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Is the App Store Broken?

Carewolf Re:Obvious solution. (235 comments)

It is actually a bit late with Blackberry. It is has plenty of apps, but the "new" platforms (BB10 and WP8) were actually a good business when they come out and you couldget first mover advantage, by the time the platforms were big enough to make profits the the first moverswere on top of the top10 lists. Not sure though if I would bet on a 5th or 6th platform at this point though. The lottery odds might still be better on BB10 and WP8 than on Android and iOS, though the jackpot is also significantly smaller.

yesterday
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Carewolf Re:So much unnecessary trouble (571 comments)

What coup did the EU and US stage?

There was no coup in Ukraine. There was an impeached president that decided to flee the country and the existing elected non-modified parliament appointing a new temporary one.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Carewolf Re:Bet he can't tell ... (571 comments)

400 civilian aircrafts flew over it each day until one of them was shut down.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Carewolf Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (728 comments)

GCC is a mess that has been getting consistently worse since 3.0. It's so bad that compiling GCC with GCC, with any CPU optimizations enabled, produces a non-working compiler

There is a very simple way to test that statement. Make a default build of gcc. Step two and three is a build of gcc by gcc. Funny thing. That always works, and has never been an issue, if it was you wouldn't have a compiler package, since any packaged version of GCC is build by the same version as shipped!!..

DOWN VOTE PARENT - TROLL or PROFESIONAL LIAR.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Carewolf Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

What does Apple have to do with it? It started as a pretty cool project, then it got partially adopted by by Apple, and started to smell a bit, but it is still a pretty cool project like it always have been.

4 days ago
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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

Carewolf Re:Meh (89 comments)

I don't think they mean univeral that way, I believe they mean universal lossless compression as gzip, bzip2 or 7zip. They will work on almost any data, but not all kinds of data. The idea here is that the show has a new way to do this that is supposed to be even better. The method they use remind me though of FLAC.

about a week ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Carewolf Re:Can you hear me now? (76 comments)

Obviously the deaf are just not listening.

about a week ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Carewolf Re:No it is not infuriating (194 comments)

Well, that is perfect. I prefer to NEVER buy any product I see advertised. If they waste money on that, their products must not be good enough to sell on their own, or the competion can sell better products cheaper because they don't waste money on ads. As such I prefer ads for stuff I would never buy, make it too targeted and shopping becomes ... difficult.

about a week ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Carewolf Re:Identical devices (194 comments)

It doesn't. It also has trouble detecting two identical versions of firefox. This is only really works as a few more bits to existing fingerprint frameworks.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Carewolf Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (272 comments)

64KiB = 65536 Bytes

64K = 64,000

In no unit of measurement is 64K(anything) = 65635.

65535 is however the maximum value expressible by an unsigned 16-bit binary number.

No, that is not even being pedantic. That is just wrong. Please stop.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Carewolf Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

Too obvious. It works better the other way, because women rarely suspect an attractive man to be an elite prostitute spy.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Carewolf Re:Latest LEDs are Too New To Fail Yet (278 comments)

Reasonably priced LED light bulbs that put out enough light to be useful for room lighting are a pretty new thing. I haven't seen =$10 bulbs with lumens equivalent to 60-watt incandescents until last year, though it's possible they've been around slightly longer, and I'm still waiting to see cheap LED bulbs that are equivalent to 100 or 150-watt incandescents.

They exist. The problem is the size. If you look inside a LED bulb, you will see that is actually just a cluster of standard small LEDs. Since these are mass produced any big light just uses more of them, but that takes up space especially if you also want a reasonable direction.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Carewolf Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

The human eye CAN tell the difference. What it can't do it distinguish individual pixels, just like you normally can't see individual frames when a movie or game is faster than 24fps. If your eye-sight was so poor that you coun't see better than 300dpi at one meter, you would not be allowed to get a drivers license in most countries. Road signs are designed to be read by the minimal allowed vision at a certain distance, that means you must be able to read half a meter high letters at 1km, which requires 1/5cm resolution, which is the same as 600dpi at 1m, and that is minimum.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Carewolf Re:smartwatch (381 comments)

I'd like a very *simple* smart watch...

* Simple caller-ID and memo display, programmable shortcut buttons, nothing else.

* Very long charge life comparatively (2 weeks would be okay) and/or very easy charging (put it on a charging pad).

Closest I can think to those requirements are the Casio G-Shock Bluetooth models. Two year battery life and notifications for most of the common things you'd want. A comparison chart can be found here.

Unfortunately they don't really go so well with a suit - although I don't suspect that will be a problem for the majority of Slashdot readers.

Great idea, but why does they have to look like SHIT? The shape looks like something big and rubbery made for toddlers, and the display for 13-year old boys with a 1980's fetish.

about three weeks ago
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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

Carewolf Re:Lie detectors... (70 comments)

Lie detectors only "work" if you tell the subject he is subject to a lie detector test and he believes you, and even then you will not get much better than 50/50 unless you are trained tester who can reach 80/20 under optimal circumstances. So, are you sure you want to ruin your relationship over a test that will be wrong 20% of the time, even when done under optimal circumstances by the best professionals?

about three weeks ago
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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

Carewolf Re:Microsoft? (70 comments)

Their websites says $149 MSRP, or did you intentionally look for the highest priced version to prop up your very weak argument?

You must be looking at a different version of the website. The one linked says "Order now: $249". No other price is listed anywhere else on the page.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Carewolf Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

"They fund a whole series of institutions doing science trolling." What institutions? What evidence is there the Koch brothers are involved?

Are you joking? Sorry for linking WP, but the information there is consistent with what is available everywhere else and it is more centralized.

Here are the two first I could find, there are many others but this should be enough: The Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute. As for what evidence that the Koch brothers are involved? They are the official founders. For all the evil they do they do try to hide their involvement in political trolling of science.

Sorry, make that: they do not try to hide..

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Carewolf Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

"They fund a whole series of institutions doing science trolling." What institutions? What evidence is there the Koch brothers are involved?

Are you joking? Sorry for linking WP, but the information there is consistent with what is available everywhere else and it is more centralized.

Here are the two first I could find, there are many others but this should be enough: The Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute. As for what evidence that the Koch brothers are involved? They are the official founders. For all the evil they do they do try to hide their involvement in political trolling of science.

about three weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Carewolf Re:Does this mean the death of Minix3? (136 comments)

To manage the system, Minix has a so-called "reincarnation server" that restarts core system daemons if they go down unexpectedly. It's totally modular and redundant -- far more ambitious and advanced in its design than Linux or OS X. Minix is designed from the beginning to never go down. There is nothing else like that in the Unix world.

QNX?

about three weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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