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Submission + - The App-ocalypse: Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? (arstechnica.com) 3

nerdyalien writes: There's currently a litany of problems with apps. There is the platform lock-in and the space the apps take up on the device. Updating apps is a pain that users often ignore, leaving broken or vulnerable versions in use long after they've been allegedly patched. Apps are also a lot of work for developers—it's not easy to write native apps to run on both Android and iOS, never mind considering Windows Phone and BlackBerry. What's the alternative? Well, perhaps the best answer is to go back to the future and do what we do on desktop computers: use the Web and the Web browser.

Comment Others joining this group are (Score -1, Troll) 288

psychology
control systems (excluding a few topics, most are un-applicable and highly theoretical)
behavioural science
statistics
economics (more of a snake oil)
climate science
any theoretical disciplines
and the list goes on...

Don't get me wrong.. I am a man of science. As of late, word "science" is used and abused quite badly. For me, it is always the "scientific method" that counts. Body of knowledge is always contestable, unless it has survived the test of time.

p.s.
One time, someone asked me "why science can't answer XYZ?".
My answer was "Science is a methodical way of exploring the natural world, and not a corpus of answers for all questions out there".

Submission + - Tim Cook calls Apple's tax questions 'political crap' (business-standard.com)

nerdyalien writes: Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook dismissed as "total political crap" the notion that the tech giant was avoiding taxes. Cook's remarks, made on CBS' 60 Minutes show, come amid a debate in the United States over corporations avoiding taxes through techniques such as so-called inversion deals, where a company redomiciles its tax base to another country. Apple holds $181.1 billion in offshore profits, more than any other US company, and would owe an estimated $59.2 billion in taxes if it tried to bring the money back to the United States, a recent study based on SEC filings showed. The current tax code was made for the industrial age, and not the "digital age," Cook said.

Comment This is as good as... (Score 1) 259

trying to define where earth's atmosphere ends and space starts.

Interpreting the actual intent of a person, from a sentence he/she wrote, is quite challenging.
Especially if you are using a language like English. Not convinced? read this one -> "Is the duck ready to eat?"

On the other end, things can be taken out of context. Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses is a prime example, where all book burners read only certain passages, not the entire novel.

Comment What we need is the death of "bandwidth caps" (Score 2, Interesting) 285

I watch YouTube a lot, on average about 2-3 hours a day. As of late, I live in a country where there is a bandwidth cap of 40 GB/month. And I have no option but to YouTube at 144p to avoid extra bandwidth charges.

I applaud all efforts by tech companies to reduce bandwidth usage (and not to forget, making inter-webs more exciting). Then again, none of those efforts matter, if bandwidth caps are forcing consumers to use internet like back in 90s.

Comment how about... (Score 5, Insightful) 88

skills that are practically useful in life, such as

1. Self reliance (how to cook, how to do minor repair works around house, etc)
2. Think broadly (do projects that encompasses everything from planning, prototyping, executing, teamwork etc.)
3. Financial management
4. Driving (it is better to start young, see Finland)
5. Surviving outdoors (you never know when you gonna need it)
6. Interacting face-to-face
7. Objective thinking (so that they won't fall into sound-bites of politicians)

I do not foresee "coding" will help anyone in the broader spectrum. Perhaps, it can liberate few talented coders who would've gone to another field. Other than you enter into an STEM career; quite unlikely "coding" will help you survive.

Something peripheral: "coding" projects will only succeed because of other skills i.e planning, team work, communication etc; not because of your "coding" skills it self.

Comment odd case (Score 1) 216

I worked as a developer, and I was one of the rare ones who took QA feedback positively.

By and large, I got along well with QA. Simply because I acknowledged the fact that they helped me a lot in understanding better about developing quality software (at least UX wise). I was always driven to write code that pass QA, which I took as part of my work and pride.

However, not every developer shares the same sentiment as me. They went on to complain and remove QA, and take all that responsibility to them. Great, that's as good as you are the judge for your own court case. Since then, my employer fired all QAs, and ever since, quality reaching new "lows" every quarter.

Comment So, it is a culture after all (Score 1) 166

From the article: "Above all, devops is a cultural philosophy".

Looks like it is another buzz word like Agile. Based on my experience, Agile can be "Fragile" when the team is not committed on it. Beyond that, Agile can NOT be applied to a) large projects b) projects with lot of groundwork and c) dev stack that require long compilation/building process. Most Agile/Scrum projects I worked end up falling back to a semi "Waterfall" workflow while still doing some Agile stuff (which I happily coined "ScrumFall" after the penultimate James Bond movie.)

Having said all that, jury is still out there as to whether there is something called DevOps. Only time can tell I suppose. Just my $0.02.

Comment End of Java (Score 1) 279

Languages wise

1. Hopefully the death of Java and similar GC knock-off languages like C#. World would be a really nice place without them.
2. Expect demise/marginalising of dynamic languages like Ruby, Python, etc (Python may survive for a bit, as some of the NLP libraries are written in it).
3. Expect JavaScript to be the de-facto language. In fact, it has become on the web. But yet to see it getting closer to OS and general hardware.
4. C/C++ will remain there as long as there are hardware and peripherals. Fortran because of research and stuff.
5. Maybe the second coming of Functional Languages. I expected languages like F# to take off rapidly, but still haven't seen any momentum. Likely, they will have its day when more and more cores are squeezed into the CPU.

Work wise

1. Nothing will change... still there will be incompetent managers, unrealistic timelines and unworkable workflows (agile, scrum, waterfall)

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