* Posts by diego

18 posts • joined 29 Sep 2010

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

diego

I don't get all the hate for C++. It's not a good application language for most applications, but it's very good for applications that need to run REALLY fast while doing complex stuff. If that's not your use case: pick another language. It's as simple as that. I've written UEFI code that was beautiful C, and compiled to very small sizes. I've written desktop applications in Java and C#, for which C would have been a pain in the ass.

I'm currently in a team writing new features for graphics processing software that uses C++ 14 after 10 years of having written C++ code, and I was surprised by how comfortable the language has become. It is definitely evolving.

The right tool for the right job should be the mantra for every programmer.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

diego

Re: I have the whole collection

Same here: some of the books I own are badly worn. I'll buy them again when my daughter learns to read :D

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

diego

Re: Good for competition?

Dr. Michio Kaku speaks about how America's poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform high skilled technology jobs. As a result, America's H-1B Genius visa is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0Y9j_CGgM

Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

diego

Re: Fighting talk!

@Trevor_Pott Your examples just demonstrate that there are some christians that do not actually uphold the teachings of Christ. But the point of Pastafarians not actually believing in Flying Spaghetti monster is still valid, as you could get a lot of examples of christians actually believing in christ, whether upholding his teachings or not...

Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

diego

Mammals are not the only life

I remember seeing a report on decreased microbial and funghi activity in chrernobyl, just found it again: http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/stories/2014/03_tim_mousseau_microbial_decomposition_chernobyl.php#.VhWE3flVhBc. Even if mammals seem to be doing alright, the ecosystem took a hit in ways we may not understand fully.

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

diego

That's fake news: http://public.hpnn.hp.com/Articles/2015/July/Dress-code-what-dress-code.aspx#.VbpCEA4R2tE.mailto

Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

diego

Not the same Mad Leo strategy

Leo wanted to SELL a dwindling PC business, whereas Meg first combined PCs and printers, made the business healthy again and is now spinning it off.

Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

diego

I don't think 'we in the west' is accurate in having this man on the moon folklore. I'm a brazilian and I had never heard of that before! Is that more of an anglo-saxon thing?

Twenty classic arcade games

diego

Re: Has to be ... Star Wars!

I recently found my Ultima maps and manuals from the Ultima collection (I-VI). That's what I call filling the game's gaps with imagination. Those books really set the mood for the game, I agree that games today lack that...

Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

diego

Re: I use similar app called Swype

Exactly... My Galaxy S2's default keyboard is Swype and it never failed to amaze iPhone users. I've switched to SwiftKey some months ago and am loving it.

Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches

diego

Totally agree...

What happened to the good old ancient civilization style documentaries? It's all about sensationalist programs and ridiculous 'collector' programs now a days...

Apple weighs in on AntiSec's alleged FBI hack

diego

And how many iPhone 3GS will still work with an acceptable performance after the upgrade?

I had an iPhone 3G (admittedly an old model), and I could not get even near the IOS 4 update, it would totally cripple my device. Opening the contact list would take 4-5 seconds. I'm not saying this will happen to the 3GS, but providing the newest FW for everybody is not necessarily a good thing.

Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

diego

Tastes better

For me, the main advantage of organic besides all of the environment thing is taste. Take up rocket, for instance, and you'll find the organic varieties to be much more spicy. Strawberries also taste much better.

Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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That's right...

and it only goes to show one of Job's greatest accomplishments, the MOST DIFFICULT PART of software/product development: getting customer requirements right. If you've ever developed any customer-facing software, you know what I'm talking about.

Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

diego

Learn LaTeX if you need it

LaTeX is not for the same work you'd perform in Word. It's a type-setting program, not a text editor. It gives you much more control of how the text will look like. I still use word every day at work, for documents that do not need as much a polished finishing.

I used LaTeX for my graduation work, and I thank god I got through the initial steep learning curve and not used word. It saved me weeks in formatting in the end.

Like one of my teachers said, use LaTeX for serious academic work, and leave Word for its intended target users, which are secretaries.

Desktop Linux: the final frontier

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Agreed

That was precisely my point. I really don't care who's to blame. That's how normal users (and I include myself in that group in my home use of computers) feel about their OSs.

diego
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Driver, Peripheral support

I think Linux is the best environment for working (I'm an embedded software developer), however I use windows at home, after using Ubuntu for three years. The reason I'm doing this is I bought an HP laptop, and use it connected with a dockstation, connected to a monitor, and use it as a DVD player connected via HDMI to an LCD TV. Not really a complicated setup.

Without turning the computer off, I can connect and disconnect from any TV/monitor and Windows will work just fine, remembering all settings I did before for all the outputs. Playing DVDs is easy with Media Center.

With Linux, getting the computer to do Dual-monitors is a pain, and disconnecting the monitor and plugging the TV screws it all up. I'm not saying that it's Linux/Ubuntu's fault, but until they work closely to ATi/NVIDIA and do some serious work, using it is a no-go for me, as I'm not up to edit conf files every time I want to play a DVD. Not to mention all the hassle with codecs/dvd playback encryption libraries, etc. So yes, Windows just works at many tasks, for whatever reason, and frankly when I'm at home that's all I want because I don't have the time to lookup in forums on how to do all these things. I'm really happy hacking all day long in a shell at work, but at home I just want to sit back and relax.

Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

diego

Utter BS

I can't see for the life of me why would someone turn threading off. That's the main differentiator in gmail IMO. It's easier to lose emails in a thread in the old (I still use that for work) outlook stile. Never met someone who didn't like threading.

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