, it gives the impression that this knowledge is not important, so when all hell breaks loose, the inexperienced developer is stuck.

It all boils down to structural vs functional knowledge about what you're doing. Someone with functional knowledge could write a routine that writes data to disk, one byte at a time, and not understand why their code runs so slowly. They will likely complain that "the computer is too slow." Meanwhile, a programmer with structural knowledge of how a computer functions, will understand the limits of what an HDD can do, and cache up their writes so that they write an entire block at once.

Comment Re:Should have used APPS! (Score 1) 109

Modern app appers know that ONLY apps can app apps, NOT LUDDITE software like LUDDITE Linux, so appy app apps can't be apped by LUDDITE hackers!

You know, you gotta admire his persistence.

He could re-invent the smurfs, except everyone wears hipster clothing and says "apps" instead of "smurf"

Comment So? (Score 1) 44

LTE is already pretty darn fast, so losing a little performance isn't going to make that big of a deal. It's not as if you can torrent to your hearts content without killing your cell phone bill.

What I *really* want to know, is if the Intel chip has a comparatively lower power draw compared to the qualcomm. Getting more battery life is of much more value to me than needing to wait one additional second to download that new kitten video everyone is raving about.

Comment Re:Who pays for apps? (Score 3, Insightful) 53

And that is why the app stores (both iOS and Android, but Android in particular) are flooded with shitty micropayment systems and/or crazy amounts of ads.

There are lots of apps on the app store that I am very happy to give money for, because I want to provide direct support for those developers and keep them making more stuff.

Stuff like 1password for password management, the Rooms game series, a very well done transit tracking app, etc.

None of them are particularly expensive, and all are very worth while.

The fact that iOS is doing so well compared to Android boils down to the fact that iOS users are more willing to open their wallets. That's why there are a lot more higher-quality apps. For example, both platforms include an official Scrabble game as a freebee, loading with an absurd amount of ads. My spouse and I were playing it on different devices, so I figured I'd just buy paid-for copies to get rid of the ads. I could do that in iOS, but when I looked on Google Play, they didn't even bother offering it.

Decent software doesn't just materialize out of the sky. You gotta pay for it somehow.

(All this of course, ignores companies like EA that have made a business model out of shitty software...)

Comment Security is not foolproof (Score 1) 72

You will never have perfect security. There is no such thing. All you can do is put up sufficient roadblocks that a miscreant will give up before they are successful.

And all the security measures in the world arn't going to make a lick of difference if the user opens the door and waves the bad guy in.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 548

I was being intentionally hyperbolic, thinking people would get that I wasn't specifically referring to Trump with my remarks. Apparently I thought wrong.

I was trying to make the point that some people will vote for a politician if they support one particular thing, no matter how crazy they are about other things.

Comment Seriously? (Score 0, Troll) 548

"There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

Gotta love those one-issue voters. "He's advocating genocide, wants to cancel all school funding, and force all women across the country to only bear HIS children? That's a-ok cause he's gonna lower my taxes!"

Comment Re:mac os now locked down to IOS levels and (Score 3, Insightful) 84

Either you don't use a Mac, or your skill level is so low that you are exactly the kind of person for whom this change is designed. There is virtually no reason why you *should* disable Gatekeeper because it provides critical front-line security to protect you from malicious apps.

If you want to grant an exception to an individual app, that is still possible. If you want to disable gatekeeper entirely, you can still do that too, although you'd be begging to be exploited by malicious software if you did.

And, oh look! I found this on my very first google search.

Clearly you couldn't even be bothered to make the attempt to get more info before invoking the power of your pie hole.

Comment Re: mac os now locked down to IOS levels and (Score 3, Informative) 84

I haven't yet installed MacOS Sierra, but given the number of stories I've read, it's clear that the people who are most in need of gatekeeper are the ones who are too stupid to be trusted with disabling it. A perfect example are those idiot chinese coders that downloaded pirated copies of xcode, which resulted in every app they wrote having malicious code injected.

Gatekeeper is a tremendously valuable tool because it's a solid front line of defense against malicious apps, and IMO anyone who disables it is a moron.

It's trivially easy to bypass gatekeeper on a case-by-case basis. All you do is right-click on your desired app and choose "open". It will ask you to verify whether you really want to do that, and voila, it opens. If you open an app and the OS says that it's unsigned, that's a big honking red flag, and it means you need to scrutinise the source of your application.

Comment Re:One rumour is the death of Magsafe. (Score 1) 142

I've never had a problem with their magsafe cables. I can't even fathom what people do to cause their cables to fray in the ways I've seen. I have a power supply from 2009 which is still just as good now as it was then.

Now MICE on the other hand.... IMO there needs to be emergency legislation that says it is illegal for Apple to make peripherals. A more unergonomic POS, I have never laid eyes on.

Comment About friggin time (Score 1) 142

So nice for it to finally occur to them that their desktop lineup sales are in freefall because of their inability to refresh their products. I've been waiting to offer Macs to employees who want to use them, but there's no way I'm going to pay premium prices for ancient technology.

You wanna sell old hardware? Fine. Then price them accordingly FFS.

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