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Comment Uh . . . missing a bit of data are we? (Score 1) 88

There are some problems with their data and their assumptions:

Problem 1:
Facebook has 1.5 billion users. Of those, 1/3 are considered fake or duplicate accounts or have died. So 1 billion real/valid users. The world has 7 billion people. So Facebook has shown that of people who join facebook, the degree of separation is lowering to 3.57. What does this mean for those not on Facebook.

Problem 2:
A friend isn't a friend on Facebook. Guess what. Just because two people agree to "friend" each other, doesn't make them "Friends". Most people have far fewer people they could contact directly than they have friends. For example, a lot of my friends are my friends. But really we are separated by my wife, even though Facebook has us marked as not separated.

Comment Surface phone is also your laptop and desktop (Score 1) 456

When the Surface Phone is also your laptop and your desktop and all you need is a screen that is nothing more than a wireless display/input device for your phone, the majority of the world will move over to it. Why? Because while other phones have all the apps, Windows has all the Applications. Apps are just a neat way to have a better experience on a mobile device than a browser provides. Full-blown applications are the real driver of this world.

As for just needing a display/input device, doesn't that sound familiar? Tablets, laptops, desktops are going to nothing more than terminal screens. Technology just repeats itself only smaller and smaller. It is the mainframe design, but the mainframe is your phone and the terminals are anything else you want to use.

Whether you like it or not, Windows run the most Applications by millions. This is why even though Apple laptops have cracked into enterprise, almost every last one of them has to have a Windows Virtual Machine to run some Windows only app the business needs.

The smart phone is the future. Microsoft isn't going to abandon it. Abandoning Windows Phone doesn't mean abandoning the phone market.

Comment Actually Source has to be available for request (Score 1) 180

Actually, all the GPL says is that the source has to be available for request. It doesn't have to be available to easily download via the internet. If you offer the code to anyone who writes a written request via snail mail with a valid postage stamp you are technically compliant with GPL.

Also as for Apache section B, the article contradicts itself. First it says that the changed files haven't been named, then it says ". . . no differences! No authors, no changed files, no trademarks, just copy-paste development." Which is it? Are there changed files they need to report or not?

Comment Re: Really??? (Score 1) 358

C# is not worse than Java. Your two points are not shortcomings, they are benefits.

The dynamically typed var are not a problem, it is a solution. It isn't required to use. If you don't like it, don't use it. But dynamic variables are quite nice for two reasons:
1. The code is much easier to read with var than with overly long variables. Look at these two equivalent lines. The second is obviously easier to read.

                Dictionary> dictionary = new Dictionary>()
                var dictionary = new Dictionary>()

2. It allows for anonymous types, which is extremely useful in linq and makes creating a simply object easy without the hassle of having to create an maintain an object with two properties in source to be used once inside a single method.

Also, having to declare what exceptions a method throws is obnoxious and useless. In the end, it is time consuming with little benefit and a lot of maintenance time. Not to mention figuring out what exception will might be thrown by a delegate passed in has not been solved yet.

C# allows you to document exceptions with a standard comment. Comments are where this belongs, not in the code.

But if you are an expert at Java, then C# only sucks because of one reason: It is not the language you are an expert at. ;-)

Comment Re:Really??? (Score 1) 358

Actually, it is started as replacement/rewrite of Java. So it started out better by fixing mistakes that were obvious in the java language. Microsoft took the opportunity caused by Sun's lawsuit to write a better language. C# ditched Java quite quickly and Java has been playing catch-up for years.

Comment Completely disagree (Score 1) 154

Once I have a surface phone running full blown windows, I can have a dock and run my whole environment from one device.
I can add an app to the tablet of my choice so it can act as a monitor to my phone, or perhaps MS starts selling dumb screens that run the display wirelessly from a phone.
I can have a laptop that is just a screen and keyboard, no brains, that runs wirelessly from my phone. It is all on my phone. I have one device. In that world, Windows wins the same way it has won big in desktop and laptop world.

Comment No, put an inland ocean in the middle of it (Score 1) 386

No, put an inland ocean in the middle of it. Doesn't matter that it is salt water because the evaporated water won't be and the water that seeps into the ground will be mostly filtered of salt. The area will become something better than a desert. We need more vegetation in the world, not less.

Also, it would be pretty cool to make a sand to glass 3d printer. Imaging printing some glass green houses, or just plain houses for that matter.

Comment Article starts out with false assumptions (Score 1) 225

This article starts off with false statements such as:

"There's a litany of problems with apps."

Is there really? Let's look at the problems this author has mentioned:

1. There is the platform lock-in

This doesn't have to be the case anymore. With Xamarin and other tools, there isn't a platform lock-in. You can code once and deploy to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, OS X, and Windows Desktop.

2. The space the apps take up on the device.

This is a short term problem that will be resolved by enhanced hardware. In two or four years, we will likely have phones with close to 1TB.

3. Updating apps is a pain that users often ignore, leaving broken or vulnerable versions in use long after they've been allegedly patched.

Really? All my apps auto-update. I get prompted to update ones that require manual updates to re-approve because they are using a new feature. Seems pretty simple to me.

4. 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.

Again, not true. Check out Xamarin and similar tools. If you think html5/CSS/JavaScript is easy in comparison to compiled code, you probably don't have enough experience with the many problems due to different browsers and different devices. Even with standards, the way the standards are implemented are often different.

Comment Disappointed in slash dotters resonse (Score 0) 665

There are a lot of whiners and complainers.

Microsoft isn't being evil. It realizes that supporting legacy OSes is costly and insecure. It realizes that if everyone moves to Windows 10 faster, then everyone is more secure.

Since MS is giving Windows 10 for free, you can't pull the revenue for license claim

Yes, Microsoft is a for profit business. There are many profits to be had. Shrewd business practices DOES NOT EQUAL evil business practices. MS and the world will get a greater benefit from a quicker move to W10. More similar install bases. Developers can target universal apps and don't have to write code to work with legacy OSes, etc...

Calling Windows 10 for free evil, is pretty lame.

Google Chrome forces updates of itself.
Google drops supports of quite recent Android OSes.
Apple makes zero effort in backwards compatibility in OS X .

Microsoft has to adapt to keep up with the competition.

Comment Re: Islam's relationship to modern science (Score 1) 330

But nobody reads the Quran, any more than they read Numbers, or Leviticus, or Acts, or the Book of Mormon (which is a REAL hoot).

You are correct about Numbers. It is is rarely read. Quran, Acts, and the Book of Mormon, you are incorrect.

Mormon's do read the Book the of Mormon. There are only 15 million Mormons but many read the book daily. I'm interested in what you think is a "REAL hoot" about the BOM, though.

Also, most devout Catholics and other Christian religions read the Bible, but I've heard that they stick mostly to Psalms and the New Testament. In fact, on my mission, many Christians had partial Bibles that only contained Psalms and the New Testament. However, Acts is read slightly less than the four gospels, but it is read.

And I have two Muslim coworkers that I've worked with long enough to call friends. Both have the Quran app on their phones and read it often, if not daily. That is not a large enough sample size to make a statistical analysis.

Anyway, other than Numbers, the books you mentioned ARE read.

Also, you might be surprised to find that most of those who are devout, are quite scientific as well. You might be surprised to find out how many scientists are extremely religious.

I find a lot of people who are agnostic or atheist have actually made science their religion. Most aren't even practicing scientists, and instead of looking to the scientific method to teach them new ideas, they have "faith" in theories despite science not yet having proven or disproven them. They use science as their religion not to further science, but to attack religion. Your comments are pretty close to putting you in this bucket.

Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and a handful of others created new memes a few hundred years ago.

Yes, one of them was 'Separation of Church and State'. They carefully chose the word "Church" because they did not wast a 'Separation of God and State.' The wanted all to believe in God, but at the same time, they wanted no organized religion, or church, to have a hold of the government. And even though this meme didn't make it into the constitution, or in even in the Amendment people assume has this meme, the Judicial system has most recently been interpreting laws as if 'Separation of God and State' were in the constitution.

Comment Great marketing ploy in two ways: (Score 1) 207

1. They look good to the public for being so conscientious.
2. The car comes in and the workers can say: Hey, while your hear, your almost do for a service, or for your special 30k service or .

In the end, the part will be fine on all or most of the cars. But Tesla sales go up and Tesla service division reports a small bump in profit.

Comment Apply to decline but no go away (Score 1) 478

My Surface Pro 3 is far superior to the iPad Pro and it is last years model. The iPad Pro isn't even really as good as the first Surface Pro. Add to that the fact that the Kindle is as good as the iPad mini and much, much cheaper, and they just released an even cheaper model that takes an SD Card (you can now by 8 Kindles for the price of an iPad Mini), and you will see a major drop in iPad sales this Christmas.

A mouse is a "requirement" for a Pro device. Failure to see this is the major reason why this first iPad Pro version will fail. The dev work to add all the mouse events into iOS is going to be costly and even then that doesn't guarantee apps will work with a mouse.

So, sure, Apple owns the phone and tablet market, today. But Microsoft already won the hybrid market. The iPad Pro is a disappointing device at best. The iPads are great but over-priced. Fortunately, their drop in sales will not mean a loss for Apple. They will continue to make money because they have a good infrastructure, with existing customers and many of their customers are religiously loyal.

Comment Freedom of speech, not freedom of consequences (Score 1) 546

In the United States of America, we have the freedom of speech, yes. But nowhere are we guaranteed freedom from the consequences of speech. There may not be government-imposed consequences, but there are social, political, news/media, and/or market consequences.

If you are a business owner and you make a statement that offends the public, your business might take a hit. The constitution isn't going to force anyone to shop at your store. The constitution guarantees you the right to make the statement without government-imposed consequences.

Also, privacy is not a constitutional right. I am still having an internal debate on whether it should be. But even if privacy were a constitutional right, a person would lose such a right if they shared their opinion publicly on Social media. That opinion is now public and no longer private by the person's own choice. If that person tries to get around this by using an alias account, well, there is no guarantee that the alias will really hide who that person is.

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