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Comment: Re:Everyone wins. (Score 1) 424

by MarkKnopfler (#34746368) Attached to: Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?

A rather inaccurate and useless comment. Android phones do not require any tinkering. IOS and Android are 2 separate mobile operating systems which in all honesty do the same thing. Most useful apps have IOS and Android versions. The thing is that they do not both have separate place, they are in direct competition. Differences:
1. Android seamlessly integrates with google's services and Iphone with mobile me. This over time has become a slight problem for Apple. It just does not have the portfolio of services that google has. The maps application on IOS is frankly rather dated now. Google voice , an incredibly powerful service has very recently made a re-appearance in the App store. After the initial google-voice spat, google has been very choosy with the native apps it wants to make for IOS. If you have a digital life integrated with google's services, Android serves you better. If you are a mobile me user, IOS is a better choice.
2. When you buy an Iphone you have an uniform user experience. The hardware / software combo is tightly controlled by Apple and the whole process of upgrades and an unified user experience is fantastic. When you use an iphone, you are guaranteed to get all the right updates at the right time and you phone will ALWAYS get the latest supported version of the software. Google royally sucks at this. Buying an android phone is risky business. You could go for the android name and end up with a phone which royally sucks. I have had that experience. The hardware may be sluggish, the manufacturer nursing delusions of grandeur will try and skin the base android distribution with some puerile touch flo interface ( HTC, you are a bunch of morons ) which end up making the phone fugly and slow. Also, most manufacturers do not give a flying fuck about upgrading the versions of android after they have sold the unit to the hapless customer.
3. The rate at which Android innovates is awesome. In a year they have gone from a wannabe IOS to a better and more modern mobile OS. IOS is getting slightly dated now. Facetime (on wifi) and printing are not features that really push the envelope. The good thing however is that when Apple comes up with a new feature, you will get it. With an Android phone, you would most probably never ever get the official update with the new features. You would have to buy a new phone for it.

Comment: It is not me , it is you (Score 3, Insightful) 775

by MarkKnopfler (#32819926) Attached to: Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

Dear Microsoft,
    Today you sit and rue the face that you have lost the developer base and to
    feel better about it, you label them as 'young and hip'. Here is some news:
    Very few developers actually enjoy writing for windows. People have been
    writing code on microsoft platforms since there are a huge number of people
    who use microsoft products and ignoring the windows platform amounts to
    ignoring a huge customer base which the developer could not afford to do.
    We, as developers never really enjoyed developing for windows -- it is just
    that we did not have a choice.
    Today however, the scene has been changing.
    1. A large number of GUI-based applications have moved into the browser.
    2. Windows servers are not really used in large technology companies
    They still are a dominant force in small to medium company's IT
    infrastructures. That is all exchange and sharepoint. Any sane startup will
    not consider windows to host their servers.
    3. Developers now are used to and are aware of desktop platforms which
    work well and also are very good programming platforms. Macs have a robust
    BSD backbone and Linux is well, Linux. So everybody now have platforms
    on which they can hack code and also play their movies.
    4. Java provides for a development environment which can make pretty windows
    without having to use developer studio.

    So you have a scenario where where Microsoft is not the only viable
    desktop/laptop OS. Also, it is a terrible programming environment. So any
    self-respecting developer will not run windows on his personal machine and
    as a result will want to push it out of his workplace too. The process
    started a long time back. You guys are feeling it now.

    So we come to the next question: Why do we hate writing code for windows ?

    I will not cite the BSOD. The "windows crashes" and "windows is not stable"
    are old arguments.
    Windows is much much more stable than it used to be. In all honesty it has
    been ages since I last saw a BSOD. We hate writing code for the windows
    platform is because it sucks as a development platform.

    1. The design is not based on any implementation of UNIX. That makes any CS
    student uncomfortable. I am not saying that that the developer is
    uncomfortable because windows has a bad programming interface (which btw it
    is ). I am saying that it makes him uncomfortable because he cannot
    recognize patterns he used to learn his computer science. He cannot refer to
    the kernel source when he runs into a thorny problem, he cannot go online to
    get a real educated answer to his problems. It is unfamiliar and since he is
    not used to the paradigm. The developer finds it inelegant.

    2. The second point is that it IS a bad programming interface. Till very
    recently did not have a scripting interface worth its salt, has an extremely
    convoluted device driver infrastructure and has that terrible thing called
    the registry.

    3. The development environment is not free as in beer and as in speech. It
    is a closed heavily controlled environment in which the developer has no say
    and is an interface which changes very frequently. You can get away with
    changing rapidly and being open ( which linux does ) but you cannot get away
    by being closed and also changing every 2 years. It drives the developer
    mad.

    4. Emacs and Vim do not integrate well with visual studio :)

Comment: Re:"HP's Linux" (Score 2, Insightful) 230

by MarkKnopfler (#26971483) Attached to: 1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux

I would really prefer Dell to ship the standard xfce or gnome interface for their machines, rather than trying something 'cute' like HP. A pretty layer would entail developing a whole new layer over the existing UI. This layer, inevitably would have bugs and irritating traits because of one simple reason -- It takes a lot of time and talent to create a good user interface/desktop environment. I would think that HP has slapped on a pretty but buggy and quickly developed layer over gnome to make it look cool, which ultimately will go on to frustrate the user. Then, Linux would be blamed and not that cruddy attempt at coolness.

Comment: Unusable microsoft software as usual. (Score 4, Informative) 346

by MarkKnopfler (#26839259) Attached to: Moonlight 1.0 Brings Silverlight Content To Linux

Keeping up with the microsoft tradition novell unleashes a much touted piece of software which really does not work. Typically inept.

Firefox 3.0.6 32 bit Intrepid

Randomly tried some different stuff from the microsoft showcase http://silverlight.net/Showcase/:

Lasercopter: Cannot work with 1.0 compiled for 2.0
autocosmos tv: Does not even detect the plugin
Meshviewer: Does not detect the plugin
Lorenzo Reca: Does not detect the plugin
Manic Miner: Does not detect the plugin

My teeth start gnashing and give up

Comment: Significant Phase in the Life of a company (Score 1) 195

by MarkKnopfler (#26506663) Attached to: Google Terminates Six Services

I think that the honeymoon is finally over. Google too, will now slowly leave behind the free lunch culture to the inevitable areas of concern --> bottom line and market valuation. The question remains as to whether it will be able to continue with the innovative and creative work culture despite financial concerns.

Censorship

Aussies Hit the Streets Over Gov't Internet Filters 224

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thinking-of-the-children dept.
mask.of.sanity writes "Outraged aussies will hold simultaneous protests across Australia in opposition to the government's plans for mandatory ISP internet content filtering. The plan will introduce nation-wide filtered internet using blacklists operated by a government agency, away from public scrutiny. Politicians and ISPs will join protesters in the streets to voice their opposition to the government's plan, which has ploughed ahead, despite intense criticism that the technology will crippled internet speeds and infringe on free speech. Opponents said the most accurate filter chosen by the government will incorrectly block up to 10,000 Web pages out of 1 million."
Communications

Adobe Releases Preview of 64-bit Flash For Linux 329

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the flash-in-the-pan dept.
Rinisari writes "Finally, the day has come. Adobe has released a pre-release version of the 64-bit Flash player. It is available at the Adobe Labs Flash Player 10 download site immediately. Where are the Windows and Mac versions? 'Release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering upon Adobe's commitment to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default. Until this pre-release, use of 32-bit Flash Player on Linux has required the use of a plugin wrapper, which prevents full compatibility with 64-bit browsers. With this pre-release, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions.' Windows and Mac OS X 64-bit versions will follow, and the final versions all will be released simultaneously. Tamarin, the JIT compiler in Flash, is now capable of producing 64-bit code and nspluginwrapper is no longer required. There are, however, no plans to release a debugger version of the 64-bit plugin."

New Cellphone Sized "Computer" Takes Aim at Sub-Notebooks 256

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the no-nomad-comparisons dept.
IMOVIO has launched a new cellphone-sized computer that is aimed at something similar to the subnotebook market. While it doesn't have 3G of its own, it does have a QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, and a $175 price point. "It can connect to the Internet using a standard Wi-Fi connection, or it can use your cell phone's mobile broadband connection via Bluetooth. The company is currently pitching it to mobile network operators and retail stores. It's being compared to the ill-fated Palm Foleo. But the comparison doesn't work because the Foleo was Palm-phone only, didn't fit in a pocket and cost well over three times the price of the iKIT.

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