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Comment Re:Why OSX? (Score 1) 244

Codeweavers have ported mainstream titles to the mac, like Modern Warfare, Team Fortress, Left4Dead, and many others, even the Steam client itself. However, it would be great to have a native Steam client, and since it is mostly a webapp, it shouldn't be too difficult to port. Just do that, and you will be able to sell on a different platform.

Comment Re:So they should (Score 1) 507

Jail breaking exists because there is a demand for features that apple refuses to provide. Easy examples: Flash, multitasking, tethering.

I'm an apple hater, someone who doesn't even have an iphone, and even I know this.

FYI

  • Flash: not made for mobile devices because it lacks hardware support. See firefox for maemo, or 1 FPS flash on HTC Hero.
  • Multitasking: 80% less battery life. Push notification: 20% less.
  • Tethering: Not allowed by carriers because their networks are not able to cope. See AT&T on NY.

Apple is doing right.

Comment Fun (Score 1) 65

http://techieblurbs.blogspot.com/2010/02/howto-replace-filevault-with-encfs.html

Be safer by using open-source. FileVault is a proprietary tool from a big and famous manufacturer. This means that you can be sure that there is a built-in backdoor for government bodies to use.

On the other side...

There are known problems with EncFS, as it only support basic POSIX operations (no locking, extended attributes, etc...). This works well for simple file storage or multiplatform applications, like MacPorts, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc..., but encrypting your whole homedir is known not to work.

So what is your priority? avoid file corruption or avoid the NSA?

Comment Kindle DX (Score 1) 684

Why:
  • Less eyestrain. Because it reflects light instead emitting it, the contrast between screen and the environment is always well adjusted. Not enough light and you will be forced to adjust the lights of your room. With a LCD, you may even read in the dark, but your eyes will complain later.
  • It's lightweight. 3Gb in 0.5Kg, and even more books on your computer. Tired of increasing your object counter? buy an e-reader.
  • It reads PDF. The good: rendering is perfect. The bad: lightweight fonts (like Birka, used on most O'Reilly books) lack contrast. You can still read it displaying half the page in landscape.
  • It reads mobi and other open formats.
  • Amazon Store. If you are bored just download the 1st chapter of a dozen books. If you like them, you can buy in seconds.
  • It works. I won't stop using my Kindle no matter what because it really is a book, just not one made of paper.
  • Battery. e-ink only needs energy to change the page, not to keep it visible. I charge my Kindle once per month.
  • Big screen. It's able to show a whole PDF page without scroll. That's a big a plus for me. Hard to find on other e-readers.

Why not:

  • e-ink is just for books. It sucks for everything else, like magazines, browsing the web, games, or whatever.
  • You can get an iPad for the same price. An iPad has a real browser, games, apps, music, a 10 hour battery, and enough power to read PDFs and do who knows what once jailbreaked.
  • AZW = mobi + DRM. You can unprotect them with the unswindle hack, but it's a hassle. Needing authorization from Amazon (or whoever) to access your freaking books is so 1984-ish!

Comment Re:If Apple Really Cared... (Score 1) 409

If Apple really cared about empowering the user in the style, manner, and spirit of their legendary 1984 commercial, they would make Flash available -- or rather allow Adobe to make it available -- on the iPhone, Touch, and iPad, and allow the user to decide which user experiences work best for them. Apple only cares about profits and control these days, having become the very thing they once railed against.

Does that apply to the Mozilla Foundation too?

Firefox for Maemo RC3
We’ve decided to disable plugin (not to be confused with add-ons, which are supported) support for this release. The Adobe Flash plugin used on many sites degraded the performance of the browser to the point where it didn’t meet our standards.

Attempting Flash playback on a phone cripples the device because there is no hardware support for vector graphics.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. --Steve Jobs

Flash Lite doesn't. Hell, even my badass Mac Pro freaks out playing Flash. I just tried and got WebKitPluginHost at 93% on one core. Look, Flash performance on OS X *desktop* is abysmal, it is utter crap. You don't want that on your iPhone.

You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. --Steve Jobs

Comment Re:Jobs once called Adobe lazy and he may be right (Score 1) 409

On Windows, Flash makes use of hardware decoding for H.264, if available. On Mac OS X, it does not. In Flash 10, H.264 hardware acceleration is not supported on OS X because Apple does not expose access to the required APIs.

They can use the Quicktime API to decode h264. Instead, they want their own code to access hardware acceleration. Given that Flash is a popular source of trouble in OS X, I don't expect Apple to make it worse by giving them hardware access.

Comment Re:But isn't there room for both? (Score 1) 965

The over one hundred thousand apps speak otherwise. Some examples of truly innovative apps would be welcomed.

Of course 99% is crapware, in what kind of app store would be that different? But don't deny there are also great, innovative, and useful applications: Guitar Toolkit, Tap Tap, Ocarina, Remote, Shazam, Wobble, ...

I also love how Apple basically ripped off the 'classics' app guy, but that's another story.

FYI that classics guy asked Delicious Library creator Wil Shipley for his blessing before Classics was released because of the similarities between both applications. Wil recently twittered:

I guess it's not enough Apple has hired every employee who worked on Delicious Library, they also had to copy my product's look. Flattery?

and also

Pages. Numbers. Keynote. iTunes. All these started out as products at tiny companies, not Apple. Innovation comes from them.

Comment Re:Dear FSF (Score 1) 1634

I say big shame on Apple for abusing an open-source operating system (BSD) in this way.

I heard BSD allows it because it was funded by DARPA to stimulate the development of science, which eventually would lead to the technological superiority of the USA for the benefit of its private held industry. Then others continued that work, probably forced at gunpoint to accept such outrageous license.

Comment Re:Misses the point (Score 2, Informative) 1634

It's an eReader with a bright ass screen that will strain your eyes.

Did you know that some programmers spend at least 8 hours daily reading on a LCD? What strains your eyes is an inadequate contrast between ambient light and your device. LCD is usable, e-ink is better because not having light of its own, it's always adjusted to the environment.

It surfs the internet the way Apple says you should (no flash, IE: no Hulu, etc).

Adobe can shove... well, let's just say that Flash on OS X is slow, insecure, and Adobe won't fix it.

It plays limited games so it's not going to dominate the handheld market.

They want you to buy in the AppStore. So far it's doing great.

I just don't get what niche this thing is supposed to fill. Is it a crippled laptop or a huge iPod?

iPad: Browsing, email, photos, video, music, games, ebooks.
Watch the Keynote.

Comment This is how much they care.. (Score 1) 633

Asked & Answered - Re: Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Rockstar San Diego and More

As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact. No business is ever perfect, but Rockstar Games is a tight knit team made up of around 900 supremely talented and motivated professionals, many of whom have worked here for a very long time. We’re saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment. We’ve always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this.

..what? overtime in the gaming industry? oh, not us, it would be impossible to produce games like that

If you think Rockstar management is honest I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

Comment Re:iPhone causing low hopes (Score 2, Insightful) 596

The iPhone is why I have low hopes for an Apple tablet. Apple has demonstrated that they're willing to turn computing back 30 years and put stupid restrictions on their devices for the sake of control.

Control also means better quality, that's why App Store tops 3 billion downloads. Average Joe couldn't care less about Apple rejecting around 30 applications out of 100,000 or RMS-like comments about freedom. Compare that to 16,000 apps on the Android Market where bizarre UIs make it through and reviews are filled with spam.

It's not like the built a brilliant device and then created a bad App Store, quality control is part of the success.

Comment If Something’s Not Worth Doing... (Score 1) 709

...It’s Not Worth Doing Right.

Working with impossible deadlines, broken design, non paid extra hours, and intense pressure, there is a point where you spend daily 12 hours working in the office, except you are not working, why would you? you are just fooling working half of the time, and tagging along until the next gig. Putting all your effort you could finish in 3 years instead 4, but when management was hoping to finish in less than two, what would be your reward? exactly the same.

Your project may not be like this one, but no doubt about it there is something extremely wrong on it, other than what you are telling.

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