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Comment There Are Several Old Goodies (Score 1) 219 219

Don't throw it away if it is a book on theory. If it's "Learn xxx in 21 days" or "xxx version y.0", burn it with fire!

Historical texts such as Gosling's "Hot Java"? ~1995 are invaluable in learning the original motivations for the language; they will most likely be lost in the mists of time!

Classics like K&R C are invaluable and still useful today, and I've used them recently on ancient systems that don't have man pages.

I passed 3rd year transistor theory only by visiting an old book sale and buying a textbook from the 60s that explained the bits that the dodgey lecturer "forgot about". Transistors don't change. The bindings were so cracked I had to drill the book's pages and sew them together...

Books on design patterns are also still useful even if they are old e.g. Meyer's "Effective C++".

Comment Not Suitable For iPhone (Score 1) 284 284

Am I missing the point somehow? I've installed the browser and attempted to go to two sites: http://www.smh.com.au/ and http://slashdot.org/

Neither of those worked as I expected... it gave me the non-mobile version of the website which is _useless_ on a screen the size of iPhone's.

I don't see the point of this browser. Perhaps it's only suitable for iPad...

Comment Re:Basically, they want to kill their dev base. (Score 1) 711 711

If I don't already know it, it just isn't worth knowing.

It seems that your experience is limited to flash and c-hash, whatever that is. Obj-C has only been around since 1983... C has only been around since the mid-70s... C++ since the mid-80s... Apparently lots of real developers use those obscure tools too: http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/04/06/2354221/C-Programming-Language-Back-At-Number-1

Comment Re:Apple's hindering itself (Score 2, Insightful) 711 711

I'm an ex C++ developer, who has worked in Javaland for the last 5 years, or J2EE or whatever the fuck they call it now. I don't see any benefit from GC apart from barely educated Javaschool (http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/ThePerilsofJavaSchools.html) graduates writing bloated, slow and misguided code, resulting from their complete misunderstanding of the JVM and basic memory allocation.

I'll take boost's shared_ptr and OBJ-C's autorelease any day.

Comment Re:Thank You USA (Score 2, Insightful) 169 169

...except that they haven't done anything at all. There are just a few mumbles of 'concern' over something their voter-base is likely to disapprove of. I don't see that making a difference any-time soon.

True... we need a larger, more official push. If we get that, then the Australian government will cave as it always does e.g. FTA (Free Trade Agreement) between the USA and Australia.

Comment Thank You USA (Score 3, Informative) 169 169

Normally I disagree with USA foreign policy, but in this case I welcome US government sticking its nose in where it's not welcome. On behalf of all (thinking) Australians, thank you USA for standing up to our government and this facist policy. http://stephenconroy.com.au/

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