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Comment: Re:Nowhere in TFA (Score 2) 131

by rreay (#47504679) Attached to: The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Because the summary is wrong. The article says exactly the opposite of the summary. (bold mine)

But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker's Rickmote stays within the range of the device, even if you turn the Chromecast off and on again, it will constantly reconnect to the Rickmote â" "thus the Rickroll keeps going indefinitely," Petro told BI.

Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: Numbers League (Score 1) 165

by rreay (#42078317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

A friend of mine is behind a really well reviewed iPad app called Numbers League. This covers math down to simple addition and subtraction and up to multiplication, division and simple fractions.

Review: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/07/the-numbers-league-app-improves-on-a-masterpiece/

App store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers-league/id444781544?mt=8&ls=1

The app is based on a card game with info and online store here: http://www.bentcastle.com/nl.htm

Comment: Re:Way More Complicated Than That (Score 2) 715

by rreay (#38892021) Attached to: Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

OK, but that means that our playlists are shared (which we can deal with by using folders for our individual playlists), but so is the metadata. Mostly, that's a good thing, but what if my wife and I and my sons want to all rate the same song differently? Out of luck: the rating is shared. I could go on about what should be shared and what shouldn't, but the point is that Apple does not make it easy to share some things and not others even within a family. I imagine that trying to work AppleIDs and iDevices into an enterprise must be quite the nightmare from that point of view.

Your sharing with your family problem is probably solved by using Apple's Home Sharing. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3819

Comment: Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (Score 1) 584

by rreay (#38488136) Attached to: Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

How likely is it that some 3rd party analytics firm has sales data from the Apple stores. And it explicitly only includes retail.

With Apple having such a large retail presence for iPhones and a large online operation as well it seems like the iPhones would be heavily undercounted in this survey.

Comment: Re:Shipped vs Sold... (Score 1) 406

by rreay (#37872714) Attached to: Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

Except that the wholesaler and store and telco can return unsold inventory at some point in the future and expect it's money back. If a lot of devices are on their shelves and not selling they may do just that.

Also, If shipped is much higher than sold stock sits in a warehouse and they order less or none next time. Future shipments drop like a rock.

If everything shipped is sold than future shipments stay high as everyone keeps ordering more to keep selling.

Watch the numbers over time. If shipments drop off a cliff you know what's still sitting on shelves.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 770

by rreay (#37856978) Attached to: Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

What they don't mention is that every "wonderful new software update" by Apple came (until after the new iOS 5 release) in the form of a 500+ megabyte software download that was only accessible through iTunes. Never mind that the Android updates are all on the order of 2-100MB and most are available over the air, that would distract from the reader's impression that Apple devices were superior in every way possible

Seriously?

The iPhone user has to wait 'til they get home, plug in and then wait an extra 15 minutes for the download. But updates for all phones are available at the same time. With an iPhone when I read about a new update available I know it'll be there once I get home.

The Android user gets a shorter download but it's rolled out to each phone at a different time and inside each phone the updates get rolled out over time. With an Android phone, even if it's available for my phone model it not be available for my phone for a week.

Different issues, both are frustrations of one sort or another but it's not the major win for Android that you imply. Plus this really only occur a couple times a year anyway.

Comment: Re:No real way to measure? (Score 1) 260

by rreay (#35521444) Attached to: Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

why not have a simple page that grabs the current time, loads a page in the iframe, when the iframe triggers it's ready() event, grab the current time and compare against the start for a load time analysis?

Because that may not be correct either. In their iPad 2 preview Anandtech went back to manual timing of web page loading because

"It turns out that Honeycomb's browser was stopping our page load timer sooner than iOS', which resulted in some funny numbers when we got to the 4.3/Honeycomb comparison. To ensure accuracy we went back to timing by hand (each test was repeated at least 5 times and we present an average of the results)."

While they don't talk about their method (either) they decided they couldn't trust whatever automated system they had. Obviously there are all kinds of assumptions and differences in the test bed but the basic point is you can't necessarily trust the browser to tell you when it's ready either as an embedded view or stand alone browser.

Comment: Why have an account anyway? (Score 1) 343

by rreay (#34573468) Attached to: The Case For Lousy Passwords

The gawker staff accounts is a different issue, but forcing you to have an account just to comment caused lot of this problem.

I used one of these accounts once to post a comment and don't even remember the password. It's probably a crap password but because I don't remember it I needed to change everything else. Thanks Gawker

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