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Comment: Re:Your post is a non-sequitur. (Score 2) 183

by Tim99 (#47916299) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

The point being that Apple didn't adopt Objective-C just to be weird. Next used Objective-C to build NextStep and there's certain things in Objective-C that made NextStep moderately cool.

Objective-C was used in the late 1980s to early 1990s to quickly create relatively secure GUI environments on NeXT equipment (where cost was not a serious issue) for military/spook type applications.
This was at the time that programs written for the MS environment still were based on MS-DOS or Windows 2 or 3.0. The tools available were not generally considered suitable for the speedy development of secure systems...

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 296

Vacation time is not something that government can force an employer to add on top of your salary, it is your salary, it is just a different way to pay you.

I don't know for sure about France but in many European countries vacation is by law on top of your salary, so you're still getting your normal paycheck when you're on vacation. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case in France as well.

In Australia, many employees are on a government mandated award. This has minimum salaries, overtime payments and holidays - So if you are say, a waiter or a retail assistant, you know what your minimum conditions will be.
Most awards enforce a payment of 117.5% of your salary when you are on holiday (20 days + 10 days public holidays) because most people spend more when they are on holiday.

Comment: Just try to avoid it (Score 1) 303

by Tim99 (#46964919) Attached to: Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java
As a now retired user and developer who sometimes used Oracle (since V4 ), I know the truth of the old saw:
Q: "What do you call Oracle customers?"
A: "Hostages"
Perhaps Larry has has read the Rentier Capitalist's Handbook and found an even better way to take all business users and developers hostage? I would advise avoiding Java (and Oracle) in new projects wherever practicable.

Comment: Size matters? (Score 5, Interesting) 444

by Tim99 (#46031351) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
A few years back a rep told me that 2.5" drives were generally more reliable than 3.5" because 2.5" were designed for laptops, were they would be expected to have a hard life, and 3.5" were generally used in desktops where they would be less likely to be knocked and dropped. He said that the smaller drives reliability was was still better even when based on relative capacity (say 2x 500GB 2.5" vs 1x 1000GB). Obviously the cost differential for large amounts of storage is not favourable (except to the rep), but for home use or where reliability is important it might be worth thinking about - YMMV based on how careful you are?

Comment: Oracle and Java What the hell happened? (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by Tim99 (#45925337) Attached to: Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java
Oracle and Java exploits - An anecdote:-
A couple of weeks ago I tried to log into my superannuation account, the browser fired back an authentication error, so I notified the company (MLC) who asked me to send them as many technical details as I could. After a little bit of looking around, I noted that the Oracle Access Management system that gave me the error code was was at version ( Oracle's currently version was Not too surprising, a supplier that had not patched to the current version.

What did surprise me was that Oracle's Identity Management Patch Set that was available for the version displayed was >2GB - A compressed Java application and framework for a database authentication application that was over 2 Gigabytes in size .

It has been a few years since I wrote any Oracle stuff, but that is ridiculous, what the hell have web based script kiddy/Java type developers been up to. Admittedly I started with Oracle in the Stone Age (V3) and actually shipped an application that used V4. By V6 the C interface which included all the necessary external validation code was small enough to be easily understood and modifiable by a single programmer. My memory is going now, but I seem to remember that in the 1990s all of the code for an early web CGI Oracle interface, including user validation would fit on a floppy.

Comment: Re:Outsource it to the Americans (Score 1) 752

by Tim99 (#45398897) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Sorry, yes, my Google-foo failed. However as another poster has written, SWEDEN had conscription until 2010 and had a high level of their population with military training. Sweden, while not having as many guns/head of population does have a high degree of gun ownership Wikipedia Link

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