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Comment: Porting to Android is trivial (is it?) (Score 1) 316

by niw3 (#48009625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?
Apportable lets you compile Objective-C to native ARM and x86, making porting trivial. I heard many success stories but did not actually use it myself. But having one code base is too good an opportunity to miss. I would like to hear downsides as well. Any developers using apportable to do Android ports, reading this, please share your experiences.

Comment: Why don't they (Score 1) 461

by niw3 (#46461867) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery
drop very small, cheap, floating beacons off planes if everything else goes wrong? They can place these things through out everywhere in the plane. They can even record data with these until the very last minute. One can even construct something like this with less than 100 bucks with rPi or similar stuff.

Comment: apples to apples please (Score 1) 716

by niw3 (#46226513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
How can one compare a routine work like wall construction to a creative work like programming? One has proven technology used since maybe thousands of years now, while the other has unique problems which involve problem solving, trial and error, interfacing, compatibility... etc. Be sane for God's sake.

Comment: Identity? (Score 5, Interesting) 140

by niw3 (#46146937) Attached to: Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake
My wife's account with her real name closed arbitrarily by facebook together with her somewhat popular pages and groups. Reason: fake account. She scanned and sent her id and everything. Only response from facebook says this decision is final and cannot be reversed. So I am saying, fuck your policies Mark.

Comment: Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (Score 1) 1184

No, Apple's "objective" is to sue every other smart phone maker out of business so they can be the only player left in the market. Once Samsung is out of the way, they'll move on to HTC or some other Android based phone manufacturer.

Why? Because their legal department can't multitask?

Entropy requires no maintenance. -- Markoff Chaney