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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.

Comment Re:is it going to be buggy as always? (Score 1) 74

Interesting, that. I've heard a lot of people make similar claims, but the three units I have myself (development purposes) work fine. However, some guys I work with recently started using the N7 2013 as base for a university automation project, and have gotten hundreds of them. Apparently, dozens of their units were dead on arrival, and of those that work out-of-the-box a significant number of them randomly just die. Less than a year after the start of the project, near to a third of the units is dead.

I had also expected the N7 to stay available alongside the N9, but according to these same guys it is very difficult to still get units in significant amounts. Shops are starting to delist them, which to me indicates that they are end-of-life and the soon to be released N9 will replace the N7, rather than augment it. I sincerely hope I am wrong here.

Comment Re:Laptops too? (Score 1) 112

PNO is implemented in the Wi-Fi firmware, and generally only active if the main device CPU is asleep.

wpa_supplicant tells the Wi-Fi firmware which networks it is interested in, then when the main CPU sleeps, the Wi-Fi chip keeps scanning for those networks periodically, which takes less power than waking the main CPU periodically to do this. In PNO's scanning process, it broadcasts all the names. There's no technical reason this is needed aside from hidden SSIDs (and indeed non-PNO wpa_supplicant scans don't do this either). The PNO feature however doesn't make that distinction and broadcasts all the names instead of the hidden ones. From the sources I've read, it seems there's no way to tell the firmware to make a distinction between active (for hidden) and passive (for non-hidden) SSIDs.

So yes, in effect, anything based on wpa_supplicant and PNO may do this. However, this is not wpa_supplicant's fault per se, rather PNO's. I don't think my laptop bothers scanning for Wi-Fi networks when it's sleeping at all, or even supports PNO, but your mileage may vary on that. There's no rule saying PNO can only be used when the main CPU is asleep either, though that is what's built for. Your software could be using it all the time (unlikely, but possible).

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