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Submission + - Zotero Reader for Android Will Bring Your Entire LIbrary Along with You (xcorr.net) 1

An anonymous reader writes: You may know Zotero, a bibliography management application that helps create and organize entire personal libraries, including WebDAV synchronization of attachments (e.g. PDFs). A new project is about to bring us an Android app that will turn any Android device into a personal library with document downloading (complete or on-demand) and synchronization. In combination with a PDF reader, you will have your entire digital library with you in order to read, highlight, and annotate while on the go. A fully functioning web-only prototype (albeit without WebDAV support) is available at http://zoteroreader.com/ Currently, a fund-raising campaign is ongoing to support the developers. Please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zotero-reader-android-app/ for a pledge.

Comment Re:A fantastic idea (Score 2) 226

Week 1: "Zimmerman's guilty, hang him!"
Week 10: "Oh, maybe he wasn't, unhang him. We can't? Oh..."

While I certainly don't agree with GP's (sarcastic) position, this is really an argument against capital punishment, which, (barring invasive mind-reading technology) will always kill innocent people.

Comment Re:Missing from summary (Score 3, Informative) 322

I'm not sure what you're talking about here. If you have access to a user's account, you can set a binary to run when a user logs in on Linux without administrator privileges. You can call gksudo to put up a dialog asking for administrative privileges so you can modify other users' files as well, or just put up the dialog yourself and hope the user enters their password. This is exactly the same level of security as on OS X. If there's a reason this doesn't work on Linux, you have not communicated it.

It's unclear to me where the .so comes in, as opposed to a regular binary, but you are aware that you can set LD_PRELOAD and LD_LIBRARY_PATH to whatever you want, right?

Comment Re:Wasn't Chrome supposed to drop H264 support!? (Score 1) 320

Google bought Motorola Mobility. Now instead of being unhappy that they have to pay a patent fee for online video, they stand to make a boatload of money off of Motorola's H.264 patents and/or use these patents to settle other patent lawsuits. Is it much of a surprise that they haven't dropped H.264 support in Chrome?

Comment Re:Waterfox 64bit (Score 1) 807

Waterfox is a bad idea. It's like 32-bit Firefox, but with comparatively little testing. A test failure on 64-bit Windows isn't reason to back out a patch on mozilla-central, and the number of nightly/aurora/beta testers is much smaller than the number of testers for 32-bit Firefox. Firefox's JavaScript engine is actually as a 32-bit build than as a 64-bit build. If I were you, I'd wait until there's an official 64-bit build, unless you have some very good reason not to.

Comment Re:Why the anxiety? (Score 1) 807

Of course, I think I can't upgrade because the latest firefox doesn't support Windows 2000 anymore, and this machine running XP probably won't happen (I don't think XP SP3 works on 512MB anymore).

Fx 10 supports Windows 2000. There was talk of dropping it in some later release, but that hasn't happened yet, and Fx 10 ESR will be supported for a full year.

Of course, on other systems, I play around with profiles a lot, and FF4 got rid of the profile manager. They made it separate trial download, and I'm not sure if they ever re-incorporated profile manager back in.

This simply isn't true. I do development work with Firefox and I don't remember the profile manager ever disappearing during the entire Fx4 beta cycle. It's definitely been there from Fx4 final to Fx10.


Submission + - Microsoft Files Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission complaining that Motorola Mobility is charging too much for use of its patented technology in phones and tablets. The complaint follows a similar one by Apple last week, and will need to be rewolved by Google as it takes charge of Motorola Mobility"

Comment Re:No meat to this story (Score 3, Interesting) 290

"Google has offered Native Client and Dart to compete performance-wise, but those are non-standard, Google-specific technologies..."

The conditions surrounding the use of these technologies are no different then SPDY, which is being adopted by Amazon and Mozilla, and is on its way to becoming standardized.

No one wants to use Dart because it doesn't provide any benefits that couldn't also be provided by extending JavaScript, which is something Mozilla, MS, and Google are all working on. This is why no one else wants to implement it, and Google knew no one else wanted to implement it before it was even announced. I'm not even sure if Google intends for Dart to be used, as opposed to using it to try to push specific features through TC39.

No one wants to use Native Client because it will tie the web to specific CPU architectures. Comparing this to ActiveX is appropriate in some way, because it puts additional restrictions on what devices can access the web. If Native Client had come of age at the same time as JavaScript, real smartphone platforms would be probably still not exist, since websites would require x86 processors to run. Intel has only recently announced x86 chips that can provide decent performance while fitting the power profile of a mobile device, and only after getting their ass kicked for many years as the mobile market has continued to grow.

Comment Re:Apps, native clients - what's the difference? (Score 1) 290

Gotta agree, native networked apps have some big advantages - fast local processing, local gfx elements, cached local data, richer GUI etc.

The only advantage NaCl has is that it's faster. localStorage supports cached local data. Graphics and UI are the same as any other web app.

But a NaCl (or similar) app could work just as well as a mobile app does.

A web app could work just as well as an NaCl app does, except that anything computationally intensive would either happen more slowly or need to be done server-side. I don't think this is really a huge limitation. It seems better to me than locking all mobile devices to one platform forever.

Comment Re:What technical advantages? (Score 1) 290

If NaCl would become a standard across browsers, then we would also have an explosion in new, proprietary, closed-source web libraries and applications that work only on certain platforms. The current state of the web forces just about everything to be open source and work everywhere. This is a good thing!

On top of this, if you are doing something so processor-intensive that empscripten or a transpiler isn't satisfactory, then you probably shouldn't be doing it in a web browser. NaCl isn't platform-independent, and PNaCl isn't any less of a hack than emscripten, just a bit faster.

Comment Re:Profit. (Score 1) 179

Why are we talking about contact lists? According to the article, very few App Store and Cydia apps leaked your address book. The only things more than 1% of apps "stole" were your device ID and your location. And WRT to the address book, the difference between the App Store and Cydia isn't statistically significant.

Comment Re:Because there isn't a logical fallacy (Score 1) 179

Works for sale under copyright (or otherwise available to the public and controlled by copyright) are not private. My contact details are. After all, you do NOT get copyright on your contact details, do you.

Therefore there is no logical fallacy in decrying privacy violation but decrying piracy's mischaracterisations by the content industry.

I agree.

There's also the little fact that piracy isn't stealing, so even if you want even stronger copyright, you will only be honest if you refute the statement that piracy is stealing.

I also agree. But you are completely ignoring the point I'm trying to make, which is that submitting device information to a server described in this article isn't stealing either and it's equally misleading characterize it as theft no matter how you feel about it.

A third reason is that none of these, either your misrepresentations, or the facts, are logical fallacies.

Look up "false analogy" in your dictionary. If it doesn't have it, try Wikipedia.

Comment Re:Profit. (Score 1) 179

Don't be obtuse. Whatever your stance on obtaining a copy of a more or less freely available* item of media, it's completely different from obtaining data about an individual without their consent.

I completely agree, but I also think that obtaining data about an individual without their consent is completely different from theft, especially when that data comes in the form of a device ID, which is not really about an individual, but about a device that the individual owns.

Comment Re:Profit. (Score 1, Flamebait) 179

I'm not trying to equate invasion of privacy with piracy. They aren't the same thing, and I don't think they are.

I'm asking why many people make the (correct, in my view) observation that piracy isn't stealing, but then make the same logical fallacy when it comes to privacy.

In particular, I think it's absurd that GP thinks that submitting the device ID, which isn't much more personally identifying than an IP address, is theft.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.