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Comment: Re:Lacking developers. (Score 1) 189

by Octorian (#47989055) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

The new BlackBerry 10 platform doesn't have any Java shit to get fucked up.

One of BlackBerry's biggest marketing problems with BlackBerry 10 is that they're not getting the message across that BB10 is *not* the same platform as BB7. The only thing they really have in common is the brand name associated with them.

Comment: Re:Lacking developers. (Score 1) 189

by Octorian (#47988977) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

I still wonder what platform(s) those numbers lump into the "Java ME" bucket, since that's not really a platform as much as a category. A category that the older BlackBerry OS "technically" was compatible with, but is rarely counted as part of.
I'm also suspicious of any mobile marketshare stats, since they vary from hour to hour and always seem to support the point being made in whatever blog post or presentation they're cited in.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here, move along... (Score 1) 135

I did feel the earthquake on the south side of San Jose, but it didn't get me out of bed. Felt like the house was shaking for a bit, but nothing got knocked over. (And yes, we have plenty of things in the house that could get knocked over quite easily.)

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 4, Interesting) 401

by Octorian (#47396019) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

With many of these odd job descriptions you speak of, I suspect many of them are cases where said company has already identified the specific individual they want to get an H-1B visa for. So this is essentially a copy of their unique resume. They just need to publicly post the job to fulfill a legal requirement before they can get them the visa.

Comment: Re:Newsblur (Score 1) 132

by Octorian (#47388147) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later

I've been quite happy with NewsBlur as well. The only area it falls short for me, is that it doesn't update its feeds anywhere near as quickly as Google Reader did. Some are worse than others, too.

So for the usual stuff, its mostly fine. But whenever a blog announces some livestream event, the post doesn't appear until an hour after its over.

Comment: Re:Maybe for parking (Score 4, Interesting) 144

by Octorian (#46188881) Attached to: A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

I would love something like this for parking, especially if it could be semi-automated. Push a button, drone flies up and does a survey of the parking lot. It then finds a space and "squats" it for you while you drive there on the ground.

I even thought of this idea like 10 years ago, when trying to come up with random ideas for fictitious gov't technology programs while bored at work. I think the name we coined was "OPLSS" (pronounced "Hopeless"), for "Objective Parking Lot Survey System".

But, just like many superpowers we'd all love to have, this sort of thing is *only* useful if you're the only one who has it. If everyone had this capability, it would cause far more problems than it would solve.

Comment: Re:Not all that surprising (Score 1) 282

by Octorian (#45983149) Attached to: Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

Along this line, I've often felt that if Qt existed under a "more free" license from the start, Java may not have taken over as the "language du jour" (with .NET riding on its coat tails).

Qt basically gives C++ a big part of Java's "real" advantage, which is a large common cross-platform framework that includes everything you actually need to write real applications.

Comment: Not all that surprising (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by Octorian (#45975927) Attached to: Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

Gtk+/GNOME (in popular form) basically exists because of a flamewar, so is it any surprise that the community is still like that?

It always struck me as a bunch of stuck up C developers who outright refused to use C++, on principle alone. So instead, they implemented everything C++ does on top of C, using macros and coding conventions. They later managed to spin their crusade as "actually" being about the licensing issues with Qt at the time. While those licensing arguments may have been valid, to me they always felt like little more than a cover for a C vs C++ fight. However, it made their side of the story a lot easier to sell.

Comment: Re:Sure, why not (Score 1) 430

by Octorian (#45868853) Attached to: Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

Except the VB generation was always a separate group from your more traditionally educated software engineers. Java, on the other hand, has wholesale infected CompSci education.

(While I will admit that I've done a fair amount of Java and .NET development in the real world, I'm also forever grateful that I went to college *before* it took over there.)

Comment: Re:Blackberry 10 (Score 1) 162

by Octorian (#45830617) Attached to: The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

The problems with this platform all stem from marketing and distribution channel issues, which I hope they can find a way to fix. The product itself is quite solid, and continually improving. Its just that its still having to fight against a product image of what the company was selling 3 years ago, and they're not meeting that challenge as directly as they need to be.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten