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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Quarters Re:Ugh (111 comments)

For Pete's sake, read and comprehend before being incorrectly righteously indignant!

September 2013 comes before December 2013 by any reasonable reckoning. If the last post on the blog was December 2013 and the one from September 2013 is referred to as the penultimate post it's a fairly safe assumption that the author is correctly stating that the September 2013 post was the second to last post made.

4 days ago

You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Quarters Cyclical logic much? (613 comments)

I'm glad the author cites the blog posts he's written against the idea as supporting evidence that there is a groundswell against the idea....

about three weeks ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

Quarters I know some good memes they can study (126 comments)

Up the road at Purdue University there are always quite a lot of memes about Indiana University. They're all really negative, so that might affect the study results.

about three weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Quarters Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

The first commercial game I shipped, SVGA Air Warrior (November, 1992) came on five 3.5" 1.44MB floppy disks. Three of those disks contained nothing but drivers for various video and sound cards. DOS absolutely had drivers, they were a nightmare to deal with.

about a month ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Quarters Meh, I'm not worried... (564 comments)

John Conner will save us.

about 3 months ago

Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

Quarters Re:OS Lock In (173 comments)

Do you truly, honestly, I mean...REALLY believe that Microsoft expends any time at all even thinking about ReactOS or WINE, let alone worrying about the .00000000000001 of a fraction of a portion of a negligible amount of a percent effect it might, MIGHT have on their bottom line?

Seriously, answer seriously, please.

about 3 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Quarters Re:Look for skid marks (436 comments)

You're not going to just put a 777 down on some rural 2 lane road. You need a clear 1 mile (or more) straight reinforced runway. Not only is a 777's wheel track too wide for an average road the gross weight of the plane would crush the asphalt (or dirt or gravel) under the wheels. Bare minimum you'd need a fairly modern multi-lane highway. Something like that would be traveled enough that someone would notice a large commercial airliner attempting to land on it.

about 6 months ago

Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

Quarters He works for Google... (692 comments)

All he needs to do is point a webcam out his window and I'm sure he'll be able to get face recognition hits, names, addresses, SSNs, etc... of everyone standing in his yard.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Quarters Given that the C64 is the best selling PC ever... (533 comments)

...and all you ever saw on store displays in the 80's was the result of:

20 GOTO 10

I'd have to say that code is a contender.

about 8 months ago

Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

Quarters Re:Yet another story... (124 comments)

Sales are not profit. R* didn't make a billion dollars in one day. GTA V sold $1B worth of copies in a day. At best R* will see about 40% of that. Even then, VCs aren't going to just jump at game development. GTA is the exception, not the rule. It cost over $265M and took somewhere in the neighborhood of five years to make GTA V. During development *every* R* studio was involved with it. There were no other games in production. There was no fallback plan, essentially. GTAV was risky every way you look at it. Mitigating that risk was the fact that it was GTA and that R* has a proven record of being able to deliver. While that's great for them it's only great for them. Take an extremely large random collection of game developers, give them $265M and five years to make a game. You won't see $1B in sales on the first day. Chances are depressingly better than average that you won't break even. Except for the large well established studios (studios, not publishers) it's a very risky industry. VCs are generally risk averse.

1 year,2 days

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Quarters Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave... (773 comments)

Becoming a commodity is the death knell for your company...

Yup. those Camrys were the death-knell of Toyota, that's for sure!

1 year,12 days

The Struggles of Getting Into the App Store

Quarters Re:Summary: app developer breaks rules, is denied. (329 comments)

Exactly. I can almost forgive them for the mistake with the word 'encryption' in the metadata. The rest of the rejections were clearly for not following the rules. Disliking the rules is one thing. Complaining because you can't talk to someone to get a waiver for those rules is something completely different. The majority of this article can be summarized as "We did X, which we know wasn't allowed and were surprised when Apple rejected our poor little app. Then in order to fix X we did Y, which we also know wasn't allowed. Yet again we were surprised when our poor little app was rejected." I'm sorry, but if you want your app to run natively on the iPad/Pod/Phone you need to make it compliant to Apple's rules. That the developer was not following the guidelines while creating this app for a paying client speaks quite a bit towards the quality of work one can expect from that team.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

Quarters Re:Submitter here... (295 comments)

What's your argument for there needing to be some sort of correlation between disabling WIFI and that forcing an application to close? That doesn't happen. I can have Navigation open on my Android phone and turn off the GPS receiver. Navigation continues to run, alerting me to the fact that it is no longer talking to GPS satellites.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

Quarters Re:Submitter here... (295 comments)

Seriously, paranoid much? A quick search on Google Play shows that Android Assistant is an app that helps you manage your device ( Have you tried uninstalling it from the Apps setting screen. Wiping your phone by battery removal is all good and such, but it solves a symptom, not the underlying problem. In this case the underlying problem could be that you didn't uninstall the app or it could be that you're convinced someone is constantly injecting that app onto your phone...over a wifi connection you say you can't even access. I'll let the court of public opinion determine which is the more reasonable option. So you've got a wifi AP that doesn't like you and a widely available system management app. I don't care how much you insinuate about relatives in secretive government jobs, you're not convincing me that you are the target of some directed and repetitive hacking attempt.

about 2 years ago

Japanese Researchers Create A Crab-Based Computer

Quarters So, the next SONY VAIO... (102 comments)

...will be able to be hit in its weak spot for MASSIVE DAMAGE!

more than 2 years ago

Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

Quarters Re:And none with a decent interface. (185 comments)

Why? Why is uniformity with every other random application a user might have installed considered the bellweather by which all interfaces should be judged? Is it because that's what they teach in school? Is it because of Apple's arguably outdated and internally inconsistent HIG? Personally I'd rather not have the same exact visual style on the interfaces for my 3d modelling package, video player, and word processor. Claiming they should all be identical is like saying the buttons on my alarm clock should exactly match the buttons (colors, fonts, shapes, materials, etc...) on my blender. Why would I need that? I've never been confused by the fact that my washing machine has a knob control and my diswasher doesn't. In the course of any day I'm using Chrome, 3ds Max, Eclipse, Visual Studio '10, Photoshop, and an internally developed game editor. Some have light color scheme UIs, some dark. Some have ribbons, some don't. None of them would be an app that you could point at and say "That follows Microsoft's look and feel to the letter"....not even Visual Studio 10. I have no problem using all of those apps. My head hasn't exploded. Expecting a bunch of disparate developers to follow the exact same rigid and authoritarian UI guidelines is madness. Make the UI that suits your application.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Brands WebGL a 'Harmful' Technology

Quarters Re:Games on Linux means the end of the MS Empire (503 comments)

Don't underestimate the power of Linux users to delude themselves into thinking that "If everyone did..." is the same as "any day now everyone will..." Ask yourself this...what would compel any, let alone every gamer to switch to Linux? It's not the games, as they don't exist. It's not the access to high performance video drivers, as they don't exist. It's not the access to ubiquitous and non-finicky audio systems, as they don't exist. The gamers need something better than what they have if they are going to move away from their current situation and negate their library of games. With regards to Linux that doesn't and probably will never exist. The majority of game companies won't make games on Linux until there is a market, which doesn't exist. Catch-22. For this to ever even have a possibility of happening there needs to be a killer-game-app on Linux and a Linux distribution that is as easy to setup and configure, along with always offering access to current quality video card drivers, as Windows offers. So where is the killer game and perfect gaming Linux distro? Instead of wishing for ponies and utopian group-think you might want to dig in and get to work.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Brands WebGL a 'Harmful' Technology

Quarters Re:Games on Linux means the end of the MS Empire (503 comments)

End of story.

Linux gaming is a niche idea for a niche OS (-Linux on desktops for the masses. I know Linux in the enterprise is big). Microsoft isn't losing any sleep over the idea of Linux gaming going mainstream.

more than 3 years ago

GPL Violations By D-Link and Boxee

Quarters Re:GPL issue with tivoization (251 comments)

Rephrase ; the authors of GPL v2 overlooked the practice of tivoization because at the time of writing, it was unknown.

Right, so you can't very well put the cost of making GPL v3 on the shoulders of Tivo as you tried to do with the statement, "Once Tivo Inc. showed GNU just how evil a corporation can be, they had to spend time and money creating GPLv3, time and money that could have been spent actually doing something, instead had to be spent on lawyering." Tivo did what was allowed. The FSF got upset. The FSF then spent money and time drafting a license that covers the problem they didn't foresee. Like the original respondent to your post said, If the FSF wants to limit the way software using their license is used it is their responsibility to review and update their license to disallow the things they want to restrict. "Spirit of the law" is a nice sounding term but it has no bearing on a license. If the license does not stipulate what cannot be done with whatever it covers then it is perfectly legal to do that thing. Tivo had better lawyers than the FSF, end of story.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

Quarters Re:Not much to do (459 comments)

Your friend was getting AOL tech support and you told her about SMTP? You totally misunderstood your audience.

more than 3 years ago


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