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Comment: Re:Objective C (Score 1) 553

by jolson74 (#33911072) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

ObjectiveC lets you effectively says Cosine(Radians=3.14159) and Cosine(Degrees=180.0) and have those be polymorphic even though both arguments are floats

Actually, this example isn't a good one. What you are talking about still has 2 distinct method signatures. In obj-c, those 2 functions would be:
-(float)CosineWithRadians: (float)radians;
-(float)ConsideWithDegrees: (float)degrees;

Which in C++ would be something like:
float CosineWithRadians(float);
float CosineWithDegrees(float);

If you try to define the following in Obj-C, you will get a compile error because the CALLER doesn't pass the variable name, only the value (e.g. [target cosine:3.14]):
-(float)cosine: (float)radians;
-(float)cosine: (float)degrees;

So in this respect, the languages are the same (although you are correct that Obj-C does not resolve method invocations until runtime since it is message based)

Comment: Re:Full Article (Score 1) 206

by jolson74 (#32301228) Attached to: Microsoft Dynamics GP "Encrypted" Using Caesar Cipher

I've been searching for the "encryption algorithm" or at least some way other way to "encrypt" data in GP in some other way than within Dexterity code. I was really hoping that there would be some .NET library that would do this for me, but I was never able to find anything that would help me do this.

How did you possibly fail to find this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.security.cryptography.aspx

Comment: Re:It's Time to Abandon the Turing Computing Model (Score 1) 125

by jolson74 (#32300994) Attached to: Michal Zalewski On Security's Broken Promises

No, no, no! You've got it all wrong. It isn't the infatuation with Turing Machines that is the problem. It is the infatuation with *Networks*. Once we eliminate all means by which one computer can communicate with another we'll have the perfectly secure computer that we've all always dreamed of.

Actually, that might not go far enough. Some evil hacker terrorist-type might still be able to infect systems through software loaded from a disc or something! Better to just do away with the whole I/O system. I'm not sure why some folks in this industry are so infatuated with it anyways.

Comment: Re:Stupid Headline (Score 1) 113

by jolson74 (#31958030) Attached to: Microsoft Gets Back Its FAT Patent In Germany
True... but many folks who would use FAT these days would want to use long file names as well. Otherwise, your filenames get munged when moving data from a "real" FS to the FAT based one (e.g. transferring data between computers using a USB key, etc.)

As a result, this patent does a pretty effective job of locking up use of FAT as well.

Comment: Re:In absolute terms, they're all slow. (Score 1) 273

by jolson74 (#31378354) Attached to: Web Browser Grand Prix
WTF are you talking about? JavaScript is a "hack" but PERL is a "first class language". Please.

If you want to complain about how the DOM implementation in most browsers is a horrible piece of bloat, we can talk. But asserting that simply swapping out one web page scripting syntax for another will:
  • magically make things blazingly fast
  • make "developing client-side web applications... much more tolerable"

demonstrates a complete lack of understanding.

Comment: Re:Well, Opera Mini isn't strictly a browser... (Score 1) 292

by jolson74 (#31088308) Attached to: Opera For iPhone To Test Apple's Resolve
Not a "big secret"... but also not something the typical user will bother looking up (or remembering 3 months after they download it from the App Store). I'm not saying it should necessarily be rejected for those reasons, but it would probably be a good idea to underline those facts for Opera Mini users. (I've never used it before, so I have no knowledge if the user gets a warning when sending something over ssl or not).

Comment: Re:Cause someone will bring this up: (Score 5, Interesting) 245

by jolson74 (#27847497) Attached to: Apple Racks Up the Gaming Patents

Actually... one thing really cool about the Xbox 360 is that if you are playing your own music (either from the hard disk, from a PC via Media Center, or from an MP3 player connected via USB) it will override the soundtrack of whatever game you are playing. But you still get all of the other game sounds (voices, sound effects, etc.).

Without that feature, I think 'Burnout: Paradise' would have driven me insane.

Comment: Re: Freedom Period! (Score 1) 689

by jolson74 (#26890217) Attached to: Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More
Bad analogy. Do you think that in addition to being fired that a person should also be convicted of harassment and sentenced to jail time if they create a satirical cartoon of their boss? Probably not. But that is basically what happened to this girl. Had she been simply been expelled (which while a bit harsh, wouldn't be an entirely unexpected outcome), then your comparison to being fired would be (more) accurate.

Comment: Re:Look at bookstores and the small tech section (Score 1) 207

by jolson74 (#26531933) Attached to: Tech Publisher O'Reilly Slashes Jobs
Ironically... I recently obtained access to Safari Tech Books Online through my employer and I really like the online format and ability to run searches against the O'Reilly library (as well as other books hosted there). Then again... I'm not footing the bill for it either, so ymmv (but for free, I am a big fan).

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