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Comment: Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 5, Insightful) 139

by printman (#47485127) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Free apps with in-app purchases show that fact right under the 'Buy' button. And a simple setting controls whether in-app purchases are allowed at all, require approval, or can go through automatically (default is require approval). And iOS 8 has the proxy stuff for family accounts (parental approval for everything if you want).

How is this Apple 'doing nothing'?

Comment: Silicon Valley is a lot bigger than New York... (Score 1) 606

by printman (#46341397) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

and Google, Apple, etc. are providing mass transit from one city to another within the region. I used to commute (drive) from the South bay (Morgan Hill) to Cupertino daily, which (on a good day) meant 1.5 hours of driving to go 30 miles. I couldn't afford to live in (and frankly didn't like) Cupertino, and the mass transit in the bay area is a joke (I'd be looking at 3 hours between the train and bus for the same commute).

When Apple started their bus service I used it and never looked back. And doing so eliminated (at the time) about 150 cars from the road for a single route, and there are now (I think) 10 different direct routes, with double-decker buses (80 vs. 50 people per bus) plus shuttle service to traditional mass transit locations.

If anything, the new buses and shuttles have probably only served to increase ridership on public transit while removing a shitload of cars from the road. How is that bad, exactly?

Comment: Re:GPL and BSD give uses the same freedoms (Score 1) 1098

by printman (#46060771) Attached to: FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

> (LLVM attracts some investment, such as that of Apple, up to a certain point, because Apple's goal is to undermine GCC.)

No, Apple's goal (like most businesses) is to avoid the GPL3 because it is decidedly unfriendly to business. Plus it doesn't help that the GCC project has a long history of being unfriendly to outside developers in general (remember EGCS?) and wanted nothing to do with OpenGL/OpenCL which use a C-like language for shaders and other GPU code. And when LLVM is as good or better than GCC, it doesn't take a genius to switch.

Comment: Re:More accurate headline (Score 1) 510

by printman (#45872671) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

I'm sure there are many who are concerned about the long-term effects of GMO crops on the viability of non-GMO crops (cross-pollination between fields, economic factors, strong-arming by companies that produce GMO seed, etc.), but I am more concerned with the primary usage of GMO, at least in North America - herbicide resistance. With ordinary seed you might still use herbicides to control weeds, but overall you can't use much because you'll kill your crop. Use a GMO seed that is engineered to not be susceptible to those herbicides and now you can use a bunch more to ensure that those pesky weeds don't reduce the yield of your crops. We already know that most herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides are bad for people, yet we seem to be rushing forward to use more of them...

It would be better to require labeling of GMO products and the 'cides that have been used in their production... Then let the market/consumers decide which products they want to buy...

Comment: Re:Congrats, Unknown Lamer... (Score 1) 135

by printman (#44359681) Attached to: Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows

We default to localhost for security reasons - most systems are clients/not sharing printers, so why expose your system to the world/office?

Run "cupsctl --remote-admin --remote-any --share-printers WebInterface=Yes" after you install to enable remote access, share printers, and enable the web interface. Add "DefaultEncryption=Never" if you don't want to use SSL/TLS (although personally I don't recommend that - encryption comes "for free" these days...)

Comment: Re:It is the lower price sherlock (Score 1) 433

by printman (#43060905) Attached to: Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Have any links for the gender divide? In my family me and my brother in laws have ipad minis but all the women have the full sized iPads. We chose the mini because it is more convenient to cart around and is the first ipad (first tablet?) close to the Star Trek pads; one of my brother in laws is an electrician and uses it (in a suitable case) on the job - full code reference, notes for the current job, etc. So I'm not sure gender is a factor here, but cost and the right size/weight for a particular usage.

Comment: Pesticides, not nutrition/taste (Score 1) 497

by printman (#41280139) Attached to: Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

I've never bought organic for the taste or nutrition, I'm more concerned with pesticide and "buddnip" use on non-organic produce. The best place to get your veggies (aside from your own garden) is a local farm/farmers market (although for the latter be careful to find out where vendors are getting their produce from...)

Comment: Re:OK, whatever. (Score 2) 267

by printman (#39120981) Attached to: With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

CUPS 1.6 (and the next 1.5.x) will support "Bonjour" discovery using Avahi on Linux and other platforms (in addition to mDNSResponder, which is also open source and works just dandy on the same platforms...)

The problem with CUPS Browsing is that it relies on UDP Broadcasts, which are bad for Wi-Fi bandwidth and power consumption. CUPS Browsing also has issues with hostnames - how do you setup a network using CUPS Browsing without broadcasting IP addresses (printer@ Yeck), setting up a DNS server, or syncing /etc/hosts files? All of those things are solved by Bonjour (mDNS, Zeroconf, DNS-SD)

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