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Comment: Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (Score 1) 175

by ThePhilips (#46814545) Attached to: GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

This blog post misses the point.

Feeling of being harassed isn't based on facts - it is based on perception.

That is why the whole case is so ambiguous.

Whether the perception is rooted in actual events or in their interpretation is a whole different story, which in real life actually makes very little difference. Because the result is the same.

The harassment is somewhat similar to a boss yanking chain. Contractually and factually, there is nothing wrong. But still makes you feel like shit.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 4, Informative) 397

by ThePhilips (#46795963) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

OMFG. You frigging yankees can't even RTFA.

"OMG! ZOMG! gov't taking our freedoms!!! this must stop now!!!!!"

Let me help those of you who are not yet blind with rage, by quoting the RTFA:

The spent grain is hauled to dairy farms in the area, giving local cows a high-protein, high-fiber feed.

The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers, possibly forcing them to dry and package the material before distribution.

It's not targeted on breweries specifically. It is targeted at diary farms. It is about accountability what the cows are fed with. Breweries inserted themselves into the market and, as suppliers, are subject to regulations.

Comment: Re:Worth noting (Score 1) 92

by ThePhilips (#46793747) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

It's most likely that the three different platforms mentioned were developed and evangelized by three different teams at Samsung that never talked to each other. Each team probably thinks their solution is *the* solution.

It's much simpler, actually.

1. Samsung released Gear, based on Android. Major complain: miserable battery life.

2. Samsung released Gear 2, based on Tizen to address the major complains, battery life among them.

3. Google warms up to wearables while at the same time upset about Samsung diverging (and not only on werables). They approach Samsung and pressure them to go back to the official Android way of doing things. Thus, potentially, next Gear might be based on the Android again.

When I worked at Samsung, divisions were heavily siloed, and often the first time you heard about what they were doing was when you saw it on a news site. Even within the same platform, teams were heavily divided. Our software dev outreach teams didn't even have a way to talk to the hardware design teams.

Haven't worked for Samsung myself. From what I heard, your experience reflects most of the Samsung. But the Galaxy phones were so successful, that they treat them very differently. From the scarce accounts, as far as I can tell, the whole Galaxy development is vertically integrated to allow them quicker response to the competitive threats. (The problem, I heard, is that Samsung bosses, seeing Galaxy development being very successful, now throw all possible carp onto it, hoping that the business unit would also fix other broken products too.)

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 92

by ThePhilips (#46793727) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

Samsung have managed to be successful with Android where other phone manufacturers have made losses on it. But it's having as little success with other Linux phone OSs as everyone else is.

They'd do best by sticking with Android. But maybe Google are making that increasingly difficult for them. It sucks not to be in control of your own OS.

I do think it's exaggeration.

If you look at the Android, more innovations comes from the Android OEMs than from the Google. Tablet support, advanced camera features, multitasking, multi-window, fingerprint sensor, wearable, in-vehicle infortainment - all first were done by EOMs. Google? Fancy UI gimmicks and G+ integration everywhere.

It is really hard to imagine how one can compete with Android right now due to market inertia.

But then, if you look at the reasons why Samsung went for Tizen with the current generation of the Gear devices - dramatic improvement in battery life - one can easily see that there is a niche for other OSs too.

And if you look what path Tizen has chosen to tackle the Android domination - native support for Android apps - you can easily see that the whole premise of the RTFA is flawed. Samsung doesn't want to fragment the market: they want to make Tizen compatible with Android to avoid the fragmentation. Developers shouldn't care what OS runs their apps, as long as it provides all the APIs necessary.

Comment: Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (Score 3, Insightful) 693

by ThePhilips (#46740341) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

The open source movement owes much to the Gnome foundation.

Care to elaborate?

I can only recall the libxml2 and it isn't the most popular xml library.

I had hopes for gstreamer too, but it turned out to be a dud, worth only writing helloworld^W Totem class applications. And GNOME has already wrote the Totem...

Rest of GNOME are just vast layers of layers of wrappers for layers of abstractions for wrappers for 3rd party libraries.

Comment: AC successor? Doubt it. (Score 1) 88

by ThePhilips (#46734713) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

AC successor? Very much doubt it.

The Civ III/IV/V were indicatory of the direction they want to move the game: simplify, make it connected.

I'd say it is an achievement to have a Civ game play out in matter of hours. Marvel of game design. But that is also what made it shallow. When you start the game, you already know approximately how it is going to end. There are few surprises there.

AC to me was THE immersive game. You could play it short way - but that was boring. Or you could play it long way - and see your and game's limits. There are simply more possibilities in the AC, compared to the Civ. As time progresses, there are much more surprises in the game.

To me also it was the first game of the genre I could play on the highest difficulty level. All the info and numbers were there. Unlike the Civ where you have to guess and count number of the icons on the screen.

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