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Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

devjj Re:It's the left version of the Tea Party (1799 comments)

1. Police have generally been favorable to or at least tolerant of Tea Party protests. They have been hostile and violent towards Occupy Wall St.

I live in Portland, where one of the largest ongoing Occupy events is occurring. The police have been extraordinarily supportive. There have been very few "violent" incidents, no mass arrests, and the police have been facilitating various marches and camps that have been started.

about 3 years ago
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Apple Relaxes iOS Development Tool Restrictions

devjj Re:Yea (347 comments)

It worked for Microsoft.

more than 4 years ago
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iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

devjj Re:Interested to know... (282 comments)

And you know all this... how?

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

Except that isn't what's happening. You don't have to buy Apple products. No one's forcing anything on you. If you don't like the Apple way, buy Android. Buy Palm. Buy Windows Phone 7. There are plenty of options. Some of them aren't even all that bad. ;)

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

There's probably nothing I can say to convince you that I'm not a fanboy, so I'm not going to address that.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

Not at all, but RIM's sort of in its own little bubble catering to the enterprise crowd. Neither Apple nor Google is eating their market share because neither one cares all that much about that sector of the market. More people need good personal phones than awesome email phones. Plus, BlackBerry apps are a joke.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

I view no Flash as a plus, but I hear you. Fragmentation may be a blown-out problem, but it isn't nearly as bad on iPhone as it is on Android. The 1.6 SDK is trash, and the apps bear that out.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

That may be the case, but I don't think that's sustainable for Apple. At some point they saturate the market, just like they did for iPod. They need to keep expanding, and at some point the only way to do that is to allow other carriers in on the action.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

Bullshit. How do you think the PC took off in the first place? Who were the first people to buy PCs? Developers. Developers had to build software that consumers would want, thereby making consumers buy the hardware that ran that software. Here, Apple made a device that consumers wanted -- the original iPhone never ran native software. It didn't matter. They sold a boatload, and cemented their status. It wasn't until after they were firmly established that iPhone OS 2.0 was released, bringing with it an SDK for developers.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

And in that respect, you're probably right. Apple could easily give us the option to turn on full multitasking and out-of-band app installs. Consumers at large don't seem to care, and until they do, we won't see it. This is - again - the beauty of Apple's positioning. If any of this ever starts to matter to the mass market, they can turn these things on. I'm not saying Apple's decision is the right one; I'm saying they're positioned to win because average consumers don't seem to mind.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

The difference is the open platform was better than what Apple had to offer. The PC won because it was technically superior. That isn't the case re: iOS vs Android. Restrictions or no, Android as a platform has quite a ways to go to catch up to iOS. If you need proof, look at the HTC EVO 4G. Beautiful phone, well-designed, powerful CPU, lots of RAM, lots of features, and a huge battery => can't make it a day of even light usage. Someone's doing something wrong, here. Add in market fragmentation, and the problems multiply. Adobe just shipped Flash Player 10.1 for mobile, which requires an OS that most Android users currently don't have, and who won't for a while. That "open" platform isn't doing much for actual customers.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

Yes, and how does iPhone do relative to Android in countries where it's available as well? How many different Android devices have to be sold to make up those comparable numbers? Sure there are lots of Android devices, but the amount of money companies like Motorola, HTC, et al are making is a pittance compared to what Apple is making with its strategy.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Developer's Perspective (568 comments)

You can make statistics say whatever you want. 90% of the apps in the app store are trash, and I can say that as a happy iPhone owner. The guys who are putting major time into creating good apps are actually making money. How many fscking flashlight apps do the numbers from that article include? How many fart apps? Just saying.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

You (and most of the rest of the /. community) represent a tiny, tiny sliver of the consumer market. They've sold nearly 100M iOS devices. Apple haters love to say it's all marketing, but marketing only sells a shitty product the first time. People learn after that. If people keep coming back to buy, they're getting what they want. What you really mean to say is that Apple isn't giving you what you want; not the average consumer in general.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

AT&T may be a crappy carrier, but you're missing the point. iPhone customers come back year after year. The phone is so good (to the average consumer) that it's worth dealing with the carrier. And that's my point. When Apple makes iPhone available on other carriers, it's going to be eating directly from Android's pie. Put yourself in the average consumer's shoes. How many average users buy Android because it's the only smartphone option? Average consumers never bought WinMo en masse. Pre is dead in the water for the time being. Many - I'd wager even most - of these people will switch to an iPhone if given the opportunity. This isn't fanboy talk. It's pragmatic economics.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

I own an iPhone, but I'd vastly prefer the open system we all know is never going to happen. Guess people around here just assume that posting anything contrary to dogma must be intended to piss people off.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

Flamebait, really? Man, I forget how testy Slashdotters are with their mod points.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

It's the only modern alternative available outside AT&T. If you don't have AT&T and you want a smartphone, you buy Android. Don't kid yourself. The day Apple makes iPhone available on Verizon, the market for Android devices will take an enormous hit. That's the beauty of the way Apple has positioned itself. Also bear in mind that Android users don't actually buy apps in any serious number. From a developer's perspective, iOS is the platform to beat.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

devjj Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

I hear your concerns, but I actually have to wonder how much you're really losing in your ability to tinker. Today's hardware is so advanced and so condensed it isn't practical for you to be able to fiddle with. So far as software goes, you're free to tinker with Xcode and the like as you wish. Granted, there are restrictions, but that doesn't equate to you not being able to tinker in the general sense. I certainly hear, understand, and appreciate the argument that "it's my hardware and I'll damn well do as I please with it," but the tinkering argument doesn't really swim for me. You can play with the device and the software at will. It's only when it comes time to publish that the restrictions come into play.

more than 4 years ago

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Video Appliance for a Large Library on a Network?

devjj devjj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

devjj (956776) writes "For the past year or so I have been trying (and failing) to figure out a reasonable solution for bringing my large media library to my living room. All of my media lives on an Ubuntu server that sits on my network. It's been very reliable and it's fast enough for streaming purposes. My content is exposed via SMB. It's the living room side where I keep running into problems. I am currently using Windows 7 and XBMC, but the case is too big and noisy, I don't particularly care for Windows, and the whole thing just seems overkill. What I want is a device that can present a decent UI that the non-Slashdot crowd would be able to use, but that is still powerful enough to stream full-fidelity 1080p. I dream of a small box that can transcode video over a network, but that's probably a pipe dream. The new Apple TV would be great if it could connect to network shares. What say you, Slashdot? Is what I'm looking for possible, or should I just give in to the iTunes/Amazon/whatever juggernauts?"
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Apple releases full details of its carbon footprin

devjj devjj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

devjj writes "Cult of Mac is reporting that "[Apple] is the first in the industry to provide full disclosure of its carbon footprint." Apple's web site has a new section entitled "Apple and the Environment," which includes some interesting figures, including the company's total carbon footprint: 10.2 million metric tons. Apple is unique in the industry by including the carbon output of its customers actually using their products. According to Apple, 53% of that 10.2 million metric ton number is due to actual product usage. Individual product reports are also available, with information including power consumption and the types of materials used in each product."
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Google Closing Tempe, AZ Office

devjj devjj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

devjj writes "AZCentral is reporting that Google is closing its satellite office in Tempe, AZ. Announced in March of 2006, and built on the Arizona State University campus, the closure will affect some fifty jobs. Employees will be given the opportunity to work for Google in California or one of its other offices.

Google Senior Vice President Alan Eustace said the office was ineffective. ASU employees were notified of the impending closure on Thursday, and the office will close its doors by November 21st."

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mod_rails has been released

devjj devjj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

devjj writes "Phusion Passenger, aka mod_rails, has been released. Passenger purports to make deploying Ruby on Rails applications on Apache as simple as uploading the files — much like PHP, and will go a long way toward alleviating the complaints that have revolved around Rails thus far. With Ruby 2.0 on the horizon, is this the start of the next coming of Rails?"
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Congress considers bill to make radio "pay to

devjj devjj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

devjj writes "Ars Technica is reporting that Congress is considering two bills that will remove the exemption terrestrial radio broadcasters currently enjoy that allows them to broadcast music without compensating the artists or labels for it. Songwriters are paid, but that is it. The National Association of Broadcasters is furious at the RIAA, a vocal supporter of repealing the exemptions, and has responded by agreeing that artists need better compensation. As a result, it is pointing its collective finger at the labels, asking Congress to investigate modern recording contracts.

What do you think? With the NAB up against the RIAA, what do consumers stand to gain or lose?"

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