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Comment Re:Desktops vs Mobile (Score 1) 250

At no point did I say iOS was "clean and easy." I said it's possible with C#. Having said that, I use Xamarin a lot and their AOT compilation technique - while a little unwieldy if you're not on a Mac - works surprisingly well.

If Xamarin can do what they've done with C#/.NET then obviously it's POSSIBLE to do this in Java, but I haven't seen any actual implementation. This is why I said "right now." Or maybe I've missed the Java project that allows you to share 90% of your code between iOS, Android, and Windows.

If by "back end" you mean server side infrastructure you are correct, but only because Xamarin doesn't have to pay much attention to the back end. .NET has an entire stack devoted to such matters and Microsoft foots the bill on maintaining it. Xamarin just focuses on the "last mile" if you will.

Comment Re:Desktops vs Mobile (Score 1) 250

"99.5% of the code I encounter doesn't use above Java 1.4 or .Net 2.0, so all the nifty language features are pretty much theoretical sizzle on roughly the same steak. And even so, the nifty features often have negative value because they while save the programmer 2-3% of his or her time, the maintainers often end up breaking things because they're not all that familiar with the new hotness in language features."

Obviously I can't tell you what you've seen but, in comparison, I see LINQ (.NET 3.0 I think) everywhere. Async/await is pretty popular too but it is newer and isn't as universally usable so it is not as common as LINQ.

Comment Re:Desktops vs Mobile (Score 3, Interesting) 250

It depends on your situation but, right now, C# is the only language that you can use to write programs for Windows Desktop (including Win32/.NET/Modern), Web, Mac Desktop, Android, and iOS.

And with all of the OWIN stuff you'll be able to run pristine .NET apps on OS X and Linux.

And you'll be able to host all of this code in one source-controlled Visual Studio project.

It may not be a reason to switch a shop entirely, but there is definitely a unique value-proposition.

Comment Re:Uber's in a completely different market (Score 1) 183

So I live in Downtown Atlanta Ga which is far from suburban. There are plenty of taxi stands around but I prefer to use Uber. Why? Because almost invariably the taxis do not operate "within the law as the state, the counties, and the cities require."

When I walk up to a cab they ask me where I'm going, and if I'm not going very far they almost always refuse to give me a ride. Many also don't turn on their fare meters and make up rates (I've lived Downtown for 16 years, I know what a ride is supposed to cost). My understanding is that both of these actions are in violation of the ordinances that govern the operation of Taxis in the city.

Could I report these people or challenge their bogus practices? Sure. But instead I just take Uber where these issues don't exist and I ALWAYS get excellent customer service - whether in a Town Car or a Hyundai.

The situation in other cities might be different, but here, the cab drivers have dug their own graves.

Comment Re:It's not about debt (Score 1) 476

That depends. Perfecting that process was not free (R&D, manufacturing ramp up etc.) so chances are the widget will cost more than before. It may even cost more than 12x more. If it doesn't, that extra money would go toward other goods. Or maybe it gets saved.

In either case, that money would not go to the original widget making industry and as a result, money might flow somewhere else causing that sector to contract. Or maybe they end up selling a ton more of their durable widgets and hire more people with the increased revenues.

Comment Re:what is stopping them from doing the same thing (Score 1) 315

Just a random comment, but if Windows Phone uses the NT Kernel, I would find it hard to imagine it not having low latency recording given the presence of massive amounts of pro-audio apps for Windows. Or is that a function of DirectX or some other add-on which isn't present in the Windows Phone version of the kernel?

Comment Re:Big drop in quality (Score 1) 271

I have a T420s and while I don't doubt you have experience what you describe, I haven't had most of these problems. I have seen the issue where it doesn't turn off when the lid is closed (maybe four times) and I'm not a huge fan of the screen. The software is weak to me too but I wiped it and installed stock Windows 8 and it works well.

I'll tell you what I do like about it:
- 3.5 lbs weight
- The keyboard (of course)
- The ability to add another battery via UltraBay
- The ability to add another SSD via the mSATA port
- The Ultranav setup is better than most with the larger trackpad. I don't normally use the trackpad but in Windows 8 it has increased utility (opening charms bar, switching apps) that I appreciate.

I just got a 15.4 Retina Macbook Pro and, outside of the screen of course, the T420s outclasses it in every way. I've been a ThinkPad guy since the late 90s myself and I've definitely seen changes that I don't like but, even in the current state of the line, I don't know that there is any other vendor that I would choose.


Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available 127

kkleiner writes "Now the field of 3D printing has advanced so far that a company called Nanoscribe is offering one of the first commercially available 3D printers for the nanoscale. Nanoscribe's machine can produce tiny 3D printed objects that are only the width of a single human hair. Amazingly this includes 3D printed objects such as spaceships, micro needles, or even the empire state building."

Comment Re:I'm not even going to bother looking at TFA (Score 2) 110

I'm curious to hear your explanation of why the iPhone 4 can't run Siri in iOS5 and how is that different from the Lumia 900 getting the most obvious new feature from WP 8 (the new Start Screen) but not the other - mainly hardware dependent - features?

Comment Re:Paid for (Score 1) 398

The Start screen will not take up both monitors, it will take up one at most. I've used multiple monitors for at least 10 years (I'm a developer FWIW) and nomally my "off" monitor - which is normally a lower resolution than my main one - is running an app full screen like a web browser or OneNote. In using Windows 8 and Metro I haven't noticed much of a difference in practice but obviously YMMV. Even still, you can have two apps - including a desktop app - running on the Metro screen. It has quirks but I have found it far from frustrating.

"Don't try to outweird me, three-eyes. I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal." - Zaphod Beeblebrox in "Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy"