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Comment BS. Google voice search is 99% of what Siri is. (Score 2, Informative) 800

What a crock of BS. Has nobody seen Google's voice seach? It already does 99% of what Siri does, and all they have to do is make a different app with the same code as google voice and just add a series of lookup tables that convert common phrase fragments into Android commands. Easy Peasy. If I had the source code to google voice search, I could do it easily. (I am a professional programmer, btw) it should be fairly easy for Google to duplicate everything Siri does just by adding a little additional code. It would take them days, not years. I love how the author doesn't know jack about anything.

Comment Seriously? (Score 1) 410

This coming from the company that created the Google Chrome webbrowser, which purposely bypasses ALL of Windows Security features to allow it to be installed even on the most locked-down user accounts. Seems ironic that that they would tout this when their own software uses the same techniques utilized by malware and virus authors.

Comment Yet another excuse to charge more money (Score 2, Insightful) 319

This is BS. This is nothing more than an excuse for Verizon to squeeze more money out of customers. I am getting frakked in the the a$$ by Com-Xfinitysucks-castic by ridiculuous price increases and equipment fees. I pay over $100 a month for 1.5 mb download and digital basic tv, and that's WITHOUT HD. If I want HD, I have to pay an additional $40 per month plus an upcharge on an HD box. Now Comcast just forced me to get these stupid DTA boxes which eliminate the ability to get any free HD channels and effectively eliminates the QAM channels I used to be able to pick up on my LCD HDTV. WIthout the DTA I can only watch 15 channels. And of course they only give you 2 "free" DTA's... if you have more TV's, you have to rent them for $2 a month. Nothing but a SCAM. I am cancelling Comcast. And when Verizon ends the unliminted data plan, I am cancelling Verizon. Seriously... I might as well forego internet all together. Frak these companies who make it so expensive to enjoy technology with their 400% upcharges on services.

Comment I boycott iPhone/iTouch/iPad development (Score 0, Troll) 716

I had to write an iPhone/iPod Touch app for work. The Objective-C programming language and the XCode IDE are probably the worst tools I've ever had to work with, with the exception of having to do apps in horrible JavaSwing once-upon-a-time. Actually the graphics programming is pretty decent but the Objective-C syntax is just retarded. Anyway, the draconian control Apple has over their platfrom should be alarming to all developers. Forcing what tools (and hardware) developers have to use, forcing developers to pay $100 a year just for the right to use the tools, and no guarantee you will ever be able to get your hard work on the App Store are all reasons to boycott the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad development. You say that the Google Android platform is no alternative? Only time will tell. I personally believe that the iPhone/iTouch/iPad market is only a temporary star for Apple. Eventually they will get knocked down by better products with better developer support and without all the draconian BS Apple forces on developers.

Comment Re:Apple's hindering itself (Score 1) 711

But after doing a project in Visual Studio 2008 recently, I just gave up on the intellisense and kept the MFC documentation open on a second monitor.

Obviously you don't know what you're talking about... You keep referencing MFC and Visual Studio 2008 together like they are somehow related. If you were doing something in Visual Studio 2008, you were unlikely developing a MFC app. MFC is ancient and rarely used anymore. You were either doing something in WinForms, WPF, or a console app. If you think C# is a god-awful hack of language, then you, sir, are an idiot. Go play with your cocoa and let us real developers do the real work.

Comment My thoughts on Objective C/XCode (Score 1) 711

Having had to do development on the iPhone/iPod Touch for work, I can tell you that I personally hate Objective C/XCode/Cocoa. It's one of the worst designed programming languages I have ever used. The vector-based graphics and animations are great, but the language is so backwards and retarded. It's not very hard once you figure out how to do stuff, it's just a pain because it is so unconventional. And I mean that not in a good way. Having done years and years of development in C++, Java, VB.Net, C#, and mostly recently WPF applications with C#, Objective C just feels inferior in EVERY way. Any experienced GUI developer who has had to do anything with the absolutely atrocious XCode Interface Builder knows what I'm talking about. (Although I would argue that doing GUI work in Java using ANY of the GUI frameworks is 10 times more painful than using the XCode Interface Builder. If you want to do good GUI's, Java aint the right tool, period.) I laugh at Apple wanting to force developers to use their own language. What did you expect from Apple? They are draconian and anti-open source and anti-developer. This is the reason that eventually the iCrap will be overshadowed by better products from competitors in the future.

How To Find Bad Programmers 359

AmberShah writes "The job post is your potential programmer's first impression of your company, so make it count with these offputting features. There are plenty of articles about recruiting great developers, but what if you are only interested in the crappy ones?" I think much of the industry is already following these guidelines.

Comment I'm a professional programmer (Score 1) 609

I'm a professional programmer who has worked for one of the largest department store chains in the U.S. for more than 11 years. I've never really needed anything more than very basic algebra and bitwise operations. I've written hundreds and hundreds of programs, mostly in C, C++, C#, Java, VB6, and VB.NET. I've worked with Informix, Microsoft SQL Server, and DB2 databases in my programs. I've written code to process credit card transactions, print complicated multi-part receipts with multiple control breaks, and calculate tax. I've been part of a team that has created brand new point-of-sale systems. I've created numerous back-end processing programs, some of them even CICS programs. I've written a messaging platform that handles the interaction between the cash registers, customer-pickup kiosks, and employee wireless hand-held devices. I've built stand-alone web servers. I've built tools that help us do Windows workstation builds. I've built tools that completely automate the creation of the VirutalServer VirtualMachines. I've built performance monitoring tools that display 2d graphs. I've built signature capture code. I've built rudamentary encryption/decryption routines These are just some examples of the things I've done in my 11 years here. I have never needed anything other than basic algebra for all of that. The only time I ever needed more math was when I dabbled in game programming as a hobby. I used linear algebra (which I had in school, but had to mostly relearn) and some calculus for 3d programming. The linear algebra was for the transformation and rotation matrices and the calculus was for things like calculation the normal of a triangle so that light would be calculated correctly. I didn't get real far with my game programming, but I did build a simple 3D engine that loaded my own 3D model format, rendered multi-level tesellated/textured terrain, had parallax scrolling sky billboards and a few other eye candy things. I also wrote 3 different model exporters. One for Lightwave 3D, one for 3D Studio Max, and one for Milkshape 3D. Am I great with math? Absolutely not. Do I have a lot of mathematical training? No. Did I need a lot of mathematical training? Not really. I did have linear algebra in college and Calculus I. I also had 1 statistics class. I didn't do well in Calculus class because my professor was absolutely the worst teacher I've ever had. I have a B.S. in Computer Science, if you are curious. Just my 2 cents worth.

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment I will never buy another NetGear junk ever again! (Score 1) 300

Say what you will, but I am done with NetGear. I have an N wireless router that routine locks up and has to be reset. I have had 2 different wireless NetGear adapters that have a major design flaw that causes them to overheat and crash. This would happen in less than 30 minutes. What a royal PITA that was. Tons of threads on the internet about these crappy adapters, and NetGear refuses to do anything about it. And yet they are STILL selling the same flawed design. I'm really surprised that somebody didn't start a class action lawsuit against them. Never again will I trust NetGear equipment. Got a Linksys wireless adapter and never had a problem.

Comment Jack Thompson should be disbarred. (Score 2, Interesting) 421

Jack Thompson should be disbarred. His lawsuits are nothing but frivelous and a waste of tax payer money. He must have blown all his money that he earned from his tv show and now needs to keep filing idiotic lawsuits in hte hopes to make money for his ridiculous lifestyle. This guy should be disbarred and then he should be exiled from our country.
Internet Explorer

Reports of IE Hijacking NXDOMAINs, Routing To Bing 230

Jaeden Stormes writes "We just started getting word of a new browser hijack from our sales force. 'Some site called Bing?' they said. Sure enough, since the patches last night, their IE6 and IE7 installations are now routing all NXDOMAINs to Bing. Try it out — put in something like" We've had mixed results here confirming this: one report that up-to-date IE8 behaves as described. Others tried installing all offered updates to systems running IE6 and IE7 and got no hijacking.
Update: 08/11 23:24 GMT by KD : Readers are reporting that it's not Bing that comes up for a nonexistent domain, it's the user's default search engine (noting that at least one Microsoft update in the past changed the default to Bing). There may be nothing new here.

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