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Comment Developers, Developers, Developers! (Score 1) 125

The biggest problem with Windows 8.1 tablets is the total lack of decent apps. Not "applications", which they have plenty of, but "apps" that make content consumption easier.

I've got a Surface Pro 2. It's a pretty good ultrabook, even if the keyboard is a bit flimsy for that application, but it's a complete failure as a tablet. For casual browsing on the couch, it's miserable. There are no decent apps, and the desktop versions of most applications don't appreciate being occasionally resized for a keyboard. Even the professionally-backed apps, like the Kindle App, is miserably bad.

Developers make apps for Apple because there's an established user base, even if there's a barrier to entry (Apple Developer Program.) Hobbyists make reasonably good one-off apps for Android to scratch their individual itch because there's almost no barrier to entry. Windows apps aren't made, because there's no user base, and the barrier to entry for Windows Metro App development is still unreasonably high.

Microsoft needs to revive it's "Developers, Developers, Developers" chant.

Comment Re:The 1% are insulated (Score 3, Interesting) 1799

So start your own business. I did.

I can't, nor can many of Slashdot's audience. Why? Because of a law IBM bought in 1986 prohibiting programmers and software engineers from working as self-employed individuals. (Citation: ). So, once again we see regulations bought by corporations to steer things in their favor. Which is kind of the whole point of the protest.


Submission + - Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw ( 1

" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes: "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"

Comment Re:Well... (Score 2, Insightful) 58

The Baldur's Gate franchise was turned into a hack & slash when ported to console, but Diablo games are already hack & slash games. What will Blizzard do? Develop a meta hack & slash?

Fill a market niche. I loved those games. They weren't anything like the PC Baldur's Gate series, but they were full-screen (no split-screen) couch co-op fun for me and my roommates in college. There's nothing like that anymore; all the current generation games are splitscreen co-op or network co-op only.

If I could play Diablo with fullscreen co-op, I'd buy it on launch day.

Comment Re:new boss, same as the old boss (Score 4, Insightful) 191

Eventually trickle-up lack of privacy will catch up with these companies and they will suffer. And those who hang with Facebook (and Google) will have severe hangover. It's Moby Dick all over again, with Eric Schmidt (the "creep") - the new captain Ahab.

Privacy is not, and has never been, a killer app. We still don't regularly encrypt email; we send it plaintext and leave it on google servers. NSA's pressure on Zimmerman didn't kill PGP email, apathy did.

People don't want privacy. People want Farmville.

Comment Sure, if you want to summon Gozer. (Score 1) 135

What a great idea. The whole building as a huge super-conductive antenna designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. Your girlfriend, Pete, lives in the corner penthouse of Spook Central.

Mark my words! Do this, and many Shuvs and Zuuls will know what it is to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

Comment Re:Transparency not Neutrality... (Score 1) 702

What is needed is network transparency, not necessarily network neutrality. EG, under some definitions of network neutrality, various useful traffic shaping (such as placing heavy users in a different QOS tier when compared with light users, implementing per-user fairness, or doing Remote Active Queue Management to mitigate the effect of overbuffered access devices), would not be allowed.

I agree with you, and so does everyone else. You have just defined net neutrality. Net neutrality never, ever, ever considered stopping traffic shaping for heavy bandwidth usage or QoS. That was just a straw man set up by neutrality opponents to knock down. It's not your fault, since they scream it at every opportunity.

Net neutrality's ONLY definition is the prohibition of traffic shaping based on source or destination IPs. QoS has been a part of network design for decades. Torrent filtering is another argument entirely. It's not just the naive who have been misled: you've obviously done your homework and thought about the effects. The people arguing against net neutrality (aka: people who want to sell you an Internet Package with Yahoo and Google, or the Advanced package with Blogger and Hulu) are crafty and have no compunction about lying.

Have no fear, kind sir: you are a supporter of Net Neutrality, and have correctly identified, in its entirety, the misleading crap lumped in with it by its detractors.

Comment Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (Score 1) 289

I own an N900 and have a love/hate relationship with it. Nokia missed a few important things:

1: It's hard to develop for the N900 without a Linux box. It's possible now, and the new Qt 1.0 SDK release makes it a lot easier, but until about a month ago it wasn't trivial. Do I have to do the "developers, developers" dance here?

2: Maps. Google maps was the original killer app for android phones. Ovi maps...isn't. Especially not an non-updated Ovi Maps 1.0, which is what my N900 was saddled with for far too long. The new updates take the N900's maps from "unusable" to "bad". We were promised Ovi Maps 3, which is at least tolerable, but apparently somebody in the Symbian team was sleeping with somebody really highly placed, because only Symbian phones got the good map software.

3 Symbian. Developers hate it, users dislike it. It should have been killed, and its developers should've moved to Maemo. You knew Apple would support the iPhone's OS, and you knew Google had a hit with Android, but Nokia hedged its bets with Symbian and spooked a lot of devs.

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