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Comment: Re:Microsoft skips 'too good' Windows 9, jumps to (Score 3, Funny) 640

by Bogtha (#48029335) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Fuck everything, we're doing Windows 10.

Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the fucking vanguard of operating systems in this country. Windows XP was the operating system to run. Then Apple came out with OS X. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called Windows Vista. That's Aero UI and a sidebar. For widgets. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened - the bastards went to mobile. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling a desktop operating system with a sidebar. Aero or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to Windows 10.

Sure, we could go to Windows 9 next, like the competition. That seems like the logical thing to do. After all, 8 worked out pretty well, and 9 is the next number after 8. So let's play it safe. Let's make a better UI and call it the Start Screen. Why innovate when we can follow? Oh, I know why: Because we're a business, that's why!

Comment: Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48029273) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

it would have been much easier and more polite to point that out instead of ranting nonsense for two posts minimum now

Not reading the sources I provided is impolite. I haven't been "ranting nonsense", I've been pointing out how and why you are wrong.

As I said: I'm full ear ... but not for rants. For information and facts.

I linked to these. You didn't read them.

Comment: Re:NOT like Microsoft's Visual Studio GUI layout a (Score 1) 69

by Bogtha (#48025527) Attached to: Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Interface Builder has not changed in any fundamental ways since it debuted in 1988 with NeXTstep.

I'd say storyboards and auto layout are pretty big changes. Before storyboards, nibs were basically just view hierarchies and whichever other objects you threw in there. With storyboards, they can contain an entire application's user interface, including the transitions between different screens.

it is NOT a screen drawing tool. It is an object instantiation and configuration tool.

It's both. It's a screen drawing tool that uses object instantiation and configuration to accomplish that.

Comment: Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48025493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

I simply doubt that companies other than Apple have any means to collect reliable data at all.

Yes, but your doubts are based on incorrect guesses you have made about collection methods and personal experience, both of which are worthless.

Furthermore, the statistics coming out of these companies are roughly the same as the statistics published by Apple, and you don't believe them either! So basically, your attitude is "if I don't like the stats, they are wrong". Well sorry, but you not liking the stats is not a reason to disbelieve them.

Otherwise we had not that company releasing every year a statistics claiming that Microsofts web server (IIS) where the most widely used one, ah well second most widely used :)

Huh? None of the companies we are talking about publish statistics like those.

However if you have ideas how they measure iOS versions share them, I'm full ear.

No you aren't. If you were paying attention, you'd already know how they measure iOS versions. The information is right there waiting for you to read it, but you ignored it already in favour of your own incorrect guesswork.

you gave me two links, I checked one and the 'usage distribution' of iOSes made no sense at all

No, what you mean is that you didn't like the statistics. They make perfect sense.

there was no information how they gathered that statistic

All you are showing here is that you didn't bother looking. That information is available on their websites, in one case at the bottom of the page I linked to.

I get that you don't like the fact that iOS adoption of new versions is high, but can you try to understand the difference between what you would like to be the case and what actually is the case?

If three different companies all independently measuring iOS adoption all come up with roughly the same figures, the fact that you know people who haven't upgraded does not outweigh those statistics.

Now, if you aren't willing to pay attention to reliable sources and think your personal experience is more relevant than statistics sourced from millions of people, don't bother responding, as it's impossible to have a sensible discussion with you.

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 2) 423

by vux984 (#48022011) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

In this instance, the more Google succeeds, the better the products are.

Hardly. I like Android. But I'm not such a big fan of Google.

The play store being installed is fine, and I'd actively like maps installed.

I readily accept that the phone should come with email and a browser but I prefer other browsers to chrome and actively despise the gmail app. So I'd like to be able to easily remove both once I've got something else in place.

I also have no use for hangouts, or google+, play newstand, and I'm not even sure what the other 10+ bloatware apps I've failed to think of entirely would be.

Plus I prefer the samsung calendar app to the google one. So the "bloatware" isn't all bloatware. And if google forces google apps including specifying their placement then that kills oems ability to innovate and differentiate.

For example, I don't want to say "ok google" for voice. The phrase itself irritates me -- but above that I don't want to talk to google. I want to talk to my phone, and I don't want my voice requests to be sent to google as a matter of course. So I'm in the market for alternative voice option that run locally, don't need to talk to google, and won't talk to google unless i specifically ask it to find something in google maps or to do a google search.

So no, the more google succeeds the more like an iphone the products are. If I wanted an iphone, I'd have bought one.

Comment: Re:Very outdated info (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48018523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Staying close to the cutting edge is easy when it's an incremental change. It's a very different thing when it means throwing out all of your your code.

Adopting Swift doesn't mean throwing out all of your code. You can have Swift classes in a mostly Objective-C codebase and Objective-C classes in a mostly Swift codebase as you wish.

I could be wrong, but I really, truly don't see anything about the new language that makes me want to start rewriting those billions of lines of existing code in a new language.

Who is talking about doing that? The conversation is about Swift being the dominant language for iOS development. If most new code is written in Swift, then it's dominant regardless of the fact that there's lots of legacy Objective-C code out there.

Apple is positioning this not as a replacement for Objective-C, but as a replacement for the Ruby/Python/Perl bridges

That's not even close to accurate. Read the Apple material, watch the WWDC videos, talk to the Apple engineers. This is not a replacement for a scripting bridge, it's intended to be the first choice for typical developers.

tell me why in the world you think that Apple won't take even longer to replace a non-temporary language

Once more, the conversation is about whether or not Swift will be the dominant language, not whether it will be the only supported language. Nobody is arguing that Apple are going to remove Objective-C support tomorrow.

Preliminary third-party analysis of Swift shows that for many simple operations, it is more than an order of magnitude slower than Objective-C. Assuming their testing methodology does not prove to be invalid for some reason

It already has for the most part, where have you been? Most of the benchmarks out there were run with beta tools, had different compiler switches, or other beginner level mistakes. Yes, there are some areas where Swift is slower, but most application developers aren't going to be significantly affected by that. Letting vague aspersions about performance dictate your language choice is nuts. Most of the time it doesn't matter and when it does, which language is faster depends on the exact thing you are doing.

if you're thinking about writing a major app in Swift, you should probably think twice

This is just FUD. Most languages are fast enough for typical use cases, and if you think you are going to be in the minority affected by performance issues, you really should consider Swift rather than dismiss it because depending on your use case, it could be faster for your situation.

start with Objective-C. That will let you get started working with real-world code now

Ah yes, my running streak of conversations involving the phrase "real-world" meaning "things I don't irrationally dislike" remains unbroken.

There is absolutely nothing that is not "real-world" about Swift.

The vast majority of what you learnâ"the frameworks themselvesâ"won't change if you later decide to switch to Swift. Only the syntax changes.

If you think that the only difference between Objective-C and Swift is syntax, then you really haven't given Swift more than a passing glance. It's a very different language.

Comment: Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48017891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Just stop. You have no idea what you are talking about. You are just guessing incorrectly at how these companies collect their data and you think your personal anecdotes trump real statistics. You're ignoring the information right in front of you because you only see what you want to see.

Comment: Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48017317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

My source is the author of NovoCard.

Yes, but where did he say this? I want to be sure you aren't misinterpreting him or that there isn't another factor involved.

Mixpanel and Fisku have no means to figure who is running what version of iOS on what device

Of course they do. Do you really think they are just making the numbers up?

The only company who could is Apple, but they only track sold devices versus downloads of new OS versions.

No, that's not how they track it. Where did you get that idea from?

It seems to me you are denying the numbers based upon your feelings towards the update. It doesn't matter what you feel, the numbers are what they are. Almost everybody is using iOS 7+.

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 2) 113

by vux984 (#48016091) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

You guys make it sound like making millions in the stock market is dead simple. All your posts are missing is a link to an ebook that tell you all the secrets.

Its not dead simple at all I know this, and there aren't really any real secrets either. The point stands that if someone beats the market by a lot its probably more luck than brains.

Its like blackjack or poker. The people who 'win' are generally good players, understand the game, are disciplined, etc. I'm sure this guy is all of these things. But winning big? Its just luck. Every trade is a calculated risk -- and probability theory dictates that if you have a bunch of traders all doing this, some will break even, some will lose it all, and some will win big... even if they all play EXACTLY as well as each other. Its just math.

In fact, day trading as a profession is a fanscinating selection bias -- as some of them lose they stop trading so the ones that are still doing it are the ones who haven't lost yet so any survey of the field at any time is mostly people who are "doing ok or better". (Because anyone doing poorly has had to dropped out.)

Of course some are better at it than others, and the ones who aren't good at it are more likely to lose and be forced to drop. So the ones still doing it are at least 'good at it'. And as I said, I don't doubt that this person is good at it. But spectacular success is as much luck as anything.

To put it another way...

Lets say I put an opportunity in front of you and you correctly determine the risk as being 1% chance to quadruple your money, 20% chance of doubling your money, 20% chance to triple it, 49% chance of breaking just above even, 9% chance of losing 50%, 1% chance of losing it all.

Clearly this is a very good bet. 90% of the outcomes are positive, and overall its very net positive. It would be smart to take this bet. So if I present this to a few hundred traders... what happens?

A couple quadruple their money. Are they any smarter or more insightful than the few who lost it all? Why? They all correctly gauged the risk and made the best decision.

I've found that people fundamentally do NOT understand "risk". Whether its the stock market, gambling, their own health care, or IT related risks.

This guy is good at analyzing risk and making smart bets, and he's had good winning streak, but being right about the risk and making the best decisions based on it, doesn't mean the risk isn't there. That he didn't lose is just luck.

Poker is the same way. You can be smart, play well, know all the odds, make all the right calls, and still lose badly.

Even best advisors from open hedge and mutual funds average around 25%.

Hell no they don't. Lots of studies have shown that the top hedge funds don't even consistently beat index funds. And after the management expenses the investor usually ends up behind. Look it up.

Comment: Re: Umm no (Score 1) 451

by vux984 (#48015253) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

Detecting things in it is hard, unless they've giving off light or radiation that you can detect more easily

If they aren't thrusting towards you they aren't much threat.No way they'll ever hit you as long as you are continually changing course.

Once they turn on thrusters to home in they'll be easy to spot and could quite conceivably be taken down with lasers at that point (no atmosphere to cope with either). I'm doubtful they'd get anywhere near 10 to 20 seconds of you without thrust. You'd probably still have minutes or hours to shoot them down.

Comment: Re:I would use this almost never (Score 1) 63

by vux984 (#48015151) Attached to: Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

Yeah, I mountain-bike, and a drone following would be pretty amazing. Helmet mounted cams generally produce poor video -- lots of vibration, and it doesn't really capture what you are doing at all, air, drops, gap jumps, the incline ... none of it is really discernible.

Plus you can't see yourself or your bike.

Best a normal person can hope for right now is to have a friend following reasonably closely filming you with their helmet cam. But its still full of vibration, and still isn't terribly compelling video.

A drone camera might be a lot better.

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 5, Interesting) 113

by vux984 (#48015111) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Nevermind the selection bias.

I mean, maybe its like interviewing lottery winners and asking them what their secret is. Maybe the secret is simply "I played", and "somebody has to win".

I'm not saying the guy isn't smart or disciplined or has the right mindset to be a trader, but that doesn't mean he's really an "exceptionally" genius at it.

Literally millions of day traders out there doing technical analysis and picking stocks. Its a bit like monkeys and typewriters in a way. Does the monkey that produces something legible really have any truly special talent?

Comment: Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (Score 1) 314

by Bogtha (#48014865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

The programmer of "NovoCard" released that for iOS 5 or iOS6, he is now prevented from putting bug fixes for the old release into the AppStore because Apple requires him to release the "new release" for iOs7 and above.

Are you sure you aren't mistaking that for the fact that he's required to support iOS 7? Where's your source?

Your claim that 95% of the users are now on iOS7 and newer is simply wrong, regardless what Apple claims.

Nearly everyone I know (and has the knowledge how to do it) switched back from iOS7 to iOS6.

Your anecdotes about people you know do not outweigh the statistics gathered across all active users.

It's not just Apple that say that 95% of people are on iOS 7+. Mixpanel do as well. Fiksu put it at 90%. You get the picture. Multiple independent sources all say that the vast majority of people are using iOS 7+ regardless of your personal gripes with it. Just because you don't like it and you know other people that don't like it, it doesn't mean Apple are "simply wrong" when they say that almost everybody is using iOS 7+.

What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away.