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Comment: Re:Still waiting.... (Score 1) 205

by vidnet (#46431099) Attached to: Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

This is not an insightful, quirky observation about modern, overengineered gadgets that try to do everything but fail to do anything well.

It's a tired and overused rant being perpetually parroted by people who don't even want what they're asking for.

If you were actually looking for such a phone, you'd have done a simple web search and found plenty of phones in the $30 range with over a month of standby time, like the Nokia 105.

Comment: Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (Score 5, Informative) 421

by vidnet (#46297279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

You shouldn't try to find $1500 worth of value in the current product. If there was, they'd be selling it to everyone.

Take a look at a list of apps and see if this is a technology you'd find fascinating, and decide based on whether you have the time and resources to invest into exploring it.

Glass today is basically like Internet access in 1994. Slow, expensive, flawed and of no practical value -- but interesting and fun for those with the time and interest to tinker with it.

Comment: There are several good indie titles (Score 5, Interesting) 669

by vidnet (#46283525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

There are some good indie games these days, like Gone Home; Papers, Please and Sir, You Are Being Hunted.

Gone Home does a very fine job of interactively telling a story by searching through an abandoned house.

Papers, Please is a puzzle game about ethics and paperwork, which is much more interesting than it sounds.

Sir, You Are Being hunted is a procedurally generated stealth/survival game, in which you're trying to sneak under the noses of armed gentlemen robots.

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot... (Score 1) 160

by vidnet (#45374489) Attached to: Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

You're either confused or trolling.

This is not some fine print hidden in the bowels of the EULA, that you accept just by using a cell phone.

You have to explicitly enable the feature. When you do, there's a popup that says, and I blockquote:

Allow Google's location service to collect anonymous location data. Some data may be stored on your device. Collection may occur even when no apps are running.
Agree | Disagree

If you Agree, this feature is one of the things your anonymous data is used for.
If you Disagree, you can still use positioning, it just doesn't use Google's server side assisted positioning and anonymous user data.

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot... (Score 4, Insightful) 160

by vidnet (#45365377) Attached to: Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World


they are gathering the exact same information, and unlike the NSA, don't have any rules restricting their use

The article:

Google gets permission to do this kind of tracking when Android users opt in

Do you really not see a difference between an experimental, opt-in location system and an international, clandestine spy program?

Comment: Re:Am I imagining it? (Score 1) 230

by vidnet (#45346699) Attached to: Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

I believe that users should have some responsibility in not divulging their passwords to third parties, yes.

Users gave away their gmail and facebook credentials to Adobe, without Adobe even requesting them. What kind of stewardship is that from the user?

Do you honestly believe it's fair for both users and services that any breach or malevolent admin in any service the user ever visits will compromise the entirety of the user's online identity on all services?

We should not be allowing and especially not encouraging this. Browser level, two-factor oauth everywhere.

Comment: Re:Google Answers reimagined (Score 1) 57

by vidnet (#45337631) Attached to: Google Relying On People Power For 'Helpouts'

Let's try to sell this from a slashdotter's angle:

Imagine having a rash from sitting on a filthy chair in your basement, showing it on camera to a certified physician, and then have two bag of cheetos and some fungal cream delivered hours later.

Normal people, meanwhile, sometimes do pay money for various services that don't necessarily require physical presence. It's arguable whether they should or not, but they do.

These include personal trainers and dietitians, IT support, psychologists, life coaching, pet trainers, travel agents, and (sadly) alternative medicine, feng shui advisors and psychics.

With some guarantee of legitimacy, also psychiatrists, some medical services, law and real estate.

I can actually see this being useful.

Comment: Re:So... no separation between system and userspac (Score 2) 335

by vidnet (#44879435) Attached to: New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

Maybe you want to be able to control whatever is running in the VM. How do you propose to do that [...]?

The deployment system should be responsible for the configuration. The hypervisor should be responsible for starting and stopping VMs when the monitoring system determines that they're misbehaving.

SSHing in and changing config files, killing process and deleting unused logfiles or whatever is not a scalable solution.

If you're just going to spawn a new VM for every single program you might as well just run all those programs on the physical machine.

"The" physical machine? You mean the ten thousand machines across half a dozen data centers where jobs from a thousand different entities are constantly being spun up and shut down in response to load and hardware changes?

Yes, you could do that. This is just an easier way of doing it quickly, transparently and securely.

Comment: Re:So... no separation between system and userspac (Score 1) 335

by vidnet (#44878315) Attached to: New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

Just because you've only got "one app", it doesn't mean that you've only got one process.

If you have multiple, semi-related tools, you currently wouldn't run them as different threads in the same process. Why put all your eggs in one basket, having to restart them all at once, letting one rewrite the memory of another, when starting a new process is so cheap?

Now, if you have multiple, semi-related tools, you wouldn't run them as different processes in the same VM. Why put all your eggs in one basket, having to schedule them all on the same hardware, letting one misbehaving VM affect all of them at once, when starting a new VM is so cheap?

We don't use separate processes because it's the best imaginable model of systems design. We use it because it's been the best compromise between separation and efficiency.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.