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

TechyImmigrant Re:It's sad (363 comments)

>So you're saying it's a case of, "Google, products so good you need to be forced to use them?"

No. I'm saying the other stuff other manufacturers put on phones is a lot worse.

If they can make something lots better, then that alters the equation. Hence Tizen, Meego etc. I'm not holding my breath.

yesterday
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

TechyImmigrant No he didn't (175 comments)

" a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour."

TFA implies he caused the delay, when in fact incompetent airport security staff caused the delay.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:It's sad (363 comments)

That forcing Google apps discourages OEM bloat is simply an assumption.

No. OEM bloat is directly tied to shipping old version of Android. The OEM bloat takes time to build and test and qualify for release. Thus this happens on an earlier version of Android. While the development is taking place, Android is moving on too.

If you take the vanilla Android, you can release a much more up-to-date version, since you don't need 6 months to 1 year to update and requalify your bloatware with the new version of Android. This is pretty much the value proposition of Nexus over any other brand.

yesterday
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

TechyImmigrant Limited coding isn't everyone's goal (67 comments)

Building complex apps without coding doesn't seem like a useful goal. At some point you have to express the program logic and coding has always proven to be the best way.

The dividing line between graphical tool and actual code seems to have been a shifting one over the years. So when you go to a new environment or language where there's a substantial GUI component to building an app, the desire to see it all in code is strong. What actually happens when you add that button? I expect to be able to do it either through code of GUI and if they can't tell me what the GUI did in code, then I'm left clueless as to the underpinnings and so it becomes hard to think through the implications of design decisions.

I tried Swift recently. Swift was easy enough. But Swift+Xcode was impenetrable.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:It's sad (363 comments)

And if Microsoft required something similar, you'd be crying the same thing, right?

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

No. The problem with Microsoft was the Office lock-in with proprietary file formats.

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

TechyImmigrant Re:It's sad (363 comments)

When a company moves from innovating to abusing its market share, it's usually not a good sign.

Except when you get a phone with an old version of Android and loads of proprietary bloatware 'innovation' the phone sucks in ways it would not suck if it just had the up-to-date integrated Google app suite and android versions.

In this instance, the more Google succeeds, the better the products are.

yesterday
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

TechyImmigrant Re:Fun Question (48 comments)

I'm screwed. I live in one and travel to the other on a fairly regular basis.

yesterday
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re: Commands lines (248 comments)

>What kind of an admin are you?
The best kind: Grumpy.

3 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

Agreed. My primary bitching is about the default state of the gnome screen when you install a system. There isn't anywhere to type. There isn't anything to click on. You have to know arcane things to get it to go away.

I don't get that with KDE, XFCE, FVWM or anything else I've used on and off over the past 30 years.

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

TechyImmigrant Re:About Time (173 comments)

Hint: The bible is the work of humans. Trying to redefine terms until they fit knowledge that didn't exist at the time of writing doesn't make it more correct. It's still wrong.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

TechyImmigrant Re:This exposes systemic insecurities (316 comments)

Yup. The web server passing input to shell scripts via environment variables is lore that was put in place with the earliest cern web servers and it should have been killed and put to sleep a long time ago.

However the bash shell executing environment variables on the way in is worse.

The equivalent in python would be like putting this at the top of every python CGI script:
untrusted_input = cgi.FieldStorage()
for k in untrusted_input.keys:
          eval(untrusted_input[k])

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

TechyImmigrant Re:Old water (173 comments)

Because you'll run out of plasticizers in the bottle. The water will have stolen them all.

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

TechyImmigrant Re:About Time (173 comments)

The bible missed a bit:

4) And God said, let the isotope ratio of all water herein be specifically crafted to appear as if it's much older than 4000 years.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:GNOME is the same (248 comments)

I go the long way around on a mac. Flower-shift-A --> utilities -->terminal.

But that hasn't changed in years. I can't say the same for whatever the latest gui on the lastest linux distro is.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

But they give those programs stupid, non obvious names. A quick look in the VNC I have running shows the terminal window is called 'Konsole'. It's probably called 'Wetfish' or 'artichoke' or 'pandacar' in other variants of GUIs. At least Apple called theirs 'Terminal'.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

My Happy Hacking keyboard doesn't have a meta, super or windows key.

But the control key is in the right place and that is all that matters.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

The point being that you do it only once, from the default configuration that goes to some lengths to hide the terminal. I think I install a new server about once a year on average. Just long enough for the details of whatever GUI is in vogue to change enough to be bloody annoying when I try to turn it off.

You can imagine my joy when I found that one year, systemd had come along and borked inittab. Now I have to google some obscure soft linking of long filename files way down deep in a file hierarchy to change the runlevel. Next year systemd will have finally been defeated and replaced with something else. Come back inittab, all it forgiven.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

Because usually the 'text mode' distribution doesn't work on my hardware.

So install the 'standard' one, I lean to Fedora. plug in the monitor and keyboard long enough to do the install, set the IP, turn off the GUI and allow SSH login. Then I can withdraw from the server closet and manage it from the sofa.

4 days ago

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IACR Finally Gets Around to Repudiating Mass Surveillance

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  about 4 months ago

TechyImmigrant (175943) writes "Following the focus on government mass surveillance resulting from the information revealed by Edward Snowden, many organizations involved in security and communications put out statements essentially repudiating that surveillance. As of yesterday (May 15th 2014) the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) who one might expect to have a position on this, has finally one year after the anniversary of the leaks, got around to making a position statement.

"The membership of the IACR repudiates mass surveillance and the undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards. Population-wide surveillance threatens democracy and human dignity. We call for expediting research and deployment of effective techniques to protect personal privacy against governmental and corporate overreach."

So the crypto guys don't like it either. Now we know."

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Journals

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Unemployment. It's just too good..

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am now into my second week of unemployment. I have a job offer and start next Monday.

This would be great except I'm really enjoying unemployment. All the work related stress has been lifted from my shoulders. I have no travel planned, no economy seat hell. I got to write some code for fun. I've got a whole lot better at playing the guitar.

Perhaps somebody could give me a few million dollars. Then I could retire and live a stress free life.

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