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Comment: Re:Impressive... and improbable. (Score 5, Interesting) 74 74

While I've had almost the exact opposite experience (my Arch laptop has been running a few years now without issues) I kindof appreciate that it breaks for people so often. It's lead to the Arch wiki being the most complete wiki for solving linux problems I've seen. Hell, I usually go there to fix problems on any linux. It's saved my ass on ubuntu quite a few times!

Comment: The base stations shouldn't be secure (Score 1) 88 88

Unless we're talking about base stations that connect to some online cloud service so you can control it from work, I want less security, not more. Really, the job of security should be left up to the router/gateway between my network and the internet. If the attacker's on my local wifi, I'm already hosed anyway.

More importantly, leaving these devices open is good for extensibility. If the devices become secure, they become locked down. As it is, if my smartbrand a doorbell goes off I can have it tell my smartbrand b lights to turn on, etc. Security will solve a problem of a hacker getting in, but you can bet we won't get the keys for our own legitimate use.

Secure your network, and let the devices do what they do best. Also don't connect them to the internet because damn, that sounds like a mess waiting to happen, security or not.

Comment: Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (Score 4, Interesting) 250 250

Having not read the article, this sounds more like the age-old behaviour of auto-synch.

If auto-synch is left on, of course it erases the entire library and replaces it with your iTunes library. If the non-iTunes purchased songs were loaded onto the iPod from another source, then of course they don't get re-added until you go and add them again from the other source. People have been aware of this at least since my friend and I would load songs onto eachother's 3rd gen ipod with dock connector back in highschool.

Comment: Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (Score 1) 122 122

Personally, it's really annoying to me that they did this with KitKat. I used to enjoy NFC payment with my phone that has a secure element, but then google switched to the software method and my phone won't be updated. They discontinued google wallet service for secure element phones back in April. Now I have to use my card again.

Long story short, I'm pissed that by 'upgrading' they took a feature I had and regularly used away.

Comment: Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (Score 1) 558 558

The one thing that google wallet gets wrong that no other tap'n'pay that I've heard of does is: You have to unlock your phone. With apple play you just use TouchID, and with osaifu-keitai you just tap your phone (though you may have to tell the cashier which stored card to use), and it works even if the phone is off or dead.

If the user is expected to launch an app then your payment system is pretty much dead in the water relative to a physical card.

Comment: Watch them get ignored (Score 3, Interesting) 91 91

Man if these start showing up, They're going to look exactly like those "hit the target 3 times to win" flash-based advertisements. I'll probably glaze over them multiple times trying to submit a form before I notice that a 'completing the game' captcha is what's preventing me from leaving my incredible razor wit splattered all over someone's comments section.

Comment: Re:In before (Score 2) 147 147

Just FYI, I was uploading 50GB of video to youtube and got flagged by my school's network as a torrenter. Once they came by it was all cleared up (I was actually uploading the videos for them), but youtube's uploader may trip things if they're detecting 'torrenting' in some sub-par way.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 1) 164 164

I've actually been using ODF exclusively at the office (which uses entirely msft software) for every file I work on and email out, and nobody's noticed or complained yet. The standard install here is MessOffice 2010. Rather than try and change anyone else, I just took a look a the man in the mirror. It's gone well.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 1) 164 164

I thought the whole point of ODF is that it was readable without certain software. All you need is to unzip it and you can look at the underlying XML files, which is a hell of a alot better than doc was, and the XML in ODF is more readable/user modifiable than OOXML (in my opinion (I've opened it and modified it myself on a few occasions)).

At least how I heard it, back when Massachusetts was going to use it that was a big part of the reason (documents still readable even if the software is long gone).

Comment: Except that August was never Double Fine's release (Score 2) 97 97

Double Fine listed "October 2012" as their release, not August. Granted they've passed that now, but as a commenter before me said: communication is key. Since I see they're honest-to-god working on it, I'm not mad.

Double Fine Adventure was my first video game kickstarter - so I'm sort of using it as a measuring stick before I help fund other games. So far I don't feel burned - and I'm still excited for when it eventually does come out, so I think they're doing something right. It should be possible for things like this to pick up in the future.

I mostly just like the idea that the companies get funded without someone coming in and saying "hurr, we need to add more guns to this game for it to sell." "But it's a puzzle game!" "LOL Do it anyway! People Like Call of Duty!"

Comment: Re:Flipside (Score 1) 531 531

I'm pretty sure a large number of movies are streamed to netflix boxes and such via cloud services acting as CDNs. I think amazon books would still be owned by amazon - but third parties with agreements with amazon to distribute (such as netflix) may either have ...interesting ownership now - or have worked out special agreements with amazon to insure this legal trick doesn't befall them.

Of course, this won't make a difference to whoever has the most lawyers. They can probably even fix this retroactively.

Even if you did want to jump on this and claim the studios lost copyright 'cause of cloud delivery - that would only apply to copies you ripped from the cloud. They'd still nail you for torrents of blu-ray rips. And then they'd nail you again (always double-tap). Then they'd figure out how patent movie ideas and sue you for your home video that features your son running around in a cape.

Comment: wysiwyg Will Probably Always Have this Problem (Score 2) 545 545

Unfortunately, I don't really see any way to get what you want for the long haul. Companies keep changing, and so does the web. Even if you find one, it will produce code that breaks in browsers a few years from now, and sometimes current ones. What I would suggest is (bear with me) hand-coding your layout once, and then working it as a template for a simple CMS. I wouldn't want to hand code an entire website either, and for most a fully blown CMS is overkill (I don't need forums, or accounts at all: my website isn't really social), but there exist CMSs inbetween, and you only have to hand-code a few pages at worst.

I started with WolfCMS or something similar. Make one page, cut the code into snippets, and create a "layout" that includes these snippets. The CMS will fill the content in for you as you create pages. That's all I need, and it still gives me the power/flexibility to form my website into anything I want. Also, I would avoid one that has it's own scripting language. More pain than it's worth, especially for simple websites. You'll need to learn a little web development to get set up, but it should be relatively smooth sailing once installed. Wordpress can also be bent to create a number of different kinds of websites with their template system, though it's a bit more complicated. Handy if you want to include a well-known, well-supported (with plugins!) blog system, though.

As for hand-coding software, I tend to move around. I used GoLive for a time, for the preview, but now I just have some kind of programmer's GUI text editor in one space/virtual desktop, and a browser open in the other. I use Smultron on mac (I think it's been abandoned now though), Geany on linux, and Notepad++ on windows. Geany's my favourite so far.

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