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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

gabebear Re:Can they attract developers? (241 comments)

As a mobile developer I'm drawn to Tizen because it doesn't have the cruft that Android does and is possibly even more open. I want a Tizen phone to play with. The SDK and tools look mature and the simulator works well. I like that you don't have a .Net/Java virtual machine in your way.

Despite Android having a much improved java engine, it's still lacking in a lot of ways:

  • - no Java8 Lambda goodness on Android(and likely never will be)
  • - Dalvik still has garbage collection slowdowns at inexplicable times...
  • - To use native code you're running many things through the JNI, which is not elegant

about two weeks ago

Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

gabebear Re: I skipped to the ending (49 comments)

Espionage is not science. blah blah blah...

Espionage can be science!

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov

about 5 months ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

gabebear Re:.7% (168 comments)

The specific dates for 0.7% loss(not profit) was Q2 2014. In 1998 Enron was trading at $25 and by 2000 it was over $80!

Past Performance Is Not A Guarantee Of Future Returns...

about 6 months ago

Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

gabebear Re:Not Flip Flopping (147 comments)

Not following too closely, but seems Aereo wasn't antagonizing the channels. Since the Channels make money from ads it would seem the channels should be all for another cable company.

about 7 months ago

New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

gabebear Re:So you can reuse the PC board? (122 comments)

It's a similar problem. Except since this is a much larger connector(100 times as many pins?) with smaller pins(1/4 the size?) and uses a specification that is used by far fewer people than USB it's MANY MANY times more likely to have an issue than a single USB port.

In reality computers solder USB all the time for lower-bandwidth devices(e.g. Bluetooth, WebCam, SD reader, InfraRed, ethernet, WiFi, etc). It's dramatically cheaper and slightly more reliable than including a full USB port because you don't have to worry about charging phones(1000ma+) on a port that will only have a 250ma device on it or buy all the interconnects. The actual chips for most of this stuff are pennies. To build the same thing with interchangeable interconnects raises the power budget, the component budget, and the QA budget...

about 7 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

gabebear Won't someone think of the children! (355 comments)

Who is actually raising these concerns?

The main quote comes from a teacher who works for a think tank(that needs funding) talking about conversations he had with other teachers... not stuff he's done himself.

"I've spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks – or pupils who can't socialise with other pupils, but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone."

about 9 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

gabebear Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

I prefer a well laid out open plan to anything else:

  • Separate Office - I get bored and many questions are much more difficult to ask via Chat... why the fuck bother coming to an office building, but work from home
  • Open plan with everyone scattered - interesting that you talk to more people on a day to day basis, but nearly as hard to actually communicate as when you have an office.
  • Open plan with similar people grouped - You can see when people aren't stupid busy and actually talk about issues that are happening. You still run into other departments, but not as often

I'm an iOS developer.

1 year,7 days

Samsung Fudging Benchmarks Again On Galaxy Note 3

gabebear Re:Does not computer (258 comments)

Read the linked Note3 article, they list the apps that get this boost. There is nothing but benchmark apps(no games, productivity apps, anything-else)

about a year ago

Samsung Fudging Benchmarks Again On Galaxy Note 3

gabebear Re:Should have done a battery benchmark (258 comments)

Bingo! They only boosted benchmarks. In the linked article they didn't mention it, but in the Note3's benchmark breakdown they list the exact apps that are boosted(only benchmark apps). http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/galaxy-note-3s-benchmarking-adjustments-inflate-scores-by-up-to-20/

  • com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.standard
  • com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.advanced
  • com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.professional
  • com.redlicense.benchmark.sqlite
  • com.antutu.ABenchMark
  • com.greenecomputing.linpack
  • com.greenecomputing.linpackpro
  • com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark27
  • com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark25
  • com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark21
  • ca.primatelabs.geekbench2
  • com.eembc.coremark
  • com.flexycore.caffeinemark
  • eu.chainfire.cfbench
  • gr.androiddev.BenchmarkPi
  • com.smartbench.twelve
  • com.passmark.pt_mobile
  • se.nena.nenamark2
  • com.samsung.benchmarks
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:db
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:es1
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:es2
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:g2d
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:fs
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:ks
  • com.samsung.benchmarks:cpu

about a year ago

How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud

gabebear Re:why cloud? (290 comments)

"The Cloud" when done right is hosted servers that can (and will) move around from place to place as fast as they need to; from local servers to in-country data centers to data centers around the world in order to optimize response time and minimize down time. Just because a lot of people do it wrong, doesn't mean the concept is wrong... Just really hard to understand.

Not only is the ideal cloud hard to understand, it's very expensive and hard to implement. Just looking at the one piece of software he mentioned, Jira, it's rather difficult. Jira at least has a cloud based product, but it has different features(e.g. no project imports) which will disrupt their business and force them into different workflows... Setting up good data replication and backups can be difficult(often blind faith when dealing with these fully portable clouds) and testing portable-cloud backup systems usually requires some kind of voodoo.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

gabebear Re:We all know why ... (371 comments)

Compliance costs... like dealing with subpeonas from Parliament.

about 2 years ago

$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

gabebear Re:Ridiculous (140 comments)

The linked article doesn't say it, but other articles say Google may appeal this decision.

I hope they do appeal and don't let this sit as precedence, although it will likely cost them more than $200K just to try to fix this.

more than 2 years ago

$200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case

gabebear Re:How is it defamation if it's true? (140 comments)

It's pretty screwed up that anyone could lose $200K for saying something thats true; sounds like the English/Australians should petition their governments. I'm glad I have no legal ties to those countries.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone

gabebear Re:Nice phone, but not as nice in the USA (348 comments)

Actually, the USA version has twice the RAM(2GB vs 1GB) and is much faster per core so single-threaded things are much faster. The Benchmarks for quad core phones are nice, but real-world usage shows that a fast dual-core CPUs make a lot more sense(for both speed and power use).

I do hate how Samsung brands a bunch of different phones with the same tag... I'm guessing they are lumping them together for sales numbers. There were roughly 3 extremely different "Galaxy SII" phones stretching 2 CPUs, 3 GPUs, 2 screen sizes. The "Galaxy SIII" has two major models(so far) with either 1GB or 2GB of memory, quad or dual core CPUs, and 2 GPUs. While it's neat that Samsung lets you easily pull out the battery, it's probably easier to do it on an iPhone since you have to sort through at least a dozen incompatible batteries for the "Galaxy SII".

more than 2 years ago

Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

gabebear Re:Well, it's actually kind of cool... (471 comments)

One thing to know is even the fastest microSD cards are much slower than the internal flash on an iPhone... Sadly, most Androids just use regular microSD tech for their internal storage.

Read Speeds

  • microSD: 4-23MB/s
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII: 11.8MB/s
  • HTC One X+: 21.5MB/s
  • iPhone4s: 38MB/s
  • iPhone5: 100MB/s

iPhone benchmarks
microSD benchmarks
Android Benchmarks

more than 2 years ago



OnLive sold for $5M

gabebear gabebear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gabebear writes "In a firesale Onlive, which was once valued at $1.8bn, was sold for practically nothing. Workers are mostly losing their jobs and stock options and investors are having to write off their investment."
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