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Comment: why Java? (Score 2, Interesting) 272

by ShenTheWise (#30736540) Attached to: An Android Developer's Top 10 Gripes

My single Android complaint: Why, oh why must it be Java based?

1) Sandboxing in Android actually happens at the Linux process level. Every app run its in own isolated process, with its own instance of the Java VM. You can remove the VM form the picture and it would be just as safe.
2) You cannot build once run everywhere. Its a myth. With J2ME phones, devs test and optimize for every supported handset, and it will be the same for Android.
3) Java *IS* an order of magnitude slower than C/ASM for many things that are important for games, such as matrix math. Google knows this and is trying to work around it with JNI/NDK, but really why the complication?

I guess its too late now, but it makes me very, very sad.
(And makes Apple very, very happy)

Comment: You have to negotiate (Score 1) 582

by ShenTheWise (#29018603) Attached to: Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?
People must learn to speak to management eye-to-eye.
Say: "I did so and so over the last few months and I believe I've earned my month-long vacation"
Or: "I'll gladly work more than 40 hours a week when necessary - but I do like coming to the office later than most"

You should develop a straight forward, explicit business relationship with your boss. If you act like a kid, you deserve to be treated like one.

Now, if you feel you don't have any leverage to negotiate, it might be time to look for a new job!

Comment: Re:So, that would mean (Score 1) 412

by ShenTheWise (#27039631) Attached to: Volt Asks Temps To 'Vote" For Microsoft Pay Cut
I think the absolute value of their compensation is also a problem. If you make $500k a year, getting that extra $500k bonus is a pretty big deal. Maybe you can finally buy that yatch, or retire a bit earlier. But if you made 150 Million last year, does this year's bonus it really matter anymore? What exactly it the "risk" for those people?

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin