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Comment: Re:Segways are awesome (Score -1, Troll) 132

by jtara (#49481005) Attached to: Chinese Ninebot Buys US Rival Segway

If you have only a short time to see a number of different places, and you are an a**hole, yes, please use a Segway or hail one of those obnoxious pedicabs (in case you have brought your whole a**hole family...)

If you are a "Segway train" group leader, make sure to call out to pedestrians "watch out to your left, passing by" while barely missing them, instead of riding in a more appropriate place.

Now, it's such a nice day, I think I'll go walk down to the Embarcadero (San Diego). The cruise ships are in! I can take my choice of doom - Segway, Pedicab, kidnapped by Falun Gong (probably not, I don't look like a Chinese party-member tourist), or norovirus.

Comment: Should not have ever been approved (Score 1) 107

by jtara (#49448189) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

The TLD should never have been approved in the first place. It simply invites abuse. This should have been obvious. What kind of idiots decided this?

A company/brand simply cannot win on this. If the company caves-in and buys the domain, now they are in a position of owning a domain that says that their company/brand sucks. What do they do then? Put up a page saying "not really"?

Comment: Because it says so... (Score 1) 126

by jtara (#49446795) Attached to: Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews

How can you prove that they are fake? Because the site says so in it's opening paragraph:

Are you tired of your products not being seen, tired of competitors leaving bad reviews? The solution is simple. Buy Amazon reviews. You can have unlimited 4 and 5 star reviews this week. Our skilled writers look at your product, look at your competitor’s products and then write state of the art reviews that will be sure to generate sales for you.

BTW, requiring verified purchase does not solve the problem. That site will buy the product if it is $2 or less. You can have "verified purchase" on higher-priced products by "making arrangements". I assume they then ship the product back to the manufacturer, so they only lose shipping and Amazon's profit. LOL, I'll bet they have Amazon ship it right to the manufacturer! (Or to an employee.)

Comment: GenyMotion, Routers (Score 1) 60

by jtara (#49328071) Attached to: Facebook Engineering Tool Mimics Dodgy Network Connectivity
GenyMotion (Android simulator) has this built-in, as does the iOS simulator. This could be done on an open-source router, as well, instead of using a computer behind the router. And, ironically - doesn't Facebook have some powerful Cisco routers that probably have this sort of thing built-in (or optional?)

Comment: Missed on "chief feature" (Score 1) 110

by jtara (#49309245) Attached to: A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

Apple Watch's "chief feature" is neither time-keeping nor fitness-tracking.

It's chief feature is a connected touchscreen on your wrist. Period.

Those so-called "chief features" are just necessary features because we only have enough room for one device on each wrist, only have two wrists, and people would feel silly wearing a device on each wrist.

A watch functionality and a fitness-tracker functionality are just needed because otherwise many people would have an excuse to wear something else on their wrist instead of an Apple connected touchscreen.

Comment: NOT from your host,DNS provider,email provider... (Score 1) 295

by jtara (#49288477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

Do NOT register a domain with:

  • - a web hosting company
  • - a DNS provider
  • - an email service provider

Register a domain with a domain registration company (duh!)

You should host your DNS elsewhere. Use a DNS-hosting company.

Host your website(s) elsewhere. Use a web-hosting company.

Host your email elsewhere. Use an email service provider.

This gives you maximum flexibility, and means that no one company can "hold you hostage".

It's ridiculous the mention names. People just vote for their favorite consumer-ish registration or hosting company. If you care about names, though - the ones that are mentioned are generally the ones to avoid...

Comment: Re:Trello (Score 1) 144

by jtara (#49242913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Issue Tracker For Non-Engineers?
It's funny, I tried Trello first for a project that went nowhere - the wanna-be backer was too busy on ski-trips, and his "people" were too busy partying while he was gone... so I put it to rest. Then I started on a project where I need to coordinate with another developer who uses Trello. There are some oddities that take getting used to, but I am really loving it. In the mean time... the wanna-be backer from the first project manages his real-estate (some apartments and commercial buildings). He started using Trello to communicate with his staff, and it's been working out well for him. Of course it is not an "issue tracker", because it is not very rigid. It depends a lot on the ability of users to organize. But it gives you decent tools for doing that. P.S. He fired all his partying staff and installed cameras everywhere! Now he can helicopter-in via webcam and Trello in between ski runs....

Comment: Re:Maybe they are just dumb? (Score 1) 47

by jtara (#49159679) Attached to: Uber Discloses Database Breach, Targets GitHub With Subpoena

I'd say yea, they certainly are dumb! Don't put an admin switch in a consumer app! Sure, they could have put in better checking to make sure it is an appropriate account accessing, but, still, it is better to just leave the code out of the app!

There should be a separate driver app, possibly off the app store. The Enterprise Program is not appropriate, because Uber drivers are not Uber employees, so not technically eligible. But Apple now has a B2B program where this would fit. Even a separate App-Store driver app would be better, because at least it wouldn't (normally) be in the hands of normal users. (I don't know nuthin about Google Play Store. But drivers could just install the driver app from a download on Android, right? Besides, nobody expects security on Android...)

Sure, an app-store driver app would be a target. Which is good. They'd have to be especially careful with that app to make sure that nobody can actually log-in with it without having a driver account. (But, really, best to keep it completely off the public App Store.)

I'm currently working on an app for Karaoke singers to show the Songbook and request to sing. (Works with some popular Karaoke-hosting software.) I'll also have a kiosk version and another version for Karaoke hosts to remote-control the show. Even for this, I know better than to put all this into a single app! Because: Karaoke Murders. Hey, some of these people are serious. Yea, if some singer could take over the show, they would. I mean, they sometimes do this:

I have a workflow for making variant apps. Don't just pour all the code into a single app!

Comment: Re:Just a distraction from the real fail... (Score 2) 47

by jtara (#49159615) Attached to: Uber Discloses Database Breach, Targets GitHub With Subpoena

gists have nothing to do with git.

It's a GitHub proprietary feature. It's kinda like a pastebin, but it sticks around. You can publish gists from a repo, though.

Developers use them to share little snippets that don't deserve a repo. They are often used for support cases, as a home for snippets used in a programming blog, etc. etc. etc. A developer might make a gist to show to an open-source author or to a commercial software vendor's support team, etc. Like, "here's what I did, what is wrong with this?" kinda thing.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe