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Apple Patent Hints at Net-Booting Cloud Strategy

dogzilla I'll bet on it (156 comments)

Given Slashdot's track record predicting Apple's imminent failures, I'd bet on this being a success based on the number of people in this thread claiming it's nothing new and that no one would want this.

more than 3 years ago

Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers

dogzilla Re:Hypocrites (696 comments)

"We only need to know when when there is malfeasance that is being kept secret." And how will you know the lies that you believe? And you should in fact have the ability to rummage through every cabinet. They're *your* cabinets. If a public servant doesn't like that, then perhaps he should look for the opportunities in the private sector. As far as I'm concerned, the government's right to privacy got thrown out the window when they threw my right to privacy out the window. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Apparently everyone via wikileaks now. Nobody likes a panopticon, but if you set one up, you shouldn't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself in one too.

more than 3 years ago

Why Anonymous Can't Take Down

dogzilla Lulz (392 comments)

" group 'Anonymous' ..." In other news, temporary lodging provider The US Army and shipping group The US Navy have blocked their members from using porn-delivery mechanism The Internet. Oh wait...

more than 3 years ago

History Sniffing In the Wild

dogzilla Re:HTML5 will fix it (96 comments)

According to TFA this doesn't work at all in Steve Job's browser. Or the iOS browsers. Or Chrome. All of which use webkit. So your snide comment turns out to be more or less true. How 'bout them apples?

more than 3 years ago

Do Firefox Users Pay More For Car Loans?

dogzilla Any others? (371 comments)

So the question becomes whether this is also true for other products and services. Mortgages? Insurance? Physical products? Ancillary question: do these companies not realize the potential PR damage stuff like this does?

more than 3 years ago

From Touchpad To Thought-pad

dogzilla Thank you Linkbait! (92 comments)

Yes, definitely a clear and direct line between manipulating images on a screen in the lab and the iPad. I think Apple should immediately shutter its iPad business right now, as this will clearly disrupt next quarter's iPad sales. Does every idiot on the net have to somehow blabber "iPod","iPhone" or "iPad" when they want attention?

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

dogzilla Re:three million (1348 comments)

It's just this stupid obsession with binary outcomes: either you're successful to the point of excluding everything else or you're a failure. Apparently, a nice little sustainable business is never enough anymore. You *must* eat the world or die. Hopefully the relevant people will ignore this kind of infantile BS and just get on with keeping the excellent products up to date and innovating where it makes sense.

more than 3 years ago

College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

dogzilla Re:Finders Keepers? (851 comments)

Yes. Yes it is.

more than 3 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

dogzilla Re:Ahh, the old days... (780 comments)

In other news, Mercedes owners are dicks, Linux users rarely shower, Hispanics are lazy and Women are dumb. Aren't stereotypes fun? Especially stereotypes backed by "scientific polls". Seriously, this kind of crap is really, really freaking stupid.

more than 4 years ago

An Unprecedented Look At Apple's "Black Labs"

dogzilla Re:Hey look, damage reduction! (125 comments)

I don't have an iPhone 4, but I've been following this pretty closely as I'm interesting in buying one. One thing I note is a similarity between what many people report with the iPhone and what you describe with the Droid X. This is borne out by those people I personally know who already own an iPhone 4 - none of them have reported a problem in daily use. Two of 4 report being able to cause the issue although it doesn't affect them in normal use, the other 2 can't seem to replicate the issue. I don't personally know any Droid X owners. This really feels like a silly manufactured issue that now has a life of its own with the sniping back and forth. I have a lot of trouble believing that a major company like Apple would fake a video with a competitor's product though. Maybe back in the days of Edison and Tesla, but I don't buy that anyone would do that today.

more than 4 years ago

Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

dogzilla Re:Target audience (416 comments)

I suspect you're right. If you look at Apple's iTunes platform, it has the makings of a real ip-based network. Streaming media in its current state (Hulu, NetFlix) represent the sort of market that Apple has proven they can go into and dominate; established revenue potential with weak existing players and inhouse technology to offer an unmatchable user experience. It could also explain Apple's North Carolina datacenter that's about to go live, and dovetails with rumors of a new AppleTV product.

more than 4 years ago

What Developers Think About Apple's iAd

dogzilla Re:iAD (263 comments)

This business of Apple being constantly praised uncritically or damned irrationally on slashdot is getting really old. Steve Jobs is neither your saviour nor the antichrist, and iAd is just a way for developers to offer an ad-sponsored software option.

I agree wholeheartedly. I'm not sure if geeks only have a binary emotional state, and now that Microsoft is increasingly irrelevant, Apple has been slotted into that Jungian archetype in their brains, but I *am* sure that the real world is a) a lot more nuanced that that; and b) almost 100% uncaring as to the opinion of slashdot posters re: the "worthiness" of a company.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives For Android

dogzilla Re:Calling it now (273 comments)

If Apple sees that this increases Android usage, they'll reverse policy on the Flash block, and users everywhere will praise Steve for his insight and timing.

No they won't.

more than 4 years ago

Apple iAd Drawing Antitrust Scrutiny

dogzilla Re:I don't like ads BUT (260 comments)

Well, it's Apple and people are "all over their asses".

And just to clarify a point - after having read the terms, Apple doesn't appear to be telling people they cannot use any other ad service, just not ad services that send demographic and usage data back *to companies who also own a product that competes with the iPhone*.

I would suspect Apple's response to an unfavorable ruling will simply be to ban ads and/or analytics in iOS apps. But it seems unlikely that Apple will get an unfavorable ruling on this - it seems a bit unrealistic for the government to force a company to reveal information to competitors.

more than 4 years ago

Is Apple's Attack On Flash Really About Video?

dogzilla Re:Games too (595 comments)

This argument makes no sense to me. HTML5 can already replicate pretty much anything these Flash games do and is also outside of Apple's control. Are you suggesting that Apple somehow doesn't realize this?

You should really take some time to look over what's currently possible with HTML5. Quake2 has been ported as a proof of concept, and the first level or so of Out Of This World.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264

dogzilla Re:Sigh (675 comments)

Or Shuttleworth could just switch to a Webkit browser.

more than 4 years ago

Google Phone Could Drive Apple Into Allegiance With Microsoft

dogzilla Re:This makes perfect sense (325 comments)

Advertising is a critical part of launching a new publishing platform that includes magazines and newspapers. I don't think that necessarily means that Apple is launching a search engine, but even if it does, it doesn't necessarily follow that Apple will follow Google's model and extract ad revenue from the search engine - Apple could be perfectly happy with simply keeping the data out of Google's hands.

Also, Apple recently acquired Placebase, a Google competitor. Not sure if they have street view, but they have excellent maps.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Voting Software Concept Released

dogzilla Re:Solving the problem wrong (121 comments)

Wait a sec...step back. Take a deep breath and think this through.

All those rules you described are there for what purpose exactly? Because as far as I can see, those rules have not made existing voting software (which presumably meets these guidelines) any more reliable or trustworthy. If the only reason these rules exist is to make the software secure and trustworthy, and if they create what appears to be a huge burden for developers of voting systems, then perhaps we need to throw out this particular set of guidelines *along with* the existing crappy voting software.

Am I the only one to whom this is obvious? These rules don't exist for their own sake - they exist to achieve a goal. If they're not achieving that goal, the rules need to be rewritten before you even touch a single line of this code.

more than 4 years ago



iPhone embedded web video broken?

dogzilla dogzilla writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dogzilla writes "I suddenly seem unable to play most embedded videos in iPhone Safari. For example, I'm almost positive that the Rails screencasts ( would play before — they're quicktime embedded and play fine on my desktop Safari, but no longer play in the standalone iPhone Quicktime player. Even worse, a number of home movies that I've converted to mp4, and which played fine on earlier versions of the iPhone OS via my built-in Apache now refuse to play with a "Movie cannot be played" error.

I've spent the last 3 hours searching all over the net and trying various fixes, embedding formats and even PHP scripts sending Accept-Ranges headers, all to no avail. Of course, Apple's own movie trailers play perfectly.

Has Apple included some trickery in their latest iPhone OS to dissuade us from viewing anything but YouTube or Apple-supplied video? It's hard to come to any other conclusion at this point."


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