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Comment: Old hardware on the new OS (Score 0) 57

by postmortem (#48412267) Attached to: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

It is funny with all these new operating systems supposed to be faster on the old devices; yet less and less of these old devices can actually run them.
These reviews claiming otherwise are pure marketing.

OS improvements usually come with a different cost: new bloat. Hence at some point your old hardware will not work good enough with the new OS. Or whoever made the hardware has no desire to support the new OS once they have sold you the device.
It is more obvious with Apple devices, although that can be attributed to a desire to force millions of devices becoming obsolete, so that new can be sold.

Another truth is that some tablets with Tegra chipsets newer ran any Android well enough as CPU performance was bad, so no OS can fix that. no matter how many ROMs you try, overclocking, etc.

Comment: IDE war - it is like browser war (Score 1, Informative) 192

by postmortem (#48395459) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

.. and MS loses again. MS was left in dust by Netbeans and Eclipse. They do much more, and all for free. Both have strong open source community that shells out useful plugins that extend the many languages that are supported. So finally MS decided to play catch-up game.

And there are some that still believe Visual Studio is the best. In reality VS is same as IE vs rest: IE is slowest, least compliant, least open, least extensible.

Comment: "mobile first" strategy (Score 1) 151

by postmortem (#47601121) Attached to: Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Well if MS can make mobile devices more productive for the businesses ... then there's something good coming out of new CEO.

Usability next Windows does matter a lot, even with this mobile and cloud focus. The PC platform is starting to recover a bit, mostly due to Windows XP demise.

+ - Federal court system warns of new e-mail jury scam->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Federal Court System is warning people of yet another scam targeting potential jurors.

This time around the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts says citizens are getting e-mails claiming they have been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother’s maiden name. According to the court office, the e-mail scam has been reported in in at least 14 federal court districts."

Link to Original Source

+ - PC Gamers Increasingly Under Attack

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Many gamers either disable their security or remove it altogether, thereby sacrificing protection to maximize system performance and leaving themselves vulnerable to gaming-focused malware and cyber-attacks, according to a new study by Webroot. The new report is based on survey responses gathered from more than 1,200 gamers during the E3 2014 Conference. It concluded that while a third of gamers do not use a security program – citing gameplay, slowdown and too many alerts and interruptions as key factors – 47 percent have experienced a malware attack."

Comment: Lack of static and structural coverage analysis (Score 1) 116

by postmortem (#47018555) Attached to: Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

So good test should catch this goto fail for sure, either functional test or an unit test. Looks like neither are thorough for the library.

Bot more importantly, if static analysis or structural coverage of code was done, both would point out that there is something wrong with the code.

All of these testing strategies should be done for such s critical piece of software.

Comment: tabs on bottom have been removed (Score 1) 688

by postmortem (#46869703) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Well agenda to force tabs on top (next to title bar) upon all users has won... you no longer even have option to move them between address bar and web content. Last few versions had at least configuration option buried in about:config. Maybe not a big deal, but to me it requires more mouse movement from content to tab switching - which is opposite of what good UI design is.

Forcing bad UI to users : how did it work for Microsoft, Mozilla?

Comment: For how much they have settled? (Score 1) 108

by postmortem (#46838097) Attached to: Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

64K tech people have jobs, so they are not as desperate as Apple and Google are to not get their dirty laundry out. And since both companies have more cash than US gov't, obviously this was never going to trial.

Interestingly, Apple posted quarterly financials today ... so how much this has cost them we won't know for 90 days... and even then it will probably be well hidden.

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks