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Comment: Re:Obligatory, #2: Laws of Physics (Score 1) 95

by teg (#49164693) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly

Palm Pre beat them all years ago. I dont understand why it has taken so long for everyone else to offer it.

Because until wireless charging actually is widely available, you can't just use a cable to charge your phone - you need an expensive cable with extra electronics to do so. Rather pointless, unless you want to go completely sealed for a water proof device. Until this happens, support for it in phones is a pointless gimmick. Ikea's move is one of the best things I've heard for the future of wireless charging.

Comment: Re:Helping Castro (Score 4, Informative) 166

by teg (#49064481) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

I still think they are not as bad as some countries we consider allies

And who would that be? I can only think of North Korea, who are worse than Cuba...

Countries worse then Cuba? Most Arab allies is a good start. Cuba is a far better place to live than Saudi Arabia humans rights wise, to give one obvious example. The US has had close ties to countries and dictators far worse or equal to Cuba - historically, the US has supported some pretty bad dictators in Latin America.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by teg (#48972399) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness


Unprocessed foods are not more expensive. They can't be. It's simple math and economics. Anything that is more ready made has more labor put into it. Like any outsourcing, it increases your costs. The middle man and all his little minions need to be paid.

People are just lazy and like to make up excuses.

Of course processed foods can be cheaper than processed foods. Processed foods can last longer, so you have less waste. More importantly, you add cheap fillers and don't need to use the best quality cuts. Companies can add 40-60% of cereals, fats, sugars, soy proteins, injected water etc. This decreases the cost of the finished product significantly.

That said, of course it's also part laziness. But price can also be factor for some.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 2) 161

by teg (#48592615) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Real were not circumventing DRM. They ADDED iPod compatible DRM to the music they were selling, to keep the record labels happy. Apple didn't want Real to be able to sell iPod compatible DRM infested music.

It has nothing to do with circumventing DRM. Anyone with an audio cable could already do that.

Being able to do that without being licensed and thus having the proper keys and procedures would be a defect in the iPod software. If Real just wanted to put the music on the iPod, the iPod always support non-DRMed formats (mp3, AAC).

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by teg (#48590119) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

'intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients' [...] to improve iTunes, not curb competition.

In what universe does this statement make sense?

In the universe where you have DRM, being able to circumvent it is a defect and/or security hole. So why is someone fixing it a surprise?

Comment: Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (Score 1) 91

by teg (#48523839) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

"The complexity was orders of magnitude less as well."

That is absolutely wrong.


There's your initial, modern way to do some ROM programming.

Bear in mind, these tools were not available back then. It was pure ASM and Hex Editing.

And ASM is anything BUT simple, sir.

Hacking a cartridge binary is not the same as developing the SW in the first place. E.g. testing "Super Mario" on an early Nintendo system is orders of magnitude simpler than testing an open world game like GTA V or Assasins Creed: Unity across all the supported platforms, especially PC.

Comment: Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (Score 1) 91

by teg (#48520459) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

"Yeah, there are some technical problems, but that happens with any launch."

I don't recall that happening very often at all back in the days of cartridge-based games. You know, when the silicon was too expensive to waste with buggy code.

Too bad things aren't similarly expensive, now. The big game companies would be forced to do serious QA for once.

The complexity was orders of magnitude less as well. And PC games in the 90s, with a much larger variety of sound and graphics hardware, were definitely not bug free on all hardware.

Comment: Re:What I think would be most useful (Score 1) 471

by teg (#47873593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

The things that I can currently think of that I'd use a smartwatch for - 1) GPS / pedometer for running 2) music (without the need for a phone) while working out 3) discreetly checking notifications during meetings 4) navigation when riding a bike / motorcycle. I realize not everyone would value these and will say "JUST USE YOUR PHONE!", but for a $200 - $250 smart watch, I'd definitely drop down the money for these apps.

For running, the Apple Watch seems to add a heart rate sensor. Heart rate zone, timing for intervals etc could be very useful. I've already got a Polar V800 for this, but for many others this would be a great feature.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 2) 730

by teg (#47865971) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

. It's a good question if they'll put it in the cloud backup -- I don't use the Cloud backup features.

Passwords are only part of the backup if the backup is local and encrypted with a password - iCloud does not back up that part. You can, however, enable the iCloud keychain.

Comment: Re:Socialism? ... riiiiiiight (Score 1) 171

by teg (#47588335) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

If a 15 minute open refund period produced "obvious and intuitive consumer benefits" just think about what an hour could do. You know, like enough to actually test out the app for REAL. Especially apps that are more complicated than flappy bird and, oh yeah, more expensive.

Mea Culpa: though I will acknowledge that a "free" app with in-app purchase, that works well enough to test it out before spending money, is indeed one way to get around the limited 15 minutes to test the app.

But of course those apps are not the problem. The problem the government (you know, the supposedly by the people FOR the people) is trying to prevent predatory sharks from bilking people of money through shady practices like kids games that make it very easy to just click click spend a shed load of money.

"Open purchase window" here does not mean "open refund". It means "you don't have to enter your password again to buy something". Go smurfberries!

Comment: Re:BMI is a lie! (Score 3, Informative) 329

by teg (#46965899) Attached to: Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

If you cycle, then I suggest doing your BMI maths to find out how obse you are, BMI FUCKING SUCKS! Muscle is heavier than fat, bmi is your weight in relation to you high. therefore if you have a maximum about of muscle then you come in at Obse on this stupid fucking scale. Fuck all fat on me, mostly skinny build, have some nice leg muscles, no real arm or back muscles, no fat gut, im 183cms and 95KGs.. Overweight to the point that if I put on more weight i'm Obese!

BMI is not perfect. However, unless you are a weightlifter or outrageously fit (not just "skinny fit", but bulging muscles) it's a pretty good indicator. And it's pretty easy to know if you are in the extremely fit part - if you're thinking about it, you aren't.

Comment: Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (Score 1) 634

by teg (#46965233) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

A: Legacy code, and because Fortran 2003+ is a very good modern language for scientific computation and maps very naturally to problems

See.... Fortran 2003 is more modern than ISO 1999 C.... Now that that's settled... How come people are still programming in languages like C/C++/Java, when Fortran2003 is available?

The GP did write for scientific computation. Fortran maps naturally to scientific calculcation, and doing linear algebra in Fortran rather than C is faster to develop, easier to read and faster to run. That doesn't meant that Fortran is a good fit for everything, I pity the developer trying to implement an SQL database or an operating system in Fortran. But for scientific computation, it's often extremely competetive.

Comment: Re:Communism is the only way forward (Score 1) 870

by teg (#46586961) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Pure capitalism is letting the market decide which leads to the monopolization of industries.


Nobody's ever succeeded in establishing a coercive monopoly without government backing. In a free market, monopoly is a non-issue. For example, when Alcoa was the only vendor of Aluminum in the United States, the pricing of aluminum fell continuously.


Standard Oil and Bell says otherwise, in different ways.

The first one is just a matter of "are you big enough, ruthless enough and no rules stop you, you can get rid of competition that way".

The second one - Bell - is interesting. For some services, like telephony, if you don't have government regulation you will get a natural monopoly. The phone companies would earn more money if they merged - no need to ever compete on price, or duplicate infrastructure. The price would be based on the value to consumers, not on the marginal cost of providing it as in a perfect market. And competition would be hard to come by - refuse to receive and make calls to this network. Knowing this, a competetive network would never appear in the first place.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982