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Comment: Re:my experience: (Score 1) 264

by jma05 (#49342363) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

I am not looking for guesswork or assumptions, just data. Indeed.com says that mobile devs are paid 100K based on the jobs advertised with them. I wanted to know how much independent devs were making when they were doing it alone. Perhaps, there is no data available for it yet. I do know that part-time devs don't make very much from anecdotes; but most seemed content as they regarded it as a supplemental income.

Comment: Re:Most HEP and astrophysics people use Mac (sorta (Score 2) 385

by jma05 (#49289177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

> the open source presentation software situation is pretty disappointing at the moment, and giving presentations is a pretty critical part of the job.

How so? How is Impress that disappointing? Academics are not marketers. They don't care about bells and whistles in their presentations. I got through my PhD just fine with black on white slides with no effects whatsoever. Content is king. Even PDF presentations are sufficient. The open source presentation solutions may not be top of the line, but they are certainly adequate.

Comment: Re: Climate change is politics (Score 3, Insightful) 416

by jma05 (#49273215) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

Indeed. Going by cumulative CO2 emissions since industrialization, US + EU contributed the bulk of the load (US + EU - 51%, China - 9%, India – 3%). So, by the logic of DigiShaman logic, and I fully agree with it when taken in a nation-state sense, the bulk of the burden must be borne by wealthy elite: Citizens of US and EU.

Comment: Re: Climate change is politics (Score 1) 416

by jma05 (#49273195) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

First, it is a question of what the right thing to do is for the planet. It's not a question of doing the opposite of what the rich say. Second, all the rich are not for carbon taxes. Like everyone else, some are for it, some are against it.

Fine, bow to no man, I'm with that (and I get the carbon comedy of the recent climate conference). But do you bow to rationality?... given that the current scientific consensus is that we ought to be burning less carbon? Also, the rich will be the last to be effected by global warming. The poorest of the poor will be first effected, you and I will be next, the uber rich will be the last effected.

Comment: Re:Unfair comparison (Score 1) 447

by jma05 (#49247809) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

> The treatment consists of tricking someone into thinking they're going to get better. Occasionally, this will psychosomatically heal them.

A Homeopath does not believe that he is giving a placebo. He is not trying to get psychosomatic effects. He actually believes and argues that his medicine is chemically working.

Also, occasionally healing something just not make it a medicine. That just accounts for margin of error in probability theory.

If we use your logic and standards of evidence, every superstitious practice on disease ever devised qualifies as medicine.

Comment: Re:Preservation (Score 1) 108

by jma05 (#49117197) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

This is really a communal conflict, rather than a religious conflict. But then again, that is the case with a few other so-called religious conflicts today.

Even with these riots, it is still difficult to paint Buddhism or Buddha as hostile. The rioters are not at all drawing from any religious teachings. In case of Abrahamic religions, the perps can quote scripture as justification. I don't think there is anything similar in Buddhism.

Comment: Re:Okay, hardware sucks, but what about the softwa (Score 1) 177

by jma05 (#49016377) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

Yes, but I would argue that Windows was not heavy even back then. In my tests, XP consumed a little less than 60 MB of RAM with unnecessary services turned off. In 2000, Linux certainly consumed less than that, but mainstream Linux desktops got more heavy than that fairly quickly. Most average Windows users had sluggish desktops because they had too many programs that put themselves in startup, rather than with the Win OS itself being bloated or sluggish. Vista did become a bloat, which was an exception rather than the norm. Win 7 quickly corrected that.

I am not arguing with the point that Linux can be as bloated as Windows or more. My KDE desktop is certainly not more responsive than my Windows boot. I am just saying that this is not a new thing.

And it was always the case that regardless of how much better Linux got with hardware support, Windows generally had it better.

Comment: Re:Okay, hardware sucks, but what about the softwa (Score 1) 177

by jma05 (#49012537) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

15 years ago, most distros did not work out of the box on most *current* hardware then. The common quip in forums then was: "Oh, you did not check all the hardware for Linux compatibility before you bought it? It's your fault then". Then we got spoilt by Ubuntu which worked out of the box on most hardware.

Desktop effects did not work on most computers for many years or at least made the desktop unstable after some use.

I think you are pining for a past that never was. You *could* make old hardware work with Linux, but only with some effort. You always toned down your fancy desktops when running on old hardware. If you want to make old hardware work, try a stable, mainstream distro like Debian or Ubuntu, not some "preview" distro. For that old hardware, I'd go with Lubuntu desktop.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 492

by jma05 (#48902585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

> Pointer and String handling are also better in Pascal

Used to be better. C++11 string handling and pointer features are certainly better than what Object Pascal can offer now.

The best parts about Delphi were everything except the language. VCL, IDE and the fast compiler were all great and I still favor them. The language itself was, although very clean, not as productive to work in (just tiedious to type and too verbose to read - no complaints about its semantics). It was however well-modified to support IDEs. It was Delphi that first had language level support for properties, event_handlers and the like.

I still use Lazarus/FreePascal, but wish that I could use/mix modern C++ into the projects.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.