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Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

flanaganid There Is, and Never Has Been, a War (321 comments)

Apple's view towards jailbreaking can likely be summed up thus: Anyone is free to do whatever they want with their devices. Just don't expect support for unsupported things if it breaks. Found a security exploit in the OS? Thanks, we'll fix that right up.

about a year ago

Software Recognizes Sarcastic Tweets

flanaganid Re:I don't see this as a problem (168 comments)

I opened my sarcasm tag about 28 years ago and don't plan on closing it any time soon. That has forced me to come up with a new language nuance that I like to call "more sarcastic than usual". But really that just means I add an extra, overemphasized "really" ahead of the point of super sarcasm.


more than 4 years ago

No HTML5 Hulu Anytime Soon

flanaganid Re:Its odd ABC did it (202 comments)

With the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 release (warning: potential NDA breakage), app developers can notify the system which file types their app can open. Adobe could conceivably create an app that can open FLV files, and it would work almost exactly like the YouTube app does. When a user comes to a page with a FLV video, they can view it in the FLV player app. And since FLV is mostly just a wrapper for H.264 as it is, all the app would have to do is unwrap it and play it using the built-in video controls.

Now that I think about it, since Adobe is insisting on how "open" FLash is because they've published the file format specs, it's conceivable that almost any dev could implement this.

more than 4 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

flanaganid Re:what? (515 comments)

Dammt. 've been lookng for those.

more than 4 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

flanaganid Re:The Question is Incorrect (515 comments)

Follow up:

Q: Do megaHumans have the best comments.
A: 58.

more than 4 years ago

HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go

flanaganid Re:Ask Slashdot: PHP/JS Dev environments (279 comments)

My suggestion is to only use frameworks as they were designed: PHP is for server-side generation of HTML, and Javascript is for the manipulation of HTML. The PHP should generate well-formed HTML that works even without the Javascript layer, and the Javascript should only be used to manipulate the HTML without affecting anything server-side. If you must, a small implementation of AJAX could be used, but only to insert other HTML into the DOM, not to make database calls or changes. But really, it's best practice to simply generate all of the HTML you'll need, and then use Javascript to show/hide it as needed. That guarantees that you'll have a site that's compatible with virtually any platform, even should the user have Javascript turned off (or in some cases, not even supported).

If done correctly, it's easy to keep track of. It's all referencing the same HTML, and if it's well-documented and well-formed, nothing will get lost.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

flanaganid Re:Can't run Java on iPhone either... (731 comments)

I installed Flash on my refrigerator. It microwaved my ice cream when I tried to access Hulu.

more than 4 years ago

Pointing Stick Keyboard Roundup

flanaganid Re:It's not a pointing stick... (195 comments)

You use the trackpoint more like a clit.

But how am I supposed to see the screen if my tongue is anchored to the keyboard?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Loses Another 4th-Gen iPhone

flanaganid Re:Just a thought (466 comments)

If you buy phones the way I buy toothpaste, the iPhone isn't for you. (For the record, I use Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield that fights Cavities, Gingivitis, Plaque, Sensitivity, and Tartar plus Whitens and Freshens Breath. The more superlatives, the better.)

more than 4 years ago

Hollywood Nervous About Kagan's Fair Use Views

flanaganid Re:liberal? (239 comments)

I was, in fact, going for option C: facetiously providing a definition so that folks would understand that TFA does not, in fact, mean "the left wing of the Democratic party".

more than 4 years ago

Hollywood Nervous About Kagan's Fair Use Views

flanaganid Re:liberal? (239 comments)

liberal –adjective

1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.

4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.

7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.

10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.

11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.

12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.

13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

flanaganid Re:H.264 support? (570 comments)

It's in the license that the cost will never go up more than 10%, and the rates are fixed for 5 years.

From the agreement:

royalty rates applicable to specific license grants or specific licensed products will not increase by more than ten percent (10%) at each renewal.

God forbid the cost goes up to $0.033 per user.

more than 4 years ago

Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash?

flanaganid Genesis (468 comments)

There must be some misunderstanding.

HTML5 == new/future text markup standard
HTML5 HTML 4.01 + new tags + limited local storage - lengthy DOCTYPE - deprecated tags
HTML5 != HTML + CSS3 + JavaScript + H.264 + Ogg + SVG + kitchen sink

The term "HTML5" is the new "Web 2.0". Vomit.

more than 4 years ago

Flash Is Not a Right

flanaganid Re:You signed away this "right" by picking Apple. (850 comments)

I haven't seen anyone call it a right, either, but I do get the impression of a sense of entitlement from the more vocal opponents of Apple in this (and other) debates. It's the same "Apple won't let me do X with Y even though I bought it!" argument that has persisted since the 90s when the components of Macintosh computers were different than those of Windows-compatible computers. And it will persist as long as Apple continues to make desirable products that aren't everything to everyone. The closest they came was with the iPod, and yet there are still folks out there who don't like it, but still complain and harbor jealousy because they want one anyway. The same is true for virtually all high-profile consumer goods, but usually not bringing out the sense of entitlement to the extent that Apple does.

more than 4 years ago

How I Saved the Gaming Industry

flanaganid Re:Article Is Win (252 comments)

There may be few open source games, but there are certainly a lot of proprietary-source games that use open source engines. This is one of the few areas where a symbiotic relationship between open source and closed source actually works. For devs who aren't concerned with game design beyond making sure everything works, there are game engine projects. And for devs who simply want to make games, the engines already exist for just about any type of game for any platform.

It gives indy devs the opportunity to release games on-par with the big boys because they don't have to devote so many resources to how the game works, and can instead focus on how it looks and plays. Which, in the end, is what players are looking for anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Yoctonewton Detector Smashes Force Sensing Record

flanaganid Re:Huh? (214 comments)

But if you don't have good sighst or good hearsding, then your other sesnes will be heightsened.

more than 4 years ago

Look At Sick People To Give Your Immune System a Boost

flanaganid Re:and by that logic (271 comments)

I find that watching zombie movies really helps with immortality.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube, Now In Text Mode!

flanaganid Unsurprisingly... (102 comments)

It makes Flash video faster on the Mac. No skipping!

more than 4 years ago

Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea

flanaganid Re:Fascinating (460 comments)

If they expect any tourism to see Nothing Atoll, they better have a reef fund.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

flanaganid Twilight Zone (190 comments)

So not only is it open source, but it also lets you travel through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind?

Count me in.

more than 4 years ago


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