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Comment: OS X has sideloading, unlike iOS (Score 1) 68

by tepples (#47807367) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

There is nothing preventing a developer from creating an OSX or iOS application that goes outside the guidelines provided they don't with to sell within the walled garden. But, if you want to sell to users using the app store, you are subject to their requirements.

This is true of OS X but not of iOS, because OS X has sideloading and iOS does not. There are exactly three ways to get an app installed on an iOS device. The first and most common is Apple's App Store. The second is being an employee of an established company that is a paying member of the iOS Developer Enterprise Program or a student of an accredited university that is a member of the iOS Developer University Program; such organizations are allowed to run their own App Stores. The third is to be a paying member of the iOS Developer Program yourself.

What would be nice is if Apple provided a separate area for this types of apps (classwork and developer portfolio apps) and leave real, useful and commercial quality apps, on the store.

In high school, classwork is done on OS X, which allows sideloading. In college, classwork is done through the iOS Developer University Program. A developer portfolio should use a combination of three methods: A. having one or more of your applications on the App Store to demonstrate that you are familiar with the skill of negotiating with Apple, B. videos, and C. demonstration on a device connected to a paid-up iOS Developer Program membership during an in-person interview.

Comment: Re:All about the brand (Score 1) 68

by tepples (#47806639) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

But it's their way or the highway if you want to sell to iOS users. And yes, you do want to sell to iOS users. Android users never spend any money. /slight-exaggeration

So to whom should one sell, say, an app for monitoring a wireless network or a video game in a historical fiction setting? Apple provides no public API for enumerating nearby SSIDs, and under Guidelines 15.3, Apple would reject games whose "enemies" are a particular organization (such as soldiers in a particular country's army).

Comment: The guidelines used to be paywalled (Score 4, Informative) 68

by tepples (#47806559) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Why does Slashdot constantly rehash the "reasons Apple rejects apps" topic?

To help certain iOS fans who frequent Slashdot (BB, SK, etc.) understand why not all apps are ported to iOS and why some people choose devices that run something other than iOS. The featured article states that most applications that Apple rejects are broken in some important way. But conspicuous by omission are apps that aren't broken but which Apple rejects for other reasons.

They've published detailed guidelines on this for years.

Only very recently (a few months ago) has Apple made the guidelines available to the public. Previously you had to sign up for the paid iOS Developer Program just to see them. That hurt people who bought a Mac and an iOS device to start developing, only to learn that the application's concept was in a category of applications that Apple completely rejects. That's entire sections of the market that Apple has made a business decision to decline to serve.

Comment: Not all PCs have 8 GB of RAM (Score 1) 94

by tepples (#47803381) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

modern computers start with 8gig of memory

Is the ASUS Transformer Book, a 10" convertible laptop computer, not "modern" because it ships with only 2 GB of RAM?

Besides, not all computers still in use are modern. I do most of my web browsing on a four-year-old Dell Inspiron mini 1012, a 10" laptop that came with only 1 GB of RAM and runs Xubuntu. Flashblock helps keeps Firefox below half a GB, after which point the bottleneck is not memory but the fact that Firefox uses only half of the CPU. Though an Atom has two-way simultaneous multithreading, Firefox is still single-threaded which brings a longer wait for complicated JavaScript and CSS to finish processing, especially on things like or Slashdot beta. My first-generation ASUS Nexus 7 tablet computer is stuck at 1 GB as well.

and then there's the page file/swap space.

A lot of computers without a rotating hard drive, such as my Nexus 7, can't afford to swap. Instead, they have a harsher OOM killer.

Firefox is a browser meant for browsing... and if that's what you're doing with it, that 1gig of memory is nothing. What background apps are using up the other 7gig?

I'm guessing that when no application is using part of the RAM, the chipset could power down unused RAM to prolong battery life.

Comment: Re:$400 per year to use your own money (Score 1) 67

by tepples (#47803063) Attached to: The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

And no one is doing that now, without bitcoin.

True, some people already have a smartphone, but not everyone does. Someone paying $7/mo for service on a cell phone used only for urgent calls might have to pay five times as much ($35/mo) for service on a phone that supports Bitcoin payment.

This is like trying to include the cost of an electric generating plant in the price of a toaster.

I see it as more like people who currently have normal home electric service (120 V AC) and would have to upgrade to 3-phase with a hefty surcharge per month in order to install a specific appliance.

Comment: But not a binding precedent (Score 1) 412

And the precedent is that distracted driving laws are not valid and can be ignored.

I don't see how that's true, for three reasons. First, the featured article states that the vehicle was stopped while the phone was in use. Second, a DA's decision not to prosecute isn't exactly a "precedent" in the common law sense. Third, even if the officer had been found not guilty in a court of law, another judge could apply the narrower precedent that police are above the distracted driving law but not necessarily above other laws.

Comment: Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (Score 4, Interesting) 77

by tepples (#47797531) Attached to: Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

I really wish developers wouldn't use YUI or jQuery for things the web browser is more than capable of doing itself.

The whole reason for things like jQuery is that under old IE, the web browser wasn't capable of doing a lot of these things itself. If you go to the You Might Not Need jQuery site and set the compatibility slider to IE 8, for example, a couple solutions end up as "just use jQuery". Not needing massive workarounds for deficiencies in the latest version of the included web browser on a still-supported PC operating system is a relatively new concept. Five months ago, a Windows operating system that couldn't be upgraded past IE 8 was still in extended support.

The other line moves faster.