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Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 93

System.IO is released and it is pretty tied to the platform. Problem with WPF/XAML designers: they can't decide on a schema and stick to it. WPF desktop, silverlight and Modern apps all have a slightly different way of doing a lot of things. Just when I start to wrap my head around data/command binding and such I try something different and it doesn't work the same way. Hopefully the push for universal apps will force one standard to win since more people will be in the porting business.

Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 93

Yes ... sort of I think. Ex: System.IO is just wrappers around COM calls to Win32 apis as far as I know. On Mac yes you could use the compiler but you'd have to include the mono or whatever version of System.IO which might insist on changing API signatures in subtle ways to be more "mac like" and mean you have to learn everything from scratch. Not only that but a lot of .Net developers (myself included) have been spoiled so much with tooling that we really have to think about it if we try to write a compile script from scratch, especially if you are doing some things complicated in the process like pre-build, code contract rewrites etc.

Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 93

You might (I hope) be surprised. They did after all release the new office for iOS and Android first. The problem is probably that VS is such a margin cash cow: enterprise products that people actually pay $2k for a pop vs windows which most people who care either acquire with a new computer (for about $40 OEM license) or "acquire" by other means.

As I said: I'd like to be surprised with it. But if not: there is still other IDEs that can handle C#/.Net source code. The more the platform matches the mindset of the types that insist on using open source IDEs the more love those IDEs will get and features will catch up hopefully.

Comment: Re:convicted monopolist shuts down open source dep (Score 1) 93

I'm pretty sure the BCL is open, ASP, entity framework etc. In core you have Linq, the IO, serialization and task parrellel library all of which IMO are the "I wonder how they did that" parts of the platform. That is the vast majority of my use of the language.

The biggest thing would be if they ported enough that VS ran on any platform. For those that do it I'm sure it would be nice to have the choice of using VS when doing iOS development (they could still force you to build on a mac but kind of ridiculous if they force you to use XCode too).

Comment: Re:The difference between Open Source and Free (Score 1) 93

One that implements the published specification for the platform/language? Just like MS got burnt trying to knock off java with J++ if you make a C# like languages that is broken from the standard in fundamental ways they'll come after you.

Comment: Re: Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

I agree post secondary can be a waste for many maybe most people. There is a reason why people say I'm crazy smart for example, and pretty much by definition if I'm doing it that means the majority of people probably can't. The assumption that everyone has a right to go to university and that that will magically roll back the clock to the 60's when only a couple countries mattered is silly. That said there are a lot of skilled(ish) jobs that require some education to do (mechanics, plumbing, electrical, etc). Good trade schools and apprenticeships could go a long way. Instead you end up with "job creators" that only create jobs for their kids (we should ban any company from having the name "and sons" in its title) rather than a meritocracy where apprenticeships/entry into the industry is based on talent.

Comment: Re: Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

That's just it. Local government pays for things like schools, police, fire etc things that clearly a company needs to attract and protect people. Companies lobby like hell to allow them to build an office, get property tax exceptions, discounted power etc etc but ask them to pay for some of the infrastructure and services that their existence cause and they'll fight like hell.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 227

by ILongForDarkness (#49455317) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

external drive: permanently attached. It is where my "acquired" media lives. Store shelf: it is a matter of magnitude. Likely HDD at store is turned over at least once a year. Typical retail you need to turn your inventory over 3-4 times a year at least. But long term archival storage for enterprise: 10yr +. With that long of a duration you need something like LTO that really, really tries for backwards compatibility. Try to get an IDE (or earlier) connection on your new server.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 1) 227

by ILongForDarkness (#49454453) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

Not only that: HDDs spindles seeze up after a while if not spinning from what I've heard (lubricant drying out in the barings?). Tape: designed to sit idle for 99.99% of their life.

The cost of the tape drive is the killer. You need to have enough data that you can amortize the cost over many tapes, but given the fairly limited drive slots available on very expensive disk arrays + the cost of the FC ports on the network switches etc etc life becomes much easier quickly having a robot and 4 tape drives attached to the file server vs 2000 disks in say 100 disk arrays (meaning probably 4 network switches, 200 gbics at about $100-500 a pop etc).

Comment: Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 427

by ILongForDarkness (#49431323) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

I'm pretty sure VS must be using a real tab character when you are using tabs not spaces. When I turn show white space on it shows tabs with the -> symbol and spaces with a dot: the editor knows when I added two spaces and when I added a tab (which may or may not be set to = 2 spaces). It also knows this when opening up a diff of someone elses files so it isn't that it is remembering keystroke history magically or anything. Anyways, at least for VS it isn't "magically doing multiple backspaces for me" it actually knows that the character pressed was a tab not a space in the first place.

My suspicion is the earlier commentor is using an editor developed in the 70's and assuming that that is how all of them work.

Comment: Re:Big Mac Index (Score 2) 427

by ILongForDarkness (#49426749) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

Not a citation but a bit of an explanation why the earlier authors comment on the Big Mac index deserves consideration. Differential pricing. For example: I live in Canada, we pay more for pretty much every good then the US even for goods made in Canada. In economics one of the factors is called price elasticity of demand. It varies with product (luxury, stable), availablity of substitutes but also by culture/country. Canada and europe generally have fairly low price elasticities (a comparable change in price has a smaller effect on demand than in the US) so that means companies gouge us because the optimal price/demand tradeoff lands at a higher price. A Toyota Camry made in Cambridge Ontario will sell for more there than if you buy it across the border in Detriot, even before taxes. Why: because they can.

The problem holds for the Big Mac index. Sure a Ukrainian developer can buy a lot of Big Macs with their salary but is that because they earn more, or McDonalds is taking a smaller margin to try to gain market share, government subsidizes of favorable exchange rates are lowering the cost of ingredients, or culturally Ukrainians aren't as big on fast food or have better substitutes? Who knows. But just having a single number you can't account for other factors.

Comment: Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 427

by ILongForDarkness (#49426671) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

Depends on the environment I suppose. At my work we all use VS (C# web services). Still our standard is spaces. Tabs in a uniform environment are a bit more flexible actually: you can set your IDE to have tabs = a different size indent. Some people like the stock ~5 char indent, some like 1-2, with a tab character they are free to chose. With a mandated 2 spaces or whatever everyone is forced to look at the code with the same indent even if it doesn't change what others see/the file itself if they were to use tabs with different indent preferences on the editor. If different people are using different editors or you insist on being able to see things the way you are used to even when looking over another devs shoulder then yeah spaces are the way to go.

Comment: Re:First time a Muslim packs one with explosives (Score 1) 162

by ILongForDarkness (#49389267) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

I thought a long time ago that a prime target would be a stadium. Say load up the Goodyear blimp with grenades and drop a couple dozen into the crowd at the Superbowl. Probably more casualties in the stampede than the explosion. 5lb bomb might get a stampede going though I suppose especially if the skies are already filled with other (non-armed) drones. People won't know that the other 100 in the air overhead have cameras or bombs.

Anyways, terrorism has an asymmetrical effect. For example 9/11 while tragic resulted in more US deaths in the resulting wars and the money spent could have prevented far more deaths than the attack caused (ex: I bet $6T in spending would yield a crapload of cancer and heart disease treatments). Did the resulting paranoia/military actions prevent further problems? Perhaps. But hard to prove a negative I guess. But (estimates are around 5000-20000 Taliban fighters) $6T is a lot to spend on a very few number of shitheads.

Comment: Re:Delivery drones (Score 1) 162

by ILongForDarkness (#49389037) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

Kind of odd you compare one of the lowest population states but then compare it to the largest city in the US, though I guess 1/2 Alaska and only 7 times the population wouldn't work well ;)

BC has better roads that Alaska. Plus over half the provinces population is in the Vancouver metropolitan area. The thing is for the out of the way places: unless we have serious advances in battery/engines drones are a really bad idea they either are doing long flights from a more populated area or an expensive piece of equipment is being tied up for a small number of people (effectively the same thing they either spend a lot of time flying between deliveries or spend it waiting on something to deliver). Either way drones make more sense in dense areas but dense areas are likely the place where people aren't going to want them because of lack of landing space/hazards.

I think drones are the modern day helicopter useful for a very few things and for the masses we'll use something else.

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