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Comment: Re:Limits of included browser (Score 1) 461

by tepples (#47964399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

All web browsers in the App Store are either A. wrappers for the same WebKit engine used by Safari with the same limits as Safari, or B. "remote desktop" apps that connect to a browser running on someone else's server such as Opera Mini. Otherwise, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, they can't run JavaScript at all.

"Overrated"? I must have hit an iOS fan's nerve.

Comment: Limits of included browser (Score 0) 461

by tepples (#47960939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Apple includes such an app with iOS and calls it Safari. But Safari has what appear to be deliberate limits in the subset of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript APIs that are supported. Apple refuses to support WebGL in web pages, and last time I checked, it was impossible to upload any data type other than photos or videos to a web form.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 2) 461

by tepples (#47960519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Free software doesn't solve everything if the software isn't free in the first place. Mobile SoC drivers are rarely entirely free software, often for regulatory reasons (to comply with national RF emission requirements on the cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios) or because GPUs are still a patent and trade secret minefield.

Comment: Re:Websites have to be paid for... (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#47951443) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

No, agregation into packages is completely unacceptable.

Then be prepared to pay $19.99 per year for each website, even if you plan to view only one page on that site, because you are unwilling to pay for bundles of multiple sites. Look at 50 different sites one month? That'll be a thousand dollars.

Comment: GIMP, Ubuntu, Xfce (Score 1) 259

by tepples (#47948251) Attached to: TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Crappy ones: GIMP, Tahoe-LAFS, Ubuntu, Kdenlive, XFCE...

As a user of Xubuntu who brings out the GIMP at least twice a week, I'm interested in how you'd name them better.

  • What better name would you suggest for the GNU Image Manipulation Program? It "at least tries to vaguely describe the function of the program".
  • How is Blender (English for "food processor", referring to a 3D modeling app) any better than Ubuntu (Zulu for "humankind", referring to a Linux distribution)? Is it just that English is historically more prestigious than Zulu as a naming language?
  • Xfce (XForms Common Environment) used to be descriptive back when it used XForms, but it became an artifact title once Xfce switched to GTK+. The X part can be reinterpreted to refer to the X Window System, but then the F needs a meaning, a problem that it shares with FVWM (Something Virtual Window Manager).

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.

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