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Comment: Large change with app permissions (Score 4, Insightful) 65

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.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 6

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An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Essentially yes, you do (Score 0) 318

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: Encounter (Score 5, Funny) 317

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.

Comment: Radiation not a problem, an opportunity (Score 2) 272

by SuperKendall (#49780003) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

I forget where but recently I read a really good point - the radiation shielding someone on Mars might want to wear a lot (especially outside) is actually quite useful, because it adds weight that puts stress on your bones to the same degree Earth gravity would, thus reducing the problem of bone loss through everyday movement instead of just exercise periods.

As mentioned though, it seems like any mars settlement could make good use of the canyons there to help with shielding.

Comment: No they aren't (Score 1) 147

by SuperKendall (#49777121) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Most links on slashdot are underlined to me.

Poke around with a mouse sometime over many of the two lines of text above each post... many things are clickable, and are not underlined until you hover over them.

In IOS the indicator that something could be interacted with was meant to be similar to an underline, in that buttons took on the tint color for the app - so when you saw that color you would know you could press.

I personally prefer outlines either, but it's not Ive's fault if some designers did not follow those guidelines in UI designs with textual buttons.

Comment: It is the same rule (Score 1) 201

by SuperKendall (#49776967) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

If you want fair competition, you have to do it under the same rules as everyone else.

Uber is under the same rules - might makes right.

Both taxis and Uber have drivers working for a large organization with lots of money trying to compete. It's just that governments fight competition through fear and intimidation; companies like Uber fight competition through better service.

If you like fear and oppressive rule, by all means cheer the taxis on.

Comment: Lobbying worse than useless (Score 2, Insightful) 89

by SuperKendall (#49773105) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured

If the resources of the government can be brought to bear ....

Then they will fuck everything up, and burn hundreds of millions of dollars in the process that could have gone into doing something real.

The problem will go unsolved and everyone living around the problem will be a hundred times worse off than they were before.

Comment: Misleading and wrong (Score 1) 434

Coding jobs can be easily outsourced to wherever the going rate for labor is cheapest.

SOME coding jobs can be, but many cannot - there is aways going to be a market for good coders that pays far above minimum wage, and is also vastly more enjoyable than most other jobs.

At the very least we should not steer people away from a career than can be very enjoyable, even if you are right about pay dropping (which I see no sign of for good coders)...

I'm of the opinion that we shouldn't push girls into programming exactly but we should present appealing options for them to learn (like all girl coding camps), just for the sake of more women making a more informed choice as to what to study in college.

Comment: Backwards (Score 2) 434

He's just saying that making the choice to be home-maker should be just as valid for women as any other choice they could make. And he's right; it's not even close currently, as many look down on "homemaker" almost as much as they would "prostitute" or "stripper".

Why should choosing to be a home-maker be a choice any less honorable? And YES that also goes for Men, though if you think about it there's less of a societal stigma for men becoming a house maker than a woman!

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.