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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

jma05 Re:Confucius say: (352 comments)

What stopped you from using your Dell after 3 years? Did it break? Did Dell refuse to fix it?

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

jma05 Mobile OS (180 comments)

I blame the mobile OS vendors for this, especially in case of Android. A modern mobile OS must give full control for the user to understand and control which apps are accessing which data services. The user should be able to have a log of all these requests. The user should be able to wire fake data sources to these apps. There are very few apps that I would trust with my contacts list, account names and location information. Cyanogen Mod is working towards this and Google's attempts to acquire it do not engender any trust. The last company with legitimate use for Cyanogen Mod would be Google.

4 days ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

jma05 Re:Democarcy (67 comments)

Jokes aside, Democracy game series is critically acclaimed and regarded as even educational.

5 days ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

jma05 Re:What has happened to Slashdot? (425 comments)

Which better technology sites? Which editors are you referring to?

about two weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

jma05 Re:So, now HP sells a tablet (182 comments)

Baloney. I learnt it that way and it was a waste of time. Math should be about learning the splendor of numbers, shapes, change etc... not about learning to be a clerk in a pre-digital age. I recommend you to read "A Mathematician’s Lament" by Paul Lockhart. Don't argue with me. Argue against his arguments.

about three weeks ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jma05 Re:Linux From Scratch (221 comments)

I was thinking of the LiveCD they provide. I agree that it should not be called a distro since it is just an optional build environment.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jma05 Re:Linux From Scratch (221 comments)

Does anyone use LFS for production at all? It is more of a learning distro.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jma05 Re:min install (221 comments)

Suse minimal install used about 7MB RAM to run, when I tested it some 3 years ago. Most popular server Linux distros provide a minimal option. Ubuntu had (had - because I am not sure if it is still being maintained) JeOS (Just Enough OS) just for VMs.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

jma05 Math? (981 comments)

Evolution and social studies, I get. But math? How is that even remotely against their religion? Wasn't most of school math present or developed during caliphate days? Algebra is an Arabic word. Sure, Geometry was developed adequately before their religion came along and they stopped short of Calculus. But in what conceivable way would math be seen as against their religion? I am almost tempted to smell pre-war propaganda that exaggerates some real findings.

about a month ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jma05 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

> 4mbps is not "enough" for the modern Internet

Oh, it is enough for Internet as it stands today. It may not be enough for poorly optimized sites and services, but it is otherwise fine.

> even low bandwidth streams wouldn't work well.

I am not in US. So I don't do Hulu or Netflix. I do however do a lot of YouTube. YouTube classifies 360p as low-def. 480p as standard-def. I do 360p, with ease, on my *1 mbps* connection.

I also do Coursera. Its 480p videos are very well compressed. 1 mbps is about 7.5 MB/min. Coursera vids are often about 1.5-3 MB/min, and not commonly, 5 MB/min. I used to do video conferencing for work with 6 other people on the same 1 mbps connection.

Video compression technology has come a long way in the last few years. Google's VP9 codec is said to do 1080p at under 3 mbps.

I am not disputing that more bandwidth is always good and I certainly would not mind more. Telcos do need to keep up with times to earn their keep. But I do want to make a point that you can do a lot with humble speeds and quite comfortably at that. I feel that the things that I am missing are only a few unimportant things. I have used Internet at 100 mbps at the university and so know what it is like. But it has not been hard to adapt to much slower speeds. I can actually pay US prices and get typical US residential speeds. But meh, this works well enough.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

jma05 Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

> In a year or two, when it becomes clear that there are certain kinds of things that can only be done on that years' hardware

Rather than argue speculatively like this, why not argue more concretely with a case where what we have have today is not possible with 3 or 4 year old hardware? I can't think of anything off the top of my head. Even if there is some technique like that, how widespread is its use in today's content? And how much would a person miss by not having that itty bitty feature?

PC gaming has worked fine on 5 (or more) year old hardware for a while now. It is not a requirement to have to max out every setting of diminishing return, all the time, or to miss an occasional Crysis like game that is intended to show the future than anything else. Our lives won't be empty without that extra little post-processing, which in most cases, would not even be something we would even notice unless specifically told about it. Statistically speaking, the users that chase the edge are a very small minority. Yet, we make them the face of PC gaming and chase away regular people to console gaming, which is far more expensive once all the costs are exposed, based on this faux need to upgrade constantly.

about a month and a half ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

jma05 Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

> Which part of India are you in?

South.

> But some people I've talked to have indeed switched from TV to smartphone, and that's in the city outskirts.

Yes. So have I (I am in the outskirts of a small town, BTW). I do not watch any TV here and entirely consume my video via Internet (from my residential connection). But I do not represent an average Indian and would be a statistical outlier. So would the Indians that you are in contact with likely be. The Indians who work in engineering and science, especially those who do some overseas work (assuming it is these that you are in contact with), either perhaps moving back and forth or working with western clients, have developed country preferences and have similar ideas as slashdotters. But we are just a small demographic.

about 2 months ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

jma05 Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

> I know several towns in Western Europe that used to share a single cell tower.

You are talking about having a single cell tower. The parent and I are talking about having a single shared cell phone for the entire village. It used to happen back in the land line era when a village might have had just one or two pay phones, but not now.

about 2 months ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

jma05 Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

> Some villages only have one cell phone that everyone shares

You don't seem to be talking from experience and seem to be simply conjecturing. I am in India. I have never heard of any village sharing just one cell phone. It is not even plausible. Now, it used to be, several decades ago, that there were just a handful of landlines per village. But a cell tower will not be setup unless the provider is sure that there is demand for enough to make an economic case. And there always is. Mobile phones are not expensive (but not cheaper than the cheap options in US). Mobile plans are however incredibly cheap compared to US. I know poor ($13 rent for a family of 4) families in India who have multiple mobile phones, one per working adult.

> So think of it as each person in India putting out $1100 for their phone

Poor people are not buying smartphones yet (its the lower middle class and up that is driving smart phones now). They still buy Nokia dumb phones and are now beginning to shift to cheap Android phones at $100. Firefox Phone helps by further lowering that barrier of entry. The minimum monthly talk refill plan I know is 30 *cents*... very cheap. You may not get many outgoing minutes, but you don't get charged for incoming calls, unlike US. So everyone in India who needs one, can afford a mobile phone plan.

$1100 for a phone is very expensive in India. I know several people who have them, but they are all rich. And it is often a status symbol rather than for an actual need.

> which they use in lieu of land line, TV and computer

No one in India uses a smart phone in lieu of a TV. Having cable TV (60-80 channels) in India is very cheap ($3 per month in poor neighborhoods). Indian mobile data plans start very cheap ($2) but are not robust enough to be used for routine video consumption yet. They won't be replacing TV anytime soon. Anyone who owns a $1100 mobile phone already has a pricey HDTV.

Mobile phones are also not replacing computers yet since most of the phone users, unlike US, were not computer users to begin with. People here use cheap service stations nearby, to pay bills online, where the operator sits in front of an online PC, accepts cash and pays bills for a few cents of service charge. This is much simpler for most people than using data plans and mobile web apps, for now. Around here (a small town), there is such a tiny store for every neighborhood and they provide small jobs that serve populace that is not yet computer savvy enough.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

jma05 Re:1920x1200 1920x1080 (42 comments)

Will Scarlett Johansson break my wrist otherwise?

about 3 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

jma05 Re: "The real problem..." he explained (132 comments)

Well. I do write Python. I have seen no cause for hostility. I still write in Python 2.7 (there is no reason AFAIK to still use 2.5 or 2.6 other than just not bothering; 2.5 is just too old) but intend to switch whenever Linux distros make 3.x the default.

> "if you want to start a Python 3 fork, fine, but you'll get zero recognition or help from me"

That's pretty anecdotal. Here is something a bit more objective.
http://docs.continuum.io/anaco...
Of the 197 Python 2.7 packages from Anaconda distro, 141 are there in 3.x. So it is 71.5% there among the more common packages. At large, pypi shows 3.3 at 35% of 2.7 or 50% of 2.6.

about 4 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

jma05 Re:Fourteen years? (132 comments)

More like the baby they had 14 years ago is starting to grow one.

Yes, I know the one about hackers and beards.

about 4 months ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

jma05 Re:Great for India (85 comments)

True. Indian Internet is not great for heavy media usage. It is quite adequate for posting to "forums" the OP was talking about.

The broadband plans I have seen have x speed, a relatively low cap, but an unlimited x/2 speed hence after. Not too bad. The cheapest broadband I have seen is 1 mbps for $8, 20 GB cap, further usage is unlimited at 512 kbps. I don't recall what the more expensive plans offer. Low-cost, lower-tier alternatives are more important for India. India's primary concern ATM is access, not throughput. The speeds and caps are not show stoppers for most part. HD Video and game services like Steam (or even plain game consoles) won't take off in this environment, but everything else should be fine.

about 4 months ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

jma05 Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Your sig: "Eat Locals!" somehow does not go well with the case you just argued :-).

> I am sure if a common person used a database to collect information on the judge or the judge's family and then wrote a detailed plan of how the family was to be murdered, we would not be getting of with a simple misuse of private information.

Which is why the law will not allow that judge to take up that case because he will no longer be able to judge objectively. That argument... what if he did it to the judge?... is never a good argument.

about 4 months ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

jma05 Re:Great for India (85 comments)

He is talking about states in India, not US.

about 4 months ago

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UN votes to protect privacy in digital age

jma05 jma05 writes  |  about 10 months ago

jma05 (897351) writes "The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a privacy resolution introduced by Brazil and Germany, against unlawful surveillance.

"The resolution affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy". Under pressure from US lobbying, the clause that mass surveillance constitutes a human rights violation was dropped earlier."

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SCO Shares Plummet to 40 Cents

jma05 jma05 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jma05 (897351) writes "From the article — "SCO's stock dropped more than 70 percent in the days following the ruling. It traded at US$1.56 Friday and opened at $0.40 Tuesday morning". Is it time for de-listing SCO again? SCOX"

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