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Comment: Re:what might go wrong (Score 1) 118

You did not understand what I meant. A cheap SoC is okay if you have a good OS to put on it, and a toy OS such as FirefoxOS is usable if you have hardware to throw on it. The problem happens when you have the combination of a bad OS and a cheap SoC, then you're asking for trouble. As for upgrades, see the trouble with Android and Samsung cellphones for example.

Comment: Re:Automation and outsourcing (Score 1) 204

Answer me one thing. If you want to be a simple explorer in WoW (and engage in casual quest unintentionally), you can do this without having to spend many weeks "grinding" to have the minimum of the minimum to be able to go around exploring without getting killed in seconds? And you can avoid (hopefully, ignore) the retarded brats who infest every MMO? I usually ignore MMOs for not have as much free time as they require and not find any fun in grinding.

Comment: Re:Aliens!!!! (Score 1) 78

This. I fully agree, it would be a welcome twist in our history. I initially thought it was ice, but according to the information so far is something that is in the same place for too long to be ice (sublimation, sun hitting, etc). Then it is more likely to be another highly reflective material (and note that he appears to created the crater) , so I thought what kind of natural materials would be so reflective that way. It seems to me almost pure or polished metal, would be one of NASA discarded rocket stages that ended up hitting Ceres? Or ... is some kind of rocket, but not from us? :-)

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 1) 849

by TheDarkMaster (#49683569) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
Well, I for myself do not need a deity to keep me "in line", I am quite responsible for my actions and I would like to believe I'm not the only one (but see my nickname, maybe the problem is that I'm not really human ;-)). If a person needs to be coerced 24/7 to be a good person by a higher, all-powerfull authority, it will have serious trouble getting to live in society.

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 1) 849

by TheDarkMaster (#49681767) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
Good point, but note that there is a big difference between "religious laws" so to speak and our "common law". Hopefully our common law is intended to maintain order and prevent us kill each other (a necessary "social contract" which enables us to live in a large group), while usually a religious law in truth express the will of an ancient "guru" who wanted to coerce his people to do his will "in name of God", for good or for evil.

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 4, Insightful) 849

by TheDarkMaster (#49680567) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
It just depends on how you look at the issue. If you consider that the goal is to make people believe that there is an all-powerful being who knows everything you do, and then tell them that if they do not do all he (I mean, the "enlightened by him") say they have to do then this all-powerful entity will punish them without being able to avoid, then religion makes sense. Just control, as usual.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 276

by TheDarkMaster (#49671725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?
You did not understand. When your documents are on your PC, you are in control of what happens to them. When your documents are "in the cloud", a third party is in control of your documents and you have no guarantee that he is reliable (do not believe the marketing hype).

And between you and me, it's just stupid to throw away CPU time on wasteful applications just because you have CPU time to spare.

Comment: Re:Native is here to stay, the web will fail. (Score 1) 276

by TheDarkMaster (#49667173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?
The web will not fail. She just did not have how to replace various types of desktop applications, but it has its place as several other tools. The problem is the idiots who see it as a magic solution to all problems (for being the only thing they know how to use).

Comment: Re:Why we targeted the browser... (Score 1) 276

by TheDarkMaster (#49667095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?
But in your case you have a good reason to go web, and looks like your users accept the performance penalty. Also most of your work is done in the server side so in this case makes sense to have a web application. What annoys me is when brats come wanting to convince me that web application is "the magic solution to all problems of the World" (even when it does not make any sense your application be web based), and that those who do not believe in them are fools.

Comment: This again? (Score 5, Informative) 276

by TheDarkMaster (#49665073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?
Again this bullshit?

- Flawless 24/7 connection to the internet is plain impossible and any application that does not take this into consideration is a piece of shit;

- Your data on a third-party server is always a security problem waiting to happen;

- Browsers cannot provide the exact same features of a native application without the idea of them being completely rethink;

- When a web application has successfully emulate a desktop application it usually costs double or triple in computational resources to do the same thing as a native application;

- HTML is not designed for making desktop GUI applications, it need a ridiculous amount of very ugly hacks do to things that are done easily using native GUIs;

That said, of course there are tasks where a web application is useful... But it is foolish to believe that so any task task can be done in a web application.

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