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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

jareth-0205 Re:It's not censorship or more government control (483 comments)

Fully agreed. But this is slashdot, so don't think your entirely reasonable response won't be met with a litany of "I have the right to say whatever I want" kneejerks...

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

jareth-0205 Re:Define trolling (483 comments)

I hope they have defined properly what they mean with "trolling". By definition, trolling means writing inflammatory comments that excite people to write indignant responses. Thus, for example, bullying or threats do not technically count as trolling.

Not really, the definition has shifted in popular use. Like 'hacking' meaning 'programming quickly' changed to 'illegally gaining access', trolling now is synonymous with 'bullying / threatening online' in popular usage. Its use has changed therefore your definition doesn't follow anymore.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

jareth-0205 Re:Git is an example of Linus Torvalds at his wors (387 comments)

If we care about him, and we should, we must help him become more socially capable. For example, he could recognize when his anger is caused by not getting enough caring in childhood,

Who the FLYING FUCK are you to determine that? What gives you the right to judge the way someone else goes about their interactions? To decide that they are in need of you help?

This sort of bullshit moral superior armslength personal judgement makes me So Fucking Angry. You don't know him. You are not his therapist. You have no right to tell someone you do not know how they are in need of your help.

5 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

jareth-0205 Re:Also announced Nexus player (201 comments)

And it is powered by an Intel chip. Interesting that Google decided to go with Intel 64-bit SoC instead of ARM. This is a big win for Intel

How big a win can it be when it's flanked by 2 much more mass-market devices that are powered by the competition?

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

jareth-0205 Re:Meh (201 comments)

I have a Z1 Compact and I really like it, it's a solid little phone with decent battery life. The Z3 seem to be an upgrade on all sides.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Why is the paper so important? (446 comments)

Fair enough. It's so hard to know exactly who it is that's being a dick.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Doesn't add up (446 comments)

Since cost of a wedding scales linearly with the number of attendees, it would seem the researches overlooked something.

Errr... how do you figure that? All other things being the same then it would, but obviously weddings aren't all the same. That's the entire point, it depends on what you choose to do. A big wedding that ends in a houseparty with food by potluck is going to be less expensive than a small wedding in a fancy venue with a provided meal.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

jareth-0205 Re:Why is the paper so important? (446 comments)

So what you're saying is that everyone considers you married already, so effectively you are. In your country it would be about publicly making a promise about the other person, and since that is assumed then probably no reason at all.

Other countries and social structures are different though, sometimes there's a legal benefit (ie some hospitals in the states have been preventing gay partners from visiting their other because they're not family, because they have no legal status and presumably the hospital staff have some bigoted beliefs, and without that 'bit of paper' they can enforce them), and sometimes there's a social or personal reason for making a public statement.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

jareth-0205 Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (717 comments)

Great, the standard defence that gets us nowhere. PROVE EVERYTHING! Because if there is no PROOF then something cannot be SAID!

How the fuck you are supposed to prove that anyway I have no idea. But fine, hide behind your belief nothing happens unless it is proven. I'm sure it's a much nicer world to believe that.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

jareth-0205 Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (717 comments)

I don't know how the hell anyone is supposed to come up with stats, but from the examples that are reported it seems pretty clear to me. Just go look up the fate of any woman who has dared to say anything about the games industry.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

jareth-0205 Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (717 comments)

I really wish we could just drop the sexism part of this right now. Both genders get attacked by these people.

Both do, but it *is* sexist. It is far more widespread and vicious towards women. Ignoring that is not helping.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

jareth-0205 Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Android doesn't sandbox apps.

Er.... Yes it does. Absolutely it does, it's right there in the docs.

http://source.android.com/devi...

Each app gets a separate Linux user, so it's data is separate and inaccessible to other apps.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

jareth-0205 Re:Feet and inches (942 comments)

I think everyone should be taught imperial measures as well , specifically miles,yards.feet and inches

All these measurements are still in daily use , try and work will millimeters in engineering and you soon find out that
thousands of an inch are the only way to measure small tolerances.

That's true actually, because we all know it's completely impossible to subdivide a millimetre. It's already been divided out of the metre! Split it any more and it'll shatter!

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

jareth-0205 Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

that sits on your free fast wired internet connection

WTF, Are you on crack or something?

since when is anyone's 'Wired' internet "Fast" let alone "Free"?

Well, I should have said 'unmetered'. Wired will always have the potential to be faster than wireless, and in any civilised country with a functioning telecoms market it will be.

Same old trick by the telcos... They wont upgrade/add towers

You are aware of physics aren't you? You can't just keep adding cell towers, there's a limit to how closely you can put them together. The wireless bandwidth will always be restricted nomatter how much money you throw at it.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

jareth-0205 Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

Yes, because p2p comm during extended blackouts is trivially easy to maintain in the face of depleting battery power (Also, extended blackouts are oh-so-common in modern life). File transfers? Don't we already have a tech called bluetooth for that?

Fucking luddites on a tech site.

Yes, we have wifi, and bluetooth, and whatever, but LTE could be a technology to rule them all. Imagine having one protocol that could scale from pico home sites to nationwide networks. Having your phone connected to a home LTE hotspot that sits on your free fast wired internet connection, that then seemlessly hands over when you leave the house to standard mobile comms, or does P2P when you're physically near someone and need a photo or video from their device. We could do away with a whole bunch of different technologies potentially and replace them with one overarching wireless protocol that is better than them all.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

jareth-0205 Re:So when does GOOG get an EU lawsuit? (427 comments)

How is this different from Microsoft and bundling IE?

When we decide that they are in a monopoly position. We might be getting there, but probably not yet.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (504 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.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (504 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.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

jareth-0205 Re:Alright smart guy (504 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.

about 1 month ago

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