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Comment: Just one channel, but great library and content (Score 1) 26

by SuperKendall (#49803685) Attached to: Android, Chromecast To Get HBO Now

Sure, it's HBO, and sure they have some stellar in-house programming; but it's one channel.

Not exactly - because it's not just "HBO Now", but also "HBO Then".

That is to say, you aren't just getting current seasons of stuff like Game of Thrones - you are getting all the seasons they aired. Plus things that aren't even airing that were great - like Rome. Plus many more somewhat-current movies than Netflix has (although to be fair Netflix has a small number of near-current movies I actually like to watch, whereas almost none of the movies HBO listed were interesting at all to me).

That said I may just subscribe during Game of Thrones, then cancel again... it'll be interesting to see how I feel at that point.

Comment: Re:Essentially yes, you do (Score 1) 342

by SuperKendall (#49796611) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Hahahaha more powerful than having the source code,

Do you never tire of beclouding yourself?? I suppose not...
Well for the MENTALLY SLOW HERE I WILL EXPLAIN IT REAL CLEAR LIKE.

On iOS, you can easily change the OS AND APPLICATIONS.

On Google you can only change easily what you have source for, which is the OS - not applications.

So I'm pretty sure even the most addle-braned can understand one is greater than two...

I leave any response to your own fevered mind, I shall not read it.

Comment: Large change with app permissions (Score 4, Insightful) 82

They talk about how it's a stability release, but if you are going to compile your application with the newer dev tools you are going to have to do some work adapting to the iOS style permission model.

I'm really glad to see Android adopted this model, the previous model made no sense from any standpoint - it was worse for the users, and worse for security. Now that Android will ask for permission when you actually want to use some protected resource, they can make a way more informed choice if they should allow it or not - and on the fly decide an app can access some things and not others (say allowing Contacts but not location).

It's just a shame the older style permission model will be supported for some time to come, as it greatly eases the ability of spyware to operate on Android.

Comment: Essentially yes, you do (Score 0) 342

by SuperKendall (#49792249) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Oh? So you have the source code? Snicker snort.

Your ignorance is no laughing matter.

Because of how easy Objective-C is to pull compilable headers, and how easy it is to extend any class and override any method (swizzling), you have everything you need to change ANY app or system process even though you don't have all the original source code. It's lots more powerful than just having source code for the OS and not apps...

Its' really too bad you can't understand how much more powerful this is to actual hackers.

Comment: Re:oh the Irony (Score 3, Informative) 553

by Shakrai (#49791459) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

DC has very rapid power loss over any kind of distance.

No it doesn't. Losses are related to current, not AC vs. DC. A higher current in the same sized conductor equates to higher loss. You can get around this by raising the voltage (traditionally easier with AC), thus transferring the same amount of energy with less current, or you can increase the size of the conductor. DC can actually transfer more energy than AC on a similar sized conductor because it doesn't have to deal with skin effect.

I could link all of these terms to applicable articles for you but I'm feeling lazy and this is all common knowledge stuff anyway.

Comment: Re: Not pointless... (Score 1) 460

by Shakrai (#49787421) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Bomb squads don't "investigate" items that might be bombs. They safely dispose of them. Are you seriously going to value a $30 pressure cooker over someone's life? If the authorities were wrong they should (and usually do, FYI) reimburse the property owner. No piece of property is worth taking a chance on someone's life.

Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 5, Insightful) 67

by sideslash (#49786107) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT
The ethics of nations maintaining nuclear arsenals is a debate not likely to be resolved soon. However, the nasty things our defense research scientists did to the people living on the Marshall Islands is hopefully something everyone could agree is not OK.

Comment: Encounter (Score 5, Funny) 333

by SuperKendall (#49784751) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Don't think he was a duck. From the fact that he was about to give us a list of real languages but then failed to do so, I can only assume the last "ducks" was him exclaiming at being overwhelmed by a wave of ducks, that subsequently ate him.

Yes, I am quite sure the real problem is he was a victim of.... fowl play.

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