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Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 2) 417

by CODiNE (#49540997) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

There's actually a lot of cross-pollination going in between the 2 platforms. For some things it's easier to release first on the desktop at WWDC and let the devs play with it a year or 2 before it ends up on iOS. Look at the new Force Touch thing they're rolling out. Apple Watch -> MacBook -> iPhones/iPads last.

Then you have things like Continuity in Yosemite that tightly binds a Mac and iPhone, that increases sales of both and prevents commoditization.

Besides, in a few years phones will be at the "good enough" phase like desktops are and people won't be upgrading every 2 years, so the current huge growth of mobiles can't be their only source of income when they start slowing down.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 2) 229

by CODiNE (#49453473) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

RED drives are specifically designed for RAID enclosures to prevent early failure due to vibration and constant sleep/wake cycles. They even avoid synchronizing their vibrations with other disks in the array.

Sure in some situations you can get by with regular consumer gear, but in other situations it's asking for trouble.

Comment: So why buy it? (Score 2) 322

by CODiNE (#49283613) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Since it's been confirmed as worldwide, what's the point in anyone at all paying for it?

I have a genuine copy, but instead of paying the upgrade fee I could pirate the same thing and legally update for free. Heck I'll just use VM clones on my valid copy and keep the original around just in case.

What's the catch? Will they lose future upgrade rights have have to buy a full copy later on?

Comment: Needs a larger sample size (Score 3, Insightful) 247

by CODiNE (#49176903) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

The researchers selected a small-scale application (about 4,500 lines of C# code) used by the academic staff at the University of Kelaniya for scheduling events and managing online documents for evaluation.

That's hilarious, I have web apps (I'm stuck with) having individual pages larger than that, including tons of other crap. Refactoring allows following the DRY principle and removing duplicated code. It allows moving SQL statements all the heck over the place into single places where they can easily be tested and updated when bugs are found.

They're basically working with a program that's not really that awful in the first place and making it a little bit nicer. How about starting with absolute junk and making it useable? Unmaintainable code is a consequence of technical debt, refactoring pays that debt down and keeps things manageable. Sure you may not need to refactor right now, but taking the time to do it once in a while keeps things from getting out of control.

Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 2) 136

by CODiNE (#49143029) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I don't understand why people are expected to buy more software on their phone then on their PC

But they DO! For a majority of PC users software is scary, many worry about installing *anything* as it could "break" their computer. They lack the savvy to recognize fake vendors and malware apps. Also plain software incompatibility is a huge problem for them to understand. Even if they do buy something, many cant even find where their downloads go.

Now compare this to a smartphone App Store. Your CC goes to one place, Apple or Google who they already trust more than random developers. Installs are single click, generally can't mess up th system and are easily removed if you didn't like it.

All stores are MUCH safer and comfortable for general computer users. This is WHY there are millions of apps, finally non-technical folks are empowered to try out and explore software largely without fear. It's been a huge experience for them and finally showing them the potential of computers that WE have been claiming for decades.

So yes, people most definitely do pay more for apps on their phones than their computers, and they like it that way.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson