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Comment: People have been talking about this for years. (Score 1) 157

by hey! (#49625637) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

The Android fragmentation boogeyman.

What nobody's ever explained to my satisfaction is why I should give a flying f*ck. As far as I can see "fragmentation" is simply the result of users and developers not all being forced to upgrade to the latest and greatest when the platform vendor demands it. This is actually a *good* thing.

It means I can find a $40 Android tablet running KitKat, which is perfectly fine for things I want to use a $40 tablet for. I'm out of the developer business now, but I still dabble to keep up with developments, and far as I can see the Google tools do a really nice job of allowing developers to target a range of platforms and still look up to date on the latest and greatest. So I don't have to shut out people who bought a smartphone last year if I want to use Material Design (which is cartoony for my taste but does a nice job setting out consistent UI guidelines).

If this is fragmentation hell, all I can say is come on in, the the lava is fine. Sure it would be *nice* if the adoption rate for the latest and greatest was higher, but as a long time user and developer I have to say that not being pushed over the upgrade cliff on the platform vendor's orders is nice too.

Comment: This is probably good, but they're spinning it... (Score 1) 123

by jonadab (#49625523) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

"Business users will have the option to set their own update cycle, so they can see if any of the patches accidentally break anything for home users before trying them out."

Stripping away the spin, updates will come out as soon as they're ready (which is probably a good thing on the whole), and business users will have to test and deploy them at that time, whenever it happens, rather than having a monthly scheduled day to do so.

That "option to set their own update cycle" spin is nonsense. If you do that, every single security fix Microsoft ever rolls out goes public days or weeks before you get it -- like what happens when a zero-day goes public and it takes Microsoft several days or weeks to get the fix out, but it'll be like that for you for every single security update ever. Yeah, no, that is not the way any reasonable large business is going to handle it.

This means effectively, if you are a large company, you will really need to have people on call or otherwise available every day in case an update comes out. But, in 2015, are there any large businesses left that *don't* already have IT people on the clock every day? I see this as Microsoft catching up with the reality that at this point large businesses *do* have IT people on staff full time -- they *have* to have them -- and everyone, including the large businesses, is put unnecessarily at risk when security updates that are ready to roll out are held back to wait for a certain day of the month. It does mean occasionally an IT department's going to have to reschedule a day full of department meetings and team-building exercises to test and deploy an update that just came out, but it's worth it.

So it's the right thing to do, but Microsoft's spin is so much nonsense.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 61

by Qzukk (#49625157) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Actually my suggestion was to let people decide whether or not to let GOG try to change it since not all users trust apps to change the firewall, not all firewalls allow apps to change it, and so on. Maybe for maximum paranoia there could be a setting that hides the uPNP option completely so nobody accidentally checks it.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 3, Insightful) 61

by Qzukk (#49624921) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Invitations are absolutely an awesome feature, but you know what would blow my socks off? If the GOG launcher handled all the bullshit firewall crap.

I still get games where the authors have failed to bother to document the port(s) their server uses or where they think it's awesome to have the server start up on a random port from 1024 to 65534. Usually 30 pages deep in the game forum there's a thread where you find posts like "i forwarded UDP 19228 and the server showed up on the browser for 30 seconds but nobody could connect and I couldn't get it to show up again after a restart". If, along with all the other brilliant work GOG has done to get the games working in current versions of windows, GOG's launcher popped up a window like steams cdkey window that said

Hosting a multiplayer game requires these ports:
    TCP 12421, TCP 12422, UDP 20000-20400
  [x] Use uPNP to request forwarding these ports on my firewall
  [x] Do not show this again
    [ OK ] [ Cancel ]

I think my socks loosened a bit just thinking about it.

Comment: Re:I cut my teeth on the ARPANET. (Score 1) 524

by hey! (#49624827) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Go really retro and have token ring and round robin instead of ethernet....

No, that's for after I've sold them all ThickNet. Then I'll have them bying STP-A cable by the spool to run to the MAO. Maybe I'll package a whole concentrator rack inside a vintage Frigidaire unit so that anytime anyone wants a Pabst they'll see you're more retro than thou.

Comment: Home PCs are fast disappearing (Score 0) 123

Some 300 million PCs were shipped world wide . What fraction of it is home PCs? How many people are still buying a PC for their homes? While 1 billion android devices shipped and another half a billion iOS devices were shipped last year. More gaming consoles were probably sold than home PCs. Further home PCs are on the low end of the price range, often cheaper than smart phones. So if you count dollar volume of home PC sales, the picture looks dismal for home PCs.

During the hayday people bought windows PCs for home because they were familiar with it at work. Now... not many are buying home PCs. With competition from iPad, iPhone and chromebooks crowding in, home PC might become a relic like the VCR or the CD player.

Comment: Re:Government should be run like a venture cap fir (Score 1) 205

It justifies progressive taxation and social services from a capitalistic point of view. Without invoking socialism or appealing to better human nature. It also forces the ultra right winger who argue all taxation is theft by government to account for the investment made on them by other tax payers. This argument is useful upto that extent, not too different from Elizabeth Warren's, "we built the roads and educated your workers, you built it, you keep a good chunk of the profits, we contributed too, so give us our fair share to create more successful people like you for the next generation". But of course you could not carry it to the extreme.

Comment: random breakage (Score -1, Troll) 123

by roc97007 (#49623301) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

> Home users will receive updates as they come out, rather than queueing them all up on "patch Tuesday."

So random breakage, then, rather than breakage on a particular weekday. Sucks to be a home user.

> so they can see if any of the patches accidentally break anything for home users before trying them out.

"if"? It's inevitable.

System restarting, wait...