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Comment Re:Don't forget about the other recent problems (Score 1) 239

Whichever way you look at it, this isn't a great day for open source software though is it. And I speak as an advocate, i.e. recommending using Linux over Windows for servers, because of, you know, security. Can't help feeling a little bit embarrassed at the moment.

Comment Re: So. It has come to this. (Score 1) 352

IP however, and probably TCP/UDP, will still be used a hundred years from now.

That's a very bold statement! Not saying you're wrong, but who knows what networking will look like 100 years from now? Surely networking using quantum entanglement or some other weird physics won't use IP?

Comment Re:Unless you have a 1st gen iPad ... (Score 1) 205

It's more that Apple allows updates to the device firmware past where the hardware is even adequate to run it. Of course, if they didn't people would bitch about Apple prematurely obsoleting the hardware, so it's a lose-lose situation.

That's a false dichotomy though, isn't it.

Apple didn't actually force me to upgrade my iPad1 to iOS5, but they certainly encouraged me to do so, without any warning of the possible ill effects.

For example, some apps I bought long before iOS5 came out got updates which required updating to iOS5. On the one hand you could argue that it's nice of the developers/Apple to offer free app updates. On the other, updating to iOS5 so I can run that latest versions of some of the apps I bought meant lots of apps started to crash on my iPad1 very frequently.

In my opinion what Apple should have done is at least allow (approved) downgrades to iOS4 - hence avoiding the lose-lose situation. Ok, so some of the apps that require iOS5 would then not work (although iTunes could in principle allow app downgrade from backup as well), but, you know, at least that would be my choice. Choice of course is not something Apple likes its customers to have.

Comment Re:Unless you have a 1st gen iPad ... (Score 5, Insightful) 205

Plus there is the small issue that once your iPad1 is updated to iOS5, apps crash all the time as the iPad1 does not have enough memory any more. And you can't roll back to iOS 4. And if you decide to write your own private apps for your own iPad, you have to buy a Mac, pay Apple $99 a year, and keep provisioning every 3 months. Needless to say, I've also switched to Android.

Comment Re:Good one (Score 1) 1142

It's pretty rare right here in the solar system.

Hmmm, 1 planet out of 9 (sorry, 8) - not that rare.

If you know of any decent theories that explain its creation, I'd like to read about them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis

I find it odd that so many believe without doubt that there is extraterrestrial life despite no indication that there is, yet are just as certain that God doesn't exist.

Well, I know for a fact that where extraterrestrial life might live definitely exists.

Comment Re: Obligatory (Score 1) 426

On Windows, at least, you can just type "appearance" into the start menu search box and go straight to it. Where's that functionality on the command line?

Go straight to what though? If I type something at the command line, what I type *is* the command (you know, hence the name) - it doesn't need to "go" anywhere, what I wanted to happen was achieved by my typing.

Comment Re:$99 per year (Score 1) 276

Oh yeah...I forget the little issue of having to buy a Mac - which I did, mainly so I could do iOS development. Unfortunately I bought it before I realised that you can't put programs you write yourself on your iPad without, as you say, overcoming a lot of barriers and paying the annual Apple developer tax. I'm still amazed at how Draconian it is...I don't have a problem with the AppStore business model per se, but Apple should at least allow a developer to install a permanent profile on their device for their own apps.

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