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Android Compatibility and Fragmentation

joeytsai Re:It's a huge issue to app developers, not Google (211 comments)

The bug fix would be trivial to port back to Android 1.5, which would make it drastically more likely to get on to these older phones, but there's no sign this will ever happen. Do I keep code paths like this? Or do I give up the 25% of the market that is Android 1.5? Neither is desirable.

If they made an update, say 1.5.1, you would still want the old code path for the devices that hadn't upgraded - which leaves you in exactly the same position you are in now.

Another really frustrating one is how I have to detect specific devices and request certain size depth buffers just to get decent performance.

I'm not sure what you want Google to do about this. Do you want Google to dictate a certain hardware spec to all the vendors? If you favor a consistent platform (more or less) from a well-known set of hardware on a single carrier, you should go with Apple.

This is simply software engineering - taking one set of trade-offs for others. If you want newer features, you target the later API, at the cost of a smaller audience. These are all very straight-forward cost/benefit decisions, that YOU get to make, not Google. This is the strength of the open platform.

Through the market you can reach an enormous diversity of devices, which translates to a huge audience. I agree - it would be an amazing world if you could write a app once that works flawlessly on all of them. But as a software developer myself, I don't think that expectation is reasonable. That being said, I think Android does work quite well, and good luck on another platform like WinMo7.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Is Collecting Your Kindle Highlights & Notes

joeytsai Most highlighted passage (211 comments)

...the more money they made the next day on the streets. Those three things--autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward--are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us.

-- The Kindle's most highlighted passage, from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success


more than 4 years ago

Hacker Uncovers Chinese Olympic Fraud

joeytsai Broken Sport (1275 comments)

Speaking as someone with no knowledge of the gymnastics, it seems to me that the sport is just broken and this is a symptom of the problem.

Why is it that when women start developing (gasp!), they are hugely disadvantaged in the world of competitive gymnastics? It seems *that* is the fundamental problem, and it doesn't appear to be a problem that's too difficult to solve. To have a women's sport where the best competitors are the farthest thing from actual women seems silly.

Yes, I understand that with the current gymnastic events it is an advantage to be smaller, lighter, not as curvy, etc. But while we cannot control the woman's figure, of course we can control the sport and its events. Why not choose or create events that aren't hindered by a woman's curves or emphasize artistic moves that prefer a adult's center of mass, rather than a child's, etc.?

If the olympic events naturally favor younger girls, then expect more and more younger girls to compete and succeed. To put a restriction which are contrary to nature the sport itself - you are guaranteed they will be protested and circumvented.

more than 6 years ago



joeytsai joeytsai writes  |  more than 8 years ago

joeytsai (49613) writes "Make sure and check out and scifi.com and see the first of ten webisodes of BSG leading up to the season premiere on October 5. Here's to looking forward to every Tuesday and Thursday!"


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