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Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 0) 435

Oh deary me. In fact for $1000 XPS13 gets you a 5200U scoring 3800 at cpumark, and at $1300 Mac gets you twice as big SSD and a 5257U scoring 4250. You can probably invest those 300 in lots more than more SSD with Dell. And you get a leaner machine. Also, Windows and Ubuntu will fly on the Dell. OSX is a horrible hog (that's why Macbooks always have beefy processors, even though most of their users only use them for facebook, iworks and email), and everyone using Windows or LInux on them will testify that they simply fly, whereas people running Hackintoshes on mid-spec notebooks aren't having nearly as much fun despite their machines being very performant with WIndows, even with all that bloatware users typically get, and especially Linux.

Comment Re:Desktops vs Mobile (Score 1) 250

Java is .. not very good. I've alternated between Java and C# professionally over the past 8 years or so, and while they used to be quite similar, C# is worlds ahead now (thanks, Oracle!).

I'm no fan of Java, but I'd really like to hear about where C# is worlds ahead of Java now. We've had "evangelist gone sales rep" from local Microsoft in our Java/OracleDB shop recently. I was somehow in-between .Net open sourcing and first Mono based on .Net Core release, so we were honestly interested, esp. since purchasing VS licences was an option, compared to running everything on WinServer, which simply wasn't.

What was shown to us was visibly catching up, but still behind modern MVC frameworks, support for version control systems was also quite behind (I can assume TeamServe or what's it called must look like sci-fi to people who never used modern project management and CI software, but it's not) what is currently available in all FLOSS dev ecosystems, including Java (which, granted, is the most conservative one). Both are behind the curve compared to RoR, Python and node.js, and MVC6 is trying hard to be there where modern Node frameworks are (MS is very openly interested in node)... All in all, we weren't impressed very much.

Comment Re:Too soon to tell? (Score 1) 250

I can see few more plausible reasons for the decline:

1) Servers are increasingly Linux, even in enterprise. Microsoft response by open-sourcing .Net might be too little, loo late.
2) Client apps are increasingly mobile, Microsoft's market-share here is dismal.

1) and 2) have given boost to Java, boost to Java is instantly C# decline since both languages rely on same approach to project management (the "nobody ever got fired for...." style) to thrive.

3) Visual Studio my be the bees knees, but .Net is far, far behind the curve when it comes to web application development, which brings us to:
4) Start-up economy is on fire, and there it's a run for least verbose, fastest to market type of development (release early, release often, pivot often, get tons of cash, then rewrite backend in something that can actually scale --- see: Twitter). Success in software-development related economy is not (and frankly, never was) about most solid technology choices from the get go, and more and more devterpreneurs are seeing this.

Re 3) and 4) I can't think of any major web app (apart from StackExchange, granted) that is based on a Microsoft stack.

Comment Re:APPS? x86 *APPS* (Score 1) 82

There is no such thing as file type flag in OSX tho, it uses the NeXT concept of bundle directories (which NeXT actually borrowed from RiscOS). The extension that marks applications is .app and "app bundle" is quite common name for it. Pretty sure it's where the "app" shortening for "application" got it's ubiquitousness that then spread with popularity of iOS.

But I distinctively remember even back in the 90s that the term Application was the "proper" term for software installation - as Application can consist of multiple Programs, but not vice versa.

Comment Re:US = questionable value proposition netwise (Score 1) 406

Well no, it is not. Productivity cannot be measured in GDP due to various (political, military, ownership/control of resources etc.) factors skewing international trade that it's derived from.

Anyway, Americans are obviously not top country vis-a-vis GDP. And that is after the fact that USA is the big-dog of international relations that doesn't shy from imposing control over someone else's resources using military aggression (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya to name a few), which is hardly true for places like Luxembourg or Norway.

Comment Re:Different Governments have Different Issues (Score 1) 406

I was not talking about state-owned telcos, only state-owned body that leases the core infrastructure and leases it to telcos on equal basis. Because telcos often own the core infrastructure, it gives those big (and often previously state-owned telcos) unfair advantage over smaller, also private telcos, in addition to other concerns stated above. When these are privatized or stock marketed former-state telcos it also means that someone (not the public) is getting the infrastructure that was funded from taxpayers money.

Much like there are no private owned roads, highways or railways, there should be no private owned backbones, and telcos should find a way of private/public parnership programmes if they want to incentivize technology-wise progress of the backbones, or utilize what is already there.

Comment Re:Too Much Integration (Score 2) 61

Except that TFA clearly states they are porting Ozone (their graphics toolkit, as they're not using Qt Gtk or anything else) to Wayland.

Common missunderstanding is that Wayland is a display server. It is not. It's a protocol that UI toolkits use to talk to the compositor (KWin, Weston etc.).

I'm pretty sure that Canonical, by now, are more or less certian they will need to provide for apps to talk Wayland to Mir as not everyone will be using one of the big UI toolkits that talk to Mir directly. To those apps, Mir will be just another compositor.

And I don't mean Google, Google is pragmatic enough and has manpower to port Ozone to Mir as well.

Comment Re:Different Governments have Different Issues (Score 1) 406

3: as in most countries in the world the core telecommunication infrastructure was government, tax-sponsored investment, which was then put on the stock market together with telecom providers, they could take back that infrastructure (which should have been leased to telcos in the first place), and control it through regulatory bodies for telecom, and lease that to telcos. Then they could technically enforce routing rules (and frankly, I still fail to see how it's better for freedom if corporations control our wires vs. when government does).

Comment Re:Cue anti-union rage (Score 5, Insightful) 467

I know it's unpopular to say that, but if there weren't global-level pressures from socialist organizations you'd get fsckall of those 40-hour weeks and work safety. Unions solved (and still do) issues on trade by trade basis. Overall conditions of workers improved only when powers that were felt grass roots pressure from protesting and increasing number of people going the red route everywhere. The whole red scare thing was more-less designed to create a stigma over a whole concept of labour rights in the West, leaving trade Unions to become charades quite often. Tho, charming personalities like Stalin and Mao helped a lot. Nothing says an idea is broken better than pointing at a perverted, evil implementation of it.

Comment Re:Doug at ISDE5 2007 (Score 1) 124

It's always interesting to read how the real heroes, those that made real contributions, were warm, pleasant personalities. Many people described Dennis Ritchie with similar words. It's such a stark contrast to unpleasant, egotistical, NPD personalities that make most of the headlines. RIP

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is there any true Open Source ARM SOC?

An anonymous reader writes: After the unbelievably bitter experience that RPB proved to be (... so, I "talk" to the video card via a... "mailman"?! Hell no! I configure the video card via memory mapped registers) and some puzzling results of my investigation regarding the matter, I decided to ask the /. community: Is there any true Open Source ARM SOC? Preferably available on some sort of developer board? By true Open Source I mean all the gory details are made available for free (registers, bus timings and signaling, ports, ROM dumps, etc). Or is it that the IBM PC was the last truly open platform?

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