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Comment Re:WinRAR (Score 1) 129

Same here. I get blasted by people regularly for using WinRAR instead of 7-Zip, but I prefer it for the exact same reason you do. It's just more convenient to use. Hell, I even paid for it.

However, to avoid warring about it and for the sake of ease of file exchange, I only create ZIP files. For the same reason, I am thoroughly annoyed by people using the 7-Zip format for archives. The few extra bytes saved is not worth the annoyance, neither for RAR nor 7z files.

Comment Still no actually round screen? (Score 2) 52

From the pictures, it seems the screen still isn't really round, but has a straight section at the bottom just like the old version.

If that ends up to be the release, then it's a no go for me. Looks absolutely terrible.

Then again, I don't wear watches anyway, and if I did, it'd be a classic, not some smart toy. I'm not Hasselhoff, I don't need to talk to my car.

Comment Haven't used cash in ages... (Score 1) 294

I do indeed live in Europe, and I pay for something with cash maybe once every few weeks. ATM (maestro, instant bank account transfer) card is used for everything in my country, from groceries to parking meters, to buying a car. Even random tiny vendor at backwater music festival will have a mobile card machine accepting them. Unlike some other countries there's no minimum acceptable amount for carding.

Credit cards are now accepted in most places as well, but certainly far from all, and there may be an extra fee. It depends on the card machine really, most card payment machines these days (fixed as well as mobile), regardless of the venue, will accept credit cards as long as they have both a chip and the PIN functionality. But every once in a while you'll encounter an old machine, or a machine with a slot that doesn't fit the credit card's extra height due to the relief of the numbers on it.

My American friends keep trying to convince me their credit card system is better, with all sorts of benefits if you play it right, insurance, etc. But we have consumer protections laws here that mean you don't really need that insurance, benefits are just costs siphoned somewhere else, the extra % for the charge is just thrown away money, and I like that my checking account immediately reflects spent funds.

What do I still use cash for? The increasingly rare parking meter that only accepts coins, and for leaving tips. Once in a while I'll pay somewhere in big bills just to get little ones and coins back to leave for tips in restaurants and bars. That is one thing the US does infinitely better: you can write the tip amount on the check. I really don't get why that system hasn't been adopted here, as I (and all the other locals) will always pay with our cards, and if no cash is on hand, no tip will be left (adding the tip to the carded amount usually means the money goes to the boss, not your waiters and chefs and whatnot). Of course, our waiters are actually paid real-people-wages unlike the US, but still.

Comment Define controversy... (Score 5, Insightful) 126

Back when I did web stuff a number of years ago, we used jQuery pretty extensively. I've even been involved a bit, submitted performance patches, etc. (none of the code I touched is still present though). Having used other javascript toolkits, jQuery was by far my favorite (I still have nightmares about Dojo). Made a lot of things very easy that were otherwise cumbersome, lengthy, or errorprone to do. Note that when I say jQuery here I mean the core of it, not the UI components and such that came later.

I've actually read the linked articles (*gasp*), and it seems the one referenced to imply that developers distrust it in large projects (really, summary?) is simply elaborating on how they have been using jQuery in a way that doesn't work very well, and found a different way of using it where it does work well. Surprise, jQuery is a tool, and crafting solutions requires you to use the right tool, in the right way, at the right time. Screwdrivers are great for screws, but nails pair better with the hammer.

jQuery is a very helpful tool if you use it right, and I think it would be beneficial for most javascript developers to have played around with it. It's not all that complicated, it's easy to learn, and if you're javascript is novice level, figuring out how/why jQuery works will also improve your javascript skills significantly.

I haven't heard of any other controversy regarding jQuery either but I haven't really been paying attention to it lately. Anyone care to elaborate?

Comment The details are interesting (Score 4, Informative) 173

As probably many others, I've been looking into this exact problem for a while, comparing a lot of available options. Ultimately, I want something to run on Android, iOS, Windows (+ Phone), Linux, and OS X. The very complex core logic should be a write-once affair, while not having a single shared UI is not such a major issue, nor is writing some platform-specific utility classes. I have also come to the conclusion that C++11 for that core is the most viable option.

Some interesting tidbits not mentioned in the summary is that they used DropBox's djinni to generate C++, ObjC and Java bindings; and they used the Flux unidirectional data flow architecture. Both of these things are worth reading about, more so than any thing that is actually mentioned in the summary.

Comment And this is news... why? (Score 2) 38

I'm usually thoroughly annoyed by people asking this question, but I really don't get why this is news. So many good tech articles go around in the Firehose that never make it, then cruft like this floats up. If only my uid was shorter I could yell for you all to get off my lawn.

"Its own OS" ? It's just a bloody stock Android build with Google Apps and a handful of 5 minutes tweaks courtesy of the Paranoid Android developer they hired. It's literally 2-3 guys who 'built' this in a couple of weeks.

There really is nothing special about this whatsoever, many OEMs have this. OnePlus (A handful of Oppo rejects) marketing strikes again, and you all fell for it (again). Heck, OnePlus is more of a virtual OEM than a real one, relying on Oppo for their funding and production.

The only tiny part news about this is that they did this to have an alternative to CM, which isn't really news, as it's been known for quite a while that they'd be doing this.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang