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Comment Very limited perception of things... (Score 1) 205

This sounds like a huge oversimplification of the problems, if not outright scapegoating.

OBVIOUSLY it had nothing to do with Steve Jobs' post (which is 7 yrs old now), and I also don't think it not being on iOS had anything to do with it too.
Just look from the market perspective. If Flash was any good and worked well on anything other than iOS, it would still have market domination and would still thrive on the web, regardless of it working on iOS or not.

I dunno why people keep hammering on Apple and iOS, but let's not forget that worldwide iOS doesn't have even 15% of the market while Android holds up 80% or more. If you have a standard or app that does not work on iOS does that automagically mean you are bound to fail? Of course not. That's a very naive when not brainwashed way of seeing things. It'd work on Android, Windows PCs, Macs, Linux... basically any web connected device that wasn't an iPad or iPhone.

Flash killed Flash, and no, it was not because Adobe gracefully accepted it's demise, it's because Flash has inherent problems that could not be solved even after over a decade of Macromedia and Adobe trying to fix. From the annoying update scheme to constant security issues, extremely inefficient runtime, how it bogged down CPUs and hogged memory, plus a bunch of other stuff, came competitive alternatives to solve most of it's problems.

It took quite a while too.

Flash was also proprietary, development of it was handled by a single company, and there was no independent analysis and control of it.

Don't get me wrong, Flash was great back in it's early days, no doubt it's the foundation of many great things that can be done on the Internet nowadays, and it has a place in Internet history. But the adoption and needs of modern Internet outpaced it, and we need something more robust, lightweight, open, well thought out and better adapted to today's needs.

Back then when Jobs made his post, I commented on how a whole lot of websites still used Flash, how I knew that wasn't a perfect scenario, but how Jobs' statement would essencially change nothing in several years. I stand by my comment. We're now getting close to a decade after the fact, and we're finally seeing most of big services going for HTML5 and other technologies. But there are still websites out there using Flash, and fundamentally, HTML5 can't do everything Flash did - you need other plugins for that.

And here's the thing: an entire subculture died with Flash. As HTML5 cannot completely replace it, and other technologies are either not as intuitive, or depends on plugin install, and never had the wide adoption and experimental nature of Flash, we don't see stuff like those weird flash animations and games nowadays much anymore.

Comment Did I hear 10 bil? (Score 1) 234

Just auction it off to private corp or at least some country that cares a bit more about science.
Of course, if we have any hope of surviving a trip to another planet and finding out ways of doing so, the ISS is an invaluable asset that should keep going... but as long as we have people in power who cannot understand simple concepts like that, it's just better to let other people take control and give it a better shot.

Comment Erm... (Score 1) 78

Weren't they denying that would happen a few months ago?
Regardless, they better not name it Galaxy Note 7 even with the refurbished thing added on.
Bans will still be on, they coudn't - understandably - do a thorough 100% recall, and they'll have to prove that the devices work safely, obviously.

I'm all in favor of that device not being completely scrapped because it's a mountain of extra e-waste to be dealt with, but it would just be a better move to name it something else and then release it on the market.

Comment Too late... (Score 2) 98

Dang, at this point I dunno if Microsoft releasing a holographic phone would do much considering how late to the game Windows Mobile, 10 or whatever they are putting there is.
Don't get me wrong, I had a Windows Mobile phone (Lumia 1020)... but what's the point of it if it's only going to have outdated, abandoned or replacement apps that are always going to be behind the curve when it comes to functionality?

Possible route for success, at least on the enterprise side, is keep it up with Continuum and make a phone that carries full Windows 10 that works well as a phone, but can also be used as a light desktop. They have to go a similar route Blackberry did in the past, and at this point with intrusive ads, telemetry and other crap they are shoving into Windows 10 I'm not sure Microsoft is even capable of going that route.

Comment Funny... (Score 1) 195

... but I'm not too sure people in the US should be laughing at that. :P
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://reason.com/blog/2016/0...

Not that I think police should be underequiped, inefficient, and with gear and vehicles in unuseable state like it happens here in Brazil, but I don't think MRAPs, tanks, and anti-explosive robots have a place in small counties and whatnot. xD
In fact, here in Brazil we do have a few armored trucks for slum incursions and such, but you know... rare exceptions.

Comment What? (Score 1) 106

Nice logic there MIT. So, it's better to give them all the keys with the expectation that this administration will somehow make a better more consistent privacy law instead of keeping at least some guarantees that ISPs, the ones that are between you and everything you do on the Internet, won't exploit your data for profit?

What a bunch of bullshit. Look, this isn't your dreamy utopia. Not everything needs to have a "consistent approach", that will never happen, nor we expect it to happen, specially with a government that is essencially stripping citizens of every right they have in favor of corporations and lobbyists.

Keep thinking like that and you'll end up in a dictatorship, whoever blabbed that nonsense.

Comment Pretty understandable.. (Score 1) 51

Do what I say, not what I do.
I mean, of course Samsung really needs a new battery check process, doesn't mean others also need it.
In order for anyone to follow Samsung's advices, they need first to prove it's worth for other companies, not only that it's needed for themselves not to f*ck up things further.
And in the end, it was a design flaw that caused the whole deal. Samsung rushed the process, cut corners (figuratively AND literally) to release the phone faster, ignored warnings, which ultimately lead to the Note 7 disaster.
They don't have any moral high ground to stand on.

Other companies would follow if Samsung had lower rates of failures, not the opposite. So if they can prove their new process guarantees a lower percentage of battery issues, then fine, it's a win. But until then, I don't see why any other company would go for it.

Comment Laughable... (Score 1) 395

If anything, more people should be aware of Rotten Tomatoes or we need more streamlined widespread movie reviews websites so that directors stop spending so much money on such garbage movies....
No matter how much directors and Hollywood complains about critics and stuff like piracy, there has never been a time when they had such a wide and accepting market in history.
You make a crap movie that borrows characters from another medium which fans hated, and you are still able to turn a profit... it's ridiculous.
There are so many comics based, recycled franchises, shitty sequels, westernalized stuff, retelling and unoriginal content that I don't even know what an original story is anymore. Just search for "movies 2017".
Most of the good movies I watch these days never got a chance to shine because of all that crap that Hollywood keeps spewing. And yet, some people involved still have the nerve to complain.

Comment Sorry... (Score 1) 520

No one wants to side with a potential child pornographer, but law is definitely taking a turn for the worse if something like this is allowed to happen... they can't force the accused to produce proof of the crime against himself so he's charged with something else? This is basically abuse of power.

According to the original article, they have a testimonial from a sister, they have been able to figure out keys from other devices and forensics traced his traffic to known child pornography websites, so he most likely is the real deal. But justice still presumes innocence until proven guilty, and the justification for being this heavy handed does not work... as if cryptography becoming a prevalent thing justifies courts being able to force people to produce proof against themselves.

Did criminals denying charges made torture legal for them to fess up? Because it's basically the same thing here.

This is, again, a failure on persecuting the guy. They didn't have enough circumstatial evidence of what he did, so the court is forcing him to produce it himself at the risk of being framed for other crimes.

Now, most of us might not care if he suffers other penalties or not, as he most likely deserves all this, but we might not want a justice system that feels it's ok to do stuff like that.

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