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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

gnomff Makes sense (324 comments)

Why would you bake in the ability to disable things like network access when ad serving is the main source of revenue for app developers? Sounds like shooting the meal ticket to me. Ads are how you pay for content. If you don't like it you can build your own app and release it for free. The rest of us have to eat.

1 year,13 days

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

gnomff 40mpg (810 comments)

I routinely get 40 mpg in my econobox car, and it only cost me 15k brand new. An electric car would be great but with my current gas bill I would never break even

about a year ago

Scientists Build Computer Using Carbon Nanotubes

gnomff Re:Moore's Law (104 comments)

The OP is talking about what Kurzwiel says in 'The Singularity is Near' - that calculations/second/$1000 has been growing exponentially independently of Moore's law (and by law I mean off the cuff observation). The 'per $1000' is the important part you're missing.

about a year ago

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

gnomff Options (322 comments)

Missing options:
- Direct neural interface
- Cowboyneal's flipbook
- I just use my tasp

about a year ago

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

gnomff Re: Not enough (341 comments)

I've been putting my android phone into airplane mode because it disables WIFI, the DSP and GPS all at once. I was stunned at how long my battery lasts that way - in some cases it's even better than powering it off since you lose a lot of charge at boot time.

about a year ago

Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

gnomff Trolling (244 comments)

As usual lately, all of the really nice additions to Android are proprietary and tied to Google services, further eroding the open nature of Android

I wish I could mod summaries as troll. Honestly, many of us here make our livings creating proprietary software. Whining that Google makes proprietary apps just makes us all look bad. Stop it.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Use Sound Waves To Levitate, Move Objects

gnomff Re:This is not new... (78 comments)

From TFA:

Poulikakos's team spent 4 years trying to budge their floating droplets from a standstill. Finally, they conceived of a chessboard-style setup with multiple vibrating plates, each generating its own sound frequency. By varying the frequency that each plate emits, they can move the acoustic field and the object trapped inside. Their new design, described online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can precisely control the lateral movement of liquid droplets while keeping them floating smoothly in midair.

Its the lateral movement and fine control that's new, not the levitation.

about a year and a half ago

New Java 0-Day Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild

gnomff Re:Security Setting (193 comments)

The security setting for Java defaults to High anyway. You would have to either A) change your security settings specifically lower or B) specifically allow an untrusted applet to run for this to (sometimes) work. I'm starting to get tired of the anti-Java FUD, there are a vulnerabilities found all the time in other languages/frameworks, how come all we seem to hear about is lame Java applet sandboxing issues?

Didn't realize I wasn't logged in when I made that post

about 2 years ago

J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

gnomff Joss Whedon (735 comments)

I guess it was too much to hope for

about 2 years ago

Does Coding Style Matter?

gnomff Depends (479 comments)

It totally depends on your audience. Is this code something that must be read by one person or a hundred? If its one other person, it probably doesn't matter unless they have strong feelings. If its 100 people then you should have a standard template so people don't waste time arguing. Personally, I know that my code will be read during a code review of about 5 people. I need to make sure that all of those 5 people are comfortable reading it. For example, I happen to be working in C# and some of my co-workers hate the var type declaration, so I don't use it. Some of them have strong feelings about always using braces, so I do. At the end of the day, as long as your code is easily understandable the minutia of style guides are just to keep other people from getting their knickers in a twist. That can be far more important than whatever code you are working on.

more than 2 years ago

Cancer-Detecting Bra Could One Day Surpass Mammograms In Accuracy

gnomff Idle (110 comments)

Why is this tagged as idle? It looks like a great idea for at risk women. I didn't realize this was /. - news for 6th graders.

more than 2 years ago

Google Glass, Augmented Reality Spells Data Headaches

gnomff Wristwatch (44 comments)

The summary is silly, the real story here is the wristwatch. From glancing through the article and the patent it looks like Google Glass, but on a transparent LCD screen that you look through instead of VRD. That could be cool for people who feel uncomfortable with a laser projecting an image onto their retina. (Not me though, I'm hoping to replace my tv with netflix streamed to a VRD asap)

more than 2 years ago

Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed

gnomff Re:Umm, I don't get it (747 comments)

Because many people outside the US don't have the concept of free speech as deeply ingrained in their culture as we do. They think the US government is at worst in league with the video's creator and at best complicit by allowing the video to remain uncensored. The fact that he is going to jail can maybe shake some of the idea that they are complicit.

more than 2 years ago


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