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Comment Re:Sad Boxee Fan (Score 1) 113

Yay! the typical answer for an open source product.

1) Open Source Guy: Our product is teh awesome!
2) User: It's not 1/10th as good a ABC
3) Open Source Guy: So volunteer to fix it!

#3 kind of negates #1

Sure I might consider contributing to XBMC but I'm responding to the idea that it's supposedly a good replacement for boxee. That doesn't appear to be the case.

Comment Re:Sad Boxee Fan (Score 1) 113

Tried the new beta. Other than re-arranging the top menu I don't see much of a difference. It still doesn't have most of the features of boxee. It still crashed trying to watch a video in the ted app. And now it does silly things like show me a thumbnail of the movie I'M CURRENTLY WATCHING when I bring up the playback controls.

Comment Sad Boxee Fan (Score 1) 113

I used to use XBMC on Xbox. Switched to Boxee on a Mac Mini a couple of years ago.

If Boxee's dead what next? I actually liked Boxee (thought not the bugs)

Every time I try XBMC it dies or is missing features. I just downloaded it right now (v 10.1 for OSX). I like several of the Boxee Apps (ted, vimeo, escapist, ...) so I download the Ted app for XBMC. I run it. First thing I notice. It's not nearly has nice as the Boxee app. Simple list, no descriptions, no style. I click the first link, XBMC is now locked. It's been locked for 10 minutes now.

So, I'm sad to hear that boxee is going away. It's pretty clearly better than XBMC for my use cases at least.

Features I'm hoping for in whatever replaces Boxee no particular order

1) Shows Facebook new stream youtube videos (boxee does this on home screen)

Does XBMC have this built in or as an add on as slick as Boxee? Note: Picking some model script it NOT the solution

2) Has nice skinned apps to major sites (on boxee I use Ted, The Big Picture, Vimeo, The Escapist, Pandora and a few other apps)

are there good skinned apps in XBMC?

3) Has FULL Samba client support built in

Full = works with passwords XBMC has this. Not sure any of the other solutions do.

4) Has instant FF and REV

XBMC has this. Popcorn hour does not. Not sure about others but if I can't skip around in my media fast it's not a solution for me.

5) Has "post" to social media features throughout

I like being able to watch a video on youtube or vimeo in Boxee and click "Loved" and have that posted to Facebook.

6) Supports all the same formats or more

Both XBMC and Boxee support a lot of formats. Lots of other solutions I've tried support less. Of course supporting more would be good. I have to switch out of XBMC for certain types of files.

7) Can be controlled smoothly with an Apple 6 button remote

Boxee did this well. XBMC not so sure. Others? My Popcorn hour sucks here. Their remote has ton of buttons and its not responsive

8) Handles non English

Neither old XBMC nor Boxee were all that good here. Basically you had to configure them, copy in new fonts and other BS. Maybe current XBMC handles this?

9) Auto downloads subtitles

Boxee does this. I didn't see it in my 5 minute test of current XBMC (after I force closed it from the lock above)

I'm sure there's a lot more. Calls above that Boxee sucks, XBMC rules don't seem to fit with my experience though. XBMC is fine at playing already downloaded movies but I haven't had much luck with XBMC providing all the other features I loved in Boxee.

Is there something else that comes closer?

Comment Re:Awareness (Score 1) 808

Sorry but I'm not understanding why you guys separate programmers from everyone else. If you write a GPLed word processor, why don't you require everyone to GPL every document they create with it? If you write a photo editing program, why don't you require every photo edited with it to be GPLed?

Person A uses your work to create thing B and you're fine with them not GPLing it.
Person C uses your work to creating thing D and you're not fine with it.

Why do you single out programmers but not anyone else?

Comment Re:Awareness (Score 1) 808

BSD doesn't have a problem.

It's fine if you want to use the GPL to force PROGRAMMERS to pay you back with their changes. Of course it's unclear to me why you don't also expect USERS to pay you back was well and only single out PROGRAMMERS.

BSD is for people to like to give things away. I like to give my friends and family presents at Christmas. I don't require that they pay me back. I like to give donations to my favorite charities and organizations whether it's the EFF, PBS, NPR, ACLU, Red Cross, etc. I don't expect them to pay me back. I like to throw parties and invite my friends. I buy all the food and spend all day cooking. I don't require my anyone to pay me back.

It's perfectly reasonable of me to BSD my code in the same spirit of giving. Giving breeds giving. Sure a few people night not give back. So what. I don't care. Even if no one gave back I'd still do it.

Fortunately people do give back without being forced. Apache, Python, PHP, Lua, zlib,libjpeg, libpng, and thousands of other projects are doing just fine BSDed.

Comment Re:Nobody does that because everyone does that (Score 1) 532

My iPhone 3GS crashed all the time. It crashed while browsing the net. It crashed while trying to answer a phone call. It locked while trying to dial a phone number while driving down the freeway requiring holding the power button for 5 seconds to force a shutdown and reboot. So much for not being distracted while driving. It would randomly disable all downloaded apps until I downloaded 1 new one again. Since that time I've had a Nexus One and a Nexus-S. They are every bit as crappy as my iPhone 3GS was. I haven't owned a smart phone that's stable.

I too wish the bar was set higher.

Comment Re:Should X be mandatory? (Score 1) 861

And you framed it wrong as well. The correct question is:

"Assuming we think is best that trash is sorted what's the best way to achieve that goal?"

1) Try to get hundreds of thousands to millions of people to each sort their trash correctly

Monitor all each of them individually and penalize them if they get it wrong

2) Hire a company (or companies) to sort the trash

Monitor just a few companies and penalize them if they get it wrong.

I don't know about you but to me #2 sounds like it is far more likely to achieve the goal of "sorting the trash" than #1. #2 requires monitoring and training far few entities. #1 is like trying to boil the ocean. You will never get everyone to do it correctly.

Comment Re:Should X be mandatory? (Score 1) 861

Requiring sorting by citizens is stupidly inefficient and problem ridden.

If the company sorts it then there is only one place that needs to be checked to see if the stuff is being sorting correctly and one entity to deal with to get them to do it right if not. VS, hundreds of thousands of places things might not be sorted correctly and hundred of thousands of people to attempt to train to do it correctly.

Comment Re:To all those who oppose it without thinking: (Score 1) 709

I hope you are right. Tokyo has 40 train lines not counting the Shinkansen. I don't know how many Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka have but SF has like 4 and LA has 3? 5?

It's one thing to build this high speed train but it's quite another for it to be useful. Since neither city has good public transportation they're going to need to be lots of car rentals and lots of parking, something not available at any current train stations. Let's hope they plan that.

Another thing, the Shinkansen runs as often as every 10 minutes. It doesn't seem likely the SFLA train will get anywhere near that convenient anytime soon.

Comment Re:Before you get too excited... (Score 1) 94

First, yes I have read the agreement.

Second, that version of the agreement is old.

Third, nothing you wrote contradicted what I wrote. Corona and iLuaBox are running user entered Lua scripts, not JavaScript. Therefore they are breaking the rule above that "No interpreted code may be downloaded or used..." download OR used. They are using user entered interpreted code in Lua, not JavaScript. User entered code is forbidden. Only code in the app's package is allowed to be run period, native or interpreted. The only exception to any code not included in your apps package is JavaScript.

One more time.

Native Code embedded in app = ok
Interpreted code embedded in app = ok
JavaScript NOT embedded in app (downloaded, user entered, ...) = ok
Interpreted code NOT embedded in app (downloaded, user entered, etc...) = NOT ok

Comment Re:Before you get too excited... (Score 1) 94

The agreement mentions downloading but it explicitly forbids executing ANY CODE NOT IN YOUR APP's PACAKGE except JavaScript running in WebKit

That means Corona and iLuaBox are breaking the license. Of course Apple has never been consistent in enforcing their rules. Maybe as along as the scripts are relatively trivial they'll look the other way but the rules they laid out are clear.

Comment Re:How about we start believing in Human Change? (Score 1) 695

Amen brother.

The only way to go forward is through gains in efficiency. 7 billion people are not going to opt for a lower standard of living. It's just not going to happen. The only solution is to find ways to give them that higher standard of living in ways that do less damage to the environment. Fortunately there's a huge amount of money to be made doing just that and so a huge incentive to do it.

Now if the tree huggers would just accept that there is not way to control 7 billion people's consumption and instead devote their time and energy to satisfying that consumption in environmental friendly ways they'd make a lot more progress toward their goals.

Comment The security problems are HUGE (Score 1) 143

For systems like this in order to log into any website you have to send your username and password to Opera or Silks servers so it can login as you and then send the page back.

I found that out the hard way. My company's IT dept monitors logins and send out "change your password immediately and don't use Opera Mini" service when it sees logins from services like that

I don't think I'll be using Silk for the same reason.

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