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The Artificial Life of the App Store

compgenius3 Re:Useful Fitness-Function? (106 comments)

Interesting argument, having written an Android app that was the first of its kind, I disagree with your argument that hobbyist development takes away jobs. If anything, it can create jobs, exactly because of the "copycat" phenomenon. I wrote an app that was the first of its kind available in the Android Market. There was at least one similar for iOS before I wrote mine. About a month after my first release, I discovered that another company had hired a developer (possibly more than one) to basically copy my app. In the end, because I was unable to dedicate my full attention to the project, and wanted to do other things, their app became far more popular than mine. The point is, someone who relies on app development for a living can easily compete with, and outperform, a hobbyist who only sees it as a fun side project that is nice to make some extra cash from.

more than 2 years ago

MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support

compgenius3 Re:mythnettv (144 comments)

Yes, it is automatic as of 0.24, but if you use VDPAU to decode, it will not work as the video stream is never passed back through mythtv.

more than 2 years ago

Blind Man Test Drives Google's Autonomous Car

compgenius3 Re:In other news... (273 comments)

I read an article a while back about the cars. It turns out, when they programmed them to follow the rules of the road exactly, they couldn't get anywhere because other drivers continuously broke the rules. So they had to reprogram the cars to allow for bending the rules in certain situations. The example that stuck in my mind was at a 4-way stop sign, the car has to inch forward to indicate its intent to pass through the intersection. Otherwise, the other drivers just ignore the car and keep going in turn, despite the rules of the road stating that's illegal.

more than 2 years ago

NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

compgenius3 Re:Screen (516 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Facebook Denies Accessing Users' Text Messages

compgenius3 Re:The real problem (130 comments)

Alternatively, the core Android APIs should provide a null data set when the app hasn't been granted permissions to a particular resource, and normal rules of error checking your data apply. I've written a few Android apps and can easily see how the Android permission system is broken. For example, when verifying an app purchase with the Google Market API, Google suggests using some unique identifier to encrypt the data store:

[...] the Policy must always obfuscate the data before storing it, using a key that is unique for the application and device. Obfuscating using a key that is both application-specific and device-specific is critical, because it prevents the obfuscated data from being shared among applications and devices.

However, in order to get a truly device-specific identifier requires extra permissions:

Note that, depending on the APIs you use, your application might need to request additional permissions in order to acquire device-specific information. For example, to query the TelephonyManager to obtain the device IMEI or related data, the application will also need to request the android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE permission in its manifest. Before requesting new permissions for the sole purpose of acquiring device-specific information for use in your Obfuscator, consider how doing so might affect your application or its filtering on Android Market (since some permissions can cause the SDK build tools to add the associated ).

So it's easy to see how permissions can be declared for something innocuous but used for something nefarious.

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

compgenius3 Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

Thank god someone has a voice of reason in here. Too bad it's AC

about 3 years ago

Library of Congress To Receive Entire Twitter Archive

compgenius3 Re:Time to put on my tinfoil hat (106 comments)

Well, they do give you the option to "protect" your tweets, making it so that you have to approve everyone who can see them. Will those be archived as well?

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Report Spike In Boot Time Malware

compgenius3 Re:Pretty easy to prevent infection on this one. (132 comments)

NOTHING has access to the physical disk directly unless it is a program coming off of the physical media that the machine was booted with (An OS installation ISO).

1. copy malware executable to system disk
2. relaunch
3. ???
4. write to MBR

more than 3 years ago

ISPs Will Now Be Copyright Cops

compgenius3 Re:Sigh (338 comments)

But think of the latency!

more than 3 years ago

Visualization of Egyptian Revolution On Twitter

compgenius3 Re: Interesting? (53 comments)

it's interesting to see the large flow of interconnected retweets in just one hour

I think the visualization of a slashdotting is more interesting.

It looks like this: Network Error (tcp_error) A communication error occurred: "" The Web Server may be down, too busy, or experiencing other problems preventing it from responding to requests. You may wish to try again at a later time. For assistance, contact your network support team.

more than 3 years ago

EMC Engineer Steals Almost $1 Million of Kit One Piece at a Time

compgenius3 Re:Im sorry - define Kit (235 comments)

uhhh, from the original article, and the summary (this is slashdot after all), emphasis mine:

stole US$930,000 of goods from the storage giant's North Carolina factory

Storage. They make storage.

about 4 years ago

The Significant Decline of Spam

compgenius3 Re:Uhmm.... (263 comments)

Interesting, my gmail is down to under 500 spam messages from the last 30 days. That's the lowest I ever remember seeing it and actually was quite a shock when I noticed it a few days ago. My usual has been somewhere around 1000

more than 4 years ago

Why 'Cyber Crime' Should Just Be Called 'Crime'

compgenius3 Re:gray area? (368 comments)

If I had gone door to door pretending to be with your bank and requested any of your credit cards, you'd either be considered an idiot and/or I could be charged with some form of fraud.

I would argue that you're an idiot if you respond to phishing e-mails.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

compgenius3 Re:Great Simple Idea (477 comments)

Have you ever seen the tables the gas companies use to calculate the taxes in all the counties/states/cities/townships that they sell gasoline? They're incredibly complex and occupy several binders full of material.

more than 4 years ago

US ISP Adopts Three-Strikes Policy

compgenius3 Re:This is actually not that bad (280 comments)

What if I don't use the ISPs awful DNS servers? How will I be redirected to the notification page? I couldn't possibly have had a chance to change my behavior if I was never informed of my wrongdoing in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

How Good Software Makes Us Stupid

compgenius3 Re:More like... (385 comments)

This is pretty common in supermarkets, and I know several highly intelligent people who refuse to believe that you can buy one and still get the same price.

more than 4 years ago

Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs

compgenius3 Re:If you know enough to change the name... (422 comments)

Not only are these steps not adding any additional security, they force *you* to jump through more hoops in order to protect this fake security. The added convenience of wifi has been removed, you may as well just use a wire, which will be infinitely more secure. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=454

more than 4 years ago

Apple Balks, Finally Relents, At Possible User Queries of Dictionary App

compgenius3 Re:If you mean did not relent, then yes (259 comments)

I think that would be the FCC if there were any problems with radio spectrum. The FTC would be right to investigate any shady business practices.

more than 5 years ago



compgenius3 compgenius3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

compgenius3 writes "Early this morning, the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign sent out an e-mail message to all students, staff, and faculty detailing their stance on illegal file-sharing and reminding students of the University's acceptable use policy. Essentially the message says the the University will fully cooperate with any subpoenas received from either organization and if a student's computer is found to have illegal content, disciplinary action will be taken against that student."


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