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Comment This Old Chestnut..Again! (Score 1) 405

Look, I think everybody is aware of the issues of segmentation and of following various forks on a main branch of any code base, whether it's open-sourced or not.

The fact that people are still discussing this as an issue whilst handset manufacturers and operators are supporting growth and proving that Android-based handsets are selling makes the whole argument moot.

Opinion pieces they may be, but unless it comes from the mouth of Google or other major contributors such as HTC, then the only ones complaining are people on slashdot, because your average mobile user in the wild doesn't seem to be too bothered.

Android is a platform, welcome to how platforms develop.

Comment The best break all the rules (Score 1) 289

It's a bad idea to roll your own. In fact, Joel Spolsky (Who's comment this blog post is the basis of) even went on to explain that in some cases, that's a complete lie (

So really "It's a bad idea to roll your own, except when it's a good idea".

Comment Facebook Late to the Party (Score 1) 124

Well, it seems that Facebook's reluctance to (or slow) monetization of the site has certainly come back to bite it. When releasing details of the API for developers back in the day little did they know that the casual market would suddenly turn into a full blown business platform on top of their own infrastructure.

Unfortunately they are now in the position where Zynga are such a big part of Facebook that forcing them off the site through policy changes would be a loss for Facebook any way they looked at it. Luckily for Zynga they got in early to have the power or authority to cut a deal as well. Now all the new developers will seemingly be under the 70/30 rule of Facebook credits.

Comment Oh, America. (Score 1) 453

I find it strange that already a lot of the comments seem shocked and confused by the fact that China is capable, willing and more than ready to provide this technology at a price that would obviously be deemed competitive with local markets. Has American industry really been asleep for so long?

Yes, other countries, even those that people think are so backward and lacking in knowledge are more than capable of producing high value goods at a reasonable price and a high quality standard.

I'm just waiting for the rest of the comments to come flooding in that:

a) China will try to takeover local industry
b) America will be seen as weak
c) Local industries weren't given enough opportunity
d) The American Life will be affected by reasonably outsourcing work.


Submission + - Google Wave invites fetch £55 on eBay (

Barence writes: Invites to join the Google Wave beta are changing hands for more than £50 on eBay. Invites for the service — which rolls together email, instant messaging and micro-blogging — were released to 100,000 pre-release testers last Wednesday, each of whom could invite five more people to try out the service. Invites started turning up on almost immediately. On the first day, 34 invites were sold for an average of just under £25 each. The most expensive went for £55; the cheapest for only £9.44 via an American seller.

Submission + - SPAM: Europe launches free GPS system 1

dreemteem writes: The European Union have introduced a free global positioning system that it claims is almost five times more accurate than the US system currently in use.
Called the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the system uses three satellites and a ground network of about 40 ground positioning stations and four control centers.

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