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Comment Re:They can't lead in market numbers forever (Score 1) 239

How can Apple increase market share? If they had a removable battery, expandable memory, and allowed direct filesystem access, this geek may consider it.

None of these things will add even 1% market share. Not one person in my family could tell you how much RAM is in any device we own besides me (and on some of the tablets I couldn't tell you). We have five laptops, two desktops, four tablets, and four phones. Geeks are not the way to increase market share. They represent a microscopic fraction of a percent of all users.

My wife uses an iPad 3. I got her an iPad Pro for Christmas. The things I am concerned about are printing, durability, battery life, and integration with the rest of the home ecosystem. Meanwhile my son's Windows 10 tablet just "lost" its wi-fi radio -- that has never, ever happened on any Apple product I have ever owned.

Comment No (Score 3, Insightful) 607

If a "professional organization" means some sort of stupid union, then no. Unions did not prevent outsourcing of US jobs, and cannot. The reality is, if you want substandard work on the cheap, you're always going to get that in India. As my boss says of our products, "(software) products without revenue are built in India, products that make money are built in the US".

We do all the design work in the US, because our 250+ Indian counterparts cannot design anything correctly. They code by trial and error. You'll never have a best-in-class product that way. We just give them menial coding tasks, and even then 1 US engineer is as productive as 3 in India.

Comment Re:what if there was a better monetary incentive (Score 1) 144

Entry level is about $85-90K in California. And this entry level means, PhD in hard science from a good university, and often a couple of years of postdoc at a major lab. No relocation paid either, local hires only. And there's never been a problem finding a pipeline of very good to brilliant hires.

We pay nearly that for fresh undergraduates in Atlanta, and our cost of living is half yours. Anyone with 5 years of experience can make $120k easily in Atlanta.

Comment Android vs iPhone is not the new Mac vs Windows (Score 4, Interesting) 711

I work at AirWatch and work on every mobile device and platform that exists. They each have their merits and drawbacks. Trying to turn it into some holy war is absurd and pointless. My two main devices are an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 7 tablet. I love them both for different reasons. As a developer both platforms have merit and both have annoying limitations. Everything Tim Cook said is technically true but none if it means that a Nexus 5 isn't an awesome phone.

Comment Re:Horrible article (Score 1) 140

With a very biased verdict. ... No thanks.

I was going to post something just like this, but you beat me to it.

Eclipse is "the devil you know" for 99% of Android developers (and probably a majority of Java developers). It may not be as great as IntelliJ or IDEA or NetBeans for somethings, but it's functional and has worked well for a long time. It's got plugins for everything, good git integration, decent UI build tools, good support for JNI and ABI cross compilation, and it was used for 99% of the apps in the Google Play store.

This Android Studio IDE may very well be awesome (I haven't tried it as Eclipse works for me), but this article does not make any case for it whatsoever.

Comment My wife is a veterinarian (Score 3, Insightful) 279

My wife is a veterinarian and I cringe when I see stories like this. Some sensationalist with no medical knowledge skims a few studies or reports and makes a sensationalist article that has no basis in science or fact.

Tramadol is a good drug that helps a lot of animals with chronic pain. Cosequin helped my dog with hip dysplasia to be more comfortable for his last few years. Like many human drugs, efficacy varies by the patient, but the reality is that veterinarians as a whole are great people who truly love animals and would not prescribe things that did not work.

Comment Re:$136? (Score 4, Informative) 231

I'm not interested in Bitcoin either, but let's be fair. No fiat currency has any intrinsic value either. In the case of the US$, it hasn't been backed by anything of material value for a long time, since we went off the gold standard.

True but US currency is backed by the "full faith and credit" of the US federal government, a body worth $66.07 trillion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_position_of_the_United_States) versus Bitcoin, which is backed by mathematics and some currency speculators.

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