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Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 67

However, I did a find web site which does publishes a comparison between LibreOffice and Microsoft Office 2013: https://wiki.documentfoundatio... Based on that comparison, I would have to say that Microsoft Office is actually inferior to LibreOffice.

In my post to which you reply I said "Is it that they make the mistake of thinking it's about feature lists?" And I'm afraid you've just illustrated exactly that mistake.

Comment: Re:how many Glassholes will get mugged? (Score 1) 167

by BasilBrush (#46783617) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

both are violent acts perpetuated solely by a difference in belief.

Belief? You're casting the Google Glass user as someone religious?

No, Glass users aren't risking being punched in the face for believing in Glass or believing in Google or whatever. But for being in people's face with a recording device where it isn't wanted, or for showing disrespect by putting a computer screen in-between their eyes and the eyes of the person they are conversing with. It's about rude and inconsiderate behaviour not belief.

Comment: Re:"No mobile ecosystem" (Score 1) 237

by BasilBrush (#46783593) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

So any notes apps that are like Vesper? Or any read later apps like Instapaper? Or even anything like Urban Spoon? Or... and I could go on.

Notes apps, for sure. Instapaper and Urban Spoon are more to do with the internet era. Those PDAs we are talking about were at a time when just having a browser on the internet on a mobile device was a pretty neat thing.

Also, it helps that iOS is way more regular people friendly than the Psion was.

Well, time moves on, and the OS came 16 years after the Series 3 and 10 years after the Series 5, so of course it's more user friendly. But by the standards of the time, the Psions were very user friendly. Indeed Psion took their big picture ideals on app design from Apple and NeXT.

Later, there was much sadness amongst Psion's original developers when many design ideals of EPOC32 had to be broken to make it fit with Nokia's style of UI.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 776

How do you know what an ape thinks?

Again, we are apes, so we know how one species of ape thinks from self awareness. And then the chimp and the bonobo are our closest relatives, and genetically they are closer to us than they are to the other apes, let alone monkeys.

The chimp and bonobo brains work in basically the same way as ours. We obviously have a bit more ability on the language area, and there are other areas where chimps and bonobos brains outdo us. But fundamentally they work in the same way, They are very close.

Interestingly adult chimps are a great mirror for our aggressive and competitive side and bonobos for our community and peaceable side.

Comment: Re:how many Glassholes will get mugged? (Score 1) 167

by BasilBrush (#46773149) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Also... I'm hysterical how, exactly? Because I compare the threat of so-called "acceptable" violence today that would caused by what ultimately amounts to a mere a difference in beliefs (one person places more value on their privacy than another person places on the same person's privacy) to an example of violence in history over what also fundamentally amounted to a mere difference in beliefs?

You've moderated it now. Before it was "people killing in the name of religion". Which certainly is different to throwing a punch at someone who's getting in your face. To the point that if you think they are the same, you are being hysterical.

Comment: Re:"No mobile ecosystem" (Score 1) 237

by BasilBrush (#46773105) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

AND confusing(Are you using a MIPS CE device? ARM? Do you even know? etc.).

Might have been confusing on WinCE. But the Psion and Palm Pilot mobile app scene wasn't at all confusing.

And whilst nothing like Apple's App Store existed until Apple created it, there was a pretty vibrant app scene back on those older mobile devices. To the extent of professional packages for doctors, pilots, estate agents etc. Lots of productivity apps. Plenty of games. Basically all the categories you get on iOS and Android now. Just fewer in number.

Comment: Re:Le Sigh.... (Score 1) 237

by BasilBrush (#46772995) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Before that there were organizers from Casio, Sharp, etc. Also besides Palm in the US, Psion PDAs were popular in Europe.

Let's discount the Data Cards and Programmable calculators. Anything with a calculator like display and chicklet keys definitely isn't a tablet.

Before the Newton (in 1993) there was the Psion Series 3 in 1991. But the Palm Pilot wasn't until 1996.

The Psion Series 3 was great. I had one. But it was a mini-laptop in design. Keyboard only, no touch-screen. It was a very nice PDA, but it wasn't a tablet.

And the Pilot was clearly influenced by the Newton. Basically the concept is a cut-down Newton.

Comment: Re:Not a market back then (Score 2, Interesting) 237

by BasilBrush (#46772571) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

I did not say their products sucked. But when you have end users preordering product by the millions before anyone had a chance to try it out what can you call those people but gullible?

Pre-orders didn't start until 2 months after the iPad had been demonstrated by Jobs. 2 months in which all the tech press reviewed it. And it was hardly an unknown to everyone who's already experienced iOS on an iPhone.

Compared with the lack of knowledge which most people have when they buy products, they were pretty well informed.

There is a reason why people claimed Steve Jobs had a reality distortion field you know. The fact is the products are not that good right now to justify the demand even if they were at points.

That's not a fact. That's your ill-informed opinion. Big difference.

I call them early adopters. I call you an imbecile.

Comment: Re:Open source was never safer (Score 1) 569

by BasilBrush (#46771511) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

No question the heartbleed thing is a huge and embarassing problem.

The biggest of the internet era. Only outdone by the Y2K category of bugs.

And the origins of both are optimisations which are no longer necessary. For Y2K, back in the day saving 2 bytes repeatedly mattered. And for C, back in the day, saving a bounds check mattered. (And on top of that the Open SSL term believed creating their own malloc mattered.) Nowadays none of these optimisations are worth it. They should all be long gone.

It's everybody's failure that C hasn't been replaced as a systems programming language. It's ought to be a footnote in history by now.

Comment: Re:Open source was never safer (Score 1) 569

by BasilBrush (#46771389) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Safer != Perfect

But it's not safer. It's less safe.

It also does not help when you have large commercial institutions RELYING on the source code in a security critical role under constant attack by well-funded adversaries, AND the developers of said open source code are so pitifully underfunded, AND the commercial proprietors that cause said open source library to become a high-value target are only willing to invest in features, and not improvements that would lead to better quality and lesser likelihood of serious bugs.

And so the excuse making comes.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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