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Comment: Re:Delphi is excellent... apk (Score 1) 383

by DocHoncho (#48862237) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

There are a few things one can mention to get APK to come roaring out of his troll-cave, of which Delphi is the most prominent. Seriously, he loves it, even more than the HOSTS file. In fact, I'm surprised he didn't mention that he wrote his hosts file maintenance suite in Delphi, he usually does. We ought to compile a list of APK signal words so people can put trigger warnings before they use them.

TW: Delphi, may draw APK!

Comment: Re:I would rather see 1000 terrorists go free... (Score 1) 562

by DocHoncho (#48842685) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Not to mention fascist dictators predilection for mass murder renders any concern about staving off death moot. Then again, maybe this guy is just in the right [race|religion|political] group and would be more than happy to line up with the rest and shout whatever mantras the regime cooks up. America has a pretty strong history of Jingoism, so expect a hardline super baptist wrapped up in Jesus and the Flag.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by DocHoncho (#48806399) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

The really crappy part is that it doesn't HAVE to be as difficult as it is.

If handsets weren't as locked down as they are, installing a new ROM could be a pretty simple process.

The problem of device support is a whole other ball of wax, especially for a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod. It's a shame there isn't more standardization in the parts put into a handset (e.g., radio, etc), but that's not something we're likely to ever see. The state of the art is moving so quickly Google would have a really hard time supporting the multitude of device hardware configurations. The Galaxy S4 alone has at least 6 different models and hardware configurations for various regions and cellular signal types. Add in stuff like S4 Active and whatever other form factor modifications and it makes for a pretty complicated field of possible handset configurations.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by DocHoncho (#48800421) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Cyanogenmod IS Android, without the bullshit. Pre-rooted, adds a few bells and whistles on top of the standard AOSP apps. I put it on my Galaxy S4, which as shipped by Samsung had 7.5GB of the on-board 16GB filled with dumb ass fucking bullshit. I can't really understand the reluctance of people to rooting and or installing a custom ROM. How many people here would bend over backwards to remove bloatware and crapware from a new PC but throw up their hands because, "Oh well, the carriers installed a bunch of garbage, what am I to do?" or "My phone should just work," even though history has shown that the company's that 'sell' the handsets don't give two fucks whether it does (just work) or not, just that we keep buying the damnable things. The status quo of "We, the almighty carriers outright own your handset, so fuck off and die" in the U.S. is mind boggling.

Comment: Re:I probably would upgrade if I could, but... (Score 1) 437

by DocHoncho (#48779643) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

It's gonna take some time for Samsung to bring Lolipop down to their abysmal standards. With a Samsung device, you're better off using Cyanogenmod in the first place, although they don't have Lolipop images for very many phones, and the ones they do have are all unstable/nightlies.

Cyanogenmod is the only thing keeping my S4 from being an expensive paperweight. I don't think there's any way I could go back to an official Samsung image without losing my mind! Especially the S4, which they loaded down with gobs and gobs of utter garbage. 16GB storage is paltry enough as it is without the base image sucking down half of it with useless bullshit.

Comment: Re:How about a decent open-source web browser? (Score 1) 421

by DocHoncho (#48731851) Attached to: What Isn't There an App For?

The renderer isn't the issue. On iOS, alternative browsers cannot take advantage of the same Javascript runtime that Safari does, so they end up with pretty lousy performance. Unless they changed things in the last year or so. I ran screaming from iOS, through the misshapen abomination that is TouchWiz and into the warm embrace of Cyanogenmod Android, now with slightly less Googly-woogly-data-mining.

Comment: Re:How many apps opt into multi-window? (Score 1) 525

by DocHoncho (#48375585) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Not even a little bit. Considering that the multi window thing is only available on TouchWiz, developers have little incentive to bother with supporting a feature which only a fraction of the Android users have, of which only a tiny fraction even use.

The UI for the multi window setup is typical Samsung, I.e., complete, and utter garbage. The whole thing is just another pound of bloat shoveled into the TouchWiz stock ROM; another nice sounding, but ultimately pointless feature, created mainly to have one more check box in the Samsung/Apple dick waving contest.

Comment: Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (Score 1) 438

by DocHoncho (#48356127) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

It isn't, OP was making sarcastic jabs at the knee jerk SJW stance of "Only white people can be racist," and "white people have caused literally every problem faced by People of Color (PoC)."

In other words, the simple minded individuals who take such obviously illogical stances would crow about it being racist to imply that yes, their precious PoC's were just as guilty in perpetuating the slave trade as all the evil CIS White males they blather on and on about.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke