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Comment: Re:It. Will. Fail. Period (Score 1) 123

by AntiSol (#49748871) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

I'm willing to bet on 50 bucks that this piece of crap will not gain even 0.5 marketshare in 5 years from now - if any.

I find it funny and sad how many people talk about how it will fail because it "wont find marketshare". This assertion demonstrates your complete lack of any understanding of what it is.

I assume that by "0.5 marketshare" you mean 0.5 percent? for that they'd have to produce more than a couple of hundred of devices. So, yeah, it's unlikely to ever get "0.5 marketshare". Which obviously means its a failure, because everybody wants marketshare, right?

Go back to drooling over your iphone, pawn, and just hope nobody's watching while you jerk off over apple's marketshare.

Comment: Re:Australian here with wishful thinking (Score 1) 125

If you've ever made a complaint to the ACCC you'll know that they're awesome but their responses always boil down to "we dont have enough resources to investigate every complaint". The system is working as intended, yes... where the biggest dodgy operators are concerned. But it took the ACCC years to actually prosecute valve, and valve has enough resources to drag on litigation for months and months. It's effectively possible to get away with violating these laws if you're only a small operator. The ACCC does an excellent job, but they could always use more funding.

Comment: Re:Australian here with wishful thinking (Score 1) 125

Of course, the problem might really be that the laws are such that to remain profitable, you have to change higher prices. I mean, think of a simple law like mandating that consumer products get 2 years of warranty. Pretty innocent, except it really means you're agreeing to the extended warranty - what may cover 90 days in the US with a 25% extended warranty to 2 years means that warranty price is built into the Australian price.

Or you could just not build shoddy crap that breaks within 2 years. Then you spin it in the US by making ads which say "won't require replacing after 18 months!"

Comment: Re:Australian here with wishful thinking (Score 1) 125

The problem here is that consumer laws don't provide the protection you think they do. I'm not sure why you mention either the PSN or Steam as neither of those services seem to run afoul of anything in the laws.

I'm dont know or care about PSN, but the ACCC disagrees with you where steam is concerned.

Perhaps you should inform them that the consumer laws don't provide the protection they think it does, since you obviously know better.

For those who can't be bothered researching, Australian consumer protection laws guarantee us a refund in the event of a product that is not fit for purpose. For example, a game that doesn't run. If an item I have purchased is not it for purpose, then I am entitled to my choice of a refund or replacement. Furthermore, it's a violation of our consumer protection laws to say you don't give refunds, because you're legally required to.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by AntiSol (#49583813) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

I took "consumer technology" to mean "consumer-grade technology", which most certainly could include the app, regardless of how limited its userbase is - my intepretation was that (s)he was talking about quality, not public availability.

If you read the article, you'll see that:

When a new version of a runway map for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was distributed, it conflicted with an older version of the map stored on some pilots’ iPads


pilots have been notified how to fix the bug, by deleting the app and re-installing it

That, right there, is consumer-grade technology and a consumer-grade fix. As opposed to well-thought-out, well-tested technology with failsafes and whatnot.

The article also says that the ipads "powered down", which would seem to indicate an issue with the consumer-grade hardware, too (assuming that's actually what happened).

Comment: Damn you! (Score 1) 148

by AntiSol (#49465781) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

Usually, I love leaks. But I hate whoever leaked this.

The temptation to just watch them all in a one-sitting GoT orgy is going to be seriously difficult to resist for the next 4 weeks.

But if I do that, I'll have to wait a month for more GoT. Waiting 7 days for each new episode is bad enough. Now I've got that wait plus the temptation to just watch the next one. Either way, the next 4 weeks are going to be torture.


Comment: Re: Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 428

by AntiSol (#49427871) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

I use vim quite a bit, but mostly when I'm in an ssh session. SciTE is among the first things I install on any new system, and Geany is a great little lightweight IDE (side note: it uses the SciTE engine, they're related).

IMHO big, heavyweight IDEs like eclipse do have their place, but the after using something like Geany they feel glacial.

Comment: Re:History revisionism (Score 1) 142

by AntiSol (#49408069) Attached to: Microsoft Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Not really - Apple did more to bring the graphical UI to the masses. Microsoft copied it because they realised they were about to lose a massive amount of market share.

Meanwhile, Amiga users (and others) read about these "innovations", clicked the disconnect button in their BBS software, closed the window, sat back, and chuckled to themselves.

The only reasons Windows even sold was because people could run it on their existing hardware (like GEOS on C64), and Mac OS quickly got a reputation for being horribly unreliable (which is saying something given how reliable early Windows was).

Comment: Re:History revisionism (Score 1) 142

by AntiSol (#49408021) Attached to: Microsoft Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Same for "the first time the start menu, task bar, minimize, maximize and close buttons are introduced on each window" (style errors aside: "start menu"/"task bar" on every window?), again min/max/close buttons were present on every window in early Lisa/MacOS, AmigaOS, Atari TOS, even Geos for C=64 way before MS copied it from Apple (who copied it from Xerox). The only thing Microsoft keeps (re)inventing is history. I guess stock prices aren't inflated high enough yet.

Not only this, but also Windows 2.0 and Windows 3.0 had minimize and maximize buttons. The only addition to window titlebars in Win95 was the close button (which was previously achieved by double-clicking on the menu button at the left of the window titlebar). Some quality research has obviously gone into this article.

Obligatory link to The Microsoft Hall Of Innovation. Looks like the site hasn't been maintained in quite a while and has been gone since 2010 or so, gotta love the wayback machine. I'd love to see an updated version.

Comment: Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 3, Insightful) 394

by AntiSol (#49396247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?


I've been told a couple of times that calling/emailing/texting me is too hard, that they do all their socialising via facebook, and it's inconvenient to contact me any other way.

Setting aside all the privacy implications, If you can't be bothered talking to me as an individual rather than as part of a herd, I'm not really interested in anything you have to say.

Comment: Re:I, for one, (Score 1) 113

by AntiSol (#49391831) Attached to: Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux

I know what you mean, I'm in much the same situation - I read a whole lot less than I used to. My excuse is that I spend lots of time reading for work. But it is mostly just an excuse, truth is that re-watchinig Babylon 5 DVDs is easier. Luckily I got through the Dune series when I was young.

I could talk at great length about books 4-6, and why they're better than books 1-3, but I would hate to spoil anything. All I will say is: don't expect book 4 to be set immediately after book 3, there's a 3500 year gap, and likewise a 1500 year gap between books 4 and 5. If book 4 is difficult, stick with it, it pays off IMHO. Though I have heard that some people despise it. It's a unique book, perhaps a love-it or hate-it affair. Apparently the first draft was written largely in the first person. I'm sure that book 4 was written in the period when Frank Herbert had a big stash of the best LSD ever. But book 5 is awesome and 6 is a worthy sequel to it. Don't mind the cliffhanger, it just gives you something to think about.

I periodically think about joining a book club. This usually culminates in watching more B5. ;)

I did manage to get totally sucked into Blindsight by Peter Watts (full text available free online) recently, based on a recommendation here on slashdot. Read it in one mammoth sitting. Hard sci-fi + vampires = win.

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