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Comment: Re:Just works? (Score 2) 484 484

For one, typing in the small screens is awful. Second, most of those models come with pretty bad touchscreens, both for display and for the touchscreen component (meaning non-capacitive). And the camera is mostly there to say that you have a camera, because those will take you back to the dark ages of digital cameras. So there are some trade-offs that are justified only when you see it in the money saving context.

Comment: Re:The same as ever: Android (Score 1) 484 484

Totally agree and that creeps all the way down to app development. I have to see it everyday since we have a workflow for both Android and iOS, and the whole app submission process to Apple, is impressive as far as leaving crap out of the system. They will even reject your app if your forms are badly designed. It kind of reminded me of the legendary Nintendo quality control procedures for third-parties. There is nothing similar in the smartphone world, so I would say actually that the technology stack is way better on iOS than on Android, with its horrible memory consumption.

Besides we are talking about Objective-C vs Java here, and Apple has managed to make a C based language pretty fast to write code with and without too many memory issues that are so familiar in the C world. I consider Swift a regression in that regard, but hey, it seems everything in the programming world will turn to some form of javascript based language.

Comment: Re:Xfce 5 should be based on Qt. (Score 5, Insightful) 91 91

You must work for Digia or something. If by portability you mean how well the interface looks, that is a moot point. Nobody would question that Java code was portable, and yet Java programs looked and behaved different (different dialogs, etc) than native software.

On the other hand, you fail to mention why Gtk+ is so bad in your eyes besides shiny graphics, which imho, in Linux land looks better than Qt. Why on earth would the Xfce guys care how well a Qt app looks on Windows or OSX? It is a desktop environment for X11/Wayland for christ's sake.

But in any case a post from an anonymous coward, who probably have never used either toolkit, and maybe is not even a programmer. When you have to work with this stuff, in the end you realize that it is mostly about what was best for the team at the time they started the project (availabe skillset, docs, etc) and at this point both frameworks are the best the open source world has to offer. If you don't enjoy diversity you can go back to Win32, lol.

Comment: Re:There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 1) 136 136

Silly media directives? In what planet can you build responsive web sites with those? Last time I checked Bootstrap, Foundation and PureCSS were still using those. I have no idea what you are complaining about. Besides the discussion was about app development, it's like complaining that I cannot use direct database access in HTML5 or something.

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 136 136

I figure you haven't been out much. Google Wallet or not, the fact is that the number of countries where you can pay through Google Play is limited. And let's not even talk about China where Google Play itself is blocked, so the way you purchase apps are through carrier's or manufacturer's app stores. Still, if I'm developing an app I would release both versions in either case, in the case of Android heavily targeting the app for the US market and ignoring the rest.

Comment: Re:flush with cash (Score 1) 73 73

More like the wealthy Chinese are buying stuff overseas that is dirt cheap compared to the invetsments required to do stuff here. Plus no govt interference mostly. In most Chinese cities property prices are so ridiculously expensive that a lot of people are just buying Spanish villas, French vineyards, etc plus the old factories out there so they can export those products back to China with the so-desired foreign label that the Chinese consumer demands.

Comment: Dubious reports (Score 1) 109 109

I think what those guys experienced would be related to an ISP. I'm in China and traveling at the moment, so I can tell you that I'm still getting to the legit sites either using airport wifi, hotel wifi or a residential ISP.

There is interference with the internet, no doubt about that, especially since the Hong Kong protests, when they took down the whole BBC website. But unless I see it reported from a reputable source I will call this bs, since I have never been able to verify their claims in previous occasions.

Comment: Re:disastrous (Score 1) 97 97

Sure, there are some accounts of people that never answer, but I was able to source medical equipment from India from their site. I'm pretty sure the guy was just a reseller but anyhow, he offered me a good price, I made a profit and was able to solve all my issues in English. In reality, you might want to go to China, find the actual factory, collect your shipment etc, but I didn't have the resources to do that, so the site was good for me.

Comment: Re:Alibaba Is Useless (Score 1) 97 97

The truth is you screwed it up and should just accept it. If anything they would speak Hangzhou hu, which is close to Shanghainese, since after all Jiangsu and Zhejiang are neighbors. And that place is famous for gardening more than electronics. They speak Cantonese in Shenzhen is because they are the Guangdong province, not Canton or some other misspelling a foreigner created along the way.

Comment: Re:Not just China (Score 4, Informative) 92 92

I have been living in China for quite a bit now, and I actually ask the same thing myself when I read something about China. Even this move by Apple is distorted in the way that the article is presented to always put the Chinese as the evil bad guys. Hell, I don't like the GFW myself, but I have to admit that this move by Apple is something of a trend for every tech company doing business in China. You incur a huge penalty in response times when you have to fetch content from the outside, which is why we go to great lengths in stuff we develop to make sure we are not linking to some google font, some blogspot/facebook link, etc.

Comment: Re:The problem with American Embargos (Score 1) 254 254

It is funny that nowadays you guys still don't get it. Remember how the British were mighty proud while the Empire was doing all sorts of horrendous things around the world? Guess what, Americans are the new version of that. Russia is also playing that game as well, only with bordering countries, but to take this high moral stand as an American and talk about imperial ambitions of somebody else is absurd to the point it is funny.

I'm pretty sure most Ukranians that don't give a damn about politics really love how their country has become a playground for international geopolitics, with the EU actively supporting the overthrowing of the govt and then the Russians annexing part of the country.

If you really want to be a sensible person, as an American you should just say no to war, no to foreign interventions and just learn to accept that the world does not need a country to act like the world police, because in person, you guys actually behave way better than most Europeans when it comes to issues like racism and multiculturalism in general, but I'm from Latin America and speaking as a world citizen, we have had enough of your foreign policy Kool-Aid already.

Comment: Re: You're welcome to them. (Score 1) 402 402

After you use Sublime Text for a while you will regard Netbeans, Eclipse and even Visual Studio as the software that came out of the Stone Age. Especially when you consider how slow all of those three packages behave in general and the amount of resources they use. We have a toolchain that includes Sublime, Git and a bunch of bash scripts to automate a lot of stuff, from deployment to gettext processing. Coming from Visual Studio in my personal case, I have always found any Java-based desktop software inefficient at best, but with these setup that we have know, even just looking at the default color scheme and amount of interface noise feels plain wrong.

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