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Comment: This is explains some things (Score 1) 513

by Klowner (#42834037) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign
As a member of the local hackerspace, I receive a ton of emails via their mailing list. There was recently a lot of discussion about acquiring some liquid nitrogen for some experiments. Fast-forward a couple days, now I get banner ads on Youtube for sementanks.com which isn't embarrassing at all.

Comment: Re:Every Android vs iPad review... (Score 1) 524

by SmittyTheBold (#36956368) Attached to: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review
If we look at the closest existing Android phone to the iPhone 3G, it lost Cyanogen support around the same time Apple dropped the iPhone 3G. The G1 lost "official" support far earlier, at Android 1.6. Look at my link in the post you replied to about what versions people are actually running in their Android phones. The number that are stuck on 2.1 is a little lame. The glut held back to 2.2 is a flat-out embarrassment. I'd one to see a counter-argument supported with facts, but as far as I can see, Android users can rely on being abandoned by the OEM within two years of release in most (all?) cases. Apple, on the other hand, has supported a given phone for at least three years from release.

Comment: Re:Every Android vs iPad review... (Score 1) 524

by SmittyTheBold (#36942512) Attached to: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

Some people need to have their hand held when using gadgets. Those people need Apple to hold them close and assure them that as long as the money flows all will be okay and Apple will protect them from the big bad world out there.

Could you be a more condescending twat? I can hear the arrogance over here.

What I find funniest about your statement is the idea "as long as the money flows...Apple will protect" you, implying that Android is the key to having software support for a much longer period of time. In reality, many Android device manufacturers have seen fit to stop releasing software updates as soon as the stop selling the hardware. It's a huge factor in the crazy-wide distribution of version numbers in use. And Cyanogen doesn't really count; if you're going to run the Android equivalent of jailbreak apps you need to be intellectually honest.

Comment: Re:Anticipated Hardware Specs (Score 1) 229

by SmittyTheBold (#36024680) Attached to: What Developers Want From the Wii's Successor

if I am in an FPS, I want an axis for forward/back motion, an axis for side-to-side motion, an axis for left/right turning, and an axis for up/down look control. Four axes = two sticks, easily controlled with two thumbs and leaving the fingers free for triggers.

I haven't really dug into any of the Wii FPSes, so this is based on what "could be," not necessarily "what is." But couldn't the two axes on the nunchuk thumbstick combined with the two axes of pointing control on the wiimote provide exactly what you're asking for?

Comment: Re:Far better features (Score 1) 365

by SmittyTheBold (#35335350) Attached to: Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

You clearly don't understand what you're commenting on. There's no shame in that, but you have to know that people that have direct experience with the feature may have a bit better insight. For example, AirDrop. It allows a person to quickly set up an ad-hoc drop box with anyone else within WiFi range. There is no configuration required; in fact, you don't even need to be on the same network. The file manager (Finder) sets up a session directly with the WiFi (AirPort) hardware and broadcasts availability. Sans-"network."

You go on to state that this is stuff you could do on "free platforms" "10 years ago." I don't know how short your memory is, but to attribute the word "automatic" to ANY Free Software feature and/or product from fifteen years ago is delusional. We're only recently getting decent automatic X11 configuration. If there is some Free project that can accomplish anything close to AirDrop it's new to me. Note that I'm not saying it doesn't exist or that it's a lie.

Because I realize that stating things as fact when I don't in fact know their factual status is a total dick move.

Comment: Re:Launchpad (Score 1) 365

by SmittyTheBold (#35335250) Attached to: Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

What's fun about that is that it was a very bad idea in earlier versions od Mac OS X, but as of late is (usually) a non-issue. The Apple-provided packages and Installer are smart enough to relocate most things based on the bundle identifier, meaning that things will get updated without issue. This was definitely a problem in earlier versions of OS X but since about 10.4 or so it's worked as you might expect. It's still a bad idea to move applications around, as other users may not be able to access them, but it should not prevent updates from running properly.

Comment: Re:Been running a dev build for a few weeks now (Score 1) 212

by SmittyTheBold (#34356694) Attached to: Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

Or it could mean that you don't know how the "multitasking" API works. In short, most applications are suspended when in the background. Only certain pre-determined classes of applications are allowed to continue operating in the background, and when their background functionality is not in use (e.g. Pandora stops playing music) the app is suspended like any other. As such, most apps that may technically still be running are only using RAM but no other system resources.

Social Networks

Facebook Scrambles To Contain ToS Fallout 409

Posted by kdawson
from the all-your-content dept.
Ian Lamont writes "Anger over Facebook's ToS update has forced the company to scramble. Yesterday, a spokesman released a statement that said Facebook has never 'claimed ownership of material that users upload,' and is trying to be more open to users about how their data is being handled. Mark Zuckerberg has also weighed in, stating 'we wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want.' Facebook members are skeptical, however — protests have sprung up on blogs, message boards, and a new Facebook group called 'People Against the new Terms of Service' that has added more than 10,000 members today."
Programming

Ruby 1.9.1 Released 226

Posted by kdawson
from the yet-another-gem dept.
Janwedekind writes "Yuki Sonoda yesterday announced the release of Ruby 1.9.1 (Ruby Inside coverage with lots of links). The VM of Ruby 1.9, formerly known as YARV, was initiated by Koichi Sasada and has been in the making for quite some time. Ruby's creator Yukihiro Matsumoto has already presented many of the upcoming features in his keynote at RubyConf 2007. Most notably, Ruby 1.9 now supports native threads and an implementation of fibers. A lot of work also went into encoding awareness of strings. The 1.9.1 version is said to be twice as fast as the stable 1.8.7. It will take some time though until the majority of existing Ruby extensions get ported to 1.9."

Comment: Re:Just because (Score 1) 361

by SmittyTheBold (#26619663) Attached to: Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?

The sync of meta-info allows all sorts of extra functionality. First of all, people that say "I'll just put it into folders" are rather silly. You're totally disregarding all sorts of really useful metadata.

Playlists generated on the computer - or generated on the portable device - that sync both ways. Play counts and ratings, which feed into dynamic, rule-based playlists. The ability to quickly establish "sets" that synchronize, that include multiple artists, albums, etc, while still maintaining easy access to an alphabetical list of artists. Or albums. Or genres.

It's like somebody trying to manually manage all of their photographs. Works great for 100. Works somewhat alright for 1,000. Totally unworkable with 10,000. It becomes more and more work, which is what computers are supposed to do, right? What Picasa/iPhoto are to photos, iTunes/(insert media player here) are to music. They allow you not just to use your music but to manage it. Let the computer do the work.

Comment: Re:TINSTAAFL (wrong!) (Score 1) 283

by SmittyTheBold (#26411481) Attached to: Why Game Developers Should Support OS X and Linux

Except you're wrong. Memtest86 is largely assembly, based on the (2.2?) Linux kernel. It requires no OS and handles all hardware access on its own. Memtest OS X is a userspace app that one runs from the command line. As it is a "fat binary" that runs on PPC as well as x86, and was around before there even were Intel Macs, I rather doubt it was based on Memtest86 at all. They just happen to share similar names.

Before you drag someon'e name through the mud, please know what you're talking about.

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