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Comment: It wouldn't hurt to have each platform (Score 1) 253

by unixisc (#48928605) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Each has its advantages, and despite having both an iPhone and an Android tablet, I am considering adding an iPad sometime in future, as well as a Windows 10 tablet at some point (the latter has to be dirt cheap just to handle some key apps not there on other platforms)

I don't have an iPhone 6 as yet, or else, I could use iPay, which is now supported by 3 of my credit cards. Aside from that, there are several apps on my iPhone 5 that are really useful - FaceTime, Vonage (for international calls), E*Trade (for my investment/banking needs), Costco, FlyDelta (since I'm a Skymiles member through AmEx), and music (since my car stereo system recognizes iPods, but not other music carriers, like a Windows Phone or an Android Phone).

However, there are some other things that I prefer doing on my Android tablet. Most notably, the Kindle app, for all my books. Then I use the various video apps - YouTube, Vevo, et al where the larger screen is preferable. I also do things like WebEx on that (although I found GoToMeeting was a big fail) However, my current tablet isn't upgradable to either Kitkat or Lollipop, which is why I'm considering an iPad as a replacement. I could still use the kindle, but this time, have a whole lot of other iPad apps, as well as FaceTime.

One thing I wish Apple would do would be to provide an ergonomic bluetooth keyboard companion to iOS devices - be it iPhone, iPad or iPod. Reason? It's a lot more convenient to type on that, as opposed to on a touchscreen. Just have the keyboard & bluetooth automatically enabled if one touches a part of an app that would take on into edit mode, and one can use it almost like a laptop. Once editing is done, save/post and exit, and resume using it as a touch device. Also, I wish Apple had a way of assigning non-iPhone phone#s to FaceTime devices that didn't use an iPhone, but instead used iPads.

Android - I think it is a useful phone OS, given that it has almost the same breadth of apps that iOS has, but not for a tablet. For a tablet, I'd prefer either the iPad, or a hybrid Windows 10 tablet that could also automatically transform into a notebook.

Comment: Re:Linux on devices is going to die (Score 1) 21

by unixisc (#48928459) Attached to: Embedded Linux Conference Headlined By Drones
There are alternatives. Both Unix-like alternatives, such as Minix, NetBSD, as well as non-Unix alternatives like QNX. Incidentally, anyone know the status of Chorus - a microkernel that was around in the 90s and bought by Sun? At one time, it was used by USL as the basis of their microkernel.

Comment: Re:Incredible! (Score 1) 180

by unixisc (#48928439) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

I've noticed that they take a fairly liberal definition of "chess", as they simply discard certain rules, such as en passant pawn capture or castling moves, which are pretty important chess moves. It's a bit hard to argue that this is really "chess" if they just decide to leave out inconvenient rules ("chess lite?"). I probably wouldn't complain about other ommissions such as the 3-repetition rule, but castling?

Even so, a very cool accomplishment in micro-optimization techniques.

How many queens does it allow pawns to become? Or can pawns only become queens & nothing else?

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 244

by HornWumpus (#48926941) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

If you can't cash something in without crashing it's value it's not a good asset. Regardless of left pocket/right pocket issues. It's about maintaining diversified holdings for risk management.

If an insurance company tried to fund one of their annuity's reserves with company bonds they would slap the cuffs on them. Same should happen to everybody involved with SS.

Anybody with money in US bonds should be aware there is no functioning market for those bonds. The fed buys all excess at low interest rates. There is no market clearing price or interest for US debt. The market is rigged at best, a completely broken charade at worst. No prudent fund manager keeps more in US bonds then the US government requires.

Ponzi scheme is an accurate assessment.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 244

by HornWumpus (#48925505) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Pretending that a huge block of bonds are an asset is standard answer from the 'SS is healthy liars brigade.'

IIRC Productive midwest farmland bounced between 1k$/acre and 2K$ for decades. Last I looked it was $4K. Farmland isn't the same as residential land. Farmland is valued at present value of future earnings, just like any other productive asset. Future earnings is always a guess. Current investors have inflation expectations.

Comment: Firefox (Score 2) 214

by unixisc (#48919445) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

The site now uses its HTML5 video player by default in ............... beta versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser.

So if one is using FireFox, does YouTube work w/o Flash? I thought it was stuck on the WebM vs Ogg Theora debate, which was why as far as YouTube went, FireFox had no option but to do Flash.

On a different note, how is GNU's GNASH?

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley