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Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 46

by gstoddart (#48926747) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

Do I get counted as an astronaut as I'm waiting for NASA to call me up? Or as a porn star in case one of the starlets decides she wants a hunka hunka burning nerd for a quicky?

Does wishing you had another job cause you to count towards the statistics of that job?

I honestly don't think "wannabee" counts towards these things. :-P

Comment: Re:You probably have one, though... (Score 1) 194

by gstoddart (#48926551) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I don't have one, and it's unlikely that I will have any tablet, ever.

Touchscreens are a regression in human interfaces. Yes, it's more intuitive than a mouse, but it lacks any way to even emulate buttons after the first, "cursor" positioning is imprecise at best, and worst of all there's just no substitute for a keyboard.

Honestly, have you even tried one?

I'm pretty high on the "get off my lawn" scale, and while I agree that for doing work, I still prefer a keyboard. But I find I do completely different things on my tablet, and in different ways. And for that, I prefer my tablet.

When I'm planning a trip, I'm using Google Maps, marking points of interest so I have them for later. When I'm reading the daily news, or checking the weather ... I simply don't find myself feeling like I need a keyboard or a mouse.

Sitting on a sofa, or in a comfy chair, or in the back yard, or on a plane ... purely consuming content changes what I'm using it for and how I interact with it.

So, yes, for work nobody is saying most people could replace their laptop or desktop. Well, most people aren't.

But the overwhelming majority of people, the overwhelming majority of the time, are NOT "getting stuff done". And when I'm not actively working, there are many things I'd prefer to do on my Nexus 7 than I would on a desktop or a laptop.

I know many people, who are not geeks or techies, or who are retired, or any number of things ... and for them, a tablet actually provides more utility that a computer. My mother in law has little interest in using their computer ... she pretty much does everything you'd use a computer for on her tablet. She can get to her email, do her banking, look stuff up on Google, look at maps, and even book a tee time for golf.

And I know many people who are geeks and techies, and outside of office hours, they prefer their tablet for many tasks.

So, in the same way that people find their phones exceedingly useful, people who find a phone too small also find their tablets exceedingly useful.

Not everybody is coding, or writing spreadsheets, or doing the TPS reports ... and for those people, a tablet is actually a good fit.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 35

by gstoddart (#48925995) Attached to: New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

f all the stories and thing said about quantum computers, especially with the amount of poorly written stuff out there, that is the sentence you highlight when talking about gibberish?

LOL ... honestly, it's as good as any as far as I'm concerned.

It sounds like something out of a mission statement generator ... we've created light with minty and peaty overtones, which exemplify the highest moral standard.

I simply have no idea of WTF it's telling me.

Comment: Hmmm .... (Score 0) 35

by gstoddart (#48925305) Attached to: New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

With which I will do ... what, exactly?

"Our device is capable of emitting light with striking quantum mechanical properties never observed in an integrated source," said Bajoni. "The rate at which the entangled photons are generated is unprecedented for a silicon integrated source, and comparable with that available from bulk crystals that must be pumped by very strong lasers."

As usual, every story to do with quantum anything is pretty much gibberish to the layperson.

Sounds like a quantum mood ring, but I have no idea.

Comment: Re:It worked for a while (Score 1) 120

by PPH (#48925287) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

So I just don't answer the home phone any more unless I recognize the number.

Same here. My home phone is generally used for outgoing calls like emergencies and where I want someone like a bank to recognize me (look up customer acount databased on my incoming number).

But here's an interesting thing I noticed lately: I may make one or two calls a week from my home number. And I get very few robocalls (having kept my number out of most marketing databases). But these robocalls all seem to come in within a few seconds of my having hung up from a legitimate call. I'm wondering if my phone company isn't offering some sort of service to these robots to signal when I'm near my phone, having just made or taken another call.

If the phone company is in the pocket of the telemarketers and actively assisting them, we are going to have a difficult time getting around their number spoofing and other trickery.

Comment: What about Android tablets? (Score 1) 194

by gstoddart (#48924593) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Unless Android tablets have also plateaued or started to decline .. can you actually say we've reached "peak tablet"?

The people I know with tablets prefer them to a phone for the things they do with it.

A friend keeps his Nexus 7 on his sofa so that while he's watching TV if he sees something he wants to Google he has it handy. My mother in law uses her tablet for almost everything she'd use a computer for. I still get a lot of use from my Nexus 7 as well.

I admit, my Android tablet isn't a 'necessity', and may not get used daily .. for there's lots of situations in which it's what I'd prefer to bring with me. When I go on a trip, I bring my tablet because I can still check my email and the like.

Yes, you could use a phone for a lot of this stuff ... but unless you have stats showing that Android tablets are also slowing down, maybe they're just eating into the growth of iPads?

I know more than a few non-techies for whom their tablet is more important than their PC.

Comment: Boo fucking hoo (Score 3, Insightful) 273

"But we're very concerned they not lead to the creation of what I would call a 'zone of lawlessness,' where there's evidence that we could have lawful access through a court order that we're prohibited from getting because of a company's technological choices.

You've demonstrated you can't be trusted. The CIA has proven they're willing to lie to Congress.

So the reality is, you're all lying, thieving bastards who ignore the law and our rights.

You got fucking probable cause and a warrant, show it. But you don't get blanket fishing expeditions just in case.

Sorry, but you're asking for back doors to all forms of security ... which defeats the purpose of those forms of security in the first place.

Go piss up a rope.

Comment: Re: Heartbleed (Score 1) 197

by WebCowboy (#48924103) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

You are wrong. It is illegal to fix most proprietary software yourself. The EULA for most closed softwats, including all Microsoft's propritary software, prohibits all reverse engineering by end users. You could issue a binary patch if you wanted perhaps, but creating that patch would violate license agreements and be illegal under copyright law.

These long standing flaws in free software are not there because of the development model, they were eventually found because of it--people eventually looked hard enough for them. Closed software in widespread use DOES... contain flaws of this magnitude. It is just that the POTENTIAL number of eyes is limited in closed software, and most if not all of those eyes belong to people who have a disincentive to reveal bugs.

Comment: Re:It is hard to know what to think (Score 1) 403

by gstoddart (#48923199) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

It feels strange that Apple is making such a profit with a rather smallish that may be 12% of the market and no particularly eye-popping new products since the Steve Jobs era, just a series of well-engineered refinements.

Not really ... without even bothering to look, I'm assuming that Apple is raking in money hand over fist through the iTunes store.

So, it's not all from the devices, but the on-going revenue stream of selling all that tasty digital content.

But music, and books, and movies, and apps, and whatever else they can sell digitally ... I'm betting that's where the real money comes from. The incremental cost on digital stuff probably means that a huge portion of it is purely profit.

All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists know it. -- Richard P. Feynman