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Comment: Re: Apple made the same mistake (Score 0) 390

by kTag (#45298173) Attached to: Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Another one who think he is smarter than the team who has made Apple the only company in the world to sit on top of more than 100 billion in cash. Please apply your great strategy to your own business and let others enjoy the consequences of their "mistakes". Good laugh though.

Comment: Re:No doubt... (Score 1) 171

by kTag (#40561781) Attached to: First iOS Malware Discovered In Apple's App Store

Then, if the user so chooses to set foot into Mordor, there can be a tier of apps that are downloadable almost immediately, and pulled if people justifiably report it as malicious.

That's called jailbreaking.
I didn't see Apple taking a strong stance against this.
They did say it was wrong and bad and talked a lot, but no real action was taken against jailbreaking.

Comment: Re:You got a promotion in Singapore ... (Score 1) 181

by kTag (#40436857) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Jobs For Geeks In the Business/Financial World?

You should tell that to the 40 expat who have been sent back home so far this year, they were considered "too expensive"
But it's true I'm white.
But my boss is not white.

On a more general note, I think expat are mostly respectful foreigners.
We are not here for long usually and we didn't choose the destination.
We just want to fit in and know very well we are spoiled compare to locals.
I was in Japan during the earthquake and was outraged at the way we were treated compare to locals.

Comment: I can help (Score 4, Informative) 181

by kTag (#40436617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Jobs For Geeks In the Business/Financial World?

Maybe it's irony, but moderating +5 Informative something like "reading The Economist" is showing something about the current Slashdot, why not the Wall Street Journal right? There is "Wall Street" in the name it must be good to get a finance job!! Yes it's the usual rant.

Anyway, I've been in IT finance for the past 7 years, one of the main european financial institution.
I can code but I'm no math head and have no special social skills (appart from applying good advices you can find from trustful resources that you should already know). I've been expat in 3 different countries and I'm now in Singapore, moved to project manager 4 years ago and soon getting a nice promotion to switch to accounting control. I bet you don't understand how that can be a promotion, I wouldn't have either 7 years ago.
But outside this, if you can code, you know how the various business of retail or investment bank are working and you did bet on the right technology you'll find a job easily. Here it's all Java if you want to have a nice job. Short term, low budget crap is using PHP/Whatever tech being evaluated at the moment.

One warning though, this investment bank is very conservative, that is I'm typing this on a WinXP cousin made for the bank and have no idea if or when we'll switch to something more actual. New technology get about 3 or 4 years approval time, so you either stick with standards (IBM, Oracle) or you can forget about the latest fun technology for your time spent in the office.
Outside this small detail, I obviously love this job and the people here and all over the countries I've been sent to.

And please, prepare properly for interviewing and do you research before contacting me, if you are interested.

Comment: Re:Lesson: Apple marketing i working! (Score 1) 945

by kTag (#30893222) Attached to: The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

Ok, you are right on the "not produced by Apple", it's true.

When I talk about developer.apple.com, I'm more thinking in terms of framework like Core Data, Core Audio, OpenCL, Quartz, that you can find on the iPhone as well and are changing the way apps are done. The success of all these iPhone apps is tightly linked with the fact that you can create pretty apps easily and quickly...

You can put together a GUI or app quickly with Python and Gnome on OS X as well... That's my point. As long as 1 person thinks Cocoa and Objective-C is better it's a more useful platform to work with.

Comment: Re:Lesson: Apple marketing i working! (Score 1) 945

by kTag (#30890034) Attached to: The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

We are all Mac users for different reasons, like Slashdot has actually many different opinions.
But saying that Apple has never produced anything remotely as useful as the open source software movement doesn't make any sense. Most of MacOS X code is based on open source (as you said). So I can do as much as you can with your Linux/BSD box, how can that be less useful ?
And if you add all the stuff Apple added on top of the open source core (and that's an awful lot, have a look at developer.apple.com for information) you'll realise that this is actually more useful... No ?

Comment: Re:The most boring benchmarking ever. (Score 1) 193

by kTag (#30206934) Attached to: Chrome OS Benchmarked Against Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook, More

Windows since NT version has been designed to be secure. Really I think they had a good shot at it. The result is not impressive, but they tried. If you are talking about bloat and bad decision leading to complex issues, I agree with you. But you can't say that a modern version of Windows has not been designed to be secure.
IE now, it's a different story. Actually I think IE8 use the same security model than Chrome (the browser), each tab/window gets it's own process, same with plugins no ? I actually don't know enough of IE to really talk about this...

Comment: Re:The most boring benchmarking ever. (Score 1) 193

by kTag (#30206194) Attached to: Chrome OS Benchmarked Against Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook, More

It boasts a new UI ? Compared to what ? Chromium browser ? Previous version of Chromium ? Another OS ?
Sentences starting with "it will" and "it is going to" are just useless.
It is designed to be secure, like all other browsers/OS and it will be full of bugs like all other browsers/OS which are going to make it a lot less secure.
Nothing interesting there for me.

+ - Windows Mobile marketplace "copy protection" crack->

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kTag writes "A software developer by trade has been able to "crack" an app from the Windows Mobile marketplace by simply keeping a copy of the CAB file. The only copy protection applied is that the file is meant to be deleted upon install. While it doesn't have any real impact on free apps (like Facebook), the consequences can be very high for paid for apps."
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+ - Bill would give president control of Internet

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kTag writes "A U.S. Senate bill (S.773) proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet in case of an emergency, CNet reports. Knowing the bad network and security management we can find in most of today's companies, is it a necessity or is it too much ?"

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