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Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 2) 256

by Dahamma (#48025241) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Until they have a more affordable version, the with be a niche. Bugati is also a niche. Niche doesn't mean bad.

Bad example. Bugatti isn't a niche, Bugatti is just a marquee brand of the Volkswagen Group.

And while obviously Tesla will remain relatively small until they have the pricing and capacity to sell more cars, that's not really a very good definition of a niche. They are backordered for months and have already announced longer term plans for their next 2 models. That's called *startup*, not a niche.

As far as the price - maybe it's high, but also maybe Bob Lutz doesn't quite understand the concept of stock valuation. In theory its price is based on the POTENTIAL value of the company, not it's current state. Or maybe he's just butt hurt his former company's stock (GM) has tanked while Tesla's has skyrocketed.

Actually, if you want *real* niche, it's Lutz's new company, who's car (I'm not making this up) is basically taking a Fiskar Karma and replacing the electric motor with one from a Corvette ZR1: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/0...

Comment: Re:I still don't get this. (Score 1) 301

by Dahamma (#48012705) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

The sad thing is I have never put my phone in a case, BECAUSE it completely defeats the purpose of a nice, compact smartphone. And I have never had an issue in, what, like 7-8 years.

But I am now considering it with the iPhone 6 because I am worried it's so thin (and the glass screen actually wraps around the sides, so even a side impact will hit glass) it could break with what I would consider "normal" wear and tear. I think there is a "too thin" and this iPhone has approached it...

Comment: Re:Yes, reality is a defense (Score 1) 301

by Dahamma (#48012685) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Your post doesn't make much sense, and your personal anecdote is trivially countered, sorry.

Why would the phone be subjected to 1/10 of 55 lbs in a back pocket? I'd say for many people it would be subjected to a significant fraction of 200lbs, where 70lbs vs 140lbs required to bend it is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.

And my (180lb?) coworker already bent his by putting it in his back pocket and sitting down. Now I don't understand WHY someone would put a phone in their back pocket and sit on it, but he said he had done it with his iPhone 5 for years and never had a problem, which pretty much makes the point...

Comment: Re:This is a defense of iPhone 6? (Score 1) 301

by Dahamma (#48012657) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

I wouldn't call the 6 a phablet. I'm not really a fan of big phones, but I got the 6 and the advantages of the larger size have (to me) overall outweighed the disadvantages.

Most importantly I can still reasonably fit the iPhone 6 in my front pocket. the 6+, not so much, and the Note 2 would be a ball breaker...

Comment: Re:The story (Score 1, Insightful) 165

by Dahamma (#48012491) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

It's totally non-news.

It's basically a trivial fact that could probably have been answered just by ASKING anyone who actually knew about the details of the Z-80 development, but some dude decided to puzzle it out himself, slow /. news day, and bam, here's the article.

Hold on... I just had an epiphany about why manhole covers are round - give me a sec, I think I'm going to submit it...

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 1) 310

by Dahamma (#48011533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

I didn't say I haven't used obj-C, just not much, not recently and really only to experiment to see if it would be a good choice to use for my particular Python/Fortran based project. It was the Python bindings that made me take a look and I particularly liked how I could use dynamic typing and garbage collection, making it a good 'fit'. I was amazed by the quality of the Apple developer tools too.

Yeah, most of the advantage of Obj-C is in the great tools and libraries. Personally I think someone would be crazy to use it for a project outside of iOS/OSX :)

(well, I am assuming you were not building a new GUI app in Python and Fortran... I'm sure it's been done...)

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 1) 310

by Dahamma (#48007965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

So... based on your later posts you have never even USED Objective-C but you lucked out on /. First Post. Yay for useless comments!

And trashing Apple in the process, nice.

Objective-C is a semi-painful language but in my experience SO much more efficient than Android's choice of Java. There is a lot of misinformation about Swift but the reality is its development was headed by the lead dev of Clang who was also responsible for a lot of the innovations in Objecive-C. His goal *was* in fact to replace Objective-C with a more modern language, and despite more incorrect claims it is as natively integrated into the Apple toolchain as Objective-C.

That said, I'd compare Swift with early versions of Scala - uses an existing runtime, "modernized", more functional, and dynamic syntax, lots of random bugs and occasional brain farts.

I have only experimented a bit with Swift so far, but that experiment has been that the majority of functionality is much more expressive (like Ruby) than Objective-C, but once in a while you get bitten with something that is a complete PITA to do (because of the language or the bindings to current APIs). Because of that I decided to stick to Objective-C for now - but I'm guessing Swift will become fairly popular in the next year or so...

Comment: Re:If I own the car (Score 1) 267

by Dahamma (#48007675) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

the valet is just another subcontractor that you hire while he/she works for the hotel / restaurant / wherever you go. Since the valet is an employee you should be able to record them

And at the same time, valet service usually comes with a contract of their service (thank you lawyers!) - all they have to do is put "you can't record our valets without their permission" and bam! Amazing how many rights you can give up via a contract.

Comment: Re:Obj-C (Score 1) 310

by Dahamma (#48007489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

I'd bet the majority of budding iOS developers start their first project using Interface Builder. It works pretty well if you don't stray too far from the Apple "look". But once you want to do something novel, you start spending more and more time working around IB than with it.

And god forbid you want to collaborate with other developers via version control. Having to manually 3-way merge a couple thousand lines of XML causes IB to quickly lose its shine...

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