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Comment: mainstream standards (Score 1) 636

by Gary W. Longsine (#47189039) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift
Time was, phrases like, "if their entire platform doesn't want to play nice with mainstream standards" were deployed by Microsoft dweebs against UNIX geeks. Did you not notice that iPhone apps are written in Objective C / Cocoa? Swift could just as easily be called, The New Objective C, or Objective C^3, or Objective Cocoa, and none of what you're griping about has changed at all, since the iTunes App Store was first deployed. You don't own a Mac, so you're already not in the iTunes App Store market. Why, again, do you care about this discussion, at all?

Comment: Ditching PHP (and WebObjects) for Swift/Cocoa (Score 1) 636

by Gary W. Longsine (#47189025) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Yeah, that definitely shouldn't be overlooked. Apple has a bunch of web-facing apps of their own, implemented in a variety of technologies, including some WebObjects/Java stuff, and some SproutCore/JavaScript stuff. Both of those are essentially clones of portions of (and different generations of) Cocoa (fka NeXTSTEP, which is relevant to recall here, because the WebObjects clone is that old, despite the fact that one of the largest stores on the Internet, iTunes, is built on it).

Here's an interesting political history of WebObjects around the time we last heard from it. As strange as it may seem, there's still an active WebObjects development community despite it being essentially self-supported for nearly a decade, now. Many of the developers in that community were, previously, Objective C developers, and the ones that survived the transition to Java are language agnostics. I suspect they might welcome the opportunity to migrate to a Swift/Cocoa web stack.

It will take some while, but Apple has just made the first step to a "language mindshare" play in the web application space.

Comment: Prophet of Retrospect (Score 2) 577

by Gary W. Longsine (#36364138) Attached to: Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
Actually, with every announcement you've been demonstrated to be wrong. Mac OS X isn't going anywhere. Apple has quite clearly been working very hard to bring some of the best ideas from iOS to the Mac OS X platform. They also introduced a nascent third platform, iCloud. If there was news of a platform's demise to be read between the lines at the WWDC 2011 keynote yesterday, it's more likely to be the demise of Windows as a consumer OS.

Comment: The way you see it (Score 1) 577

by Gary W. Longsine (#36363978) Attached to: Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
Since Apple currently offers you the choice of a tablet starting at $499 and laptops starting at $1199 (or something like that) and since the choice is already between a tablet iOS device with a subset of functionality, vs. a laptop or iMac with greater "professional" level functionality, then all you've done here is out yourself as a troll, or waste electrons on the internet. Which is it?

Comment: Digital Divide (Score 1) 568

by Gary W. Longsine (#36195504) Attached to: Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water
If that scenario pans out (and the recent HP blathering about why they are not interested in Thunderbolt provides some evidence that it might) then you'll see Apple's share of the consumer market growing even faster over the next couple years, when Mac users are loading their iPad with movies to take on the plane in about 90 seconds, and HP users are spending a non trivial part of an hour to do the same.

Comment: Re:Firewire a replacement for SCSI? (Score 1) 568

by Gary W. Longsine (#36195480) Attached to: Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water
FireWire was the replacement for SCSI, for connecting fast external drives to a Mac. (Mac computers at one time were all SCSI, internal and external connectors.) There's more about the relationship, at FireWire Wikipedia. My (fuzzy) recollection is that, at one time, one could even get adapter cables to allow FireWire ports on a Mac to connect a SCSI hard drive.

Comment: consumers and the tech geeks in their family (Score 1) 568

by Gary W. Longsine (#36195378) Attached to: Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water
You haven't been paying attention. The "tech geeks" in the families of "non-tech savvy consumers" have been telling them for a few years now, "sell it on eBay and buy a Mac." Thunderbolt will do fine, even if only Mac users get to connect their iPad 3 or iPhone 5 to it and get Thunderbolt 10 Gbps transfer speeds. They won't care what all y'all are doing, and won't be interested in how long it takes you to sync your iPad. "You know how long it takes? Mine is so quick, I never thought about it."

Comment: the rise of home schooling (Score 1) 916

by Gary W. Longsine (#36063724) Attached to: Evolution Battle Brews In Texas
The decline of a commonly agreed objective reality (based on facts and logical reasoning) in United States at least, appears to be concurrent with the rising popularity of home schooling in the past 25 or 30 years. It's not clear that government is the problem. Certainly it doesn't appear to be the only problem.

+ - Carriers Back Off On Mobile Payment Network->

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CWmike writes "Isis, a consortium comprised of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, is said to have decided to back off plans for a new, separate mobile payment network and will instead work within traditional systems that include major credit card processors such as Visa and MasterCard for mobile transactions, according to unnamed sources in a WSJ story. The carriers will still move ahead with a pilot test planned for 2012 in Salt Lake City of a system using near field communication (NFC) technology inside smartphones. Isis' change in direction is an acknowledgement that setting up a mobile payment system is much more challenging than putting NFC chips in smartphones and installing NFC reader terminals, at least in the U.S., analysts have said."
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+ - Intel extends Moore's Law with new transistor->

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Gary W. Longsine
Gary W. Longsine writes "Taking a queue from 1950s era cars, Intel will add fins to otherwise flat transistors. Using the new process, Intel will build cooler running chips with a smaller process size, shipping next year (2012). Moore's Law will be granted a temporary stay of execution. Will they use it to build the next generation Apple A5 processor? Next up: sharks with laser beams."
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+ - How we will kiss in the future (video)->

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HansonMB (1988686) writes "The days of touching your tongue to someone else’s tongue aren’t over just yet. But students at Japan’s Kajimoto Research Laboratory have them in their sights. They’ve created a device that lets people french kiss through the Internet: use your tongue to twirl a straw, and your partner will feel that straw move on the other end."
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