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Comment: Re:Feet and inches (Score 1) 823

by jareth-0205 (#48037321) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I think everyone should be taught imperial measures as well , specifically miles,yards.feet and inches

All these measurements are still in daily use , try and work will millimeters in engineering and you soon find out that
thousands of an inch are the only way to measure small tolerances.

That's true actually, because we all know it's completely impossible to subdivide a millimetre. It's already been divided out of the metre! Split it any more and it'll shatter!

Comment: Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (Score 1) 150

by jareth-0205 (#48030529) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

that sits on your free fast wired internet connection

WTF, Are you on crack or something?

since when is anyone's 'Wired' internet "Fast" let alone "Free"?

Well, I should have said 'unmetered'. Wired will always have the potential to be faster than wireless, and in any civilised country with a functioning telecoms market it will be.

Same old trick by the telcos... They wont upgrade/add towers

You are aware of physics aren't you? You can't just keep adding cell towers, there's a limit to how closely you can put them together. The wireless bandwidth will always be restricted nomatter how much money you throw at it.

Comment: Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (Score 5, Interesting) 150

by jareth-0205 (#48026049) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Yes, because p2p comm during extended blackouts is trivially easy to maintain in the face of depleting battery power (Also, extended blackouts are oh-so-common in modern life). File transfers? Don't we already have a tech called bluetooth for that?

Fucking luddites on a tech site.

Yes, we have wifi, and bluetooth, and whatever, but LTE could be a technology to rule them all. Imagine having one protocol that could scale from pico home sites to nationwide networks. Having your phone connected to a home LTE hotspot that sits on your free fast wired internet connection, that then seemlessly hands over when you leave the house to standard mobile comms, or does P2P when you're physically near someone and need a photo or video from their device. We could do away with a whole bunch of different technologies potentially and replace them with one overarching wireless protocol that is better than them all.

Comment: Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (Score 1) 504

by jareth-0205 (#47962811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Agreed. It's especially weird because as much as (non developer) 'analysts' go on about 'fragmentation', every other platform in computing history has had the same problem to deal with, and the world managed with them alright. iPhone, for its initial period, was the only client platform ever where you could assume hardware, software and screensize were all the same.

Hearing the wails from the iOS side of the desk about their new challenges this last week I would say that's at an end now though.

Comment: Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (Score 4, Interesting) 504

by jareth-0205 (#47961319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Frankly, as an Android developer since the 1.6 days, I find your numbers highly suspect. I have worked in several small teams with equal Android and iOS resources, and on every one the Android team has a much lower crash rate, no significant difference in bug rates, and has the same development times as iOS. There is absolutely no way it's as expensive as you're quoting to add devices.

Maybe I'm just an amazing developer, but I doubt it. Stick to the documentation and understand the system you're programming for, and you don't have to tweak for every device that exists. It's a pretty consistent platform in my experience.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1, Interesting) 504

by jareth-0205 (#47961287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

It would only be "Planned Obsolescence" if the user was forced to install an iOS Upgrade. But they aren't; so it isn't.

*Sortof*. However, there is another effect that I've noticed as a dev, that when the majority of users do upgrade then app developers very quickly abandon support for the older OS, whereas Android devs know they have to keep stuff backward compatible so don't drop those old OS's as quickly. This means that your apps tend to stop getting upgrades if you don't upgrade your OS, and then stop working (most apps being network dependent and therefore killable by the software devs when you version won't talk to their server). So there is a strong pressure to upgrade.

Comment: Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (Score 1) 610

Hey, since you're talking about contract, can you point us to it so we can see if:

- The users expectations is on par with what the user agreed to
- If there is a failure of the accepted usage contract.


Don't be pedantic. A contract doesn't have to be something you can point to, it's a mutually understood way that something works. Here the way that it has always worked (ie the user decides to get something) is suddenly not the case anymore.

Comment: Re:Why not all apps at once? (Score 1) 133

by jareth-0205 (#47888823) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

I wonder why all apps aren't available at once. I understand this App Runtime for Chrome akin to the Java RunTime, which when installed, would have all Java applications available. What am I [mis]understanding?

Probably partly because it's not stable yet, but allso many/most apps won't work well since they tend to assume that the device has touchscreen support. That's reasonable for Android devices, but usually wrong for ChromeOS. Properly supporting keyboard navigation is a bit of a task when you've designed for touch... as Windows 8 metro demonstrates... Metro's OK if you have a touchscreen but a nightmare with a mouse.

Comment: Re:Scrap all the rules (Score 1) 104

but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want?

Yup, It frightens rich people and politicians hell bent on scaring the rich.

You have to be a sociopath to get into politics.

Perhaps, but you definitely are a sociopath given that you think that you must be allowed to do whatever you want regardless to the consequences to anyone else.

Comment: Re:Circular LCDs (Score 1) 87

by jareth-0205 (#47835169) Attached to: Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

It's a new thing called "fashion".
I'd much rather have a round watch than the current trend of recangular smartwatches.

Agreed... though using the word 'fashion' was perhaps a mistake...
Also, when the primary use of the watch is to tell the time then a round display is justified. They're not for heavy data display anyway.

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