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Comment: Re:Laziness (Score 1) 79

The problem is worse on Android than on many other platforms because there are very few native shared libraries exposed to developer and there is no sensible mechanism for updating them all. If there's a vulnerability in a library that a load of developers use, then you need 100% of those developers to update the library and ship new versions of their apps to be secure. For most other systems, core libraries are part of a system update and so can be fixed centrally.

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 79

I doubt Apple has such a patent. Both of these were features of Symbian at least since EKA2 (over 10 years ago) and, I think, earlier. Apple may have a patent on some particular way of exposing this functionality to the UI, but that's about the most that they could have without it being shot down in court in 10 seconds (prior art that's in the form of a phone OS that millions of people owned is hard to refute).

Comment: Re:umm duh? (Score 1) 174

by TheRaven64 (#47548225) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
Everything you ask for exists. The reason that Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox don't use them is that their entire business model depends on differentiation. If you could connect to their services with any third-party client that also worked with a server that you set up yourself and with their competitors' services, then their hold on the market becomes very tenuous. You're searching for technical solutions to business problems.
Communications

How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium 16

Posted by timothy
from the beats-speed-of-sound dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."

Comment: "Are you doing this just to waste. . ." (Score 1) 16

by smitty_one_each (#47547987) Attached to: niwdoG

Are you doing this just to waste other peoples' time?

I suppose, this far along, you can level a "wasting time" allegation. This is as laughable as the rest of your arguments. This is a mutual entertainment venue, and we're all consenting adults. If you're getting cramps in personal locations over anything on Slashdot, it's totally your own fault. There is no "victim" here.
But do stay beautiful, you.

Comment: Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#47547899) Attached to: Practical socialism

Less snarkily, leadership, in general, is not about finger-pointing.

Believe it or not, there is plenty of finger pointing coming from both parties in DC. Your party is not by any means above it.

Indeed, that was my point, though the GOP is no more "my" party than the Dhimmicrats are yours.

I wish you actually presented an argument there, instead of just more snarkiness. I would love to actually discuss this matter with you but that statement does not indicate any interest from you to do so.

Seriously: it's all fiat money, and there is shag-all substantial economic basis for much of anything going on right now, in terms of monetary or fiscal policy. Question stands: WHY NOT just make us all millionaires?

You certainly haven't yet countered by demonstrating knowledge.

I shoot your third-grade arguments back to you, in kind, as I have time and inclination. Was there something else occurring here?

Comment: Most alt.coins are designed to be ASIC-hostile (Score 1) 191

For Bitcoin, ASIC is the only way to go, but most of the interesting alternative coins are designed to be hard or impossible to build ASIC miners for. (They're also designed to be GPU-miner-hostile, but some of those have been worked around.) One of the tradeoffs with that is that CPU-only mining is botnet-friendly; it's harder to abuse botnet machines' GPUs (especially in cloud servers or routers that don't have GPUs.)

I avoid the whole problem by mining Dogecoin; it's close enough to no value that it's seldom worth stealing (though there was a botnet in the news recently that actually got $200K from mining it.)

Comment: Re: Yeah, 2 ports + WiFi - so? (Score 1) 47

by billstewart (#47547717) Attached to: A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

No, generally a router has an inside and an outside, and sometimes a third port as a DMZ; you're thinking of a router with an ethernet hub attached, like many home routers. There are routers with more routed ports, and there are one-armed routers also, though that's less likely to be useful.

Comment: Price is reasonable - $35, not $90 (Score 1) 47

by billstewart (#47547711) Attached to: A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

It's $35 plus shipping for the development board with the module soldered on it, so it's about the same as an Arduino; the $89 price was for two of them plus accessories like cables and power supplies. They're asking for not very much money to finish their software development, and the real question is whether their software is any good.

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