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Comment: Re:Anecdotal evidence (Score 1) 241

by macs4all (#49715791) Attached to: How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook

Pretty good test too since you are dealing with tools that have long been cross platform. Kontakt has been cross platform for its entire life, Pro Tools was Mac only until version 5 (1998ish), since when it has been cross platform, and Cubase has been cross platform since back in the DOS and Atari ST days. All the software has long development histories on both platforms, yet Windows gives superior results.

You mean more likely a pretty good test of the particular Development Teams. Who knows whether each of these Products has dedicated Dev. teams for each platform, what their relative skill-levels are, whether (as is often the case) the Mac versions are contracted-out to who-knows-who, etc. etc.

I'm not saying that these anecdotal results aren't valid; just that they need more in the way of validation.

Comment: Re:Snowden... (Score 1) 142

by macs4all (#49693111) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

I'm no lawyer and I hope that someone with more knowledge than me chimes in here if I'm wrong, but I believe (from a quick Google search) that to be pardoned for a crime you first have to be convicted of that crime. So Snowden hasn't been charged or convicted even though there is a warrant out for his arrest should he enter a jurisdiction that has an extradition treaty with the United States.

I don't think that President Nixon was actually CONVICTED of anything (but several of his minions were); but that didn't stop Gerald Ford from Pardoning him (but not his minions). The effect of the "Pardon" was to immunitize Nixon against any future prosecution for Watergate-related crimes.

Comment: Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 1) 270

by macs4all (#49686333) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

Sadly, it's the "don't worry, your OS will keep you safe" mindset that makes iOS and OSX users easier to deceive. I say this as a user of both platforms, but also as a user who does not subscribe to that mindset.

I use Windows, OSX AND iOS every day, and have for decades.

So, I know the difference between false security, like that afforded by third-party AV Suites, and the real, baked-in security that is only afforded by good OS design. Windows has gotten a lot better in this regard; but it is still much-more vulnerable than any other OS. But even on OSX and (less-so) on iOS, I don't treat my OS as invincible, nor do I think most OS X/iOS users, especially those with Windows experience, believe so, either. In fact, "switcher" users are actually the other way, (IMHO) too much...

Comment: Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 1) 270

by macs4all (#49676965) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

Proprietary connector that brings nothing to the table but the ability to plug in both ways and a new licensing revenue stream for Apple? No, thank you).

After being one of the BILLIONS that have struggled with those fucking RIDICULOUS, fragile, one-directional micro (or is it mini?) USB connectors, I can't imagine ANYONE not heralding the directional-agnostic Lightning connector. Apple still had a "licensing revenue stream" on the 30-pin connector; so the switch to the 8-pin Lightning connector doesn't bring them any new "revenue stream".

And if the micro (or is it mini?) USB connectors would vanish from the face of the Earth, it wouldn't be too soon for me. I absolutely LOATHE trying to figure out which of my "looks the same, but isn't" micro/mini USB to "standard" USB cable it takes to charge my camera, my keyboard in my iPad case, etc. etc. and THEN, playing the "Which way does it go?" game, all the while worrying that you're going to snap off/bend the male portion, or mess-up the female portion. You SAY they're ubiquitous; but they aren't.

And I had a really fun time on a vacation trip about a year ago, because I didn't bring the right mini/micro USB cable for my camera. So, not only do you have to find someone who has a cable they will lend you; it has to be the right one. I'm an embedded designer and I can't reliably tell the mini from the micro USB at a glance. How do you expect the average Consumer to do so?

So, just how is that better than the Lightning connector, of which there is exactly one type, that you can find just about everywhere (just like it's ancestor, the 30-pin dock connector)?

No fucking thank you VERY much.

Comment: Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 1) 270

by macs4all (#49676827) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

Knowing that malware authors likely submit to both platforms at the same rate

Ah, but do they? Both platforms are probably not equally easy to exploit, and both platforms probably do not provide equal returns. (Obligatory apple users easier to deceive yet wealthier comment here)

Why would you think that Apple users are "Easier to deceive"? (Or "Wealthier", for that matter. I've been an Apple user since 1976; and I assure you, at NO time was in any danger of being "wealthy").

But let's get back to the "Easier to Deceive" bit: Since iOS has MUCH finer-grained Permissions that Android, and Alerts the User when many things are attempted to be accessed, I would say that Apple Users (on iOS at least) are actually much LESS likely to be Deceived.

And if you are talking about OS X Users, not only does GateKeeper and XProtect stop a lot of malware before it can execute, there are a metric buttload of other technologies built into the OS to inform and protect the User. So, I would say that Apple Users are among the least easy to Deceive, thanks to good OS Design in both the Desktop and Mobile arenas.

And their nearly spotless track-record regarding malware on both OS X and iOS tends to support that conclusion.


Comment: Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 1) 270

by macs4all (#49676563) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

The future favors Swift only because Apple is going to phase out use of ObjC. That's it. Arguing about languages is silliness when Apple will likely force you into using Swift for iOS9 compatibility in the next 12 months.

MUCH longer than that.

Look how long it took them to phase out CarbonLib. In fact, I don't think it's even REALLY gone, yet. Or how long it took them to excise all the 68k Code out of MacOS.

It only looked fast when they transitioned from PPC to Intel because they were maintaining parallel builds for quite some time.

Don't look for Obj-C to be shown the door anytime soon. They just spent a bunch of effort upgrading it a few years ago, didn't they?

No, the future favors Swift because it is syntactically cleaner, and much easier to learn. Will it eventually replace Obj-C completely? Maybe. But not in less than about a decade.

Comment: Re:Enterprise Turnover? (Score 1) 199

For consumers this is likely a great thing. But given enterprise customers and their traditionally fickle software, how are they going to keep up with major Windows changes every few months?

Even service packs break things, and those still aren't as complex as these proposed updates in some ways. Enterprise customers pretty much count on Windows not changing/ And even if Microsoft goes the LTS route, will they support one of these branches for 10+ years like Windows Server 2012 will be?

I work for a company that sells and develops Add-On products for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision).

They have moved to a MONTHLY "Cumulative Update" model, and are obviously deprecating the idea of "big yearly releases" (with the occasional, "voluntary", "Hotfix" or "Cumulative Update") that they have used for years.

It's no fun.

So, when Windows 10 goes this same way, we will have a situation where the OS is constantly in-flux, and the Applications (like NAV) are also constantly in-flux, with the possibility of every single month having to track down incompatibilities and update-caused-bugs.

And, if it's anything like what they are doing with NAV, these aren't just little bugfixes; no, they seem to be churning through all the code, continuously making SWEEPING changes, refactoring sections of working code, and generally just tromping around through the source ALL the time. This cannot help but to decrease stability, and with a modifiable product like NAV, these MONTHLY changes are consuming a significant amount of resources at the "reseller" end, and are actually stymying product improvement for our add-ons.

It's a bad, bad thing. Bad Microsoft, Bad!

Comment: Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

by macs4all (#49647337) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

The Chevy Volt is made for drivers like you. Plug in where you can, burn gas if necessary.

Oh, yeah. I forgot that they supplanted their joke-of-a-range with the ability to run on gasoline.

Guess it was the only way to make a "product" out of it.

So, with the use-cases:

1. Long commutes (Read: Everyone in California) - Gasoline

2. Vacations - Gasoline

3. Any running-about-town > approx. 40 miles - Gasoline

That's a lot of exceptions to the "ideal" use-case.

Now, get that range to the 150-250 mile-mark, and we're talkin' !!!

That's why I like the idea of TRUE fuel-cell vehicles, like the one Mercedes is working on. Hydrogen and (I think) Salt-Water in. Power and Water Vapor Out. And according to Wikipedia, they already have a range of 250 miles, and are closing in on 450 (with a 10,000 psi H2 Tank!!!)

Now THAT's the way to build an alternative-fuel vehicle!

Comment: Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

by macs4all (#49644603) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

Crappy single phase AC motors have sucky low end torque because they dont have a second phase to produce and offset magnetic feild. They have to fake this second phase using capacitors, split coils, shaded poles etc, and those virtual second phases are quite weak.

Three phase AC motors have no such issue. They can produce high torque at low speeds, and can have quite consistent torque over a large range of speeds. This is perfect for a car as it gives you smooth acceleration.

As I said in another response, I have basically zero experience with 3 ph. AC Motors and Vector Drives. But, as a former motor-controller/motor-drive developer, I know enough about them to understand that that IS a whole-nuther ballgame!

Comment: Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

by macs4all (#49644581) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

Plus, we haven't talked about the energy required to built batteries, nor the energy required to recycle them after they die in about 5 years.

Nobody talks about that.

Because... the batteries do not die after 5 years.

I admit I was surprised to find that Tesla is warrantee-ing their batteries for 8 years. Maybe things are getting a little better...

Comment: Re: Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

by macs4all (#49644577) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

You do realize that the mere existence of the Model S, with an AC motor directly coupled to the wheels and doing 0-60 in a little over 3s, proves that you have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about? Seriously, find any graph of torque curves for AC motors.

Even my humble Leaf is faster than most cars I meet from standstill since it has instant torque from 0 rpm.

I will cede that I have almost zero experience with Vector-Drives; and it is possible that they can seriously enhance the torque curve of the motors in the Model S.

Comment: Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

by macs4all (#49644555) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

As long as the answer to that is "Fossil Fuels" (and particularly, coal), then we are doing nothing but trading one smoke-plume for another.

In some cases that is technically true, but it's an overgeneralization that overlooks several fundamental differences:

I want to thank you and congratulate you: You are the ONLY Poster who actually UNDERSTOOD what I was looking for: That is, a RATIONAL explanation as to WHY I was all wet!!!


And, as a bonus, I understand your arguments, and they also seem quite reasonable and well-presented...

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek