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Comment Re:Gratis but not free (Score 2) 56

You're right, we should definitely not engage with any technology or solution whose availability isn't guaranteed to exist until the end of time, and offer us 150% of the features we need. After all, if I'm building sandcastles in the sky, I can't let my dreams of creating a game that makes me a billionaire be threatened by even the most unlikely of hypothetical scenarios.

Comment Re: How long before Apple rejects (Score 1) 67

You are completely incorrect. Only Webkit or JavaScriptCore components may execute dynamically-retrieved, remote code.

Per Apple's iOS Developer Program Agreement:

3.3.2 An Application may not download or install executable code. Interpreted code may only be used in an Application if all scripts, code and interpreters are packaged in the Application and not downloaded. The only exception to the foregoing is scripts and code downloaded and run by Apple's built-in WebKit framework or JavascriptCore, provided that such scripts and code do not change the primary purpose of the Application by providing features or functionality that are inconsistent with the intended and advertised purpose of the Application as submitted to the App Store.

Comment Want to please everyone? (Score 1) 1310

I sincerely hope that the new owners just shut this site down. What's the difference between /. circa 2000 vs. now? Today, this site is frequented by the biggest bunch of whiners I've ever seen. They literally complain about *everything*:

"I saw a typo". "I saw an ad". "I saw a paywall". "I saw a CSS style I didn't like". "I saw a post submitted by a user I don't like". "I saw a social justice warrior commenting on something". "I saw a feminist trying to ruin nerds' lives". "I saw a story that wasn't 105% technical".

Jesus Christ. Just stop complaining about everything and go do something else, okay? Biggest group of entitled nerd complainers I've ever seen.

Comment Is this surprising? (Score 2) 99

My friend told me that one of the most popular websites in the world, for developers, doesn't let users sort their list of repositories in any way, or even control the pagination or let users see the entire list of repositories all at once. I told my friend that since repositories are the single most important thing that users need to access from a version control system, this couldn't possibly be true.

Then I visited I was wrong.

Comment Re:No, just NO (Score 1) 208

I interviewed at Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Intuit, etc. back in the day, and they were all some particular variation of nerd-arrogant.

Microsoft asked me, "How many ping pong balls would fit in an airplane?" I answered, "3X, where X is the number of bugs in Windows 2000." I didn't get the job.

Amazon asked me, "How many ping pong balls would fit in an airplane?" I answered, "That depends upon whether I use your head as a hammer to flatten each ping pong ball first." Guy was an asshole. I didn't get the job.

Google asked me, "Why are manhole covers round?" I answered, "So they can roll downhill and maim people." I didn't get the job.

Finally, I got a job at ADP. Now I fuck with those companies by screwing up their employee paycheck amounts every fourth cycle.

Comment Read the book (Score 1) 208

If you find TFA remotely interesting, I recommend you follow it up with "Cracking the Coding Interview" by Gayle Laakmann. Hell, I learned how to solve the Traveling Salesman problem using only directed cyclical graphs, and I don't even know what a graph is! I got a job at Google after I impressed the interviewers, and now I'm working on converting the the Android runtime to something called Java bytecode. Unfortunately, I haven't found a book called "Cracking the Java Bytecode", so I'm just making it up as I go along. That's because my Big O notation is n over infinity!

Comment Re:One thing that always drove me crazy... (Score 1) 246

In my freshman year of college, before I knew anything about Unix-like operating systems, we were forced to program C exercises in a text editor that actually represented SHIFT-SPACE as a different character than SPACE. The character looked no different than space, but broke the compiler.

And of course, the C compiler told us something completely useless, like "missing parenthesis at end of file", which had no correlation at all to where the erroneous character resided.

I can't tell you how many times I had to do crazy text bisection exercises just to find the invalid character, all because I didn't know how to use any of the OS tools.

Comment Never again (Score 1, Insightful) 190

Android devices might be absolutely, ecstatically awesome, but I'm never buying one again. The manufacturers and carriers guaranteed that my first Android device would be my last, by failing to allow me to upgrade to the latest, most secure version of the operating system.

Samsung wants to sell me an $800 tablet, but won't let me upgrade operating systems when critical security flaws are found? Screw them, and screw Google for allowing this type of ecosystem.

I'm sticking with Apple devices from now on.

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