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Comment: There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by Sebby (#49140413) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?
As more and more devices of varying features and sizes have been released by Apple, there's been more and more work developers have had to do to adopt the different sizes/features of those devices (I still see new releases on the app store that state a new feature of "Support for iPhone 5S size" or similar)

It hasn't been until recently that Apple has given developers the tools to create views that don't need to know the specifics of the device it's running on, thereby avoiding silly checks like
if(device == IPHONE) {....} else if(device == IPAD) {....}

Comment: Re:Hey Apple, here's some free consulting (Score 1) 155

by Sebby (#48995265) Attached to: Apple Said To Be Working On a Pay TV Service
Answer is 'No' to both, precisely for the reasons I've given.

I don't want to pay to see 15-20 mins of commercials before a movie. And no, the "theatre experience" doesn't make up for it - not by a long shot.

I'd much rather wait whatever amount of time for it to show up on Netflix/whatever services, and watch it in the comfort of my home, without a bunch of strangers augmenting the 'experience'.

Comment: Re:Success! (Score 3, Insightful) 94

by Sebby (#48915621) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems
That's why I think fines should be based on a percentage of revenue for the timeframe of the infraction, instead of a fixed (usually capped) amount. That would make it difficult for them to say with certainty that it would cost less to break the law than to actually deal with it (not to mention the investors' backlash if it affects dividends, etc).

Comment: Re:the problem with Twitter (Score 1) 114

by Sebby (#48899403) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links
I agree with this too. I understand their desire to make sure people don't post things that are "too long", but 140 is too damn short! I way to potentially solve the problem: give one @-user mention and 1 URL link free - that don't count towards the limit; that would make conversations a lot more useful without adding stupid bloat.

Comment: Re:Forgot the biggest one: Money (Score 1) 229

by Sebby (#48145531) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

The App Store replaces your shopping cart and shipping desk, not your sales and marketing department.

It also replaces 30% with nothingness, since, as you said, you still need your sales and marketing departments.

I've yet to read any developers say that the MAS replaced their departments, thereby making the "Apple MAS Tax" of any real value.

Comment: Re:A SIM only plan? (Score 1) 246

by lavalyn (#42722375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

Sure there is. They're called Pay-by-the-Minute plans.

Rogers: 40c/min anytime, monthly fee 0.75c for 911, $10/mo declining balance
Bell: 30c/min anytime, monthly fee 0.75c, $10/mo declining balance
Fido: 30c/min anytime, monthly fee 0.75c
Telus: 30c/min anytime, monthly fee 0.75c

$10/mo is 25-30 minutes of voice service prepaid in Canada. Not all that many, but more than enough for data-users.

For reference, I pay $13.75+tax for 100MB data and 30 outbound texts, +$3 for voice calls a month. Good luck finding any post-paid plan that comes anywhere close to that. Bell retentions started quoting at $27, not including any data or text messages, and not including call display.

Comment: Computer Science as a Problem Solving method (Score 2) 315

by lavalyn (#37804348) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Tell High-Schoolers About Computer Science?

Twenty minutes to demonstrate binary sort by tearing apart (literally!) phone books to find a person listed there, is how CS50 opens its classes. Take a look at the opencourseware site It's practical, it's interactive, and it really shows the computational aspects that we take for granted. Twenty minutes to demonstrate selection sort and merge sort might be a bit tight though.

I think a discussion of the more "non-computer" parts of computer science would keep an audience more interested than a discussion about programming languages, which could easily lose people in the first five minutes.

Comment: Re:They didn't need good lawyers (Score 1) 258

by lavalyn (#37585342) Attached to: Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

The major restriction is on the redistribution part. I can modify all I want and not redistribute, and that's fine too. This "modify and not redistribute" might be called "using" the software.

Under copyright law, you never had any license of redistribution in the first place. The GNU GPL is a license which stipulates you must also redistribute your changes if you redistribute at all. That is, you're allowed to download and install and use Linux whether or not you accept the GPL. But you can't distribute Linux (the kernel) without also opening the source and modifications.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.