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Comment Makes sense (Score 1) 324

Why would you bake in the ability to disable things like network access when ad serving is the main source of revenue for app developers? Sounds like shooting the meal ticket to me. Ads are how you pay for content. If you don't like it you can build your own app and release it for free. The rest of us have to eat.

Comment Re: Not enough (Score 2) 341

I've been putting my android phone into airplane mode because it disables WIFI, the DSP and GPS all at once. I was stunned at how long my battery lasts that way - in some cases it's even better than powering it off since you lose a lot of charge at boot time.

Comment Trolling (Score 1, Troll) 244

As usual lately, all of the really nice additions to Android are proprietary and tied to Google services, further eroding the open nature of Android

I wish I could mod summaries as troll. Honestly, many of us here make our livings creating proprietary software. Whining that Google makes proprietary apps just makes us all look bad. Stop it.

Comment Re:This is not new... (Score 1) 78

From TFA:

Poulikakos's team spent 4 years trying to budge their floating droplets from a standstill. Finally, they conceived of a chessboard-style setup with multiple vibrating plates, each generating its own sound frequency. By varying the frequency that each plate emits, they can move the acoustic field and the object trapped inside. Their new design, described online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can precisely control the lateral movement of liquid droplets while keeping them floating smoothly in midair.

Its the lateral movement and fine control that's new, not the levitation.

Comment Re:Security Setting (Score 1) 193

The security setting for Java defaults to High anyway. You would have to either A) change your security settings specifically lower or B) specifically allow an untrusted applet to run for this to (sometimes) work. I'm starting to get tired of the anti-Java FUD, there are a vulnerabilities found all the time in other languages/frameworks, how come all we seem to hear about is lame Java applet sandboxing issues?

Didn't realize I wasn't logged in when I made that post

Comment Depends (Score 1) 479

It totally depends on your audience. Is this code something that must be read by one person or a hundred? If its one other person, it probably doesn't matter unless they have strong feelings. If its 100 people then you should have a standard template so people don't waste time arguing. Personally, I know that my code will be read during a code review of about 5 people. I need to make sure that all of those 5 people are comfortable reading it. For example, I happen to be working in C# and some of my co-workers hate the var type declaration, so I don't use it. Some of them have strong feelings about always using braces, so I do. At the end of the day, as long as your code is easily understandable the minutia of style guides are just to keep other people from getting their knickers in a twist. That can be far more important than whatever code you are working on.

Comment Wristwatch (Score 1) 44

The summary is silly, the real story here is the wristwatch. From glancing through the article and the patent it looks like Google Glass, but on a transparent LCD screen that you look through instead of VRD. That could be cool for people who feel uncomfortable with a laser projecting an image onto their retina. (Not me though, I'm hoping to replace my tv with netflix streamed to a VRD asap)

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