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Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

NuShrike Fork-Bomb tab-model (153 comments)

Chrome's tab-model is a literal Fork-Bomb. If I have to explain it to you, you need to get off /.

Unlike Firefox where it JIT loads tabs as you need them. Try restoring a 30+ multi-tab session with Chrome, good-luck.

about 9 months ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

NuShrike Re:mac is linux (505 comments)

Linux is a kernel, OSX is a Mach kernel, mostly FreeBSD userland with other BSDs thrown in, NextStep, ObjC.

BSDs are always holistic experiences and so is OSX, Windows, etc..
Linux is Bazaar, *BSD has always been Cathedral (take it slow, engineer well).

At the end of the day, people rather live in a Cathedral/hotel where everything stays in known places than the 'vibrant' flea-market with fuzzy pseudo-RPM treadmill hell.

about a year ago
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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

NuShrike Re:perception & reality (255 comments)

Except you're nowhere close to reality.

pre-JellyBean:
swipe animation queues all 30 frames of the swipe animation, does NOT drop any, and struggles to complete them all, taking 4 seconds to walk the queue with as many skips and pops as expected. Video Player fail.

JellyBean:
swipe animation probably does not queue 30 frames of animation, but ALSO gets PRIORITY to COMPLETE them first in the allotted 1 second. Video Player success

Real-world example, keyboard response -- which is more responsive?: the console that reacts instantly to your key-presses even under a load of 24.00 on a single-processor, or a console that gets back to you after it's done processing some background tasks. The former is "actually" and "feels" more responsive, while the later will run the bg-tasks slightly faster.

about 2 years ago
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Chief Replicant Dev On Building a Truly Free Android

NuShrike Re:Say goodbye to most coprocessors. (113 comments)

Ah, young idealism, trying to be the Debian. I was there, once. It is true that it's better to have open-source drivers, but you need a stable, open, documented hardware platform. PCs are, Android is neither.

You will spend your entire life rebuilding "plumbing" after which the hardware you've built it for is long dead while its descendents -- you cannot support. A life where you didn't actually build anything useful, the next iPhone nor next game-changing piece of software-engineering, but just ran in a mouse-wheel.

Reality is we just have to bend-over a little and suck up buying new hardware; accept the respective new binary blobs. Just try to stay above it. CyanogenMod is doing a good job there.

more than 2 years ago
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X Server Now Available For Android

NuShrike Re:Reinveting the Wheel, Backwards (131 comments)

Their rendering and window subsystem has already proven to be laggy and inefficient unless you throw overwhelming hardware at it. Why even continue do it in Java and on Mobile!? There's neither memory, cpu/gpu, nor battery, to feed that mess properly.

Even Windows Phone moved their rendering engine to native. Why not a proper port of Wayland (or just switch to Qt) instead?

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

NuShrike Re:Listen to the users before bashing (633 comments)

Hybrids are modern engines. Heard of Atkinson?

Potential? Demonstrated lifetime air pollution reduction (that's 10 years at least), reduced lifetime petro consumption, lower lifetime maintenance costs, is only POTENTIAL?

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

NuShrike Re:Listen to the users before bashing (633 comments)

So you argue against the $5K premium vs a Corolla (there's a hybrid in Corolla's class for interior room, amenities, etc?), but a $15K premium for a Volt -- well that's just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

NuShrike Re:Listen to the users before bashing (633 comments)

I'm sure you know more about this than anybody. Then you know about differentials and their huge longevity. Btw, Toyota hybrid transmissions are differentials.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

NuShrike Re:My 2004 Prius still gets close to the EPA estim (633 comments)

People conveniently forget the air-quality benefits of hybrids. There's a huge lifetime difference that can be quantified in health improvement (healthcare cost reductions), lifestyle improvement, etc.

It's not all about the MPG.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

NuShrike Re:Listen to the users before bashing (633 comments)

I'm sure it costs "much less" to rebuild the transmission, or engine, in any other TEN YEARS old, GEN ONE car.

Which of you have gone 10 years with a laptop, or cellphone battery?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?

NuShrike Re:But... (192 comments)

-53.88% damage (since 2011/02/11 #elopcalypse) is still some damage.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Health's Lifeline Runs Out

NuShrike online statements? (196 comments)

And do you guys trust online bill statements? Same problem.

I'd rather they PGP email, or mail-drop an encrypted statement every month than park it on their site (and wait for me to remember to download it) for the amount of money they're making off me every month.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

NuShrike Re:also dead: the IBM PC (364 comments)

Unless you have a laptop, specifically a Sony. They only do driver updates during the hardware development. Then you're SOL the moment they start selling the hardware. Just the way Carriers like it.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

NuShrike Re:Choice (364 comments)

If you price that a full-blown "Nexus" device is about $700 every couple years ( just so you don't have to deal with Carrier crap, but Google's lacking hardware instead), are you really breaking even vs a contract iPhone?

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

NuShrike Re:Netcraft confirms (364 comments)

The real problem is still the Linux kernel and still. Without a HAL (yes you need one), you can't close-source the kernel drivers. Without a HAL, you have to port drivers every effing kernel release. Do you know how painful it already is for embedded (such as STBs)? They don't even bother updating kernels just so they can gain this stability.

Every kernel release also has compiler dependencies. Wholescale toolchain updates to match the kernel changes are effing-PITA because there's too many hardware sub-dependencies keyed to specific toolchains that it becomes a maintenance nightmare worse than RPM-hell.

Look at Android itself. It won't move beyond Java 1.5 because it would mean gcc 4.5+ and all the impending havok.

You can't built a platform when the foundation is nothing more than shifting sands every effing release. You may think GPL is correct and developers should suck it up, but that's really not grown up, real-world, bottom-line, project-schedules realistic. Even BSD, Windows, OSX proved you can have closed-source with a HAL, and MASSIVE OS stability for years.

The OS's API age is only a minor annoyance for a large amount of software innovation on this stable foundation. Then each large API jump is every decade or so, instead of every year. Yes at some point that binary blob won't be usable on some next-gen OS version, but until there's an actual Android hardware "platform", that issue won't last more than a year and a phone refresh away.

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Pummels Microsoft Patent Claims With Prior Art

NuShrike Re:Nooks for the Holidays (332 comments)

Uh, I can do Netflix and HD video quite well on my Nook Color, right now, with CM7 on it

There's zero reason for me to step up to a Nook Tablet without CyanogenMod on it, except for the better CPU/gpu. If they never get CM on it because of B&N's idiotic locking, then stepping over to the Fire. B&N, wise up.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ To End Real Names Policy

NuShrike Re:Finally.. (235 comments)

I'm saying I have more control in Facebook than I do on G+. However, it takes some effort to massage FB into something usable -- flipping off the public-sharing-all switches, ignore filters, friend-lists, top-stories etc, view filters, post-exceptions, etc. Stuff I constantly wish G+ would understand and add. It's a lot of Android and Windows Mobile for power-users.

Like the iPhone, my opinion is G+ is where people don't want to deal with that. The Linux/Bazaar Facebook v the Cathedral G+. I hate G+'s Stream as I have zero-control of what goes there, unlike FB where I can selectively filter, almost orthogonally, whom and what info of theirs goes into my mainstream and FriendLists. Demonstrates the immaturity of G+ in recognizing user preferences to me.

I play only one game on Fb, and the rest of the time is curating info between Pages and Twitter of recent events as that's where all the mainstream action is, or Google Reader, something that works really well.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ To End Real Names Policy

NuShrike Re:Finally.. (235 comments)

So you're saying that Facebook is the Android where you have to spend effort to curate your environment. And, you're too lazy to do it, or you can't figure it out.

Google+ is the Walled Garden where you don't have to figure it out, nor care about its limitations?

more than 2 years ago

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