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+ - Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"

Comment: Re:2GB of RAM? (Score 1) 190

by jones_supa (#47704275) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Is that even enough for Windows 8.1? And I don't mean enough as in bare minimum to run the OS, I mean enough to actually run more than four applications and a browser with at least ten tabs opened.

My testing has shown that Windows 8.1 at bare minimum grabs about 600MB on startup (no services or other stuff disabled). So yeah, provided that you have some swap available (just in case), 2GB of RAM will allow you to do some browsing with a dozen of tabs open, and have a couple of other lightweight apps running at the same time.

Comment: Re:Oh god so what? (Score 2) 166

by jones_supa (#47703963) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

With one thing you are spot on: C++ has a massive feature set. Even Bjarne says that he has trouble mastering the full feature set at any given moment.

But here's the catch: you're not supposed to know it all. C++ is like a large store where you go and "shop" just the features you need. You can keep it super simple and write C-style code and just use classes as the only C++ feature, if you want to.

Then again, modern C++ allows you to also write many things much more elegantly and safely than before.

+ - C++14 Is Set In Stone

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Apart from minor editorial tweaks, the ISO C++14 standard can be considered completed. Implementations are already shipping by major suppliers. C++14 is mostly an incremental update over C++11 with some new features like function return type deduction, variable templates, binary literals, generic lambdas, and so on. The official C++14 specification release will arrive later in the year, but for now Wikipedia serves as a good overview of the feature set."

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