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Comment: What kiosks? (Score 1) 145

Let's be honest here: most of the data can be backed up.

I'm aware of that. Say I were to back up my first-generation Nexus 7 tablet through Android Debug Bridge (ADB). How would I verify the completeness of this backup?

GNU/Linux PC owners are expected to have root.

Not on a kiosk, video game console, a TiVo, or any other "appliance".

Which such appliance is a "GNU/Linux PC"? Video game consoles do not run Linux (except for those few remaining fat PlayStation 3 consoles that haven't been upgraded past system software 3.20). TiVo DVRs run Linux but not GNU/Linux. You keep bringing up "kiosks"; to which kiosks are you referring?

Comment: Re:The larger screen is part of the problem (Score 1) 540

by tepples (#47577135) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

And don't break after it within a year

I don't understand what you mean by "break after".

There is also something called open (relatively) specification

What exactly makes a specification "open"? The specification for Win32 is published on MSDN. Is it solely the existence (or lack thereof) of a promise not to go Oracle v. Google on developers of reimplementations?

Wine is great for software where wine is the target platform - which isn't for much of software.

I'd imagine that more desktop software targets Windows (and implicitly Wine) than GNU/Linux.

How should I "research" thoroughly if the product isn't even available for inspection in my geographic area?

Internet.

How should I go about determining how a device will feel in my hands through the Internet?

Comment: "Always" is a strong word (Score 2, Informative) 178

by tepples (#47577019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Always fucking expand the first instance of your acronym in your summary. Always.

True, I agree that HVAC, ERP, and SBU should have been expanded. But some terms, such as "Hypertext Markup Language", "Motion Picture Experts Group", "Universal Serial Bus", "chief executive officer", "Federal Bureau of Investigation", "Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte", and even "application programming interface" are probably more recognizable to Slashdot's audience in the abbreviated form.

Comment: Factors that force choice of language (Score 1) 120

by tepples (#47576835) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

We live in a world with enough languages that pure technical constraints are unlikely to limit you to a single language.

But there are more than enough political constraints on developers to force their language choice. For example, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live Indie Games platforms could run only verifiably type-safe, .NET CF-compatible CIL, which in practice meant C#. In the applet era, you needed a language that compiled to JVM bytecode. In the Flash era, you needed a language that compiled to AS3 bytecode. Nowadays, the client side of a web app needs to be in JavaScript. And for a long time, entry level web hosting with PHP was cheaper per year than hosting with other server-side languages.

Comment: A clean break is needed, like "Visual Fred" (Score 1) 120

by tepples (#47576171) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification
Then perhaps a clean break is needed between the "old language" and the "new language". It can be done like Visual Basic from VB 6 to VB.NET or Python 2.6 to Python 3, where modules in the old language first need to be translated to the new. Or it can be done with two side-by-side parser frontends, allowing a module written in one language to be include_once'd in a module written in the other.

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