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Comment Re:Android == Windows? (Score 3, Informative) 148

"Windows CE didn't have that sort of penetration" - this is not actually accurate, companies just didn't Internetwork all of their rubbish embedded systems, leaving them unexposed

I'm still surprised every time I see a new example of a living installation of CE still in use in 2015.

Examples still in use today include:

- POS and cash registers (Fujitsu, others)

- ATMs (newer ones use a variant of 7 called Embedded, the successor to CE)

- devices with a display in a supermarket that can read barcodes, and check stock or prices (so called "guns", ASDA, Wal*Mart, Tesco)

- devices used to take signatures for postal delivery and parcel delivery (Royal Mail, UPS)

- devices to log utility meter readings in the field (G4S, British Gas)

- Police Airwave terminals of various descriptions (the Compaq iPaq with peripheral for fingerprint reader paired with a PCMCIA II Airwave modem, gives Greater Manchester Police an ID for a suspect in less than 30 seconds.)

Submission + - If Star Wars Keeps Girls Out of CS, Why is Code.org Putting it in Classrooms?

theodp writes: Eliminating Star Wars items and videogames from classrooms, suggests a widely-publicized research paper entitled Computing Whether She Belongs: Stereotypes Undermine Girls’ Interest and Sense of Belonging in Computer Science, "may play a significant role in communicating a feeling of belonging to girls and help to reduce current gender disparities in STEM courses." But now — just a month after the New York Times repeated the warnings of the dangers of Star Wars in the classroom — tech billionaire-backed Code.org has announced a partnership with Lucasfilm to make Star Wars videogame-themed coding tutorials available to every U.S. classroom during this December's Hour of Code (a week before The Force Awakens premieres) in an effort to encourage more girls to code. Which certainly seems to contradict the conventional unconscious bias wisdom. "Items such as stacked soda cans, Star Trek and Star Wars images and paraphernalia, video game boxes, comics, science fiction books, electronics, and computer parts communicate a lower sense of belonging to women than men," explains the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). "Attracting more female high school students to computer science classes might be as easy as tossing out the Star Wars posters," NCWIT added in an Aug. 29th Facebook post. So, why was NCWIT dissing Star Wars in the classroom at the same time its partner Code.org was working on the mother-of-all Star Wars classroom events? Well, it could simply be that NCWIT was clueless about the Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code project. "We began the work at the beginning of the summer," explained Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, "and due to Lucasfilm’s strict requirements on secrecy we had only a few people at Code.org who even knew about the project, and they had to work in a locked room with no windows so that nobody else could find out." By the way, a cynic might suggest that Lucasfilm and Disney — which provided the Code.org Frozen-themed tutorial used by President Obama last year — might have 435 million good reasons for wanting to see more kids code.

Submission + - User Interface Deevolution

BrendaEM writes: Cell phones and tablets brought challenges with user interface design. Their hardware and screen real-estate was limited, but now small hardware has advanced to where the average cellphone or tablet is often comparable in power and resolution to some current laptops and desktops. Now, the user interface compensations we used on devices are encroaching on the desktop.

We still have square rectangles on our screen like we did in the 1990's. Now we put a fingers on virtual objects depicted with pointy corners that look like an even older vintage Timex Sinclair application. Or, perhaps we have a large dissociated circle floating in space, a GUI widget not near any others for some reason.

Both IOS and Android are starting to do multiple windows now. We got cut and paste a long time back. Soon, we may even edit a URL in a browser without it easily disappearing. Maybe even we can have a forward delete key on our virtual keyboards without replacing the original.

We have a lot less icons, and a lot more text because we need 1,000 words to be remind us that 1,000 words are better, and quicker. There is often have no borders around our icons to make it harder to fathom where one idea ends and another idea begins. There are fewer colors in the icons. Now it is just a little harder to tell an apple from an orange, from a billiard ball, because when you are in a hurry, you want to carefully examine the edges of things, and not just look for a quick splotch of color.

When we do have color, we may have white text on a bright yellow background, but more importantly, there are just random colors applied to things, instead of anything that would hint at anything we might want to know.

You open a menu, and we are greeted with an assortment of little overlays with a choice in each instead of a single overlay filled with choices, because someone was infatuated with the way an OS deals out overlay items internally. Like a map we see our application peeking out through the streets, and we can almost make out the information they portray.

Most of the drop shadows are gone now because we never lifted a paper from our desk to read it. Objects in the real world cast no shadows. Apparently it's pretty hard to darken part of an image, as if they removed the OpenGL multiply routine, and there is no Directx equivalent.

A search box takes place of meaningful organization. We are not supposed to arrange what information we gather with our computer in any useful context. Perhaps, files and folders will be replaced by a flat file scheme, like CPM had. If people who are confused by files and folders ever saw a physical filing cabinet, or had a coloring book when they were a child, it would all make sense to them. Perhaps if I never had to put things away at home, I would understand them.

Everything is "clean," now. Usefulness, features, power, and functionality must have been dirt. We have single pane file managers because we only move things from place--to a thing no one seem to understand: another place. We only have one or two power schemes because we never really wanted a little extra speed or time.

First, we had programs, then "managers," and now the "managers" have "centers," because they aren't paying for their--I mean: our computers. They aren't paying for memory, SSDs, or hard drives. They don't care how long we need to wait, not when their program is most important, ever. Perhaps they have lost their facilities, or have a complex.

They are just devices. They are more powerful than any affordable computer from ten years back, but they are just devices, so don't expect too much from the software. We are only supposed to consume on our devices, not create content.

Yet, there are times when I create content on my devices, in spite of everything they have done.

Submission + - UK plans to allow warrantless searches of Internet history. (telegraph.co.uk)

whoever57 writes: The UK government plans to require ISPs and telcoms companies to maintain browsing and email history of UK residents for a period of 12 months and make the data available to police on request without a warrant. "The new powers would allow the police to seize details of the website and searches being made by people they wanted to investigate. " Exactly how they expect the ISPs to provide search histories now that most Google searches use SSL isn't explained (and probably not even considered by those proposing the legislation). Similarly with gmail and other email providers using SMTP TLS and IMAPS, much email is opaque to ISPs. Will this drive more use of VPNs and TOR?

Comment Re:Will Slshdot follow suit? (Score 2) 146

And what about this Anonymous Coward fellow?? I've seen more tripe and shilling take place under that moniker than any other, the others seem to pale into insignificance when you consider the things that account posts!

It would almost lead one to believe that every paid shill and troll on the planet is sharing the username and password for that account, which amounts to abuse on a massive scale! We should ban this account, it seems that it would go a long way to restoring public decency here on /.!

Submission + - How much did your biggest "tech" mistake cost?

NotQuiteReal writes: What is the most expensive piece of hardware you broke (I fried a $2500 disk drive once, back when 400MB was $2500) or what software bug did you let slip that caused damage? (No comment on the details — but about $20K cost to a client.)

Did you lose your job over it?

If you worked on the Mars probe that crashed, please try not to be the First Post, that would scare off too many people!

Submission + - Depression: The secret struggle startup founders won't talk about (businessinsider.com)

mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup founders. Some estimates say 30% of startup founders suffer from depression, but many are reluctant to talk about their struggle for fear of alienating investors and employees. This feature by Business Insider includes conversations with a friend of Heinz, plus many investors and other startup founders who are starting to talk about the problem and figure out how to make things better.

Submission + - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware (arstechnica.com) 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements."

Submission + - Slashdot Poll Suggestion

nnet writes: What percentage of CPU is used viewing SlashDot front page?

My 486 won't display this site

Comment Re:Until Google closes it... (Score 1) 175

I think you took my comment as sarcasm. I am well aware of the bandwidth-saving benefits of unformatted text, I'm also a big fan of, and I make use of, the fact it's cross-platform and when paired with interpreters and interfaces written for many platforms can be used and contributed to by anyone on an equal standing. Slashdot itself is a good example of this; I can actually still post using my Nokia 6230i running Opera Mini over GPRS. I would, in fact, despair somewhat if I couldn't!

The universal participation, from anywhere, with any device theme I refer to in my OP implicitly refers to low bandwidth, low-memory, 8-16 bit CPUs, tape decks as storage, etc.

Also, why would most technically-inclined people disagree with me about Dreamweaver, et al? I thought we'd got over the "difference between tools and lazy macro code generators" decades ago... A compiler is a tool. Dreamweaver is a lego set, with no real tools for creating new lego pieces. And the lego pieces it provides are almost always much more inefficient than raw HTML, CSS and PHP code written by any half-decent developer! So whilst the majority of *drones in the current IT hegemony" might disagree with me, an educated engineer learning to program, or one very experienced, would not at all!

Comment Re:Until Google closes it... (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Who the fuck are you? Go die in a fire, you disrespectful worthless turd.

Next you'll be shouting web developers down for not using an automated tool like Dreamweaver, or advocating driverless cars with no manual controls. Our forefathers and our freedom are closely connected, forget one, you may as well forget the other. Long live text only devices! Long live being able to connect from anywhere, with anything, and participate based on one's intellectual prowess rather than one's socio-economic status!


Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone 134

New submitter JoSch1337 writes: After a year and a half of development, the Neo900 project now opened its web shop for the down payments of binding pre-orders for either a full Neo900 phone or the bare circuit board to upgrade an existing Nokia N900. The up-front down payment is necessary to now secure expensive "risk parts" like the modem, 1GB RAM and N900 cases. Thus, without pre-ordering now, there might not be enough parts left after the first batch.

The Neo900 is the spritual successor of the Nokia N900. The new circuit board can be placed into an existing N900 for better specs (faster CPU, more RAM, LTE modem) than the original device while still maintaining fremantle (maemo 5) backwards compatibility. Alternatively, a fully assembled phone can be purchased as well. The Neo900 will be fully operational without any binary blob running on the main CPU. While the modem still requires a non-free firmware, it is completely decoupled from the rest of the device (think of a LTE usb stick you put in your laptop) and can reliably be monitored or switched off by the operating system.

You can follow the development of the project in the maemo forum, read about the specs of the device or consult the FAQ

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