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Comment: Re:There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 2) 133

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49141351) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Not for most iOS devices that people are using today. It used to be you could back up the unique signature (SHSH) blobs from your device while your iOS version was still being signed, and that would let you downgrade later whenever you wanted - but I'm pretty sure the last device for which that was possible was the iPhone 4S with its A4 chip.

Comment: Re:There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 3, Insightful) 133

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49140831) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

You're also seeing people get annoyed with the latest iOS release and hold off on upgrading or revert back.

You can't revert back on iOS unless the old version is still being signed, which is generally a very short window. If people are getting annoyed that fast, they're not bothering to actually giving the new version much of a chance.

Comment: I am sorry (Score 2) 681

I know how hard it was to lose my father when I was a fairly young adult - so I can only imagine how you and your family are feeling right now. You are in my prayers.

If I think about things I'd want to say to my (now young adult) daughter, if I had been in your shoes at the point in time you're currently at...

I have no geek advice, but - tell her you love her. Tell her you're proud of her, no matter what she chooses to do with her life. Tell her to take her time with boys - they'll still be there when she's ready. And tell her to tell her mother she loves her and that you love her.

Tell her about funny stories, and the interesting things you've seen. Tell her about your friends growing up, and the mischief you got into. Tell her about your favorite music, so she has something to roll her eyes at.

And take care.

Comment: The distraction argument makes no sense (Score 1) 251

I can be distracted while reading a paper book just as easily as I can be distracted while reading on my Kindle.

Something smells funny here... you might almost think they didn't look at dedicated e-readers at all, but only at multifunction devices such as phones or tablets. Nah, no researcher would be that sloppy, right?

Who exactly funded this research again?

Comment: Let me get this straight (Score 2) 94

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49116977) Attached to: Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security

Their product is designed to replace ads... with OTHER ads, provided by themselves. And it's not hard to imagine that cash considerations are involved with making those choices.

Even if you set aside the security implications - that is pretty much exactly the sort of sleazy behavior that has gotten quite a few companies into trouble in the past.

Comment: Whatever you think you know is probably wrong (Score 1) 150

by manicbutt (#49114789) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

It's funny that so many people are writing about the Sega CD, the Saturn, the 32X ... as if those products were yesterday, not 20 years ago. The modern Sega is a different beast. The real question is, why does anyone care what Tom Kalinske thinks? Isn't it enough that he starred in the biggest hero-worshipping book every written about any game executive, past, present, or future? I'm surprised "Console Wars" didn't have a centerfold pullout pictorial of him with six-pack abs and flowing locks of hair like Fabio.

Comment: Re:New jobs will be created. (Score 1) 264

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49099393) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

Meh. I'd read this as: "Researchers and writers jealous of massive demand and high wages of programmers, predict doom and gloom for those that picked a reasonably lucrative career path".

You might want to look at the salaries tenured CS and EE professors make before taking bets on that.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.