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Comment: Won't be used very much (Score 1) 197

by Scorpinox (#49475209) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

I wouldn't be too worried. I looked into this for a web app for chat notifications, and the API is kind of a disaster IMO. From what I saw, it's very opinionated on how the data is acquired and passed on through a ServiceWorker to a notification, to the point that applications would likely have to be built from the ground-up with it mind.

Comment: After writing a browser extension last year... (Score 1) 45

Partway through writing a small browser extension last year, and realizing how much access they have to everything you look at, I stopped using all but a couple trusted browser extensions. Seriously, it was like 15 lines of code to take a screenshot of whatever page you're looking at and send it to a server every 2 seconds with no indication that anything is happening.

Granted, you have to accept a permissions dialog, but most extensions ask for way too many permissions. That cloud-to-butt extension? It already has all the permissions it needs to send the text on every page to a database somewhere, and unless you carefully audit the source of every extension you install (obviously google isn't), you'd never notice, you're just trusting some extension author.

Comment: Re:Amazon Web Services (AWS) (Score 1) 295

by Scorpinox (#49285201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

To give more info on Amazon Web Services: They recently added domain name registration. It's very barebones, but also really easy to configure. So if all you want is the domain name, you know what you're doing, and all your servers are setup somewhere, you can point the records at them very easily. But if you also want email forwarding or something else or convenient bundled features, you might want another service.

Comment: Is it really that bad for privacy? (Score 5, Interesting) 168

I'm no RFID expert, but it's just used for identification, right? It won't be long until face scanning is good enough that you can identify someone from even further away than the range of an RFID chip. The potential for people cloning the chips seems worse than any sort of privacy/tracking worries.

Comment: Why would advertisers work with gawker after this? (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by Scorpinox (#46097029) Attached to: Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

What baffles me is how Gawker would think to do this and expect their advertisers not to care. Why would a movie or game company give them any money after they've shown they're willing provide easy links to copyrighted material? Whether or not linking is illegal, advertisers are under no obligation continue supporting them. I sure as hell wouldn't pay to have a banner ad for some peice of media next to a link to a torrent or rapidshare link.

Comment: Re:As an aside... (Score 1) 166

by Scorpinox (#46096961) Attached to: Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

He's just a guy. A guy who spent a lot of time hand writing a script for a movie, and showed an early, unfinished copy of it to a few people. Now it's out there for people to criticize before it's even done. If I were him, I'd be pretty damn bummed out about it as well -- he's under no obligation to finish his own creative work if he no longer cares about it, and something like this could easily take all the passion out of a project.

Comment: From Someone Who Works in Boulder (Score 4, Informative) 85

by Scorpinox (#44842151) Attached to: Boulder's Tech Workers Cope With Historic Flood

I work in Boulder, but the Sheriff's office said that everyone should stay home today. A lot of the roads are perfectly fine, but empty because everyone is staying home. A few spots are really flooded and impassable though. As far as I know, my office isn't flooded, but we did put all our computers on our desks as a precaution. I'm sort of nervous because I forgot to push my code before I left, so I might have to redo some work if something happens to my computer.

Comment: Re:DRM Hell (Score 4, Informative) 111

by Scorpinox (#44387357) Attached to: Why Netflix Is One of the Most Important Cloud Computing Companies

The Media Source API that Netflix is helping to push also provides a lot of really useful features for non-drm video in the web browser as well. Providing a simple way to download chunks of video and seamlessly insert them into a container through javascript will prove really useful for javascript web applications. Even some of the encrypted stuff will be great for things like sharing personal videos with only a few friends.

As a web developer interested in new ways to provide video, the Media Source stuff would immediately be really useful to me, and I'm sure many other people who won't even touch the DRM part. Don't let one company sour the whole proposal.

Comment: Re:Needing a degree? (Score 1) 66

by Scorpinox (#43220837) Attached to: Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones

A little harsh, but thanks for bring up ROE. Saying drones are bad is not the same as saying war is bad. The latter is a conversation worth having, but saying drones are bad is just stifling scientific progress. Not all unmanned aerial vehicles kill people, and there is a massive potential to use UAVs not just for surveillance, but for mapping of dangerous terrain, transport of goods, and whatever else you can think of to get something somewhere without a human being there.

If you want to put a LIDAR on a drone to 3D map a riverbed, it's basically impossible right now with current US laws, and all this "drones are gonna kill you" talk is just making it that much more difficult for real engineers to get working, non-military, society-enhancing things out in the world.

Comment: Re:a small drone is not a jumbo jet and lost of co (Score 1) 66

by Scorpinox (#43220785) Attached to: Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones

Losing communication to a ground station is one of the first things that proper drones already account for. At the simplest, they'll hover in place until they run out of fuel, and slowly land before that even happens. More advanced ones will remember where the base station is and attempt to return to it to get communication back, continue on preset courses or whatever else to safely continue on. Of course there will be hardware or software problems just like there are with airplanes, cars, whatever, but there a lot of really smart people out there figuring this stuff out right now, and they're aware of all these possible issues.

Comment: Swatch Internet Time (Score 5, Funny) 214

by Scorpinox (#43133707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Time Standards Are There?

Swatch Internet Time is truly the savior to all of this trouble.

The whole time zone thing is just ridiculous in this age of information. When I'm too busy cruising the information super highway, I don't want to worry about whether the person I'm on IRC with is in London or Sydney. And for that matter, seconds? minutes? Relics of the past. Just divide the day into 1,000 beats and you're good to go.

So what if no one has any sense of what 10 beats is (14 minutes 4 seconds), and so what if it was created by a watch maker probably to sell more watches. Swatch Internet Time is the wave of the future, man! Throw your grandfather clocks away and dial-up to greatness on your 56k. You don't want to be left behind in the Swatch revolution!

Comment: I don't doubt that cloud game will work, but... (Score 1) 349

by Scorpinox (#42528405) Attached to: The Tiny Console Killers Taking On the PS4 and Xbox 720

Sure, cloud gaming can work. Despite what people may say, OnLive works, and some people have a good time playing on it, but those people are knowingly making a sacrifice to play their game on OnLive. Cloud gaming will be fine, but even the tiniest lag is a step backwards. It's adding one more thing on top of all the other things that cause lag, and cause a game to feel bad.

Call of Duty has some of the fastest response times for any game -- that means when you pull the trigger, it feels like you instantly hear the gunshot and see the muzzleflash. Not everyone can pinpoint why a game like Call of Duty "feels" better, but it's in large part to that minimum delay, and I have no doubt that it played a not insignificant role in the success of that particular franchise.

Adding a trip across the country through your ISP is a step backwards, and it's a trade off that some people may accept -- and that's fine, hardware can be expensive after all -- but it's not a trade off that I want to see.

Comment: Re:Kills the competition (Score 2) 385

by Scorpinox (#42526985) Attached to: Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

I'm in exactly this situation right now. I was trained in Adobe Creative Suite at my old job, and started a new job this week at a ~8 person company that has no licenses for expensive software like this. I've been worrying about asking them to spend so much on a license just so I can be comfortable, but if this pans out, I'll be able to use an old version until I can justify to the new company that we should spend the money on the latest version.

I'm still going to hold off until I'm sure it's legal to use it, but here's hoping.

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