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I think it might depend on the OS. In iPhone or Android, I think it is possible to write a 'good' mobile app, but not as good as the native apps.

In Firefox OS, an OS designed from the start with the idea of JS/HTML apps? I don't know, we'll see, I guess!


I would love to try a firefox OS phone.

Verizon seems like an odd choice in the U.S., to me they seem like a 'premium' brand somewhat more expensive than their competitors, while Firefox OS, at least prior to know, seems to have been positioning itself as a budget option.


Verizon has the best coverage in rural areas, at least where people I know live: southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and Iowa. Many of my (and my friends') relatives in these areas still use flip phones or have reluctantly upgraded to iPhones or Android. Verizon is wise to have an option that's not a smartphone and not total junk.

I just upgraded my ZTE Open C to FxOS 3.0. This phone is similar, but worse, in specs to the original Moto E. It runs well, as long as you are using it for basic purposes.


aha! That makes some sense, thanks.


For people in cities or inner suburbs, you may see it as a premium brand, as it does tend to be more expensive than the competition.

For people living in further out suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas, Verizon is pretty much a requirement. None of the other carriers have coverage that is nearly as good; you actually want your phone to work outside of a thin strip around the interstates, you buy Verizon.


It's also worth raising an eyeball over (but probably not dropping a monocle over) Mozilla being one of the strongest proponents of strong (e.g., Title II) network neutrality regulation, and Verizon being probably the telecoms most opposed, and like the one that will put the most effort into lobbying and using to overturn net neutrality.


> Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points

Compared to what? White applicants, statistically? Why are white people the "default" which everyone else is measured against, do white people not have a race/ethnicity?

There is no 'objective' measure of what SAT score "should" get you into a university. Most universities use things other than SAT scores to decide admissions (things in addition to affirmative action/diversity, I mean, too). Some universities may rely/weight SAT scores more than others. There is no SAT score that is "supposed to" guarantee you admission, "before accounting for race". It doesn't work that way. If you think it would be more "fair" to rely exclusively on SAT scores, you can make an argument for that, but a test is not in fact some objective measure of 'reality', it's just one test.

The idea that it's just a fact that "Asian Americans are penalized by 50 points"-- it's an under-specified statement, and it doesn't actually mean much.

I think this is an example of the assumptions/biases in the language of this article and those quoted in it, in general.


Really, discussions about surveillance and privacy in Germany are one of the few places where nobody ever makes a comparison to the nazi's? That seems surprising.


I rather meant that such comparisons were made for legitimate reasons and so would not necessarily end the conversation on the assumption that the person resorting to them was just trolling.


This kind of provision is in NAFTA too, 20 years old.

I wonder if there's ever a case where a U.S. law has actually been invalidated, and the U.S. hasn't just ignored the ruling, with no real consequences. Anyone know? In general NAFTA has served as a weapon to make sure third world economies stay maximally exploitable by U.S. corporations -- as it was intended.

This isn't a reason to support such provisions, of course. It's not right, it's not fair -- AND the U.S. won't be this powerful forever. We'd all be better of strengthening democracy, not strengthening corporate rule -- the corporations don't really care which country is on top, as long as it's one that they can control.

But it is noteworthy that NAFTA isn't even mentioned in Warren's piece; how's that working out?


It is highly unlikely that this will make a non-trivial performance difference in any real code. Please don't go micro-optimizing your code for this, it's unlikely to be worth any loss in readability or maintainability. And it's platform dependent, may behave entirely differently in JRuby, or in future versions of MRI.


Awesome! Thanks for the attention to improving release management in addition to improving code and features, it is noticed and appreciated!


We're not yet there, but soon it will be flawless.


Perhaps peace of mind can't be found by making the "right decisions" at all, but only by learning to find peace of mind in your circumstances, and not being afraid of change. This guy sounds like he's doing okay.


How would you even know about the site, unless you had read about it on HN?

How would moving to BitBucket keep you from reading about it on HN?

If after you read about it on HN, you spent lots of time playing with it or reading and arguing in these comments, and you regret spending that time... how can you blame GitHub for that, and again how will moving to BitBucket help exactly?

Yep, it's pretty obvious, really. That you're very confused.


Well, if you don't really care if anyone else uses your open source, then it doesn't really matter, right?

The reasons you might care are -- to get more contributors, to make the software more sustainable; fame for your yourself or your company (how valuable is this?); etc.

Being clear on what benefit (if any) you will get from the project being more popular will make it easier to guess whether the 'investment' will be worth the 'benefit'.

But how do you do it? I think you've got to not just 'advertise' in general interest places like HN. You've got to find the community of people who will find your code most useful (perhaps people in the same business domain as you are working), and advertise to them, sometimes direct one on one. Conferences and meet-ups are good for this.

I think you've also got to have really good docs, and really good release management practices (semver, no backwards compat bugs, no encouraging using off 'master' instead of a release, good release notes, etc).

And if still nobody is using it, then I guess they don't actually find your software useful!



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