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Comment: Re:It is hip to be square (Score 1) 128

by owlstead (#47288571) Attached to: Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL
Yes, but that's not what this seems to be about:

We have used a number of patches on top of OpenSSL for many years. Some of them have been accepted into the main OpenSSL repository, but many of them don’t mesh with OpenSSL’s guarantee of API and ABI stability and many of them are a little too experimental.

For something that includes experimental patches, *boring* would be an extremely stupid part of the name.

Comment: Re:POTS... (Score 1) 582

by owlstead (#45566925) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Maybe so, but I've still got one of those plain old telephones that do work on a POTS line lying around. And I would not be surprised if many people still have one of those lying around as well. Of course, I've long given up on the POTS subscriber line, so it won't make much of a difference.

No internet means no television, no radio, nothing. I've however got 3 internet connections; one DSL, one mobile backup provided by my internet provider and a telephone. This telephone is will also receive an SMS if anything catastrophic happens in the neighbourhood.

I'm hoping on quick restoration of mobile lines if something does happen. In the Netherlands that's probably a storm, an industrial accident or flooding, we are happily void of earthquakes, tornadoes, tropical storms...

Comment: Re:They pop up and notify me they are running. (Score 2) 243

by owlstead (#45447441) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

OK, I can understand this one, but there are so many ways of hiding information in a channel that you simply need to have a blanket permission. Otherwise you are promising something that you cannot enforce.

What I could see is permissions for specific ad services, or access to specific servers. Even then the last one is of limited use; it could only help against sharing information with a *third party*. If you don't trust the developer, then just connecting with the server of the developer is enough to share any information with anybody. Sometimes however you *don't* connect to a server of a developer, it would be helpful if an IMDB app could just connect to IMDB and not to the developer of the app.

Comment: Re:Not entirely useful (Score 3, Interesting) 115

by owlstead (#40781671) Attached to: Ex-Sun Employees Are Taking Java To iOS

That is certainly true, but most of the libraries that are used for core functionality of applications (at least if your application is not just a GUI or Android specific) are fully compatible with the Java runtime after compilation, and almost any third party lib can be compiled and run. The only problem is that many applications are too dependent on the GUI - in other words if they are badly written.

Comment: Re:java/Linux or Windows? (Score 1) 402

by owlstead (#39980941) Attached to: Why You Can't Dump Java (Even Though You Want To)

PyDev is an Eclpise plugin, which is build using Java. I find it a bit ironic you are immediately pointing to a very successful Java IDE.

Crap should break. Otherwise, if you spend just a bit of time making sure that your application has been created using Java rules.

Java is well known to be a pretty conservative language regarding new features, so I really don't know what you are talking about there.

And *any* language has it's crap API's or bloatware, Java is certainly not an exception there.

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