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Comment Re: Looks pretty impressive... (Score 1) 115

Oh for fsck's sake gentlemen. Android Studio is only the "free" option for Android. If you're willing to pay then a $400 corporate license for IntelliJ will cover you on Android in Linux until Google releases an official Linux edition. I haven't used others, but right off hand NVIDIA itself provides the SDK for Ubuntu flavors. I even saw AIDE for development directly on ARM devices. There is still Eclipse for the moment as well.

So, uh, any other particular reason to continue arguing?

Comment Re:Looks pretty impressive... (Score 1) 115

it surpassed Eclipse a long time ago

No, it definitely hasn't. Even the Facebook SDK doesn't include instructions for Gradle/Android Studio (at least not a month or two ago when I looked)

While taste is always subjective, I think you'll find that Eclipse has stagnated just as Netbeans did before it. You're facing two shocks to the developer system: 1.) Grade is very different from either maven or ant in practical use, and it can cause lost hours of productivity just looking at how to do operation x you used in the former build system alone. I can actually respect that, since the build system is the core of how quickly you can get shit done and a decree of an official build system for a platform is always hard to fight.

2.) Point 2 however, I think you're letting your inner troll take over too much of your post. That "10 minutes v 15 seconds" is absurd and can only be attributed to user error (you already don't know much about gradle right?). I joked earlier about if VI vs EMACS had been settled. If Google suddenly declared the build system to be EMACS I'd be fscked -- but not because EMACS is a POS. It'd be because I don't know how to use the tool very well.

Comment Re:And in one move (Score 1) 210

Kills the 3rd party accessory market. Because you won't be able to get "crypto" power blocks from anyone else. Wanna bet?

This is rather diabolical if you're right. Oh I'm sure any 3rd party could figure out what piss-ant encryption solution they're providing and duplicate the feat. But if it's protected by patents -- well, that's a lawsuit for you. Not only are you infringing on IP, but you're circumventing protections.

Is there a tech equivalent of the phrase, "for the children!"? We're doing it for the consumer, the consumer sir!

Comment Re:Why do they need secrecy? (Score 1) 451

Isn't that usually the question though? Do things need to be secret? I'd argue that somethings do need to be held close to the vest. But who watches the watchers?

Skilled hackers that want to prove a point against secretive organizations, that's who. We have a checks and balances system, it's just not codified into law.

Comment Re:So he hasn't learned a thing. (Score 1) 576

You misunderstand me. I'm not doubting the value of education, merely why one would be surprised there is a bias against management on a site such as this one. I have an undergrad degree in English and I am getting a MS in IT. Neither subject is going to cause readers to flock to my doorstep in worship or have academics gasp in awe. And if you sincerely enjoy the subjects a MBA program has to teach -- more power to you. That's one of the best reasons to seek an education.

My post shouldn't be taken as an assault, but the first MBA poster did ask: Why? I answered with my perspective on why.

Comment Re:So he hasn't learned a thing. (Score 5, Informative) 576

I don't understand the constant Slashdot slurring against MBAs. Yes, I have one. But MBA means you can't use Google now? It means you can't understand anything related to IT in any form? Why do slashdotters use MBA as an interchangeable term for "idiot"?

Because most of us are the technical type that clash with management, management with MBAs. Though unfair, you chose a degree that many here consider of low practical value. Our heroes in management are those that never even heard of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" or "Six Sigma Lean". They got there because they were charismatic, bad-ass techies with a flair for business. And often, we believe that MBA techniques are political window dressing designed to enrich the manager at the expense of the talent. See: Programming Motherfucker, Do You Speak It?

Oh it's unfair I know. MBAs, Law, PR, and other degrees and their professions grew out of need. But you're on a site that is "News for Nerds." I'm surprised you need an answer as to why there is bias against your degree. Hell, having a degree in general is under attack and probably always will be. We venerate the self-educated genius, not the above average guy that needed someone to teach him or her the basics.

Comment Re:Easy to fix (Score 1) 218

Lifetime is too excessive; electronics do break over time. But I WOULD like a company to at least stand behind their product for a minimum of three years. The fact that extended warranties exist is like taxing someone on assets lost in a burglary. You just got robbed twice.

In fact, I think it's the fact that extended warranties exist that dissuade companies from offering bigger warranties. Much like rebates, few people really take someone up on warranties unless someone comes to your house. So it's not like bolstering confidence in the product by offering a longer warranty means that much. Tool makers pull that trick all the time.

Comment Re:I almost feel sorry for the PR Guy (Score 2) 419

You make a good point. I thought I had read the entire chain, but somehow I missed his responses to Mike. The treatise back to the guy was over-the-top, but he was provoked. *Shrug* The PR guy was so out of his mind stupid (and apparently still appears to be going strong) that it seemed like kicking the mentally disabled.

But I didn't see the chain continue to where "Dave" had calmed down and took the higher road after all. The whole thing still doesn't give me fuzzy feelings for anyone, but my Soap box got misplaced somewhere and I have nothing to stand on now.

Comment I almost feel sorry for the PR Guy (Score 3, Insightful) 419

This should be entertaining to me; it is a pretty sweet burn to someone that appears to deserve his fate. Yet I can't laugh at the exchange; it's like taking joy in reality television. Many people do, but I just feel dirty watching the downward trajectory of humanity. Is the customer that less of a dick? Is his motivation at making this exchange public to help other frustrated gamers or to make revenge so sweet and cold? The motive is probably somewhere closer to revenge than help.

Comment Re:Complete and utter garbage (Score 2) 96

I know that I'm going to get modded down for this, but this isn't news worthy at all.

If I had mod points you'd only get modded down for this self-pitying sentence. Just say what you have to say dude.

Besides, failing to be a l33t engineer, this is a pretty good first try. We don't have to hug it out, but being a dick doesn't really help either old timer. People used to be the crap out of people that did these things too. Now we have an international forum for who can do cool, nerdy things better.

Comment Sad, Sir Obvious? (Score 1) 360

It's sad watching people argue over which advertising conglomerate they want to give all their personal information to.

As compared to the more important Bluray vs HD-DVD, Mac vs. PC, Steelers vs. Browns, Blue state vs Red, US vs Canada, Star Trek vs Starwars, Missionary vs Doggystyle, Christians vs Islamists, or Pepsi vs Coke debates that needlessly consume our lives?

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