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Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Reminds me of the time I tried to batch-convert hundreds of icons. GIMP is scriptable. So I looked at Scheme and then at the API and examples. Scheme wasn't the issue, but the API just didn't seem to make sense. After a few hours, I gave up and started Photoshop. I pressed record, converted an icon and applied the recorded script to the folder within a few minutes.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 2) 696

I have yet to meet a motorist who stricly adheres to the speed limits. Or one who doesn't run a yellow light even though he could stop safely. Motorists seem to be very aware of the rules that bicyclists are breaking while they shrug off their own lawlessness as both normal and acceptable. At the same time, motorists kill thousands of people per year in the US alone and are most often at fault when a bicyclist gets hurt.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 4, Insightful) 696

Bicyclists should wait at red lights just like everyone else, for example. It doesn't mean "stop, look, then proceed if you don't see a car crossing". It means you wait until it turns green.

Why? You make an assertion without providing a reason. Starting at the same time as cars exposes bicyclists to the risk of both right hooks and left hooks. Fully stoppimg also means that the bike is longer on the crossroads. If the crossing road is obviously clear of traffic, it can be safer to run the light. At least thats what a study conducted in Paris concluded. As a result, bicyclists are now explicitly allowed to run red lights at a few marked crossings.

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

I still don't buy it. The primary source referenced by everything else is the article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It does not mention the paths being elevated. The text is decorated with a photo of a bike bridge in Copenhagen - outside Germany. I think journalists with a poor grasp of the German language saw the photo an their imagination ran wild.

Comment Motofone F3 (Score 1) 313

The Motofone F3 is dirt cheap, light, compact and lasts long on a charge. It features an epaper display that is perfectly readable in full sunlight and is always on. It's quite convenient to be able to read the time without pressing the power button first. The disadvantage is that the segment display shows only a few letters at a time. If you want to do any amount of texting, it's too inconvenient.

Comment Apps crashing (Score 1) 484

I do have some apps crash, but that's the app developer's problem. Not much the OS vendor can do about that.

I've written a somewhat popular Android app and most of its crashes are either the fault of the runtime or of vendor specific customizations.

The Developer Console provides excellent reporting on both uncaught Java exceptions and crashes in native code. Most often, the Dalvik VM crashes during garbage collection. The Dalvik class loader is also flaky and has issues with multithreading that only got worked around in newer versions. I've also seen the libchromium crash inside my app from adverts delivered by Googles Admob service, which is somewhat scary from a security perspective.

Another issue is that apps using Googles compatibility library now crash on HTC devices running Android 4.1 as soon as the user presses the menu key. HTC is no longer providing updates and Google simply states that it's not their fault and therefore not their problem. Now thousands of app developers have to independently find out about the issue and work around it.

So when an app crashes, there's a good chance that it's not the fault of the app developer. On a brighter note, the ART VM used in Android 5 and newer seem to be rock solid.

Comment Re:capabilities? (Score 2) 83

AFAIK, Stingray is based on an IMSI catcher. It simulates a cell tower and gets cell phones in the area to connect to it by providing the strongest signal. It then records the data of all connected cell phones and forwards it to the network.

Since IMSI catchers are well understood, all this secrecy is a bit surprising. It makes speculation about additional capabilities plausible. It could use exploits in the modem software to install malware. Such malware could do all sorts of things like reading local files, including contacts, messages, browsing history and possibly passwords. It could also store files on the device. It could provide side channels for encrypted communication from https to WhatsApp calls. It could also turn on the microphone and camera. All this is pure speculation, but it seems plausible.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.