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Ask Slashdot: Physical Input Devices For Developers?

fidget42 Human Factors (147 comments)

Go and hire someone who can do Human Factors designs for user interfaces.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Reader's Social Features Merging With Google+

fidget42 A cry for help? (100 comments)

I suppose this is one way to try and increase the user count of Google+.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Is Grooming Chrome As a Game Platform

fidget42 Re:Does anyone (127 comments)

How is Google open? They are very public about things, beta this alpha that but much of Googles software is closed.

You must not read any of their comments about Android.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Is Grooming Chrome As a Game Platform

fidget42 Re:Does anyone (127 comments)

Yes. But, if they go for the locked ecosystem that seem to become so popular these days, they can try and solve the problem at the source.

But Google is open. Why would they go from an open playing field to a locked down, curated, one?

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey In Apple Patent Case

fidget42 A Tablet (432 comments)

So, A tablet in A movie, that doesn't look like the iPad or Galaxy Tab, is prior art?

more than 3 years ago
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Why PCs Trump iPads For User Innovation

fidget42 Summary (523 comments)

Change is bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

fidget42 Re:He is right (311 comments)

A non-transferrable license means that it can not be a part of the sale. That would result in it being transferred to the new owner of the company.

more than 3 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

fidget42 Re:He is right (311 comments)

Well, it's not *just* patents. Motorola also had a special Java license. That might well be nice insurance against Oracle. (We don't really know, because the details of the license aren't public. Which, itself, is interesting.)

That really isn't interesting. Why would a company make their business dealings public? Especially if no everyone gets the same deal? If Motorola's license is transferrable (which many software licenses are not) then I would expect to see Oracle try to block the sale, or work to revoke Motorola's Java license (that is IF the license would legalize any "patent violations" that may exist in Android).

more than 3 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

fidget42 Re:I don't think they are surrounded (311 comments)

Unfortunately, your options are: 1) continue licensing your OS from your competitor and hope they don't screw you over, 2) license your OS from someone who isn't competing against you or 3) build your own OS.

IMHO, the current Android vendors will see their costs increase because they will now have an Android competitor that keeps their OS up to date. Their choices will be to either increase their costs or go to a stock OS. If everyone uses stock Android, the. Why would anyone use a phone that isn't made by Google? I know that Motorola won't technically be "Google" but that is how it will be seen.

The same is true for GoogleTV. Who will build one if they have to compete with Google itself?

more than 3 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

fidget42 Re:I don't think they are surrounded (311 comments)

If you were HTC or Samsung, how comfortable would you be in using the OS of your competitor? Would you REALLY believe Google when they said that they won't give Moto preferential treatment?

more than 3 years ago
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What 'Consumerization of IT' Really Means For IT

fidget42 Re:"arrogance"? (214 comments)

The company for which I work is developing their plan for allowing people to use employee owned tablets and smart phones. Some of the requirements are that the device be kept locked and that they grant the company the ability to remote wipe it. I don't have any problem wth this requirement because I would want the device wiped anyway. There are other security related requirements, but that is just the cost of being able to use your phone/tablet.

more than 3 years ago
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Did Google Knowingly Violate Java Patents?

fidget42 Re:No! (148 comments)

I stand corrected. You out pedanticed me :)

more than 3 years ago
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Did Google Knowingly Violate Java Patents?

fidget42 Re:Just more Florian Mueller FUD (148 comments)

More appropriately, Dalvik is not the JVM. Dalvik does run Java, compiled to Java byte code then converted for the Dalvik engine.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Withdraws Counter-Suit Against Apple

fidget42 Re:"Look and feel" bullshit (172 comments)

I've posted this before, but what the hell. Everyone with common sense can see Samsung was imitating the iPhone was recent releases.

Imitation is a necessary aspect of fair competition. Without it competitors would be forced to engage in conscious avoidance of competing designs, which I generally see as an overly burdensome thing. I think our IP-centric culture has blinded us to the fact that human progress owes a great deal to people imitating and even duplicating what others have done in the past.

There is imitation and the the is what Samsung did, but you knew that. I find it hard to believe that you are that misinformed.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Withdraws Counter-Suit Against Apple

fidget42 Re:"Look and feel" bullshit (172 comments)

"Also, note that Apple is only suing Samsung for producing a device that looks a lot like the iPhone in many more ways than just a rectangular icon grid."

Such as, say, the phone's shape?

Apple isn't suing Google over the Android UI, just Samsung for making the Android UI look more like the iPhone UI than other Android phones.

Which particular aspects of the iPhone UI do you think should be owned exclusively by Apple? If Apple were to sell its UI as a product (just the UI, not the operating system), what would the sales brochure look like?

Good thing you were able to find a Samsung phone that doesn't look like an iPhone, rather than looking at every news article about the suit. Like this one. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/yowza-apple-hits-samsung-with-lawsuit-over-iphone-clones/12360

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Withdraws Counter-Suit Against Apple

fidget42 Re:Palm (172 comments)

Too bad Palm is sort of out of business. They came up with the buttons-below-the-touchscreen concept that's been copied by just about every touchscreen-enabled device since 1997.

You mean, like this pre-Palm device? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apple_Newton_MP100.jpg

more than 3 years ago
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Another Android Device Maker Signs Patent Agreement With Microsoft

fidget42 Re:500,000 New Android Devices A Day (203 comments)

The fact that the entire mobile developer world is now doing Android IS the reason Microsoft has been reduced to this humiliating desperation.

Wha? When did Android take over "the entire mobile developer world"?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls Paid Apps From Taiwanese Android Market

fidget42 They are complying, I guess. (186 comments)

I suppose that is one way to comply with the law.

more than 3 years ago

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Android Satisfaction Only 20%?

fidget42 fidget42 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fidget42 (538823) writes "In an article on CNN Money (http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/23/technology/iphone_4_att/index.htm?section=money_latest), primarily about the iPhone, there was an interesting paragraph at the end.

"... compared to 20% of Android customers who say they'll buy another Android phone. "

Is the Android satisfaction really that low?"

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