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Comment Re:My Mac Experience (Score 1, Troll) 183

I just don't have the time for incompatibility for the sake of incompatibility.

You've hit on the crux of the issue with alternatives to MS Office. People expect to be able to open a document to and have it look right, and if it doesn't it's the senders fault, not theirs. In a work environment. That's a show stopper. Sure PDFs are great but if you have to send an editable document your SOL. I used to recommend a free OSS Office product to friends who were sending kids to school since for most of what they needed to do, at zero cost, that solution works as long as they remember to save it as a .doc file; but since many schools now offer Office360 for free that's a better solution since it simply works.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

The issues in not progress but deviating from a long standing standard way of presenting information. People expect it to respond in a certain manner when they operate it and so do not realize they are not doing what they actually think they are doing. This isn't unique to Chrysler or the auto industry; many others have suffered from the same problem of poor human factors engineering.
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Journal Journal: Rant: Android namespaces and ids 3

I hate Java, i hate Android development, but i repeat myself. And that's exactly what i hate about them.

In Android, objects have their own namespaces, under R. There's R.class, R.mipmap, R.layout, R.color, R.integer, and many more. So, the namespace of the layout (where you usually add objects) is under R.layout, the image on a button can be under R.mipmap. Nice.

Comment Re:2414 names? Meh, try (Score 1) 133

There was a fun report some time back, about the US Dept of Defense funding a couple of academic researchers to study what could be learned about US military forces solely from publicly-available published sources. They spent some months collecting publications, wrote up their report, sent it to the DoD -- and within a couple of days it had a Secret classification. ;-)

That's not necessarily as odd as it sounds. A bunch of open source information, compiled and interpreted, can become classified. What's interesting is what is collected and what it is used for, not that all the sources were unclassified.

Comment Re:How long before Apple rejects (Score 1) 67

Apps using JSPatch are already violating the app store rules anyway. Apple prohibits any app that downloads unapproved code from somewhere and runs it (or did last time I checked)

Yes, the question appears to be "Is Apple rejecting such apps?" TFA states developers are currently using it so the answer a[[ears to be No; so I wonder if Apple is simply not looking for JSPatch or has decided to let it go.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 184

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 184

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

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