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Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 135

The problem is 'QWERTY' not bloody size. Sure after much experience you get to know where the keys are but how many know the full QWERTY alphabet 'QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM' so that you can tab through to get to the letter group you want (reduced number of keys, say 6 or 12 ie next key, 6 ABCDE next FGHIJ next). So you drop QWERTY and go back to your ABCs, so that a reduced key set works . This creates other problems for multiple devices so it makes sense to start pushing ABCs as a option on devices where it is purely governed by software.

Comment: Re:Always turn off auto update anyway (Score 1) 127

by rtb61 (#49626439) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Business customers will simply get updates after 'home users'. Home users will be crash test dummies who will simply be blamed for configuring their machines poorly or using it insecurely. M$ is running into harsher more competitive and demanding business market and hence is working to look better for them, so the monopoly market becomes a crash test dummy market (with all their machines reporting problems back, basically paying to be lab rats).

Comment: What platforms would those be? (Score 1) 188

TFA said: "Otherwise, it risks having users (slowly but surely) switch to more secure platforms that do give them updates in a timely manner."

I'm curious what platforms those might be.

The only one I'm (slightly) familiar with at the moment is Replicant, which is an all-open port of Android - with support for a limitied - and (thus?) somewhat pricey (when even available)- handful of platforms.

("All-Open" being defined as "Functionality dependent on binary blobs we don't have open source replacements for is left out of the distribution. You might get it working by installing proprietary modules. But we think that's a bad idea / counterproductive / reduces incentive for people to MAKE open source replacements, so we don't recommend it or provide instructions." i.e. do a web search for somebody who figured out how to do it if you want, say, the front camera, WiFI, or Bluetooth to work and forget about GPS for now. (v4.2 on Samsung s3))

Now I think that's the right approach. And I'd love to see more support or help for the project.

But are there others? If so, what are they?

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 295

Yup, if it wasn't Microsoft, all kinds of other companies could have dominated the desktop market. IBM (OS/2), Quarterdeck (DESQview/X), Apple (Mac OS), NeXT (NeXT), any number of *nix companies (X11), and others.

Microsoft got big because they got the consumers interested, and questionable deals with vendors.

Plenty of people only know the tunnel-vision version of computer history and they believe Microsoft is it. They either don't remember (or are too young to have seen) software boxes (ahh, the good ol' days) had logos to indicate which OS they worked on so you could pick the right one.

Comment: Re:$50 billion is not Huge, anymore (Score 1) 32

by rtb61 (#49626373) Attached to: Report: Microsoft Considering Salesforce Acquisition

Paying taxes is about paying for the revenue opportunities those countries create. Don't want to pay the taxes, 'THEN FUCK OFF', you are not entitled to the revenue opportunities those countries create. Want to generate revenue in the 'HIGH VALUE' markets, then pay taxes in those markets where the revenue is generated and do not steal infrastructure, a customer base with money or the social services of that customer base. Countries need to start killing of companies that steal access to markets without paying, corporate deaths sentences with asset seizure. That corporate tax greed is depriving citizens of social services that ensure health and well being. Corporate greed is killing a percentage of the population every year, it is time to hold them accountable for those deaths, when they cheat on taxes that pay for those social services.

Want out, fine, 'FUCK OFF' but don't expect access to that market any more. Sell your shit to third world sweat shop workers, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 188

by rtb61 (#49626327) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

You seem to forget it is open source. If a manufacturer wants to sell cheap phones with a old version of the software with a smaller overhead, then it is up to them to patch it, the patches are out there and really it doesn't take all that much effort, just a couple of skilled staff members as a part time effort. The Android system provides choice for everyone, manufacturers, application producers and customers. Choice inherently is fragmentation but seriously calling choice fragmentation is blatant PR=B$ and likely stems from vested advertising interest from say some other company that provides little or no choice.

So Apple to customers, we give you no choice 'er' fragmentation, buy it like we sell it too you and pay to much for it or piss off but believe us when we tell you, that you will look cool and sophisticated when you flash our stuff about the place and not look at all like a victim of marketing and a certain gullibility when it comes to paying inflated profit margins.

Comment: Re:Contributory infringement (Score 1) 96

by tepples (#49626309) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

Napster was shutdown by a court in the country in which it operated.

Which also happens to be the country in which Slashdot operates.

Likewise just because one judge in the UK made one decision doesn't make the software illegal in any other parts of the world.


Both the USA and Great Britain agree about the illegality of a copying service with no substantial non-infringing use. What makes you think courts in other countries that have signed the same copyright treaty won't reach the same conclusion when the MPA (the MPAA's foreign division) goes into those countries?

Comment: Re:Measurements (Score 1) 388

by sjames (#49626295) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

I think the answer is in there somewhere. At one time, the answer to your question was YES! 1000 times YES! Those two lines make the difference between the program fitting in memory and completing by the deadline and failure. At that time, the bar to successful programming was much higher than now. There may have been merely average programmers but their programs didn't fit into RAM. Besides that, the machines were very expensive and so was runtime on them. Much too expensive to burn on a merely average program.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 127

by rtb61 (#49626253) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Privacy, what about accuracy. My cell phone location data had me travelling to locations, I had never been, even overseas. Live in Adelaide, never left Adelaide since having the phone, but location data showing me travelling to Singapore.

So moron courts, how about placing some real legal risks on those providing that data, to ensure accuracy. So what is the penalty for the company providing inaccurate data, how many millions of dollars in penalties would they pay for providing inaccurate data, that threatens a conviction for what could be extremely serious offences. What is the legal warranty that the data provided is accurate, what is the penalty for failure in this regard, what right of challenge of accuracy of data does the defendant have.

Proper legal defence, prove the accuracy of the data to beyond a shadow of a doubt and I already know from first hand experience how inaccurate that data really is. Lawyers really need to put companies on legal spot when they provided data of questionable accuracy.

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