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Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 1) 242

Windows is the last remaining bastion of the keyboard-accessible GUI. Mac never had it,

Huh? OS X is completely keyboard accessible (though there's a thing that you need to flick in System Preferences to enable it). In any OS X dialog that uses the standard NSAlertPanel interfaces, enter will perform the okay action and escape the cancel action.

Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 2) 242

Windows excels in building user facing apps with good UI and good experiences

An odd quote about an OS that manages to get the buttons in the wrong order for basically every dialog box. Quick quiz: In your web browser's tool bar, does the left or right arrow mean forwards? In any random Windows dialog box, is the left or right button the proceed forwards one?

Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 1) 178

Add to that, anyone who says that static typing improves performance clearly hasn't been paying attention to the last 30 years of compiler research. The StrongTalk team disproved this hypothesis quite soundly for any language that includes subtyping. The problem is that static type annotations must be conservative. They give you loose guarantees that are always true, but for optimisation you care about what tight guarantees that are usually true. Profiling (which JIT environments do at run time and AoT environments do as part of the build) gives far more useful information.

Comment Re:How many *useful* packages? (Score 1) 131

I agree that it's nice to have a large standard library that's decomposed in such a way that you can only pick the bits that you need, but a good standard library follows a common set of conventions and is designed in such a way that no individual parts conflict with others. NPM is not this: individual developers provide functionality using their own set of conventions and packages often conflict (made worse by JavaScript's lack of easy tools for encapsulation). As such, you may pick half a dozen useful functions, find them all in separate NPM packages, each with their own idea of what a sane parameter order or callback design is, and find that they all add a method on String with the same name and different semantics.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 266

Why on earth do you think that the ruling class is unhappy with this one? A lot of people used the referendum to protest the policies of the Westminster Parliament that have been to the detriment of people outside of the South East for decades. The ruling class are now 'doing what the people demanded' by shifting more power to Westminster.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 521

I doubt you'd use an H1B for a postdoc, because there are other visa categories for workers with advanced degrees that are a lot easier to use. That said, the UK currently has an exemption for postdocs at universities for the salary requirement for our equivalent visa (which is a bit depressing, because the salary requirement is already quite low for a skilled job).

Comment Re:Govt wants free money (Score 1) 159

So in order to get real pricing information you need to submit to being data mined.

No. See my links - you do not need to run a browser extension unless you like the convenience.

It's too difficult to ask companies to be honest about their prices?

Yes, that's a huge and naive ask.

How long until those services start adjusting their prices based on kickbacks from the companies?

It would stand out like a sore thumb since there is a lot of overlap between competing sites.

Then we'll need new companies to track those companies.

We already have that, in a way. Consumer Reports, for instance, evaluates and recommends some of these sites. They also have their own tool.

a few decades ago people would swear companies would never lie about their prices

I'm 41, so maybe you are going back further than that? Marketing and sales have always been sleazy.

Comment Re:Govt wants free money (Score 1) 159

A product is worth whatever it fetches on the market. Unless your product is pretty niche, those websites are a pretty good indication of what a product is worth.

If you find a hunk of gold in the woods, it's not worth zero just because it didn't cost you anything. Similarly, if you spend 40 hours building some craft to post on Etsy and no one wants to pay more than $10 for it, that doesn't make it worth more than $10.

Comment Re:minidisc is where its happening! (Score 1) 562

claims that ATRAC was inferior to MP3 which is lie.

No it's not (at least for the original ATRAC - the later versions were better, but pre-recorded minidiscs couldn't use them for compatibility reasons). The original ATRAC was horribly crude and threw away a load of frequency ranges before doing some fairly naive compression. I was at a lecture on digital compression techniques a couple of years after MiniDisc came out. The person giving the talk made us listen to both and the CD source without telling us which was which. Most people in the audience couldn't tell the MP3 from the CD but almost everyone could spot the ATRAC recording. Looking at the frequency curves of the two later in the lecture, it was pretty obvious why.

I completely agree with the grandparent on MD-Data though. In 1997, MD-Data could store as much as a CD on a cheap rewritable medium. If they'd licensed the player designs, you'd probably have seen MD replace floppy disks, especially in laptops and I doubt CD-Rs would have become nearly as popular as they did.

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