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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1, Insightful) 212

Ah I see. I clicked on the article and video started playing so I closed it. I hate that. The MSM infotainment providers I saw the story on this morning either didn't go into the "why" or they went all crazy about value judgments about monarchies as a political system blah blah blah.

Your use of "MSM" and inability to relay facts in the article you're actually discussing -- facts that are also included in every other news account I've read -- leads me to believe you probably get your news from one particular (in fact, the MOST "mainstream" and popular of them) cable news service, and should probably just stick to that instead of coming here to post...

Comment Re:Too bad. (Score 2) 798

As the original poster replied to the first of the dozen people who suggested this... if you require a data plan for support, they'll sign up for a data plan, get support, then immediately cancel the data plan. The only way to recoup costs in a consistent manner is just require certain things for certain devices to be on the network. No one is forcing you to use either the device or the network, so you're welcome to take your business elsewhere...

Comment Re:wtf (Score 4, Informative) 270

Indeed... Microsoft Excel was refining itself on the Mac when Lotus 1-2-3 on DOS was the primary spreadsheet for the business world in the 80's. It wasn't until OS/2's failure in the early 90's (when the other office software had generally gone the OS/2 path) that Office-on-Windows really picked up steam. Each version of Word was ported to Windows from the Mac until the much-maligned 5.0 version when they tried to reverse it and failed badly. The question in the late 90's, though, was whether Microsoft would cancel the Mac version of Office entirely or keep it going. The fact that it was always profitable probably helped the decision, but in promising to do so and investing $150M they got out of a huge number of lawsuits they probably would have lost.

Comment Re:Use OpenGL instead (Score 2) 256

I'm actively developing OpenGL ES 2.0 for android and one constant source of frustration is the quality of tools, documentation and examples. The tools are really bad since the nearest thing to syntax hilighting is the standard C editor and there is no way of telling if a shader will work or not without trial and error. The problem with documentation and examples is of another issue - there are so many different versions, bindings and implementations of OpenGL that it is very hard to find what you want in all the noise. You might come across a seemingly good example and discover it's no use because it's fixed function or uses the wrong version of GL.

iOS has some really nice development tools. I don't port to Android, but for those that do I've heard an iOS-first, Android-second strategy can produce better Android apps because the toolset on iOS helps debug and optimize the software faster and better. It might be worth looking into.

Comment Re:DO NOT ASSUME WESTERN NAMES! (Score 1) 383

Things don't have to be either-or. The email system can route both userid@domain.tld and First.Last@domain.tld (with First.M.Last for conflicts, and shortened forms for very long names if desired, or omitted at the user's discretion) to the proper users. There's no reason to restrict each user to one and only one address. I think most Western non-geeks would prefer First.Last where possible, and forcing people to remember some jumble of userid letters seems like a system designed for the ease of the implementors instead of the users.

Comment Re:MS Really Embracing OSS? (Score 4, Informative) 227

You're kind of ignoring the elephant in the room, which is that Apple didn't write MacOS X from the ground up. Most of it is NeXT with a different GUI, and which in the beginning had an integrated old-school Mac API grafted on ("Carbon", which has mostly been deprecated in favor of the NeXT's traditional API). NeXT chose BSD because it was done by Avie Tenavian, whose CMU work on the Mach kernel (which used BSD) became the core of NeXT's OS. They chose BSD because Linux didn't exist yet and everything else was locked down pretty tightly. So you're talking about an OS with roots in the mid to late 80's and decisions inherited from that time. It's probably on a short list for being among the longest-surviving continuously maintained OS in common usage today, predating NT, Linux, Solaris, and many others.

Comment Re:It's the stigma (Score 1) 366

A factory worker in China can make up to as much as a pilot. A unionized pilot in USA for one of the big airlines makes $250k to $500k.

[citation needed]. Most pilots earn US$20-50K a year in the US, and a captain at one of the big airlines (which is the pinnacle of the profession for only the most elite) can earn 3-4x that. I've never heard of a pilot earning US$250K, let alone over that.

Comment Re:Kill the Virus in Pyonyang (Score 4, Interesting) 597

The only way the civilized world is going to limit the cost of dealing with the ultimate war with N. Korea is to prepare S. Korea, with the help other friendly countries, to do a massive surgical strike to take out the entire N. Korean military and its facilities and have S. Korea able and supplied and armed with its own people who can move in to supplie staples and organization to the society.

I am not convinced the military which is ultimately in control of everything, will ever give up its power, no matter what the "Glorius Leader" says or does, as he can be replaced.

You let the cancer grow or you cut it out and deal with the consequences. Of course this could never happen within the next 4 years because of leaders in power now who have no vision other than their own personal power.

We certainly have battle plans ready that would allow us to militarily unify Korea under the south. There would be nothing "surgical" about it, though. North Korea has massive numbers of troops, rockets, artillery, etc., and South Korea's capital is only 35 miles from the border, within range of the larger NK guns. Here's a map of what could happen. Seoul would be a pawn in the battle, and it would destabilize the entire area for some time.

I think the fundamental question here is whether this is a show of strength being done because North Korea wants to talk but has nothing else to negotiate with. If so, perhaps you meet them, acknowledge their big scary threats, trade around for some perks (maybe make Kim Jong Il the equivalent of the British Royal family in the new Korea, with a figurehead role), and unify them peacefully with everyone coming out ahead. On the other hand, maybe they want to remain independent and hold a nuclear threat over the United States' head... in which case better to strike sooner, before they have the capability. I don't have any of that information, so I'm not going to second-guess the decisions.

Comment Re:[citation needed] (Score 2) 355

This study says A, that study says B.

Seriously, there are literally hundreds of climate models littering the back issues of science journals. Coming up with data and a model that fits some historical context is one thing, but we're still no closer to knowing what 10, 50 or 100 years from now will look like. When was the last time someone showed you the famous Al Gore hockey stick graph, without hastily and profusely making excuses about it?

Ah, so we've moved from "global warming doesn't exist", right through "global warming isn't caused by humans", and now we're at "who knows what will happen in the future with global warming". I guess that's progress.

Comment Re:You don't know what you are saying, do you? (Score 3, Informative) 697

Well, do the studies again by yourselves - Africans are the only homo sapiens, who did not interbreed - rest of the world have mixed genes. Do not know about chinese, but papua people did not interbreed with Neanderthals, but so called Denisovans.

Right now we are sure, that Neanderthals inhabited just Europe, Middle East and central Asia along with parts in Siberia.

Yes, and all humans who left Africa went through the Middle East where the Neaderthals were resident. All non-Africans are currently suspected of having Neanderthal DNA, while many Asians are also suspected of having some Denisovan DNA. It's not a settled matter, though, given difficulty in determining what is Neanderthal DNA when we share 99.7% of our base pairs with them.

Comment Re:Language is hardly relevant (Score 5, Interesting) 437

It's also interesting to note that all tests were done on Windows. Despite him using Tomcat for Java and IIS for C# because that's the "typical" usage, he then completely does an about-face and deploys the Tomcat on Windows-- a configuration I've actually never seen and which has to give C# a bit of an advantage as the vendor-supplied OS. And yet Java still won when talking about doing anything substantial...

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