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

by Arkham (#47157037) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
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

by Arkham (#46530077) Attached to: Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

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

by Arkham (#46125277) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

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

by Arkham (#46110899) Attached to: Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

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.

Comment: Re:American race to the bottom roadshow (Score 5, Insightful) 606

by Arkham (#45714763) Attached to: Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Jobs like this, with no skills are a dime a dozen, and are the types of jobs (like fast food) that are FIRST jobs, ones for young kids to start with and learn the work ethic and then move up and on to better jobs.

Someone sorting mail or flipping burgers does not rate getting $20/hr or more. That's just nonsense.

I'm not disagreeing with you in principle. However, the reality is, there are tens (hundreds?) of millions of Americans and billions of people worldwide with no real skills whatsoever. None. They're capable of nothing but jobs without a skill requirement. These people rightfully want to sleep, eat, buy stuff, and get healthcare just like everyone else. And yet, they either lack the circumstance, the ability, the willpower, or the mental acuity to grow beyond a job that requires no skills. I am not judging how they came to be in this situation, only remarking that this is their reality.

This is a fact. These people need to be able to survive their whole lives. They need to earn enough not to be a burden on the rest of us. How can this be accomplished? If we aren't willing to give them higher wages, and we're not willing to pay for them to get training to do something more meaningful, then this situation will never change.

Comment: They Hired Oracle (Score 1) 586

They picked the worst company on earth, gave them $300M and thought they were going to get something for it. This has been covered for months by NPR -- nobody has signed up because the site has not been online yet, at all.

See here and here.

Anecdotally, a company I worked for in 2001 hired Oracle consulting to implement their own ERP system for us, and we ended up getting our money back because they could not even make their own software work.

Comment: Communication is my #1 skill when hiring debs (Score 1) 361

by Arkham (#45403257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?
I've hired dozens of developers over the years. I can teach a developer a language, or a development philosophy, or a set of APIs. There are only two things I cannot teach, and therefore should look for in new hires: 1) Communication skills 2) Work Ethic If a person has these two skills, I can teach them anything else they need to be a quality developer. People will tell you to over-communicate. It's good advice.

Comment: Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (Score 2) 752

by Arkham (#45399905) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

I don't think we have the same idea here. We don't keep our government "in check". Instead, we populate the government with people representative to some degree of the population at large.

That's exactly the problem in the US. We're a nation divided. If you look at the last 3 elections, we're divided nearly 50/50 on our political views. Half of Americans seem to want social justice, equality, privacy, and caring for the poor, and the other half want religion in schools, small government, privatization of all government roles, and a huge military. The two sides are so far apart that no compromise is possible.

A friend explained it like this. Two people go out to dinner. One says, "I feel like eating Italian tonight." The other says, "I want to eat Anthrax and broken glass." Now, compromise so both are happy.

Comment: Re:They are still damn overpriced (Score 5, Informative) 241

by Arkham (#45267667) Attached to: Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested

Let's let that dominate the discussion.

There's always some Apple fanboys (jo_ham, where you at?), who insist the machines are higher quality etc etc, but this is mainly nonsense.

They use almost the exact same components for PC's, and are ridiculous overpriced.

Not to mention the barriers to self-repair, amping up the cost over the lifetime of the machine.

The only value they have is in the aesthetics, or if you need OS X for some reason. Generally not worth the cost except to people who like to burn money.

The same people who buy a $100 burger in a restaurant that costs $12 to make, cause it costs $100.

  1. I've got a degree in computer engineering. I have designed and built CPUs and motherboards. I don't repair my own computers. It's not worth my time.
  2. Aesthetics are important. Anyone who hasn't realized this is living in the past. There's a reason that Apple is the most valuable company in the world. The real genius in Apple's products isn't the performance and never has been; it's the fusion of design, style, and functionality.
  3. Need OS X for some reason? How about because it's the best OS on the market for nearly everyone? Linux is a great dev OS, but my mother could never use it. Windows is an adequate OS, and had gotten better with Windows 7, but it's still far, far more obtuse than OS X, and it's less powerful for a power user with a UNIX background too.
  4. A Mac is not a $100 burger. It's the $10 burger that's clearly better than the cheaper Big Mac. Both will fill you up, but there's no question in my mind which one I want to eat. You get what you pay for.

Comment: Re:finally (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by Arkham (#45199105) Attached to: Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

Finally, Microsoft Word for your phone. They will blow Android out of the water.

The ONLY way anyone is blowing Android out of the water is if they provide a better product and give it away for free. Android isn't where it is because it's superior; it's there because manufacturers can use it for free.

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