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Comment: Re:Advertising (Score 1) 424

by jwinster (#34744190) Attached to: Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?
I agree with your rhetoric, but really the only difference you're citing between the iPhone and Android is the lack of flash, which Android doesn't even have to have installed. Android phones aren't subsidized by advertisements, advertisements are simply the reason Google broke into the market. Android phones are more pervasive simply because they want more people doing searches that feature phones can't/couldn't do. In the end they just want to present you the same text based advertisements that your iPhone will show you, and Android just opens more channels for it.

Comment: Re:Why can't we have commercial software like this (Score 1) 119

by jwinster (#34125422) Attached to: Zeus Attackers Turned the Tables On Researchers


Money helps develop good software of course, but it doesn't change the fact that bad software engineering practices lead to bad software. No matter how much money is thrown at it, it won't make your teams do things in a manner close to "the right way."*

* Definitions may vary

Comment: Re:The Great Thing About Android (Score 1) 415

by jwinster (#32993414) Attached to: 'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones
Incidentally this is exactly the reason that Android was able to take off. Cell phone manufacturers and wireless companies wanted to be able to put their own applications on your smartphone (similar to the way they behave with their feature phones), and they wanted something cheaper than paying for windows mobile licenses. Android filled both those requirements by being free, and they can install their own crapware to try and get you to continue to add to your monthly bill by paying for their services. Remember, cell phone companies are constantly trying to stay important by being content providers, rather than just being dumb data carriers like what happened to the phone companies.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 242

by jwinster (#32989766) Attached to: Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

Well, that depends where you're driving.

Google Navigation does cache images of the entire route -- but this can become problematic if you deviated from the planned route.

This is actually pretty handy. I live in Colorado and as soon as I hit the mountain roads I lose my 3G signal, but I still have all the data cached to get to where I'm going which may be out of cell range, or at least to the cell tower where my maps can re-download if my destination has changed.

Comment: Re:Broken? More like fixed. (Score 1) 773

by jwinster (#32462696) Attached to: J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System
While I agree with most of your points, I disagree that small local governments are somehow inherently more well run. Even in smaller suburban towns like the one I grew up in, where most of the people think alike, the smallest issue can be extremely polarizing, and you end up with nonsense compromises (like the cutoff points for mandatory inclusion into sewer systems ending at places that don't make sense). Bad city councils suffer from the same problems that federal and state governments suffer from, "He may be an idiot, but he's our idiot," and the people who are there stay forever. Or, even worse, they voters don't know anything about their local government, so they stay forever.

Comment: Re:Yes there are more Linux alternatives for these (Score 1) 263

by jwinster (#32271564) Attached to: Asus Budget Ultraportable Notebook Sold Sans OS
I've tried a few flavors of linux on my netbook, and so far the best performer has been mandriva running xfce4. Great power consumption, firefox runs pretty well (some slowdowns with video frames), but most flash sites run just fine. With NoScript and adblock I can do just about anything I need to. Although to be honest, I find my smartphone encroaching on the featureset I used my netbook fore these days.

Comment: Re:Military-Industrial Complex (Score 2, Insightful) 449

by Lord Ender (#32162884) Attached to: Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

Tax revenues are lower at the moment due to the recession. Spending is higher at the moment due to stimulus spending due to the recession.

Cutting a few hundred billion in wasted military expense does not balance the budget this year, but it does once revenues and expense return to non-recession levels.

Comment: Re:Because that first step is a doozy (Score 3, Informative) 694

by jwinster (#31900312) Attached to: Why Computer Science Students Cheat
Please mod parent up. I agree wholeheartedly with this comment in that there is a really large barrier to entry in CS. I'm a CS grad, and I remember reading the introductory paragraph to my "Introduction to Programming" book stating that this is not a good book for first time programmers, only people with some experience should use it. Luckily I was able to keep up with the learning curve (despite that being my first time programming as well), but it's choices like that which lead to CS dropout rates of 50-60%, and inevitably, cheating.

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.