Since the Chinese formula is rarity + cost = raging boners, I sure hope they ground this guy up into aphrodisiac powder and saved a couple tigers or black rhinos.
Sadly, this isn't a technical question, it's a political question. You've got the following considerations:
- Is it a clean, well designed framework with good docs and good support?
- Can I count on the ecosystem it's designed for surviving?
- What's the owner's record on this?
Only the first is really technical. In the case of Flex, at the time you couldn't predict that Flash would fall from grace so fast and that Adobe would abandon the Linux version. In the case of Qt, well, there's always a need for embedded device GUIs - but there was a chance that after Nokia bought Trolltech it might have ended up being bought and killed by Microsoft when they bought Nokia. Luckily it was already spun off into Digia.
I guess you could collapse this into 'Do I trust the owner?' I don't trust Adobe, so I would have skipped Flex, but on the other hand Flash had a good long run. I know going in that any MS framework like XNA will be obsoleted in a couple years, but will be supported for quite a while at least. I trusted Trolltech, but then they got bought by Nokia - that's the sort of thing you can't really predict.
And of course in theory you can actually leave Facebook, though in practice the peer pressure works pretty damn well.
Let me just bury that metaphor under a rock somewhere.
Fascinating... okay, my metaphor sucks!
The fundamental bad assumption here is that FaceBook would be happy about the user experience being streamlined and more efficient. If they're showing something to you it's *because they want you to see it*, even if (or especially if) it slows you down and means you have to click more and see things you didn't want to see. You didn't want to see it, but *they* want you to see it. This extension takes away their total control.
You aren't the customer, you are the product. The cow doesn't get to choose how it gets milked.
When your boss says you're going to launch on October 3 no matter what, you get whatever you've got.
I've occasionally (thankfully not often) had to turn out things I'm not proud of for customers who have no idea how to schedule and won't hear otherwise. Stuff like the front end/back end error handling is high up the chopping block.
We already know the NIST has crippled some of its standards in response to NSA pressure.
It was assumed for years, but we never had proof till recently.
Nobody should be running Java in browser. It's a blinking, gaping 'zero day me here!' for any drive-by malware and Oracle can't keep up with the exploits (though they still keep trying to re-enable their plugin on install, along with trying to install junkware, the evil bastards).
I do use Java for standalone apps, this is not an anti-Java thing - it's the browser plugin that is the problem.
Big slow institutions that are stuck using Java can pay the $100 and still get the extra drive-by protection. Everyone wins. Of course the baddies could still get a cert... but then we're back to 'don't run it in browser.'
And right after they'd managed to finger Lee Harvey Oswald.
Coincidence? Follow the money, sheeple!
... would be about half the articles, wouldn't it?
Let's call it Sabbath. As a bonus, Ozzy is 115 this year.
Keep in mind that when you just quit you're hurting your co-workers. All your stuff is going to get dropped on them. Definitely short term, possibly long term. It will be much easier with a transition period. If the boss says 'Fine, get out now!', well, you tried. Or perhaps you hate them all!
I would definitely take the time to contact your good co-workers and tell them what happened and why ('Sorry, but...'). It's also a surprisingly small industry at times - word gets around more than you might expect. I keep running into people from 20 years ago!
I wouldn't stress about exactly two weeks if you miss by a day because the boss was out.
I haven't tried - I suspect you'd have to root.
Still, I've never seen a Presidential Alert, so won't worry about it - presumably that's something really freaking important like 'Nukes are in the air.' If we ever get campaign messages or 'Flooding in [another state]' on it then I'm sure someone will figure it out.
WAP push messages let you buy ringtones, themes, etc and have them installed on your phone by 'pushing' them at your phone. Not so bad to have disabled. I think Gingerbread is too old to even have support for the super annoying Amber Alerts, so you'd only get them as normal SMS messages. Though I could be wrong.
On iOS: settings -> notifications -> Government Alerts down at the bottom. You can turn off just Amber alerts.
On Android: open the Android messaging