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Submitted by esarjeant
esarjeant (100503) writes "I guess it shouldn't come as a total surprise, but Netflix has gone from not issuing new developer keys to announcing the entire program will be shut down. It's a real shame they are going to be taking this offline, it spurred quite a bit of innovation for the Netflix service. For major sites that have already gone live it sounds like Netflix will let them keep going, but if you're looking to build the next FeedFliks then you better look elsewhere."
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Comment: Anything related to a binary tree (Score 1) 533

by esarjeant (#46006697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

I'd say anything related to reading from a binary tree. This is used as part of a Huffman style decoding for MPEG/JPEG/ZIP/etc. Most media we consume today (DVD, MP3's, M4V's, HDTV, etc.) relies on this kind of logic.

The majority of US homes (75%) have an HDTV, DVD and one or more portable media devices. Most of these homes have at least 3 hrs of HDTV decoding per day, which given the current population might be 1.5 billion hours of decoding per day in the US. Factor in music and multiple TV's you might be closer to 3-5 billion hours per day.

Comment: Re:Current PCs are good enough. (Score 2) 564

by esarjeant (#45925845) Attached to: PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

It depends how you look at your PC. If it's an "appliance" (fridge, microwave, hot water heater, etc.) ask yourself when was the last time you made an impulse buy to replace one of those? We had to buy a new fridge a few years back when after 10+ years our old one stopped working - it was cheaper to replace it than try to fix it.

Of course, if you're a fridge enthusiast, you would take it apart and fix it yourself. Most people aren't.

Same thing with PC's - most people could care less, it's an appliance they use when they have to do certain things. As long as it doesn't stop working they'll just keep using it.

Comment: Re:Down Again (Score 1) 267

by esarjeant (#45043235) Attached to: What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

I haven't seen this site work yet - every request is either "we have a lot of visitors" or "we are down". I figured by the end of the week things would get better but evidently that's not the case.

Honestly, at this rate, they would be smart to put this off for a year. Iron out whatever glitches they've got and go live for required coverage starting in 2015.

Comment: Dockable desktop phone -- "superphone" (Score 1) 248

by esarjeant (#42456243) Attached to: Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

This seems to have gotten buried in the press release, but Canonical has already done some demos in this regard. Basically, when you get into the office you dock your quad-core cell phone and get a full Ubuntu desktop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzc0uMXGFBY

They have been shopping this with their Ubuntu for Android solution, but a full mobile OS might enable them to get a "superphone" to market faster. Too bad it's >1 year out...

Comment: Ditch The X server and start over (Score 1) 1154

by esarjeant (#41270223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Ditch X11 and start over. This should be something that is assumed to only run local and will have direct access to hardware. while compositing window managers take a step in this direction, jump in all the way.

While it is impressive that you can direct an application to use a remote display, even an underpowered PC can host a native GUI that runs locally and is accessed remotely via VNC or RDP.

Combine it with a standard UI widget toolkit that is constant and don't waver. Do not allow co-mingling of various widget technologies, the current state of X11 allows such a diverse assortment of UI toolkits (KDE / GTK / etc.) that you are destined to get apps that look and behave differently.

Users don't need to theme their desktop, it is usually more important to them that it looks and behaves the same on every computer it gets installed to. The last thing a user wants is to sit down in front of an app and find that it looks completely different.

Finally, build a killer visual IDE that is as easy to use as VB.NET and use this to construct all of the apps your new desktop. That should just about do it... It wouldn't hurt to OEM bundle it with a few large PC vendors.

Comment: Re:Article: It failed to see iPhone and touchscree (Score 2) 327

by esarjeant (#40706741) Attached to: Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever

I think this is an excellent observation, while it really won't hurt MS to go after the mobile phone market since Windows Mobile wasn't going anywhere - they are about to plunge into a new battle where they are going to sacrifice one of their cash-cows (Windows/Office) to compete with iOS and Android.

They should focus on the enterprise market, and find ways to compete on iOS/Android without writing another tablet OS.

Comment: Can't blame them - but it won't work (Score 1) 298

by esarjeant (#40509891) Attached to: Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

I can't blame them for trying, but I'm not sure how durable any of this is going to be. Copyright holders are going to claim infringement at every opportunity, but it's all going to be contingent on the ability for the ISP to map an IP address back to a customer.

I'm envisioning this process to be a little less reliable than one might think. What if by early afternoon you have been switched to an infringers IP address? Are you now guilty of infringement assuming the other user infringed earlier the same day? Even worse. What if the infringers figure out they can arp flood the network and spoof other IP's on the same network? Now anyone connected to the same physical switch could be considered an "infringer" by virtue of their IP getting hijacked for downloading.

Ultimately it conflicts with the ISP's other intent - which is to ensure your IP address changes enough that you cannot easily host anything from your home. I'm thinking it's going to take a few years to shake out, but soon enough we will all be paying an Internet media tax to cover the losses that media companies are experiencing from illegal downloads. The real solution is much easier -- make it possible for us to purchase the media in the first place.

Comment: Copy & Paste Software Industry (Score 1) 250

by esarjeant (#40396835) Attached to: Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case

I'm a little confused on this one. There were quite a few articles outlining the original claims, including Groklaw, and exhibits showed source code had clearly been copied and pasted. In one example (PolicyNodeImpl.java), the private member variable names were the same!

Is this going to open the floodgates for the commercial software establishment to start copying & pasting open source code into their projects? This could really be a game changer for FOSS, commercial projects will start to copy this source code and GPL will be powerless to stop it. The legal arguments can simply point back to Google v Oracle and say that it's really not a problem to have a line-by-line source code match.

While I think Oracle was seeking an unreasonable amount in damages, it would have been better if Google had been forced to pay something to license these API's and to compensate for the source code they copied.

Comment: Re:We've become too comfortable. (Score 1) 518

by esarjeant (#40303787) Attached to: NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

People can't admit to themselves that they are risking their money by using non-aproved software with hardware they buy.

Interesting - so how do you in fact get "approval" to run software on your computer? I wonder where this control would stop, would you need to get OEM permission to install a text editor, word processor or graphics program?

The car analogy doesn't really work here, it's more like a VHS recorder where you can put in tape rentals, tapes that you've made from TV or tapes that you might borrow from a neighbor. Does Zenith need to give you permission every time you want to play a tape? That's ludicrous and it sets a dangerous precedent. You don't void your DVD player warrenty if you try to play a home made movie in it - do you?

It looks like Newegg ended up doing the right thing here ultimately, although I will say that for most PC hardware I've stopped shopping there as they generally don't have the best prices.

Comment: Re:Would anyone else recommend GWT? (Score 1) 409

by esarjeant (#40200167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?

Be very careful with GWT, the transpiling converts your Java to JavaScripted equivalents. If there is a problem with the browser interpreting the resulting JavaScript you're going to have a very bad day.

Honestly, if you're building a Java based site, I would take advantage of JSF to bind your presentation to your middle tier and then pick a JavaScript framework to help automate some of the trickier pieces of your presentation. I happen to like Dojo although it's been a couple years since I've used it in a project, and jQuery is really quite good also. You'll want a JavaScript library like this to help isolate you from browser JS incompatibilities -- and if something does go wrong you'll have one place to fix it.

If there is a problem with the resulting JavaScript on something like Dojo, you can open the source code and fix it. This is a huge benefit IMHO and not something GWT offers.

As far as database goes, if your requirements are fairly basic then you may want to look at Hibernate, this is going to give you an ORM that will eliminate a lot of standard CRUD work.

Comment: Re:Can anyone reading this story (Score 1) 200

by esarjeant (#40050425) Attached to: Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices

Agreed. It looks like something a grade school student could have written - not a multi-national corporation with billions of dollars in assets. Unfortunately, it's a criteria businesses use to measure the viability of a software company.

During the .com bubble, I was asked more than once to develop a description of a software system and/or methodology that could be submitted for a patent. Fortunately, I took the time to prove this work was not something entirely new and that these were designs I had already used at previous companies.

Investors are looking for protection. If they pour millions of dollars into something they don't want it to get "stolen". In the world of software, this kind of protection is unreasonable. The best you can do is protect yourself from someone copying your work exactly - which is a copyright -- otherwise its called competition.

Comment: Re:And the CAs do ... what again? (Score 1) 151

by esarjeant (#35597156) Attached to: Phony Web Certs Issued For Google, Yahoo, Skype

This kind of scheme makes perfect sense to me. Then individual companies would become their own certificate authority and could self-sign as needed. As a consumer, the only decision I need to make is if I trust the destination and after doing this once I shouldn't need to do it again. Of course, as a company I won't have to keep shelling out pointless cash to a CA that doesn't really do anything for me.

If my next visit to https://visa.com/ turns out to be a phishing site (don't bother following the link, it appears Visa's site is SSL challenged), then I'll likely get a prompt that says something like https://visa4scam.com/ has a certificate that you don't already trust - do you want to trust it? Smart browsers could say stuff like did you know that you already trust a certificate from visa.com and it has a different domain or IP address, and even indicate that this may not in fact really be Visa.

Honestly, I'm not sure the identity checks associated with EV really mean anything either. It's entirely for encryption purposes, and as a hacker unless I can hijack the actual domain there isn't much I can do with it.

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