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Comment: Re:Firefox on Android + uBlock is great (Score 1) 108

by GuB-42 (#49744553) Attached to: Adblock Plus Launches Adblock Browser: a Fork of Firefox For Android

What's the default on Android? That was an utterly useless piece of crap. I assumed it was Chrome since it's Google...

On modern Android, yes that's Chrome mobile. But before that it was just "android browser", Samsung also has its own browser so not all android phones use the same browser.
Most of them are based on WebKit though.

Comment: Re:Schizo (Score 2) 317

by GuB-42 (#49727423) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

The difference : try to find an Uber driver who accepts to drive 200 miles for $10.
Uber is not at all like ridesharing. With ridesharing, several people who go to the same place share the same car. It is good as it decrease traffic congestion, pollution, etc... With Uber, it is the same as when you are driving by yourself regarding pollution and congestion, the difference is that you are not the driver, i.e. it is a taxi service.
Price is telling too. With ridesharing service, the driver usually get barely enough to cover the car running costs but it is fine : driver get to drive basically for nearly free and passengers get a cheap ride. With Uber passengers pay for the driver's time, like a taxi.
And now, why regulate Uber drivers more than ridesharing drivers ? A reason I can think of is that because of the finencial insensitive, Uber drivers will spend more time than normal on the road, increasing the risks. Rideshaing drivers would be better off not driving at all, they simply take passengers to lower the burden for the trips they would have done anyways.

If you want to compare with sex, I'm not against paid sex. However it is normal to have laws targeting prostitution because of the increased risks (STD, ...), either by regulating it or banning it altoghether. (putting aside questions about morality and crimmnality).

Comment: Re:Can somone (Score 1) 35

by GuB-42 (#49708495) Attached to: Report: Google To Add 'Buy' Buttons To Mobile Search Results

Write a firefox/chrome/greasemonkey script to remove these buttons asap.

The last thing I need on a tiny screen with an almost useless browser is a link to buy things.


Any adblocker worth its salt removes sponsored links altogether.
Unfortunately Chrome mobile doesn't support extensions so your best bet is probably Firefox mobile + uBlock.
As for the Google search app (the most likely target), you probably can't do much about it besides, maybe, an xposed module (note : xposed framework requires a supported rooted device).

Comment: A job where you have to improvise (Score 1) 420

by GuB-42 (#49655291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

For some reason offshore workers are efficient only when you tell them exactly what to do. If there is only a small part left to interpretation they will do it wrong. Jobs where you are given only vague ideas and you have to fill the gaps yourself should be safer.
I'm not saying that foreigners are worse than locals but those who aren't will not be the ones you'll get when you look for cheap labor.

Comment: Re:Let's just humour them (Score 2) 235

by GuB-42 (#49654893) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

Let's not think about the very moment the observable universe came to life. t=0 is a mathematical singularity and it messes things up.
Instead we should go back in time and get closer and closer to t=0. If we consider the observable universe as a bubble inside the real, infinite universe, as we go back in time the bubble shrinks, like the rest of the universe. But shrinking something infinite doesn't make it less infinite, so in the end the observable universe will become smaller and smaller while the real universe will stay infinite. As we approach t=0, the observable universe will start to resemble a single point, but this point is still the entire observable universe, not a point inside it.

Comment: Re:Let's just humour them (Score 1) 235

by GuB-42 (#49652829) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

You are talking about the observable universe. The actual universe is either infinite or looping, by definition. As for the origin of the big bang, it is only a single point in the observable universe. In the actual universe, the big bang happened everywhere.
When scientists talk about the universe, they usually mean the observable universe because as you said, there is no way to know what's beyond it.

Comment: Blow the whistle in other countries (Score 1, Interesting) 161

by GuB-42 (#49607451) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

So, Germans defend the right of people to tell the world when things go wrong in other countries.
And yeah, building statues is clearly the right thing to do, especially after Snowden clearly said that he didn't want the world to focus on his person but rather on what he revealed. How about actually helping these people instead? They aren't dead yet you know.
For me it is an empty political move.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246

Probably more than you might think. I did have ideas of burning stuff for trivial matters when I was a kid, many of my friends did and one of them acted it (thankfully, he was unsuccessful). A good thing that starting a fire is not that easy and that kids are not too dedicated...

15 is a bit too old for that shit though.

Comment: Re:VR isn't the only thing we're on Pong level at (Score 1) 125

You won't believe how advanced these fields are.
It's easy to dismiss modern game design as "just better graphics" until you learn why things are the way they are. You may not like some design choices, especially if such choices are driven more by profit than player enjoyment, but there is often a lot of things going behind it.
So sure, there is room for improvement, same for graphics, but AI, GUI, plot and mechanics are mature fields, with a significant history.

Comment: I have hopes with FirefoxOS (Score 1) 161

by GuB-42 (#49569005) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

FirefoxOS is basically a web browser with JS APIs to access the hardware.

All apps use web-based technologies, which means that the only thing needed for any OS to use FirefoxOS apps is a web browser that support these APIs, no need for native code unless you really need performance. You can already run some apps on Android as using Firefox components.

I really hope that the guys at Mozilla focus on the compatibility aspect by making it easy for developers to use the FirefoxOS framework on other platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Desktop, ...) rather than attempt to compete.

Comment: Re:Always the same thing (Score 1) 630

by GuB-42 (#49565083) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Assuming no mistake, I guess you are somehow intolerant to aspartame.
The thing is : for almost every substance, someone will be found intolerant. And I'm not just talking about chemicals, after all, diabetics can't handle regular sugar normally.
Except that intolerances like this may not show up during testing, only when the product is out in the market for millions of people to consume. And of course, a substance that make some people sick, even if it is one in a million, will get bad PR.
As a result, companies will stop using it (a good thing for intolerant people) but they will also replace it with another substance that will probably make other people sick, and the cycle repeats again.

My opinion is that we should stop sweetening everything : no sugar, HFCS, aspartame, sucralose, stevia, etc... Learn to appreciate tastes more complex than the sweetness we are hardwired to love like an addictive drug. It won't completely solve the problem but it would be a great step forward. And we should promote variety too.

Comment: Always the same thing (Score 0) 630

by GuB-42 (#49561731) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

- Unpopular substance X is used
- Scientists discover substitute Y
- Y is tested safe and approved by the FDA
- Companies massively use Y so that they can advertize "X-free" products
- Out of the now millions of consumers, a few of them develop conditions that appear to be caused by Y
- No matter how real the problem is, the information spreads wildly and Y become unpopular
- Repeat the process with Y as the new X

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.