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Comment: we need language agnostic hooks (Score 1) 161

by FunkyELF (#45979585) Attached to: Google Releases Dart 1.1

Why Dart? Why not a language agnostic runtime and then have Dart target that?
Then when some new (or old) language wants to run in the browser you don't have to update your browser for it.

I don't have to upgrade my CPU to run a new language.
I don't have to upgrade my OS to run a new language.
Why should I have to upgrade my browser?... its time that browsers have a nice interface that any code could hook into.
How about LLVM or something as a standard?

I think Google is already doing this with Native Client... though I think they sandbox/sanitize the generated machine code rather than the LLVM bytecode.

Comment: $17 chargers elsewhere (Score 3, Informative) 223

by FunkyELF (#45482933) Attached to: Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

I just ordered 5 wireless chargers for a grand total of $85 as stocking stuffers for my family members with Nexus 4's and Nexus 5's.
I think they came from China since they're just being delivered today. Reviews of them on newegg were good. We'll see.
I just can't see spending $50 on a charger unless its the size of a mousepad and can charge multiple thins.

Comment: Re:Seems Pricey (Score 2) 151

by FunkyELF (#44830689) Attached to: First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

it probably would have fared a little better if they had allowed other than metro sw on it though.. but they ran out of time to provision that, so they took the easy route.

They should have modified Visual Studio to produce fat binaries that include both ARM and Intel binaries.
I think this is what Apple did to XCode during their PPC/x86 transition.

Or they could have tried to get Visual Studio to leverage LLVM and ship bitcode so things could be ever further future-proofed and extend to more than just 2 architectures.

They missed a great opportunity by not letting RT/ARM run desktop applications. And it was a arbitrary decision too, not a technical one as RT has been hacked to run in desktop mode.

Comment: where is "Ubuntu for Android"??? (Score 1) 248

by FunkyELF (#42453619) Attached to: Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

...It is just one tab over from "Ubuntu for phones"
They're talking about being open, yet they haven't released "Ubuntu for phones" in any product or any source.

Ubuntu for phones would be great 5 years ago, but there are already too many Android apps / games out there the people will want.

I don't want Ubuntu for phones, I want it for Android like they advertised a year ago.

Perhaps these two ideas will merge at some point. People will want to run Android applications.

Comment: Re:Oh, great, exactly what I don't want... (Score 1) 248

by FunkyELF (#42453283) Attached to: Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

The GNOME 2 experience defaults to two tool bars, one top and one bottom. The first tweak I usually do is to add a drop-down window list to the upper-right corner and remove the lower tool bar.

Android seeks to minimize the UI impact and it does a nice job of it. A minimal row of buttons give the user a single and simple home from which to go home, switch apps, go backward and open a context menu. Swiping from the top of the screen is a useful feature which enables the user to quickly access contols and status information.

These are two bars in Android, much like the ones in Gnome that you tweak to consolidate.
I find that in landscape mode on my Nexus 7 these two bars take up entirely too much real estate

Comment: Stupid "Green" Building (Score 1) 445

by FunkyELF (#42202809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

Absolutely I need a phone at my desk.

The geniuses who built our brand new "green" building put coatings on the windows to block UV rays and save of heating/cooling.
I have 4 bars of HSPA+ standing outside of the main door and a big X, no signal, once inside that main door.

I can forward my calls to my desk phone but I miss all my texts until I leave for the day.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil