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Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by nwf (#49140755) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Indeed. This article seems to be from the Wizard of Oz camp. Pay no attention to the serious problems, look here at this non-problem! The serious problems being rampant piracy and overall lack of software sales.

I've developed for both and indeed iOS is getting more annoying to develop for. Android, well, it's basically the same as it's been. It looks nicer, but it appears to be designed (overall) by people on the theoretical side and not the practical side (activities and fragments come to mind.) Doing interesting UI stuff is too annoying. On the other hand, I've found that non-game apps work pretty well across devices, but not so much OS versions. Networking is still painfully slow compared to iOS.

Comment: My Father (Score 5, Interesting) 689

Wrote me several letters when I was too young to read or understand them about things he wanted to let me know about in later life. He was not sick at the time and had no idea his life would be cut short by Multiple Sclerosis several years afterward. On his death, going through his files, I discovered the letters and they were very touching and helpful to me especially getting through the crisis of his passing. It let me know that as I was growing up and he was taken away by work and other responsibilities that he was still thinking of me even though at the time he seemed to be otherwise occupied. It also helped me to realize he was a person, a human being and not just "Dad", and helped me to understand and overlook some of his flaws. They did me a lot of good, whether or not he realized it at the time. I highly recommend doing this while you can. Your daughter will thank you and know you better as a person as a result, and not just have to rely on memories, photos and stories related by friends, etc. after you are gone.

I hope that helps a bit, a view from the other side...

Comment: Re:... and this is surprising how? (Score 1) 153

by Mister Transistor (#49086011) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Don't Encrypt the Voice Data They Collect

But it's not a secret. You know when you buy one of these your voice is going to be transmitted over the internets for analysis. You would expect them to take some obvious steps to secure the potentially private information from third parties but there is nothing "secret" about the collection and transmission of the user's voice. The only potential violation of privacy here would be the ability for a third party to intercept the unencrypted data on someone.

Comment: Re: Not a laywer. (Score -1) 224

Regardless, the entire logical premise of this "article" is STUPID!

HOW DOES SENDING EMAIL OVER ENCRYPTED CHANNELS "PREVENT" EMAIL ADDRESS TYPOS? I mean seriously, WTF? What kind of logic breakdown leads from "so and so mis-typed the email address" to "this would not have happened over encrypted channels"? Near as I can tell, yes, it would have had exactly the same effect - it just would have come in on port 995 instead of 110. I just don't get the "leap" in logic that leads from a to b in this case.

That said, yes this sounds like something that should have been sent via snail mail, but by the same twist of logic, how would that prevent them from mistyping the postal address and sending it to the wrong person in the exact same way?

Comment: Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (Score 2) 376

by nwf (#48888399) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Slashdot: The place where the most "interesting" and "insightful" comments are completely made up fantasies about what actually happened.

No, this is really Slashdot, so we need to figure out how to blame the victim. Then we'll be good. Bonus points if you can spin it to appear plausible that it was her fault (which it wasn't, of course.)

Comment: Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 1) 307

by nwf (#48879023) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

I'm sure he knows what net neutrality is, be he rightly knows that 99% of people have no clue what it is. He's trying to get some free press from a current topic that has nothing to do with his near-death company. It's what we call a desperation move: they have nothing remaining except the ability to make comments to the press.

We had clients ask for a BB version of our app. No one asks anymore because almost everyone has dumped BB.

Comment: Missing option: The Hypno-Cube (Score 1) 266

by Mister Transistor (#48846645) Attached to: Best Cube?

This is an AWESOME 3-D transparent cube with a matrix of 64 RGB LED's in it, and they have about 50 pseudo-random modes it displays in, fades, spinning colors, it keeps changing endlessly and is the coolest bit of geek gear I have picked up in a while. They run about $99 so they are not cheap, but they are truly mesmerizing and hypnotic.

Check it out:

Comment: Re:Entitlement (Score 3, Insightful) 325

Once they fill their iDevice with all their U2 and other IToons garbage, they fill up the free space so that there is no longer room for the bloated "temporary" upgrade package files to download. Then, they are stuck unless they remove some of their media (and THAT ain't gonna happen)...

I have similar shit happen with my old Android phone, running CM7 as that is all that's available for it, and large package updates like WasteOfSpaceBook run out of memory. Then I get to go all techy with it and delete caches and program data until there's enough free space left to download the updates, one of my favorite activities, truly a joy untold, not helped by the fact that the idiots keep updating the apps weekly for some stupid reason(s). The main problem with Android is it's not media files eating up all the space, since they sit in a different memory area. It's a pre-reserved "system" memory area that is very small to start with and the newer apps push the limit of that "free" space to the edge. Feh.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas