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Comment: Re: I disagree (Score 1) 168

by Wootery (#47916315) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

I presume what you're really getting as is that by not Open Sourcing Swift, Apple doesn't have to worry about someone forking Swift, making it better than the Swift mainline, and dividing the Swift universe.

The only Firefox 'forks' I can think of are minor tweaks (even just compiling with different flags) or pure trademark-avoidance; if Apple do a good job, I doubt they'd have much to worry about. (Not to mention that, on Apple platforms, you'd have to use Apple's language; forks have no bearing on that.)

Mono exists, but Microsoft are the unquestioned authority when it comes to the C# language.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

by Wootery (#47907423) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Freedom of expression is not freedom from criticism, idiot.

Christ, will this moronic excuse for a counterpoint never die?

When I transition from "should not" to "I will have the government prevent you from saying that", then you get to mention freedom of expression.

Comment: Re:It's a bad sign (Score 1) 223

by Wootery (#47888915) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

This kind of thinking is why you're all screwed, even if there is some truth to but if I vote for the good guy, the even-worse guy will get in.

If a third party started getting a non-trivial number of votes, that would serve as a wake-up call to the two big parties, even if the third party is crazy.

Comment: Re: Wow (Score 2, Interesting) 129

by Wootery (#47887907) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

I can absolutely see this replacing Windows for office workers (presuming they don't mind the few-and-far-between formatting bugs with GDocs importing DOCX)

Err, what? There are several elephants in the room who'd like to be acknowledged.

  • - Not all organisations trust Google with their documents, which may contain proprietary information
  • - Using Google Docs introduces a dependency on Google (they're uptime track-record is pretty damn good though, granted)
  • - Using Google Docs introduces a dependency on an Internet connection

These are the real problems with cloud-based office software. They would apply even if Google Docs were totally free of bugs, and capable of everything that MS Office is capable of.

Of course all those points apply equally to Microsoft's surprisingly good web-based Office offerings, and to any other rival 'cloud-based office software' services.

Comment: Re:Not wristband. WristbandS. (Score 1) 258

by Wootery (#47872109) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

And here's my alibi, officer: I was at the gym and took a swing at a punching bag.

From the summary:

Study author and criminology professor Charles Loeffler said, "A gunshot is pretty distinctive. You're typically at rest because you're trying to aim, and in a split second, your hand, wrist, and arm experience an impulsive transfer of energy."

Let's not just assuming Loeffler is wrong (not impossible, of course, but I see no reason to assume he is).

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 95

by Wootery (#47871279) Attached to: European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

Google obviously has a depth of expertise that would be difficult to match but I don't think it's impossible to compete with them if you're sufficiently determined.

This isn't hypothetical: see Bing, and Baidu.

According to Bing, Bing is at least as good as Google in blind-tests. Whether that's really true, I don't know. I admit I don't use Bing - the reason is that unless Bing is really better than Google, why switch? That said, it costs me nothing to switch. Maybe it's just a matter of 'trust'.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 95

by Wootery (#47871239) Attached to: European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

Do you seriously think finding a few old geocities pages on refutes what I'm saying?

Well, yes, because it sounds like Khyber chose an arbitrary, non-remarkable website, looked it up on, and it was there. Not conclusive, by any means, but it certainly counts for something.

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.