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Comment: Re:Counter attack (Score 1) 221

by ChunderDownunder (#49761017) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things
I'd rather JanOS gain traction.

The video from the JSConf is fun. A "software guy" smashes open his €60 phone to extract the main board, fully scriptable from JavaScript accessible via the Firefox development tools.

This could see a hobbyist after-market for phones with cracked screens... Built in wifi, bluetooth, GPS, 4G, camera etc.

Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 2) 333

Next Australians will be stopped at airport security for smuggling.

Security Goon: "We detected a suspicious dark slurry in your luggage"
Bloke: "Strewth mate, I'm not stupid enough to bring drugs into a country, with the tragic deaths of Chan and Sukumaran..."
SG: "The canister gave off a salty odour. We fed a sample to our narcotics canine Charlie, who is now convulsing on the floor"
Bloke: "Sorry um that's just my Vegemite. I have it on toast for breakfast"
SG: "You eat that stuff? Surely not!"
Bloke: "Honest to Warnie, I swear. Got any bread on ya?"
SG: "(sniffs and dry retches) No one could stomach that!"
Security Goon 2: "Chemical analysis reveals a high concentration of morphine. Lock him up for ten years"

Comment: Re:Maybe people are not desperate (Score 2) 294

Here's a coverage map -

Most of the population centres, it seems.

I wonder if they have managed to produce any *decent*, affordable Android phones out of Tierra del Fuego yet. That silly electronics tax that just hikes up the prices of international brands, so I'd be curious if they have produced quality tech competitive of what's coming out of Asia. They have the same 240V wall sockets as here in Australia - so I could use my electrical devices there but allegedly the wiring was crippled slightly different to disallow exporting Argentinian goods to Australia without regulatory oversight? Well it's all micro-usb now anyway, at least for phones...

Comment: Re:PDF retains the layout (Score 1) 200

by ChunderDownunder (#49695823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Open Document Format?
PDF is a print format, which is fine if your audience is going to print it out on a piece of A4 paper - though I think yanks have their own standard. :)

But they don't generally reflow. e.g. Viewing a document formatted for portrait on landscape monitor, journal articles with multiple columns, reading on a 4" smartphone are challenges for reading onscreen.

Comment: Re:Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80

'Whiney' or not, it's enough to be an annoyance. From the article:

While power consumption is relatively low versus a desktop system, it is high enough to require some decent cooling. When under load, the fan in the NUC5i7RYH can get quite loud. When idling or just doing basic tasks, the system is very quiet. But under load, it is clearly audible and is noisy enough to disrupt a home theater environment, etc.

Comment: Re:Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80

I bought the fanless Atom-based NUC because it was silent and cheap ($100AU for the DE3815TYKHE kit on sale).

It's glacially slow by comparison to this model but then I didn't outlay $US500 and as you and the article state the i7 model requires a fan.

I'm expecting/hoping for model refreshes in the fanless NUC category based around Atom X5 (Cherry Trail) and Core M.


Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift 270

Posted by samzenpus
from the things-to-come dept.
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt argues that It's high time to make the switch to the more approachable, full-featured Swift for iOS and OS X app dev. He writes in Infoworld: "Programming languages don't die easily, but development shops that cling to fading paradigms do. If you're developing apps for mobile devices and you haven't investigated Swift, take note: Swift will not only supplant Objective-C when it comes to developing apps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and devices to come, but it will also replace C for embedded programming on Apple platforms. Thanks to several key features, Swift has the potential to become the de-facto programming language for creating immersive, responsive, consumer-facing applications for years to come."

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.