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Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers 268

colinneagle writes "Microsoft has promised that cross-platform development across the 8s – from Windows 8 on a desktop to Windows Phone 8 – will be a simple matter, but that's still not enough to get some developers moving on Windows Phone 8 support. The Windows Phone platform has made a remarkable recovery since its reset with version 7. Since then, WP7 has grown to 100,000 apps. But that pales in comparison to the 675,000 in Google Play and 700,000 in the Apple App Store. Granted, there's a ton of redundancy – how many weather or newsfeed apps does one person need? – but it points to availability and developer support. A report from VentureBeat points out what should be obvious: that while developers like Windows 8, they aren't as excited about Windows Phone 8 software because they have already made huge investments in other platforms and don't want to support another platform. A survey by IDC and Appcelerator found 78% of Android developers were 'very interested' in programming for Android smartphones, a slight drop from the 83% in a prior survey. Interest in the iPhone and iPad remained undiminished, with 89% and 88% interest, respectively."

Comment Powered slingshot around a black hole? (Score 1) 130

IANAP but would a a powered slingshot ( through the zone between the Event Horizon and the Point Of No Return of a Black Hole could theoretically facilitate achieving enormous speeds enabling fast deep space travel? Or would you have to do it outside of the Point Of No Return?

Comment Bad Example (Score 1) 678

I googled around after that judo player - she was the first woman from SA to ever compete in the Olympics, girls arent even allowed to PE classes in SA. Thats probably why she was crap too, but it looks like her appearance on the mat was political but for the reasons of gender equality.

Comment Re:Other Minor Aristocrats (Score 1) 218

I have a few friends who are Lords in Scotland. Neither are even Scottish citizens (one is Columbian in fact), but the Scottish law allows you to call yourself Lord legally if you haven even so much as a square foot of land. So you can buy a piece of swamp up in the highlands as a novelty gift and your friend can now change his title to Lord (on bank cards, official letters etc).

Comment Re:The problem is not with Javascript (Score 1) 488

What is the difference between having a new language for "Flash-like" features instead of extending an existing one?

  • Both require the browser binary to parse the script and execute it, but if you have two languages you need two scripting engines.
  • With two engines web developers need to take more care because the user ecosystem is more fragmented (this guy has a browser with recent JS but older RichStuffWhateverVM for some reason).
  • How exactly do you distinguish the use cases? Several years ago, an HTML Div that 'animates' by sliding up when you click a button would have been considered rich stuff. Now its pretty straightforward and the "rich stuff" is something else.

In summary, things change, HTML5's Cavas and Websocket may not be ready to completely replace what we got used to with Flash, but they are pretty damn close and it didn't take them all that long (actually these standards are moving forward incredibly fast).

Comment Re:Where's China and Russia? THEY ARE EVEN WORSE. (Score 1) 132

- a major university in ukraine that i know of has on its campus intranet a 400+TB system exclusively for piracy. I mean, university set up, where people upload movies, music, games, software, etc. this is actually a university function that they figure saves them on outgoing bandwidth.

Ooh I remember the times of FTP hubs on all uni networks in Poland. All administered by students on the uni WAN. They only forbid it like 5 years ago. Those were the days...


Submission + - 80% of paid clicks on Facebook ads are from bots. (

Dreen writes: The link describes an interesting discovery made by a company called Limited Run during their experience with Facebook Advertisement Programme. In case they do, as stated, delete their page here is the full content of their post:

Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do. A couple months ago, when we were preparing to launch the new Limited Run, we started to experiment with Facebook ads. Unfortunately, while testing their ad system, we noticed some very strange things. Facebook was charging us for clicks, yet we could only verify about 20% of them actually showing up on our site. At first, we thought it was our analytics service. We tried signing up for a handful of other big name companies, and still, we couldn't verify more than 15-20% of clicks. So we did what any good developers would do. We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on. And if the person clicking the ad doesn't have JavaScript, it's very difficult for an analytics service to verify the click. What's important here is that in all of our years of experience, only about 1-2% of people coming to us have JavaScript disabled, not 80% like these clicks coming from Facebook. So we did what any good developers would do. We built a page logger. Any time a page was loaded, we'd keep track of it. You know what we found? The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs. So we tried contacting Facebook about this. Unfortunately, they wouldn't reply. Do we know who the bots belong too? No. Are we accusing Facebook of using bots to drive up advertising revenue. No. Is it strange? Yes. But let's move on, because who the bots belong to isn't provable.

While we were testing Facebook ads, we were also trying to get Facebook to let us change our name, because we're not Limited Pressing anymore. We contacted them on many occasions about this. Finally, we got a call from someone at Facebook. They said they would allow us to change our name. NICE! But only if we agreed to spend $2000 or more in advertising a month. That's correct. Facebook was holding our name hostage. So we did what any good hardcore kids would do. We cursed that piece of shit out! Damn we were so pissed. We still are. This is why we need to delete this page and move away from Facebook. They're scumbags and we just don't have the patience for scumbags.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this page and liked our posts. We really appreciate it. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, where we don't get shaken down, you can do so here:


Microsoft Surface Release Date Confirmed 175

twoheadedboy writes "Microsoft is going to release its Surface tablet on the same day Windows 8 goes on general availability, Oct. 26. The news was disclosed in a filing made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which also revealed that the company expects launch and the accompanying marketing to harm its profits. We'll soon find out whether Microsoft has what it takes to take on the seemingly indomitable iPad."
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Submission + - IFPI riles Anonymous; cannons fired. (

vox writes: Angered Internet denizens Anonymous who are known for their wild antics and occasionally cringe-worthy crusades have struck again, coming out in support of ThePirateBay. The register reports "Hacktivists have launched denial of service attacks against music industry association and lawyers" .. "The assault has rendered — the main Website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — intermittently unavailable or sluggish for a time on Monday morning." Are actions like this a step in the wrong direction, or is this the only way to make our voices heard?

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