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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 two weeks ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 3 months ago
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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.

about 6 months ago
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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 10 months ago
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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 10 months ago
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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.

1 year,4 days
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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 a year and a half ago
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$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.

about a year and a half ago
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$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.

about a year and a half ago
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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".

about a year and a half ago
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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

about a year and a half ago
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Unredacted Filings Reveal Claims of Juror Misconduct in Apple vs Samsung Trial

gabebear Re:Why seal? (282 comments)

I think it's very possible he didn't intentionally lie. He did talk about a more-recent lawsuit he'd been involved in and the contract dispute was nearly 20 years ago(Samsung took a stake in Seagate in 2011).

Samsung is probably due a new trial for this though.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120923233451725

about 2 years ago
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Paypal Users In Argentina Can No Longer Make Domestic Transactions

gabebear Re:Government fighting the market (272 comments)

The real inflation numbers in USA vary between 11 and 15% year to year

Even if you actually believe the numbers on the Shadowstats site, the month-month stats put the 90s between 5-10% and 2000-2012 is 5-13%.

about 2 years ago
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Taiwan University Sues Apple Over Siri Patents

gabebear Re:taiwan != china (138 comments)

Two sovereign states with the name "China" exist.

ROC = Republic of China = Democratic China = Taiwan
PRC = People's Republic of China = Communist China = Mainland China

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Chinas. Prior to 1971 "China" was the ROC in the UN, it is now the PRC...

about 2 years ago

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OnLive sold for $5M

gabebear gabebear writes  |  about 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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