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Comment Re:Macintosh's ease of use (Score 4, Informative) 170

Your first link is not the app store, though. That would be the online Apple Store, you know like The one that actually has some brick-and-mortar cousins? With the Macs standing around and the Genius Bar? Sorta like Best Buy, but Apple-specific?

And, also that is definitely not for download, because, you know there is a shipping estimate there? And the first picture actually shows you the physical box the software is shipping in?

Besides, that box also contains the old version 8 which does not have the obnoxious behavior written about here. That one is new for version 9, which is not in your link.

Comment Re:Macintosh's ease of use (Score 5, Insightful) 170

Well, you guessed wrong, because this article is about the Parallels Desktop Software for Macs that is installing the unwanted parts.

Funny enough, a software like Parallels Desktop needs such low-level access to the system that it would most certainly be prohibited from being approved into the Mac App Store. Apple is pretty strict about what kind of low-level access its App Store apps are allowed and where they can install their stuff.

So if the user would have stayed inside the walled garden, he would actually be safe from this particular threat.

I do not want to say that the walled garden is flawless or does not have some significant problems, but your guess is really simply wrong in this case.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Pay for a no-show? (Score 1) 205

Nope, you mixed the lawsuits up, I think. That happened in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit, which is a whole different can of worms. Nokia never demanded anything close to that and the Nokia vs. Apple lawsuit was about cell radio technology licensing in most parts anyway, not so much about any specific shipping product.

Besides and with the caveat that IANAL, as far as I understand it the new product demand by Samsung is kinda weak anyway, because it was done in reaction to Apple demanding to see Samsung products which were already announced and shown to the public or even be on retail shelves already and Samsung wanting to see future unannounced products in counter.

Again, IANAL and I have not watched those lawsuits in great detail, that is just what I gathered. But even I found that to be an odd request from Samsung and I am not sure why they even bothered trying to make that demand.

Comment More indications of rushed Honeycomb release (Score 1) 262

Well, I want give them some benefit of doubt for now that they still mean right with Android and that they will continue to keep it open enough (although the mentioned reason smells pretty fishy to me).

But I think this is just more strong evidence that Google was caught off-guard with the success of the iPad and rushed Honeycomb to an early release in order to have something to counter Apple.

In my mind, I think Google still was internally trying to limit Android to smaller smartphone-type devices and was still betting on ChromeOS to put on bigger-screen hardware like tablets. So I think Android was never meant to be put on tablets and Google did not want to expand Android to deal with the larger screen estate in a similar way as Apple did.

However, after seeing Apple having such success with the iPad and the carefully expanded iOS for the bigger-screen device, I think they scrambled and rushed Honeycomb together as fast as they could so they could expand Android in a somewhat similar fashion.

Right now, Honeycomb still seems to be buggy and somewhat unfinished, at least from what I gather from the Xoom reviews around the net. Other manufacturers have been slow to roll-out their Android tablets as well and the SDK was released just a few weeks before the Xoom launch, so tablet development for Android has some serious catching-up to do. Those are all good indications about the rushed state of Honeycomb to me

Now delaying the open-source release of Honeycomb in my mind indicates that the source is still a mess right now because it was so rushed and Google wants to delay it in order to stabilize everything and frankly, to remove a lot of embarrassing dirty hacks they put into their code just to get it to a sorta-shipping state.

In summary, I still think that this also shows once more that the simple "Android=Open" and "iOS=Closed" view is nowhere as black and white as some people might think. But right now, I also think this does not signal a strategic shift away from Android being open, but is more of an admission that Honeycomb was rushed to release and Google needs more time to fix its mess.

Submission + - World of WarCraft PTR patch brings IPv6 sup (

Japje writes: "The latest PTR (Public Test Realm) patch contains configuration settings to enable IPv6.

This would be the first big game to support IPv6 as a connection protocol. With around 3.5 million players from Asia, the part of the world most likely to run out of IPv4 the fastest, this is well thought out move."

Submission + - The iPad 2 and the tablet PC bubble  Mobile (

satuon writes: Runaway sales of the initial iPad led to a multitude of competitors joining the fray. Now runaway sales of the iPad 2 has led to tech analysts world over believing that we’re less than 12 months away from a tablet PC bubble that is going to severely hurt several technology companies.

All Things D reports that J.P. Morgan estimates 81 million tablets will be manufactured in 2011. The problem is only 48 million of those will actually be shipped to retailers

This is due to the difference between the adoption rate of Apple’s tablet and those of its competitors being so vast. Many will be caught with their pants down and tablet supplies they cannot sell stuck in warehouses. This will be a class A tablet PC bubble.


Submission + - Slashdot is being spammed?! ( 4

satuon writes: Why would anyone spam slashdot?! What's the point? I have no idea, but something like 80%-90% of the submissions are spam. I don't know if this happens just now or all the time, I don't go in that much. I'm just posting this cause I got frustrated. If you're frustrated as well mod this up, I want there to be a discussion of this!

Submission + - Fact free science is on the move. Beware! ( 6

G3ckoG33k writes: Fact free science is not a joke, it is very much on the move and it is quite possibly the most dangerous movement in centuries, for the entire mankind. One can say it began as counter-movement to Karl Popper's ground-breaking proposals in the early 20th century, which insisted that statements purporting to describe the reality should be made falsifiable. A few decades later some critics of Popper said that statements need peer acceptance, which then makes also natural science a social phenomenon. Even later, in 1996, professor Alan Sokal submitted a famous article ridiculing the entire anti-science movement. Now New York Times has an article describing the latest chilling acts of the social relativistic postmodern loons. It is a chilling read, and they may be swinging both the political left and right. Have they been successful in transforming the world yet? How would we know?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Freedom From Google?

An anonymous reader writes: A recent story on Slashdot, Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%, brought home how powerful and ubiquitous Google has become in our lives. If like me, you use Android and GMail, and search using Google, much of your private life's details are in the hand of one company, admittedly one that has played much nicer with our data than some competitors. In the hope of finding some alternatives, I have been looking (ironically, googling) for recent evaluations of GMail and Google Docs competitors, and found most articles to be two, three, even four years old, with very little from the recent past.

So are there any reliable alternatives to GMail, which do offer something equivalent to GMail labels? What are your preferred alternatives to Google Docs? Any such outlets offer Android integration? iMacPodOrPad integration? How about going the ubergeek route and roll our own?

Very high reliability is a must. Syncronisation across different machines, along with at least limited offline functionality, is a must, too. Possibility for offline backup highly desired. What are your thoughts?

Submission + - Google Finally Uses Remote Kill Switch on Malware

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Google Mobile Team has announced that in addition to removing the 21 malicious applications from Android Market that were downloaded 50,000 times, suspending the associated developer accounts, and contacting law enforcement about the attacks, they are remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices. "We are pushing an Android Market security update to all affected devices that undoes the exploits to prevent the attacker(s) from accessing any more information from affected devices," wrote the team on their blog. "For affected devices, we believe that the only information the attacker(s) were able to gather was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device)." Google's actions come after numerous complaints in tech publications. "Does Google really want its Android Market to gain the reputation of being a cesspool of malware? Certainly not," wrote Nicholas Deleon in TechCrunch. "But then part of the allure of the Android Market is that it’s open; you don’t have to play by Google’s rules, per se, to get on there like you do with Apple’s App Store.""

Submission + - Crunch time for WebOS, BlackBerry (

GMGruman writes: Hewlett-Packard is planning to unveil its Palm WebOS strategy in a few weeks, while RIM is allegedly working up a new version of its popular Curve that uses the new BlackBerry OS 6 and its touch interface. WebOS has largely faded from view since HP bought it nine months ago, and RIM's been largely silent since its summer release of the BlackBerry Torch, its first successful modern BlackBerry, and the fall announcement of its PlayBook tablet. Meanwhile, it's been an Apple iOS and Google Android show at CES 2011, in the popular press, and in customers' hands. (Microsoft and Nokia essentially ceased to matter by Christmas 2010.) Is it too late for WebOS and BlackBerry? InfoWorld's Galen Gruman suggests they're running out of time and that the public signs of their plans are not so positive. Still, the two "also-ran" mobile OSes have a couple opportunities to resurrect themselves, he suggests.

Comment Is the Engine ported at least? (Score 5, Interesting) 190

That is kind of a bummer, although after such a long time of silence, it was certainly quite expected (also, I guess that the Mac version of that game, which was also announced a long time ago, got axed quietly as well).

What I would find more interesting however, would be whether the Unreal Engine 3 itself was ported into a workable state, so it could be used for other porting projects in the future. Because although I do not care too much about the Unreal Tournament 3 game itself, having the Unreal Engine 3 on Linux could at least open some interesting possibilities either for other games being ported or for a developer studio using the Engine in a future game and then doing simultaneous cross-platform development.

Because if you look at the list of games using the Unreal Engine 3, that list of projects is rather impressive (for example, the entire Mass Effect series uses the Engine) and having such a widely used Engine available on Linux would be a boon, I think, maybe even for smaller Indie developers willing to do Linux development (depending on how expensive those licensing terms are).

Technically, porting should be possible, as the Unreal Engine 3 already runs on Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 and even MacOS X and iOS now, so it has shown that it is portable. And before you ask, I am not concluding that because Epic did an iOS port that it automatically runs on Mac OS X as well, although those two share a decent amount of similarities making the jump between those two platforms a good deal easier. No, actually, with Borderlands now having a Mac port, there are already two titles on Mac OS X using the Unreal Engine 3 that I know of (the other one being Star Trek DAC), so there is proof it runs on the Mac. I know that those are only two titles and only one you could possibly call an AAA title, but sadly, as far as I know, that is still more titles available than on Linux :(

So I hope Ryan Gordon at least got the Engine ported, so future projects can use it on Linux. Because although losing the game sucks a little, having the Engine could at least give some hope for some better future developments in Linux gaming. It sure could use some.

Comment Re:Apple's response? (Score -1) 345

I do not think this will elicit a big reaction from Apple. GNUstep is, as far as I know, relatively close to the old frameworks NeXT used in their OS before Apple bought them. Apple then extended and expanded those and made what we now know as Cocoa out of them.

But that was about a decade ago and Cocoa grew and changed a lot during this time. I have not dabbled in GNUstep, but I believe that although there may be some familiarities, nowadays using GNUstep and using Cocoa is a pretty different experience for developers.

For this reason, I also think the summary is way too optimistic: There are already some big differences between developing for the Mac and developing for iOS and those two are at least developed side by side by the same company. The differences between GNUstep and iOS should even be bigger then, making the possible transition not nearly as smooth as the summary might suggest, especially since GNUstep might not even have many APIs for touchscreens and other mobile device-specific stuff yet. I think GNUstep is still pretty much desktop-only as of right now, which makes the Sony decision more than just ... interesting.

What this Sony decision might do, however, is increase adoption of Objective-C as a language. Before now, Objective-C was pretty much confined to the Apple ecosystem, apart from some guys fiddling around GNUstep for fun, I think the language did not have any other commercial venue besides using it on a Mac or on iOS devices (which is a pretty big venue, though). Now, you can also use it to target some Sony stuff as well and maybe, if it proves successful, also gets adopted by some other manufacturers, too. In that sense, Apple might secretly even be pleased that Sony did this, as it promotes Objective-C and gives developers more incentive to learn the language, which might then spur more Mac or iOS development as well.

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