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Everything posted by Lagrosh

  1. a) It's probably some sort of catch & re-raise or something. (thread interrupt handler maybe?) b) It's not the JVM, it's the DVM. Also yes, always hard work getting it to work on Samsung. But it's the most popular company so .
  2. I seem to have been buying a lot of pointless shit mixed in with useful shit recently. e.g.: This cabinet for above the washing machine: https://www.amazon.co.uk/FMD-Over-Cabinet-Olbia-190-White/dp/B00AJLT3J4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00 Makes more space & not too expensive - very useful Followed by this bag: http://www.freitag.ch/Fundamentals/Backpacks/HAZZARD/pa/F303_01581 Looks nice and is durable but very expensive & fairly pointless to buy I have mixed feelings about the chair I just bought. Been going to a physio a lot recently and needed a new chair. But I've bought a HM Mirra 2 like the one I have at work. Which is very expensive. I feel I'm trying to convince myself that I really need one.
  3. I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that a mortgage just might be one of the best things for me. Not only for money. 1) If it's a decent flat/house in a place you'd have no problem living, then even if the value goes down or you can't sell, you've still got property to live in. 2) They tend to be a reasonable investment as far as I can tell in terms of reward (as Tom says, medium reward, medium risk). 3) My personal favourite: The money goes out after pay day, and I don't have to piss around beyond that. The actual improvements to the property I also personally see as fun (for the most part), and interesting. When you rent, you are wary about doing bigger things, because when you move out it'll more likely cost you than win for you. That's my naive thoughts currently. Or I may just buy a Panamanian shell company. I hear they've dropped in perceived value over the last few days.
  4. While I agree that consumers care, the usage numbers in my experience usually don't match up. Some obvious flaws and crashes can cause a lot of problems with overall usage, but I think a large part of why we build quality apps is because of the pride we, as engineers, have in building it. A lot depends on the product ofc. e.g. a user of a bank app will usually keep using the shitty app, because it has what they need and another app doesn't (unless they switch banks). It seems to be more so for mobile than websites, although perhaps this is due to historical expectations by the user (also, refreshing the screen when websites stop working is painless rather than reinstalling an app). So as a result, the market often focuses on time-to-ship over building a quality app.
  5. 90% of all apps are trash. I really believe consumers don't care as much anymore. It costs money & effort to make something work properly & with performance, and most companies just don't seem to care.
  6. Your bills don't just disappear when you die. Also, users can come back to your service and want to recreate their deleted/suspended account. Also, just because someone is gone doesn't mean you won't get sued about their account. Usually worth having it somewhere.
  7. So. In the new Berlin office of my new company that we've been basically setting up ourselves, we decided it would be fun to have the logo graffitied on the wall instead. Here is the time-lapse video Rob (another dev) made of it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7TwHP96w0kdSlJYWXdtYTE3OFE/view?usp=sharing
  8. Strangely I shall also be in London on the 10th, but only from 9:00 until 19:00. So if anyone wants to join my father, uncle & I for some breakfast & beers around Hammersmith until the game at 2, that'd work fine.
  9. WhatsApp became big because it was the first properly written mobile app for messaging. Messaging is actually quite a difficult thing to do, and I think Skype missed a trick by not getting in early. Their app was (and to a large extent still is) pretty shocking. iMessage for iPhone users & Hangouts for Android users are certainly the easiest and simplest for most users, but then most friend groups have users of both, so WhatsApp was still the top option for people. I think FB Messenger changed this a lot though. Also, given that FB owns both, getting users onto their messenger app now probably makes a ton of sense for them.
  10. The verge often over-hype a lot of stuff. A lot of that was also done to make a case for crashes (i.e. how important is a bug/crash fix?), especially with their famous 'Move fast & break things' mentality that can often run you into a corner. Also, Google ran a study where they injected latency into search results to figure out how important search speed is: http://googleresearch.blogspot.de/2009/06/speed-matters.html This isn't particularly new or all that horrible in all fairness, given that current state of playing. That being that users seem more unconcerned with poor quality of products than ever.
  11. Well I still had a great job, but was thinking of trying something new. Got a great offer to go to a Danish company. Didn't want to leave Berlin just yet, so we're opening an office here (first job is to find an office & then hire a van to go to ikea and buy a load of shit). And I'm going with 3 friends/colleagues so it's going to be good fun. It's called https://issuu.com . First job is to takeover the mobile work there, and improve the reading experience (reading pdfs on mobile isn't so much fun). After that, we'll see. Really excited.
  12. Really cool man. Congrats! I am about to start my new job (1st December), and will finish this job soon (13th November) due to holidays. Looking forward to having precisely nothing to worry about, while still being 'in between jobs'.
  13. I'm not sure 'legitimate is the right term. Looks like an encoding disaster waiting to happen.
  14. I love that adage. Totally not the case.
  15. It also depends on how often you need to run the query. If it's low load, and not often, whatever works is fine. Otherwise you need to do as Martin said and optimise.
  16. Yeah. If it's not always 1-1 I'd use a left join.
  17. Yes. It's not brilliant in general but also the complexity means that you'll probably do something generic and stick it on a post-it or something. Security at the expense of usability is at the expense of security: http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/6095/xkcd-936-short-complex-password-or-long-dictionary-passphrase/6116#6116 The best thing is to think of some long but memorable sentence, like 'Itakemydogforwalksbutitshitstoomuch'. It is easier to remember and very hard to break. Also yes, use a password manager. But not LastPass. Their extension is awful, and I've had a number of issues with them and had to call tech support far too many times. Use 1password instead. Or, if you only use Apple items, the keychain actually is really useful for it all (automatically works with other devices).
  18. I only use GMail & Google App Engine. Have every email ever. No problems. Welcome to the Cloud.
  19. I should say that in the software industry (the parts of it that work I mean), a PM means a Product Manager, which is different to both a Project Manager & a Product Owner (although usually the Product Manager also doubles up as Product Owner).
  20. SQL is a query language for relational databases. MySQL is 1 implementation of a relational database that can be queried using SQL. Postgresql is another, as is Oracle, etc.
  21. Well, I'd argue it's still relevant, it's just that you're more talking about affecting secondary value than primary. e.g. I'd say I'm an expert on testing, which greatly reduces the complaints & improves brand value, as well as improving team velocity & trust.
  22. Well you just earned them a couple of K, so I should hope so!
  23. If you don't need it, give it to me. I have a friend who codes PHP for a day job .