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Comment: Re:One more in a crowded field (Score 1) 337 337

Just like they plan on open-sourcing Facetime?

Most likely, and if something similar to the patient issue with FaceTime crops up I wouldn't be surprised on a reversed course similar to what happened with FaceTime. That said I'm assuming that the hints that they wanted to open source the language at it's introduction combined with delay between then and the announcement of planning to open source meant they may have taken steps to avoid such issues this time.

Comment: Re:not just many eyes (Score 2) 255 255

Actually the number of developers ( and developer effective effort ) that would work on such a library is not constant. Once you get too many developers on a single project a larger effort is required to required to just for code / development syncing. The other issue is especially with open source developers is not all developers are interested in working in the same development models among other issues. Which means single projects tend to discourage some potential developers from joining in. There also is the issue of developers wanting to feel helpful a good developer will often feel more appreciated on working on a smaller project.

Finally just because implementations are separate does not mean that their is not cross pollination. Fundamental concerns found by one project are very likely to be searched for in other projects. Likewise with good ideas introduced in one project will often be picked up by other projects. Further because of a diverse system of libraries it is more likely that good ideas can be experimented with safely in different projects.

Comment: Re:Brought an iPhone 6 and think it's too big (Score 1) 277 277

You just bought it.

Give it 2-4 weeks.

As you would start taking advantage of the larger screen, you would get used to the size. Or not.

As I said I'm going to stick it out. Ended up using my 5 yesterday for a bit while recovering from 8.0.1 and it still seemed slightly big to me. For now I still find myself thinking more consciously about how to use it ( i.e. if I need to shift hands etc. ) than my old phone; but hopefully that will improve over time. I haven't had it slip from my hands as much the last couple of days which is big improvement.

Comment: Re:Brought an iPhone 6 and think it's too big (Score 1) 277 277

Heh. No, for cars that's what do not distrub mode and hands free operation are for if absolutely necessary. I love that my car ( prius ) has a built in text option to respond "I am currently driving" in the bluetooth integration.

There are lots of valid reasons to use a cellphone one handed. For example when shopping, it's much more convient to be able to pull up member cards etc. without having to sit everything down or shift it around. Using the phone on breaking while drinking, or eating, etc. I could type a very long list here of other uses... but I could care less about playing along ( though only slightly less, I did list a couple examples after all :P )

Comment: Brought an iPhone 6 and think it's too big (Score 1) 277 277

I bought an iPhone 6 recently figuring I'd skip the obviously too big 6+. While I like most of the features I've found even the base 6 is a too big. My thumb doesn't even reach all the way across the bottom of the screen and only about half way to the far corner if I'm holding the phone in a good stable grip. Even reachability mode doesn't get everything in close enough. I wish that it shrunk the screen slightly as well. I find that I either have to carefully balance the phone or use two hands. I've already drop it a few times trying to reach the stuff just a bit to far, and the area between my thumb and rest of my hand hurt the first few days after I got the device from trying to force my thumb to reach across. To be honest I was expecting it to be a bit big as there is a small part of an iPhone 5 screen I can't reach without shifting the phone but that bothered me only occasionally. Going to stick this one out, but not sure I want another large phone, especially since I carry a tablet* with me most of the time. Granted I guess I have short hands, my thumb is almost 1.5" long.

* - Okay, sometimes I carry up to 3 with me so that I have Android, iOS and Surface covered; as part of checking to see how stuff runs on different OSes. And yes tablets are much bigger, but they are two handed devices.

Comment: Re:I don't care. (Score 1) 108 108

That's why I always use ROT-13 twice. It completely eliminates the risk of that form of decryption.

Because I had to worry about clients using XP SP2, I'm stuck using ROT-1. But I found that if I use it 26 times, it gives just as good protection and also avoids the inverse directional issues ROT-1 has with some implementations.

Comment: Future of C++ Standard Library (Score 3, Interesting) 427 427

One of the recent concerns raised with C++ compared to other popular languages is the breadth of the standard library. I know that the C++ standard committee was looking at adding a C++ transformed version of Cairo to the standard. And of course their is boost. What else do you see coming to address the perceived API shortcomings?


Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body 160 Screenshot-sm 160

An anonymous reader writes A Florida man currently on trial for murder reportedly attempted to use Siri to garner ideas about where to bury the body of his dead roommate. According to police allegations, a University of Florida student named Pedro Bravo murdered his roommate via strangulation in late September of 2012 over a dispute involving Bravo's ex- girlfriend. According to a detective working the case, Bravo subsequently fired up Siri on his iPhone and asked it "I need to hide my roommate."

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming