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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

FunkyELF t-mobile (321 comments)

... just sayin
Every one of their new plans they have unlimited data including international.

about 2 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

FunkyELF Re:What about a re-implementation... (304 comments)

I only used Go as an example of a somewhat safer (type checking, bounds checking, etc) language.
I never said I want a Go implementation, in fact I alluded to the fact that Go can't even build shared libraries.

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

FunkyELF What about a re-implementation... (304 comments)

... in a safe(er) language.
I wish the Go language supported building of shared libraries. Would be a nice implementation language for software like this.

about 3 months ago
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Google Releases Dart 1.1

FunkyELF we need language agnostic hooks (161 comments)

Why Dart? Why not a language agnostic runtime and then have Dart target that?
Then when some new (or old) language wants to run in the browser you don't have to update your browser for it.

I don't have to upgrade my CPU to run a new language.
I don't have to upgrade my OS to run a new language.
Why should I have to upgrade my browser?... its time that browsers have a nice interface that any code could hook into.
How about LLVM or something as a standard?

I think Google is already doing this with Native Client... though I think they sandbox/sanitize the generated machine code rather than the LLVM bytecode.

about 6 months ago
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Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

FunkyELF $17 chargers elsewhere (223 comments)

I just ordered 5 wireless chargers for a grand total of $85 as stocking stuffers for my family members with Nexus 4's and Nexus 5's.
I think they came from China since they're just being delivered today. Reviews of them on newegg were good. We'll see.
I just can't see spending $50 on a charger unless its the size of a mousepad and can charge multiple thins.

about 8 months ago
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Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

FunkyELF Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

It wears out your port. I wish these phones came with tethered but removable inserts for charging.
My brother for example works in a pizza restaurant... he gets flour stuck up his charger all the time and has to pick it out.

about 8 months ago
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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

FunkyELF Re:Type safety (360 comments)

no need to publicize it... just compile all your code with -Wall -Werror

about 10 months ago
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First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

FunkyELF Re:Nothing too exceptional. (151 comments)

I have 1920x1080 on a 15.4 screen and it seems perfect for a laptop.
1366x768 at 10.1 is actually a higher DPI count but then you're lacking real estate.
The price seems right though for what you're getting. I'd just prefer to pay a little more, say $50, to get a 1600x900.

about a year ago
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First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

FunkyELF Re:Seems Pricey (151 comments)

it probably would have fared a little better if they had allowed other than metro sw on it though.. but they ran out of time to provision that, so they took the easy route.

They should have modified Visual Studio to produce fat binaries that include both ARM and Intel binaries.
I think this is what Apple did to XCode during their PPC/x86 transition.

Or they could have tried to get Visual Studio to leverage LLVM and ship bitcode so things could be ever further future-proofed and extend to more than just 2 architectures.

They missed a great opportunity by not letting RT/ARM run desktop applications. And it was a arbitrary decision too, not a technical one as RT has been hacked to run in desktop mode.

about a year ago
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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

FunkyELF Re:Practical Implications? (535 comments)

Yeah, but they use build servers.... not personal computers.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

FunkyELF who said Youtube was supposed to be open? (476 comments)

Netflix only works on whatever they decide to port their application to... how is Youtube any different?
At least YouTube uses webm and html5... if Microsoft wanted to they could skin the hell out of the web version.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

FunkyELF where is "Ubuntu for Android"??? (248 comments)

...It is just one tab over from "Ubuntu for phones"
They're talking about being open, yet they haven't released "Ubuntu for phones" in any product or any source.

Ubuntu for phones would be great 5 years ago, but there are already too many Android apps / games out there the people will want.

I don't want Ubuntu for phones, I want it for Android like they advertised a year ago.

Perhaps these two ideas will merge at some point. People will want to run Android applications.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled

FunkyELF Re:Oh, great, exactly what I don't want... (248 comments)

The GNOME 2 experience defaults to two tool bars, one top and one bottom. The first tweak I usually do is to add a drop-down window list to the upper-right corner and remove the lower tool bar.

Android seeks to minimize the UI impact and it does a nice job of it. A minimal row of buttons give the user a single and simple home from which to go home, switch apps, go backward and open a context menu. Swiping from the top of the screen is a useful feature which enables the user to quickly access contols and status information.

These are two bars in Android, much like the ones in Gnome that you tweak to consolidate.
I find that in landscape mode on my Nexus 7 these two bars take up entirely too much real estate

about a year and a half ago
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Vector Vengeance: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years

FunkyELF Still need to take pixels into account (221 comments)

There is something to be said about lines being drawn with 1 pixel height or width even if they are vector graphics.
Makes things look nice and crisp.

== edit ==
just realized this was about video codecs

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

FunkyELF Stupid "Green" Building (445 comments)

Absolutely I need a phone at my desk.

The geniuses who built our brand new "green" building put coatings on the windows to block UV rays and save of heating/cooling.
I have 4 bars of HSPA+ standing outside of the main door and a big X, no signal, once inside that main door.

I can forward my calls to my desk phone but I miss all my texts until I leave for the day.

about a year and a half ago
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Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car

FunkyELF Re:Rocket? (262 comments)

If a fighter jet touches its wheels to the ground, is it a car?

about 2 years ago
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Adobe Officially Kills New Flash Installations On Android

FunkyELF Re:Good riddance. (313 comments)

I'm sure the apk's will be available for loading onto rooted devices for a long time.

Don't need to be rooted to sideload an APK... it is just a checkbox away in standard Android settings.

about 2 years ago
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MS-DOS Not Stolen, New Forensic Analysis Concludes

FunkyELF Depends who you ask (286 comments)

Oracle would say a re-implementation of ideas is a copy.
Apple obviously would say it is a copy.

about 2 years ago
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A Million-Year Hard Disk

FunkyELF Re:easy answer. (394 comments)

01001001 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01101110 01101011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01101101 01101001 01110011 01110011 01100101 01100100 00100000 01100001 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110010 01100100 00100000 01101001 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101101 01100101 01110111 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00101110

about 2 years ago
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Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped

FunkyELF Re:That's okay (94 comments)

Much worse... you'd either be storing raw PCM or you'd be re-encoding.
Better to get the mp3 or aac stream from the .flv or .mp4 file.
ffmpeg -i zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.flv -codec copy zomg_justin_bieber_baby_baby.mp3

more than 2 years ago

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