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Comment: Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (Score 1) 399

by godrik (#47715791) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I thi nk that what you are seeing is the difference between fat packages and slim packages. What I mean is that in your typical gnu/linux distribution, libs are installed on the system and applications depends on teh libs. That makes dependency issues a real nightmare.

But all other succesfull operating system take a different approaches. on windows, application typically deploy their own libraries. On macosX everything is typically in a fat binary. On android, all libraries are shipped in the APK. I assume IOS works the same. They all depend on a slim "operating system" and on shipping "complex" libraries when needed.

I wonder if that is the main problem with application deployement?

Comment: Re:Why do we need Auto? (Score 1) 187

by godrik (#47705137) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

I use auto a lot. auto (or equivalent syntax) are used a lot in functional programming languages. Mostly in short functions where I do not really care what the proper typename is. It is clear how the variable behaves and that is I care about it. Often, I know I get some kind of iterator, but the actual type might not be easy to find. In particular, it might depend on a template parameter. So I guess I could add plenty of typedefs to get an easy to write type. But what is the point really?

Comment: Re:What about (Score 1) 187

by godrik (#47705071) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

Indeed! Where are concepts! These is the number 1 addition to C++ most of us need! I am sure that they were not added for a good reasons. But programming template is currently a nightmare because of the duck typing of the meta programming system.

Dear standardization committee, we NEED a solution to the template compile time debugging problem.

Comment: love/hate relationships with templates (Score 1) 425

by godrik (#47672799) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Dear Prof. Stroustrup,

Writing templated C++ code has become one of my favorite way to write abstract algorithms in an efficient (runtime wise) way mostly because it not alone allows to know types at compile time, but also some values. Yet programming templates is nightmare because the template system is compile-time duck-typed. How can that system be made better? Concepts were proposed for integration in the C++ norm but got pulled back. Yet it seems they are essentially what is required. Will template programming ever improve?


Comment: Re:This is going to end so well for them! (Score 3) 147

by godrik (#47666369) Attached to: T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

I am an unlimited 4g lte customer of t-mobile. And when I asked what unlimited meant, the seller told me exactly what it meant. unlimited up to 2GB per month (which is a lot, I never reached it), then throttled down to a slower speed which still allows you to check emails and navigate.

I even frequently use my phone as an internet acecss point for my computer. But I don't dump the web when I do so. So it never was a problem. The only people that reach the throtling are pretty much people that explicitely try to push the limit and know very well they are not supposed to. If you are smart enough to route P2P application through your phone network to use the "unlimited" internet, you are probably smart enough to know what unlimited actually means. So yeah, I get it, companies are misrepresenting, but does anybody actually get tricked by that?

Comment: Re:all of them then? (Score 1) 79

by godrik (#47663411) Attached to: Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

I'd like to see the precise rules (but too lazy to RTFA now). There are many non-english words that can be highly confusing. In french "telephone" is "téléphone" which could be though as a way to trick users. Also turkish have a dotless i, I would not be surprised it appears in words with similar spelling in english.

Comment: Re:From a non-driver perspective (Score 2) 218

by godrik (#47589679) Attached to: The Great Taxi Upheaval

I looked at these numbers as well, and they look like BS to me as well. But anyway comparing the cost of Uber to the cost of an SUV seems unreasonnable to begin with. If you are driving so much over the course of years AND your can deal with not having a car at all. Then why the hell are you driving an SUV to begin with?
Switching to a compact would probably cut gas expenses by 2 and the car is likely to be much cheaper as well, which means less investment and replacement and lower insurance.

The story from GP reads like "I used to buy $200 of grocery per day. But now I save a lot of money by eating at the restaurant for only $60 per day. On top of that, I do not prepare the food, so I can read the NYT in the mean time."

Comment: Re:Sorry to tell you... (Score 1) 544

I am pretty sure the market still exist. It is just much smaller. A changed phone a couple month ago because my previous phone (with slide out keyboard) died on me. I search for a replacement and could not find one. But when asking at my local store the girl told me I was the second guy looking for one with week.

Making a phone with an hardware keyboard would certainly be much more expensive now than it was before (relatively to current phone market prices). Now the question is how much more expensive ? And do people that want a slide out keyboard REALLY want one.

Comment: Re:I WAS THERE. IT'S ALL TRUE. (Score 1) 250

Nice of you to offer your knowledge! A few question since I did not know about that effort.
1/ Was a local ISP ever created?
2/ What would be your advice in creating a local (either city funded or privately funded) ISP?
3/ Are there other communities that managed to pull it of?
4/ A major argument at the time appeared to be that a tax-payer funded ISP was anti-competitive, is there a easy way around it? What about one time city grants to fund a non profit?

Thanks for your expertise!

Comment: not sure it is worth it (Score 1) 550

by godrik (#47525141) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I am actually thinking about doing lasik. I'll certainly take an appointment this year to ask some questions.

-Is this really permanent?
-I heard that near sightedness helps with Presbyopia at a later age. Isn't fixing near sightedness trading for an earlier Presbyopia?
-What are the actual risks?
-How does it interact with other sight ailment (such as color-blindness)
-I heard of people that still need to wear glasses because their eyes are too dry. Will that happen to me?

Comment: Re:Incomplete data (Score 1) 174

by godrik (#47523383) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

There are lots of missing data from that article. Do we have access to the actual survey? It seems very biaised.

If I become a high school math teacher, I am not holding a STEM position. But clearly I am using my training. Same goes with any kind of teaching job. It is very likely that these people are actually using their training.

If I manage at a non-STEM business, that does not mean that I do not manage STEM workers.

Counting business/finance as non STEM worker is ridiculous. Finance companies have been hiring math and CS PhD for years. Likely they are also hiring college graduates as well.

Comment: Re:Not fungible (Score 1) 529

Well, actually there is already something like that. To hire an H1-B, I believe you have to pay her more than the national average in that category of worker. So I guess there are ways to cheat that a little, but I am not sure how big an impact this has. I recently got a job and have many friend that are looking for jobs or just found one (some H1B's some not). It seems the companies don't care much about the fine details of the salaries once they find the skills they wants.

Here is the exact text from department of labor.
"Employers must attest to the Department of Labor that they will pay wages to the H-1B nonimmigrant workers that are at least equal to the actual wage paid by the employer to other workers with similar experience and qualifications for the job in question, or the prevailing wage for the occupation in the area of intended employment â" whichever is greater. "

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming