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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Kethinov Re:gee so weird (190 comments)

This is why I don't understand why after all these years companies are still so reluctant to embrace telecommuting.

"We are hurrying back and forth across town at morning and night to situations which we could quite easily encompass by closed-circuit. Documents, contracts, data. All of these materials actually could be just as available on closed-circuit, at home." - Marshall McLuhan, 1965.

about 2 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Kethinov Re:mac only? (121 comments)

Try out Brackets http://brackets.io/

Very similar to Atom's architecture, also open source, more mature community, better visual design (IMO).

about 3 months ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kethinov Re:That doesn't really explain it (234 comments)

Can't believe some idiots are marking you "informative." Cuba ranks near the bottom of the Democracy Index. Try that socialism sucks argument again when a social democracy is failing so miserably.

about 3 months ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

Kethinov Re:In case you missed it... (75 comments)

This has been going on for years already. RunUO.

And yet utterly devoid of entertainment value.

There's an extremely high barrier to entry for new players. Which client do you install? Which of the 3 or 4 third party assist tools do you need? Where do you download all that?

Even once you get the game client up and running, you end up with choice paralysis trying to find out what server to play.

Picking a server involves shitloads of googling and visiting each of their random websites while they explain mostly in game jargon terms which settings they have, or what "era" of the game they adhere to, without really explaining what that means.

And then there's the PVP, which is a joke on every server I've ever played. No diversity. No balance. One or two templates is all anyone ever plays.

And don't forget the ganks, because PVP is dominated solely by large, organized guilds everywhere. Want to duel? Good luck. Some servers have dueling systems, but they're ghost towns.

The most popular servers all seem to have declining player populations, which isn't surprising. Any community this hostile to newcomers deserves to wither.

So yeah, I welcome the UO devs one-upping existing player run UO shards with something new. Someone needs to do it right.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

Kethinov Re:Entitled Asshole (199 comments)

Or as Simpsons' Lenny would put it: "All we want is brand new, big-budget entertainment in our homes for nothing. Why doesn't Hollywood get that?"

Just because you invested an extraordinary amount of money in something doesn't mean you deserve extraordinary government intervention to guarantee you a return. If new technology undermines your business model, find another business model.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Sideloading by developers (139 comments)

The same way as, for instance, iOS. Using some proprietary developer toolkit that requires registering a developer account (which may cost money) in order to grant sideloading capability.

That's what I'm hoping will not be the case with the steam machines and I'm trying to find some empirical evidence of that. All I'm seeing so far is just a bunch of optimistic speculation.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

Kethinov Because it's overblown (610 comments)

People aren't outraged because all the rhetoric criticizing the surveillance programs was overblown. There are certainly plenty of things to be concerned about, sure. But just go read some news coverage from the time of the leaks and have a look at all the hyperbole and fear mongering. It was ridiculous.

If we want people to have a serious discussion about surveillance, then we need less fear mongering and more actionable activism. We need to get more organized and make specific proposals detailing what laws we would change and why it's so important to do so.

Instead of doing that, we just went on rants about how right we were the whole time and how evil it all is. We vomited vague, nonspecific emotion over the issue instead of proposing tangible solutions people could actually act on.

So yeah, no wonder everyone's suffering from "surveillance fatigue." I am too. And I actually care about the issue.

about 9 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

That's not proof. It's marketing. To my knowledge they haven't explicitly stated that sideloading will be permitted. You could make a (very good) argument that it's implied, but I'm seeking hard evidence.

about 9 months ago
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First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike On Earth

Kethinov Re:Not necessarily. (68 comments)

We didn't get lucky. The vast majority of the surface of the Earth is either not populated or extremely sparsely populated. The odds are strongly against such a large airburst happening to burst over any reasonably densely populated area.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

I hope you're right, but what you wrote is still just speculation. Not proof.

What worries me is that when this thing goes live, a whole lot of people who just assumed it's going to be a totally open platform are going to be disappointed when Steam imitates every other console gaming platform by disabling sideloading or making it prohibitively difficult for ordinary users.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

It's going to be a game console style user experience on top of PC hardware. There's no guarantee they won't do what literally every other game console does and disable sideloading. I'm trying to find real evidence that sideloading will be permitted. Otherwise I think the sensible if yes pessimistic assumption is to assume installing apps from outside of Steam will be disabled or at least prohibitively difficult for ordinary users.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

Do you have hard evidence that stock Ubuntu with Steam installed is architecturally identical to SteamOS and that SteamOS will permit sideloading the same Ubuntu does, or are you just guessing based on their vague marketing pages?

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

Do you have hard information that SteamOS will permit sideloading or are you just assuming it will based on their vague marketing rhetoric?

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Re:Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

You replied with a post that consisted of:

1. An insult.

2. No actual answer to my question about sideloading.

And someone modded you up.

Yep, that's Slashdot.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Kethinov Is there any evidence of real openness? (139 comments)

Is there any real evidence that steamOS will actually be truly open?

I know they advertised that the OS will be open source to some degree, but I haven't been able to dig up the details.

What worries me is this: if I can't sideload apps, install separate app stores, or root the system, then it's not truly open.

I'm worried steamOS will be as locked down to Steam as iOS is locked down to the iOS app store.

Is there evidence that steamOS will be more open than that?

about 10 months ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

Kethinov Re:I miss progressive enhancement (778 comments)

Progressive enhancement has not at all been abandoned. The majority of frontend developers are constantly thinking about accessibility, usability, writing semantic markup and making simple enhancements with JS, that's the standard these days, you build sites that work on any device, at any resolution with and without javascript.

The majority? Where do you work? Can I get a job there? Most of the developers I've met in Silicon Valley either A. don't have those priorities or B. pay lip service to those priorities but don't implement them competently.

But the time where the web was just web pages is gone. You just cannot build an advanced web app without javascript, it's simply not feasible.

Not everybody wants the rich experience. In the vast majority of cases, providing a non-JS experience is not extra work if you're using best practices to begin with.

When I see things like this, I shake my head: http://dev.sencha.com/deploy/touch/examples/production/kitchensink/

Turn off JS on Sencha Touch's kitchen sink, see a blank screen.

And what for? None of that UI fundamentally requires JS to function. If they'd built it with progressive enhancement instead, the links would still work, just without the animations. The forms would still work, just without the fancy enhancements. But most importantly, the page would still fucking render.

1 year,28 days
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

Kethinov Re:I miss progressive enhancement (778 comments)

You can differentiate the JS and non-JS experiences using the same URL endpoints by sending a special HTTP header to indicate that it's an AJAX request.

That can allow the server to send back a response without the header and footer if it's an AJAX request, or send a fully composed page if it's not.

Saying that the JS and non-JS experiences are "so totally different" is just an excuse people use to ignore the non-JS scenario.

I will concede that some webapps (particularly games) cannot be reasonably hybridized in this fashion, but I think most developers jump the gun in assuming too quickly that their app is too rich for progressive enhancement.

In my experience, the vast majority of webapp projects out there could be done with progressive enhancement without creating extra work, but as time goes on developers are less and less willing to even consider the idea.

1 year,28 days
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

Kethinov Re:I miss progressive enhancement (778 comments)

The unstated premise in your comment assumes the web's current obsession with JSON. There's no reason your AJAX service can't respond with HTML instead. HTML is a data format just like JSON. If your HTML is semantic, then you can write it once and use it in both contexts. I do this all the time and I feel like some special enlightened snowflake who does twice the work for half the effort of most developers.

1 year,29 days

Submissions

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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and as them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars Technica editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to iOS is fundamentally flawed and thus Microsoft should reconsider their plans to apply the same model to WinRT. The authors are careful to present a nuanced analysis that adequately weighs the competing interests of security, convenience, and user freedom, ultimately concluding that Mac OS X and Android offer better models because while their walled gardens are on by default, they offer supported mechanisms to opt-out if desired, thereby offering users the same security and convenience benefits without sacrificing user freedom in the process."
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Opinionated Tech Blogger Claims Node.js is Cancer

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "While doing some quick learning about Node.js recently, I noticed that the third result of the Google search query for 'node.js' was this scathing rant by opinionated tech blogger Ted Dziuba. Among the arguments in his harshly worded article are that Node's claim to have a non-blocking I/O model is a lie and that it disobeys the UNIX way, concluding that Node's poor quality puts even 'Rasmus Lerdorf to shame.' Since I've been intrigued by what Node.js has to offer lately, I'll put it to Slashdot. Do Ted's arguments have merit?"
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Adobe Acquires Nitobi (PhoneGap)

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kethinov writes "Adobe has entered into an Acquisition Agreement with Nitobi, the creators of PhoneGap. According to Nitobi, 'this acquisition will allow Nitobi to focus solely on PhoneGap and work with Adobe to offer developers more efficient, expressive design and development across devices with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.'"
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The enterprise is wrong, not Mozilla

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov writes "Ars Technica has an insightful editorial criticizing enterprise IT backlash against Mozilla's new update policy. From the article: 'Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, version 4, just three months old, is no longer supported. Enterprise customers aren't very pleased with this decision, and are claiming it makes their testing burden impossible. We're not convinced: we think Mozilla's decision is the right one for the Web itself.'"
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Ars Technica review slams Duke Nukem Forever

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov writes "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in quite some time. The jokes border on hateful. The graphics are a blurry mess. The shooting is unsatisfying." Their verdict? Skip this one."
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BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kethinov (636034) writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road."
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New open source programming language from Google

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kethinov (636034) writes "Go is a new programming language from Google that aims for performance that is nearly comparable to C, but with more expressive syntax and faster compilation. What it won't do, however, is liberate the coding masses from bracist tyranny. Google's Go is yet another take on C."
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Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kethinov writes "Multichannel is reporting that Sci Fi's Stargate SG-1 will end with season 10. Quoth the article, "People close to the production of Stargate SG-1 said Sci Fi Channel canceled the series on the eve of its 200th episode, which aired last Friday night, making the show the first cable scripted series to reach such a milestone.""

Journals

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Ghosts of a Music Business Model's Past

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I just published an in-depth analysis of Trent Reznor's latest experimental business model. Cutting through all the gushing, the model has one critical flaw. As progressive and wonderful as it is, it's still fundamentally based on a broken consumer-cost business model. Despite the album being legal to redistribute for free, Trent's still asking $5 to get it from him. This contradictory policy is explored in depth in my article, as are the effects of the discrepancy.

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A Better Business Model for Music Distributors

Kethinov Kethinov writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I just posted a critical analysis of the RIAA's file sharing litigation and the economics of the situation based on recent events and other editorials on the subject. In short: the RIAA's business model is old and busted. They'll have to modernize, or someone will take their place no matter how much litigation they throw at the problem.

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