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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

bostongraf Re:Oh hell, REALLY? (216 comments)

A "web-only" version is a non-exclusive statement considering that there can also be "install-only" versions. One can sign up for many "web-only" products yet still have an "install-only" version of the same software right now.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

bostongraf Re:Chrome is technology looking for problem to sol (216 comments)

(I knew I shouldn't have mentioned SimCity, because it is obviously not a ChromeOS app, but it does fall into the category of apps that are heavily controlled by the hosting developers. Take or leave the "point" as you will. I won't touch it again.)

Agree very much that it is not Google that controls your apps, but whomever hosts them. The GGP (GGGP now?) parenthetically alluded to it not being just Google, but I agree with you that they didn't give enough credence to the fact that the vast *vast* majority of apps are well outside of Google's control.

Fair enough that both traditional and "hosted app" OS's can maintain the "feature" of the author controlling the current version of the app. But the model promoted by the ChromeOS does inherently *promote* the control of the app being in the author's hands. If the author chooses to maintain multiple versions of their apps on their servers, that is still the author controlling the app. Yes, I realize that *not* requiring an installed app to check with the mother ship is also in the author's hands, but it is less work for the author to *not* check in via installed app and *more* work for the author to maintain prior release in a hosted app. In this sense, it is inherent in the hosted model, even though it is not a requirement of the OS.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

bostongraf Re:Oh hell, REALLY? (216 comments)

There is a monstrous difference between "stops shipping native apps" and "delivers a hosted app." What MORON doesn't see THAT difference?

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

bostongraf Re:Chromebook upgrades (216 comments)

I spent $90 on a 500GB ruggedized, water resistant, USB 3.0 drive to plug into my Chromebook ARM. Hard drive update completed...

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

bostongraf Re:Chrome is technology looking for problem to sol (216 comments)

While I do like my Chromebook, I must inform you that you are mistaken. All of my ChromeOS apps are hosted, which means that they are very much controlled and maintained by the developer. All of my traditional OS apps (even in Android) are held on my device and I decide when I want to update them to what the developer has decided is "good". For example, I haven't updated my iTunes app on any of my devices for a couple of years now because I have heard bad things about the newer versions. "Not updating" is impossible in the Chrome OS model. I have a SimCity install that I can play with anytime I want whereas the new SimCity model is completely dependent on what the host decides is appropriate. It is very much a different model and the user loses a tremendous amount of control. But I would not always consider that a bad thing...

about a year and a half ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

bostongraf Re:If they don't like it (687 comments)

Hold on. Did you seriously just compare modelling at tech conferences to mining in underground caverns? Did you just compare death by noxious gas, cave-in, or suffocation to *models*not liking that they are *getting looked* at?

The job of a model is to make whatever is being modeled attractive to those that might be a consumer. If you feel that making items appear attractive is sexist, why the hell would you get into the modelling industry. Let's look at the very first quote from one of the models for some insight into exactly why:

"But the work is pretty relaxed and you don't have to do a lot in order to get paid."

Complaining about being stared at for these women is like a call center employee complaining about having to speak to so many damn callers. Any physical contact or lewd suggestions from the consumers is completely inappropriate and should be prosecuted if it falls in the realm of illegal. And doubly so for their employers. But for a model to complain about getting stared at it is ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

bostongraf Re:A week? (1004 comments)

But is it possible that the desire to pirate an early version is driving up the monthly costs for those of us that are playing by the rules and paying for HBO?

more than 2 years ago
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Here's What Facebook Sends the Cops In Response To a Subpoena

bostongraf Re:Presumption of Innocense == Reason (153 comments)

Evidence that is not admissible in a court of law may very well be admissible in the court of common sense.

I do agree with the general position of listening to the courts to determine if someone is guilty or innocent, but that is not always the best place to look. The best example, IMHO, is the MLB steroids debacle. Nobody was convicted in a court of law of steroid use, but I know damn well that a large number of MLB players are guilty of that crime. And there are multiple reports to point out which ones.

more than 2 years ago
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Average Web Page Approaches 1MB

bostongraf Size of my home page (319 comments)

Bucking the trend, apparently.

My home page is 202 bytes.

The most used link points to a page that is 45 kilobytes. All data, no images, no css. There are 12 people that use it.

I believe my site design style could be considered Minimalist.

more than 2 years ago
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Reverse Robocall Turns Tables On Politicians

bostongraf Re:Excellent! (252 comments)

Please mod this one up! Cuts through the revenge impulse and gets to the practical aspects of what you are causing.

about 3 years ago
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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

bostongraf Re:Just a matter of time... (348 comments)

With this, its just a matter of time before these "predicted" red light runners are ticketed for their "pre-crime".... We slide further down the slope that Huxley warned us about....

Or you could take off your tin foil hat and realize it could be used as a safety feature in cars. If you are sitting at an intersection, and the system detects a probable red light runner approaching, it could warn you to not enter the intersection too quickly.

about 3 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

bostongraf Re:...stuff they see on the Science Channel. (841 comments)

CSI does a pretty good job of it (if you don't limit your query to engineers), but it is still all about getting an arrest. Eureka on SyFy comes close, but you are correct. The lead character is still a cop.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Project Scope For MLB Robot Umpires?

bostongraf Not replaceable (141 comments)

I am all for instant replay and using as much tech as possible to determine EXACTLY what happened at the plate and in the field of play.

But I don't believe that the foreseeable future holds any means of calling a balk.

It isn't the usual calls that are the problem. It is the infrequent ones. Balk. Infield-fly rule. Base runner interference. Batter interfering with the catcher's throw. Pitcher doctoring the ball. Batter using too much pine tar.

These little elements are rules just outside of what could be programmed, IMHO.

more than 3 years ago
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US Scientists Invited To Russian Yeti Hunt

bostongraf Re:Putin (195 comments)

I would DEFINITELY care if a yeti was wearing a shirt!

That would mean that not only do Yeti exist, but that they potentially have an entire manufacturing/industrial/economic system that we can corrupt and destroy for our own profits!

Guilt free, even!

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

bostongraf Re:I don't think it has anything to do with that (553 comments)

Actually, I find that whenever someone is telling you to give up your rights for your own good, it's not really safety they have in mind.

I really really like this line. Thank you.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

bostongraf Re:Thus spoke Ben (553 comments)

Using your real identity or having a pseudonym that can easily be linked to your real identity makes people behave in a more cooperative and constructive way because they could be held accountable for their words.

It also means that my employer or potential employer can trace back to some posts I make regarding being an atheist and my disdain for both political parties.

Regardless of how intelligently or politely I may have spoken on these two topics and how little these topics have to do with my ability to perform well at my job, it could provide reasons for that potential employer to not hire me.

I like my being able to speak truthfully and respectfully without fearing retaliation from people that may or may not respect the message I am trying to deliver.

more than 3 years ago
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Senators Want Secret Warrantless Wiretap Renewal

bostongraf That makes more sense... (198 comments)

When I first saw this headline I thought it said "Senators Want Secret Warrantless Wiretap REMOVAL" and I was truly shocked...

But then I saw it was RENEWAL and realized that nothing had actually changed...

more than 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

bostongraf Re:Uhh... (1017 comments)

I bet we agree on a lot more than is coming across in this thread. What the biggest problem may be is that neither of us actually saw what happened. You describe her as losing her shit. TFA said that she had an attitude and used profanity.

Without end-to-end footage of the incident, we won't know. If she sternly stated to get the fuck away from her daughter, would you consider that disorderly conduct? I would not.

I bet that our differences might come down to just a couple of octaves...

more than 3 years ago

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