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Comment Re:cache difference (Score 1) 362

AMD is not done, in fact quite the opposite.

2011 will have some of AMDs most anticipated releases ever, Bulldozer and Bobcat. Also decent graphics are no longer a luxury, it is a necessity even in phones and tablets. Intel makes terrible graphics cards, while AMD makes the best performing ones available today. 2011 will see more widespread adoption of integrated CPU+GPU solutions (from both Intel and AMD), and guess who will hold the advantage there.

Comment Re:Sevens Sins (Score 1) 366

a nation state with polytheistic Hindu as it's official religion

I don't know where you pulled that out from. India has no official religion.

Our Prime Minister is Sikh (about 2% of the population). The most powerful person in the country is an Italian-born christian woman.
Our President (mostly a ceremonial post, with few powers) is Hindu, and vice-president (another ceremonial) is Muslim.

I don't know where AC is from, but we are pretty proud of the fact that we are "genuinely" multi-cultural.
To the point that we are willing to elect someone to the most important office in the country, irrespective of religion.

Comment Re:RIM Don't cave in (Score 2, Insightful) 176

I couldn't agree more.

To our left is Pakistan and Afganisthan (two of the most dangerous countries in the world).
And another on the north, which has a firewall on their entire population and doesn't even have a free press.

These guys are right next door, not a couple of oceans and a continent away.

Also, freedom of speech, dissent and media is reasonably well protected here.
It is difficult for the government to come up with any Orwellian scheme.

Submission + - Oracle sues Google over Java

cyberjessy writes: CNET is reporting that Oracle is suing Google over the use of Java in the Android OS. Oracle claims Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property."

This raises interesting questions. Is Java really open, in spite of being open source? And in hindsight, can we now call the criticism of Mono a bit unfair?

Comment Re:In SOVIET RUSSIA... (Score 1) 144

I just hate this line of argument, which is unfortunately too common.

Article on how HIV/Aids is a big problem in Africa.
HIV is a big problem in the US too.

1. -- Insert significantly affected country here. --
2. Insert _relatively_ marginally affected country here.
3. Claim the situation is very similar, and hence the article to be moot.
4. Profit!!

In China, every day broadcasters are summoned by a Govt. agency to tell them what can be published, or should be taken off. This includes even cultural news, entertainment and other seemingly innocuous news - because they prefer such control being absolute.

Comment Re:No Java or C# please (Score 1) 558

While the three points you raised are relevant, they are not important enough to justify your conclusion about "language polish".

* Adding extension methods without also adding extension properties
The objective of extension methods was to support LINQ, with the capability to extend a class being just a bonus.
It was not the primary motive.

* Refusing to implementing covariant return types
Covariance and contra-variance are addressed (somewhat) in the upcoming version 4.0 (out March 22nd, 2010)

* Adding type inference, but disallowing it for class method return types
Important, but considering that type inference works in the vast majority of cases - this is not such a big pain.

Scala is not without its problems
1) Performance (Though not an issue in most projects, but perhaps more important than the arguments above)
2) C# Expression trees are insanely powerful; eg: Type Safe SQL.
another possibility: Code that gets automatically distributed across machines if the dataset is more than 1GB.

If you know LISP, you know that Code-as-Data is magic. And C# brings that to a mainstream programming language.

Comment So, Linux has an 8% overall share? (Score 1) 389

The numbers don't add up.

About 35 million netbooks are on track to be shipped in 2009.

That's about 20% of all shipments.

If linux is a third of netbook volume, overall linux market share (through netbook sales alone) is about 6%.
Add 2% for Linux on regular desktops and notebooks.

Linux share @ 8% of all new PCs shipped calls for celebration. But I doubt it.

Comment Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (Score 4, Informative) 747

But why was this attack needed when Mono is trying to split itself into "Guaranteed, patent free components" and "Gray areas"?

The Patent Free parts are covered by the legally Binding Microsoft Community Promise

Some parts of it:
Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation, to the extent it conforms to one of the Covered Specifications, and is complian....
To clarify, "Microsoft Necessary Claims" are those claims of Microsoft-owned or Microsoft-controlled patents that are necessary to implement the required portions (which also include the required elements of optional portions) of the Covered Specification that are described in detail and not those merely referenced in the Covered Specification.

Is this Community Promise legally binding on Microsoft and will it be available in the future to me and to others?

A: Yes, the CP is legally binding upon Microsoft. The CP is a unilateral promise from Microsoft and in these circumstances unilateral promises may be enforced against the party making such a promise. Because the CP states that the promise is irrevocable, it may not be withdrawn by Microsoft. The CP is, and will be, available to everyone now and in the future for the specifications to which it applies.

Comment Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (Score 1) 747

Having the Linux version of
Microsoft's standard be clearly inferior will just make Linux seem clearly
inferior (and justifiably so).

Mono isn't chasing compatibility with proprietary Windows Libraries. Instead, the focus is on the language/compiler implementation, runtime and important parts of the Base Class Libraries. You should read this post, which was quite popular recently.

Actually the bigger Mono projects don't even work on Windows. So, doesn't that suggest that developers who write code on Mono don't really care about proprietary Windows mechanisms?

Comment Re:Oh change the record FFS (Score 1) 747

Microsoft needs to make the first move.
Why? There are doing well considering there was a recession, and Windows 7 looks like a winner.

Note that Windows is more proprietary, more shackled than ever before.
Err. How? Hasn't it always been closed source? Or is there an "Extremely Closed Source" classification?

I love open source, and use linux on my primary desktop. But I am not going to whine about Microsoft not doing enough for open source.

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