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Comment On first glance my code samples suck ... (Score 1) 408

... but if you can't infer my skillset from my code and what I have to tell about it, I don't want to work for you. If you judge my skills by the amount of commits or the amount of lines in a given set of repos, you're an idiot, plain and simple.

With modern PLs there are as many coding styles as there are coders. We get into religious wars over indent, bracketing and tabs versus spaces. Any judge over my code who isn't aware of this bias inherent to all of us is utterly unable to judge code at a cursory glance.

Point in case:
Two weeks ago a potential employer ditched a first interview with me after checking a GitHub account of mine. After I told him that it was only one of many. Provably one of his crew noticed only a few commits every few weeks and didn't realize it was a toolkit I was working on and not some project I couldn't disclose.

Their loss, not mine. If you don't have the time to ask what's up with repo X and my commits you're not qualified as a project lead. End of story.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment Who cares? Both OSes are closely related anyway. (Score 1) 182

They're both just about the same thing anyway. Yeah, Android is built around the JVM and has some low-level stuff concerning cellular connectivity and such, but I expect such things to be covered with in an afternoon of recompiling kernel modules for whatever OS (read: customised cross-platform FOSS *nix variant) Google has lying around, be it Chrome, Android or something else

As for the Chromebooks getting Android: That's a nice thing and of course will push back an android tablet if you have money to spare and dig Big Brother Google and all the niceties he has to offer for his minions. So, yeah, chances are that a high profile Android tablet actually is a Chromebook with keyboard attached running Android (see Pixelbook) and perhaps that way of doing things will catch on with vendors.

I wouldn't mind.

Then again, well matured dirt cheap android tablets for the mother of my daughter to watch 'tube-clips and read the local news is a neat thing too, so, no, I doin't think Android tablets are going away. But again, who cares, Android runs Chrome and has all the Google nifties integrated, so it's not that much of a difference anyway.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment I like all WIlliam Gibson novels. (Score 2) 298

I know the neuromancer and the bridge triology and like both. Perhaps the Bridge triology is a bit better because the scenarios described are more plausible, as is the character of Chevette in "Virtual Light".
Then again, in the neuromancer triology all three books where quite memorable, whereas Idoru was sort of meh IMHO.

Comment Re: For those of us that don't know (Score 1) 161

RISC is generally considered "The better Architecture" (TM). Of course that statement is super-broad but truth be told, ARM was initially designed with lots of modern day improvements in mind whilst x86 was made with a more "make it work and get it to mass market ASAP" approach. Hence the success of x86 despite ARM microcomputers being roughly 2 decades ahead back in the late 80ies/early 90ies.
ARM actually is the newer architecture but the Acorn Archimedes was proprietary and closed, just like the Amiga back in the day, that's why they lost out against PC/x86.

Point in case: Modern ARM performance per Watt is through the friggin roof vis-a-vis current x86 for relatively standard operations. That's why cheapo ARM netbooks with laughable batteries still get 6 hours of runtime per charge. Also is ARM in some ways way simpler in architecture (*reduced* instruction set command - RISC) and thus easier to produce and optimize.

I expect ARM to take over userspace computing once the entire stack is covered by open hardware. Smartphones and tablets already are on this path, when FOSH (Free Open Source Hardware) hits the road, this trend will accelerate, IMHO.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment I totally get this. (Score 3, Insightful) 142

I do. As far as digital content and connectivity goes, we live in a world of abundance. Today true wealth lies in focus. And today, disconnecting from always-online can provide that to a very high degree, much better than trying to discipline yourself. Every time upgrading my smartphone is due, I think about going back to a feature phone and a paper calendar / filofax.

I never really dug the Internet in whole. This always-online thing was suspicious to me back in the 90ies and - to a certain extent - still is today. I remember the Fidonet and pulling/pushing my stuff once a day. Perfect.

Long story short, disconnecting is a good idea and I understand that for some only a radical move does the trick. I could be that one.

Comment There is one big advantage to this Cloud thing ... (Score 1) 104

How long can warranties be extended?
How long will particular models be available?
How long is Google commiting to make parts available?
How long will Google provide Tier-1 software updates?

There is one big advantage to this cloud thing (or so I suspect):
All those questions you posted don't really matter. Device discontinued? Lost? Stolen?

Your stuff is in the cloud. Get the next cheapo box/laptop you can lay your hands on, log in and continue to work where you left off.
I'm trying this sort of workflow right now, and it is compelling - I'll give Google that much. I'm typing this on a new dirt cheap 130 Euro Chromebook and have all my sh*t synced with my Smartphone just about instantly. Couldn't say that for any other system. Unless, of course, Apple. But I simply don't have the money for them right now. The current gen portables by Apple are way to expensive and where much cheaper in comparsion 10 years ago. The 13" iBook G4 - my first Apple - was 700$ cheaper than the next cheapest subnotebook. Not anymore with Apple. They've moved beyond what I'm currently willing to spend on hardware - that's the cold hard truth.

So cloud it is then for me, now. For the time being.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment How about a virtual SIM card? (Score 1) 391

The vendors are all about saving space and thus want to ditch the headphone jacks. They say "courage", I say bullshit.

How about finally making virtual SIM Technology real ?? - now that would be an innovation I can support. Removing the headphone jack is all about selling more expensive hardware (headphones). ...

What a load of nonsense.

Comment No. Mars is very far away. Like, seriously. (Score 1) 291

Mars is far away. Like, seriously, farther away than most people can imagine. The moon is on our doorstep, mars is on another continent. And in both you can't breathe or find anything useful for humanity to directly support survival without extreme ultra-reliable high-tech running flawless 24/7.

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