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Comment Re:Any insight into language design choices? (Score 1) 338

Well I think what he's saying is that right now you have

var someVariable:Int = 3
let someConstant:Int = 4

and you could have done

var someVariable:Int = 3
someConstant:Int = 4

so you just don't have to have a keyword make it be a constant.

And I'm curious to know too. I think it was probably just a style choice, or perhaps lessening the odds of accidental declarations, but it would be interesting if there was some technical reason for it.

Comment Re:Congrats! Apple screwed you to sell more headho (Score 2, Informative) 252

Fast forward a year or so and now Apple ONLY sells devices that can use wireless headphones in their most popular product.

You can plug in your old headphones using the adapter they include in the box (and sell replacements for $9), or you can use the wired Lightning Cable EarPods they also... include in the box. Heck, they sell replacements for those too.

I get that you're mad but your assertion that you can ONLY use wireless headphones is false in more ways than one.

And as for being mad that they bought a wireless headphone company and then did something to encourage usage of wireless headphones? That just says you don't understand how hardware companies work. Especially if you don't think every other phone manufacturer isn't about to do the same.

Comment Re:Twitter as a protocol (Score 1) 284

I think one of the differences between, say, twitter and email is that twitter's thing is that it's the one place where everything lives. As in, everyone can see Trump's tweets, you don't have to find the particular server that houses Trump's tweets. Email is decentralized - my email server houses my emails but it doesn't house yours. The protocols of email make it possible for email from your server to get to my server but while I can search my email, I can't search yours. With twitter though, I can search everything. I can see everything everyone's ever said, in theory.

As for being an open protocol, well there is the SDK for it and all but Twitter-the-company has been doing a lot lately to try and put the cat back in the bag on that one, being restrictive with keys and basically telling client authors to please just stop, after buying up each platform's best client.

Comment The summary is naive (Score 1) 341

From TFS:

...and also it needs to be pointed out that several movie companies have discarded these ideas before because they know that by offering you new titles so early they are going to lose on all the overpriced cold drinks, and snacks they sell you at the theatre...

OK first, "the movie companies" is hilariously vague - are you talking about the studios that make movies or are you talking about the theaters? They're not the same companies, pretty much ever.

Second, assuming you mean the studios - they see none of the revenue from the sales of concessions. None. They take the majority of the ticket price in most cases, usually on a sliding scale downwards from the week of release. A theater playing The Force Awakens on day one actually makes very little money on people seeing the movie. Maybe a dollar a person. They barely make enough to cover the costs of the janitors at the end of the night. This is also why they hate long movies - you can't have as many showings which cuts down the take further.

The theaters make their money on the concessions. That's why they're so expensive. That's why you can't bring your own. That's why the "dinner and a movie" chains like Alamo Drafthouse or Studio Movie Grill are thriving. That's just how the business works.

It's also why ideas like this generally fail because the major theater chains will usually refuse to carry movies that undercut them like this. There was a movie years ago called Bubble which released day one on PPV and DVD. You've never heard of it because theaters refused to carry it.

This is also why ideas like The Screening Room will include the cost of a ticket to your favorite theater in your rental price - so that the theater chains won't get mad.

Comment Re:It might be agile, but it's not Agile (Score 1) 332

You're doing it again - when someone points out the flaws in Agile, you say no that's not really Agile. I reckon Ray Morris has taken courses, read books, and comes to these conclusions.

I have to say, if Agile is so brittle that not even books and training courses can get it right, then why is anyone using it?

Comment Re:Disclaimer certainty (Score 1) 133

You didn't really expect us to write quality software for a competing OS that didn't eventually drive you over to Windows, did you? Silly user...

I think it's probably more that anything which isn't .NET or in any way cross platform already isn't coming along for the ride. Don't expect to compile anything that needs Win32 or COM or DirectX (which is also COM), etc. You would assume the decently savvy developer would already know or guess this but you can't be too sure, plus there's bound to be some executive somewhere that's thinking "alright, now we'll be able to get our Windows app on the Mac in no time!" not understanding anything about the underlying technology stack,

Also I would imagine what gets released this week is essentially going to be a free preview that's unfinished so naturally some stuff just isn't going to work right.

Comment Re:can somebody explain (Score 1) 83

(including microsoft, which in fact really liked asm.js, it used it in its office 356 products)

Slight point of clarification, the product Microsoft used it in is Office Online (formerly Office Web Apps), which is their web-based implementation of Office products. They're not as full featured or as supported as their desktop counterparts but they are free.

What they are not, however, is part of Office 365 (or at least not the versions available to the public). Office 365 is Microsoft's term for their subscription-based Office suite. When you're an Office 365 subscriber you have access to the latest desktop versions of Office and you get all the features in the mobile app versions as well.

This confuses people all the time since people think that Office 365 is Office Online but that's not the case.

Comment Figuring out the right apps (Score 2) 359

Whenever a new piece of technology comes out, there's always a transition period involved in figuring out what works on it. When the web came out companies tried to make "virtual shopping experiences", complete with 3D models of stores with products on shelves, for online shopping. They flopped. The Amazon model of just having a webpage per product worked. Early iPad apps were lame because the developers just made their iPhone apps bigger to fill the screen size instead of using the screen effectively. And early Apple Watch apps trying to just squeeze their iPhone apps down to a smaller screen are doomed to fail too (looking at you, Twitter).

So consequently figuring out what makes sense on a Watch screen is going to be the real hurdle to overcome. All kinds of information could be handy on a small screen. A lot of people decry the Watch by saying "why not just save your money and pull out your phone?" but I think one day we'll be saying "why pull out your phone when you could just look down at your watch?"

My company's app has a lot of info for our employees and customers. But there was some info our CFO wanted to know on a fairly regular basis and he didn't want to log into some web site to see it. Or some app. He would instead pester someone to run a SQL query for him. So I added a Watch complication to our app. It puts these numbers on the screen for him. He can use Time Travel with the digital crown to go back throughout the day. He can drill down to the actual app and refresh on demand to his hearts content (Complications are only refreshed on a particular budget). He loves it. And the people who used to have to be pestered for it love me for putting it on his watch screen.

That's the sort of thing the Watch is good for. Quick pieces of info on demand or refreshing in the background. Instances where it would be easier to glance at your wrist than pull out your phone, unlock it, open an app, etc. Instances where you don't want to walk around with your phone in your hand where it can be bumped out and dropped or stolen. I use the Wallet app on the phone and the 7-11 app to scan my 7-Rewards card barcode and everyone just thinks it's the coolest thing ever even though I feel like a dork doing it. And then it feels incredibly primitive to dig out my wallet to pay when I could just use the watch with Apple Pay except 7-11 doesn't take it.

I think some day when the right apps are out for it it'll be as vital as our phones.

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