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Comment: Re:Kool-aid Overdose (Score 1) 360

by gnupun (#48948367) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

4 out of 5 smartphones in the world bought by consumers is made by Google.

You need to lay off the kool-aid. Apple invented/created the design for iphone and iOS. Samsung copied the iphone and Google copied iOS. So you fandroids are just using Apple's (counterfeit) product, but are sore losers enough not to attribute your Android phone's design to Apple.

Without the iPhone, your android phone would look like a crappy blackberry clone.

Comment: Re:Only a matter of time... (Score 2) 231

by gnupun (#48945807) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

See. Completely different from a taxi service.

What additional regulations would Uber face if they admitted they were a taxi service?

IMO, a ride-sharing service would be something like a stranger, X, would drive another stranger, Y, from point A to B. In return, Y would get a ride from point M to N from yet another stranger, Z. No money would change hands between driver and passenger -- they are sharing rides only.

Comment: Re:I am actually excited about Intel AMT (Score 1) 170

by gnupun (#48938039) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

If I understand it correctly, I would be able to power on, fix or reimage my home desktops/laptops while at work or away on a trip. Or fix my moms crashed computer from half way around the globe.

And govt agencies and hackers would also be able to do this and we don't want that. As far as fixing your mom's computer, a simple video chat using some mobile phone can be used to fix the computer, without the invasive spyware.

Comment: Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (Score 1) 170

by gnupun (#48938011) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

wait, no, a GNU/Linux enthusiast; run-of-the-mill Linux enthusiasts are too corrupted by pragmatism) poring over hundreds of giant sheets of chip diagrams,

They don't do that (poring) even for software, that they can read and understand, hence all these critical bugs. Why should manufacturers spill their millions of dollars worth secrets to a bunch of freeloaders? Vendors are fully within their rights to keep their designs secret -- If you don't trust their products, don't use it.

Comment: Re:Bad comparaison (Score 1) 135

by gnupun (#48930341) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

If you divide the claimed 10 billion dollars by the claimed 600,000 jobs, you get 16,000 dollars per job. That's much lower than the average developer's salary.

Most of that $10B probably goes to big name freemium game companies who make tons of money from in-app purchases of digital goods. So if you subtract big-game dev income, you'd end up with something like $5,000 to $10,000 per independent developer.

Apple should release how much of that $10B goes to independent developers.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 154

by gnupun (#48915465) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

And they make money by ensuring that there are drivers.

Oh, there's going to plenty of supply of drivers if you charge a whopping $357 for 14 miles. What sane person would ride during surge pricing times?

You can rent a car for 3-5 days, with insurance, for that much money. Surge pricing is more about ripping people off when they need something the most than it is about maintaining a supply of drivers.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 3, Informative) 579

This is a bad example.

It's a valid example: a smartphone is just a shrunk down PC/laptop.

You don't get all your drivers from the OS vendor.

True, but we do get OS updates from only one vendor: the OS vendor. If there's a driver bug or hardware bug, we get the driver update from the hardware vendor. This is not a hardware/hardware driver bug, so the update must come from the OS vendor, google.

The problem is that you can't use them if your hardware vendor has not yet made their drivers compatible with the new version of the OS.

What does a pure software component, WebView, have anything to do with hardware drivers? Nothing. Your argument is baseless.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Insightful) 579

No, it's your hardware provider that is your problem, not Google.

Do you update your Windows/Linux/OSX PC/laptop from the OS vendor or the company that sold you the hardware? It's almost always the OS vendor. A PC/laptop is very similar to a smartphone except the latter is smaller. Google's model of pushing updates through the hardware vendor utterly stupid and adds an extra unnecessary middleman to the process.

Contact your hardware provider and bitch to them, not Google.

Why can't google's patch fix the issue? Is there a different kernel for each android phone so that different patches are needed for each phone?

Comment: Re:Java is Pascal++ (Score 2) 488

by gnupun (#48902993) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Wait... can you state again just how Pascal and Java are similar?

Here are a few similarities, off the top of my head:

* Java's single-inheritance class system is very similar to that in Object Pascal except Pascal did not have interfaces. It's much saner and error-resistant than C++'s byzantine class system.
* System.out.println() is very similar to Pascal's Write, Writeln
* No separate header files: Interface declaration and implementation in the same source file. Java's 'import' is similar to Pascal's 'uses' statement.
* Both have runtime array bounds checking
* Some data types like 'byte' and 'boolean' seem to be taken from pascal.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 0, Troll) 488

by gnupun (#48900031) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Pascal should die!

Yes, because only ugly, unreadable languages like C/C++, PHP and Perl are favorned because they make programmers look cleverer and provide job security through obscurity (of code). Clean languages like Pascal, Python or Java are derided as ivory tower and unpractical although they are readable, encourage good design and help finding/preventing more bugs in the development phase.

Comment: Re:Cumbersome to obtain (Score 2) 216

What exactly does cumbersome mean here? Does it
(a) Require a lot of time, hassle and/or paperwork?
(b) Cost high fees to obtain and maintain it?
(c) Require a much higher level of driving skills than non-commercial DL?

Also, what's the difference in cost for non-commercial vs commercial insurance, typically?

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein