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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.

Comment: Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (Score 1) 461

by DocHoncho (#48347651) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Issue and use an official stamp. If the stamp matches, its a valid certificate. If it doesn't, its not a valid certificate, no records needed.

If you want to talk about fraudulent usage/stolen official stamps, you have bigger problems than verifying people's ages.

Could even tattoo it on their lower back, worked into the "stamp" they've inevitably got already. At the very least it would make the phrase "tramp stamp" have an official purpose!

Comment: Re:About effing time (Score 1) 214

by DocHoncho (#48322649) Attached to: Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

I rooted my Galaxy S4 and never looked back. These days with stuff like towelroot and the like around root is stupid simple to get. Bootloaders are a little more.murky, honestly the carriers shouldn't be allowed to lock devices down unless there is a clearly defined way to unlock them. I get the security worries, but that doesn't mean all devices have to be locked down all the time for everybody

Comment: Re:About effing time (Score 1) 214

by DocHoncho (#48319991) Attached to: Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

Then get a phone on which you can unlock the bootloader, put on whatever ROM you want (Cyanogenmod is pretty damn good) and forget about this stupid artificial lockdown horseshit the carriers cook up to move new handsets. Their warranty's aren't worth shit in the first place, why the fuck do we accept being locked down to a specific carriers stupid ass upgrade schedules and other self-serving bullshit? You wouldn't by a computer that was permanently locked down to a particular version of Windows, why the fuck do you put up with a phone permanently locked to the carriers capricious whims?

Comment: Re:News For Nerds? (Score 1) 401

by DocHoncho (#48306965) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

I don't know how good it is, but there's always that old standby of "That's just not how we do things here" that'll see the same shit happening again and again for years to come. The thought of giving independents a fair shakes disagrees with practically everyone's good thing. The Democrats don't want some far left moon bats cribbing votes from their flank, the Republicans don't care much for thought of the far right slipping out of their grasp, and thought of some middle of the road party eating both their lunches makes certain that we'll not see any meaningful movements toward dislodging the entrenched interests we've already got.

Comment: Re:A step in the right direction (Score 1) 230

by DocHoncho (#48261861) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

It's a good thing they don't have something like %APPDATA%, otherwise there would be the worst of both worlds! A registry crammed full of cruft and detritus AND a hundred thousand vendor whatever files laying about.

"Should we put this config option in the registry or the config file?"
"Flip a coin!"

Comment: Re: Not a chance (Score 1) 631

by DocHoncho (#48254855) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

No kidding, what a luddite! He should be embracing the Bank's innovations in extracting maximum profit from customers. Their bloated fee structures, heavy handed customer service and predatory lending practices should be the envy of any smaller bank or credit union. Those little guys must be a bunch of losers if they're not doing everything they possibly can to maximize profit at the expense of customers!

Remember kids, if you're not "Too Big to Fail" you're not big enough!

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 558

by DocHoncho (#48237417) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

What, you thought because the US is touted as a leader in technology that our financial system wouldn't be lodged firmly in the 1980's? What the banks want, the banks get. And what the banks want, is to keep reaming us with absurd fees for services the rest of the world takes for granted. They're going to drag their feet for as long as possible about doing anything that even hints at being good for consumers, and once they do, they're going to make sure we pay dearly for it.

$4.99/transaction fee for NFC transactions? Sure, why the hell not?

Comment: Re:This'll end up in court... (Score 2) 558

by DocHoncho (#48237301) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Exactly! We need a new set of companies to dominate the market, to create new and exciting security problems, innovative modes of discrimination and exploitation, and new types of excessive charges. So what if it has a clunky interface, requires always on mobile service (and data charges) and probably creates new efficiencies for remote theft?

Theoretically NFC payment systems should allow greater degrees of consumer control, security measures and ease of use, but lets be realistic here: which software company do you believe can actually pull off more than two of the three? Google will be changing shit around every version for no reason other than because they can, the Apple version will be easy to use for one or two use-cases and a complete clusterfuck for the rest and this CurrentC thing will be the complete abomination that it sounds like. Amazon will jump in with some poorly thought out copy-cat version of the Google NFC that only works on Amazon.com, and Microsoft will blunder in late in the game with a solution that's reasonably well engineered and has a slick interface, but no one uses it because no one uses it.

At this point, I imagine that if NFC were the new way of payments, that Google and Apple will end up being the de facto means of utilizing the technology, and we'll all be stuck a little bit deeper in either of their respective tar pits, dependent on them first for communication, then for financial transactions. "My Android was free with a two year contract, sign me right the fuck up for some more sweet, sweet vendor lock in baby!"

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