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Comment Re: configure; MAKE; make install (Score 1) 289

Todays model goes much more fine grain than OSes and DBs, with component package managers a la Nuget, Bower, NPM, Composer etc. The future TFA is talking about is here already but there's no "de-emphasis of code"... If there were this hypothetical "supply chain" of vendors... What would they pass between each other anyway? Oh yeah! CODE

Comment Re: No (Score 2) 161

Definitely not a shitty developer experience, I have written both natives on android and mobile web apps and mobile web apps are much easier and less error-prone to write.
And most phones have all the horsepower and HTML engine quality to pull off a lot of the sorts of user experiences you'd like (there are still rough spots though).
The device APIs in HTML5 now cover almost all the native capabilities you would want, once ServiceWorker and push notifications are fully deployed. They actually do a -better- job when used correctly because permissions are requested as needed instead of upfront, which avoids scaring the user off as they wonder why your recipe app's update needs camera and microphone support when you add the ability for users to post a Vine video of their baked goods (for instance).
Whenever this discussion comes up, I feel like Slashdot is just filled with old crufty C++ coders who don't understand the state of the modern web, because everyone just lands flat in the "its crap" opinion instead of discussing the few missing capabilities and the specific performance issues they've seen.
The web ain't perfect (yet) but its getting better every day, and has no vendor lock in or censorship issues like the mobile walled gardens have.

Comment Re: Well (Score 1) 594

You do know that SpaceShipTwo was not actually directly based on that sawmill right? You sort of talk about it like right underneath the VG logo is a wooden crank and connecting rod that drives the whole thing.

Are you trying to suggest that SpaceShipTwo should be a huge interplanetary spaceship that can reach Mars? Because firstly- we actually have never done that as a species, so its not as simple as "Oh just improve it 1%". We've designed them, but we have not built them. And the designs we have are ridiculously expensive. What would VG's business plan look like if they said "Welp, we're going to sink ALL of our money into this vehicle that can reach Mars, and we are going to make money by........... Crap bankruptcy already?" Capitalism is supply and demand, there are no businesses right now which *demand* a trip out that far. It WILL happen but we are not there today.

Secondly, do you not see the benefit of having smaller *shuttle* like vehicles that can transport us between all of the stations and vehicles that we need to build out infrastructure in space?

Comment Re: Well (Score 1) 594

Yeah the "its useless" crowd on this article is full of crap. Branson has mentioned moving from successful sub-orbital "tourism" into space-assisted earth-to-earth travel, which would take less time than travel by plane. Then bump everything up for orbital flight with "SpaceShip3" or something, and VG has the potential to serve as a transportation provider to the space station (or whatever comes after it). Space tourism is just how they plan to bootstrap the company.

There are a lot of interesting developments in the space industry right now and lots of long term directions that people are working toward. There is talk of mining anything and everything, and trying to work out the logistics for how that would work. For someone to point a finger at any part of the industry and say "ITS USELESS", because they don't have the foresight to see how these pieces may one day fit together, is stupid

Comment Re:Not me... (Score 1) 265

The best way to find this information for a certain mail provider is to include 'postmaster' in the search. Admittedly I had to click around a little to find Google's unlike most other providers where it is pretty obvious (they usually have a Postmaster Services page or something).

Good luck on your journey!

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 265

You want to block email based on the sender address? You do know that you don't need to be authorized to send a mail as another user, right? SPF and all of that does provide some protection, but there are tons of non-SPF domains out there that ham/spam could come from and any spammer can impersonate them or just use their domains for their return addresses.

And why exactly are you so perturbed at having the spam moved instead of not received. There's no benefit at all to the spammer if Google shunts their spam into a spambox. Besides, judging by the massive amount of Slashdotters here saying Google's filter is effective, sometimes too effective, do you really want to just have Google delete what it thinks is spam, and have some important mail be entirely deleted with no record of it having existed and no practical way of recovering it? No thanks. I don't think "that's what we want".

Besides, underneath the covers ALL mail delivery systems including Google's are reacting to changes to the DNSBLs and RBLs, which is the actual working technical analogue to your "filtered address, blocked address, blocked domains", its just the sources being filtered are not email addresses but Internet ones.

Comment Re: That's fair enough (Score 1) 225

You are mistaking the recent Chrome App Store events with the Google Play Store. One is an unregulated wild wild west, the other has had problems but is far far more maintained. My biggest issue with the Play Store today is the proliferation of excessive permissions which introduces the risk of Chrome Store like badness in the future (or even now!) I generally do not accept apps that need unreasonable permissions even if I really want/need it

Comment Re:Go ahead, give me one more straw! (Score 1) 225

You are always welcome to remove the Google Play Services and the Play Store from your phone in a variety of ways. Are you REALLY upset about a 75c LICENSING FEE on a $700 phone that your likely paying for by buying into a 2-year contract with a carrier who is profiting hand over fist on you?

Solution: Buy a Google Nexus device: No 75c fee to worry about because it'd just go right back into their pocket anyway! Lean into the wind!

Comment Re:A future for "generic" and old devices? (Score 1) 225

This has *always* been the case and does not change with this announcement. Google Apps and Services are not open source and you cannot redistribute them as an Android ROM provider or OEM. Look at Amazon's line of Android devices: they have their own store and no Google store, so they get Android without any restrictions. Also the Chinese Android group, which doesn't use the Google store but has their own.

People put the Google services/apps on their custom rom phones separately, the custom roms rarely attempt to bundle or automate this because it's against Google's wishes.

Comment Re:Ahh good old Google (Score 1) 225

Let's be fair about what Google really is. They take open source projects and profit from them. Now Apple has done this with Safari although I credit Apple for basically now giving away OS X and of course Safari has always been free.

Apple only gives OS X away because they have a problem with getting all the Macs to upgrade as nicely as the iOS users do. It has nothing to do with giving back. Apple LITERALLY takes open source projects and profits from them *and gives back only what is required of them by license*. Google gives back as much as it takes. If you think otherwise, my guess is you do not write code.

Meanwhile Google *literally* gives away all of Android except the bits that represents the Google part of the equation. Wow, are you trolling here??

Google to me is simply taking advantage of open source projects and while I don't see much in a legal problem with what Google does. I have issue with Google on so many levels with what they do. Google Play is certainly something I think Google already profits from. So why charge OEM's for something that is basically a web applications? The benefit its seems to me being installed on OEM's is all Google's.

I think that you are under the impression that a large portion of Android was not WRITTEN by Android the company which Google bought and subsequently open sourced. Android sits on top of Linux. So Google "took advantage" of the Linux stack, and then *gave back to the community* by open sourcing the rest of Android.

Additionally, the licensing fees here are for the GOOGLE APPS which were never open source, and Google is not taking advantage of ANY community members here. No one who is serious about open source cares.

Maybe I am missing something? But for me I have become real tired of Google the nickel and dimer of everything. From the government fuel breaks for their corporate jets to pushing Google + on everyone because it sucks and nobody really wants it. If you look at Google on a wider vision, its all about gathering data about your. Not to be paranoid but if you deny Google is not collecting this data then you are a fool.

Google is the nickel and dimer here?? When Android has been and continues to be free for OEMs? The Play Store, Play Services and the Google applications have ALWAYS been how Google maintains control over Android, this is not news. Also, no one denies Google is collecting data about us. But if you think that everyone else is NOT doing that, then *you* are a fool.

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