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Comment: Re:It's not about passively watching (Score 2) 127 127

Tho i haven't (yet) watched, I can see two things I'd get out of it 1) I've been doing AngularJS for a while so I know the syntax very well, but it'd be useful to see how someone might use it in a more productive manner; i.e. i start with services and tests, maybe someone else writes controllers and dummy views first. If there was another Angular person in my office maybe I'd get some of that at work, otherwise I'm must out in the woods by myself. 2) I've got to pick up Swift fairly quickly; I've signed up for a course on UDemy but knowing how I absorb and retain info it'd be very usefuil for me to see how it's used first, then take the course and get some 'aha, so *that's* why he did that' or 'oh, i see why he didn't do *that*' moments that could augment the course content.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 3, Insightful) 608 608

So, what you're saying in effect is that you might put in a large investment on the tool (nailgun=$, framework=$time) from which you're hoping to get a long useful life, and perhaps buying those tools from a reputable company (nailgun=Dewalt,Craftsman, framework=Google,Adobe) with the expectation that the tool won't be discontinued/EOL'd and parts/repo's will remain available. The reality is that the nailgun/shiny IDE might not last as long as the older simpler stuff (hammers are older than neaderthals/VI is >30yrs old, Eclipse is 10, Webstorm is 2? 3?). And company reputation is no guarantor of longevity.

However, if the Dewalt Model XJ-9 nailgun lasts 5yrs you can finish a helluva lot more roofs in that time than you could with a hammer. Perhaps then we should look at Angular, PhoneGap, nodeJS as specific models of nailguns from which we should extract as much 'juice' as we can in the 2-5yrs they might be useful and presume that we'll be using something else after that.

Unfortunately, the roof/nailgun analogy completely falls apart when you realize that if some of the shingles fall off after the XJ-9 has been discontinued you can still use a regular hammer to fix it; whereas if Angular 3 is EOL'd in 2017 then your PhoneGap app built on it might be left with some vulnerability (all geolocation requests are hacked to only report your current location as the nearest strip club) that Google is not going to fix (having sold off their money-losing software biz in 2016 to focus on crowd pacification robots).

And perhaps, instead of waking up every day wondering if today is the day the Yosemite super volcano or a planet killer comet wipes us all out, we should just dance (and code) while the sun shines and not worry so much about the future.

Comment: Re:What's next? (Score 1) 717 717

A recent article on bringing back the Saturn V J-1 engine mentions how 3D printing has enabled them to reduce the part count for some components from 5,600 parts to just 40; thus *vastly* simplifying (ie *MORE* simple, not 'now anyone can do it') the building of this engine.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/04/how-nasa-brought-the-monstrous-f-1-moon-rocket-back-to-life/3/

Comment: Re:Non removable battery, no memory card slot. (Score 1) 152 152

>Removable batteries mean a battery door. This makes the phone thicker.

Bollox. The Sanyo Zio had a batter door that was at best the width of three sheets of paper; and the battery lastest much less than the lifetime of the phone (my wife still uses her somewhat-less-than 3yr old Zio)

Comment: Re:Build? (Score 1) 56 56

> frozen meal

That example is like taking a Roomba out of the box and putting batteries in it (i.e 'not building')
Taking frozen peas, a jar of curry sauce, a can of potatoes and a can of garbanzo beans, heating all w/o burning then pouring over a pile of minute rice *is* cooking.

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