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Comment: No difference (Score 1) 69

by geek (#47715587) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

I find a study like this to be highly suspect. It's a 28 page story, hardly anything special. Have them read an actual novel instead. In 28 pages the "plot" is going to either be very convoluted or extremely thin. I find it just as likely that the 28 page story bored the kindle folks half to death and they didn't bother trying to recall it.

You're going to have to do better than 28 pages. That's barely a chapter in the books I read.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 302

by geek (#47715411) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Windows 8 basically handed Linux an opportunity on a silver platter. Now they just need to make the desktop significantly better than what Microsoft is currently offering.

And to take advantage of the Windows 8 fiasco Linux created it's own with Gnome 3, Unity and KDE 4. Honestly, Linux had the Windows 8 problem before Microsoft did. The state of UI's on Linux is a travesty.

Comment: Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (Score 2) 302

by geek (#47715397) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Microsoft probably has somewhere between 6 and 20 thousand engineers working on device drivers for various windows versions out there making about 80k a pop. Sorry but Linux simply does not have these kinds of resources. It would be nice but I don't see it happening.

Try 500-600. Most of those are "project managers" too who farm the work out to Indian contractors. Microsoft doesn't have the development force you think they do.

Comment: Re:Why do we need Auto? (Score 1) 187

by shutdown -p now (#47708361) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

The alternative might be polymorphic lambdas, which would require dynamic typing.

Polymorphic lambdas (which were added in C++14, in fact) don't require dynamic typing. They only require the ability to use template parameters for lambda arguments. In case of polymorphic lambdas, this is implicit (i.e. basically you can elide the type of the function parameter, and it will become a template parameter on the operator() for the type generated for that lambda).

Comment: Re:Oh god so what? (Score 1) 187

by shutdown -p now (#47708349) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

You can definitely over-do auto typing to the point where a human can't figure out the types involved

Thing is, in most cases the human doesn't particularly care about the types involved. Provided that variables are named descriptively, I can look at a piece of code and figure out what it does, without having to determine whether "files" is a vector, a list or a deque, and whether the elements are raw, shared or unique pointers.

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