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Comment: I understand their pain (Score 5, Insightful) 331

by Shifty0x88 (#44466687) Attached to: Why PBS Won't Do Android

As an Android and iOS developer, it is tough to support all possible screen sizes, aspect ratios, hardware specs and versions of Android. Sometimes not having a newer version of Android(>= 4.0) you miss a lot of features that people come to expect and your code is riddle with backwards compatibility stuff just to support Gingerbread, or worse(ie: Donut).

Of course, it doesn't help that Google just made the Action Bar part of the backwards compatibility package, after all of this time not supporting it and saying just use the Sherlock library, which has it's own share of complications and headaches.

With videos it's even harder, my new phone only records in *.3gp files(for video, Razr Maxx HD), which means you have to have more transcoding on the backend to make it available to others.

And then you have the Note and Note 2 which are just mini-tablets and not really phone sized anymore. And the lack of support in Android(which iOS has btw) to figure out if you are on a phone or not, really hurts the user experience.

The cost is great, and the hassle is hard to justify, so with a fixed budget I am not surprised they aren't developing for it just yet.

And think even with the fragmentation going on the iOS land, they still only have like 5 screen sizes to worry about (in the tablet area), so you can really tweak the user-experience on each version of the iPad/iPad mini to make the most of the real estate and hardware. Plus they all share a common base with most of the features already there, so it makes it easier to program for, and less backwards-compatibility stuff in your code to mess with and support

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 687

by Shifty0x88 (#41611063) Attached to: A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now
I liked it. The CID probably isn't one of those choice things, I imagine the inspiration for that was the National ID, with a mix of a RFID credit card(as he pays with it as well), and the syncing that every company is doing now across devices, to make it easier on the consumer to go between devices.

The shower limit is our over-harvesting of our natural resources, as well as the soda tax, because apparently caramel and whatever else is in soda is too expensive to produces/grow/mine/etc.

Driverless cars are almost a reality, but I could imagine my parent's vision of an automated delivery system going to our house to drop it off, but maybe it's faster to send your car then to wait in the queue for the delivery system.

The menu at the restaurant is the Microsoft Surface with a restaurant menu system installed and running which I think could be here in a few years, and makes me want to open a restaurant with just those as menus and payment.

The robot that gives you your food is a newer version of Willow Garage's PR2 robot, and the tip now goes to the guy that fixes that robot. Heck there may even be a PR2 in the back cooking your food for you, reducing cost and goes to the US's outsourcing problem.

He even got the CDC and the Middle East and stuxnet, and flame and probably others I/we don't know about. Also the AI which runs results on his marketing ad, and the rise of patent litigation in marketing as a natural progression. NASA, well whatever took over getting budget cuts, and our falling interest in space and anything beyond Earth.

And orbital communities that are in the process of being built(15 years from now), to replace the ISS, and set up a better place to live, since we apparently destroyed Earth or most of it.

All in all, it's very realistic and probably a lot closer then 15 years, ok well most of it anyways.

Comment: Re:Well, not calling them a "fan" might be a start (Score 1) 454

by Shifty0x88 (#41185439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?
Depending on how much you are going to depend on them(a lot, it seems), talk about everything already stated (In brief: AD, 2008 server, windows 7, xp because lots still use it, sql, exchange, .net, sharepoint{ugh is right}, outlook) If you really want a go-getter: ask about VB, powershell/cmd, C#, live DB backups/restores(more in depth sql questions), favorite software, how do you install X? (where X is what you find yourself doing a lot), Windows 8, IIS(M$ web server), etc. Don't forget about security permissions, workgroups, domains/domain accounts, and I like someone elses idea, of how would you make 200 computers networked across 5 departments, if you wanna throw them a curve ball, say the departments are split between 2 buildings, or that one department VPNs a lot or are the only ones, etc. depending on how well you think the interview is going

Comment: Re:The questions developers ask (Score 1) 249

by Shifty0x88 (#41087397) Attached to: The Rebirth of PC Gaming? Bring On the Modders!
They could always get a cut of the profits, if the mods are sold. ie: the parent company that gave you the modding tools would get something like 10% of the sales of your mod, something similar to Unreal Engine's license(I think it is 25% after $50k in sales, plus a $99 fee for putting the mod on their website).

It would get the parent company money back from the cost it took to make the tools(which by the way, were probably already created for the dev team to make their job easier, they just need to polish it, and wrap it together into an IDE), as well as get more people to play their game because of the publicity of the greatest mods that were created, and allows Indie dev teams, to create a product without re-inventing the wheel.


All of the could be possibly if they chose to do so, and it would make a profitable business model if they worked the numbers.

Comment: Re:we already got a thread (Score 2) 72

by Shifty0x88 (#40862607) Attached to: Cybersecurity Bill Fails Today In US Senate
Actually not only are their bugs in software which let hackers in, but have you heard of social engineering??? That is the social problem that lets hackers in, people trust them too much.

As for this quote: "The US Chamber of Commerce argued that the bill 'could actually impede US cybersecurity by shifting businesses' resources away from implementing robust and effective security measures and toward meeting government mandates."

Oh, is that why everyone is getting hacked, because they are putting resources into security? HA, HA, HAHAHA. Yeah right.

That is exactly the problem, we trust these companies to secure our private data (SSNs, Credit Card Numbers, etc.) and most of them cannot even do that right. I am not saying the government is the answer, but we need to make companies want to secure their data and web site, and to tell employees there that they need to be vigilant when it comes to security.

Comment: Same as Chernobyl (Score 1) 439

They told the guys trying to cover Chernobyl with a "lid" the same thing. It is because after you get so much radiation, they just fire you and tell you not to come back. Also, right after this happened Japan allowed people to get more radiation then usual, so that their emergency workers could work longer, even if it isn't healthy.

Comment: Re:Doesn't work. (Score 2) 439

In a free market, companies have a single goal: Make a profit. How do they do that?

By exploiting their customers and making their workers work for less pay and longer hours. Without unions a factory owner has no incentive to pay his or her employees more then what they are getting. And since they are factory workers, they cannot do their job "better", or have "better skills", they simply take Item A and put it in Machine B and then push Button C and throw it in Pile D.

Greed is why we need unions, because as my parent pointed out: companies have 1 goal: make a profit

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 395

by Shifty0x88 (#40725865) Attached to: HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards
Well that is part of the problem too, every browser implements things slightly differently, leading to phrases like: "recommended browser"

This is all going to lead to more: if IE_6, do something, else if IE_7 do something else, else if HTML_5_0 do this, else if HTML_5_1 do that.

Oh well, its not like standards are suppose to be standard or anything

Comment: Re:3D? Cameras? Microphones? (Score 3, Insightful) 395

by Shifty0x88 (#40725847) Attached to: HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards
I agree with you, but that is not what everyone seems to want. They all talk about local storage, and web cam access and this that and the other thing that they get access to from the OS.

To me, it just seems like they want the browser to be an application, not just a way to display information. This is just going to create a number of new viruses as we give the web more and more access to our actual OSs.

This is just stupid, and a terrible idea.

Comment: Re:No, really? (Score 1) 130

by Shifty0x88 (#40475123) Attached to: US Patent Trolling Costs $29 Billion a Year

That's a truly groundbreaking discovery. I mean, who could possibly expect that patent trolling may be bad practice?

If it means that your competitor is either hurting because of the money you got from them, or even better, out of business, then the companies that starting the patent dispute won.

It may of "cost them" billions, but it was probably worth it, if it means their competitor(s) aren't selling products, directing money to themselves.

Comment: Re:Let me have my many offline alts! (Score 1) 594

by Shifty0x88 (#40009961) Attached to: <em>Diablo III</em> Released
Some might say it's the pirates that force Diablo 3 to be like this, and if it weren't for them, we wouldn't have had this restriction. This isn't the first game to do it, and it won't be the last.

The Sheeple as you call us, are just trying to get the game they want to play, and yes it sucks you need the internet all the time, but it's a minor nuisance to play Diablo 3 when I loved Diablo 2 so much.

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