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Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 2) 193

But that figure includes the internet access they still need for streaming. I'm a big fan of streaming media, I've wanted to make the switch, but every time I run the numbers it just doesn't make sense. At best I break even, but lose in some ways (e.g. I can now get live sports but I can't record them on DVR for later viewing). Plus I'm at the mercy of the streaming companies when it comes to things like advertising...with a DVR I can skip them, but a lot of streaming apps (not Netflix, for now) include them and they're unskippable. That's not a good trade for me.

Comment Re:how about conference with relevant languages (Score 2) 88

Well I guess different people have different opinions about what is "relevant" and a "fad".

I haven't seen any Perl in production use in a number of years - although I'm sure it exists, for me and my career it's way past being "relevant". I was using it 20 years ago...

Scala is highly relevant, it's a fantastic language which I've been using professionally for over 2 years to great effect. I've built infrastructures serving millions of requests per second using it - and I'm not alone - Scala is widely used at Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, FourSquare, AirBnB, Apple, ... the list goes on.

Java is widely used, of course, but it's kind of dull at this point. Relevant but there's not much new to talk about at a conference.

Rust is .. interesting. I don't think it's ready for production yet, but it has some really interesting ideas, which even if they don't make it in the form of Rust could be seen in future languages. Very relevant to discuss and think about.

Go is spreading very quickly - I personally don't care for it but in my last job we had ops people who swore by it (I just swore at it). Extremely relevant right now as so many places are evaluating it, plus, obviously, the Google link.

The others - clojure, racket, & co are niche for sure. I don't think they even qualify as fads because (with the possible exception of clojure) no-one's really using them - and fad implies something is popular.

I do think they could have included F# though, that's a really interesting language that's starting to pick up steam in the commercial world. And Swift, while not that revolutionary, is bringing some new stuff to the masses and spreading very fast.

Comment Thank god for that! (Score 1) 115

And I say this as someone who's been in the Java/JVM space for almost 20 years. J2EE was a bad idea at the time, and has long been consigned to the scrap heap by anyone who knows what they're doing. I'm honestly amazed they were still investing in it up until this point. Just say "container managed persistence" to a Java dev and listen to them laugh :)

All the major enterprises using Java that I have knowledge of dumped EE years ago (if they ever even adopted it), they're all in the Spring/Hibernate camp (which is looking pretty old itself by now). The smaller, newer shops skipped over even that and are doing microservices with stuff like Akka.

The core Java language is doing OK, 8 brought in some much needed modern language features, although 9 looks much more incremental. Honestly the JVM as a platform (Scala et al) is more exciting to me than Java as a language, but it does the job.

Comment They did this before... (Score 1) 771

Well not precisely - one of the early iPhones (I forget which) had the headphone jack recessed in a little hole. Problem was, the hole was big enough for the supplied earbuds but most third party headphones had plugs which wouldn't fit. So an accessory market sprung up for little extenders. It was so dumb, and so annoying.

I'm a somewhat reluctant supporter of Apple in general, but I do really like iOS devices. I like the lightning connector and wish it was used elsewhere (but I hope USB C is a good substitute). I appreciate that they popularized USB in general. But this is just annoying. I can't see myself buying a phone without a standard headphone jack any time soon, so I guess they just lost a customer. Adapters/dongles/whatever are the worst, and I have no interest in messing around with them.

Comment Re:Reasons (Score 1) 306

That's part of Location Services (at least on iOS). An app can't access available wifi networks or the GPS, it can just ask the OS for the current location, and the OS will provide it (or not) depending on what you've configured for the app.

I have Location turned off for Facebook (and most other apps) but on for a few which actually provide useful functionality. No real reason to turn it off entirely, and certainly no reason to turn off wifi.

Comment Re:Minimizing Tracking (Score 1) 206

1. Isn't it easier to just run in incognito mode? That has the same effect (cookies are only set in memory, never written to disk).
2. Pointless. Geolocation is done via IP address, so you'd need a VPN to confuse that.
3. I've never heard of geolocation via "internet headers"...fingerprinting yes...but not location. That plugin is a nice idea for defeating fingerprints...but a lot of those options sound kinda pointless. Messing with the etag/cache-control headers will very possibly mean you see inconsistent content - and saying a redirect "indicates surveillance" is funny - if someone was intercepting your traffic they'd use something more sophisticated than a 302 :)

Comment Re:You will own nothing (Score 1) 63

Firstly, who was talking about real estate? Not me, and not (exclusively) the OP. As it happens I own my house, but renting makes more sense for some people. And I wouldn't classify them as slaves - which was the point of my post.

But to your points:

renting allows a landlord to evict you for reasons other than failure to pay rent

I own my house. There are still ways in which I may lose the right to live in it. The developed world is full of social contracts and obligations. If you're not cool with that, leave the city and go find somewhere out of everyone's way. I doubt you'll be bothered.

renting doesn't allow you to become the landlord

It certainly doesn't prevent you from doing so. You do realize most people who currently own houses started off renting? You know, while they saved up a down payment? I actually knew someone a few years back who lived in a small rented apartment he got a good deal on, and used the money he saved to buy (and rent out) 3 other apartments.

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