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Comment: Re:"Where IBM is now???!?!" (Score 1) 187

by searlea (#43890971) Attached to: Opposition Mounts To Oracle's Attempt To Copyright Java APIs
Depends which numbers you focus on. EPS might be important for share-holders, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Consider net income for 2012: Oracle: $10 Billion net income from 118,000 employees (~$85,000 per employee) IBM: $16 Billion net income from 434,000 employees (~$37,000 per employee) Works out that Oracle currently rakes in roughly $85,000 per employee, while IBM 'only' manages around $37,000. If you were Larry, would you want to match IBM's earnings based on those figures?

Comment: Re:Keep giving the people what they don't want (Score 1) 95

by searlea (#28893613) Attached to: BSkyB To Launch 3D TV Service In 2010

No one wants 3D TV, so why is it being developed?

No one wanted "User Operation Prohibited", but that sadly found its way onto most DVDs.

Isn't market testing supposed to weed out dumb ideas like this?

Market-testing sessions may not last long enough to distinguish novelty-factor from long-term benefits.

The television is too casual a medium to complicate with shutter glasses.

For soaps, sitcoms, news, games-shows and other attention-deficit programming I agree. For one-hour-per-episode big-budget series and movies - I think a lot of people will be happy to don the glasses with an "and now I shall concentrate on what I'm watching" mentality...

Comment: Re:Hooray fileinfo is standard! (Score 2, Informative) 120

by searlea (#28539817) Attached to: PHP 5.3 Released

Assuming your argument-order frustration lies with the classic needle/haystack inconsistency throughout the string and array functions, the whole issue goes away if the PHP guys would simply evolve the string and array natives to be treated like objects:

in_array($needle, $haystack) -> $array->contains($needle)
strpos($haystack, $needle) -> $string->pos($needle)

Do that, and people will naturally migrate from the old inconsistent methods and move towards the more natural and consistent new methods without breaking anything.

If you really think it's worth breaking backwards compatibility, you could implement a friends suggestion - adding the PHP version number to the <?php wrapper: i.e. change to <?php6 ... ?>. Job done.

Comment: Re:Apple's fascination with single button mice (Score 1) 806

by searlea (#28345519) Attached to: Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes

I'd say two-finger clicking and two-finger scrolling are much more intuitive than double-clicking - but that's not saying much.

For the benefit of people wondering why banging two-fingers on their macbook trackpad doesn't seem to be doing anything:

System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Trackpad
[x] Use two fingers to scroll
[x] Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click

Or see apple's support pages

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