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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

jareth-0205 Re:The best thing about Palm was the task manager (170 comments)

Yeah, me too. Currently using Todo.txt for Android, which is alright, while writing my own based on the Palm staple...

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

jareth-0205 Re:I think the strategy should be obvious (149 comments)

Hollow out Nokia until its just a shell valuable only for its IP, transfer everything else worth keeping into Microsoft proper and discard the rest. Wouldn't be surprised if the "Nokia" brand gets sold onto to some Asian / Indian outfit in a few years hence.

They only bought the phone business, not the name and not the IP. They have a licence for them for a while, but certainly not something they can actually sell.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

jareth-0205 Re:Laziness (145 comments)

Code recycling is one thing, but not understanding what that code does when you put it into a production app or not following best practices is another.

No developer completely understands everything that happens on a system, that's impossible. You do your best and you verify as well as you can that it's acting as you expect. Because where else do you stop..? You can't verify every library that you use, otherwise why bother using them, you might as well write your own. You can't verify the system itself because it's far too big.

Not that I'm saying things couldn't be written better, but programming is not a "correct / incorrect" binary choice, any nontrivial system has problems.

3 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jareth-0205 Re:How do you (962 comments)

One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women

This is something that is simply not true of all men so why make statements like that? Do you really expect people to actively defend your cause if you are openly hostile to them just because of they are of the same gender as the people you have a problem with? That's a terrible start to conflict resolution.

Genius comment. I salute you.

about a week ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

jareth-0205 Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

Why ODF? Because its the best format

Disagree, at least from the points you make. The "best" format is the one that is the most useful to you, technical reasons be damned. If I use ODF but no-one else does because MS Office doesn't properly support it, I'm crippling my ability to share documents around purely for ideological reasons.

Well since the entire cabinet is now using it, they all use it, so it will be appropriate for sharing.

about a week ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

jareth-0205 Re:Cabs (105 comments)

If any refuse you again then take their number and report them. They are obliged by their licence to take you anywhere less than 12 miles if they stop for you.

about a month ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

jareth-0205 Re:Specs On Paper & Buyer Mindset (198 comments)

But what of it?. Does it offend you that some people prefer a more economical device? That not everyone feels spending $700 a year on a phone is a priority?

It's a weird compulsion to have their tribe be first. The reason I always find most amusing is "Apple make all the profit from smartphones", like that's a positive thing. It's like, er, guys, you know they are making all that profit from *you*? That if they make so much money it suggests their product is overpriced?

about a month ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

jareth-0205 Re:Specs On Paper & Buyer Mindset (198 comments)

Considering how many Android users tend to be the "build your own PC" crowd who are hardcore gadget people, the specs bloat appeals to them.

Oh... bullshit. There were almost 6 times as many Android devices sold last quarter than iOS. How are we still propagating the "Android is for geeks" line?

Meanwhile, Apple is selling a smartphone with a tiny less-than-HD screen, a processor that toddles along at a whisker over 1 GHz and a tiny 1400 MaH battery, and they're doing quite nicely for themselves.

Depends on how you look at it, in the States yes, but worldwide no, and Apple are rather in danger of getting left behind when horesepower does matter. Android isn't standing still, optimisations like ART may well give another speed bump. Apple make nice devices, but they're not immune to performance, and that'll get acknowledged eventually in the same way that we were told for years how the Power architecture was just as good as x86... until they switched.

about a month ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

jareth-0205 Re:Good. (138 comments)

So the extreme wings of Christianity has groups like the KKK, and you very much should fear them if you're Jewish. By your logic any Christian should be also feared.

Do you think the streets of France are awash with Muslim-on-Christian violence?

about a month ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

jareth-0205 Re:Good. (138 comments)

You know something. If I changed religion my race would be the same. If I became a communist or a tea party member I would still be the same race. Difficult concept I know.

Fine, brilliant, I used the wrong word. Replace with "islamophobia", "prejudice" or "bigotry". Pick your favourite. They all come from the same place of ignorance & tribalism.

about a month ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

jareth-0205 Re:Good. (138 comments)

a lot of the requests

Just ignoring your random racism for a moment, just because there's a *request* does not mean it will be honoured. The balance between public right to know and your privacy is still involved, and ultimately it's the Information Commissioner that gets to decide.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jareth-0205 Re:Only if... (427 comments)

Yeah, and I agree that way round would be awesome, but these devices don't run on magic. If you want that sort of core functionality on your wrist then you are talking about a large heavy device to hold enough battery to make sense. Cellphone functionality is power hungry, and that's the thing the watch doesn't have.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jareth-0205 Re:Cool, opt-in tracking bracelet (427 comments)

Yes yes very good. How's being clever going for you?

Since that this "tracking bracelet" requires a GPS from the phone you're carrying and the network connection from the phone your're carrying... it's of course nothing to do with a dumb screen on your wrist.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

jareth-0205 Re:This fake too? (448 comments)

Not really sure why you seem to think that proof needs to be from the doubters. The Kickstarter are asking for money on trust, so it's up to them to provide a decent argument as to why they are genuine, not the other way round.

about a month ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

jareth-0205 Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

I'm not sure this is a change in permissions so much as a change in how they are displayed. I'm a developer and there's been no change for *us*, the separate permissions are still necessary. They have grouped them presumably to make them easier to understand for the end-user.

about a month and a half ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

jareth-0205 Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

and you can get 'pong' pretty much everywhere. Same with 'Tetris'

*Sigh*. Yes. Simple games that are easy to replicate. My point is that old games are still wanted, and in demand. Obviously I have no 30 year old games with complicated mechanics and huge numbers of art assets to use as examples, but in 30 years we will have those and no amount of technology is going to make those things easily replicatable.

about 1 month ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

jareth-0205 Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

And I'm glad they've thought about this. Though how much we can believe that will happen in the carcrash that is typical for a collapsing business, it's harder to say. How will they distribute the updates if all the assets are seized? Who will do the work necessary on their back catalogue of 1000s if the employees aren't paid and have left?

about 1 month ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

jareth-0205 Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

I quite like pong. It's a good party game. And we still watch old films... games are at a stage now that we can consider them legitimate, lasting pieces of entertainment, I have no doubt that they are starting to solidify. Tetris is 30 years old, it's still fun.

about 1 month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

jareth-0205 Re:Y2K (197 comments)

Ah, well if an AC says it wasn't a problem, surely it wasn't...

about 1 month ago

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