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Apple Intends To 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing

Midnight Ryder Re:$.99 Textbooks? Doubtful but... (396 comments)

No digitizer? Hm - the entire tablet allows you to draw on it, as long as the application allows it. As for copy and paste - works great between applications that suport copy and paste. IE - it's not the tablet that's the issue, and it still works well for your scenario *IF* app developers would get offa' their butts and support a few more things in their apps. (However, I can't think of a single productivity app on my iPad that I can't cut and paste between apps, and I've got more than one app that allows me to scetch out something, save it, and paste it into another app.) And if you REALLY have to have it, you can pick up a cheap stylus for it. And you can always shoot pics of the chalkboard from the iPad and save it, too.

iBooks with the ability to add annotations both textual and arbitrary hand drawn graphics would be a bit help.

Not gonna say it's perfect solution - then again, carrying my old Toshiba Libretto wasn't exactly a perfect solution either :-)

about 3 years ago

35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

Midnight Ryder I'm a 35%-er (566 comments)

I'm one of the folks who's probably going to buy it sight unseen. I could care less about if someone else things I'm affluent because I have an iPhone 5, or if I'm "trendy" because of it, or anything else. And just because it's got an Apple logo in the middle of the back doesn't mean it's worth it's weight in gold either.

I'm still using a 3GS, and after two years it's starting to get a little beaten up - the screen isn't cracked or deeply scratched, but it's got a few pits here and there, etc. I was going to upgrade to a 4, but I decided to skip a generation since we're so close to the release of the 5. And, since once of the reasons I wanted the 4 was a improvement in the camera over the 3GS (which I use a lot), I figure the 5's camera will more likely than not be slightly better.

Which brings me to the question: how may of of the 35% mentioned are people who decided to skip a generation because there wasn't a compelling reason to upgrade to a 4, but about the time the 5 rolls around their 3G or 3GS is due for a replacement?

more than 3 years ago

PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

Midnight Ryder Not necessarily (449 comments)

You might be thinking too 'inside the box' - for instance, PhoneGap handles pretty much every smartphone OS out there, plus Mac and PC. SO HTML 5 + CSS + JavaScript + (insert JS datahandling concept of choice) has become a VERY viable way of handling a write once then compile for platfom(s) of choice. It's not a solution for every problem, of course - I somehow doubt writing RageHD in HTML 5 is going to be a choice anytime soon. But for 75% of apps out there, it's a good, solid solution. And PhoneGap is by no means the only one out there providing such a solution.

more than 4 years ago

New MacBook Pros To Sport Light Peak Technology

Midnight Ryder Agreed (356 comments)

I'll agree with you - most of my development these days is web development and iPhone / iPad development, but I still dabble back into industrial automation from time to time. I like my Mac Mini, for instance - it's solid, it's managed to survive three major OS upgrades since 2006, and it's still solid after four years of constant use. I like the "it just works" philosophy - I can focus on software development, not hardware troubleshooting. Apple isn't perfect, but the OS and Hardware combination is pretty damned good. (I will say, though, that after four years I'm finally going to upgrade the little box. This one will sit on the shelf and be a media box.)

The 'cool factor' is problematic - you're dead on right about that. But I've not been one to care too much about what everyone else thinks is cool anway ;-)

more than 3 years ago

The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Midnight Ryder Trivial. :-) (1027 comments)

Conceptually, cracking this game is trivial. If it's using a DNS lookup to find the server, edit hosts. so it just loops back to the local machine ( Then, write app that simulates the DRM server to save games, etc. are handled locally. Of course, I say it's conceptually trivial - depending on some specifics, it could get a little more difficult, but definitely doable. Same goes for the idea of streaming textures, etc. that someone else suggested - it's all crackable, just like nearly every scheme. Heck, even having the game live online only can be overcome with the help of some really determined people - if you can set up a WoW server at home, then even streaming game content isn't viable as a copyprotection mechanism.

more than 4 years ago

An Ethical Question Regarding Ebooks

Midnight Ryder Agreed (715 comments)

I agree with ya' completely - and I've done that very thing once already. I've also done that once with a book that was new, but there was no ebook version of it. I feel bit silly about buying a used copy and pirating an ebook - the only reason for doing it was the "tagable" copy on my shelf. The new one I bought, though, was to help support the author and the company that published the book.

more than 6 years ago

How to Deal With an Aging Brain?

Midnight Ryder Supplements (684 comments)

One of my solutions to the problem is a good set of vitamins. I tend to shy away from stuff like Centrum, and use multi-vitamin packs with a little more "kick" to them (and are a heck of a lot more soluable in the digestive system), and B12 sublingual drops.

If I have to ask myself the question "how long was it since I took my vitamins?" then the answer is probably about three days - that's how long it take for them to wear off on me.

As with a lot of processes in our bodies, good nutritian helps the brain considerably. Eat right, exersize, and take a good multi vitamin, and you'll probably see a lot of the memory issues go away. It works for me anyway - as with any random commenter on /., YMMV :-)

more than 6 years ago



A Petition to Apple to open the iPhone!

Midnight Ryder Midnight Ryder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Midnight Ryder writes "When the iPhone was released, developers were a bit taken back by the fact Apple, Inc. had opted not to support 3rd party native applications. Instead, their solution was entirely based around Web based applications — slow, no local storage, along with other problems. But hackers will be hackers, and it didn't take long until until a solution was found and 3rd party native apps started pouring in. However, Apple has stated at one point they were "neutral" to 3rd party development, then later said they would most likely break those apps. Now a petition website has started to show Apple there a growing desire to see Apple support 3rd party developers more directly!"
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