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Comment: Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

by fmaxwell (#41807701) Attached to: Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar
I realize that you are personally invested in seeing this phone succeed, and that you can site some minority of smartphone users who are fine with massive phones, but it doesn't change the fact that my argument is sound. If you want to talk into something the size of a small tablet, I'm not going to stop you, but don't be surprised when Apple outsells it with phone-sized phones.

Comment: Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

by fmaxwell (#41796951) Attached to: Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

Hmm - if that is true, I wonder why Google wants to create the impression it has a security team that is quite happy to pretend to be law enforcement.

Because, unlike Apple, they could not get actual law enforcement interested in getting involved. So they needed to do something to add some drama, intrigue, and a sense of danger to the situation.

Comment: Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

by fmaxwell (#41796907) Attached to: Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar
I don't think it was intended to be funny. I think that it was intended to make people think that there is the same kind of buzz around this phone that there was around the iPhone that was left in the bar. The whole intimidating security routine was all part of the "just like Apple" routine they were doing.

I'm sure that there are some folks with big pockets that will like the phone, but I just don't see it having the kind of mass appeal that the iPhone does. On the other hand, a huge phone definitely can't be missed on a display filled with normal size phones, so it will get attention at Best Buy.

I've seen women with hands big enough to hold this phone comfortably. Of course, they used to be men. ;)

If you can imagine a 4.7" display functioning as a laptop replacement for routine stuff, you've got way better eyes than I have. I go nuts having to work on a laptop with a 13" display.

Comment: Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

by fmaxwell (#41795635) Attached to: Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar
What's really funny about this is that it's a transparent publicity stunt -- but almost no one in the mainstream press even noticed.

Even if you're Google, you can't create much buzz about the release of yet another Android phone into an already overcrowded marketplace. It's about as exciting as a new inkjet printer.

Outside of the nerdosphere, there really isn't a lot of call for a phone that is almost the size of a small tablet . It dwarfs the iPhone 5 shown next to it, and bigger isn't always better in something that is supposed to be portable. Well-heeled consumers can afford both a smartphone and a tablet. They don't need a phone so large that it requires its owner to only buy clothes with massive pockets.

Comment: Re:Never designed to be network-aware (Score 1) 182

by fmaxwell (#41795485) Attached to: Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

Microsoft's entire security model was based on the idiotic notion that one could take a single user OS with no security (Win 3.x/95/98/Me) and years later create successors (NT/2K/etc.) that didn't break applications that were already written. It wasn't users -- it was coddling the software vendors that drove the convoluted, unmanageable pseudo-security that got pasted on to the OS.

No rational OS architect would have permitted end-user applications to write to OS system directories, nor would they have allowed Dynamically Linked Libraries to be created and added to OS directories with no entity controlling the namespace (meaning you could create a blorm.dll that installed with your product and I could create a blorm.dll that overwrote it when my product was installed).

Other ideas, like allowing some kid in the Philippines to e-mail you a script that automatically ran when viewed, were just examples of the level of stupidity that had permeated the Microsoft campus.

Comment: Re:How do they calculate the upper bound? (Score 5, Informative) 210

by kkumer (#38356280) Attached to: LHC Homes In On Possible Higgs Boson Around 126GeV

Looking for higher mass Higgs is easier than for this 120-ish GeV mass. E.g. if Higgs would be 150-200 GeV it would (via heavy vector bosons, which are 80-90 GeV) decay a lot into electrons and muons which are very easy to detect and see that they come from decay of Higgs. For 120-ish GeV Higgs, it decays mostly into two quarks and this is difficult to see because there are a *lot* of quarks flying around in proton-proton machine. So they have to use decays into two photons, which don't happen so often. Thus they need more time to discover Higgs of 125 GeV, than they would need for the one of 200 GeV.

Comment: Documentation and Wiki (Score 2) 260

by Tibor the Hun (#36335316) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Uses For a Small Office Server?

Firstly, (and most importantly) read the documentation: http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/resources/documentation.html

Secondly, you can set up a wiki server pretty easily. It is extremely useful for self-help and internal process documentation. Easy to add videos, screenshots and keep the documentation up to date.

Thirdly, if you don't have an office collaboration server, you can also run your own Jabber server.

Both Wiki and Jabber services have their own documentation at the aforementioned link.

Comment: Re:Biggest problem with iOS development (Score 1, Flamebait) 191

by Tibor the Hun (#35985114) Attached to: Developers: MS Hopes To Lure iOS Apps With API Mapping Tool

Android development doesn't require you to buy hardware?

Awesome, do they recommend you use punch cards, or do you compile your code in the public library?

Purchasing a used Mac mini for $500 to get access to world's largest mobile app store really is an unsurmountable barrier, that only the mightiest of giants can overcome.

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