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Comment: Re:Why? Is it really necessary? (Score 1) 186

by ByteSlicer (#46675229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

I use DroidWall (iptables frontend) on my Android phone (=non-Windows) to keep apps from sending my private data out. As an added bonus, it blocks most ads.

Yes, you can choose to not install those apps, but most of them want a network connection and access to storage...

Comment: Re:They talk very big (Score 1) 62

Interesting, I didn't know they have such a wide dynamic range. I knew a small rare-earth magnet near my phone would max out the Hall sensor value, but never considered recalibrating it in that state.
It's a bit difficult to test too, since it seems to use dead reckoning (accelerometer) as a fallback for rotation.

Comment: Re:Real mature (Score 0) 109

by ByteSlicer (#45968891) Attached to: Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

So is Slashdot not capable of having any kind of informative conversation about one of the most commercially popular and long-lived everyday programming languages, because "Oracle, LOL" and "Java applets suck"?

Let's try. As a Java developer (among other things), I can say that I don't really care about Java EE (i.e. the enterprise features like JPA, EJB3).

It works for certain types of software, but in my experience, once you hit a certain complexity, you'll run into things that can't be solved with standard Java EE.

Then you'll usually drop down to the vendor implementation (JPA->Hibernate, EJB3->JBoss/Glassfish or whatever), and start using features that are not really standard.

Nowadays I just use Spring+Hibernate/JOOQ or similar frameworks for EE functionality. It requires a bit more setup work, but it allows much more flexibility when you want to do things that don't fit in the Java EE patterns. It's easier to mix and match different technologies with Spring, and you don't have to wait 5 years for an update in the standards, but you can use cutting edge technology instead.

Enterprise Java development also involves a lot of other technologies, like XML based template languages, JSON/XML web services, database queries for specific databases (JPA database transparency breaks down really quickly), JMS message broker configuration, enterprise bus configuration, web technologies (HTML, javascript, templating), etc. The Java coding part is sometimes only a small part of the whole. And you can often replace that with Scala or Groovy if you want.

I'd rather have some new core language features, like real getters/setters and the Elvis operator that was axed, those would make more difference in real life.

Comment: Re:Copyright is made out of people (Score 1) 154

by ByteSlicer (#45891587) Attached to: EU Copyright Reform: Your Input Is Needed!

Meanwhile, fans dislike copyright because it creates an imbalance between quality vs. convenience (cracked software is ALWAYS better) or availability (a movie or game isn't available in a certain region or is no longer sold).

That's not about copyright, that's about copy protection aka DRM. Copyright doesn't prevent the act of copying, it just provides a legal defense against it.

Comment: Re:Reasons for:SciFi list (Score 1) 796

by ByteSlicer (#45845183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Ender's Game - A great morality play; and a very exciting read.

I've read it, and liked it, but "exiting" was not the impression it left on me.
It read almost like a documentary: everything was detached, without emotion. There was no real pacing; things just happened when they had to happen.

Comment: Re:High pitched noises (Score 1) 294

by ByteSlicer (#45817925) Attached to: Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School

I wonder how much of the occasional health panic that springs up around wifi - and indeed other technologies - can actually be attributed to the high pitched hums that can be emitted by badly manufactured devices.

It may be in your case, but I don't think that's the cause in most cases. I can also hear very high pitched sounds (transformers, bats), and while they can prevent me from sleeping, they don't make me sick otherwise.

I think the more general mechanisms at work are mass hysteria and the nocebo effect (placebo's evil twin), as evidenced by this story.

Never trust an operating system.