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Comment: Re:why not a web page? (Score 3, Interesting) 161

by jddj (#49563175) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

It's important to understand that the context of use for a mobile web page is different from that of a successful mobile app.

There are a bunch of dumb apps developed for online news sites - as though I'd ever want to go to just one news site, vs. have the mobile web spread out before me.

OTOH, good mobile apps do things that the mobile web doesn't or can't. Perform read/write operations on local data. Use local processing power - as much as is available. Access local sensors not available to mobile web. Aggregate data from multiple sources - perhaps blending web and local data.

Even apps that do nothing more than provide deep search - if the vertical market for the app is well defined (Movie geeks: IMDB, small investors: finance apps...), it's possible for a mobile app to excel over a web site by providing native gadgets and a platform native UI that doesn't have to leave room for the (admittedly minimal) mobile browser UI.

Finally, mobile apps can scrape a bunch more information from the user's device than can mobile web. Definitely a help in monetizing a popular vertical, if you roll that way.

Comment: Re:Least common denominator (Score 1) 161

by jddj (#49562973) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

Disagree with your comments on CG UI.

I used Lightwave 3D for quite a while. It's built with one of these cross-platform Frankenstein UIs, and frankly, that part sucks.

I want an app to behave on a Mac like a Mac app, on a Windows PC like a Windows app, and on a Linux box with whatever feeble attempt at consistency it can muster.

Ditto goes for iOS and Android. Can't stand seeing the iOS "BACK" button on an Android screen. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Comment: QNAP TS-something-something with Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 253

by jddj (#49289019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server In a Crawlspace?

I'm using a TS-119+ with a 2TB disk inside. It's sitting in my wiring closet.

It's running MythTV for my TV/UPnP server, MythWeb for programming, Mediatomb to serve photos/videos via UPnP, and mt-daapd as an iTunes Music Server. I use PS/3s for the TV front-ends, and Roku Soundbridge 500s, 1000s, and 2000s for the music players.

It's about as close to silent as you get - I think it's fanless (you can see I'm not concerned enough about noise to find out). And it uses about 6w when it's idling.

I got into NAS solutions after I figured out running my MythTV system 24x7 was like leaving a 100 watt lightbulb on all the time, even when I didn't need it. I measured my old beige-box PC with a watt meter: a continuous 95 watts. And loud fans.

The QNAP delights me. All I could ask for that it doesn't do well is transcoding. There's just not enough CPU for it. But that'll come in time with some other NAS unit, or with offloading it via scripting to a full PC or Mac, when I get around to it.

Comment: They ALREADY figured out why - it's in TFA (Score 2) 253

by jddj (#49161639) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

From TFA:

"The 'catastrophic event' produced 43 pieces of space debris, according to Air Force Space Command, which disclosed the loss of the satellite Feb. 27 in response to questions from SpaceNews."

Just what kind of questions was SpaceNews asking, that the satellite would explode in response? They should STFU pretty quick, before we lose everything in LEO!

Comment: This is really hard. As in "middle-east peace" har (Score 1) 164

by jddj (#49155243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

I reviewed 30 offerings for my office. None pleased everyone or most. If you have just a few office locations, Smart makes great connected whiteboards. It's hard to find better. If you have work-from-home or people want to use iPads and whiteboards at the same time, or you've got paper-only constituents, it's a complete mess. Might look at Groupboard or Board thing.

Comment: Chase happiness, not money (Score 1) 698

by jddj (#49129091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter?

Find a way to do the work that you love most, not necessarily the work that pays you most. If you're good, and the work's important, the money will follow.

A close second would be: treasure your time. You can buy almost anything else, but not a second more.

Another close second: Love yourself first. That's the way to healthy relationships with others. (That's not to say "be a selfish narcissist", but instead to understand that you have to be whole and strong if you're not to fall into relationships where you're not an equal partner).

A third: Invest while you're young. (See the one about not being able to buy the time back above).

Comment: Re: Mod Parent Up (Score 0) 71

by jddj (#49121429) Attached to: UK Scientists Claim 1Tbps Data Speed Via Experimental 5G Technology

Well, if I understand GB Ethernet (with which I've wired my home, to ease passing MPEG-2 OTA TV streams around), it moves from one twisted pair to four, at the 100Mbit clock rate, and so approximates 1Gbps, though doesn't quite equal it.

So not a like-for-like comparison. While the summary doesn't say much, the other provided explanation (multiple spatial paths) seems something like GB EN, in that there are multiple channels in which the information is transmitted.

Hard for me to see how you cram a Terabit down a 100MHz single channel, but perhaps that's not what's being attempted.

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein