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Comment: If it ain't broke? (Score 1) 1154

by gwking (#41268397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?
I'm all for continually making desktop Linux better, and anyone that is trying to do that I wish them great success! As for myself however, I find Linux, including the desktop, great. It was around 2006 or so that Ubuntu really started having success, and with each year they make the Linux desktop more capable, intuitive, and streamlined. Just because it doesn't have the majority doesn't mean it's necessarily broken - maybe it's just not for everyone. I use OS X as my main desktop, and there's nothing 'broken' about it just because it's not the majority. Same goes for Linux.

Comment: Re:This Trend is Interesting (Score 3, Interesting) 437

by gwking (#39970787) Attached to: Objective-C Comes of Age
I find Android apps are not nearly as useful as similar iOS apps. They are usually slower, uglier, and buggier - free or not.

Given the choice between a free Android app that is a turd, and a great iOS app that costs $1, I'll gladly pay the $1.

Also, for developers, I think there is more to it than just the money. With iOS you can test a reasonable amount of the devices on the market and the screen sizes they use. With Android? Not unless you happen to have a few hundred Android devices kicking around and a few months to test your app on all of them. Take into account the absolutely terrible hardware on the currently selling low end Androids that can barely keep up with the iPhone 3GS, the problems with having an app on the SD card instead of on the builtin memory, and then all screen sizes and aspect rations. Ugh.

Comment: Re:New features (Score 5, Insightful) 437

by gwking (#39969937) Attached to: Objective-C Comes of Age
You don't need Xcode to use Obj-C. Clang and gcc are open source and you can use them on Linux and Windows. You can even use clang in Visual Studio! If you mean that you want to develop OS X or iOS applications then yes, you should at least have one of those around to test on. And please hold any more complaints about Xcode being Mac-only until MS releases Visual Studio that isn't Win-only.

Comment: Re:New features (Score 5, Informative) 437

by gwking (#39969871) Attached to: Objective-C Comes of Age
The readability is a bit clearer in C#, but Apple is already fixing that in Obj-C with changes like auto synthesizing properties and making the declarations of common objects simpler like the initial poster showed (with code examples). But aside from simple things like that, the readability of the code depends a lot more on the programmer than on the language.

If you haven't used Obj-C, at least not on an Apple platform, then that's why you don't know that Apple provides excellent frameworks very much like MS provides .NET. Check out: https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/navigation/#section=Frameworks Almost anything you want to do, Apple provides the foundational building blocks to help you build the application, and not waste time implementing a queue, list, or talk to a webserver.

Comment: Re:What about desktop screens? (Score 1) 157

by gwking (#39758693) Attached to: Pixel Qi Says Next-Gen Displays Meet or Beat iPad 3 Screen Quality
I think he lives under the rock where people read what he wrote before replying. :) He said the high res at a lower size; you linked to all 27" screens, he said 24" or smaller, which would be my preference too. I really like the quality of my 4S screen, my desktop 24" Samsung is nice, but after using the 4S screen I notice the pixel-yness on the 24" at only 1920x1280.

Comment: Re:First (Score 5, Insightful) 447

by gwking (#39429015) Attached to: Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed
That's an easy answer, and a very unfortunate one for Nokia. It's a classic trojan horse. The Nokia CEO was hired from Microsoft. And suddenly Nokia became very MS-friendly... eventually becoming Microsoft only. And that's the whole story. There was really little benefit to Nokia, it was more of Nokia taking a big risk to help Microsoft. Great for Microsoft with no risk; big risk for Nokia for questionable gain. Even a dual strategy of Microsoft and Android would have made sense, but nope, why go with Android that is a major market force with lots of backing and third party support when you can put all your eggs into the MS basket with 1.5% of the market and a tiny fraction of the third party support. It's a shame, I don't know if the shareholders could make a lawsuit stick, but I'd be really angry if I had counted on the exMS new Nokia CEO being there to grow Nokia.

Comment: Quality up? (Score 2) 584

by gwking (#38470638) Attached to: Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet
From TFA: "There are many companies making Android devices and the magic of competition will force them to drive prices down and quality up."

Drive prices down? Yup!

Quality up? Uhm... what? Just like it's done with the current crop of Android phones where there is tons and tons of crap and a few really good ones (Galaxy S2, Nexus, etc)?

I clicked on this thinking the guy might have some insight on why Android tablets were about to make a big jump forward, but all this guy is missing is pom poms and a miniskirt..

Comment: Re:But, but... (Score 1) 485

by gwking (#38017092) Attached to: Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers
In a benchmark Flash may be more efficient/faster, but browser improvements (especially hardware acceleration) will help continue making HTML/CSS/JS more efficient/faster also. But my concern with Flash is not during the time its being used to watch a video, display an ad, or play a game. The problem I have with Flash is that when I'm not watching the video or ad, or using the game, or even (worst of all) Flash navigation, even then it is running and wasting CPU cycles. I notice my browser running 5% - 15% higher CPU constantly when I have a browser open with Flash content. That's why one reason I run FlashBlock in Firefox and why I don't miss Flash on my iPhone and I have no problem with Apple not having Flash installed by default on Lion. As for crashes, perhaps you've been lucky, but Mozilla, Apple, Google, and others have all pointed to Flash as a source of crashes. Firefox has never crashed on me since they isolated Flash in it's own process.

Comment: But they were all of them deceived.... (Score 4, Insightful) 465

by gwking (#28606527) Attached to: Microsoft Puts C# and the CLI Under "Community Promise"
I love C# as a language, and .NET has been one of my favorite products from MS, it's great to use for development and seems to be what Java should have been. My concern with this announcement though is that I can't get The Lord of the Rings out of my head... Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Comment: Re:Scaring tourists away much? (Score 1) 734

by gwking (#26433239) Attached to: Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

Canada will deny you entry if you've been convicted of drug possession or DWI -- even if said conviction was a misdemeanor/civil affair if your home country. Why don't I see anybody complaining about that?

Well that's a silly question. No one is complaining about onerous entry requirements to Soviet Canuckistan because it's too cold to want to come here! ;)

(No, it's really not that cold, come in summer, it's really hot. Don't bring your skis in July... again.)

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