Mar 15, 2010 at 01:09:54
“completely awesome. gaga is an artist you can't help but watch. the music isn't incredible, but put together with her fashion and personal style and these videos, it's superbly entertaining. and beyonce is never bad to look at, either.”
“While everything you state is true, Detroit has other problems. Are you really surprised that when there's racially-motivated rioting in the streets, white folk up and leave (see: Detroit, 1967). They're not used as a textbook example of 'white flight' for nothing. Add to that a penalizing city tax on businesses and individuals for "touching" the city (i.e., running a business there OR living there), being surrounded by cities of which NONE have a comparable tax, and golly, I bet the suburbs are going to thrive. These are only two of the "recent" (my lifetime) factors that have added to Detroit's woes. Forget that big business took up all the waterfront property for manufacturing so there isn't a pretty spot in downtown (and then polluted the ground such that it's prohibitively expensive to clean it up now that those businesses went bust/offshored/went to cheaper tax venues)...
Detroit is pretty f'd up, and there's no easy fixes. It's really not even (mostly) a race issue anymore, it's class... not that that makes it any better, or soluble.”
“I just had goose for the first time a few weeks ago. DEE-LICIOUS! Like duck but more of it, slightly closer to the Turkey spectrum than duck (but only a bit). I might actually try to make it for xmas!”
drkazmd65 on Dec 17, 2009 at 14:28:33
“Do, ripopgomee,... it isn't harder to make than turkey, and is far more tasty. It does produce a very large amount of goose-fat drippings though - so be prepared for that.
“To keep the family peace, we exchange gifts, have a tree, all that. We don't go to church or talk about religious bits, mostly. I don't see many issues with these traditions in and of themselves. (We also celebrate Hannukah with relatives that are into that kind of thing...)
I'd really rather not do any of this, but the kids like it.”
“Well said. As someone who worked at a company (not an ebay seller, but a .com) that had extensive business dealings with her and other eBay executives, I can tell you she is BAD NEWS. Not that I needed any more convincing, but when the whole "we have no record of her voting before 2006" or whenever it was came out, it just cemented my opinion of her as a greedy opportunist.”
Android comprises an entire OS stack, from microcode to libraries and even to base applications. Some of it is Linux, some of it is Java, but all of it falls under the aegis of the Android distribution. It does NOT run 'on top of the third party's phone OS', although that's theoretically possible (with fairly poor performance, most likely). Cite an example if you disagree.”
wagadog on Dec 13, 2009 at 15:57:14
“"some of it is linux and some of it is java"?
Linux is an OS, Java is a language, and Android is an app SDK.
The so-not-called JVM Android apps run in is a hacked JVM with non-standard bytecode, which they're calling "Dalvik" -- presumably how they get around paying Oracle/Sun.
Getting that VM running on any platform is how Android *application* developers do their work, and how you get droid apps running on other platforms. There's even an eclipse plug-in for it, for crying out loud.
Oh, I see where you're confused, ripopgome: GOOG is calling the whole toolchain "Android" now. As if they developed Linux, as if they developed the compilers (they did not), as if they developed the JVM from scratch (they did not), as if they're writing the apps (they're not). Xrist what a bunch of poseurs.”
wagadog on Dec 13, 2009 at 15:17:12
“Sorry, what they're calling the "Android Kernel" is a just another Linux port.
GOOG has to abide by the GPL in marketing its port of the Linux Operating System -- which is why they are required to provide the source. Which is how we know they didn't develop it themselves.
The only thing new GOOG provide is a GUI SDK that runs in a VM (with bytecode so incompatible with every JVM on the planet that they had to start calling it "Dalvik" -- if your product doesn't adhere to accepted standards for A, just call it B? how very clever) and that is what allows app developers regularly run droid apps on other platforms.
Again, as with the kernel, ports and performance mods are not new development. I can go out and *buy* a bunch of old Honda Civics, throw in a turbocharger and call them "Wagadog Specials" and call them "open source" of them because you can exchange parts with other Honda Civics in the junkyard but that doesn't mean I developed any car technology.
Unfortunately,GOOG have followed in Microsoft's footsteps with the "Embrace and Extend" approach to standards -- instead of following accepted standards, their so-NOT-called-JVM is so screwed up, developers spend half their time fighting that instead of solving the problem they initially set out to.”
“I take it you are not a professional software developer. Java is widely recognized to have largely replaced C and C++ for server-side apps, and C# (which is essentially Java) has mostly replaced C++ for new windows client apps.
In fact developing for the iphone is a total pain in the ass unless you are already a MacOS developer, as objective-c is pretty painful; but the libraries and support are quite good, and more importantly, people smell money. The main reason fewer apps are being developed for Android is that the market is smaller so far, and the Marketplace experience is sucky in comparison to the iPhone's. These are things Google can very possibly change with continued Android improvements.”
mjb5406 on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:27:39
Although the Android Market is, today, sucky in comparison to App Store, at least developers can post their products there without waiting with angst hoping that their app will be "approved" by some nondescript committee!”