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Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

djfreestyler Re:And another pointless phone (146 comments)

Maemo 6 "Harmattan" was fully Qt based. And while it said "MeeGo 1.2" on the device, it really was just Maemo 6 with some compatibility stuff to make it act similar to the MeeGo specifications. One difference was for example that MeeGo was going to use RPM packages, whereas Harmattan used dpkg, just like Maemo 5 had. There were also differences in things like the phone stack, the contacts management, sync framework, etc.

Otoh, while it was Qt based, the UI stack was slightly schizophrenic. Nokia developed a set of libraries called "Maemo Touch Framework" internally initially for the platform, but that turned out to be horrible to work with. Meanwhile the Qt guys developed QML/QtQuick. Then, when the N9 was released, Nokia pushed QtQuick as the platform to build applications on - while all the on-device applications and a lot of the tooling was done for MTF.

about 10 months ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

djfreestyler Re:poor question.. but... (663 comments)

Maybe a physics postdoc? Estimate the amount of electrons, neutrons and protons in a cup and in five pennies, then figure out what the resulting object is. My guess is you end up with a donut.

about a year ago

ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

djfreestyler Re: On track? (232 comments)

And only if you're a spherical cow in a vacuum.

about a year ago

Nintendo Announces 2DS Handheld — Plays 3DS Games In 2-D

djfreestyler Re:Numbering .. (156 comments)

Except, of course, for the simple fact that the Nexus 4 is the fourth Nexus phone. Though I guess we will have to wait for the new Nexus phone to see if they continue with different names.

about a year ago

New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits

djfreestyler Re:Can't wait for there to be case law (162 comments)

He tried to scrabble down a stairway and boom!

Did he at least get triple word score?

about a year and a half ago

Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

djfreestyler Re:Old tech, and limited (300 comments)

There are several problems with XML in this context though. For starters, writing anything based on XML by hand sucks. Not that TeX is perfect, but it is quite a bit more pleasant to write than XML.

Furthermore, XML based things like DocBook only solve a few - if any - of the issues outlined in the article, since they are only a way to describe content and structure. It is still up to whatever engine you use to convert things to PDF or another "reading" format. And this is also where these solutions fall short, since most of these engines are nowhere near as advanced as the TeX engines when it comes to generating actual documents. In fact, they are usually converted to HTML. I have yet to see an HTML engine that handles hyphenation, ligatures, justicfication and similar typesetting related topics anywhere close to what TeX engines do.

Something else mentioned in the article is programming within the document. This is an area where TeX really is not all that great, but at the same time it is yet another item where XML is worse. If you have ever done anything like XSLT you will know that simple if/then/else constructs can get very large very quickly. The solution in general seems to be to embed another language within your document - JavaScript being the obvious option there. However, as LuaTeX proves, that solution is really not exclusive to XML.

about a year and a half ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

djfreestyler Re:Obligatory question (640 comments)

But according to quantum physics, matter does not exist unless it has been observed... it's all probability waves until observation takes place. If you extend this further, you could argue that before the beginning of the universe, there had to have been an observer who observed the big bang.

Except that quantum mechanics states no such thing. The term "to observe" in this context means "to interact with" and refers to the collapse of a wavefunction when two particles interact. There is no need for an external observer in this process. In addition, recent interpretations of quantum mechanics completely drop the concept of wavefunction collapse and state that everything can be in a superposition. Schrödinger's cat is actually a thought experiment that criticises wavefunction collapse and suggests superpositions can carry on to macroscopic scale.

more than 2 years ago

KDE Announces 4.9 Beta1 and Testing Initiative

djfreestyler Re:Wayland, Qt5, apps (134 comments)

Wayland support is still ongoing, but has been put at a lower priority since Wayland itself is hardly stable yet. As for Qt5, it's supposed to be released somewhere at the end of summer. KDE will likely only start switching with Qt 5.1. Presumably it should take relatively little time to port to Qt 5, at least not nearly as much as Qt 3 to Qt 4. Of course, for KDE there is also the KDE Frameworks 5 work to consider. In the end, I am not sure what the impact will be. We will just have to wait and see when it is released.

more than 2 years ago

KDE Announces 4.9 Beta1 and Testing Initiative

djfreestyler Re:Desktop bling vs Fluxbox usability (134 comments)

Right click the title bar, go to "Advanced -> Special Application Settings" or "More Actions -> Special Application Settings" and then under Size & Position check "Desktop" and use "Force". In 4.9 you can do the same with Activities, by the way. In addition, this can also be configured through "Window Rules" under "Window Behaviour" in System Settings. In fact, the above method is just a shortcut for this.

more than 2 years ago

Egg-laying, Not Environment, May Explain the Size and Downfall of Dinosaurs

djfreestyler Re:Circular reasoning? (123 comments)

Why don't animals today get bigger and bigger today? Well, they just haven't had that mutation again. In the case of homo sapiens, the species seems to already have a gene that makes it want to gang up and kill any member who looks different so such a mutation would hardly be viable.

It is not just a matter of not having that mutation, it is also a matter of having a completely different metabolism. All mammals are warm-blooded, which means we need energy to keep ourselves warm. The larger you are, the more energy you need to keep yourself warm. Needing more energy means needing to eat more and needing a larger area to sustain you. At some point, you will hit a limit where if you grow bigger, you can no longer sustain yourself. For our current environment, this seems to be around the size of an elephant for land animals.

more than 2 years ago

End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

djfreestyler Re:what's the difference (646 comments)

Obviously that it will now become Cb (C-flat)...

more than 2 years ago

Qt 5 Alpha Released

djfreestyler Re:QML (117 comments)

QML is as close to JSON as it can be while still supporting all the features that are needed for the concept to work. I'm not sure in what way you would like for it to be closer to JSON? I suppose the most major difference is that where JSON is weak typed QML is stronger typed. Properties are pretty strong typed, whereas the included JavaScript in signal handlers and other places is (obviously) completely weak-typed. But even the stronger-typed properties are not as strongly typed as they would be in C++.

For example, objects use introspection to resolve functions, meaning that I can call any exposed method on that object. The same goes for properties on objects. Where the strong typing appears is when you want to assign something to that property - an object property will throw an error when you try to assign an int and vice versa. While I personally appreciate it, I believe this was mainly done to ease the integration between QML and C++, since it becomes easier to optimise method calls if you do not need to parse the type at every call.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jackson Games Shows Off Their Latest Tabletop Games at SXSW (Video)

djfreestyler Re:special place in my heart (95 comments)

Agreed. We're currently about two years into a GURPS story. Personally I think the best part about it is the fact that it lacks any hard-defined setting. Yes, that means your GM needs to do more work up front, but then again, it also allows the GM to completely determine the setting. Our story is set in a Stargate-ish modern setting with Sci-fi elements, something that you won't quickly find in any of the "pre-defined" settings.

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

djfreestyler Re:heh (1091 comments)

Go ask the software and hardware vendors why they don't target Linux and they'll give you plenty of reasons. Hint: it's NOT market share. There are small software shops that LOVE writing apps for niche markets. But one of the biggest reasons they don't target Linux is that it's a moving target.

They'll release a package, only to have the next update kill it, and they'll get a flood of support calls (which cost them money). The answer from the Free Software Purists(tm) will inevitably be, "well, if you'd release everything and let us build from source, you wouldn't have that problem."

On the other hand, looking at it from the side of kernel development, why should kernel development be slowed to support the broken business model of existing companies?

In addition, there are also solutions to this problem, see things like DKMS and the NVidia drivers. Most of the time, switching kernel just requires a recompilation of the kernel module, which is exactly what DKMS handles. Heck, even the Catalyst driver usually deals fine with newer kernels, it is the X server that is the issue there. So this issue is mostly solved.

They're not going to do that. Whether it's right or wrong, that's just a fact and it's time to accept it. They're NOT GOING TO DO THAT. Instead, they'll just continue to target Windows or Mac or (nowadays) Android.

Android uses the Linux kernel. So you are saying that they do not target Linux yet they do?

about 2 years ago

Stolen iPad's Reported Location Not Enough To Warrant Search, Say Dutch Police

djfreestyler Re:Hardly a surprise... (619 comments)

The Dutch police doesn't even enter an house when there are two of them and they literally hear someone get tortured to death. I'm not making this up; this actually happened. The officers in front of the house could hear screams and moans and did absolutely nothing.

Yes because clearly, screams and moans can mean nothing other than someone being tortured to death. Here in Holland it is pretty reasonable not to assume the worst when you hear sounds like that, considering cases like those happen rarely enough. And would you honestly want the police to come knocking on your door whenever you're playing a movie just a little too loud?

On the positive side. If you manage to speed a little on the Dutch highways (you know, reckless driving where you dare to drive 85 - 86 km/hr instead of the allowed 80 km/hr) then chances are very high that you will get a speeding ticket. That's where the Dutch police truly excels.

So quite frankly, within this context this can hardly come as a surprise.

That is not really the fault of the police though, but the fault of those who say to them "you need to have X amount of tickets otherwise you don't get a bonus." Since catching a real criminal doesn't bring in any money but rather costs money, someone decided it is a far better idea to have the police fine you for speeding rather than catching that drug dealer living downtown. Not that I am happy with that, I think the entire idea of a minimum amount of fines is ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago

For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu

djfreestyler Re:Validity? (370 comments)

The windows 7 start menu is much more sensible: and alphabetical list with clickable folders. It scales well, it doesn't require any dexterity to manipulate it. Just pin your most used applications and you're set. What is so difficult about that?

No it does not scale well. You know why? One simple reason: It has a fixed size. The Windows XP application list certainly had its issues, but at least it had one big advantage: It was able to use all your screen space. I have a 24" monitor and on Windows 7, this means the Start menu fill about 1/8th part of the screen. Which means that as soon as you want to find something, you end up needing to do unnecessary clicking and scrolling just to get to your application. ( Assuming you don't know the name of the application of course. ) If it could be resized, I could simply scale it to a size that I am comfortable with ( three quarters of the screen or so ) and avoid all the unnecessary scrolling. The addition of searching was pretty useful, I just don't know why they had to break the "classic" use case of the Start Menu for that. For the rest there really is little difference between the two versions of the Start menu.

more than 2 years ago

Proposed Video Copy Protection Scheme For HTML5 Raises W3C Ire

djfreestyler Re:So what is your suggestion then? (412 comments)

I don't understand why people get so upset when content makers try to control their content. If you don't like it, just don't partake of their content, but it's not worth getting all upset about it. If you think things should be different, then only support those companies that believe what you do. But surely you should never be watching any mainstream movie, because then you are buying into their beliefs

So by that same logic, if I sell you my car, you have no problems with me controlling where you drive with that car? And you also do not have any problems with me pushing technologies that allows me to remotely control that car? Or me pushing technologies that allow me to remote control your car even when you did not buy your car from me?

more than 2 years ago


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