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Comment Word: being bought by google actually sucks. (Score 3, Insightful) 84

Pretty much everybody and everything Google has acquired, they've pretty much killed off. They bought Picasa, and are finally killing it with a product that has FAR fewer features (and nothing to replace the capabilities of the desktop app at all).

They bought picnik a few years ago, made it the online editor for Picasa and google+ photos for a while, but then over time ditched ALL of it in favor of a handful of crappy instagram filters.

So all of the features, all of the tech, all of the MONEY in Picasa and Picnik is gone. Utterly gone. No legacy left. Google, once the most functional of photo online services out there, is now a second-hand copy of Apple's iCloud...just as everybody was basically complaining that Apple's online/mobile photo approach is damned annoying and nobody wants it and they're all out looking for something better.

At least Flickr has actually *added* functionality (as well as performance) in the last few years. I just hope whomever they get sold to will be able to keep it alive.

Comment Re:That's a shame (Score 2) 84

oh, it is easy: it is just like Apple's photos app. strictly chronological on date-taken (unless there's no exif data, in which case it is by date created or last update or, well, whatever, who cares). Plus albums. Unlike Picasa (but like Flickr) you can put a photo into multiple albums without it making copies of it.

And unlike the Android, the web version doesn't mix-n-match your online photos with the ones on your phone as if there was no difference between them.

Beyond that...it is one hell of a step backwards as far as features go.

Comment Re:I hope they keep the Picasa desktop app around. (Score 2) 84

It is on the slate to be removed. Existing copies still work, but 1) no updates (so an O/S or library change that breaks it is permanent), and 2) no promises that it will still be able to upload files after the transition.

Yes, very frustrating, as it is my primary post-processing tool.

Comment Medical and Financial? keep google out (Score 1) 110

You lost me when you mentioned financial records and health record. the health stuff is locked down by law, under HIPAA regulations. Google has no business in that space, especially not in a manner for pushing advertising recommendations to us. the last thing i want is to get *targeted* ads to me over my...not saying what my problem is. Get the drift?

Financial records are the same, though with less legal protection. The main inference they can get from that for advertisers is "are they rich"? Targeted ads based on the likelihood of whether or not i spend 50 or 500 for dinners on the road (or can afford to pay off my credit card or have extensive college debt)? (or more specifically, what is my company, or the government, willing to pay when i expense it). Is that really the future of Google you want to encourage?

It certainly isn't the future I want. while I agree that the idea of personal digital agents is inevitable, Google, which still makes most of its money on advertising and can improve its revenue by targeting, is the LAST company I want to have the ability to target me that closely. I won't hide that I have a kid, a dslr camera, a large music collection, and a hobby of visiting disney and national parks, but i still draw the line on my privacy somewhere.

Comment "not my fault" (Score 1) 434

If Samsung was willing to send upgrades to my not-even-2-year-old devices, I'd be upgraded by now.

Google doesn't have to sell the upgrade features to the end users. Google has to sell the upgrade to the OEMs (especially Samsung) to make them be willing to make the upgrade available for "old" devices (given that, today, 'old' means 9 months or less). Samsung and ASUS are more willing to let these older devices rot, under the expectation that they'll buy something new and get the upgrade then, so what is the point of back-porting it?

Google needs to better market the OS to the OEMs, not to Slashdot.

Comment Easter eggs as useless, or Easter eggs as 'alpha'? (Score 2) 290

My new music player (SubFire - a player for Subsonic servers) has an easter egg in it, but only because i don't have time to give it the care it would need to actually make it a "useful" feature to anybody but me. Triple-clicking in the copyright footer will bring up a search box, and that can only happen on the Chrome version.

Basically, I needed a quick search to get to song titles, for my own purposes, but if I were to properly implement search, it would need to be very different...I know what it should be, and I don't have time to build that. So I now have one undocumented feature that does what I want the way I want for the purpose I need it for.

Comment To which I say, "duh?" (Score 2) 247

from my blog on this, just now:

Proponents of refactoring have never ever said otherwise (unless they themselves are confused on the matter). Code is only readable if it is either simple, or clearly follows design patterns, or is clearly commented and the comments are up to date with the current version of the code. Code is only easy to change when it is readable and when all external dependencies are well known. That last part is a key thing that metrics aren't necessarily able to capture.

A refactoring project, if not refactoring to the right design patterns to address what was wrong with the structure in the first place, is not going to improve it. One must know clearly why the current structure is making a bug-fix or a new feature difficult to implement.

And while some refactorings are 'good' in that they reduce a lot of copy-paste code, others are good because they add code, or add classes (an alternative increase in complexity). Different refactorings have different effects, and are used in different situations.

And as always, if you don't need to refactor, don't. A refactoring is to improve the design, not to rewrite for its own sake.

And there-in lies the great flaw of the whole idea of such a study: you can't measure the quality of a software design. Some things you just have to judge for yourself, based on experience and attention, and no arbitrary metrics number will ever differentiate between a good design and a rubbish heap.

Disclaimer: I hate software metrics.

Comment can we stop it with the f'in' zombie $#!+? (Score 1) 247

they aren't real. they were never real. they never will be real.

if you're talking fiction and you want to talk about WWZ or Walking Dead, or whatever game it is you all are still playing, fine.

But stop posting crap like this where people make simulations about zombies and apocalypses as if this shit is real.

Comment bias in the question? nah... (Score 1) 397

the second you used the phrase "government overreach", you gave away that you are, in fact, a right-wing (or libertarian-right) jerk who has no interest in anything other than discrediting the government so you don't have to pay taxes and exist as a member of this society.

to which I say, piss off.

Comment Re:What percentage can even get it? (Score 1) 437

on top of that, being only a month or so old, it wasn't ready when the makers like Samsung needed to do their final packaging and testing for the Christmas season phones as all that had to happen in July through September to give the factories time to put the chip in and ship. How can I buy a 5.0 phone when the vast majority phones on the market now left the factory 3 months before 5.0 was released?

plus a 5g or 6g phone speaking 5.0 is going to be quite more expensive than the 2013 4g that as a simple matter of *hardware* is going to be fast enough for what most people throw at it, at least in the first few months. Why get a $250 (after contract) 5g phone with 5.0 on it when the 4g is only $99 and will run all the same apps just as well?

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