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Comment Re:Germany should take note (Score 3, Informative) 48

The thing with this "direct bank access" in Germany is that I can go to my bank inside six weeks after the transfer and just tell them "reverse that transaction" and they just do it no question asked. So no scammer would ever use that to get money.

In fact, the "scamming" happens more the other way around. People ordering stuff with that direct debit payment, then reverse the payment after five weeks. Then the merchant has to either sue them to get his money, or he can decide do just live with the loss and just black-list them as customers.

Comment Re:This seems really simple... (Score 2) 131

The thing is, while there might be a function to correct the bias, that function most likely can't be applied to the "end result". For example, you can't just substract / add something to the distance calculated.

I suspect what they do is calculate the distance travelled between two measurements, and then add up that calculated distance. Which of course is a horrible way to do it, since in amplifies the errors in the location into bigger and bigger errors in distance.

They basically need to apply "smoothing" to the gathered data first. Back in the old days, when I still did analytics of physical measurement with "pen and paper" the standard way to plot a graph was to dot in the measurement, then squint your eyes and draw the resulting graph "smoothly through the dot-cloud". No exactly rocked surgery for anyone who has a basic understanding of physics and/or statistics. Makes one wonder who programmed those Apps. They probably took an API-Example for distance calculation and slapped an shiny GUI over it without further thought.

Comment Re:Iceweasel for Windows? (Score 1) 199

Hehehe. Either you just insulted all the intelligent boxes-of-rocks out there, or Moonchild is really fast to listen to users.

On the Pale Moon home page, RIGHT under the big Download Button it states:

Having trouble with the web installer or looking for other download options like an off-line installer, a package for a different operating system, Atom builds or portable version? Check the download menu at the top of this page!

Comment Re:Microphone access. (Score 2) 223

I'm not sure, but in my opinion the "no, never" would not make much sense from a security standpoint.

Let's look at a "non-malicious" use case first:

If for example you have an app that has a "find the next gas station" button, and the prompt is triggered by that.
Would a "no, never" make sense in that context? After all, when I don't want the App to know where I am, why would I press the "find the next gas station" button in the first place?

Then lets look at a "malicious" app case:

If the App randomly wants access to your location for no apparent reason, my personal opinion is that the "never" button will just hide the fact that the malicious app is trying to access his location all the time. If the user gets the popup every 5 minutes he will probably decide "this App is crap" and uninstall it. If the malicious location-lookup is just silently ignored then the user might keep using the app, and who knows what other malicious tricks it's also trying.

My personal "favourite" solution would be to just have the yes/no option in the simple OS prompt, and have the "yes, all the time" "no, never" options only in the OS administration interface for the app, but there with additional options to log/analyse the request that are made. So that the user isn't tempted to just klick "yes, all the time" for every app that is installed.

Comment What about the corporate angle? (Score 1) 199

Since we just now are in the process of deciding which browser to use in the system images of ~5.000 machines in a corporate environment this is really big news.

Having a specific "sort of social media" connection to a third-party service provider hard-wired into the browser, especially one where people can push documents viewed in the browser to, basically puts one further nail into the coffin of Firefox usage as official browser on work machines in my opinion.

Comment Re:"The code comes out cleaner"? (Score 5, Interesting) 497

Having "taking over" a lot of code in my time, I can say for myself, having code that "works and I don't know why" makes me more nervous that code that "doesn't work and I don't know why".

I'd rather have clean code, be it working or non working. If it's clean I can get it to work reasonably quick. If it's not clean and not working then I can easily justify a re-write. But if I can't understand it and it seems to be working, I always have the dread that someday it will break in a disastrous fashion in the most inconvenient of times with me being unable to do anything about it.

Comment Re:A whole year's subscription for one page (Score 1) 98

I dunno, but it *seems* my local paper has a system that looks like it's working. At least the system is in place for 3-4 years now without a change, and I still like it.

They basically have ~40% of the articles available for free, maybe 20% have a 2-3 sentences summary and the rest is pay walled, maybe 20% have a "short version of 10-20 sentences that is free, and a pay walled version that is longer and most of the time has more pictures.

You can either get a monthly print subscription, which includes all the on-line articles too, or a slightly cheaper online-only subscription. Both of those I would never get, since I don't read them that regularly. But they also offer a "day ticket" to access all their content for 24 hours which cost about the same as a printed paper in the news stand. I get that 1-2 times a month when I find some interesting articles I want to read further.

A few things come together there, I think: It's a good mix of free / paywalled content so it never feels like a "bait and switch" scheme which is a feel that a lot of pay walled sites have. Google only indexes the free stuff, so everybody arriving from Google gets at least the info that was looked for, with sometimes the OPTINON to get additional info. Plus a simple payment process that isn't any hassle.

Comment Re:Documents and search (Score 1) 134

I have had good experiences with Semantic Mediawiki in two settings:

A) My workplace, where developers and admins manage the data.
B) My RPG group, where role players manage the data.

It *totally tanked* in two settings where people saw our developer/admin wiki and "wanted something similar set up" for them to use:

C) in my workplace for the marketing people.
D) in my workplace for the procurement people.

The that A) and B) had in common, they *knew beforehand* what data they wanted to store for a server, an application, a sheduled task, a hero, an NPC, etc... so it was pretty simple so setup up about a dozen semantic templates and have them start entering the data. In cases C) and D) the people had no idea what they wanted to put into the system.

Comment Re: GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 311

Of course there seem to be two kind of "developers".

Type one (you and me it seems) are people who stumble over "Dang, I (or my employee) has a problem that technology and software could solve. Let's solve that problem" situations. For those people (us) the GPL is great. You can pull together a solution that fixes your problem, and makes your company more productive. Basically by "directly making money" with the software you write.

Then there seem to be the "I have this great idea. People should pay me, because I had this great idea" developers. For those the GPL is basically the end of their business model.

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