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Comment: I love Obj-C. I've used it since 1989. (Score 1) 307

by jcr (#48008177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

But as I've said many times since then, I'll switch when something better comes along. That time has come. Swift is a major improvement over Obj-C, and it was developed to meet Apple's internal needs, by engineers who know Obj-C inside out.

It's kind of a kick being a beginner again. Swift takes some getting used to, but I expect it to give me as much of a productivity improvement over Obj-C as Obj-C gave me over C++.


Comment: Re:Someone explain please (Score 4, Insightful) 210

by jcr (#47991163) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

What is it with governments and wanting to spy on every citizen, just because the technology might allow for it?

As Robert Heinlein pointed out, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who seek to control others, and those who have no such desire. Governments are comprised of the assholes in the first category, and mass surveillance is all about power.


Comment: Re:National Two-Factor ID (Score 1) 405

IMO our whole monetary system has evolved to promote convenience so much that we're losing basic security.

I just now cancelled a debit card because I'm tired of cleaning up after fraudulent transactions. The world is full of criminal organizations working full time to defraud anybody and everybody. I just can't see it as sustainable.

Comment: Re:Good move... (Score 2) 137

by Copid (#47976127) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail
Exactly this. I want to keep Google, the company that knows everything about me and then some, totally separate from social media, a thing whose default beahvior seems to be to share whatever it knows about me with anybody I've ever met. Kept separate, both of those things have value. But let's be honest--Google has my email, records of most of my purchases, my web search history, and everything on my smart phone including GPS location stamps and call records. Why would I ever want to connect all that shit to a public data spew with constantly changing policies and behaviors? No good can come of it.

Comment: Re:Can't help plugging Atwood (Score 3, Interesting) 394

by Artifakt (#47974365) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Probably, it's more like the reason Kurt Vonnegut did the same thing. Slaughterhouse Five, for just one of his works, really needs to be read like the reader isn't allowed to be sure whether Billy Pilgrim is objectively experiencing being unstuck in time and meeting Tralfamadorians and such, or has become a trifle unglued coping with tremendous shell-shock from WW2. If it comes prelabeled as SF, the deliberate ambiguity is ruined. Wondering if Tralfamadorian anatomy makes sense for a realistic alien is not even close to the biggest points Vonnegut hoped people would take away from Slaughterhouse Five.
              Even Heinlein, who didn't usually mind being called things like the "number one Science Fiction author ever" and such, had cases like this - Glory Road deliberately switches at the very end from Fantasy tropes to SF, and Stranger in a Strange Land exists in two published forms, one more clearly SF, one deliberately deemphasizing those elements.

Comment: Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (Score 1) 133

by Black Parrot (#47972683) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

So, whether something is supernatural depends on your frame of reference? In our universe it's supernatural, but in its universe it's just that dork that's wasting its life creating universes in its mother's basement?

And if we manage to create a sentient artificial intelligence in a virtual environment, to it we'll be supernatural and that other hypothetical being will be supersupernatural?

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson