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Comment Login screen? (Score 1) 205

I don't get this. Why was work and detailing involved in such a feature? Was I able to login before? Yes. Am I still able to login? Hope so, unless they botched something.
3 years ago, I had to patch and rebuild GDM to allow fingerprint authentication, with code from an IBM developer (awfully sorry for not remembering the name). Today - do I have fingerprint by default? Hell no, but it is "integrated with the rest of the user experience". Quite disappointing.

Comment Re:I think you had to be there (Score 1) 204

once everyone is doing it, it's not cool anymore

Why would that be? If everyone had a garden, would you dislike flowers? If most people around you were playing music, would you not enjoy dancing anymore? All the instruments available playing at the same time, or all the perfumes combined will quickly lead to saturation or even become hurtful, but with careful orchestration from capable/creative people you will get countless enjoyable moments.
As with anything else, the Internet experience needs a bit of guidance and restraint, but as a concept I find it nothing short of amazing.


Submission + - Why MacOS X is Unsuitable for Web Development 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ted Dziuba has an interesting and amusing post on why he made a big mistake when he went to work for eBay and was offered a choice for his company laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad or MacBook Pro and picked the Mac, thinking it would be closer to what he was used to. So what's wrong with using the Mac as a development machine for Milo, a Python application backed by PostgreSQL and Redis? "I've only poked around a little, but so far I've found three separate package managers for OS X: Fink, MacPorts & Homebrew," writes Dziuba adding that when you are older, you will understand the value of automated version dependency satisfaction. "The scary part about having many general use package managers is that it pushes programmers toward using programming language specific package managers like gem and pip, which only serve to metastasize the problem." Next is that your development platform should be as close as possible to your production platform but "OS X and Linux have different kernels, which means different I/O & process schedulers, different file systems, and a whole host of other implementation details that you'll write off as having been abstracted away until you have your first serious encounter with "It Works On My Machine.'" Finally Textmate sucks. "Sooner or later, you have to face facts. Man up and learn Emacs." Dziuba used to be a big time Mac fanboy. In fact, he even had a letter published in Macworld magazine when he was 15. "However, at some point, I started writing code to put food on my table, and found that the Mac just does not cut it," concludes Dziuba. "Mac developers, stay out of the command line. You'll hurt yourselves.""

Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You 312

Techmeology writes "Professor Akira Iritani of Kyoto University plans to use recent developments in cloning technology to give life to the currently extinct woolly mammoth. Although earlier efforts in the 1990s were unsuccessful due to damage caused by extreme cold, Professor Iritani believes he can use a technique pioneered by Dr Wakayama (who successfully cloned a frozen mouse) to overcome this obstacle. This technique will enable Professor Iritani to identify viable cell nuclei, and transfer them to egg cells of an African elephant which will carry the mammoth for a 600 day pregnancy."

Comment Re:Make it static. (Score 1) 586

While the GP may be exaggerating a bit, this this study quotes frighteningly close numbers, and they only track up to 2007, while stating that

..there has been an "astounding" 36.1% drop in the wealth (marketable assets) of the median household since the peak of the housing bubble in 2007. By contrast, the wealth of the top 1% of households dropped by far less: just 11.1%.

Wikipedia has informations dated 2001, but with a later note mentioning the same trend.

Comment Re:only in the US (Score 1) 622

Archos doesn't run Android. It does run Linux, but a heavily modified and completely closed version of it. It cannot be extended in any way with self-made applications, all "plug-ins" as they call them must be bought from their store. This includes stuff like a web browser or video codecs for popular formats. I have heard that Archos 7 runs Android, but the one I've played a bit with in a store didn't resemble its interface at all, didn't have any visible link to Google's market and the documentation did not mention any SDK or such. Also, their latest player (v. 9) runs Windows.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 479

Dear Lord, this is insane! Did I read this correctly - the user picks a file in the upload dialog, and then you can read the entire directory it was in without any additional confirmation? I don't have a system available to test this, but do strongly doubt that it's possible without an ActiveX control.

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