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Comment: Re:to apple fan boys (Score 1) 412

by Shados (#48923259) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

The gaming console wars end up the same way, though in that case one at least can make the argument that the more successful company attracts more games (so its more about device sold than profit margin, which confirms your point about Apple being even worse)

Nexus 6 is good. My personal usage pattern for a "phone" is: "Really, I don't make many phone calls, ever, so what I really want is a tablet that can make a phone call every now and then...but if I can't fix a tablet in my pocket and have to read for my bag every time, I'll never use it, so I need the largest possible 'tablet' that will fit in my pocket and be able to make phone calls". The Nexus 6 fit that bill, though millage will vary if you don't have large pockets :)

If you read around you'll hear about how the N6 does full device encryption in software, and can't be disabled without custom ROM. That doesn't really affect performance in practice except for app loading, which absolutely feel slower than it should for a premium device (though its not nearly as bad as at launch. They patched it up since most of the negative reviews popped). If you flash a custom rom (i don't have the patience for that), it supposingly flies. That said, one can't help but be jealous of the iphone 6 plus battery life.

All around I like it. Its the only intersection of near tablet sized phone thats fully hackable if I ever need to, that has guaranteed OS updates, so for me it ended up being my only real option.

Comment: Re:A great developer knows how shitty he is at cod (Score 1) 192

by Shados (#48923187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

That depends on the "why" though. Currently, one of the thing that will prevent a company from growing is how hard it is to get resources. An argument could be made that good C++ devs are rare and expensive. PoS systems are frequently written in higher level languages, so you'll more easily be able to find people to work on it if you use one of those languages. So the time and money you lose rewriting it will be made back, often several times over.

C# is actually a pretty wonderful language, with its platform being its only real drawback, and depending on your scale, it may not even be a drawback. If your total cost of ownership of one of these PoS boxes was $5000, the 20 bucks (after volume licensing) for the OS wouldn't a big deal. .NET will also easily be able to consume legacy C++ code because it has decent interop for it (better than most other languages with C++ interop).

Now, the PoS I used to work on had a much lower TCO than that, so until .NET core becomes mainstream on Linux, it may not be the correct choice, unless the C++ interop become a factor. But keeping a PoS system in C++ is almost certainly the wrong choice. You won't get many super star devs willing to work on that kind of thing, so you need to architect accordingly.

Comment: Re:to apple fan boys (Score 1) 412

by Shados (#48922983) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Apple's marketing is just genius.... have useless things be considered critical, bug and issues be considered advantages, ridicule cheaper products...

I have a Nexus 6, which I got 64gb and without contract, so after shipping and taxes, it came up over $700. The only reason the 64gb is that important is that Android SD card support was crippled in Android 4 to the point of being useless aside for music/video, so people end up being more to get screwed more.

Anyway, at one point I'm sending a message on my overpriced N6, which I only forked over because I'm not fond of Apple products yet I wanted a phone that actually gets updates. Someone in my office look at me, and couldn't help but going: "Oh, you use Android? Wtf, that's a phone for poor people, I thought you were an engineer".

So not only from their point of view being ripped off is a good thing, else you're a "poor person", but getting ripped off by Google is still not good enough.

Comment: Re:Lack of social ability at Microsoft (Score 2) 105

by Shados (#48898683) Attached to: Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is large. Very F**** large. Their development tool division, while it has had some hiccups over the years, overall has been pretty good, devs liked them and they were always pushing to embrace open source. The rest of the company, not so much.

So things like this look weird depending on where you're looking from. If you look at Microsoft the company that makes Windows and Office, this is awkward, they're trying too hard, etc.

If you look at it from Microsoft the company that makes C#, has been pushing a bunch of open source stuff for a pretty long time now, has Microsoft Research, etc, its really not that special and pretty much expected of them at this point, even if it wasn't true 15 years ago.

They're trying to take the "cool" division and make it do things that affect Microsoft's reputation as a whole. That will be long and hard.

Comment: Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (Score 1) 200

by Shados (#48895283) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Didn't replace anything that I could see, but I can't talk beyond that. The running theory, since it only affected very specific sites (big MMOs, Youtube, Netflix, etc...while you could easily download at maximum speed from Steam or Microsoft) is that it was just the same freagin crap that happened with Comcast, except they may actually have upgraded without needing to be bribed.

Comment: Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (Score 1) 200

by Shados (#48891357) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

For a while (2-3 years ago) most (not all!) of FiOS customers, especially on the east coast, had terrible (TERRIBLE) experience on most popular streaming services. Worse than Comcast + Netflix. As in Youtube would barely play 360p videos.

You could see it on that youtube statistic pages that showed the average streaming speed per ISP. FiOS was abysmal.

From what I understand, its been fixed by now, but it it was so bad I had to switch back to Comcast when I realize everyone with FiOS in my region had that issue (their forums was flooded about it, etc). Worse, some MMORPGs were completely unplayable because of some bad routes... unrelated, but it made everything so painful...

Comment: Re:the fiber is a lie (Score 1) 200

by Shados (#48891337) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Its not "cable in your house to a cable modem". Its using MoCA, and the router is a moca -> ethernet bridge (my terminology is probably off). Sure, its just semantic, but its just the easiest way for most people to have effectively an ethernet wired house, since its pretty damn unlikely you have fibers running in your walls. Since you don't share that coax with your neighbors, its fast enough.

And as someone else pointed out, whats telling you its coax cable on the street? You opened one up, removed its cover, and looked inside?

Comment: Re:Yes, but not the flu (Score 1) 660

by Shados (#48891319) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Thats very possible. The flu doesn't do permanent damage to healthy adults, but its a fairly serious illness with pretty rough symptoms. Most people never catch it, even though a lot do (googling around, 5-20% of people every year? That a lot less than a cold, so its very likely to never catch it).

I'm pretty sure I only caught it once, and I was a mess to begin with when I did.

Comment: Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 253

by Shados (#48874457) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Not completely through fault of theirs thought. You have one of the most complex tax codes in the world (with several times the population of the only other first world country i can think of with a tax code thats just as fucked up), and a population who, because of heavy government distrust, is doing everything it can to stick it to the man (not counting corporations which always are).

That will end up making it a much more complicated problem to deal with than the FBI has to. Its employees are also going to be much, much less efficient. Who in their right minds want to work for the IRS?

Comment: Re:Basic things make all the difference. (Score 1) 382

by Shados (#48862513) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Not a .NET shill, but it didn't "catch up" to Java in terms of garbage collector. Java has been catching up to it, and only barely. Multithreading support is also a lot better in .NET land (just as safe, but vastly superior APIs and language support).

Still, I totally agree with your point. When playing in JVM/CLR land its often easy to forget how behind other runtimes are, mainly because until you're doing something massive (8-9 figure users), it just doesn't fucking matter unless the code is crap, so these subtleties often get lost by the peanut gallery.

Comment: Re:Imagine if having more men increased a team's (Score 2) 219

by Shados (#48849409) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Joke or not, pretty much. And that gives some major bias. Depending on how studies are done, things with very close metrics like effect of genders on XYZ can go either way. But since you can only publish those that show women are better, it ends up that all studies show women are better at everything.

Every so often you'll have a study that shows the opposite for some specific or another, but that will get spinned somehow. ie: I read a study recently about how women don't do well in competitive environments (when talking about how to get women to participate in hackatons, you remove the "contest" element of it). It was spinned somehow as a great thing.

All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists know it. -- Richard P. Feynman