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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Himmy32 Re:Double-edged sword (107 comments)

It decreases the incentive for some people. There are plenty of counterexamples of unpatented innovative software. I know I know, don't feed the trolls.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Himmy32 Re:Phone requirement (470 comments)

The point that I was trying to make wasn't a point against headsets. It was that they perform their intended purpose well, but you don't see most end users with them. Headset just cutout one piece, holding the device in your hand while doing audio tasks.

Likewise some of the watches are very similar, some units have impressive battery lives and allow you to do GPS/accelerometer or visual tasks that require viewing only.

In the end, your point rings true. What "killer app" is would be more convenient on a tiny screen strapped to you with little input capabilities rather than the multifunctional device you have to will also have to carry in your pocket that has already been done (notifications/fitness)? That's the answer the OP's looking for and I think the collective answer is "I can't think of one".

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Himmy32 Phone requirement (470 comments)

Most of the things on a watch that someone would want can also be handled on a phone. Add to this that most of those things are things that require cell/data signal, so you are required to carry your phone. The inconvenience of sticking your hand into your pocket to look at a larger screen generally doesn't top the inconvenience of having to have a device strapped to your body that you have to take off to charge all the time and have to pay several hundred dollars for.

This is the same thing people have seen with bluetooth ear pieces. They are really nice for a small percentage of the time, but not enough to capitalize for the majority of the market.

The another problem with watches is size. You have to competing design constraints. People want small and light and durable on their wrist. Versus large screen size for reading what was sent.

Lastly many people don't want to be that connected. They want to be able to ignore the notifications every 5 seconds that someone posted a new tweet or your grandma sent you a hilarious forward. You eventually want to see them, when you can have the time to stick your hand into your pocket. But it can generally wait 2 seconds for that to happen.

4 days ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Himmy32 Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (359 comments)

There are two points of view on this. One that technology can solve all these basic problems. Take unit analysis in science. You can do a google search to convert miles per hour into centimeters per second But yet you still want students to be able to know the concept and be able to evaluate their knowledge of the concept without a piece of technology doing the effort for them. You aren't complaining that Physical Education classes still teach Track and Field now that we have cars that can drive people.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Himmy32 Re:Effectiveness (134 comments)

No, of course not. The point is how quickly the images fall off the board. More than likely quicker than an DMCA request.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Himmy32 Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (359 comments)

Good luck with the ACT or SAT being a take home... Those are the tests that really matter for selling calculators.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Himmy32 Because of tests (359 comments)

It's simple. They are allowed on tests. Teachers stock them because they can be used on the tests their students need to take. And then every parent wants to get whatever the teacher is using so that their child can get the most help from the teacher.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Himmy32 Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

They've had a good amount of censorship for a while. Especially after they starting providing information on member posting very illegal content. It didn't kill the site then.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Himmy32 Effectiveness (134 comments)

Image board like 4chan don't permanent host data. On the quick moving boards, images are gone before someone even could type up a DMCA request. Maybe they'll prevent that picture being posted again. I wonder how their members are going to react to new censorship.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

Himmy32 Re:Looks Interesting (220 comments)

I run Palemoon x64 at both home and work. The performance boost is impressive while not having to deal with the toddler interface. 64 bit used to be a pain on windows because of plugins, but the major ones (flash, java, etc) that were game breakers for some have finally caught up. And I have to admit I like only having to update for security patches since it's based on the ESR release, rather than every time they want to add a minor feature.

about two weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Himmy32 Re:Hello, it is 2014 (113 comments)

Because support for 64 bit plugins are still lagging...

about three weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Himmy32 Re:Sweet (113 comments)

Pale Moon is a 64 bit build of the LTS version of Firefox. Highly recommend it.

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Himmy32 Twit....ter (131 comments)

Looking at Lizard Squad's twitter feed they have the maturity level of about a screaming toddler. The obvious lack of thinking is painful. They see these things as just pranks and a way to make a political statement. But bomb threats and DDoS attacks are a good way to waste your prime years in prison.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Himmy32 Re:Selling Free Software (188 comments)

Yeah, the problem before was that Apple was selling a license on behalf of a third party, which runs a foul with the GPL. If Apple charge for the software and not for a license then they would be able to sell it. Since this is "Free", they aren't selling a license so it doesn't have issues with the GPL.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Himmy32 Re:Selling Free Software (188 comments)

If I remember correctly, the issue with VLC on the Apple store was that the GPL allows charging for the software but does not allow charging for the license. Since Apple doesn't charge for the software but instead charges for a license to the software on behalf of a third party. So you can put free GPL on the Apple store but not pay for, even though GPL allows for it.

I actually had to read about the Wii store issue. The issue there seems to be that a subcontractor used both ScummVM and Nintendo's SDK. Nintendo explictly prohibits use of open source software together with their Wii SDK. Again nothing have to do with keys. Use of the Wii SDK forbids Open Source, so it doesn't what the terms of the GPL are, no GPL at all on the Wii Store.

about a month ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Himmy32 Not even a part per billion. (141 comments)

~200 particles vs ~3*10^25 molecules of water in liter seems pretty small. Especially since these plastics aren't very reactive. Seems pretty small scale of a problem.

about a month ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

Himmy32 Re:First post (266 comments)

You're saying people like Angela Merkel are terrorists?

about a month ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Himmy32 Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but it deserves to be said.

In no way is String Theory anything like Phrenology. Trying to develop a model that unites both the large scale and the small scale is incredibly difficult. Quantum mechanics and relativity are complex enough without trying to unify them. String theory and super-symmetrical models have a basis in advanced mathematics, but the question is whether or not the model matches the immensely complex reality.

Even if it doesn't work out, studying the problem advances our knowledge of the known universe and modelling it in mathematics. That's how science works, you make a hypothesis and you attempt to test it and then you reform your hypothesis. The current problem right now is finding a way to test it. A failed hypothesis is not something to laugh at, because what you learn from that failure helps you forms a new and more accurate model.

about a month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Himmy32 Over $1 a track (317 comments)

If the royalties they get is over a dollar for every track, I guess we are blessed that digital music stores can sell tracks for under that. The iTunes store is truly benevolent for giving away money...

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Himmy32 Re:child casualties (868 comments)

Hamas fires weapons in areas with civilians so that when Israel retaliates against the launch site they kill children. It doesn't mean that Israel isn't also responsible for the death of the kids and other collateral damage when they return fire. They know when they pull the trigger that this is the case. Both sides are to blame.

During a hostage situation, if you shoot at the hostages to get at the criminals behind, you are still responsible for killing the hostages.

about a month and a half ago

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