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Comment: If Electric Imp dies so do all "the cloud" goodies (Score 2) 32

by atrimtab (#47225739) Attached to: Ellipto: a DIY Fitness Tracker and Dashboard In 70 Lines

Electric Imp would be interesting if open source. Alas, it's not. It's proprietary and everything is in "the cloud," so if the company dies so do all the projects and products that work with it as you lose access to the Imps that are deployed.

What I find amazing is that product's like Lockitron are totally dependent on this may not be there tomorrow proprietary cloud platform.

Comment: Re:Wrong concern (Score 1) 409

by atrimtab (#47012773) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

When the cloud is a regulated utility then we can begin to think about putting critical data in it. Or worse running critical infrastructure applications that may be changed by someone else on their timetable, rather than yours breaking what you have invested in.

Right now, in using the cloud, you are just handing what may be your most important asset to a 3rd party who likely does not care about it as much as your organization does. And may happily share it with any number of others who asks via the 3rd party doctrine.

The cloud is fine for unimportant stuff that you can afford to lose or applications that are not critical. Consumer Smartphone apps fit that criteria. But if it is important, using the cloud is like not ever checking the backups you've made. It likely won't be there when you really need it.

+ - Why is Slashdot ignoring the advice of so many developer articles. 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over the years, Slashdot has recycled plenty of articles about lousy UX, lousy design, lousy graceful degradation, lousy development practices, lousy community management, even lousy JavaScript implementations creating security problems. Did Slashdot read any of those articles?"

Comment: Re:Really need an API? (Score 1) 158

by atrimtab (#42731871) Attached to: Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

Yes, you want an Open API or access to data without encumbrance via a standard interface. Preferably, enforced by a contract and SLA.

We've already played the "scraping game" for decades. If you want to always be chasing the last change made by the target you are scraping, while also handling all your user complaints because your app just broke... again for the 3rd time this week... then go ahead and scrape.

And please come back and tell us how long it took you to give up.

Comment: Re:Stupid question... (Score 1) 158

by atrimtab (#42731773) Attached to: Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

You have to ask yourself: is it really worth developing an app that integrates with, or worse runs completely on Facebook's platform?"

If Facebook pays me: Sure.

They better be paying you incrementally for each user forever for all the data they collect from users that use your app or service... otherwise, you'd be a fool to base *anything* "on top of" the Facebook ecosystem.

I am constantly amazed that there are so many services that build upon Google, Apple or Facebook web authentication systems. It's just plain stupid for anyone to do that unless they are Google, Apple or Facebook as those services can eliminate your access to your customers ANY TIME they choose without you having any say in the matter.

And of the 3, Facebook is the worst, since by forcing users to have a Facebook account to use your service you are broadcasting how little you care about their ability to control any of their privacy given that tracking that you enable FB to perform against those users all over the net and FBs consistent history of altering their user terms to the detriment of their users.

If I see a service that REQUIRES a Facebook account, I will not use it whether it is free, paid or otherwise. And I am far from alone. Any developer that forces FB authentication in their apps or services is likely giving up at least 1/3rd of potential customer/users.

Comment: In 1995 it was called IPng. It was ignored then... (Score 1) 551

by atrimtab (#35108934) Attached to: If You Think You Can Ignore IPv6, Think Again

In 1995 IPng was to be implemented ASAP.

Now 16 years later we're still talking about it.

DNSSEC was also being promoted/talked about in 1995 to protect against exploits found 5 years earlier.

It was also ignored as a problem.

Maybe, finally., the cost of not implementing these has finally become greater than ignoring them..... but I somehow doubt it. ISPs can make more $$$ off the scarcity of IP4 addresses than they are likely to make pushing IPng/IPv6.

IPng/Ipv6, DNSSEC and "Duke Nukem Forever" have far more in common than they should.

If customers don't demand these they won't happen just like they've only been marginally implemented over the last 16 years.

Comment: Re:Developer's Choice (Score 1) 196

by atrimtab (#34667332) Attached to: Google Pushes Openness Over Rooting

Virgin Mobile in the US is about as close to prepay as you can get. Their least expensive plan is a prepay $25/month (including all taxes and BS charges) for 300 talk minutes plus unlimited data and texts.

Alas, the phone is still locked to Virgin Mobile's rented network. Which is really Sprint's CDMA network.

But you can get a Samsung Intercept Android phone from Virgin Mobile (or other retailers) for around $180 on sale.

$180 for the phone and $300/yr for service is a hugely sweet deal compared to the iPhone on AT&T for over $1200/year on AT&T's crummy network.

What's funny is that Sprint also offers the Samsung Intercept for $99 and $70/month (or $840/year) with a 2 year contract. Same network, same phone, just a whole lot more expensive.

Comment: Re:I'm not an expert, BUT (Score 1) 408

by atrimtab (#34507662) Attached to: Ex-Sun CEO Warns Oracle of Death By Open Source

Only in the Sun386i, which Sun killed in 1990 when they introduced the Sparcstation 1 and put all their "wood behind one arrow" in the SPARC architecture.

The Sun486i, while developed, never saw the light of day as a product BECAUSE it was faster than the SPARC offerings of that time.

Part of the issue was that the 386i and 486i were developed on the east coast at the former Apollo Computer that was acquired earlier by Sun. There was a lot infighting between the divisions on the each coast. The east lost.

Comment: Re:have you tried ionice? (Score 5, Informative) 472

by atrimtab (#33998080) Attached to: The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

ionice works great in a terminal window, but isn't integrated into any of the Desktop GUIs.

I suppose you could prefix the various file transfer commands used by the GUI with an added "ionice -c 3", but I haven't bothered to look.

Using ionice to lower the i/o priority of various portions of MythTV like mythcommflag, mythtranscode, etc. can make it quite snappy.

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Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths 449

Posted by samzenpus
from the kids-say-the-#@^*est-things dept.
tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"

Comment: Re:Next of Kin? (Score 1) 351

by atrimtab (#32752430) Attached to: Microsoft Kills the Kin

That would be Windows Phone 7. Thanks to Android it's likely to meet a similar fate.

If Microsoft open source most of Windows Phone 7 and licenses it for free to hardware makers it may have a chance. They'd just have find a sweet spot of control like Google has. Otherwise, Windows Phone 7 is already doomed.

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Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"

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