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Comment: Re:C# using xamarin (Score 2) 314

by hsmith (#48006641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?
I do all native for my development. But, if you design your business and storage layers correctly, it is all but a few "find and replaces" to convert ObjC to Java. Then all you have to worry about is your UI. Apps that took months to sort out business logic have been ported (business layer) to the other platform in a day.

Comment: Won't solve the real issue. (Score 1, Interesting) 64

by hsmith (#47913703) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
Lets say you have the best "mobile app" to do whatever, XYZ.

Oh great, govt customer wants it. They see it today. Well, thanks to procurement, it will be 18 months before they actually buy it. But, by that point, the product will have changed a good bit - well because that is what software does now a day. But, that isn't what Gov manager wanted - they want what they saw 18 months ago.

The sales cycle will chew startups up and spit them out. Not many can accommodate 18 month+ sales cycles.

And that even excludes the issues of continuing resolutions means they don't have cash to buy buy many shiny new objects.

Comment: Eh, not quite (Score 5, Interesting) 132

by hsmith (#47806315) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps
I've had an app in the store for years now that requires a login. We provide two to apple to test (one success one fail). I don't recall the last time the accounts logged in (perhaps version 1.0.0.0), their last login date has sat the same for years. So, not hard if you get in and sit there to slowly change to something malicious.

Comment: It isn't due to an EO (Score 2) 180

by hsmith (#47780561) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni
EO's have no real weight to create policy. They are simply instructions for federal agencies (which the President is in control of since he is the executive) to do.

Congress then up until now allowed it and the blame lies on their shoulders alone for creating the surveillance state.

Comment: CA is mind bottling (Score 1) 506

by hsmith (#47758239) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
Consider how many people die on the roads every year in the United States alone, the biggest factor is humans.

Then, consider how many people die every year due to firearms in the United States alone and look how CA reacts and tries to limit access to firearms, through laws and technology. Basically, "remove the problem."

Shouldn't CA be pushing hard for driverless vehicles? Removing human error from the equation would save countless lives.

Think of the children.

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