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Comment Re:WARNING: --- Codewavers == Wine (Score 1) 64

The method you described is what Dalvik used to be. With ART, that translation is done only one time, which is when you install the app. After that it's as native as something like compiled c#.

Statement is applicable to both runtimes as Installation also occurs prior to execution. Reason for my comment was to invoke some introspection with regards to what "NATIVE ONLY" even means.

Comment Re:WARNING: --- Codewavers == Wine (Score 2) 64

Remember what happened when the **superior** IBM OS/2 had Win32 "emulation" (which really worked amazing well). Nobody would write native OS/2 programs cuz Windows was "good enuf".


When you think about it running windows programs under wine is more native than running android apps under ART. Windows software executes natively on the CPU under wine. Android java code has to be translated to machine code before it can execute.

Comment Re:In favor (Score 2) 269

I'm in favor of TPP, and of trade agreements generally.

Great to hear your in favor of a deal you haven't read.

On the other hand, a kind of knee-jerk hatred to trade agreements in general appears to drive much of the opposition, and I think of those anti-trade arguments as having no moral standing, just like the ones put forth by the sugar lobby.

Knee-jerk hatred, knee-jerk acceptance whats the difference?

While I appreciate patriotism,

Patriotism is stupid.

I personally feel that we should be trying to make life better for humanity in general, rather than greedily holding onto wealth in the USA.

Globalization like capitalism only works when coupled with serious efforts to manage losers. In the absence of a serious will to do so blanket statements about moral imperatives favoring any and all trade deals simply because more trade = more good fall flat.

Comment Re:Case study on how to blow a great oppurtunity (Score 1) 174

Even the insane 4K screens Sony is putting in their new smart phones are much too big, and the pixels there are already TINY.

You said it yourself - they do exist! The rift screen is a phone, and 4K phones exist.

DK2 is a phone screen, CV1 display is customized for VR with much higher fill factor.

Comment Re:Dead on Arrival (Score 1) 174

VR is dead, sorry. Early adopters might pay 350$ for the headset, if only they have the necessary 4000$ PC to run it.

There are a number of 'Oculus ready' PCs advertised on the Oculus website for 1k.

This thing is not going to be usable on a a 300$ PC/Console anytime soon.

Your Ignorance of PC gaming industry is amusing.

It requires 120fps per eye to not make people sick.

Lots of things make people sick in VR. Lag, moving cameras, change in rate of motion, change in direction without commensurate forces felt in real life. For Oculus the target is 90fps because this matches the refresh rate of the display. Any disparity will make the experience suck. There are schemes like timewarp that try and make up for minor performance dips but you really need to sustain 90fps.

For most part sickness is a problem which more than anything has to be worked around in software... Sitting in cockpits of airplanes, space ships and race cars are probably going to be sort of games that work the best in VR for quite some time.

Current mid-range video cards don't even do 60fps on a single card.

Oculus requires a high end card. 90fps or bust.

Comment Re:Case study on how to blow a great oppurtunity (Score 2) 174

I get that things add up, but I'll put this in perspective - I work for a company that is supplying them, and I know what we're charging (very low piece prices, and we're expensive compared to our competitors that do larger volumes). I also have access to price sheets from the kinds of suppliers that they're working with. Let's put it this way - there's no legitimate reason that they can't make a 4K rift with all the sensors they have, sell it for $200-$250, and still make a profit. So, either they've gotten a little top-heavy in the salary department, or they're getting greedy. Or both.

My understanding one of the practical limiting factor is HDMI 1.3... there simply isn't an interface you can currently physically plug into that will drive a 4k display at 90hz even if you had a cheap GPU that could drive it.

Comment Re:Exchange, Zimbra, GroupWise, Postifx Admin Here (Score 1) 90

Anyone, ANYONE that argues to the contrary of Exchange's ease of use, has not administered Exchange. This from someone that loves Postfix and sometimes puts Postfix in front of Exchange for free spam/virus filtering or special routing needs.

Exchange is something I never understood. The first version I screwed with was about 20 years ago before an official SMTP connector even existed. Since that time I've tried some of the new releases and it is always the same crap. Runs for a while and then something gets stuck in a queue some process gets a memory leak or crashes constantly, a datastore (f'ing Jet) gets corrupted, syncs mysteriously failing. It was an endless parade of failure and this was only a few people screwing around. There was always SOMETHING wrong with exchange and always someone complaining about it ... I can understand the feature set and appeal for business users yet something just doesn't add up.

To anyone who manages exchange in a serious environment is exchange reliable for you or are you constantly having to deal with bullshit? To contrast also used Zimbra and never had even a single problem with shit breaking.

Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 366

Courts only need to get involved in contractual disputes when there is a *dispute* about the terms of the contract. The standard Apple developer account terms expressly forbid the distribution of information prior to the release of a product. It also explicitly indicates that revocation of the developer account is one of the possible consequences of violating those terms.

Just because Rumpelstiltskin is written in a contract does not make it valid or enforceable. Most employment contracts are unenforceable. This scheme appears to me to be similarly unconscionable.

If we enter into a contract in which I mow your lawn, and in exchange you pay me $20, I don't need to get the courts involved to send you the bill for $20 once I've mowed your lawn. Courts are only needed when one party refuses to abide by the terms of the contract, and the contractual 'punishment' involves activities that the injured party cannot enact on their own.

What if the contract said if I don't pay $20 in 3 days after my lawn is mowed you are allowed to come and break every window of my house and take possession of anything and everything you want? It's in the contract I signed...right?

When you are an all powerful deity with the ability to tell hundreds of millions of people what software they may or may not run there must be constraints on a corporations ability to throw their weight around when it comes to non-negotiable contracts and terms or the result is tyranny.

Comment Re:Advice-Apps can be banned, a regular website ca (Score 1) 366

I don't understand why an "informational" website would be done as an iOS app instead. Why give Apple that level of control over yourself? Just make a regular website, and then they can't pull the plug on your content!

Websites are a drag... you can't steal nearly as much data from a website as you can from an app.

Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 366

They very publicly break the NDA for personal profit and expect no action? They're lucky the actions by Apple weren't more sever honestly.

You break our rules and we prevent your software from executing on anyone's computers. Seems fair. I mean if someone with an App wronged me in some way I could just as easily prevent their software from executing... oh wait...

What if ifixit.com did something an ISP didn't like? Should they feel free to blackhole networks associated with people they feel have wronged them or violated an NDA? Can they just block access to ifixit.com altogether?

What about a power or water utility? If you break an NDA your utility can just shut off the power to your business as punishment...right?

Anyone who supports vigilante justice and corporations leveraging their unique and monopoly powers in such ways don't be surprised when its ultimately used against you.

Comment Non-exhaustive list of MS's contempt for customers (Score 5, Informative) 102

Windows Phone:
- No way to use GPS locally without sending location to Microsoft
- No way to use WiFi locally without forced participation in location crowd sourcing
- No way to practically use device / install software without a Microsoft account
- No way to prevent windows phone with Microsoft account from transmitting location data to Microsoft
- No way to maintain a local address book without having it all automatically sent to Microsoft
- No way to prevent device specific identifiers from being sent (in the clear I might add) to Microsoft servers.

- No way to prevent transmission of telemetry (Windows 10 non-enterprise SKUs)
- No way to prevent connections to MS servers (vortext, data, settings) when everything CEIP, updates, everything has been completely disabled (Windows 7)
- No way to disable automatic updates (Windows 10)
- No way to prevent CRL queries when CRL checking has been disabled (Windows 7)
- No user reachable knobs to disable mostly annoying and counterproductive NLA queries
- Disrespectful defaults and intentional UX elements such as misleading appearance of MS account requirement to trick people into using a MS account to access their local systems (windows 10)

Lies applicable to TFA:

"In the past, Windows could be thought of as software existing only on your device. Now with Windows 10, important parts of Windows are based in the cloud, interacting with online services"

This is non-specific BS to setup excuses for unacceptable privacy violations enumerated later in TFA.

"When you communicate with your friends, family, and business associates, like text messaging (SMS, MMS, etc.) on a Windows device, we have to get the content of the message to deliver it to your inbox, display it to you, enable you to reply to it, and store it for you until you delete it."

I'll leave this nonsense speak for itself.

"For real-time communications, a phone-calling app needs to know the phone number of the contact you want to reach. "

This is priceless because the calling app does not have a local store. What it really effectively means if you want to call anyone Microsoft needs to know the number.

"If you lose your phone, you can locate your Windows phone on a map using Find My Phone at https://account.microsoft.com.... Even if you have turned off all other access to the location service on the phone, this feature can still work. "

This is the problem there is no effective way to opt out even up front when initially setting up the device. The only possible option is to not associate a MS account which effectively renders the device a brick/feature phone.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 2) 396

I would like to see range figures for a typical commuter.. In summer and winter. Unfortunately they are priced high enough we won't see that.

A range calculator is built into the Tesla website. No idea about its accuracy. You can change outdoor temperature, toggle AC/heating and speed. http://www.teslamotors.com/mod...

Comment Reinforcing self dellusion (Score 1) 165

The basic problem with measuring performance is once there is a specific technical objective function for success established people will work to achieve it in any way possible regardless of whether it is ultimately in the best interests of the company or anyone else. Workers have more incentive, time and energy to find ways to game the system than its designers.

To use TFA's example the result of ratings oriented journalism is apparent to everyone. The media has transformed itself into little more than a professional trolling organization. What is news are stories that push peoples buttons and stoke maximal controversy. They will say, show or print anything for ratings regardless of its information value or relationship to reality. The result is like watching the history channel to learn about history. Few interested in obtaining objectively useful information are willing to bother translating media nonsense into reality.

Comment Old school solution: Swash bulkheads (Score 4, Interesting) 184

A way to stop giant bags of mostly water from gaining destructive momentum is to add structures which limit how much energy is allowed to accumulate before such energy is harmlessly limited by an obstruction. The way to fix this isn't removing barriers it is adding them... lots and lots and lots and lots of them. With many thousands of stampede deaths the only acceptable solution should be an inherently safe one rather than depending on everyone following instructions.

Thinking people will respond to whatever signals you are piping out in the exceptional but predictable instances when fear takes over a crowd is idiotic in and of itself. The only worse thing I can imagine would be to leverage such delusions as an excuse to enable you to "safely" cram in even more.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen