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Comment: More android switchers than MS/BB - shocking! (Score 1, Redundant) 217

by Overzeetop (#49789889) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

With blackberry and MS having a negligible portion of the smartphone market, I would be surprised if it *wasn't* android.

About 15% of smartphone users who by a Samsung (Android) handset come from iOS users. A higher percentage of iOS users are previous Android users (about 2:1 vs those switching from iOS to Android), but there are more Android users overall, so I'm not certain that there's a net loss in the Android userbase. For example: there were about 200 million iOS devices sold in 2014, and about 1 billion Android devices. If 20% of new iOS users are former Android users, that's 40 Million switching to iOS. If 5% of Android users are former iOS users, that's 50 Million switching to Android. That's a net +10M for Android.

(some stats:

Comment: Re:well that was sudden (Score 2) 184

by causality (#49774977) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

That it got this far without being summarily rejected is problematic all by itself.

The FTC does not, and should not, do summary rejections. Even evil corporations have a right to due process.

In general I would agree with you, but not in this case. That they are natural monopolies would be grounds for a summary rejection. There's no reason that cannot be a special exception.

Comment: Newsworthy because it comes with Linux Preinstall (Score 1) 133

Who approved this "article"?

This is great news for many of us who run Linux desktops. As this is one of the 2 laptops Dell delivers preinstalled with Linux in the program.

About 4 months ago I got an XPS 15, with almost identical specs ( 256 SSD, 16GB Ram, 4-Core i7 CPU, etc. ). But I had to void my warranty minutes after I opened the box to replace Windows with Ubuntu, so I'm basically on my own support-wise after spending north of $2K.

This laptop would have been perfect for someone like myself and hope its Linux configuration makes enough sales so that it's still around when I need a new computer 2-3 years from now.

Comment: Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 2) 382

by Kunta Kinte (#49751129) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

I'd rather see people bitch about no delegates or lack of LINQ-like system.

I agree with your other points. But Java doesn't have a single LINQ-like system. But has many to chose from...

QueryDSL and jOOQ has most of the Linq-to-Object features.

Together with Java Persistence API and it's type-safe Criteria Query

Comment: Would be funny if it where true (Score 2) 382

by Kunta Kinte (#49751055) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

...but then, they fire up Eclipse, or NetBeans, or Guiffy, or enable the Java support in their browser, or try to run an app on their favorite feature phone. And they wait for it to become responsive... ...and wait...

Would be funny if it where true, but Netbeans on my computer loads faster than Visual Studio. And both runs equally as fast.

Comment: Java is fully open source (Score 4, Informative) 382

by Kunta Kinte (#49751013) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

But Java was the important thing we couldn't let die. And it isn't open source so the community couldn't steal it away from oracle.

Java is fully open-sourced and the most open-sourced programming language I know. OpenJDK is the same source code Oracle uses for its JDK. It's easy to download and compile all Java executables. Here is a guide and a Youtube video detailing how to build the JDK.

Java is defined and updated by the JSR process, which resembles RFCs. And also by the JEP process which tells you exactly what's being built into Java and when. You can also use their bugtrackers and mailing lists to track Oracle engineers' work.

I've learnt a ton just by tracking those lists.

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.