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Comment or machine code (Score 3, Insightful) 312

Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby

... even though it was written for a now-obsolete version of Ruby.

Why? Because it is entertaining enough to get you through many important basic concepts without falling asleep.

Otherwise, I recommend the approach that was common at one time and fallen out of favor. Start with machine language. Not even assembly code. Machine language. Best thing ever: punching IBM 1620 (decimal, thank goodness!) instructions one at a time on punch cards! That was high school. In college, we started with MIX. I prefer a real machine code to a made-up assembly code, though.

Still, some in high school thought "the compiler" was some bit of hardware in the computer, once we moved-on to Fortran. At least the instructor tried!

If you don't begin at the beginning, many will be forever-befuddled at what really goes on.

Comment Re:Let's hope they learn something... (Score 1) 659

I hope what they come away with is an understanding of what an Orwellian society would actually look like and realize how ridiculous they sound to the rest of us when they compare that to now.

You are right.

When I first read 1984, it was well before 1984. The only thing that bothered me about the book is that it was set in England. And I saw that, instead, it was our own country (US) that seemed to be going in that direction.

But Orwell was spot-on. It is England that is well-along to being an Orwellian society. He picked the right setting after all!

Looks, though, like Trump is planning on doing as much as he can to "import" this philosophy. Better hurry, though, before he slams the gates closed on importation!

Comment "throttle" to ZERO (Score 2) 122

Egads, what took so long? This should have been done YEARS ago.

But tabs I am not looking at, (by default) should use ZERO CPU. I get that I might launch several tabs quickly and want to allow them to load. So, allow some time for them to load, but then cut it to zero.

Give me the OPTION to change this behavior. Give me the OPTION to play music in background (either globally, or on a specific tab). And for gosh sake, SHOW ME how much CPU each tab is using (optionally). Then I will know to avoid the sites that are using my browser to bitcoin-mine.

Apple had to clamp down on iOS apps that were abusing the "background audio" flag. Too many apps just played silent audio. Now, playing silent audio will get the app bounced from the store.

Unfortunately, the web has no benevolent dictator vetting sites. OF COURSE "background audio" will be abused!

Comment Alternative facts and bug reports/feature requests (Score 4, Interesting) 62

Oh, great, then developers can respond with alternative facts!

As a developer, I have some misgivings. I fear that the reviews will be used even more than they are now for feature requests and bug reports. It's not what they are for. And I fear that developers will fall right into that hole.

I read a retort elsewhere (on MacRumors) that seemed to make the assumption that the above was the purpose of this change, and suggested that users should use "the usual support channels".

The problem is, there ARE no "usual support channels". Each author is responsible for providing whatever means of support, including bug reporting and feature requests, and every one is different since it is up to the author to set something up (or not). Unless you are a heavy user of an app, it is not worth going to the trouble to register on the author's site for access to a reporting system, forum, etc.

What Apple needs is a uniform, in-app (or in-app accessible) bug reporting and feature request feature. And then require or strongly urge use of it. Yes, developers will complain, as each has their own favorite system. But I think a uniform system would bring so much to app quality (due to higher participation) that it would be worth the (perceived) developer pain.

Comment Re:Assembled in (non-Asia) ? (Score 1) 381

| Aren't the iPhone (or was it other smartphones?) already "proudly assembled in the USA"

No. They are "Designed in California".

When ordering online, it is not unusual to receive an iPhone shipped directly from China, with paperwork showing such. Especially when ordering a new one right at release. They're shipped on a pallet, but each individual box has already been addressed to it's final destination.

Comment Insurance (Score 1) 295

Insurance. Duh.

But many companies skip the insurance, because it is cheaper to just cover the losses themselves, IF the consumer actually insists on them doing so.

Unless the company can prove personal (signature) or secure delivery (delivery to a locked box), it is on the sender. "Proof" that a box was left in front of a door is not sufficient.

And of course insurance will require that a signature be obtained.

It's just companies cheaping-out, and the lack of convenient alternatives. We need more pick-up points like Amazon Lockers, now that an increasing number of purchases are made online and delivered to the home.

As a consumer, it is NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to install security systems to catch thieves. And it is NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY if the package is lost. If you want to spend some $$$ on cameras and such as a CONVENIENCE so that you will not have to have packages re-shipped, go for it! Otherwise, don't bother.

Even insured, it is the responsibility of the seller - THEY have to file the claim. But they largely don't want to be bothered. In EITHER case, if you have any trouble, start a credit-card charge-back. First, the company will threaten you, saying "oh, charge-back, we can't talk to you any more!". Then, if you insist, they will offer to replace the package once they have proof that the charge-back has been removed. If they don't follow-through, just start the charge-back again.

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