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Comment: Re:Yes & the sheer amount of existing code/fra (Score 1) 382

by Darinbob (#49745953) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Most of those are libraries. Thus they've been solved with any language with similar libraries. Ie, networking - it's sort of there in Java, however there's no control over the networking and how it's implemented and it reflects a small subset of what you may want networking to do (it's good at web oriented stuff basically). Meanwhile just about any language that allows using POSIX libraries can do your basic networking that Java can do. For embedded devices, Java is still very high level, it does not give you register access to the machines for example, so where it is used most typically in embedded systems is as an application layer with the layers underneath written in other languages.

I agree a lot has been added to solve problems. Which means I meet a lot of Java programmers who don't really program, they just tie together pieces of existing code.

Comment: Re:Its funny (Score 1) 211

There are many versus that also teach to treat Jews and Christians well as they are fellow monotheists, or peoples of the book.

"Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve."

Islam does have orders to love your neighbors, because Islam includes the teachings of Christ as well. They just don't consider him divine.

Meanwhile, in the new testament: "Then He said to them, 'But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.'" Of course it's out of context, but using religion for violence has always been about taking things out of context.

Comment: Re:Linux-based? (Score 1) 161

Ya, it feels a bit of a stretch. 10K is tiny. 8-bit CPU systems with a tiny application and no operating system take up more code space than that and that's with no networking or security. I'm struggling with 128K code and 16K ram to fit in what is needed, but that's with 16 bit instructions.

I can't see any links to get verifiable information. I suspect it's 10K ram with code in flash or rom though, or it has some seriously limited requirements (only communicates with a nearby phone, recharge every night, using an attached radio modem to do all the work but not counting code size that it uses).

Comment: Re:Firefox on Android + uBlock is great (Score 1) 108

by Darinbob (#49740069) Attached to: Adblock Plus Launches Adblock Browser: a Fork of Firefox For Android

What's the default on Android? That was an utterly useless piece of crap. I assumed it was Chrome since it's Google... Firefox isn't much better though. So slow, no instruction manual (seriously, I can't figure out how to use it, how to customize it to get rid of accidentally added bookmarks, how to remove the default start page, etc). Then I have to pull out a magnifying glass to read any page that pops up anyway.

Comment: Re:Resource Hog? (Score 1) 108

by Darinbob (#49739973) Attached to: Adblock Plus Launches Adblock Browser: a Fork of Firefox For Android

The ADS are the resource hogs! I am highly suspicious that this is the reason why there is no decent browser for my android, it's painfully slow even though the same wifi is fast and responsive on a real computer. Alternately it could be JavaScript since there's also no NoScript add-on, but I don't even know if JavaScript can run on smartphones... I'd really like to just get a dumb phone again, there's nothing at all smart or useful about the new phones unless you like to do twitter or facebook.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 2) 361

by Darinbob (#49739893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

The maintenance is usually built into the cost. Plans during design may have been for 1 firmware patch/upgrade a year. However in practice this may change over time.

Or they factor in the cost of manpower to walk around to each pump and upgrade them versus the cost of adding in a network and the security subsystem to deal with a network and the cost of back office support services to manage the network and security issues, and then decided that the flunky with a laptop is the better solution. Sure, I agree it's not good to be the flunky in that case, but it's how so much of the world works.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?