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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Half-pint HAL Re:10 secrets Facebook doesn't want you to know (61 comments)

I'm not tricked by it - Facebook shows the domain name underneath it, and if it's not Youtube, it's immediately obvious to me. just hate it because it's scummy.

2 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Half-pint HAL Re:not so fast (128 comments)

No-one should be allowed to comment on anything if they have read The Selfish Gene. Dawkins is a dangerous hack and a terrible writer. His pop-science books never educate the state-of-the-art, but instead indocrtrinate his view to the exclusion of all others.

3 days ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Half-pint HAL Re:10 secrets Facebook doesn't want you to know (61 comments)

I just hope they use image recognition to eliminate my latest pet hate: the click-bait pages that use a screen grab of a youtube video, play button and all, as their thumbnail, trying to convince you it's just a shared video rather than a link.

3 days ago
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UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

Half-pint HAL Re:I needed that laugh of the day, thanks! (45 comments)

The most clueless people I've ever met working with IT, are those that work with the company's security. They have an exact set of rules to follow, and nothing else.

...which is why it's important to have an outside body accrediting degrees, to discourage meaningless diploma mills.

about three weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:uh, get rid of the "top X" ranking? (258 comments)

I have seen many such sites, but they're all hugely out of date, and often review exactly the same software as each other. All they end up achieving is a slightly differently skewed marketplace.

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:Recent purchases/downloads (258 comments)

Apple's being truthful here; The typical buyer of any random low-success indie app is also likely to have bought many apps from the top ten lists... and it's an absolute for the composite of typical buyers. If Apple wanted to foster an "App Store Middle Class" they'd have to take a patently dishonest approach and rig the system to stop promoting apps that are already highly successful.

It wouldn't be dishonest. Right now, a lot of the recommendations are things you've probably already heard of anyway. A policy of "discovery" recommendations would be no bad thing.

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:uh, get rid of the "top X" ranking? (258 comments)

And given that Amazon allegedly don't pay developers for their free app of the day, it does very little to sort the balance of power in app land....

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:uh, get rid of the "top X" ranking? (258 comments)

you mean like the magazines we all read in the 80s and 90s to tell us what was worth buying? Just what I was going to say. The problem is... who's going to pay for it? Computer mags were full of ads, but who's going to pay to advertise when either A) your site tells people their software is rubbish or B) your site tells people that they should buy the software anyway.

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL What I never understood... (258 comments)

For decades, computer games manufacturers have put out limited demos to encourage people to buy the full thing. Some even experimented with DRM to give time-limited access to the full thing. The App Store and iOS give 99.9% security (most iOS users don't jailbreak) so why haven't Apple given the developers a toolkit for time-limited demos? Why are free and paid-for versions listed as separate apps? As an iPad user, I want a proper try-before-you-buy that lets me see exactly what I'm going to get, and if I had that, I'd certainly spend more money. (I could even say the same about Steam, actually...)

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

The app store model doesn't reward the best - there's a lot of luck involved in getting into the charts, and being in the charts is self-sustaining.

about a month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Half-pint HAL Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

The problem is a bit more subtle than that.

The app "gold rush" encourages people to out in untold millions of man-hours of development time to get a piece of the multi-billion action. What it doesn't say is that a huge chunk of that goes to some random guy who just got lucky (think Flappy Bird) and someone who just took a very common game idea and stuck cutesy graphics on it (Angry Birds). It also doesn't take into account that if you come up with a good idea for a game, you're likely to get cloned almost immediately, and quite possibly by Zynga, who will use their marketing muscle to push you out.

A lot of app developers end up never even making back their Developer Programme membership fees.

But Apple doesn't care, because their customers have a limited amount of spending money, and they're probably spending it all as it is. Given that Apple's cut is a fixed percentage, there's no financial motive for Apple to change the model. And developers are instant profit for Apple, even if they never sell a single app.

about a month ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

Half-pint HAL Re:Opposite land (91 comments)

My sister used to run out into the garden to pick fresh broccoli to eat when she was a child. As an adult, she has been seen walking down the street munching on a head of raw broccoli.

about a month ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

Half-pint HAL Re:I'll attempt it. (91 comments)

Let's get TV out of the way - it's passive, dumbed-down, lowest common denominator entertainment.

Twilight, Da Vinci Code, Fifty Shades of Grey...? The medium is NOT the message. Reading is not automatically less trashy than watching TV, or vice versa.

about a month ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

Half-pint HAL Re:what about the undeserving kids? (91 comments)

Smart kids learn despite their teachers. The underachieving kids are the ones who need direct and instruction.

about a month ago
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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Half-pint HAL Re:Shared Source (82 comments)

A trap? Not really. From the developer's point of view, they'll still be able to get access to any changes to code on their terms, even if it is "tivoised". They can incorporate them into their code base without worrying too much about which hardware devices will or won't work - Somebody Else's Problem. They're interested in the code, not in "right to do whatever you want with your devices."

about a month ago
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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Half-pint HAL What exactly is the point? (82 comments)

Surely a formally-proven OS doesn't want a traditional open-source license, because if you let people tinker, what you will end up with is forking... into unproven versions. And suddenly, the world's first formally-proven microkernel is just a plain old microkernel again.

OK, so maybe tinkering is alright as a personal hobby, but it risks the ecosystem.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Half-pint HAL Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

The big manufacturers are all too busy competing with Apple to actually notice there might be a market for something else..

Quite. I never understood why Google didn't try to get a jump on Apple by speccing up an OS version for phones with D-pads for gamers at first launch. Look at the mess and fragmentation that we ended up with in third-party accessory controllers for the first few generations, and there are still some compatibility kinks to trip you up...

about 1 month ago
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Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

Half-pint HAL Re:What about... (48 comments)

How long is anyone realistically going to be using a VR headset for daily?

about 1 month ago

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Half-pint HAL Half-pint HAL writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Half-pint HAL (718102) writes "From Linutop.com:
Linutop is a Linux-based diskless computer. It offers a completely silent, low-power operation in an extremely small package. Its main purpose is to surf the Internet.
With Abiword, Firefox, GAIM, Totem media player and Evince PDF Reader, they expect to be able to sell the units to libraries and net cafes, and to developers of custom displays/interactive demos. No pricing information is on the website, but The Register reports a price of "280 ($368/£190)"."
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Half-pint HAL Half-pint HAL writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Half-pint HAL (718102) writes "The Register reports that a mobile software company has been granted a patent on customised dynamic content on mobile phones. From the article:
UK patent GB2408658 talks a great deal about notifying client devices using a special signal, such as an SMS, which then triggers the client to fetch information from a server using an HTTP connection — in exactly the same way as an MMS message. But the novel component of this invention is that when the client application contacts the server (having received the specially formatted SMS) the server puts together a package containing only the latest and most pertinent content for that particular user. This just-in-time generated package is then downloaded by the client.
Patent GB2408658 seems somewhat confused. How it works: user recieves notification of new content; user follows link to retrieve content; page is generated on-the-fly accounting for any changes (eg in sports scores) subsequent to the original notification. So is this little more than a patent on a link to a dynamic webpage? Where's the difference between this and — for example — an online wedding list?"

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