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Comment BOOM! The Thom(p)sons in 'Land of Black Gold' (Score 1) 150

Boom reminds me of Thompson and Thomson driving along in the Tintin story 'Land of Black Gold' when their engine unexpectedly blows up: When one day your car goes "Boom!" Don't give up or change your tune! Call Autocar we'll be there soon! On the day your car goes "Boom!" * * B O O M ! * *

Comment Is Slashdot the target of Post-Bots? (Score 1) 229

What is with these nonsensical postings, almost always as AC? There seem to be more and more of them over the last few months, and pretty much on any article. My guess is /. is an easy way to inject output by scripts that generate pseudo-random phrases, and possibly monitor the replies (like this one). Starting to /. needs an always-available way to tag nonsense posts rather than having to wait for mod points so it can be marked Offtopic.

Comment Agreed. I've moved on. (Score 2, Interesting) 339

I used to be a C/C++ dev, and wrote a lot of COM objects for the financial space back in the day. The ten different ways to cast something was becoming a pain to deal with.
I was tasked to evaluate .NET/C# for my company in about 2001, liked what I saw and moved over to C# with a short stint in Java along the way, and I have NEVER looked back. Writing LOB applications is all about delivering functionality for the end user. In C# I've designed the most, developed the most and maintained the most applications I've ever managed to do in my 30 year career in software development.
Beautiful generics, LINQ, clean looking code, interoperability with legacy code, ultra-rich APIs and a rock-solid dev environment, ECMA-standardised are clear winners for me and C#.
A greybeard trying to breathe new life onto a now 30 year old language he put together doesn't surprise me, but C++ is never going to get the attention it once had. Sorry Bjarne, I saw it all before with Bertrand Meyer trying his darndest to keep Eiffel relevant. Same thing's happening with your baby, sorrry to say.

Comment DAB portable radios have high power usage (Score 3, Informative) 303

My DAB portable radio has a high power usage and chews through AA's at an alarming rate, far far higher than my old FM analog radio. I would be very concerned about the suitability of DAB in sitiations of emergency, where people are asked to have portable radios with a fresh set of batteries, they wouldn't last long at all! And one other problem with DAB, try tuning one in the dark, or otherwise looking at the display. Trying to navigate the stations is extremely difficult compared to a simple tune up or down. And if you have gone off onto a sub menu then it's really difficlt to find where you are. I spare a thought to think how blind or poorly-sighted people have to navigate DAB radio channels.

Comment In the Apple Store... (Score 5, Insightful) 212

The computers look good when displayed in the Apple Store and in advertising because they don't have any dongles plugged into them. So they appeal to Jony Ive's sense of elegant design.
It's only when you buy one and need to use it in the real world, interfacing to the gear you have, that Jony's sleek lightweight machine is encumbered with dongles and the like, because having a star designer in control of everything seems to mean function now comes second to form. Do the engineers get a look in?

Comment Re:It's basically an alternative to Slack (Score 1) 78

I was wondering whether to mod you Funny or Informative for " I work at Facebook ... It doesn't tie to your Facebook account beyond a one-time import of your name and profile picture". I don't use TwitBook (really, it doesn't use me) at home nor anywhere else, and thanks to your comment I would definately avoid using a work-related version if I had the misfortune to be somewhere it was being trialled.

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