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Comment: State of software quality (Score 4, Insightful) 358

by mysterious_mark (#38935053) Attached to: iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?
I don't think this has as much to do with Android and iOS as it does with the state of software quality in general. The current state of software quality is abysmal, since the shift to scripting languages and web apps as the primary platform about ten years, the science and art of writing robust and reliable software for OO, event driven, asynchronous platforms like iOS or Android has become an almost lost skill. Unfortunately failure modes for these platforms are more dramatic than for web apps, in that you'll likely get a crash rather than 'error on page' message. The situation has been further exacerbated by management's insistence an always hiring the lowest quality developers they can find, outsourcing, H1 B's etc. If you use low quality and inexperienced devs, you'll likely get an unstable and and unreliable application on these types of platforms. This should be a wake up call to the industry in general in that we need to focus and engineering, quality and reliability, and not just minimizing cost.

Comment: Motoblur (Score 1) 207

by mysterious_mark (#35612164) Attached to: Motorola May Ditch Android, Revive ARM Partnership
I doubt it. They are still struggling to get Motoblur finished, I seriously doubt they'd be able to field a consumer grade OS if they can't even get Motoblur out the door. Application and OS layer is not their strong point as a company, they would be better off of they just focused on hardware, Mark

Comment: Not IE, Adobe's PDF Reader 0 day Flaw (Score 5, Informative) 318

by Eyah....TIMMY (#30773606) Attached to: IE 0-Day Flaw Used In Chinese Attack
From an earlier /. article: http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2010/01/researchers-identify-command-servers-behind-google-attack.ars

From the article in this post: The previously unknown flaw in the IE browser was probably just one of the vectors used in the attacks .
I love the "probably"

Comment: Misleading Article... Not 100% Flash (Score 4, Informative) 388

by Eyah....TIMMY (#27498499) Attached to: Major League Baseball Dumps Silverlight For Flash
Yes everyone has flash, but what they don't tell you is that you'll also need the Swarmcast NexDef browser plug-in.
Check out the not so great review of the flash/nexdef experience: MLB Support Forums

Oh and if you want to also understand this from Microsoft's perspective: Miscosoft SL Team Blog
The CBS March Madness HQ streaming was SilverLight and was a huge success.

Comment: Nothing new here (Score 2, Informative) 110

by mysterious_mark (#21529693) Attached to: New Nerve Gas Antidotes
The US Military has been using Atropine auto injectors since the 70's, but there's no requirement for FDA approval. There's also a auto injector of Pam-2 chloride to be used to neutralize the toxicity of the Atropine. The Atropine and Pam-2 chloride injectors are issued in a box of two each that each soldier/sailor/marine carries when at 'MOPP' level anticipating a chemical attack or training for such. Anyone whose been through basic training or who has trained with a combat related unit probably has fond memories of long hours spent in MOPP suites, gas masks, and practice with the fake injectors for training. The only difference I see with this new antidote is that's its FDA approved for civilian use. Mark

Comment: Re:I agree its wrong (Score 1) 459

by Eyah....TIMMY (#21373409) Attached to: Wi-Fi Piggybacking Widespread
It sure is. That's why you need a judge to interpret it. I mean when you setup a site on the internet with no auth, you would think it's fair game. So you *could* be against the law but there really needs to be a court case on it.
The Patriot acts make teh law even more vague and give authorities even more power what they define as illegal.

+ - A geek on Everest->

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mysterious_mark writes: "Recently I was recruited by altitude films to be the IT geek for a filming expedition to the north side of Mount Everest. I have written an account of my experience at : http://www.ueverest.com/camp_life.aspx?postId=19 . It is a tale of high latency, low band width, blown hard drives, and frozen fingers. Summit day is June 14th, the overall expedition is covered at http://www.ueverest.com/"
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