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Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 155

by ADRA (#48885905) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Who cares about architecture when the OS platform and the development tooling around them are becoming more relevant? Android uses Java for almost everything, and IOS has its own toolchains that aren't portable, so the real problem is that the mobile development experience is largely siloed.

The only Android X86 product I've used is Nexus Player, which works fine for at least the cases that I use it on, and the few programs I've used from the side-loaded Android world work fine (it also has some form of ARM compat, so maybe a lousy example). The problem is that the VAST majority of X86 based devices are running windows, and on mobile, basically nobobdy cares anymore about microsoft. Its all Android / IOS regardless of how amazing a single piece of hardware is.

At least RIM woke up and started supporting Android apps, but even now, it may be too little too late (by like 4 years) for them. Microsoft's business is to make money from its OS, and doesn't seem to settle for app-space innovations, so they'll continue to be an also-run in mobile till they finally give up or somehow peak the next market hotness, but that seems more of a coin toss.

Comment: I dunno (Score 4, Interesting) 208

by ADRA (#48871183) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

I dip in and out, occasionally posting pictures and responding to stories, but typically I don't produce on it, just consume. Mind you, besides slashdot, I don't really produce anywhere, so that's not really saying much. The news and links are good. I'd rather they allowed their topics / posts / etc.. to be absorbed through RSS or the such, and I have definitely seen Google recently stepping back from standards (Gtalk for instance) and regardless of the why's of the matter, I'm not sold on Google 'winning the war', but it is a nice place to discover information that I would've otherwise missed from other sources, or apathy.

Comment: Re:Doesn't really matter if they do patch it (Score 1) 629

by ADRA (#48794701) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

I had a first gen N7 and it performed HORRRIBLY until I cleared the cache partition through the boot menu's. Just search online on how to do it. It changed my N7 from a horrible blob of crap into a not so great but vastly better piece of not so amazing, but definitely usable.

Comment: Re:Uninterested people aren't worth it (Score 3, Insightful) 480

by ADRA (#48794591) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Maybe the more apt question would be why people are so uninformed that simply withdraw all responsibility in governance. A few toss outs:
    - The system works, so why bother voting to change it
    - The systems is so corrupt, I've given up any hope of fixing things
    - I'm a small person, and I should have no say in how things are run
    - With all of two parties that are functionally essentially identical, who cares who I vote for, so I don't bother
    - I hate politics (I've personally knows many friends that would turn hostile that the thought of talking politics)
    - I work 80 hours a week in my salt factory job, and I'm literally brain dead, and I've lost all sense of smell... Squirrel!

I'm sure there are many more reasons. The point is, there are good reasons to vote, and BAD reasons to not vote. I'd say make voting mandatory, but add a category for no-vote and give a large list of reasons why you chose to not vote for a candidate/party/etc.. It'll inform both the government and the populace on how government has failed those that chose not to participate.

Comment: Re:Bar fucking barians ... (Score 1) 490

by ADRA (#48777165) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Sounds like an area for improvement. Look again and see that most european Muslims are significantly more moderate than those in other nations. Why in Indonesia, the largest capita Muslim county in the world do only 18% believe in capital punishment, whereas 62% in neighboring and much less majority Malaysia? Sample bias, or simply local pockets of highly conservative muslim sects, I couldn't say.

Comment: Re:HTTP/1.1 is just fine (Score 1) 161

by ADRA (#48776757) Attached to: HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

Well, to my understanding, it isn't as simple as client programming alone. Even if you do open an out of band background streamer for backend pages, you still have a round-trip per resource, where you could, say pump images 1-100 in one push instead of a 'request-response * 100' loop along a persistent HTTP stream. Any more client-side processing, and you'd have to change the contract and let javascript parse and insert individual resulting blocks into the cache individually, which I don't believe is the case currently in browsers.

Just a casual search found this:
http://stackoverflow.com/quest...
As you can see, the 'fix' is to load each image from site individually instead of through a single bulk-fetch styled request which the server hosting the SPDY could then service. The other neat one is being able to fetch the host HTML page and get all its images / css streamed in one response. I hoep that the browsers can handle the responses streamed and handle them as yet incomplete page elements and not fetch them separately, because that would be truely awesome perf. / responsiveness.

Comment: Re:Bar fucking barians ... (Score 1) 490

by ADRA (#48776543) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

There are crazy fanatics in all groups. Its easy to villify those that aren't in your tribe or faith, but they are human beings just like you. Though his words may be self-serving in cooling the often undiscriminating hate against his religion, you can't say that terrorism and media exposure aren't in any way linked. To say the opposite is to invite more terror, if you like it or not. The rest of your rant are so bile spewed its not worth addressing. I live in a country largely isolated from terrorism (domestic and international), so I'm thankful for that, but I've personally known dozens of perfectly well adjusted muslim's who live quite normal lives surrounded by Christians, Agnostics, and everyone else most notably. I personally have more issues from dirty bible thumpers talking about all of us going to hell than I've ever been threatened by a Muslim.

Comment: Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (Score 2) 490

by ADRA (#48776281) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Slashdot posted 911, so how exactly is this any different? Oh, because most slashdotters are American, it automatically becomes relevant, whereas when it happens to someone else, "how the fuck is this for nerds"? The truth is, big news specifically regarding military and terrorism usually gets a passing article link through Slashdot, and if you're really that hard done by for it, just skip the post.

Comment: Re:Restrictive Gun laws (Score 1) 490

by ADRA (#48776245) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

US --- 2.83 homicides per 100k
FR --- 0.22 homicides per 100k

I'd say it's mission accomplished, or at least better off. Sorry, what was your point exactly? That these highly armored, highly armed individuals would've been stopped dead by citizen vigilantes?

Comment: Re:HTTP/1.1 is just fine (Score 1) 161

by ADRA (#48775923) Attached to: HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

There's no reason to hate a protocol because its binary. That's just retarded since any protocol analyzer will be able to represent the data in a consice way for anyone who cares to know. The benefit of the new tech as I see it is this: You hit home page X, analytics has proven that 95% of users on page X go to page Y. Why not start batching out page pieces from Y early, so that when the user navigates to Y, it'll be there significantly faster. Seems like a win for me, as long as there's some semblence of security around cache saturation.

Comment: Re:Dell XPS 15 Touch (Score 1) 325

by ADRA (#48768647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Hey, I have this too and love it, though I think the OP is smoking something and most likely won't be able to find anything viable. The rest of the posters have much more wokrable solutions than I'll bother repeating, but computers are a trade-off, and you need to choose the most viable solutions in your individual secenario the best you can, but no magic waving hands will violate the underlying fundamentals of modern computing's limitation.

Comment: Re:Back to the Future (Score 1) 681

by ADRA (#48690195) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

1. The story was written (by many independent people apparently) long after his apparent death
2. Is Moses a real person, and did he really also part the red sea? Even if the parting is BS, even the exodus from Egypt is largely based on few anecdotes. Actually, is moses a real person at all? Probably, maybe, who knows. The magic of history is that after a couple generations, its hard to distinguish fact from hear-say unless there's enough objective proof to show the trail. The problem with Jesus is there was practically 0 notable historical significance to Jesus' existance outside of the belief system that manifested out of the stories told about him.

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 332

No, they're cookie cutter sci-fi plots which could've been perfectly viable on their own under a different handle, but instead they legerage their name and eliminated the entire multi-generation build-up for Star Trek (though admintedly pretty bad in the last 90's/00's). After the first reboot, I gave up on it entirely.

I see the next epic sellout to be Terminator. Arnold has single handedly ruined that franchise by continually being the pivotal character who's relevance was spent after the second edition. Third, fourth, and what would've been the final movies would've been much better showings if they didn't try to ham fist Arnold's character into every single one. As for the reboot, once again, fuck it. Ther entire franchise didn't exist anymore, so who the hell cares. Even Emilia Clarke can't save that production for me.

Comment: Use a tool for what its good for (Score 1) 55

by ADRA (#48619749) Attached to: The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

Hadoop is good at generally running massive queries of tons of data in a relatively efficient amount of time. I say efficient and not fast, becuase the requests can vary from well structured for grid data sets to massive bloated ugly queries that would be massive bloated and ugly in any DBMS environment. If you want to talk about regulation, etc.. I think you're batrking up the wrong tree with Hadoop. If you're concerned with regulation, seed the DB with unique though meaningless data when importing and avoid all of those problems.

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