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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (484 comments)

Agreed. It's especially weird because as much as (non developer) 'analysts' go on about 'fragmentation', every other platform in computing history has had the same problem to deal with, and the world managed with them alright. iPhone, for its initial period, was the only client platform ever where you could assume hardware, software and screensize were all the same.

Hearing the wails from the iOS side of the desk about their new challenges this last week I would say that's at an end now though.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (484 comments)

Frankly, as an Android developer since the 1.6 days, I find your numbers highly suspect. I have worked in several small teams with equal Android and iOS resources, and on every one the Android team has a much lower crash rate, no significant difference in bug rates, and has the same development times as iOS. There is absolutely no way it's as expensive as you're quoting to add devices.

Maybe I'm just an amazing developer, but I doubt it. Stick to the documentation and understand the system you're programming for, and you don't have to tweak for every device that exists. It's a pretty consistent platform in my experience.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:Alright smart guy (484 comments)

It would only be "Planned Obsolescence" if the user was forced to install an iOS Upgrade. But they aren't; so it isn't.

*Sortof*. However, there is another effect that I've noticed as a dev, that when the majority of users do upgrade then app developers very quickly abandon support for the older OS, whereas Android devs know they have to keep stuff backward compatible so don't drop those old OS's as quickly. This means that your apps tend to stop getting upgrades if you don't upgrade your OS, and then stop working (most apps being network dependent and therefore killable by the software devs when you version won't talk to their server). So there is a strong pressure to upgrade.

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

jareth-0205 Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (609 comments)

Hey, since you're talking about contract, can you point us to it so we can see if:

- The users expectations is on par with what the user agreed to
- If there is a failure of the accepted usage contract.

Thanks.

Don't be pedantic. A contract doesn't have to be something you can point to, it's a mutually understood way that something works. Here the way that it has always worked (ie the user decides to get something) is suddenly not the case anymore.

about a week ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

jareth-0205 Re:Why not all apps at once? (131 comments)

I wonder why all apps aren't available at once. I understand this App Runtime for Chrome akin to the Java RunTime, which when installed, would have all Java applications available. What am I [mis]understanding?

Probably partly because it's not stable yet, but allso many/most apps won't work well since they tend to assume that the device has touchscreen support. That's reasonable for Android devices, but usually wrong for ChromeOS. Properly supporting keyboard navigation is a bit of a task when you've designed for touch... as Windows 8 metro demonstrates... Metro's OK if you have a touchscreen but a nightmare with a mouse.

about two weeks ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

jareth-0205 Re:Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want?

Yup, It frightens rich people and politicians hell bent on scaring the rich.

You have to be a sociopath to get into politics.

Perhaps, but you definitely are a sociopath given that you think that you must be allowed to do whatever you want regardless to the consequences to anyone else.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

jareth-0205 Re:my solution is the gym (819 comments)

Awesome. Because you are bigger and stronger than the other person then you get to bully them with your 'advantage'.

I thought we gave up that stuff in school.

about two weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

jareth-0205 Re:Circular LCDs (87 comments)

It's a new thing called "fashion".
I'd much rather have a round watch than the current trend of recangular smartwatches.

Agreed... though using the word 'fashion' was perhaps a mistake...
Also, when the primary use of the watch is to tell the time then a round display is justified. They're not for heavy data display anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

jareth-0205 Re:fuck you and the bucket challenge (182 comments)

Whu? The clear implication from his post is that people are making videos instead of giving to charity.

Instead of sharing stupid videos of clowns pouring water over their heads maybe we should be sharing videos of people writing checks to the charity.

If he thought people were doing both then he wouldn't have a problem would he?

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

jareth-0205 Re:fuck you and the bucket challenge (182 comments)

There's nothing apart from your assumption saying that people aren't also giving to charity. Even if alot of them aren't, increasing awareness has its own benefits.

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

jareth-0205 Re:fuck you and the bucket challenge (182 comments)

Idiocracy was right on. The fucking bucket challenge is no better than ow my balls. Mod me down at will.

Don't feel bad for yourself though, they're modding you down because you're using 'idiocracy' for no good reason, criticizing people who are doing good things.

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

jareth-0205 Re:I'm starting to wonder... (182 comments)

How is it that we managed to evolve in the first place, exactly?

Because it is relatively rare and relatively unusual. But without the wish to go further and take risks we wouldn't have ever harnessed fire, let alone achieved civilisation. Life is about *doing things*, not eliminating all possible risk.

Some people want to live a long boring life, and some people want to go to the moon, even if it means there's a high chance of death in the process.

about three weeks ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

jareth-0205 Re:Actually... (116 comments)

And it's the most boring year for F1 ever.

I mean boring is entirely a personal judgement but... *really*? A leading team rivalry that is up there with Hunt/Lauda and Senna/Prost in its intensity, a decapitation of the reigning champion (and humiliation behind his new teammate), the resurgence of Williams, a whole bunch of new stars on the rise? A bunch of new mistakes made all across the board as drivers struggle with twitchy cars?

I don't know what F1 you've been watching but for me this year is far more interesting than the Red Bull-Vettel dominance of the last 3 years.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jareth-0205 Re:Legalized Murder (463 comments)

Until you rise the fuck up.

Says the AC...

about three weeks ago
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

jareth-0205 Re:Why. (165 comments)

That explains a lot. Really, "targeted at education" and "full datasheet not available" do not go together, except for the most stupid or most corrupt of players. I have been wondering how this incredibly stupid choice was made.

And if we always follow the fundamentalist way nothing will get done ever. The Pi isn't perfect, but it is good at what it does and ultimately it did get made and became popular... Hardware doesn't have to be totally open to be useful in teaching software, for example.

It's like Hurd vs Linux, you can have all the ideals you want but if you fail to make it work and popular, it's worthless.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

jareth-0205 Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

The issue, or rather concern, with the on-card contact-less payments (VISA PayPass, etc.) is that someone could activate it while it was still in you wallet in your pocket via a specially designed (any maybe illegal; but that hasn't been known to stop thieves) hardware, and that this could be used a avenue for fraud. Not sure if there was ever a real life POC of this working or not.

Don't worry about it... I mean yes it is possible, but contactless has been widely rolled out in the UK for a while and the sky hasn't fallen. Ultimately you can challenge any bad charges pretty easily (if you notice them) on your statement, and since all this stuff goes tracably through the credit card system then it's not going to take many chargebacks for the dodgy reader to get them all rolled back and the criminal flagged.

about three weeks ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

jareth-0205 Re:8 months on this?? (103 comments)

Eight months? Wouldn't it be more efficient to learn programming(if needed), understand the layout of the map file, and write a script to generate this very well structured and organized hell on earth?

Couldn't that be said of any game? Write a better AI and let it play itself? Why do any gaming when programming is more efficient?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

jareth-0205 Re:Will the cameras work? (643 comments)

Sure, but the alternative of not having them at all is certainly not better. If there's that level of corruption (and I would believe there is) then cameras are going to help expose it.

about a month ago

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