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Comment Re:Your software is bad and you should feel bad. (Score 1) 310

I never listen to the radio, but our last Audi rental car would always turn the radio on when the car was started. The only way to disable this "feature" was to completely disable the entire system including the GPS.

Guess what never got used during the entire three week trip?

Comment Re:Who needs books? (Score 4, Interesting) 87

O'Reillys books are universally really high quality. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, I'd buy their books pretty much sight unseen. They were never cheap, but they were definitely worth every penny.

These days, there are so many amazing online resources, it is rare that I would get use from a printed book. I am a little sad and nostalgic, but I honestly don't see their business model lasting all that much longer. Even if all of their books were readily and cheaply available online, I probably still wouldn't read them. It's simply the wrong way to present the type of information that I need.

Comment Re: No reason to ship with it (Score 1) 370

Oh, you want a REPL. Why didn't you say that earlier.

Press SHIFT-CTRL-J and it is right at your fingertips.

Then type:

      console.log("Hello world")

and if you want to go fancy, replace that with

      alert("Hello world")

There are plenty of great ways for anybody to get started programming. And one the options is in fact right there inside your browser. Javascript traditionally has a bad reputation. But it has matured a lot over time. It is very readily accessible. There is instant gratification without having to write a lot of boilerplate code. And skills learned here can then be transferred to Node.js for writing larger applications.

Comment Re:Facebook (Score 2) 96

I would vote you up if I could. There are in fact real technical problems with showing life content in HTML5 videos. And while there are a couple of proposals on how to address this issue, there is so far no consensus among browser makers. I expect things to get better quickly, as all major browsers are rapidly moving away from Flash. But for a small numbers of specific use cases, HTML5 does not quite have an adequate answer.

The bad news is that this will be painful for the smallish number of affected web developers. The good news is that most of the problem cases have been identified and are actively being worked on

Comment Re:then can create a single wifi network? (Score 1) 51

I have tried that many times. And it even almost works. But in the long run, there always are problems. Connections stop letting data go through. Clients fail to roam when they should. Bandwidth drops inexplicably.

It's just not a mode that is well supported by most consumer-level hardware. You are much better off buying hardware that was designed as an access point rather than a router.

Comment Re:then can create a single wifi network? (Score 2) 51

Yes, this is exactly how WiFi was designed to work. In big cities, the noise floor is so high that frequently, you need one access point per room or two. So, the ability for a client to roam seamlessly is pretty important.

And generally things worked fine that way, back in the day when you could buy WiFi "access points" instead of WiFi "routers". These days, the router function usually gets into the way, though. For many consumer models, you are supposed to be able to selectively disable routing; but in my experience this never works properly. It might seem to work for a day, but then all of a sudden connections keep dropping and become unresponsive. It's just a mode that isn't tested much. And consumer WiFi devices tend to be poorly tested to begin with. Manufacturers care more about rolling out the next cool thing, rather than debugging and fine-tuning existing hardware.

The solution, of course, is to refrain from buying consumer-grade hardware. Instead, you should get semi-professional hardware. I have had amazingly great luck with Ubiquiti's Unifi series of access points. They are not even more expensive than normal consumer-grade hardware. But they simply just work. Put a couple of their access points across the house, and never worry about poor WiFi performance. You can walk all over the house, and you'll never lose connectivity.

The downside is that you'll need a router to plug all these devices into. And ideally, this router should be POE enabled (although, you could use the included POE injectors).

But if you ever wondered how large office buildings make sure their WiFi works correctly, or why some hotels have working WiFi and others never seem to manage; well, now you know. If you spot Unifi access points in the hallways, chances are that WiFi is going to work correctly.

Comment Re:Ex post facto (Score 2) 302

Both Apple and Ireland claim that the tax rate always applied to everybody and not just to a specific company. Furthermore, Apple claims to be current on all of their Irish taxes and to, in fact, be Ireland's largest tax payer.

The EU claims that none of these statements are true.

It'll be interesting to see which side is closer to the actual truth once the facts slowly become public.

Comment Horribly bad and confusing summary (Score 1) 46

I'll never understand why Slashdot likes to link to poorly written and misleading summaries, when the original blog post is so much more readable and informative. I suggest everybody skip the "Quartz" article and instead read the original blog post. Thankfully, for once it was in fact included in the Slashdot summary, even if it was downplayed:

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