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Comment: Re: Mozilla is looking for new sources of revenue (Score 1) 102

by horza (#48030025) Attached to: Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

I have to agree with BarberaHudson. Of course market share is a major factor in how much advertising is worth. Companies also look at growth. When Firefox was expanding with no end in sight then signing an expensive deal would have been worth it for Google: if Firefox became de facto then they had an exclusive deal and captured all the eyeballs, and if their immature project took off and became de facto then... they still had all the eyeballs. Once growth starts tailing off the value of marketing drops.

However the funding had in part to do with the marketing aspect, and secondly to buy their way into creating a level playing field. They were perfectly aware of the Microsoft embrace and extend, and they way they tried to lock business users into IE using ActiveX plugins. A completely open source browser dedicated to open standards getting a majority share of the market would ensure that the market remained wide open and ripe for picking once they had advanced their own browser far enough to complete.

The deal probably will be renegotiated but will it be a lot of pain? Possibly not. If the investment was wisely used, refactoring, quashing most of the memory leaks, boosting the JS engine, etc, then if they "broke the back" of getting a great stable core then perhaps a renegotiated deal will be fine for both parties. Google certainly can't afford for Firefox to go away yet. With Google facing ant-trust cases in various countries, helping "promote choice" is not a bad PR move either. As well as providing yet another alternative to Safari on Apple.

Phillip.
PS - AC fuck off. You are wrong and BarberaHudson is right

Comment: Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 249

by horza (#47993709) Attached to: GNOME 3.14 Released

I think users tend to slop around from desktop to desktop. I know I have used most of them out there. I really really wish Ubuntu would move to 3.12, let alone 3.14. It's very annoying. Suspend is easy though, simply hold down alt, click power icon then suspend. Works fine on my 2 monitor tower.

With KDE still having usability issues and Unity having spyware, this would have been a great opportunity for Gnome to get market share. Instead you have a choice of installing Slackware and losing that amazing Ubuntu repository, or having the wide range in software but being stuck on buggy 3.10. What a waste.

Phillip.

Comment: Re:Sales figures are news now? (Score 2) 206

by horza (#47972057) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Samsung galaxy S2 April 2011, S3 May 2012, S4 April 2013, S5 April 2014.

Apple iPhone 3S July 2008, iPhone 4 October 2011, iPhone 5 September 2012, 6S September 2014.

The Apple market are completely locked into one device, and are forced to wait twice as long on average to be able to upgrade. Therefore I would expect the numbers to be twice as large initially but dying off to a far smaller total than the Samsung devices.

Phillip.

Comment: Help. I am trapped On Beta: Addendum (Score 3, Informative) 185

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47958083) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

P.S.

Timothy and other Slashdot Editors,

I am afraid that I must post an addendum to my previous call for assistance. The difficulty of the interface appears to be more considerable than I had initially realised.

Unfortunately, the interface does not load all comments on the page. In fact, only one comment is loaded on any given page, and the "load more comments" area / button provided, when pressed, does not in fact load anything. As such I am unable to determine whether my previous comment has been replied to, or indeed whether it has been posted at all. In short I can no longer see or read comments.

In the hope that this message will be seen, I will periodically attempt to post messages of aid in a scattering of stories. Whether these "post in a bottle" will reach you, or float at all, is something I can only hope for at this point.

In the meantime I shall see if the pieces of flat design driftwood can be lash togther into a makeshift civilisation of sorts. However this island appears quite desolate. The floating header follows whereever I go. Perhaps I will try to converse with it.

In any case I remain your hopeful servant,

A poster trapped in Beta

Comment: Help. I am trapped On Beta (Score -1, Offtopic) 185

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47958055) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Timothy and other Slashdot Editors,

I regret making such an offtopic post, but I am afraid that I have found myself trapped on the "new" new Slashdot Beta site and I cannot seem to leave it.

The site features an extremely modern "flat" design. So modern in fact that there do not appear to be any visible links, menus, navigation bars, page divisions, or icons at all. A "slide out" option to move back to Slashdot classic pops up from time to time, only to disappear as I try to click it. I believe I may need to use a "charm" type gesture or spell in order to properly summon such advanced features, but I am not privy to the precise incantations.

As such I am currently stuck on the new Slashdot Beta with no way of returning to a more usable interface. I find this most unsatisfactory, somewhat frustrating, and feel I have little other option but to send this call for assistance.

I possess an advanced STEM degree and over 25 years expierience with technology, software and the web. I feel I can positively contribute to discussion on this site, but this new interface is making the site too difficult to use.

Yours

A user trapped on Beta

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 610

>Seems to me that the problem is people wanting to complain over nothing. So what if an album (and it's not like it's something offensive) gets added to your iTunes account as a 'purchased' product?

Excuse me, you do realize we're talking about U2 here? That's not something I'd want my friends or coworkers see in my library.

Comment: Have they Denied? (Score 2, Interesting) 200

NSA officials were unable to find any evidence Snowden ever had.

This is essentially the "I do not recall" equivalent of paperwork investigations.

The essential question here is whether the NSA can conclusively deny that Snowden never raised concerns at the agency. Since if he did raise concerns, he probably would have raised them to people personally, a document search is not nessesarily going to uncover whether he did.

What will uncover this conclusively is a simple interview of NSA and affiliate company employees and especially supervisors who worked with Snowden. But since such a set of interviews would either a) reveal that he did raise concerns, b) involve people having to sign their names to untruths, or most unlikely c) reveal he really raised nothing, then I think it's easier for the NSA to just pretend that a half-assed email server word search constitutes an appropriate investigation.

Comment: Re:Gamers are the Victims Here (Score 1) 1134

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47830737) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

First Person Shooter players do not represent the entire gaming community. This stereotype is being used to label Pokemon and Super Mario players as misogynists and bigots. All gamers are being tarred with a toxic brush.

This kind of labelling is wrong and morally bankrupt. The gaming community is being forced to defend itself against these kinds of disgraceful libels, by people who are genuinely ethical bankrupts. Simply browse the #Gamergate and #NotYourShield twitter hashtags to get a sense of where these accusations are coming from, and exactly who is in denial.

Comment: Because SJWs are not Feminists/Progressives (Score 4, Insightful) 1134

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47830599) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Question, why do you (generally speaking) feel the need to lump all the people who disagree with you together into one group, give that group a sarcastic name,

I call the people involved in this scandal "Social Justice Warriors (SJWs)" principally because I refuse to insult the feminist or progressive movements by calling these people with feminists or progressives. Genuine second-wave feminists have publicly criticised their behaviour.

If you want to understand the difference, look up the #Gamergate and #NotYourShield hashtags on twitter. The Social Justice Warriors are hateful, disingenuous, at times sociopathic bigots. They are adult, internet-empowered versions of the bullies and tormentors which many gamers remember from secondary school.

Gamers are the victims here. The modus-operandi of the SJWs is to cast themselves in the cloth of underprivileged groups -- most SJWs are in fact white, upper middle class, college aged -- then proceed to level accusations of privilege, bigotry, and misogyny against just about anyone involved in gaming for even the slightest perceived infractions. A climate of fear has developed, first in the indie and later wider gaming industry as a result of the "social justice" witchhunts which these people regularly engage in. Worse, this has resulted in SJW-aligned developers and journalists rising to positions of power and being first in line for awards and increasingly development funding, with cronyism trumping competence.

For Gaming, so often a hobby of last resort for the excluded and isolated in society, this is an awful and tragic outcome. For gamers, male, female, straight, gay or trans, it is a frightening development. Their hobby, their refuge, is being taken over by bullies.

Because their rhetoric and especially actions come across as so farcically disingenuous, I don't believe for a second that SJWs actually believe in or support the causes of homosexuals or transgender people in video games. Their support for women is also largely forced, and disturbingly biased towards the conservative view of women as a weaker sex who must be protected/defended (A view consistently challenged by the games industry over the years).

My honest opinion of SJWs is that they are privileged Neo-liberals, who adopt a forced social justice persona both to project their own (increasingly obvious) bigotry onto others, and ultimately to benefit themselves socially and financially. They are disingenuous, extremist bullies, and the gaming community is under co-ordinated PR attack, and has been almost completely censored on gaming websites.

The Social Justice Warriors are right about one thing though; this is a historical moment. Whether they win or lose, the GamerGate scandal will be seen as a watershed moment in the history of online-communities, and who controls them. Two weeks ago, I would never have believed that a clique so small could all but take-over a community so large, but it is becoming clear that this is precisely what (almost?) happened to gaming. There are lessons to be learned here, unrelated to the immediate issues, and I only hope the right people will take note and heed them.

Comment: Re:I predict (Score 1) 1134

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47830035) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Is it possible that some of the entertaining, amiable geeks that I spar with, party with, code with and blow things up with turn feral and run in packs when I'm not around?

It is unlikely. If you read further into this scandal and its surrounding issues, you will find that it is the gaming community which has been libelled by a clique of disingenuous bullies. These people will routinely label their opponents as bigots while displaying shocking levels of bigotry and hatred themselves. You can see ample evidence of this behaviour in these very comments.

For a better understanding of where the real "Ugly incidents" in this scadal are coming from, simply look up the #GamerGate and especially #Notyourshield twitter hashtags. The vitriol, hatred, and misrepresentations in this debate are coming from Social Justice Warriors (I refuse to apply the terms feminist or progressive to these frauds.)

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce

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