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Comment Building code is not the same as building a wall. (Score 1) 716

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wall-building happens pretty much the same way every time. There are building codes and whatnot. The builder has built the exact same wall many times before.

Code is usually the opposite. It is more like building a bridge or a skyscraper. They're generally all different and involve architects. I'm pretty sure if there is a budget over-run when building a skyscraper the common practice is for the client to pay. Actually in some cases it is the contractor who pays, but the key point is that is negotiated in advance, and no sane programmer would agree to fix all bugs for free.

Comment Re:Strange form factor (Score 1) 219

RTFA. It's clearly in an SD form factor, or close to it.

This isn't without president. Here's an ARM Cortex M3 with wifi in an SD card form factor that also isn't actually compatible with any SD card readers:

I agree it is weird and confusing though. I guess it avoids the development of a new case, and the technology for packaging chips in SD card cases is mature. Also people know how small they are so you don't have to have photos of them on peoples' fingers and whatnot.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 566

Compression of a verbose text-based format is never as good as having a compact binary representation in the first place. It's slower, harder to use and usually bigger anyway because compression algorithms are not magic.

There's a reason modern web APIs use JSON, protobufs or thrift instead of gzipped XML.

Comment Re:H1B itself proves american arrogance and stupid (Score 1) 353

I totally agree. Everyone here is obsessed with H1B's and seem to equate it with outsourcing to Bangladesh. No-one seems to consider that talented first-world people might want to work in America.

Often Americans ask "how can I emigrate to the UK"? Well the answer is you basically can't. Tight immigration controls aren't so great then are they?

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Insightful) 61

I don't think it is designed to be the one-repository-to-rule-them-all, debian style. In fact I think it is partly a reaction to the fact that that model doesn't work well in many cases.

Comment Re:A viable platform (Score 1) 61

For publishing software directly from author's web-sites, while supporting familiar features such as shared libraries, automatic updates, dependency handling and digital signatures.

But you're just a typical naysayer, always naysaying.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar