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Comment How much of Android is free? (Score 2) 211

free software makes up the vast majority of operating systems for servers, mainframes, and smartphones

Correct me if I'm wrong, but by "the vast majority of operating systems for [...] smartphones" I assume you're referring to devices that run Android. In that case, what's larger on an Android system image: AOSP (Linux and free components of Android userland) or GMS (Google Play Store/Services and other bundled Gapps)?

I think the primary *failure* here is in the moral and legal dimension where users don't necessarily prioritize their rights.

And the unfortunate result of this is that economies of scale associated with support make laptops made for Windows* cheaper than laptops made for GNU/Linux.

* A device is "made for" an operating system if its manufacturer claims that reasonably complete drivers exist to make the device work with that OS.

Comment Downlevel browsers don't like Vanilla (Score 1) 163

Provided you're coding only for web browsers that support Vanilla. Edge and Safari, for instance, have tended to lag behind Firefox and Chrome in their Vanilla support, needing a "polyfill" framework to replicate some of the missing parts. And unless you target Edge and Safari, you won't reach Windows 10 S and iOS.

The one silver lining is that IE prior to 11 no longer receives security updates, giving a convenient excuse not to support browsers that are that downlevel. This means the more convoluted Vanilla equivalents of jQuery calls aren't as necessary anymore.

Comment Relative pain of reloads vs. misuse of JS (Score 1) 163

Page reloads are painful, but the loss of privacy to third-party trackers, the loss of download allowance to large frameworks and video ads, and the loss of CPU time to real-time bidding and Monero mining scripts are also painful. They're so painful, in fact, that many anti-JavaScript hardliners here and on SoylentNews would prefer page reloads as less painful than the effects of widespread misuse of JavaScript.

Comment Since when does video have "less resource usage"? (Score 1) 80

Synfig Studio, because it outputs as proper video files or animated images that can be viewed in many more places with less resource usage than HTML5

Last I checked, SWF was a lot smaller in bytes transmitted over the (potentially slow or capped) network than WebM or MP4. I had hoped that HTML+Canvas would be comparable in size to SWF.

Comment Re:I assumed PC buyers were pros. Wrong (Score 1) 217

If I had the choice between HPs best desktop model and a raspberry pi I would choose the pi without hesitation as I know that while not a star performer it won't let me down.

My work involves FamiTracker and FCEUX debugger. These applications are free software, but they're made for the Win32 API and compiled for i686. Have you tried recompiling Windows applications for ARM using Winelib for Raspberry Pi? If so, what problems have you run into?

Comment Re:WIndows 10 is crap. (Score 1) 217

is you have a PC/Mac with an older system that "just works" why are you gonna buy some new hardware that likely will lock you into the latest OS that just "doesn't seem to work right"?

The biggest reason to run macOS is macOS-exclusive applications, and among Slashdot users, the most prominent of those is probably Xcode. The version of Xcode that targets the current version of iOS runs only on macOS Sierra and later, which needs a Mac from 2010 or later. My Mac mini is from 2009.

Comment Morphology vs. syntax; Latino sine flexione (Score 2) 223

It's not quite "grammar taked out". Grammar is made up of morphology (inflections and derivations) and syntax (word order). The more you take out of morphology, the more rigid the syntax becomes. For instance, Chinese and English have very little inflection, but their syntax is more rigid than (say) Russian or Latin.

Besides, there is a Latin minus inflectional morphology, and it's called Latino sine flexione. It was proposed by Giuseppe Peano, who also invented fractals and put math on a rigorous axiomatic foundation. The better-known Interlingua began as a reform of LSF.

Comment Re:Tethering detection (Score 1) 194

A desktop user is more likely to plan out good uses for excess data to come in just under the cap, much of it during prime time from 7 PM to 11 PM tower time.

I assume you have data sources to back up those assertions.

The article "The truth about tethering: Pay up or you are a thief" by James Kendrick implies an expectation among carriers that customers not use the entire monthly data allowance, where carriers price plans based on this expectation. From the article:

Our agreement may state that we must pay an overage fee when we exceed a certain amount of data usage in a given period (the cap), but the carrier is not stating we are paying for the right to use that much data. Most carriers have unspecified "normal usage" parameters that are used to determine when customers exceed the intended usage, even if under the data cap. Carriers have been known to throttle usage, or even cancel, customers who regularly exceed the normal usage parameters, even when they don't exceed a specified cap. We may not like it but that's the way it works.

I would forward your request for data to Mr. Kendrick, but "Comments for this thread are now closed."

In addition, a desktop user is more likely to watch long high-definition streams, compared to a 5" screen that occupies less of the visual field (in units of steradians or square degrees) than a computer monitor or living room TV.

I assume you have data sources to back up those assertions.

Then let's make some data.
1. How big is your PC monitor diagonally, and how far do you sit from it?
2. How big is your living room TV diagonally, and how far do you sit from it?
3. How big is your phone's screen diagonally, and how far do you hold it?
From these figures, I can calculate the apparent density of SD and HD video in pixels per radian and compare them to the human fovea's limit of roughly 3400 pixels per radian.

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