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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MouseR Re:good (377 comments)

With the rate of adoption of the newest Android releases, this wont affect too many people.

yesterday
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

MouseR Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

Nobody asked me if I wanted to be baptized. They do this at a young enough age you have no idea whats going on.

Couldn't give a hoot if they splashed water on me.

Born Christian, soon realized it's all hogwash.

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

MouseR Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

In all fairness, Apple's tools are free so long as you buy an Apple system to run them on.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

MouseR Acquiring Sun was not about Java, but about Oracle (371 comments)

I dont the article looks at the reason why Oracle bought Sun.

Sure, the hardware itself was icing on the cake but the basic reality is that Oracle has an enormous investment in Sun hardware by optimizing the DBs for that platform, but mostly, because the software stack has an even heavier investment in Java for the processing of the data itself as well as middleware. If you think PLSQL is important to oracle, Java has taken an as-much important role in treating the data and managing apps.

When Sun was failing and about to hit the dust, no price was too high for Oracle to save that Hardware & Software investment. The absolute-next worse thing to a competitor (like IBM, SAP etc) buying it and giving therm control over Oracle's Java investment through license or platform direction.

I'm convinced the buyout was an absolute critical must for Oracle. Does that mean they want to push the platform forward? I can't answer that. They did ditch JavaFX and roll some of it back into J7. But one thing for sure, they wont let it die any way or another.

Disclaimer: I work for Oracle but these are not Oracle's opinions. That's my opinion only. I do NOT work anywhere near related activities to the server stack, Sun hardware or Java code. I do end-user native app developments that make use of some Java middleware.

about 2 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

MouseR 113 comments thus far (256 comments)

Aka, 113 new names on that list!

about 2 months ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

MouseR Re:Curation: Apple does high profile reviews... (258 comments)

Adding more category tags and features filtering to the search engine would let you find precisely what you are looking for.

But despite the absence of a very good search engine, even my two dinky Apps have managed to gather thousands of download.

What's really missing IMO is an in-app rating SDK. Users just cant be bothered to rate Apps because it takes them out of their task and into a different app where they must navigate the comments & ratings links in your App listing on the App Store.

Something akin to Netflix. Right in the app where you can star it and add a comment.

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

MouseR Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

The difference is in the wording of the law where you computer's CD drive is not "digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material" whereas the car systems serve no other purpose (other than perhaps updating nav maps on navigation systems).

Still effin greedy.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MouseR Re:COST (544 comments)

Precisely for the same reason. Even more so due to economics.

Take well-known accessory manufacturers Logitec or Kesington. I doubt they managed to sell a hardware keyboard for 5% of owners of any given market (as they did for iPads) and this creates lots of expenses in R&D, manufacturing, stocking and distribution.

Unlike Apple (for example), their inventory is calculated in months, not days.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MouseR Re:COST (544 comments)

Internationalisation is also a huge issue for hardware keyboard.

Aka, get out of ASCII territory and all hardware keyboard suck raw pigeon farts.

Localized keyboards create inventory and distribution hell.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (550 comments)

It is more expensive now, as Lazik really went down.

My exam & topology required 3 visits and it got to ~1200$ (including test lens to see how your eyes reacts etc). Then the lens are ~300$, replaced every 2 years or so.

It boils down to how much you care for your long term vision. My health care took the brunt of it (I do have a pretty good corporate group insurance).

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (550 comments)

My doctor holds the canadian record and actually dealt with -7 successfully.

And even there, you could do a partial fix to bring you up to -1 if your eye exceeded the max you could do.

They use micron eye topography imaging to perfectly map your eyeball and see how much they could correct your eyesight. It's pretty amazing: they never even tough your eyeball.

You put the lens on, go to sleep for a good 6-8 hours and voila. Take em off for the rest of the week.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (550 comments)

Its entirely safe and without consequences. You can stop any time and resume later. If you can wear semi-rigid contacts then you can do this. Plus is removes any astigmatism so its pretty great for stargazing.

My doctor's site explains it slightly better than wiki.

And unlike laser surgery, there's no potential for risks of complication as you get older if you need cataract surgery (there's a finite amount of cornea you can scrape off).

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR However minute, risks remain. (550 comments)

I'm missing part of a finger, but I can manage.
I could live with a limp.
But eyesight is a pretty big gamble. Yeah its small. But still higher than lottery.

That's why I opted for orthokeratology. I put my lens for one night, once every 7-ish days, and have 30/20 vision for the first 24h and then 20/20 for the rest of the week.

about 2 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

MouseR Re: Better safe than sorry (190 comments)

And they keep coming out with new albums.

about 2 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

MouseR Re:Better safe than sorry (190 comments)

Plus, having some in stock allows the the create of a vaccine if by some chance it ever emerges again.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

MouseR ZeroKnowledge (129 comments)

So now I guess ZeroKnowledge was 16 years too early. I remember laughing at it.

I still don't care wether NSA or other idiots read my mail for I have nothing to hide. But the prospect of ill-advised policy enforcer's ability to use otherwise benign data as scapegoating is irritating.

about 2 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

MouseR Kit car (382 comments)

Tesla could sell the car as a kit where you order one or more of N components to complete the car.

Eg, the car body, the batteries, the clip-on steering wheel.

about 2 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

MouseR Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

about 3 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

MouseR Another marketing ploy (187 comments)

To lower the number of injuries per crash.

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Web site editing software

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR writes "It seems we can't rely on software, in particular Web site editing software, to exist for the long haul. Every time I rely on something, it takes a couple of years before it gets trashed. I have used GoLive's CyberStudio before it got engulfed as GoLive from Adobe. Both got trashed. I eventually used Apple's .Mac HomePage. It got trashed and replaced with iWeb. I then used iWeb hosted on MobileMe and Apple just killed it again, along with the hosting. So, as I'm preparing to move my stuff on various web sites, onto my own hosting server (outsourced), I'm wondering what kind of visual web site editor(s) I could use, FOR THE LONG HAUL. I'm rather sick of changing tools every other year and as a software developer, would rather spend my time editing my web site rather than code it. Any suggestions?"
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Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR (3264) writes "Benoit Mandelbrot, who died on October 14 aged 85, was largely responsible for developing the discipline of fractal geometry – the study of rough or fragmented geometric shapes or processes that have similar properties at all levels of magnification or across all times.

Before Mandelbrot, mathematicians believed that most of the patterns of nature were far too complex, irregular, fragmented and amorphous to be described mathematically. Euclidian geometry was concerned with abstract perfection almost non-existent in the real world. Mandelbrot's achievement was to conceive and develop a way of describing mathematically the most amorphous natural forms – such as the shape of clouds, mountains, coastlines or trees – and measuring them. His work has become the foundation of Chaos theory – the mathematics of non-linear, dynamic systems."

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