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Comment: Telegram is better (Score 1) 93

by nightfire-unique (#48427297) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

Telegram offers every feature of WhatsApp, plus end-to-end encryption with visual signatures, arbitrary file sharing, multi-device support (including PC), is open source and the API is published.

They claim to have 40M+ users, so they're a substantial amount of the way to displacing WhatsApp already.

Comment: Android is getting worse (Score 1) 178

by nightfire-unique (#48379255) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

I want to preface this with: I'm an Android user/developer of 5 years, and have no interest in Apple devices. I don't mean to offend anyone, and I apologize for the long-winded post.

Sadly, I find Android is heading in a very bad direction.

Google has captured most of the top of the market, leaving little opportunity for growth, so it appears they've started "simplifying" the UI to capture those with little/no interest in mobile computers, those with less mental acuity or those unable/unwilling to spend a few hours learning the fundamental operating principles of a machine, young children, etc. Same direction Gnome headed in a few years back.

Can't blame them; they are a publicly held corporation, and they must grow. But, unfortunately, simplifying a user interface almost invariably makes it less useful to those who are willing to put in the time to synchronize with the machine.

Just a few more egregious examples of this in the latest Android versions:

Menu button removed

Contextual menus are a extremely powerful. On most modern OSes, right-clicking a control brings up a menu of actions related to that control. Since touchscreens lack a practical way to right-click, the menu button used to implement the equivalent functionality. Some UI designers claim it's inconsistent because you never know if the menu button is going to do anything, and that is a valid complaint. However, removing contextual menus entirely is silly. Many apps run full-screen where an overflow button is inappropriate, and when appropriate, overflow buttons needlessly take up room on the screen and enforce a display layout that isn't always appropriate for every app.

Bafflingly unusable new task switcher

If you haven't seen the new task switcher layout for 5.0, check it out. No longer can you see screen captures of your most recent 5-6 apps, but rather a confusing, battery wasting, user-interaction-required morphing list.

Google Maps feature regressions

Although not directly related to Android, it is symptomatic of Google's general new approach to mobile development. Gone are incredibly useful features like distance measure, zoom controls, sortable place search, place search compass arrows, and many other features that made the old Android maps app so great.

Where are chrome extensions? Native multiwindow support? GNU tools (instead of their godawful "toolbox")? Correctly functioning alt-tab? DNS overrides? Native image backups? Out-of-the-box viper4android? How about forcing manufacturers to add a "delete crapware" button if they want membership to the play store? Where are the extended privacy controls?

The thing is, they already have the "power users" market. So there's no reason to improve the Android core. We've all got CM, AOSP, AOKP, etc., anyway, right?

But it's frustrating, and I do hope some competition pops up to re-address the concerns of those who really use their devices.

Comment: Re:I still don't get the love for WhatsApp. (Score 1) 65

by nightfire-unique (#48133357) Attached to: WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

The big deal is that it got so many things right back when no one else could figure it out, and that netted them a ton of users (which of course means that most of our friends are probably already on it.

Here are the features that won me over two years ago:

- Proper functioning chat groups that forward every message type (video, audio, locations, text, etc) to all members
- Location sharing
- The two-checkmark system (one means message reached server, two means message reached user's device)
- Zero configuration; your contacts are scanned (I get why some people have a problem with this, though), and everyone else who has WhatsApp installed appears automatically
- Audio messaging (GMRS-style)

Keep in mind, WhatsApp supported all of these features years ago. It was fast, reliable, simple to install, easy to use... it really was unique. Now everything out there supports all or at least most of this functionality, but it's too late; WhatsApp already has the user base.

Myself, I'm hoping Telegram displaces them.

Comment: Re:Real men (Score 1) 430

by Raseri (#47600733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

there's also almost always a premium solution for a problem, which comes with extensive documentation and customer support resources

As was mentioned farther up this thread, those days are rapidly coming to an end. Less and less documentation is being given to users even for commercial, closed-source programs, with the expectation that "the community" will pick up the slack. In such a climate, how does it make sense to spend money on some "premium" solution when the documentation is just as bad as, or far worse than, its FOSS counterpart?

Comment: Re:Read the source code (Score 5, Informative) 430

by Raseri (#47600657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

On the other hand, I've noticed a steady decline in documentation for commercial software too.

Many of them seem to be going the route of "community-driven" documentation; i.e., dropping the cost of the manuals (and everything related, such as tech writers, printing, and so on), and shifting the burden of educating new users to more experienced ones. This is more or less how most FOSS projects have been documented for years, though out of necessity rather than a desire to cut yet another corner.

Comment: Re:Real men (Score 2) 430

by Raseri (#47600091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Nobody said only FOSS projects have shitty documentation.

It was implied:

I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects.

Though it's possible that OP was in prison for 10 years (he doesn't actually say why he was out of home hobby computing), I didn't see any reason to jump to that or some similar conclusion.

No shit, troll.

That word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Calm the fuck down, kid.

Comment: Real men (Score 4, Insightful) 430

by Raseri (#47599807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?
learn how to use a program by reading the source code!

I jest, of course. It's not just open source projects that have this problem, though; plenty of commercial applications also have shit for documentation. The upside in open source being that you *can* read the source and build documentation from it, if you were so inclined.

Comment: Living in the past! (Score 3, Funny) 84

by nightfire-unique (#47588435) Attached to: Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

Let's face it, driverless buses don't really exist. But so long as we don't regress back into the awful world of proprietary or non-standard extensions, why should buses need drivers outside of those shipped with the kernel?

Methinks the mayor of London has a soft spot for microchannel!

Comment: Re: RACIST! (Score 1) 514

by Raseri (#47576553) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

tech companies are functionally closer to strict meritocracies

This would in no way explain the huge numbers of South Asians in their employ. The strange thing is, black or Latino Americans could be hired almost as cheaply as Indians, so the preference is to crapflood the market with imported labor in order to push down wages overall. Usually, he is indeed a shakedown artist, but in this case, Jackson is on the right track.

Comment: Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (Score 1) 158

by Raseri (#47483619) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source
If it will make you stop whining:

The largely patriarchal narrative woven into the fabric of the american dream is that women are caretakers of children and roasters of turkey during holidays.

What's wrong with taking care of children? It's a hard fucking job, and one that I honestly hope you never have. This is changing, anyway:

Whereas the soviet union in the 1970's boasted much greater equality in the workplace in terms of female STEM headcount

[citation needed]

the US doubled-down on rhetoric, shuffled 'in god we trust' into the pledge, and made haste to forget rosie the riveter ever existed.

[citation needed]

We have an entire party in government that literally see women as uselessly inferior to men.

Are you suggesting that government is actually representative of the people? Because I'm fairly certain it is not (see also: the NSA, NDAA, FCC, and so on).

We cant even approach the idea that women are, in terms of sexuality, to be treated as equals to men.

Not so fast there, senpai. What's this "we" bullshit? Maybe you can't get your head around that concept, but the pronoun you're looking for is "I."

Womens healthcare at the local and state level is nothing short of an embarassing campaign to wipe the scourge of contraception off the map, at any cost.

This is pure hyperbole. Again, maybe it's true where you live, but there are 50 states in this country, and I'm going to go ahead and guess that mvdwege has never been to any of them ('recognised' gave you away as being a foreigner; we spell it 'recognized'), let alone lived in any of them long enough to know anything about it.

Colleges routinely hush up rape cases and take it upon themselves to redact student names and details of repression and reprisal.

Routinely? And you're saying all colleges do this? Before you point to a couple of high-profile cases, anyone else can just as easily point to a couple of high-profile cases where the woman was proven to be a liar. The problem is that such cases tend to be anomolous, which is why they make the news.

Its also sadly true that not a day goes by where a politician or religious leader claims to speak for reason when they ardently affirm rape can be 'legitimate' and its the womans fault.

You expect reason from politicians and religious leaders? Fantastic. Do let us know how that works out for you.

Our approach to womens education is inconsistent at best as women didnt get to attend military colleges until the 1970s, and it wasnt until 2013 that we decided they could not only participate in the military but actually serve a combat role.

This is a given. I would expect the military to evolve more slowly than the rest of society; it doesn't exactly attract the brightest bulbs in the box.

so yeah, if we ask ourselves why the deficit exists its because we have tacitly and communally agreed that women are inferior

Again with "we," and again, the pronoun you're looking for is "I."

, despite a thin veneer of nodding and applause for our insistent declaration that women are no different than men and can achieve anything.

[citation needed]

OP gave multiple, well-documented cases

No, OP did no such thing. Maybe something in that post triggered you to recall the narrative that the feminists have hammered into you, but read it again. Notice that there are no citations of any kind.

Of course, like a typical troll with no argument you just shout "t'ain't so!" and run away, while projecting your own moral bankruptcy on the other.

Trolls don't provide data. Unsurprisingly, you also haven't given any actual citations beyond mentioning the names of a couple of dipshits. Again, do you have anything at all other than strawman and ad hominem arguments? If not, please go back to I'm sure they love you over there.

Comment: Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (Score 1) 158

by Raseri (#47477197) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source
I only gave one example because there's no need to refute troll posts point by parroted talking point. If you don't agree that even one piece of actual, reliable data is stronger than a million appeals to emotion, that's your choice, and I won't waste my time or bandwidth trying to convince you otherwise.

Comment: Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 1) 383

by Raseri (#47475709) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
Tech wages are stagnant or falling, neither of which would happen if there was a shortage that was being met by equally- or more highly-paid imports. This would indicate that the rules are being neither followed nor enforced. You are, of course, free to believe anything you choose.

Comment: Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 4, Informative) 383

by Raseri (#47474593) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
Sorry, but nobody checks any of that out, thus, there's nothing to stop any company from putting whatever they want on the form and then paying the employee much, much less. You didn't get fucked over because you're from the UK, congratulations. It's much easier to fuck over people, from third-world shitholes like India, who think $30k/yr is a lot of money.

I hope you're enjoying your time in the colonies, anyway.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe