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Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

I was never really interested in AR until I read Vernor Vinge's novel, Rainbows End. Once I saw his vision of what it could be like, I was hooked.

I say this as a hardcore gaming nerd that until that moment lived for the day that I could play games in VR. Now having seen things like Hololens I am much more interested in what AR might bring to the table.

Comment "For those who prefer to use Command Prompt" (Score 1) 280

... Yeh I "prefer" to use it, largely because I've got like 20 years of accumulated batch files and command line applications, as well as the knowledge of how to use them expertly to be productive.

And I bet I'm lightweight compared to thousands of people who actually do real shit at large scale on Windows!

I think PowerShell is pretty cool (I've been writing scripts to consume an API this week actually and have been impressed with how easy it is to bang out stuff quickly), but removing the option for it in Windows 10 is just another reason for me to avoid upgrading for even longer.

They're making it more tempting to look at Macs than ever for me. And I'm one of the few nerds that actually likes using Windows!

Comment Re:RFC 733 and 561 (1977 and 1973) (Score 1) 121

To be fair though, RFCs aren't software. If I write an RFC defining how software to teleport beer should work that is one thing, but actually writing the software and making it work is another matter.

I have no idea what this guys claim is/was; the summary implies though that he actually made some software. But there's a difference between having an idea and actually building something.

And knowing gawker was involved it's easy to imagine they're being dicks about it just for the sake of being dicks. I could read the article I guess but in the spirit of the week I'm going to go with uninformed opinion!

Comment Recommendation AI (Score 1) 25

This was kind of interesting for me to read today as I happened to be in the Play store and glanced at the recommendations.

I was intrigued to see I had a whole section that was recommendations for a bunch of mobile telcos: Vodafone, EE, Three, Telstra. I thought this was weird until I remembered I had two apps from different providers (one in UK and one in Australia), and I'd had two others installed in the last year (one more in UK and one in the USA).

So it's easy to see from the perspective of their algorithm why they might want to recommend more of the same types of apps. The reality is of course those apps are more or less totally useless if you're not with the specific providers. So it's relevant while at the same time being a waste of time.

I guess it's inevitable that marketers will figure out a way to use this to promote other phone plans.

Comment Re:Opportunity for Google/FB to inform users (Score 1) 351

ISPs will never do this though; they have their hands full dealing with users who either really can't get the Internet working because it's legit broken (e.g., area outage, modem fault, busted fibre) and those who have busted their own network (turned off wifi, etc).

The cost of egress traffic is negligible; they won't want to do anything that risks losing a customer like intentionally breaking their network.

Doing proper egress filtering for spoofed traffic seems like it would be a better start!

Comment Opportunity for Google/FB to inform users (Score 1) 351

I've wondered if companies like Google and FB - who are no doubt getting DDOSed all the time in various ways - could start trying to inform users if they notice them browsing from the same IP address as a DDOS source.

A big notice on FB or the Google search page that says "there is suspicious activity coming from your IP address" might at least get people to contact their local nerd to ask them what the hell that warning is all about. I don't expect users to be able to identify the source of the problem (unless they can be REALLY specific, like "it's your X-Cam IP Camera Mark II that is causing the problem.. but even then?), but maybe just an alert would prompt them to think about taking some action.

Probably wishful thinking but I would imagine it's a fairly low cost test to run for them. Google at least have stuff to do this already (e.g., if they detect suspicious activity for your account from unusual IP addresses).

Comment Re:Surely Wikileaks can function without Assange (Score 1) 246

If Wikileaks' work is so important, I'm sure it can continue on without Assange in the loop, surely. In fact it would regain a lot of credibility were this to happen. Lately I think Assange's narcissism is more of a liability than an asset to Wikileaks and its cause.

I find it hard to distinguish between things Assange says and things-whoever-is-in-charge-of-Wikileaks-Twitter-today says.

Comment Re:Old school (Score 1) 59

F2P games have shit timesinks and grinding and deliberately missing content in order to try and sell you shortcuts to the less shitty parts of the 'game'.

Possibly generally true but definitely not always true. I've clocked literally thousands of hours in Dota 2 - probably the most amazingly complete f2p game you can find at the moment.

I've not spent a single cent on it to date.

The revenue model for Dota 2 is about buying decorations for your characters and other in-game items. Some of these are amazing - like, they look fantastic. But I get to appreciate them because other users buy them, so I feel like I'm getting the benefit of them anyway.

I have no interest in what my character looks like - I just play because I love the competition (mostly the winning part, anyway :)

I agree a lot of the celebration/dominance stuff mentioned here does not sound interesting - to me it's just pointless frills that distracts from the game. But I do think it's possible to build a great f2p game that incorporates them, and I certainly am happy for people that care about that stuff to fund me playing it without having to spend any money!

Comment Liability? (Score 0) 552

Are they accepting liability if my phone gets stolen? What if someone takes the phone while it's in their possession, hacks it, and steals all my data?

I suspect in their T&Cs they provide no guarantees about any of this - probably quite the opposite. Seems like a lot of fucking around that will just punish the vast majority of legit users and not do anything to stop those that really want to break the rules.

What do we call the analog version of DRM?

Comment Released in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka (Score 4, Informative) 79

I immediately wanted to install this to replace the behemoth that is the real Messenger; after diving through the various links (because why would you bother to link the source?), I found this:

Messenger Lite is starting to roll out to people in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Look for Messenger Lite in other countries in the coming months.

So I suspect it might not come to "western" regions; I've seen this before with some of the 'basic' versions of apps.

FWIW I have a Nexus 4, maybe 3 years old, which now feels like a cheap, basic smartphone. Most of those big fat apps like FB Messenger run like an absolute dog. I am not sure why; I think it's a combination of the IO speed of the disk starting to suck plus the fact that I have full encryption on (IIRC the Nexus 5+ series have dedicated hardware that deals more gracefully with full encryption on the device).

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 150

I train brazillian Jui Jitsu. I wanted to wear a fitness tracker to figure out how much work I do in a session because they are very intense, the warm-ups are what most fitness places call a 'work-out'. You can wear them in the warm up however the trouble with them is they get torn off when you fight and they *can't* track the amount of work I am doing. They also injure training partners. I've considered wearing them around my shoulder or ankle however I'm not sure you can do that with them. It also give opponents a grip point that you can't release yourself from, so they are a tactical disadvantage.

FWIW my brother says similar things about the Apple Watch for simple activities like running, cycling and gym. He is an exercise nut and owns both an Apple Watch and a more specific heart-rate tracking device (I think a Garmin?), and from his testing the Garmin seems way more accurate in terms of its readings.

I can't remember how he tested it but I think there were gaps in the Apple Watch coverage or something. He could be wearing it wrong, but it also seems quite possible to me that its use as a fitness tracker is probably more of a side benefit rather than a major feature. (He is an Apple fanboy so is loathe to admit any shortcomings in his devices so it's possibly even worse than he suggests :)

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