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Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 276

by MrNaz (#49664953) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

The fact that this question gets asked basically every year should more than sufficiently answer the question.

True, that the question gets asked every year. But that, in and of itself doesn't disprove the existence of a trend which does not show any sign of slowing.

Oh, bullshit. Millions of people in developed nations (particularly the U.S.) have "broadband" that is a few hundred Kbps, or a couple of Mbps--let's just call it 3 orders of magnitude, or more, slower than a spinning disk.

True, but that doesn't change the fact that the companies behind these products would prefer lower functionality but ongoing consistent revenue over higher functionality but lower "lumpy" revenue. I'm the original submitter, and I have no desire to live in a world where we subscribe to everything we use rather than buy it. However, I find the trend alarming, and I don't see any hard limits that well resourced companies with an agenda and incentive couldn't get around.

Comment: Re:There will always be a need... (Score 2) 276

by MrNaz (#49664897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Looking at the trends of today, however, the vast majority of people seem only too willing to serve up their privacy on a silver platter. Are there enough people who care about privacy to create an ecosystem around, or will we have a divide between the functional, privacy free, mainstream technology world, and the dusty poorly maintained, undermanned and underfunded world where a few diehards cling to ideals that have long since been abandoned?

+ - What is the future of desktop applications?

Submitted by MrNaz
MrNaz writes: Over the last fifteen years or so, we have seen the dynamic web mature rapidly. The functionality of dynamic web sites has expanded from the mere display of dynamic information to fully fledged applications rivaling the functionality and aesthetics of desktop applications. Google Docs, MS Office 365, and Pixlr Express provide in-browser functionality that, in bygone years, was the preserve of desktop applications.

The rapid deployment of high speed internet access, fiber to the home, cable and other last-mile technologies, even in developing nations, means that the problem of needing offline access to functionality is becoming more and more a moot point. It is also rapidly doing away with the problem of lengthy load times for bulky web code.

My question is this: Is this trend a progression to the ultimate conclusion where the browser becomes the operating system and our physical hardware becomes little more than a web appliance? Or is it the case that this trend has an upper limit, and that there will always remain a place where desktop applications are more appropriate than applications delivered in a browser? If so, where does this limit lie? What factors should software vendors take into consideration when deciding whether to build new functionality on the web or into desktop applications?

Comment: Re: Oh boy, another infection vector (Score 1) 230

by MrNaz (#48261511) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Perhaps you could have a two tier level of trust where repositories that are from signed approved vendors are automatically permitted, but unlisted ones require specific admin permission to install from. Of course, power users could mark an unlisted certificate as trustworthy to prevent the auth request, but it would prevent installs from silently coming in from hijacked repositories in the scenario described above.

Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. -- Kernighan