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Comment: Re: Bloatware?! (Score 1) 208

by Rob Y. (#49153789) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

The whole 'bloatware subsidizes your computer' meme may be about to be challenged. I assume Lenovo won't suddenly start charging more for their PC's with the bloatware removed - the industry's too competitive for that. So now we have a major PC manufacturer that could really subtract Windows (and/or offer Linux pre-loaded) and show the true price differential. Will it happen - who knows?

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 136

by Rob Y. (#49142607) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

So what? It's pretty well established that iOS users have more money on average than Android users - which makes sense, since there are so many inexpensive Android devices available. Still, you either target those users or you don't. Writing for iOS won't reach them. But, just because they're not the most profitable set of users, doesn't mean you can afford to ignore them.

Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by Rob Y. (#49142557) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I'd mod you 'funny' if I didn't think you meant it. Android has hundreds of millions of users. Ubuntu probably has a few million (maybe tens of millions). Other distros, even fewer. If numbers mean anything, it should be obvious which of these accounts for "Linux's success"?

Linux fragmentation is good in the sense that it's openness has allowed it to usher in whole new device categories (TiVo, Chromecast, Raspberry, home NAS boxes, etc). The one thing that Linux fragmentation has not helped is desktop adoption and especially 3rd party application development, which is still practically non-existent. And I use Linux as my primary desktop, so this isn't some uninformed rant.

Comment: Re: To answer your question (Score 1) 279

by Rob Y. (#49120921) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

I could see a day where Intel stopped manufacturing 'desktop' chips. Not because of their high heat output, but because the desktop market became no longer a specific profit center that they couldn't serve with their laptop chips. Of course, since Intel will still make server-class chips, I guess anybody wanting to build a high power desktop could use those. That is, until ARM takes over as a server architecture.

Comment: Re:Different Agenda (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by Rob Y. (#49112427) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

Your loaded use of "Gay agenda", aside, you're actually right. The writer of this movie sees it as a much needed apology to a brilliant man (are you denying that?) who made an enormous contribution to the war effort (are you denying that?) that happend to contain the seeds of the computer revolution we now all take for granted (are you denying that?). And after all that was persecuted by his government and essentially driven to suicide. Apologies are probably in order, no?

So what's the Gay agenda here - not to torture people for who they are?

The original article bemoans the way technology is (or is not) presented in the film. And it has a point - but it's beside the point. Yes, this film was made to teach us some history (more accurate, one might argue, than the history in "American Sniper"), but mostly to elevate a man who deeply deserves to be known and appreciated. And there was some interesting history in there anyway - about the weak link in the German messages that allowed the code to be broken, and about the way the army sometimes held back on what it had intercepted (at the cost of lives) in order to keep secret what they knew. It just wasn't history of technology. Sorry - different film.

Comment: Re:Reality Flip Switch (Score 1) 252

by Rob Y. (#49112205) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

I wonder if you thought stimulus was a dirty word back in 2009 when your 401K had lost 30% of its 'value'. I'll agree that a society basing its future security on 401K's heavily invested in the rigged US stock market is a nasty way to gain allegiance to that rigged market, and the Fed is more or less propping it up at gunpoint. But short of completely rearranging the priorities of US society, what would you have policy during a deep recession be?

I think we should leave that experimentation for the boom times when the society has some cushion of security - not when workers are struggling to keep up. But oh, yeah - during the boom times Republicans argue that it's immoral to run surpluses with "the tapxpayers' money" - money that has already been spent, I might add.

Comment: Re:Reality Flip Switch (Score 1, Interesting) 252

by Rob Y. (#49100745) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

The Fed has no choice, since it has only one mechanism for stimulating the economy. The Fed can't build roads and bridges, so it's only way to pump money into the system is through the financial markets. Assuming we do need those roads an bridges built and maintained, any sane system would run surpluses during boom times and spend those surpluses to mitigate the effects of slumps. But US politics today uses boom times as an excuse to cut taxes and uses slumps as excuses to shrink government. Exactly the opposite of what the economy needs.

Now government may need to shrink - but even government workers' wages pump money into the economy more efficiently and effectively than the Fed can. Mostly, though, shrinking the government is a euphemism for eliminating environmental, safety and business practice regulations that powerful political contributors want eliminated. That's not to say there isn't waste - just that waste is the excuse for implementing a political agenda that has nothing to do with addressing the waste. If they wanted to address the waste, they'd address it by addressing it - not by building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Comment: Re:The spin is strong in TFA. (Score 2) 140

by Rob Y. (#49005761) Attached to: Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

The article rightly points out that today's mobile apps provide enough of a Chicken and Egg dilemma, that even Microsoft can't get it. So Canonical's trying to sidestep that by saying we don't need mobile apps at all. They have a point. The way to sidestep the Chicken and Egg problem is to kill the chicken. When iOS and Android came along, the prevailing paradigm was traditional (Windows) desktop apps. But they came just at the moment that the web had made those traditional apps unnecessary for many (most?) casual internet users. And we largely have Mozilla to thank for that - for saving the web from Microsoft's attempt to Windows-ize it. So Safari and Chrome were able to provide the same access on a new class of device, and iOS and Android were born. But now a new mobile apps paradigm has taken hold, so for mobile there's a new chicken to kill.

Canonical should be focusing on their Scopes model more than on putting out mobile devices at this point. And that probably means doing what they can to get Android developers to build to that model (Apple probably won't let them in). And it wouldn't hurt to encourage Scopes on desktops - stressing Windows, Mac, Linux and Android portability as the carrot. If enough users are centering enough of their activities around Scopes, then - and only then - the mobile paradigm might be open to a new OS player. Who knows, maybe that's what Canonical is really doing here - putting out a proof of concept device, and introducing a new dev paradigm. But if that's the case, they need to stress that Scopes isn't just a Canonical thing.

Comment: Re: WTF (Score 0, Troll) 297

by Rob Y. (#49005637) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

Of course, the real problem is the moronic US public that knows the climate change deniers are lying, but repeats their lies because... Obama!

We think we're so far above the tribal idiocy of Shiite vs. Sunni, and yeah, we don't go around beheading our enemies, but we are becoming just as much an 'us vs. them' society.

Comment: Re: WTF (Score 5, Informative) 297

by Rob Y. (#49005615) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

Okay. So what do you do when you already have shown the opposing arguments to be false, and they keep making them. And then they resort to defaming your character, since they can't really counter your science. Some societies will go for a strict free speech approach that allows the liar to keep on lying and hopes that the effects won't be too bad. Other societies decide to put limits on how long you can keep spreading lies publicly. You may decide to think of this as censorship, but certainly there are degrees. Canada's certainly not coming down on the side of suppressing facts here... The US errs on the side of letting rich guys pay to spread lies. Which is the better approach?

Comment: Re:You're not supposed to ask that (Score 1) 223

by Rob Y. (#48982285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

Whose crap is on your iPhone or WinPhone? At least Android lets you sideload alternatives. Seriously, if you use a search engine, they're logging your searches. If you use a free email system, they're logging your emails. I guess Firefox private mode might help you when searching - if you don't trust Chrome's incognito...

Comment: Re:Why Evolve? (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by Rob Y. (#48974681) Attached to: Deep-Sea Microorganism Hasn't Evolved For Over 2 Billion Years

If they reproduce asexually, then evolution has to count only on random mutations and copying errors. Sexual reproduction intentionally mixes up the genes so you get new combinations all the time. Evolution based on random mutations that still produce a viable organism is closer to monkeys at typewriters.

If you analyse anything, you destroy it. -- Arthur Miller