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Comment Both sides of argument conveniently slanting... (Score 1) 502 502

200 ft (2/3 the way down the football field if he shot straight up - 280ft+ if he shot at a 45deg angle).... with birdshot... and downing it.... not likely..... very unlikely... possible? maybe - but the probability is the altitude claimed is false.

No one should be flying drones over other people's property. period. If you think it is ok to fly a drone over other people's property (potentially with cameras with zoom lenses)... may you have children that are spied on by pedaphiles...

Now, if flying a drone over other people's property is not allowed -- shooting over other people's property (unlikely the birdshot will obey property boundaries).... but firing up at a target is highly unlikely to be dangerous to anyone on the ground (see Mythbusters) -- wind resistance would make it annoying at best if hit.

If shooting a drone out of the sky and having it fall on someone is dangerous.... then just flying the drone and potentially crashing it (without shooting it out of the sky) is also dangerous....

If you fine the shooter for shooting it down, then the flyer should also pay a fine as well..... and forget about damages... since he should not have been flying it there anyways.

Comment Re:Democracy (Score 1) 431 431

Democracy is not designed to produce better governance.... just hopefully one that more people have a vested interest and where bloody coups are not needed to change the government when they have become too corrupted to continue. Voters vote for collapsing their economies all the time, and sometimes the government actually co-operate....

Comment Never again.... Standard of living not great.... (Score 1) 410 410

London is a great place to visit.... but I would never want to live there again.

You arrive and you do all the tourist stuff in the first few weeks (musicals, theatre, dining out).... but after that it just is not worth it.... prices are high, living standards low (small cramped expensive apartments, going out expensive, etc.). I lived there for 1 year and 1 day. I harped that it was not a place that I wanted to live forever... and my PM a proud brit took exception to it to a certain extent. Only when he visited his counterpart in Texas did he actually get what we were talking about (his place was 20% the size and no cool cars in the driveway etc.)... and he was completely thrown.... I hear that he finally made the move to Australia.... something he originally thought he would never do.

I would never return to live... only to visit.

Comment Re:Objective-C is now legacy - but not quite dead (Score 1) 337 337

This mixing of C and Objective-C for the sake of making a point is ridiculous.

Objective-C IS NOT C. Darwin the operating system kernel underneath the UI is written in C, C++..... not Objective-C.

The UI APIs and Objective-C are what we are talking about... So no, Objective-C to continue being used going forward is not in the same league.

Comment Re:Objective-C is now legacy - but not quite dead (Score 2) 337 337

The difference is that .NET was developed and designed as an applications language with little regard to systems programming -- where the market .NET was aimed at was not replacing the language that was used for systems programming but providing an applications framework (more as a reaction to java than anything else).

Swift was designed from the ground up to be as performant as Objective-C and as a replacement language for the language that they actually write the APIs in. In essence Swift is a systems language as much as it is an applications language. Swift is designed to be AS performant as objective-c, which means their is little benefit to move forward with a less productive language.

The difference is that up until only recently there has been very very little new / competitive options in the systems languages area.

Comment Re:Objective-C is now legacy - but not quite dead (Score 1) 337 337

That will change over time. The code for the APIs (new or not) have been under development for a while - some of it ported from one platform to another, some of it built using other APIs...... as such developing new APIs on a system in flux before or during the first year would be a little risky. As all new application development (including bundled) applications - the majority of the application code itself will be swift based. At that point the only reason to continue to build new APIs (i.e. totally new code - not reworked or ported code) is if it provides some benefit - performance or not. As both Swift and Objective-C are new built on the LLVM, and as Swift matures and they invest money in optimization.... it leaves no reason to continue building in Objective-C other than legacy or legacy dependant reasons.

Comment Objective-C is now legacy - but not quite dead (Score 2) 337 337

Swift in its first year has become the preferred language for developing on the Apple platform. Objective-C is being "improved" but only as a bridge to support interoperability with improvements that are being incorporated into Swift.

There is a lot of Objective-C code that will have to be maintained, and over time it will be replaced with Swift code... but it won't disappear overnight. In a year all new development is likely to be done in Swift, while Objective-C is just maintained.

Eventually -- in many years time as Objective-C code is revisited it will be phased out.... but it will be a very long time-frame.

If you are starting development on a new application - you would have to be very short-sighted to pick Objective-C as a starting point.

Comment Re:Odd that they highlight those projects (Score 4, Interesting) 246 246

Chris Lattner started the LLVM project (basis for clang) before joining Apple. He was asking them a lot of questions in relation to his attempts to implement objective-c on it. Obviously Apple thought what he was doing was a great idea and hired him. I have no doubt that this was always in the plans since when quizzed about whether Swift would be open sourced they would not commit but always sounded open to the idea (i.e. they would not announce it until they were actually ready).

Comment All bus devices will have security issues. (Score 1) 179 179

Any bus - whether it be USB, a PCIe card or thunderbolt will have security issues. Since thunderbolt tends to be used in higher priced devices -- it is not going to be very attractive generally to manufacture the malware infected hardware devices to connect to it.

Of course if we stopped allowing high speed / low latency devices to connect.... then more security could be added :o

Comment NOT exclusive to Apple. (Score 3, Insightful) 179 179

Apple DOES NOT have an exclusive on thunderbolt.... It is more expensive to implement than USB and users have not been clamoring for it because USB tends to be "good enough" for most users. You can get thunderbolt in motherboards -- but they tend to be top of the line motherboards and not all of them.

Comment Depends on whether work is boring or interesting.. (Score 1) 156 156

I have had both an open concept office and I have also been in the situation where I have had an private office (as a developer/ team leader). If I am engaged in the work and I enjoy going into work and getting stuff done.... I prefer a more open environment (4 or 6 people on the same team). I found that when I had an office I found myself becoming more isolated and interacted with other developers less. Yes, I don't get interrupted as much -- but then people that I am managing get stuck more often and I don't notice... my productivity goes up and the team goes down....

If I am not engaged -- bored and not fully loaded with work.... then an office is better of course because you don't want others seeing you play mine-sweep or browsing the internet for other jobs....

Currently I just work at home, but if I had the option (I am 12 time zones away from work) I would actually prefer being in an office (open).... but the commute would be a killer :p I do find I have to call up people every few months to figure out what is going on.... and even then it is annoying being so far out of the loop. (if I am in work -- I know almost everything -- for some reason I have the innate ability to convince people I already know what I don't know and they tell me anyway).

Comment Crystal Red - Float up & Pop (Score 1) 692 692

We will have to make sure that anyone has a crystal installed in their palm.... and when you turn 30 .... you have to go to carousel.... and float up and pop.

We will also have to create a police force to track down resistance members (aka runners) and eliminate them....

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"