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Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 184

by Tokerat (#43282395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Apps To Use Phones' Full Power?
Battery life is an issue. I'm sure there are optimizations, at least on some devices, which reduce power partially or completely to unused RAM to save on battery life...don't you need to send a refresh signal each clock pulse to keep RAM from losing what is currently stored? Seems like a waste to use the power on memory which isn't currently occupied, which in turn helps the phone operate longer. Also, minimizing bandwidth useage keeps your app (and your OS) in a favorable light with carriers. Of course, the solution is to run full tilt when on charger+WiFi, and leave the optimizations for when they're actually needed. The only difficulty I see with that scheme is end-user confusion and frustration ("it works from home but it's terrible when I am on the move. Must be my carrier's fault!") - might be worth it if it could somehow be effectively communicated to the users; and by user, I mean anyone, not just the tech savy.

Comment: This is true. (Score 3, Interesting) 285

by Tokerat (#39783259) Attached to: One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows
I've run Macs most of my life, and recently backed up the entire contents of a machine to a Windows box with the space needed for the backup; close to a million files (app bundles contribute largely to this number), about 120 common-use files had various infections that Norton picked up.
The Media

+ - NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Washington Post reports that NBC has completed its investigation into the “Today” show’s mishandling of the police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case with a finding of error, plus an apology. The apology addresses the “Today” show’s failure to accurately abridge the conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher in this high-profile case. This is how the program portrayed a segment of that conversation: Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black" Here what was actually said: Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about." Dispatcher: "OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?" Zimmerman: "He looks black." In an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called this omission on the part of ”Today” an “all-out falsehood” — not just a distortion or misrepresentation. "On the good front, [NBC] acknowledges the mistake and apologizes to viewers for the bad editing. It’s a forthright correction and spares us any excuses about the faulty portrayal. On the bad front, the statement is skimpy on the details on just how the mistake unfolded," writes Erik Wemple. "In light of all that’s happened, Zimmerman may be a tough person for a news network to apologize to, but that’s just the point: Apologies are hard.""

Comment: Re:Another Malthusian Failure (Score 1) 140

by ericspinder (#39195545) Attached to: "Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched
As I only countered his alleged simile (...is like coding a new software with [one language] while...) with my experience showing that it isn't so impossible, I would conclude that you need to read a little more carefully. To be more explicit, he never said anything about anecdotal evidence at all, that was just you being fully snarky, but likely you knew that already.

Comment: Re:Another Malthusian Failure (Score 1) 140

by ericspinder (#39145947) Attached to: "Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

Sadely making a new drug (that isn't just a generic copy of another) is like coding a new software with java while you only know C#.

As principally a Java programmer, I've only done one C# project, It ran quietly for more than five years, even was moved to a new machine without issue by someone who contacted me once with some basic questions because he saw my name associated with it. I'm sorry, your point was what exactly?

Comment: Re:Things you can't do on Windows or Linux (Score 1) 584

by Tokerat (#37940792) Attached to: Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

Would develop* the death of android would not prompt an exodus to apple but to wp7, most people who own an android specifically chose not to go apple cause of apple bs, and while microsoft has their share, it's not nearly as bad.

Not sure if trolololol

The reason most people who got Android got one was because their carrier didn't offer an iPhone. Most of the world outside your WoW guild doesn't give a crap one way or another about "Apple's BS"

Comment: My reason: Price (Score 1) 1162

by Tokerat (#35869688) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
I already own a TV that doesn't do HD. I already have a DVD player. The economy is crap, and I have no money. I can't afford $1000+ for a new TV, $400+ for a Blu-Ray player (even a PS3), and whatever it would cost for a good surround sound system right now. It's not that I don't *want* Blu-Ray, it's that I have no means to upgrade at this time. Hopefully it lives long enough to allow me to make the switch eventullally, because I have seen whatt it can do, and I am actually impressed; the problem is purely financial.
Medicine

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server? 1307

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the would-they-give-one-to-you dept.
jddorian writes "I am head of a clinical division at an academic hospital (not Radiology, but similarly tech oriented). My fellow faculty (a dozen or so) want to switch from a paper calendar to electronic (night and weekend on-call schedule). Most have an iPhone or similar, so I envisaged a CalDAV server. The Hospital IT department doesn't offer any iPhone compatible calendar tool, so I bought (with my cash) a tiny server, installed BSD and OpenLDAP for accounts, and installed and configured DAViCal. After I tested it out, I emailed IT to ask to allow port 8443 through the hospital firewall to this server. The tech (after asking what port 8443 was for), said he would unblock the port after I provide him with a login account on the machine (though 'I don't need root access'). I was taken aback, and after considering it, I am still leaning toward opposing this request, possibly taking this up the chain. I'm happy to allow any scan, to ensure it has no security issues, but I'd rather not let anyone else have a login account. What do the readers of Slashdot think? Should I give IT a login account on a server that is not owned or managed by them?"

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