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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack" 573

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-try-this-again dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I have been working on an HTML5 app for Panasonic VIERA TVs, specifically a client for the Plex Media Server. After paying $129 for the developer program, version 1.0 was submitted for inclusion in their VIERA Connect marketplace several weeks ago. After a few requested tweaks, they inquired about how the client communicated with the Plex Server. As many/most web developers do, I used jQuery and its $.ajax call (which is just a wrapper for XMLHttpRequest()). They insisted this was not standard Javascript, and after several communications with them, they replied back with "A workaround like this is considered a hack.". I'm stunned that anyone familiar with HTML would consider jQuery a hack. I've been patient in attempting to explain how jQuery works, but I am getting nowhere. Any thoughts on how I can better explain jQuery to an app reviewer? Yes, I know I can write my app without any Javascript library, but I am really hoping avoid that."
Biotech

Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-seeds dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Economic espionage is nothing new but one of the biggest areas being targeted now is agriculture. Here's a story about a FBI investigation to track down theft of seeds from research farms. 'The case of the missing corn seeds first broke in May 2011 when a manager at a DuPont research farm in east-central Iowa noticed a man on his knees, digging up the field. When confronted, the man, Mo Hailong, who was with his colleague Wang Lei, appeared flushed. Mr. Mo told the manager that he worked for the University of Iowa and was traveling to a conference nearby. When the manager paused to answered his cellphone, the two men sped off in a car, racing through a ditch to get away, federal authorities said.'"

Comment: Re:Why should Detroit get special treatment? (Score 2) 398

by strength_of_10_men (#46082399) Attached to: Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Try driving from Los Angeles to Chicago in a tiny car some time. Midwest and western united states there is a ton of space between locations. Trying to do that in a tiny car does not work.

I'm not sure I understand your argument. What about small cars makes them unsuitable for traveling long distances?

When I was in college, I owned a Toyota Tercel, a very small car. Drove everywhere with it, without a problem. I have driven from Michigan to Texas with it multiple times.

If anything they're better since they tend to get better gas mileage. Or you arguing they small cars are uncomfortable? Well, then that's a subjective thing that brings little to the discussion at hand.

Comment: Re:Ever noticed (Score 4, Insightful) 25

by strength_of_10_men (#45773255) Attached to: Smaller Than Earth-Sized Exomoon Discovered?

Only one nation has even managed to put a man on the MOON

All those losers who studied the moon before we had spaceflight should have been doing something more productive, amirite?

...or the people here could be so introverted they do not care and are not even listening.

you mean people such as yourself?

Comment: Re:Scolllock and Numlock (Score 1, Insightful) 129

We get it. You think it's a better idea to do this with software. That's fine and there are no shortage of such programs.

But what about when I'm playing a game in full screen? (as mentioned in the article). What if the monitor's gone to sleep? What if I'm listening to music with the monitor off?

Just because there's another way to do this doesn't mean this do-hickey isn't useful.

Comment: Re:No company can build well with a bad spec (Score 5, Insightful) 275

by strength_of_10_men (#45585461) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

I would agree with you but from TFA:

Oregon had an ambitious goal: to create a place where anyone, from Medicaid recipients and small-business owners to people in the individual market, could go to shop for insurance. "In hindsight — which is always wonderful — we made decisions that made our system much more complicated to build," Baxter says.

Initially, Oracle promised it could get the job done.

Yeah, it could have been a nightmare of a spec, but if Oracle promised it could be done, then I have a hard time cutting them any slack.

Comment: Re:Just academia? (Score 2) 168

by strength_of_10_men (#45568011) Attached to: Why Competing For Tenure Is Like Trying To Become a Drug Lord
Yeah, I'm not sure why the analogy to a drug gang was used as this applies to pretty much ANY organization. Even one of TFAs states as much:

As it turned out, the gang worked a lot like most American businesses, though perhaps none more so than McDonald's. If you were to hold a McDonald's organizational chart and the crack gang's organizational chart side by side, you could hardly tell the difference.

Comment: Re:But their bid was lower! (Score 4, Insightful) 227

And what was the graduating class of 1985's size? In 2012, it was about 1200. So let's say in 1985 there were 1000. Given that this is Princeton, it's likely that SOME of them are doing well in their careers, maybe even so far as to be execs at some companies.

Unless there's even a hint of something illegal (or even unethical) going on here, I'm more likely to chalk it up to pure coincidence. What are they supposed to do - disallow any company with executives that happened to have attended school with the Obamas from doing govt work? If that's the case, I doubt there will be many qualified companies left

No, this just looks like guilt by association.

Networking

Facebook and Cisco Offer Check-In Service For Free Wifi 67

Posted by timothy
from the if-the-trade-makes-sense dept.
cagraham writes "According to TechCrunch, Facebook and Cisco are now expanding their joint "Facebook Wifi" program nationwide. The service directs customers who connect to a store's wifi to a landing page where they are encouraged to "check-in" to the business in order to be connected. While users can currently opt out of this and still be connected, the "skip this" button is noticeably difficult to find. The free software integrates with businesses existing routers and providers. Facebook provides reports to participating businesses as well, complete with anonymized aggregate data on the demographics of the customers who checked-in."

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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