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Comment: Happy Tablet User here. (Score 1) 297

by Qbertino (#48924499) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I bought an HTC Flyer about a year after it came out. I like my HTC phone, I liked the design of the tablet and its enclousure is still one of the best ever built. I mostly wanted to fiddle with it and programm a little for Android.

Turns out that I used it every day, for real work and leisure on the go. Calendar, docs, portable hotspot, reading, watching movies or short videolectures on the go, listening to music, audiobook, taking notes, playing games, etc. I'm since convinced of the feasibility of tablet computing.

I've recently decommisioned the HTC Flyer after more than 3 years of every-day full-scale use and bought myself a 10" Lenovo Yoga 2 Android with LTE module. Awesome device. Good enclosure, 9600milliamp battery, cost less than half of the inferiour iPad Air 2. It runs for 3+ days without charging and I plan to use it as my primary mobile computing device. Will carry my MacBook Air around less because of this I suspect.

As a result I'm using my 4,5 year old HTC Phone even less, which in turn means its battery runs even longer. On top of that, you can use the Yogas battery to charge your phone - that's a feature they (Ashton Kutcher) actually advertised on the Yogas first presentation.

There are pretty decent web IDEs and PHP environments for android out there.

My 2 cents.

Comment: Pascal? ... I vaguely remeber something ... (Score 2) 488

by Qbertino (#48900535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Wasn't that the other programming language whos users would look down on us Basic programmers? My good friend from school was one of those. Now he's a teacher and I'm a software developer.

Pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

OK, jokes aside: Seriously, who cares how a PL is "rated" - whatever that's supposed to mean. How much it's used and how it gets the job done, or, more precisely, how much do I get paid for using it is what counts.
Example: I love Python. I'm measurably more productive in Python. But I do PHP at work. Why? Wordpress and Typo3 are built with PHP. Python only has Plone and that has almost no market here in Germany.

Its that simple.

And to be honest, there are many neat exotic programming languages out there - all of which I would love to have the time to look into, but don't. Pascal definitely isn't on that list.

My advice to anyone today would be to let go of Pascal and however it is "rated" and learn some other flash exotic language - perhaps one of those countless new ones that run on the Java VM (Scala, Closure, etc.), no?

My 2 cents.

Comment: Jebus F. Chrickey! Fix the goddam mobile version, (Score 1) 467

by Qbertino (#48892341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Seriously guys, this is fucking outrageous! I' writing my first post on my brand new tablet just a minute ago and you're abysmaly flaky mobile version double posts again. So it wasn't android 3.2 after all.

And why can't I turnoff ads in the mobile version?

Rob, what's going on? .... You guys need to get your shit together man - it's 2015, mobile web is standard now. Get with the effing programm. ... Do you need help?n

Perhaps you need help? I'll build a professional mobile version for credit alone.

(Please don't mod down - this needs attention folks. Seriously.)

Comment: Your Linux distro of choice (free) (Score 2) 467

by Qbertino (#48892299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Need to run special software tied to the OS? No? ... Install Linux.
Really, it's that easy.

Ubuntu can be a drag, in more ways than one, but it's worth a try - and it does look really cool. Seriously.
Suse and Redhat are hassle-free to install aswell. All three are definitly more hassle-free than any Windows installation you can do thesse days.

I've got Ubuntu 14.04 on my ThinkPad. And while it can be anoying (which OS isn't?), it is way ahead of Windows in usability and you can get tons of books and free info on the web for it.

Other than that I'd recommend Mac OS X or Chrome OS - but since you already have your laptop I guess that's ruled out.

Welcome to the camp. Enjoy.

Comment: 15 years behind. At least. (Score 1) 223

by Qbertino (#48865703) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Video NLE on Linux or, more preciseley, in the FOSS department, is lacking. In recent years there are some tools that have become feasible - Pitivi comes to mind - but Video Editing has always been a high-end specialised market. Anybody doing video editing professionally has a full-time job already and no time to programm software on the side.

On top of that, there has been a huge consolidation in the Video NLE market, with vendors and products dropping left, right and center or simply entrenching themselves in their established niche of mostly gouvernment or conglomerate funded media - such as Avid or Media 100.

The climax of this development was Apple sewerely screwing up final cut pro as they switched to App Store versions only. Lots of much needed pro features broke or disappeared without a trace and the people moved to Adobe Premiere Pro in droves.

Then again, that premiere pro and final cut where the last big players in the field shows that there's been quite some cleaning out.

With 3D it's a little different in FOSS, because we have Blender. But let's not forget that Blender is a very fortunate exception. It has a little built-in NLE and a very neat compositor, but still is mainly a 3D toolkit. It used to be a commercial tool and we managed to buy it free for 100 000€, keeping the lead developer at the same time (Ton Roosendaal). Despite being in active development, Blender still has tough competition in the professional field, although they've been feeling the heat from Blender free offering vs. their 900$ - 6000$ range of products.

What we need in video is a programm like Fusion or Shake going full FOSS and the lead developers staying with the product, funded by a foundation or something. Or a crew like Pitivi actually getting through and sustaining with their crowd-funding model and adding in all the pro features people want.

Personally, I'm going to look into Pitivi this year to see if it holds up on simple to mid-range video tasks. They appear to be very ... avid (no pun intended) and active. Maybe it's even matured further. But I don't expect miracles. If you want to do non-trivial video work today, you need tools like Fusion, Avid and the likes - and those are all closed-source.

Comment: Won't happen. Android is matured and leads in apps (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by Qbertino (#48855175) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Android has matured and leads in apps. And it's freely available for a wide range of devices already. I don't see anybody coming close to the package Google can offer, tie-in services included. Apple sells hardware - their services are a loss. MS sells business software, subscriptions to MS Office, Consoles and now tablets. AFAICT they are behind in comodity computing now.

Google makes money selling *you*. They can give away all their stuff for free, including their services. As soon as one vendor has to pay extra to adapt Tizen, there will be a strong incentive to look into Android again. Or Chrome OS as the case may be. All Google needs to do is perhaps offer a few cheap-and-easy co-branding options for their OS.

Google wants to bring the second half of humanity online, along with any hardware vendor that cares to emphasise the bottom line.
I think they have a very good chance of succeeding.

My 2 cents.

+ - Can I trust Android rooting tools? Is there a generic approach to root Android?

Submitted by Qbertino
Qbertino (265505) writes "After a long period of evaluation and weighing cons and pros I've gotten myself a brand new Android tablet (10“ Lenovo Yoga 2, Android Version) destined to be my prime mobile computing device in the future. As any respectable freedom-loving geek/computer-expert I want to root it to be able to install API spoofing libraries and security tools to give me owners power over the machine and prevent services like Google and others spying on me, my files, photos, calendar and contacts. I also want to install an ad-blocking proxy (desperately needed — I forgot how much the normal web sucks!).

I’ve searched for some rooting advice and tools, and so far have only stumbled on shady looking sites that offer various Windows-based rooting kits for android devices.

What’s the gist on all this? How much of this stuff is potential malware? What are you’re experiences? Can I usually trust rooting strategies to be malware-free? Is there a rule-of-thumb for this?

Is there perhaps a more generic way for a FOSS/Linux expert who isn’t afraid of the CLI to root any Android 4.4 (Kitkat) device? Advice and own experiences please. Thanks."

Comment: I can think of one reason: Predictable hardware. (Score 3, Interesting) 592

by Qbertino (#48844331) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Apple still has one thing going for it: Predictable hardware. Even after 15 years or so of OS X, the range of devces is fairly overseeable. If a crew gets Linux to run on a mac, they've like also gotten the drivers and all the extras to run halfway properly.

But that's about the only reason to get a mac to run linux. Besides, I'd pick up this device these days. Awesome project - deserves every support they can get.

Bottom line:
You buy a mac for the awesome hard- and software integration and their sleek product design. Using a mac without its OS isn't that smart, IMHO.

Comment: It's the awesome mix that makes us human (Score 1) 154

by Qbertino (#48810933) Attached to: Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

I've read once that it takes roughly 8-10 steps for live to happen and evolve into intelligent life.

Language, abundant extra brain power and limbs that become free to use tools are among these steps.

The fact that we walk upright and have our front paws free, have a parallel and a sequential brain-half both working together and against one another (i.e. doulbe-checking each other), opposable thumbs and a super-flexible larynx are quite awesome and are the thing that give us the edge and let us win the cosmic lottery.

How awesome that is you best notice when you watch other animals. Apes, squirells, birds or some other vertebrae animal I find works best. Kea's and Crow's for instance, are amazing creatures. Incredibly smart up to the point of being a real nuiscance despite being under protection - have a Kiwi (New Zelander) tell you stories about Keas to see what I mean. Organised raids on food-storages with seperate groups doing decoy operations to distract humans at the same time and all. Crows and Keas have been observed vandalising for fun, independantly indulging in complex playing (sleigh-riding for instance - search on youtube) and are something like a mere two steps away from us when it comes to developing language and notable abstraction.

On the other hand its amazing to watch the same animals not being able to hold a memory for longer than a few moments - a power we humans posses. Along with the ability to sustain supression of instinct and affect for notable periods of time. Give a creature that, and it will automatically develop a complex language in its tribe, all else would be completely nonsensical.

Bottom line:
We got lucky but we are creatures of nature all the same, just like all the others. As a whole, we should act more accordingly - no matter how exactly our language evolved.

There's no future in time travel.