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Ask Slashdot: Getting Apps To Use Phones' Full Power?

Tokerat Re:Wrong (184 comments)

Battery life is an issue. I'm sure there are optimizations, at least on some devices, which reduce power partially or completely to unused RAM to save on battery life...don't you need to send a refresh signal each clock pulse to keep RAM from losing what is currently stored? Seems like a waste to use the power on memory which isn't currently occupied, which in turn helps the phone operate longer. Also, minimizing bandwidth useage keeps your app (and your OS) in a favorable light with carriers. Of course, the solution is to run full tilt when on charger+WiFi, and leave the optimizations for when they're actually needed. The only difficulty I see with that scheme is end-user confusion and frustration ("it works from home but it's terrible when I am on the move. Must be my carrier's fault!") - might be worth it if it could somehow be effectively communicated to the users; and by user, I mean anyone, not just the tech savy.

about a year ago

Zuckerberg Updates Relationship Status To "Married"

Tokerat Irony (335 comments)

The person would not discuss the names of others who attended to protect their privacy.

Well if that isn't the most ironic thing I've read all day...

more than 2 years ago

One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows

Tokerat Re:Infected? (285 comments)

It's like being a carrier of an STD. Even though you're causing the disease to spread, you just make everyone else look like dirty whores by comparison.

more than 2 years ago

One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows

Tokerat This is true. (285 comments)

I've run Macs most of my life, and recently backed up the entire contents of a machine to a Windows box with the space needed for the backup; close to a million files (app bundles contribute largely to this number), about 120 common-use files had various infections that Norton picked up.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Says It Has 'No Intention' To Abuse CISPA

Tokerat Re:Because, Lord knows... (103 comments)

Agree completely. If we could trust the good intentions of either those who enforce laws or those who are bound and regulated by them, we would have let SOPA pass. Come to think of it, if we could trust intentions, we wouldn't need most laws at all.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone 4S's Siri Is a Bandwidth Guzzler

Tokerat Re:The police can just confiscate the cloud (290 comments)

Because as we all know, once you've deleted it from the Internet it's gone.

I wasn't aware the public had access to my iCloud backups...

more than 2 years ago

A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

Tokerat Re:Angry Birds a real killer (220 comments)

The average human spends 7 years in the bathroom over the course of their lives. #firstworldproblems

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

Tokerat Re:Things you can't do on Windows or Linux (584 comments)

Would develop* the death of android would not prompt an exodus to apple but to wp7, most people who own an android specifically chose not to go apple cause of apple bs, and while microsoft has their share, it's not nearly as bad.

Not sure if trolololol

The reason most people who got Android got one was because their carrier didn't offer an iPhone. Most of the world outside your WoW guild doesn't give a crap one way or another about "Apple's BS"

more than 2 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

Tokerat My reason: Price (1162 comments)

I already own a TV that doesn't do HD. I already have a DVD player. The economy is crap, and I have no money. I can't afford $1000+ for a new TV, $400+ for a Blu-Ray player (even a PS3), and whatever it would cost for a good surround sound system right now. It's not that I don't *want* Blu-Ray, it's that I have no means to upgrade at this time. Hopefully it lives long enough to allow me to make the switch eventullally, because I have seen whatt it can do, and I am actually impressed; the problem is purely financial.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Tokerat You're fired (1307 comments)

For even setting that machine up on a hospital network. Do you even know what HIPAA is?

more than 3 years ago

Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

Tokerat Re:Heh... (323 comments)

What a terrible name it has, too. Take out the hyphen and you're going to attract the WRONG market, that's for sure!

more than 3 years ago

How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)

Tokerat Re:He'd have screwed it up. (307 comments)

Taken from

The idea was to connect hypertext with the Internet and personal computers, thereby having a single information network to help CERN physicists share all the computer-stored information at the laboratory. Hypertext would enable users to browse easily between texts on web pages using links. The first examples were developed on NeXT computers.

more than 3 years ago

How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)

Tokerat Re:He'd have screwed it up. (307 comments)

Apple's real genius was, as usual, to figure out how to fix other people's broken and half-completed ideas, put it into a pretty box, and market it up the wazoo.

FTFY. Apple doesn't usually completely think of something out of the blue. However, Apple does think of all the reasons no one wants a product, why the market isn't flocking to something. They get it. Then, they create something that doesn't have any of the issues that caused the previous attempts to fail. As stated in an earlier post, the iPad: No pen, great battery, UI is appropriate and responsible. It just comes naturally to everyone, you don't have to think about using it when you're using it (for most things, anyway). Perhaps if Palm had been just a little better, if Microsoft had actually designed a proper interface for a tablet, etc. then Apple wouldn't have gained any ground in the markets they're in. Apple is great at cashing in on all the mistakes their competitors inevitably make due to incompetence, marketing/corporate trying to do the designing and/or insisting on sub-par component suppliers. Stop making mistakes and you'll stop Apple.

more than 3 years ago

Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

Tokerat I've always been this way (507 comments)

Still using an Apple PowerMac G4 "Sawtooth", still have an original production-run Sprint Palm Pre... why toss it if it's still awesome? Of course, they've all been upgraded a bunch - I thought that was the whole point? I see so many people complaining about the lack of upgradability in certain products who then go and buy entirely new machines/phones/whatever every 6 months. I guess people just like to complain?

more than 3 years ago

A Kinect Princess Leia Hologram In Realtime

Tokerat Re:Fake 3D ftw (112 comments)

If we're all seeing slightly different views, then we won't all have quite the same experience. I think there's something to be said for having a particular view of the scene intended by the director.

There is also something to be said for a new medium in which the director anticipates the scene being viewed from any angle and crafts it accordingly.

more than 3 years ago

Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records

Tokerat Wow, (257 comments)

Please tell me this is a parody.

more than 3 years ago

Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

Tokerat Re:Democrats loved the Pentagon Papers (833 comments)

It's a strange thing that "do unto others as you would have others do unto you" is not only the most important teaching of Jesus but also the most overlooked, especially here in Jeebus Country USA

more than 3 years ago

New MacBook Pros To Sport Light Peak Technology

Tokerat Re:Fantastic (356 comments)

I'm with you. I know there are plenty of reasons not to like Apple (in fact many of my own disagreements with Apple have come about only very recently), but trolling statements like this from grandparent are just ridiculous. At least make sure your argument makes sense.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft (Probably) Didn't Just Buy Unix

Tokerat Re:Anyone else... (289 comments)

Well, it's certainly not in patents. MS could have purchased the COPYRIGHT to the UNIX code (which the SCO case ruled was owned by Novell, IIRC). SCO challenged that Linux infringed on the UNIX copyrights, and this ruled incorrect. Nothing to see here.

more than 3 years ago



Diaspora Confirms Release Date of Sept 15th

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tokerat (150341) writes "Diaspora has posted an update on their progress, although a bit late, which confirms a release date of Sept 15th, 2010.

"Since August is nearly over, it is time for an update and answers to some questions. We have been coding. We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th."

Also, it sounds as though they're making progress and working with some interesting folks, and made a few changes to their development timeline:

"The publicity and money that you have given us has let us work with great designers like Janice Frasier, through her new program LUXr, whose constant reminders that we are not the user have kept us honest and focused. Pivotal Labs has also helped us prioritize, and we have pushed back more technical features like plugins and APIs in favor of simple and high value features. Our original goals remain the same, and these features are still in our timeline."

Now, where are the demo videos?"

Link to Original Source

Palm Releases webOS 1.1.0, Fixes Media Sync

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tokerat (150341) writes "C|Net is reporting that Palm has released webOS 1.1.0, which contains a fix for Media Sync to work with version 8.2.1 of iTunes. Palm made a slightly underhanded comment about the situation on it's blog:

Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That's right — you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).

You can find webOS 1.1.0 Release Notes on Palm's site."


Lawfirm Sues for Trademark Infringement Over Link

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tokerat (150341) writes "A frightening situation is developing regarding a legal battle between startup real-estate new site BlockShopper and law firm Jones Day.

BlockShopper was following standard operating procedure by linking to publicly available Web sites. But Jones Day got mad. The law firm (a big one, at 2,300 lawyers) has never publicly said why it sued; maybe the powers that be there thought the posts compromised their lawyers' privacy. Housing records are public documents, but the Web turns public into accessible, and the firm presumably wasn't thrilled about having its attorneys' home purchases broadcast. Jones Day demanded that BlockShopper remove the items. When BlockShopper refused, the firm sued the 15-staff startup for trademark infringement. Jones Day's legal theory was that BlockShopper's link would trick readers into thinking that Jones Day was affiliated with the real estate site.

While Jones Day's ethics in this case can certainly be called into question, more shocking was that the judge didn't immediately throw this one out.

This may seem far-fetched, but the judge in the case didn't think so, and that led to a settlement this week that will require BlockShopper to change the way it creates links. And that's not a good signal to send about the Web, where linking has been an unrestricted currency available to all.

While a settlement in a civil case doesn't necessarily set a precident, this case treads into dangerous territory of restricting how and why you can create hyperlinks. According to The Consumerist, BlockShopper may now only link using the actual URL of the destination page. This flies directly in the face of the very nature of hyperlinking."
Link to Original Source



Safari Vs. Chimera

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 11 years ago So, exactly what is the deal? Safari, based on KHTML, or Chimera, based on Mozilla's Geko Engine. Which do you prefer? Which would you rather have in the long run, or would you rather have both? Personally I'm sad to see Chimera ditching so soon, it is technically superior to Safari (easpecially at this stage in it's beta). My website which renders completely correct in all different manner of browser, be it IE or Netscape/Mozilla-offspring, on just about any OS (tested on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS, both 9 and X) will not render correctly in Safari, which chokes on the heavy style sheets.

Oh what to do?


Bug in Internet Explorer 5.x for MacOS

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 12 years ago Houston, we have a problem...

There is a HUGE bug in Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac, versions 5.0 and above, which not only renders it non-standards compliant, but may effectively break usage of certain web pages for Mac users.

It seems that when using multiple <BUTTON> tags in a <FORM>, IE will not POST the NAME or VALUE of the <BUTTON> to the server, rendering a menu based on <BUTTON>s useless. This bug only appears in the MacOS versions of IE, both for the Classic and X enviroments, from versions 5 through the most recent X incarnation 5.1.3, released with MacOS X 10.1.3. IE6 running on XP and Win98 SE where tested and found to be compliant. Likewise, Netscape and Mozilla for MacOS and Windows worked just fine. Other browsers (such as Opera, Konqueror, and iCab, for example) where not tested.

I have sent a bug report to Microsoft but have not recieved a response yet.

One can only be left to wonder how many websites this breaks for Mac users runnign Explorer. Netscape is slow on my machine and it renders pages ugly as sin. IE is responsive and quick (except with tables...ugh) which is why i prefer it, even though it comes from Redmond. Seeing as it is included with every copy of MacOS X, it might be nice for it to at least be HTML 4.0/HTTP1.1 compliant.



Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 12 years ago Alright, anyone who reads this be aware:

QYFB is now the official acronym for Quit Your Fuckin' Bitching. Anyone who whines on /. or anywhere else excessively is to be QYFB'd. This is not to say, however, anyone shall be denied the right to complain. Free Speech is the 1st Ammendment and certainly applies, and people therefore have the right to express their opinions on what is right, wrong, and just plain ridiculous with the world. But when an individual bitches to the point of near trolling they must be informed of their error. Especially on /., where such activity is rampant.

This was brought to my attention after the April 1st fiasco where no one would even bother to laugh or joke along, as if 65,000 other posters wern't going on about "OMFG TACO YOU NOT FUNNY AND YER WIFE SUX"


Hey i remembered this thing

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 12 years ago Hey I remembered about this thing. Cool. I dunno what to write., I just drank a beer while taking a shower, it was great. Whatever. Leave me messages so i can feel like I have friends.


What the hell is this for?

Tokerat Tokerat writes  |  more than 12 years ago My permanent record? Why would i keep a journal on Slashdot? people want to know interesting things about me? Hah.

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