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Comment: Too much choice? (Score 0) 88

by nashv (#47916415) Attached to: MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

As a scientific programmer, I beginning to see a 'too much choice' scenario. There is now Rust, Dart, Julia, Swift, Go in the 'immature' languages scene, and Python, Ruby, Java, C# etc. in the mature language scene.

None of the new languages though are being developed with a a definite specific goal or enhancement. They are hardly ever 'feature-complete', in the sense that they are multi-purpose, cross-platform, with good standardized development tools on all platforms.
Almost feels like they are being developed 'cause we can.'

It leads to a lot of divided effort writing libraries and packages for so many languages. I for one am happy the Apple won't open-source Swift.

It would be better to simply enhance something like Python with JIT and integration into the browser etc. Attempts are being made, I know, but they aren't progressing early fast enough to be useful.

Comment: Re:Addenum: FF is nothing like Chrome (Score 1) 129

by nashv (#47907045) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Agreed. But the Chrome philosophy is different and more suited to Google's needs as a web company : they give you minimal UI , and the GUI you use to do the actual work is the UI of the webapp.

They turned the the browser into something like the Windows Taskbar - not very customizable, just a basic way to load the useful stuff. ChromeOS is the ultimate realization of this.

Comment: Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 1) 129

by nashv (#47907029) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

They're also up against a massive advertising campaign, with every Google property having a huge pop-up like ad telling users to use Chrome. Chrome users don't see this, but Google is doing everything they can except adding the words "or else".

Oh we see what Google is doing with Chrome. Actually, you are right on the money when you say the reason Firefox lost because of mobile. But that isn't all - I want to use Firefox , but Chrome gives an unparalleled feature set - the sync, the integration, the modern extension architechture, the apps, Dart, etc. etc., along with speed. Firefox simply did not ship fast enough the innovative, and when they did, they were always following Chrome.

Also, single-threaded-ness is killing Firefox. Even when the page renders nearly as fast as Chrome, every UI action like opening a new tab is slower in Firefox. At this point, Mozilla would do better to just fork Chromium and strip it of its Googlization.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 5, Insightful) 79

by nashv (#47799979) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

You seem to believe that the reason people use Microsoft Office is because they are unaware of the more sensible choice. People use Microsoft Office because people resist change, and collections of people in bureaucracies resist change even more.

Proprietary nature of information storage is considered a plus in bureaucratic circles - because many institutions have more money in their budgets than IQ or technical expertise in their staff. Proprietary means that when it breaks , somebody can be held responsible. It means that when someone doesn't understand something, they can fall back on their pre-existing knowledge of how to use a telephone and call support - thereby also absolving themselves on paper. The reason for work not done can be provided to superiors as "There is a problem with the software. Technical support is looking into it." The alternative would be to actually delve into the thing and try to fix it yourself - but that would involve learning something - which is not their job.

Neither does it help that when it comes to open formats, the best answer you can expect is "You found a bug? Submit a patch".

Open source software typically lacks a central authority that bureaucrats can complain to , sue if necessary, when things go wrong. The risk of licensing that you talk of is not even a factor - because the incentive to minimize one's own effort is higher than actually getting the task at hand done.

This is always going to be a major problem unless mitigated by a Red-Hat like model of doing business. Still, the geek community fails hard at understanding why the typical institutions still use licensed and proprietary software. They are trying to approach the problem from the logical point of view, while what is at play here is human psychology, behaviour, and administrative politics.

Comment: Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (Score 2) 83

by nashv (#47773801) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

I fail to understand what you are saying. My point is that India is not a market for extremely low-end devices like the Intex shown here. In fact, Indians being too poor to own existing smartphones is a myth since it already has 87% penetration and most of those are mid-range smartphones as of today.

Comment: Re:Is it total shit like earlier Firefox OS phones (Score 1) 83

by nashv (#47772021) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

This is why they are setup for imminent failure. The best selling mobiles in India are what the western world would call mid-range, like the Lenovo VIbe X.

And even then most are mid-range only in price and build-quality. Chipset-wise the Chinese phone-makers are bringing in some rather speedy models. And this already in a country that has 87% mobile penetration.

If they think that India is a market that will swallow up junk because it is so poor, or even if they think it is the 'developing world', they are delusionally out-of-touch.

Comment: Re:None of them. (Score 1) 436

by nashv (#47598109) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

I for one would say, the unparalleled sync, multi-core usage binary, sandboxing, lack of Australis(hit), non-clunky interface, official 64-builds that actually have better performance etc. are good arguments. I don't mind using Firefox on my most powerful machine - but it is a major pain on mobile and ULV processor ultrabooks (especially those that depend on multiple cores rather than speed per core).

For a seamless experience across all my machines Chrome is still the best browser out there.

Comment: Will it ever stop? (Score 1) 790

by nashv (#47597477) Attached to: Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

All right, there's been the NSA gaffs already, Julian Assange has talked about it, and Google here even plainly looked through someone's email without a warrant.

What is it going to take for people to stop using Gmail? Why don't people understand that cribbing about a free (as in beer) service is not going to help. You have the choice to stop using it.

Comment: Re:Great for India (Score 2, Insightful) 85

by nashv (#47367039) Attached to: India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

No one was judging a country based on their rocket launching capability. People were appreiciating the efficient and economic rocket launching capability and the efforts that went into developing it. You are one who is doing the judging of an entire country, rather than just the particular achievement reported posted in the article.

As for all the problems you describe as being present in India, as an Indian I thank you for your concern. But seeing as you aren't doing that much to help us solve them, you can keep this list of what is wrong with yourself. We already have that list for the last 60 years.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten