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Comment: Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (Score 4, Informative) 106

by ArhcAngel (#47426663) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business
What you might not have known (but should have) is all those listings in the yellow pages were paid advertisements. The yellow page market used to be extremely competitive with numerous companies fighting for a business' 2" x 2" to full page ad. We're talking about free (as in beer) marketing and the ole adage "you get what you pay for" applies here. It's word of mouth in the internet age which is both good and bad. If just one person can get your customers to believe something unflattering about your business it can ruin you. That's why another adage "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is just as true. The quicker you can catch the nefarious mischief the quicker you can curtail any damage.

Comment: Re:The web is not a runtime environment. (Score 1) 551

by ArhcAngel (#47418403) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

then you are an idiot.

You had a nice semi-informative argument but couldn't help but show your true color in the end.

The reason you can't use TurboPascal is because web pages run in the browser virtual machine, and TurboPascal code runs in the TurboPascal runtime environment linked into the native code TurboPascal application.

Which does not preclude an interpreter being written to convert the code into the browser VM readable code. Just because a language was originally designed to be compiled doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. Whether it's the best use of resources not withstanding.

All of your arguments are irrelevant to my comment. They might very well be valid but only because the people designing the newer systems made decisions that precluded the use of existing technologies. Which in fact validates my claim more than nullifies it.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 2) 551

by ArhcAngel (#47415693) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
You are right of course it is similar to the 80's and 90's in that companies that wanted to steal the sales of other companies simply created new fangled languages and marketed the hell out of them instead of embracing what works and adapting it to the new paradigms. The only reason you can't use Turbo Pascal to make web pages is the compiler was never updated for the functionality but it very well could have been. In fact its progeny Delphi is alive and well and building apps for almost every popular platform out there today including the web. As long as there is competition there will be someone who chooses to create from scratch rather than use someone else's tool.

Comment: Submarines have been doing just fine for year (Score 1) 463

Why do they need windows in the first place? I mean subs don't have any and they do just fine without them. There's arguably less things to hit flying than there are in a sub as well. OK there is the small matter of subs cruising at 32 MPH ( ~31 knots) and a plane cruising at 750 MPH (0.75 Mach) but really a pilot should be able to compensate for that...right?

Comment: Re:Have you actually tried hiring these days? (Score 2) 400

by ArhcAngel (#47397027) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say
Your comment and the first response kinda paints the picture. NYC and Seattle. Two places I have no desire to live. The cost of living in NYC would mean I'd have to double my current salary to maintain my current standard of living and it's too crowded. Seattle is nice but again it costs more to live there and...winter. The reason companies can't find skilled workers in the US is they aren't looking in the US they're looking on the East and West coast.

Comment: Re:Or Maybe Self-Driving Vehicles (Score 1) 577

by ArhcAngel (#47368499) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
I see this constantly. People driving "courteously" by allowing cars to go when they don't have the right of way. Unfortunately it's completely discourteous to everyone behind them who will now get stopped at the light because they waited until it turned yellow to actually proceed into the intersection.

Comment: Re:Gimme a keyboard (Score 1) 67

by ArhcAngel (#47350135) Attached to: Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

connecting to multiple email accounts (multiple Exchange account at that) and having a consolidated inbox was probably the major reason for the switch

iOS & Android still can't match the BB for email support so I can't fathom what you are talking about here. I have at least six email accounts on my BB and can open them in a consolidated folder or individually. iOS 7 has dramatically improved over previous versions but it's still not on par with BB. I remember my first iOS device and discovering that you couldn't delete a calendar once it had been added to the device even if you deleted the existing email account without wiping the device! I think they fixed that in iOS 4.

And it is funny that everyone compares BES to Exchange ActiveSync because the latter only handles 1/4 of the things a BES does. To your point most likely the percentage is closer to 75% of people don't need the capabilities of the BES but if you EVER use VPN on an iOS device to connect to your company network you would have been better off with a BES. I have been able to connect to my network shares and manipulate files on my company network since 2003 with a BlackBerry WITHOUT connecting to a separate VPN because the BES creates an encrypted always on VPN connection to the corporate network. I could use remote desktop on my BB in 2004. It wasn't pretty or fast but it worked. Doing that on an iOS device works well but if the screen turns off while I am connected I get bumped off of VPN and have to start all over. Point and laugh all you want about how BB underestimated the allure of full color touch but they nailed communication and security and still haven't been matched on that front.

Comment: Re:Big Difference (Score 1) 210

by ArhcAngel (#47347575) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Are you saying Aereo would have been OK if they'd sold one of those OTA DVRs and colocated them at their warehouse? Aereo's fatal flaw is that they rented people a homogeneous device rather than selling them one of a menu? That, my friend, is a legal Rube Goldberg much more intricate than the technical workaround Aereo intended.

Not exactly. The way I understood how the SC ruled was the device would need to get the signal directly from the broadcaster and be located in the consumer's residence. So a consumer would need to have the DVR located on the premises and receive the signal directly from broadcasters via a local antenna. The Tablo is basically the same as the Aero service except you own the device and set it up at home. The Tablo doesn't even have a video out port. It's tuners are only accessible through streaming clients. It doesn't solve the concrete/metal interference problem that Aero did and perhaps they should pursue that argument on their appeal. I disagree with the SC finding as Aero was not altering in any way the content being delivered whereas the cable/satellite companies actually inject extra content/advertising into their rebroadcasts. Ultimately the networks want Aero to have to pay for retransmission and are lobbying even the courts to make that a reality.

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