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Comment: What kiosks? (Score 1) 145

Let's be honest here: most of the data can be backed up.

I'm aware of that. Say I were to back up my first-generation Nexus 7 tablet through Android Debug Bridge (ADB). How would I verify the completeness of this backup?

GNU/Linux PC owners are expected to have root.

Not on a kiosk, video game console, a TiVo, or any other "appliance".

Which such appliance is a "GNU/Linux PC"? Video game consoles do not run Linux (except for those few remaining fat PlayStation 3 consoles that haven't been upgraded past system software 3.20). TiVo DVRs run Linux but not GNU/Linux. You keep bringing up "kiosks"; to which kiosks are you referring?

Comment: Re:The larger screen is part of the problem (Score 1) 540

by tepples (#47577135) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

And don't break after it within a year

I don't understand what you mean by "break after".

There is also something called open (relatively) specification

What exactly makes a specification "open"? The specification for Win32 is published on MSDN. Is it solely the existence (or lack thereof) of a promise not to go Oracle v. Google on developers of reimplementations?

Wine is great for software where wine is the target platform - which isn't for much of software.

I'd imagine that more desktop software targets Windows (and implicitly Wine) than GNU/Linux.

How should I "research" thoroughly if the product isn't even available for inspection in my geographic area?

Internet.

How should I go about determining how a device will feel in my hands through the Internet?

Comment: "Always" is a strong word (Score 2) 117

by tepples (#47577019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Always fucking expand the first instance of your acronym in your summary. Always.

True, I agree that HVAC, ERP, and SBU should have been expanded. But some terms, such as "Hypertext Markup Language", "Motion Picture Experts Group", "Universal Serial Bus", "chief executive officer", "Federal Bureau of Investigation", "Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte", and even "application programming interface" are probably more recognizable to Slashdot's audience in the abbreviated form.

Comment: Factors that force choice of language (Score 1) 63

by tepples (#47576835) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

We live in a world with enough languages that pure technical constraints are unlikely to limit you to a single language.

But there are more than enough political constraints on developers to force their language choice. For example, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live Indie Games platforms could run only verifiably type-safe, .NET CF-compatible CIL, which in practice meant C#. In the applet era, you needed a language that compiled to JVM bytecode. In the Flash era, you needed a language that compiled to AS3 bytecode. Nowadays, the client side of a web app needs to be in JavaScript. And for a long time, entry level web hosting with PHP was cheaper per year than hosting with other server-side languages.

Comment: A clean break is needed, like "Visual Fred" (Score 1) 63

by tepples (#47576171) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification
Then perhaps a clean break is needed between the "old language" and the "new language". It can be done like Visual Basic from VB 6 to VB.NET or Python 2.6 to Python 3, where modules in the old language first need to be translated to the new. Or it can be done with two side-by-side parser frontends, allowing a module written in one language to be include_once'd in a module written in the other.

Comment: Re:The larger screen is part of the problem (Score 1) 540

by tepples (#47573503) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

The Xposed framework

Xposed requires root. Why do so many more GNU/Linux devices than Android devices come with root? And how do I get a headphone jack fixed after I have voided the warranty by having installed a rooted ROM?

Using software in wine is not really looking beyond Microsoft.

By that standard, using software in GNU/Linux is not really looking beyond Novell because just as Wine is a free reimplementation of Windows API, GNU/Linux is a free reimplementation of UNIX.

Research, buy, take responsibility.

How should I "research" thoroughly if the product isn't even available for inspection in my geographic area?

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 184

by ThePhilips (#47572893) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

What the hell is ACM and why would it benefit me to join them?

If you were a halfway competent software developer, you'd already know, and if you were an elite software developer, you'd already have joined...

I'm no elite, but as a competent software developer, all I know about ACM is that they are a paywalled website.

Why would I chose to spend time investigating one particular paywalled site over the dozen others? They all look the same to me.

Most of computer science research is published publicly on Internet anyway. On several occasions, when my friends from universities were getting paywalled articles printed for me, I was finding out that I have seen the article already freely before on the internet.

Usefull/non-useful ratio on the paywalled articles IME isn't sufficiently different from the plain web search to justify the price. I still have to waste my time grepping through all the junk.

I might pay for somebody to actually select the founding and important articles. But I'm yet to hear about an organization which offers such service. (And the academia where being published still bears the highly exaggerated value, and 90% of articles are nothing but the quoting of the quoted, almost guarantees that the service wouldn't be affordable.)

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".

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