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Comment: Re:Obvious solution. (Score 1) 213

by Carewolf (#47572517) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

It is actually a bit late with Blackberry. It is has plenty of apps, but the "new" platforms (BB10 and WP8) were actually a good business when they come out and you couldget first mover advantage, by the time the platforms were big enough to make profits the the first moverswere on top of the top10 lists. Not sure though if I would bet on a 5th or 6th platform at this point though. The lottery odds might still be better on BB10 and WP8 than on Android and iOS, though the jackpot is also significantly smaller.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 719

by Carewolf (#47545685) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

GCC is a mess that has been getting consistently worse since 3.0. It's so bad that compiling GCC with GCC, with any CPU optimizations enabled, produces a non-working compiler

There is a very simple way to test that statement. Make a default build of gcc. Step two and three is a build of gcc by gcc. Funny thing. That always works, and has never been an issue, if it was you wouldn't have a compiler package, since any packaged version of GCC is build by the same version as shipped!!..

DOWN VOTE PARENT - TROLL or PROFESIONAL LIAR.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 3) 89

by Carewolf (#47537381) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

I don't think they mean univeral that way, I believe they mean universal lossless compression as gzip, bzip2 or 7zip. They will work on almost any data, but not all kinds of data. The idea here is that the show has a new way to do this that is supposed to be even better. The method they use remind me though of FLAC.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress 165

Posted by Soulskill
from the history-no-longer-written-by-the-victors dept.
alphatel writes: Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" behavior. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits, a bot that automatically tweets Wikipedia changes that come from Congressional IP addresses. The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication.
Microsoft

Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly 66

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the still-enough-to-fill-money-pool dept.
Microsoft has released their latest earnings report, and it's not as bleak as last week's news might have you suspect. Quoting Forbes: Microsoft reported $23.38 billion of revenue for the fourth quarter, up 17.5% from the same period last year. Net income, however, came in at $4.6 billion, down from last year and behind Wall Street analysts' consensus estimate, both about $5 billion. At 55 cents earnings per share were down 4 cents and a nickel short of the Street’s call. For the full year, revenue clocked in at $86.8 billion an 11.5% increase from a year earlier. Net income was $22.1 billion and earnings per share were $2.63. They took a hit from finalizing the acquisition of Nokia's handset division (not unexpected). The cloud services side of the business appears to be growing, while traditional software sales have stagnated. The layoffs will cost Microsoft between $1.1 and $1.6 billion over the first half of next year.

Comment: Re:No it is not infuriating (Score 1) 194

by Carewolf (#47514057) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Well, that is perfect. I prefer to NEVER buy any product I see advertised. If they waste money on that, their products must not be good enough to sell on their own, or the competion can sell better products cheaper because they don't waste money on ads. As such I prefer ads for stuff I would never buy, make it too targeted and shopping becomes ... difficult.

Software

Is the Software Renaissance Ending? 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the da-vinci-code dept.
An anonymous reader writes Writer and former software engineer Matt Gemmell adds his voice to the recent rumblings about writing code as a profession. Gemmell worries that the latest "software Renaissance," which was precipitated by the explosion of mobile devices, is drawing to a close. "Small shops are closing. Three-person companies are dropping back to sole proprietorships all over the place. Products are being acquired every week, usually just for their development teams, and then discarded. The implacable, crushing wheels of industry, slow to move because of their size, have at last arrived on the frontier. Our frontier, or at least yours now. I've relinquished my claim." He also pointed out the cumulative and intractable harm being done by software patents, walled-garden app stores, an increasingly crowded market, and race-to-the-bottom pricing. He says that while the available tools make it a fantastic time to develop software, actually being an independent developer may be less sustainable than ever.

Comment: Re:Latest LEDs are Too New To Fail Yet (Score 1) 278

by Carewolf (#47449183) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Reasonably priced LED light bulbs that put out enough light to be useful for room lighting are a pretty new thing. I haven't seen =$10 bulbs with lumens equivalent to 60-watt incandescents until last year, though it's possible they've been around slightly longer, and I'm still waiting to see cheap LED bulbs that are equivalent to 100 or 150-watt incandescents.

They exist. The problem is the size. If you look inside a LED bulb, you will see that is actually just a cluster of standard small LEDs. Since these are mass produced any big light just uses more of them, but that takes up space especially if you also want a reasonable direction.

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