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Comment: Re:Design Counts (Score 2) 563 563

Why is it that Elon Musk and Tesla seem to be the only car maker that can produce appealing electric vehicles? even though they are overpriced, I think that problem will go away as Tesla continues to get more established etc.

Probably because they're the only car maker that is fully committed, and doesn't have any other competing product lines. It is in their best interest to make the most desirable EVs they possibly can, and to do anything less would be bad for their business.

Comment: Re:Still ugly as sin (Score 1) 249 249

It does seem like Tesla Motors is the only company that believes an electric car should look like a "normal full-size car," rather than some dinky ugly econo-box. I guess this is the result of the company not having any ulterior motives or competing product lines, so they're actually motivated to do the best job they possibly can.

Comment: Re:Multiplatform is king (Score 1) 260 260

And Apple's been doing this for longer. Even though Objective-C is technically not a platform-exclusive language, it currently is for all practical purposes. That's why I never bothered to spend any time learning it.

I have done C#, but only when someone was paying me to do it. Haven't really done it on my own time. (Even if it is also technically cross-platform, its still 99% a Microsoft-universe language. At least its similar enough to other languages that it wasn't much trouble to pick up.)

Given the choice, its generally been C, C++, or Java. My selection between those tends to depend more on the application/platform that arbitrary preference.

Comment: Re:Tim Cook, fuck yourself! I have my Blackberry! (Score 1) 344 344

Unfortunately, now that BlackBerry has given up their pathetic attempts at trying to market, sell, and support their new platform, I'm worried that we won't have this option for as long as we'd like. The platform is actually good, but no one seems to know or care that it exists. (Seriously, just look at how many comments on a BB-related article here are from people who are completely ignorant of the new OS, and continue to make completely valid criticisms of the old OS,.)

These days, they seem far more focused on wining and dining CEOs and CIOs to sell BES licenses, than on furthering the development of their own smartphone platform. I wouldn't be surprised of that eventually becomes 100% of their business.

I sure hope they get their act together, since I really like BlackBerry 10 as both a developer and a user, but I'm getting increasingly pessimistic.

Comment: Re:I am amazed (Score 1) 248 248

Pretty much all Unicode handling in framework libraries is UTF-16, and has been for quite a long time. Windows "wide" strings, Java String, .NET String, Qt QString, ICU UnicodeString, etc. Of course some libraries may support choosing between the two, and many newer libraries do opt for UTF-8. Serialized formats are also more likely to be UTF-8. However, UTF-16 is still far more common as the "in memory" representation.

Since multi-element characters are far less common in UTF-16 than in UTF-8, I can see how one could forget something about that in their implementation. Then again, between Emoji and Asian languages, its kinda hard to ignore dealing with those.

Comment: Re:Not at all (Score 1) 461 461

AOL has always been the mark of an Internet dunce. There was never a time when it didn't have a negative connotation, among those with a clue. No self-respecting techie would be caught dead with an AOL Email address.

Gmail usually just means you're too lazy to explore your options, or to setup your own domain name. It doesn't really have anywhere near the level of taint.

Comment: Re:she will be able to use her mom's smartphone (Score 1) 156 156

And people who get nit-picky about all these gender terms in English, especially when their gender-of-choice appears favored, should be grateful that they speak a language that offers the luxury of gender-neutral words. Many other languages assign gender to everything and have no such luxury.

Comment: Re:It was the best Windows (Score 4, Insightful) 640 640

Don't kid yourself. XP was just as bad as Vista at first, but everyone forgets that. It didn't become the "Windows to stand the ultimate test of time" until XP SP2.

Windows 2000 was also one of the best versions, IMHO. It just often gets left out, because it wasn't marketed to "the average home user." (But I wish it had been, instead of that trash called ME.)

Comment: Re:Nothing wrong with Blackberries (Score 1) 252 252

Remember that many places are still running older devices (e.g. Bold 9900) with their old operating system (OS 7.x or below). This old OS is what everyone continues to point to and make an example of when complaining about the company and their products. Often this is done in an atmosphere of complete denial at the very existence of their newer OS and products.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Whitehouse has not yet upgraded their devices and infrastructure from BB7 to BB10.

Some comparable jumps in the computer world would be Mac OS 9 to 10, or Windows 3.x to NT/2000. Yes, its that big a change. No, it doesn't happen quickly. In the interim, there's a lot of overlap and strong opinions that are dismissive of the newer product.

Comment: LitterRobot FTW! (Score 5, Informative) 190 190

There are other options in this market, not all of which require proprietary consumables. We've been using the LitterRobot which, while more expensive (~$300), requires no further financial commitment to the manufacturer. You just need to buy normal cat litter and periodically replace a normal garbage bag in the base.

Comment: Re:Simple... (Score 2, Interesting) 376 376

I ended up at a startup run by adults, actually in Silicon Valley. Contrary to the usual stereotypes, we do value experience and actually have a lot of engineers who are over 40. We have hardly anyone in a "management" role, so many of them had to make the transition from management back to actual development when coming to us. In fact, its only been very recently that we've hired any notable number of engineers who didn't already have some post-college work experience under their belt.

Of course we function by having a relatively small number of good people, rather than a large number of mediocre people, so all that experience really does benefit our environment.

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