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Comment Re:Key is included snap-ons (Score 2) 76

Except that I'm not sure people want to have to keep a drawer of "snap-on templates" for all their configurations. Its just yet another thing to lose, and inevitably have a hard time replacing. This will become especially true when the next product revision breaks compatibility with the older snap-ons.

Now when/if they can make the configuration software-controlled, it may have real potential. That's much harder, of course.

Comment The network for your one friend who hates Facebook (Score 2) 279

To me, Google+ was the social network for your one friend who refuses to use Facebook.

Since every social circle only has one of these people, perhaps two at most, there was never enough of a critical mass for it to gain relevancy.

Unfortunately, the real problem is that social networks are very much silo-ed places, so its not really practical to combine more than one of them into anyone's feed of interest. Thus, if one person uses Facebook and the other uses Google+, they're not really going to interact in a convenient fashion.

Comment Re:As it was designed to be used... (Score 3, Interesting) 59

The problem is that because Google does it first and/or best and/or "sufficiently free for adoption", there tend to not be any well known competing products. As such, everyone ends up relying on Google offerings "by default" and doesn't scramble to create replacements until their hands are forced.

Of course maybe this means that its a good investment to build alternatives to all of Google's offerings, just waiting to take an onrush of new business the moment Google loses interest in them. Then again, that's probably far easier in theory than practice.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley is not the industry either (Score 1) 398

Having previously worked in that industry, you could also say that gov't contracting provides a picture of what a tech company would look like if you kicked out all the H-1Bs. Having a general "US Citizen" requirement on an industry commonly populated by anything but, tends to shift things a lot.

Another thing that industry shows, is what things would look like if you removed the "specific known-to-the-west-cost top schools" bias that seems to be commonplace.

Sure, the average level of ability is far lower than what Silicon Valley is accustomed to. But on the other hand, the few high performers tend not to be limited to the groups that Silicon Valley seems to limit their hiring to.

Comment Re:Design Counts (Score 2) 688

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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