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Google Touts Worker Tracking As Own CEO Goes MIA

SadButTrue Re:Huh? (272 comments)

I feel like Slashdot has run it's course for me. This wasn't even close to the worst recent summary but for some reason, to me, it seems the most intentional.

Goodbye /. and thanks for all the fish.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

SadButTrue Re:uhhh... (1027 comments)

Single menu is the perfect example here. It is 100% pure form over function. All it buys is an unadorned display pane. It does this at the cost of always making the menu bar take up the maximum possible space and always positioning it away from where your focus, and usually your cursor, are.

A pretty good analogy to WP7 maybe?

about 2 years ago
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Raunchy Dance Routine a PR Nightmare For Microsoft

SadButTrue Re:Or Vagina? (322 comments)

Protip: They are quite stretchy
Spoiler: That is where babies come from

about 2 years ago
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HTC One X Phone Held by Customs Due to ITC Ruling

SadButTrue Re:Google needs to stop this (101 comments)

Ugg, I know you mean well and all but I never would have had to have seen that drivel if you hadn't responded :(

about 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

SadButTrue Re:IOS, or... this? (148 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I even stated as much.
If you are targeting a market that is very crowded on one platform and very open on another much smaller platform then it MAY be better to target the smaller one. Your office example is an excellent example of this.
A second scenario where the smaller platform may be better is for highly skewed demographics or usage patterns. For instance if I were developing a LOB app BB7 may very well be the best place to start. It would be worth investigating at the very least.

My issue is not with that fact that there are edge cases where the smaller platform can win. It is with the idea, that in general, you should start with the smaller, in this case smallest, platform. (smallest because BB10 hasn't been released yet)

"Because everyone is writing for iOS, and you'd have a lot less competition on the BB10 platform"

about 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

SadButTrue Re:IOS, or... this? (148 comments)

All fine and good. No one is suggesting that you can't make money on Linux or the Mac. I am not even suggesting that people won't make money coding for BB10. Hell, I will go as far as to say that people that specifically target deficiencies in BB10 may do well.

My reply was specifically about the idea that you should target low adoption platforms before high adoption ones "because there is less competition". It is nonsense, and that is what I wanted to illustrate with my analogy.

about 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

SadButTrue Re:IOS, or... this? (148 comments)

So you're suggesting that desktop software developers should develop for Linux instead of Windows? It is hard to overstate the absurdity of that statement.

about 2 years ago
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Activision Blizzard Sued For Patent Infringement Over WoW, CoD

SadButTrue Re:First sentence of the first article (194 comments)

Horrible statistical assumptions here. To compare success rates only, is to assume that the quality of the complaints in all districts had the same distribution. For the sake of argument lets say that 100% of the frivolous cases were filed in E. Texas and 0% in S. NY. You can plainly see that success rate alone would tell you nothing. I understand that this is not the case, the numbers are simply meant to illustrate the assumption being made.

In real terms there is reason to believe that there is indeed a skew in the validity of the cases brought however. How much? I have no idea. Perhaps a better statistic would be the number or trials verdicts that have been overturned?

about 2 years ago
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Chrome Beats Internet Explorer On Any Given Sunday

SadButTrue Re:Chrome vs IE (212 comments)

Not to sound to harsh or anything but your users that can't figure how to print are allowed to install arbitrary software?

Also, if you are resource constrained then I assume you are still primarily on XP. Which caps your IE version at 8. Though an improvement on 7 and a huge leap from 6, still very long in the tooth compared to any modern browser including IE9.

If of course you have migrated to Vista or 7 then it sounds more like resource misallocation rather than limitations.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox: In With the New, Out With the Compatibility

SadButTrue Re:Extended Support Release (366 comments)

The chrome version of adblock has an option to permit only google text ads when it is installed. Either way, even if there was no FF there would still be a lot of other browsers if google went all rouge.

about 2 years ago
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How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent

SadButTrue Re:Does it mean the FAT longnames patent is dead? (103 comments)

But, since those publicly available patents were so important to Microsoft's business they required an NDA. So, we will never know.

about 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps

SadButTrue Re:My personal opinion (195 comments)

Nah, Nintendo couldn't care less about older gamers. Their target audiences are children, teens and young adults. They can continue to re-release effectively the exact same game over and over forever to this group because the group it's self it transitory.

 

about 2 years ago
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Mobile Ads May Serve As a Malware Conduit

SadButTrue Re:ad block effect (79 comments)

It is a jarring experience when you lose adblock. Was dicking around with chromium and managed to break my plugins a few months ago. It had literally been years since I had seen the unfiltered net... yuk :)

about 2 years ago
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Mobile Ads May Serve As a Malware Conduit

SadButTrue Re:malware in ads (79 comments)

I am not sure that follows. Even if every android app used google's mobile ad platform, which isn't even close to being reality, the conversion quality matters. In fact it matters a lot. Even CPM contracts are highly non linear with quality. At least they were when I was around the business in 2002ish.

PS: Looks like google currently has around 1/4 of the mobile ad space;
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-12/google-millennial-media-take-ad-share-away-from-apple-idc-says.html

about 2 years ago
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Mobile Ads May Serve As a Malware Conduit

SadButTrue Re:Droid Wall (79 comments)

Is it possible to do the same thing with built in data manager in ICS? I know it can be configured per app so I guess the real question is, can it be set to zero?

about 2 years ago
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Websites Can Detect What Chrome Extensions You've Installed

SadButTrue Re:Only a partial list (131 comments)

I got this:

[*] Detected addon: AdBlock (gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom)
[*] Detected addon: TinEye Reverse Image Search (haebnnbpedcbhciplfhjjkbafijpncjl)
[*] Detected addon: Scientific Calculator (npoipmeppdioagbkigdlnpmjphnolaog)
[*] Detected addon: Personal Blocklist (by Google) (nolijncfnkgaikbjbdaogikpmpbdcdef)
[*] Detected addon: YoWindow Weather (fanogbnclpilemkifpjeglokomebpnef)

It missed Backspace As Back for linux, Kill Flash and Keep my Opt-Outs. Oddly, I don't feel violated. I had always, incorrectly it seems, assumed that a web app could request a list of available plugins.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Introduces Programming Challenge In Advance Of GoogleIO

SadButTrue Re:It's not consistent (114 comments)

state machines are for cowards :p

more than 2 years ago

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