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Comment: Re:Write-only code. (Score 1) 757

by guacamole (#49229073) Attached to: Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong?

... , because the language has so many features that nobody but language experts understand all of them.

And I think that's fine. C++ is not an every day go-to programming language. Its use should be reserved for writing heavyweight applications (like the desktop environments, productivity apps, etc), servers, and numerical code. Considering the complexity of a typical c++ app codebase as well as the language itself, only the experts should touch it.

Comment: Re:Linux desktop could have never been mainstream (Score 1) 393

by guacamole (#49072749) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

Yep. That's what I was talking about. "Linux" is an unwieldy mess of various "metoo" distributions, "metoo" desktop environments, unstable and always changing APIs (starting down at the kernel, whose developers refuse to support a stable API for binary drivers all the way to desktop APIs who break all APIs with each major release), etc. Why would a mainstream desktop user want to track this mess? Nothing has really changed in the Linux world since the 90s. It's a great OS for the tinkerers and tweakers. I you're one of them, just shut up and enjoy this great OS instead of trying to show it down the throats of the mainstream. It never worked and will never work.

Comment: Linux desktop could have never been mainstream OS (Score 2) 393

by guacamole (#49070711) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

I came to this conclusion back in the year 1999 or so, when I saw the emergence of two major GUI systems for Linux, Gnome and KDE. Since then, the Linux desktop was an always changing hydra consisting of numerous GUIs, fast changing APIs, etc. Linux distributions fill pretty nice the nice of a power desktop user's OS. The kinds you run into academia, engineering, etc. But I don't see how it could become a mainstream OS. The only way for Linux distro to become mainstream is to have some kind of benevolent dictator in the form of a large company (like google) to create a working GUI and make all hardware vendors to ship it (e.g. Android).

Comment: Re:Yes meanwhile.. (Score 1) 167

by guacamole (#48993765) Attached to: Google Quietly Unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop

Well, for now after two months of ownership, I haven't seen any factory updates yet. To me it wouldn't be a big issue to keep rooting the device only every now and then. In fact, I am thinking of sticking with the KitKat when the Samsung Lollipop update appears. The 4.4.2 seems like a stable smooth OS. I'll let the other kids do the testing and update only when Lollipop has a killer feature that I need.

Also, don't forget that the custom ROM itself is a vector for security issues. I am talking about the custom ROMs that are uploaded on android forums by random unknown dudes, as opposed by well established projects, and then dozens of users can't install them fast enough.

Comment: Re:Yes meanwhile.. (Score 1) 167

by guacamole (#48987253) Attached to: Google Quietly Unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop

Meanwhile, the Android KitKat 4.4.2 as shipped with my new Samsung Tab S 10.5 tablet is a mature, stable, and pretty smooth OS. I do not get the obsession with always chasing the latest version. I hang around XDA forums, and I feel like more than half of people who flash custom ROMs have no clue why they even need them, but it's some kind of badge of honor to get rid of the stock ROM. They complain about "lag" and "bloatware" which are supposedly fixed, yet no one ever cared to explained to me where I can reproduce that lag and why can't they just delete a couple of pre-bundled apps by hand.

Personally, I have run into three issues, two of which I fixed myself after rooting my device, and the third I can live with.

Comment: New item on liberal agenda after same sex marriage (Score 1) 779

by guacamole (#48963547) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

Without doubt, there is now some kind of liberal conspiracy to bring affirmative action into high-tech education and workplace. Now that they have mostly won the same sex marriage battle, it seems like this is now the top item on the agenda, considering we're seeing news articles on this issue nearly every other day, like this is this the top problem hindering our progress towards some kind of a utopian Star Trek society.

Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 1) 192

by guacamole (#48955565) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?

The problem with Perl is not just the time to learn it. The biggest problem is that Perl developers believe in TMTOWTDI (There is more than one way to do it) principle. As a result, numerous Perl idioms exist for doing the exact same thing. No matter how much time you spend reading Perl programming books and coding yourself, you keep running into idioms that look slicker and better (or just bizzare) relative to what you know.

Why is this bad? This is a difficulty for big application development projects where there are many developers working on the same code. The more expressive the language is, the harder it is for others to understand each others code. On the other hand, Python's inventor Guido van Rossum goes into great lengths to ensure that Python has one way for expressing a given task, and usually that it is the simplest of all alternatives. The result is a simple and tidy programming language that's easy to learn and understand.

Another problem with Perl is that it looks like an alien language for anyone who is not a unix wizard. At its core, the original idea of Perl was to have ONE language that combines the ideas of Unix shell programming, C, awk, grep, and other unix tools. To a unix wizard Perl makes total sense. To anyone who is not an expert in the unix environment, Perl looks like a gibberish. And even if they take time to learn what it means, they never understand the design decisions behind it without spending a good amount of time with unix and OS X command line tools.

Comment: Microsoft too enterprise-centric (Score 1) 458

by guacamole (#48948819) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

IMHO, the big difference is that Microsoft has been historically focused on the enterprise. Very boring and business-like. User interfaces and usability have been decent since Windows 95, but still took a backseat to Microsoft's enterprise onslaught. The end users could wait because they were effectively captive customers. And once the web and internet went mainstream, Microsoft spent a whole lot of resources on trying to lock customers into closed Microsoft-only technologies (e.g. Java sabotage attempt, C#, IE, etc) instead of thinking what's going to be the next hottest thing. On the other hand, apple was able to see what's going on beyond the traditional desktop and laptop. Perhaps that was the only route Apple could take considering Microsofts dominance in the traditional PC and server market.

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