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Comment Re:Limited usefulness (Score 1) 85

A lot of the things called "track you" aren't as much about tracking your physical location as about associating a particular session with another session as being the same person. This way, sites can correlate these unique identifiers and build a dossier about each user.

Comment Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 85

Yes, we need to stop doing apps in the web browser, and start doing apps in actual applications.

Applications for which platform? Good luck running a native application on Windows if it has not been ported to Windows, or on a Mac if it has not been ported to OS X.

A word processor can simply call an OS API to open a file, then get permission to access that file when you choose to open it.

Repetitive "Cancel or Allow?" dialogs for elevation to administrator is something for which Apple's Mac commercials used to satirize Microsoft. And now you're proposing to show one every time a word processor opens a file. Heaven help you if you're running a compiler toolchain that may open hundreds of files when rebuilding a complex project.

Comment Codec pack as malware dropper (Score 1) 85

If a website wants me to watch some audio or video, it can serve up a file that VLC or some other external player can play, after I've been promoted to allow this to happen.

If you happen not to have a compatible video player installed on the machine that you are presently using, what message or prompt should the system display? Offer a chance to install a "codec pack"? That's what we had before Flash, and malware developers learned that it was effective to to disguise an installer as a codec pack or Flash Player update. And if a web application wants to play several audio streams at a time, such as a game that wants to play both music and sound effects, how would it "serve up a file" for each in an efficient manner?

Comment The Problem with Pen Island (Score 1) 85

Any language where whitespace has meaning... I still can't believe such a thing actually caught on.

I don't know how English caught on with things like "experts exchange" vs. "expert sex change" or "mole station nursery" vs. "molestation nursery" or "who represents" vs. "whore presents" or "pen island" vs., you know...

Comment Re:That's Crazy Expensive (Score 1) 342

"In order to be successful, a new product has to be cheaper and better"

No it doesn't. It just needs to meet a need.

No, if it's not cheaper and better than the competition, then there needs to be no competition: it needs to fill an unmet need.

This product does not fill a significant unmet need, so it needs to be cheaper and better than the competition, which does already fill this need. Remember, there's lots of meal replacements out there.

Yes, there are a small handful of people who want this product. It's clearly not enough to make a profit on volume, because they're raising their prices.

Comment Re:Compiler optimizer bugs (Score 1) 231

I don't normally name and shame.

That's too bad, because that's the only thing that would help us, the slashdotting public. And, you know, the general public, as well.

I guess it would be more awkward for them if I informed them of this...

More than being awkward for them, it's useful for us if you inform us. I care more about moving forward than looking back, but a glance at your notes now and again can be useful. Forgive, yes. Forget, no.

Comment AIDE for Android (Score 1) 85

You want freedom on a 4" computer that can't be used for serious things anyway.

I want freedom on a 4" computer that I can connect to a Bluetooth keyboard and HDMI monitor when I get to a desk.

So there's no Android SDK for Android.

You were saying? "AIDE supports developing Java/Xml based Android apps using the Android SDK. The AIDE app comes bundeled with a mobile version of the Android SDK, so there is no need to install anything else."

Comment ADSL is for apps (Score 2) 66

For a lot of the world population, ADSL is the last mile through which apps on tablets connect to the Internet. It might be slower than fiber, but it's still a lot faster than cellular. If you try to sustain a download through an entire cap period, cellular is on average not much faster than 14.4 dial-up.*

* 5 GB/mo = 40000000 kbit/mo * 1 mo/30 days * 1 day/86400 s = about 15 kbps

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 387

IIRC, this is similar to what Linus said about systemd. He said that as a user he liked it and didn't have problems with it but he did run into problems when interacting with the systemd developers.

What he said is that he didn't personally care about it, that he understands that some people have use cases where it makes sense... and that he understands that the developers are a bit of a problem. Not that he liked it... or doesn't like it. It's unlikely to have affected him substantially yet, except for rejecting bad patches

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