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Pinch-To-Zoom Apple Patent Rejected By USPTO

ergo98 Re:Do they get a refund? (110 comments)

Quite the opposite, if you file and are granted a patent for something that is later ruled invalid, there should be substantial penalties for the filer, because the purpose of a patent application is a government granted monopoly, leveraging the legal power and force of government to suppress other business. If you tell the government that you've done something novel that isn't, and prevent competition through that mechanism, there are substantial social costs (none of the benefits of invention, but all of the costs of a monopoly).

about a year ago
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Groupon Still Losing Money, CEO Is Fired And Leaks Final Email

ergo98 Re:If Groupon was Battletoads (207 comments)

Haven't logged into Slashdot in just short of forever, but I see that you're my foe. To the death!

about a year and a half ago
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Groupon Still Losing Money, CEO Is Fired And Leaks Final Email

ergo98 Re:On the other end... (207 comments)

I know, right? Being valued at $410 billion -- on the backs of two consumer products in a very fickle market -- is just brutally punishing, treating them like some fly-by-night nobodies. How grossly unfair.

about a year and a half ago
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Skype Finally Arrives On Microsoft Phones

ergo98 Re:Still behind iOS and Android (151 comments)

It's not a technical limitation...but they'll fix that non limitation in WP8? Am I reading you right?

It is *absolutely* a technical limitation. Microsoft used iOS as the baseline that they emulated, only once they got where iOS was, it had moved long down the road (now supporting Android-like multitasking).

Further it is a bit humorous seeing WP boosters constantly using Android as the punching bag to elevate WP features. Only the Lumia 900 has rather terrible battery life.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5724/nokia-lumia-900-review-supersized-with-lte/3

I'm not really feeling the advantages. But if we just wait until the next version...

more than 2 years ago
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Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

ergo98 Re:Dear Harper (561 comments)

I would strongly sanction what they wrote. The sore loser "change the rules because we lost the game" knee-jerk reaction is an embarrassment.

It's worth noting that Dion basically imploded the Liberal government with their "green shift" plans. If the Liberals didn't backtrack and try for another direction, the Conservatives would have had a much, much larger majority. Kyoto has not sold in Canada at all, and the tiresome "fuck you Harper!" tirades on her do not mirror actual sentiment in Canada.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

ergo98 Re:More detailed explanation (561 comments)

That comment is, pardon the expression, horse shit. It is fundamentally wrong on virtually every level.

While Canada does, like pretty much every jurisdiction, have levels of government with their own responsibilities, in most matters the federal government reigns supreme. There have been a number of false starts at federal legislation to achieve Kyoto, but they were abandoned because they were politically untenable.

The two most populace provinces -- Quebec and Ontario -- have actually been taking substantial action on greenhouse gases. Ontario gets little credit, but we've been shutting down coal plants while hugely expanding renewable resources.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

ergo98 Re:We could learn a thing or two.... (561 comments)

the Conservative Party of Canada who currently form the Government of Canada tend to base their views on what's "best" for Alberta

Score:5? Seriously?

Quick question to see how much you really know: How much does Alberta and the oil industry contribute the federal government coffers?

The entirety of this nation has been propped up by the oil sands, like it or not.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

ergo98 Re:useless (185 comments)

" I do not believe that local dialects and pronunciation is the issue"

I have been using the voice input functionality since it came out, and have been shocked at the startling accuracy of it. It is almost never wrong, and is eminently useful for navigation, making calls (by number or by name), or for voice dictation in a message. I use it frequently and it is shockingly rare that it isn't dead on.

I'm talking about just general voice to text, not about translate which adds another language to language issue, however Google has the voice recognition thing DOWN. I imagine there are some accents and manners of speech that present it difficulty however.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Agrees To Pay Licensing Fees To Nokia

ergo98 Re:Bad news for Android makers (205 comments)

I see that you're getting talking points from the internet's biggest misinformed windbag, Fleurian Miller (seriously, that guy is just a stream of baseless, misinformed bullshit. How he gets linked by anyone is a marvel).

Nokia sued over GSM patents, as clearly Nokia had a pretty good lead in that area. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and others already license those patents. Apple refused. Nokia litigated and won. Those are the breaks.

So....no. Every single person who pulls the "Now they're going after Android" bit is just ignorant of basically everything about this lawsuit.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

ergo98 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

An expert on codecs is not an expert on patents. The mere idea is ludicrous. His analysis in no way was based upon the specific claims of the patents, but instead was just broadly claiming that they do similar things.

A lot of very smart people have looked at the patents and completely disagree with him. Further, Google is available for all of their lawsuit target needs, yet the silence is deafening.

The best part is that licensing h.264 in no way protects you from patents either -- at any point in the future anyone can come forward and sue every user of h.264, and there is no protection offered by the consortium: They simply protect you from their own patents.

more than 3 years ago
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Opera Supports Google Decision To Drop H.264

ergo98 Re:People are missing the other side of this. (336 comments)

This has HUGE ramifications since IE 9 is not slated to support Web-M - which would mean IE 9 would not work with HTML 5 YouTube, while every other browser did.

IE supports plug-ins. Adding a Web-M plug-in is non-difficult, and really I wouldn't be surprised to see Google themselves provide one.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

ergo98 Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

Hey look, it's all of the "I wave the Apple flag and therefore adopt all of the same positions" talking points conveniently collected into one post. That is mighty helpful of you.

Whatever my opinion on this (though your post is absolutely dripping with stunning ignorance and outright lies), what really makes me laugh is the continual references to a x264 developer -- who has a very strong incentive to defend the knowledge he has -- as an "expert" on patents. That really is the delightful cherry on the top of the cake.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone

ergo98 Re:Too late. (480 comments)

Yes, it should be interesting to see what effect this has on marketshare. I recall that in the months leading up the iPhone 4's release, all of the talk was that Android's advances were only temporary, all just waiting for the iPhone 4. Of course that turned out to be utter bunk. So then everyone moved onto the Verizon ruse.

People dedicated to getting an iPhone have long moved to AT&T (which paid off handsomely for AT&T, which is why they paid heavily for exclusivity). For all of the anti-AT&T chatter, in most empirical tests it has a faster network, it uses global bands, and it has better support. Now instead people are supposed to rush to a company with worse support, slower real world speeds, a network that works on one provider in one country on the planet, and no simultaneous data and voice, to get a phone to be replaced in mere months?

Give me a break. In two months you and others breathing the same nonsense will have to somehow find some new spin. Ah yes -- it's just the calm before the iPhone 5 storm!

Note also that AT&T, in losing their exclusivity, is suddenly becoming far less enamored with the iPhone. Not only are they getting some premiere devices like the Atrix, they're actually starting to promote them. They might even stop gimping them quite as much.

This is big news for a couple of days because it was so anticipated for so long. Yet it really is too-little, too-late. If Apple makes a killer iPhone5, which is entirely possible, then the game changes, but for this it's just the pent up nature that has so much hoopla. Once people sober up I think the reality will set in.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launches Nexus S Phone In UK and US

ergo98 Re:In reality, not a whole lot... (202 comments)

Gaming on the Android platform has generally been terrible because of frequent, experience-killing pauses, and generally poor performance. The concurrent garbage collector offers to improve the former (including every existing game), while the latter is being dealt with by a much wider gamut of usability from the NDK, with optimized, efficient, lifetime-controlled native code that has the ability to manage and capture events, handle sound, etc.

Those two things are HUGE, and will help make up for the massive quality gap between Android gaming and entertainment relative to the iPhone. I seldom pull up a game on my Nexus One, but when I do it is generally a disappointment. Gingerbread will start the change away from that.

more than 3 years ago
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The Future of Android — Does It Belong To Bing and Baidu?

ergo98 Re:Any benefit ? (171 comments)

The success of Android has been driven by the fact that Apple held onto their exclusive deal with AT&T too long.

Oh bulllllshit.

Android has seem similar gains around the world, where the whole weak AT&T excuse (you know, a carrier that covers virtually 100% of the US population) has no relevance. In Canada the iPhone had a brief period where it shone, but now the Android devices are coming on very strong.

However comparing Linux/Windows on the desktop iOS/Android on smartphones is asinine. Windows was never locked down or exclusionary even remotely to the degree that iOS is. It was an open, free market for virtually everyone.

about 4 years ago
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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

ergo98 Re:Choice (657 comments)

why add support for something that's going to cause a bad user experience?

Just wait until the dogpile forming on the Flash->HTML5 conversion toolkits have their way on the net. Soon your iPad will be grinding to a halt trying to running a bunch of evading monkeys.

No, seriously, it will. If you think HTML5 can drag your machine to the depths of hell, enjoy some of the HTML5 showcase apps. Of course, don't try the games because most of them rely upon keyboard inputs. Try that new Arcade Fire HTML5 video and see how that works out for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb9jfdltkUU

There's my quick and ugly Flash demo. There are speed slowdowns of videos encoded to target desktops (which are most Flash videos, while most HTML5 videos, knowing that the target is primarily iOS devices, target much lower complexity profiles and bitrates), and it is not an elegant experience, but I enjoy having the option of enabling it whenever I want to.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

ergo98 Re:shockingly bad is an exaggeration (657 comments)

I have written complex javascript applications and can tell you objectively that javascript on the Droid (recently updated to Android 2.2) is orders of magnitude slower than the iPad.

Every empirical metric says that you are very, very wrong. The V8 engine in Froyo demolishes iOS.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

ergo98 Re:Roll it out in cell phones (425 comments)

Do smart phones really have a routable, unique IP? I always presumed that my smartphones were behind a mega-NAT.

It is hard to believe, but early in the era of the internet, we didn't have NATs, and the prediction was that we would exhaust the supply much, much quicker (along with the whole "everyone's toaster is going to have an IP address" predictions). Then NAT was invented, corporations installed it, and suddenly instead of megacorp needing a /16 address, they needed just a /28 or the like.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Outsells iPhone In Last 6 Months

ergo98 Re:BOGO helped this tally. (514 comments)

It's humorous that this keeps getting brought up.

For about a week-long period Verizon had a "two for one" special. Of course, the "two for one" included the requirement that you buy two contracts, weighing it at some $2500 of total spend per device. So, not really.

Seriously, the "freebies" myth has never been true, because a smartphone is never free. The pittance $99 or $199 that someone pays for an iPhone barely differs, and of course is ghetto cheap compared to the $550 I spent on my Nexus One. I guess I'm with the Elite.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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People Reuse Passwords. Minimize the Risk.

ergo98 ergo98 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ergo98 (9391) writes "Users reuse passwords, likely to a greater degree than they admit.

It clearly isn't going to change: This story has played out time and time again as password databases are compromised and accounts are exploited. While those attacks get the loudest attention, it seems likely that there are much quieter misuse of credentials by the people who you trust with them. If you used the same password for iTunes or PayPal that you used for some random site, for instance, it seems obvious that the rolls of the dice will yield a compromise at some point. Even if they carefully scrypt your password before putting it in their database, there are zero guarantees that the sites themselves aren't doing other things with it.

So what is the solution? A better input type="password"? OpenId, OpenAuth, or Facebook Connect, putting more eggs in one basket? Two-factor authentication (widely usable now with OATH implementations of HOTP/TOTP in smartphone apps)?

Something needs to improve because the same story keeps playing out."

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Android Users Aren't As Disloyal As Reported

ergo98 ergo98 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ergo98 (9391) writes "As reported here, a recent CNN article had that statement that "77% of iPhone owners say they'll buy another iPhone, compared to 20% of Android customers who say they'll buy another Android phone." This was a gross misrepresentation. The CNN story now says that "77% of iPhone owners say they'll buy another iPhone, compared to 20% of smartphone customers who say they'll buy an Android phone." The Yankee Group has further sought to clarify the situation by saying that the 20% are people who explicitly said they would buy a "Google-branded" phone (which excludes the overwhelming majority of popular Android phones). Skeptics, pat yourself on the back."
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Is SVG Dead?

ergo98 ergo98 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Is SVG dead on the desktop?

I've tried to "Ask Slashdot", but the editors are too busy accepting dupes, and and endless stream of insipid stories that fit better on the NY Post - so here it is. I've drawn my own conclusions, but I've gotten a number of feedbacks that imply otherwise. I would love to know how the general tech community feels, as the feedback I've gotten is obviously the motivated and selected, obviously who have a vested interest in SVG.

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ergo98 ergo98 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This one came in at 9# 3ozes, beating out his older sister by almost two pounds. He's a beautiful, healthy little boy, and we're trying out our short list of names to choose what to name him.

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