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Comment: Re:Don't forget Firefox Hello! (Score 1) 146

In *browser*? Abso-fucking-lutely. If Mozilla Foundation wanted to write the Mozilla Videoconfrencing app, that would be fine. But there is 0 reason to put it in the browser, and it only decreases security of everyone involved by having it in there. A browser should display webpages- period.

Comment: Re:As a millenial (Score 5, Insightful) 253

by AuMatar (#49123793) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

I read several novels a month. But I wouldn't read a technical book on an ereader if you gave it to me for free and paid me to do it. And I've tried- I originally bought it thinking it would be great for tech books. But the slow speed of page switching, the inability to flip through pages rapidly, the reduced area per page all make it an unbearable experience. Ereaders are good for fiction reading, they're completely unsuitable for anything that isn't read beginning to end with no branching or backtracking.

Comment: Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 2) 139

by AuMatar (#49102579) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

Tablets are a horrible replacement for books. Lets ignore the fact they have massive amounts of distractions built in. They're harder to read, worse for your eyes, run out of batteries, are harder to take notes on, and worst of all hard or impossible to skim. I own over a thousand books on my kindle, but almost 0 technical books. Its just not a good medium for it.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by AuMatar (#49042167) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

That's a great way to ensure your code will never perform well. Architectural and algorithmic based performance issue need to be solved at the same time as correctness and understandability, or you'll never achieve it. There's levels of micro-optimizations that can wait, but people stating this kind of shit as a rule are fucking inconmpetent.

Comment: None (Score 5, Insightful) 55

by AuMatar (#49027287) Attached to: Which Freelance Developer Sites Are Worth Your Time?

But the problem isn't the 3rd world developers, its the unrealistic buyers. They aren't companies that understand tech, they're mostly individuals who don't understand that programming is work and want the sun, moon, and stars for a hundred bucks. Worse they don't know what they want or need, they just know they want/need something. You have to be designer, project manager, and developer in one, for a 3rd world salary. I don't think very many of the projects there are successful, and those that are tend to be the very simplest ones. If you have access to any job in the US, its just not worth doing. You'll make more per hour job hopping or putting the extra time into your real job in hopes of a raise/bonus.

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