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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

khellendros1984 Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (298 comments)

No, they have an app like this, which allows them to view the DSLR's viewfinder on a tablet, control various settings, and take pictures. "DSLR remote shooting", in other words.

3 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

khellendros1984 Re:Mobile game control on flat glass (224 comments)

I don't disagree with either of those points. As far as games though, there's also currently a vibrant culture of independent game development that carries some of what Flash game development did. Then there's the combination of SVG and Javascript, which allow similar things to be done.

3 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

khellendros1984 Re:But Steve Jobs said mean things about flash! (224 comments)

Flash actually works better on my current phone than it did on the phone I had when it was actually supported. The APKs are still available from Adobe themselves, for anyone who cares to download them. Sometimes a nostalgia trip to some of the old flash video sites is fun.

4 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

khellendros1984 Re: Finaly. (224 comments)

Wow, I've never heard of any of those websites.

Maybe you're outside of the general demographic that they served. 10-15 years ago, there were few people that I knew between 10 and 20 years of age that didn't visit one or more of those sites occasionally, or at least know of them. In some ways, they filled similar niches to what Youtube videos and smartphone games do now, but in a lower-bandwidth, resolution/device-independent way.

Many of the non-interactive videos can be found on Youtube now, rendered into raster video from the original vector source files. Similarly, most of the game concepts have been replicated in one way or another to various mobile devices.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

khellendros1984 Re:DVD (250 comments)

Optical media, at least the writables we as consumers have access to are completely inadequate for long term storage.

What about something like M-Discs? They're a consumer-available optical medium designed for long-term storage. They require a drive with a higher-powered laser to record, but will read in a standard DVD or Blu-ray drive. Of course, their "1000 years of storage" can't really be tested, but the idea of using an inorganic data layer seems like an improvement, and the discs passed some kind of DoD reliability testing.

4 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

khellendros1984 Re:What Kind (385 comments)

That's a wonderful idea if I were just working on my own projects. Clang++'s output *is* much cleaner than GCC's. However, it's more difficult to suggest as one of hundreds of developers in a corporate setting. Politics, legal hoops, inertia, verification that there are vendor-supported packages for that compiler on systems that haven't updated to gcc 4.x, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

khellendros1984 Re:What Kind (385 comments)

C++ is essentially a mixture of languages at this point, with several ways to do many things. You can still write very C-like code using C data types, with the pitfalls of C (memory leaks, buffer overflows, etc). You can write more modern-style C++ programs using the container classes, iterators, and RAII techniques to avoid C's pitfalls. You can also end up with a program that's an ugly mash of C and C++.

C++ templates, which enable generic programming, are complicated enough to be their own sub-language, and errors that are output by the compiler about any of the templated container classes can be nigh-incomprehensible on their own, and take up a few dozen lines to describe an error like "You need a random-access iterator here, not just a forward iterator".

There are other examples, but essays can be (and have been) written about unnecessary complexity in C++.

about two weeks ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

khellendros1984 Re:2015: Still using Facebook (80 comments)

Quit going to church and you will finish the task of disassociating yourself from idiots and their idiotic behavior.

If one lived alone in a cabin in the woods, one would still not succeed at escaping irrationality, since there's still one human nearby. People like to pretend that they're rational, but they're fooling themselves. You'll find the only example of non-idiotic humanity riding a unicorn, taking tea with the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in orbit about 1.3 AU out from a teapot inscribed "Bertrand" on the bottom.

about three weeks ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

khellendros1984 Re:2015: Still using Facebook (80 comments)

So you're willing to sell off your privacy for a few bucks?

Not under those terms, which is why I don't use store-specific cards (since it's already bad enough that credit processors want to track me). If there were a pay service that could replace FB in all aspects, minus ads and data-gathering, I'd be more than interested to look at it.

How does it feel knowing that there are complete strangers out there that think they know you because of the data they collect on you about purchasing habits?

Honestly? It doesn't bother me. Similar to "How does it feel [...] that think they know you because of your pseudonynmous posts on Slashdot?" I don't do anything important on Facebook, similar to how I don't do anything important on Slashdot. Sometimes, I make posts that don't reflect my feelings, just for a change in pace. Facebook wants to see my false information? Meh.

How will you feel about it when someone gets it wrong?

Amused, so far. FB has been trying to guess where I live for years. I don't think that it's ever guessed the right city, and it guesses the right county only occasionally. More commonly, it picks a state across the country where it knows I have a lot of friends, or in another country. I commonly look up products that friends are interested in, but that I don't care about. I mark random ads as offensive. If they can actually filter the signal from the noise, I actually think that's pretty cool, and I hope some papers eventually get written and released, based on the methods. They've done the work, and all based on information that I wouldn't have a problem yelling to random people on a street corner.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

khellendros1984 Re: Competition (437 comments)

I've observed the following on my wife's Windows phone:
- The Line app doesn't do emote pop-ups like it does on my Android phone. If you want to use emotes, you have to look them up manually
- Her phone lacks turn-by-turn navigation, and won't narrate directions. It's useless as a car navigation device for those reasons.
- As far as I'm aware, Tubecast is the only Windows app that'll stream to Chromecast, and I think it's Youtube-only
- Daily reminders to reboot the phone, with the statement that they don't recommend continuing to operate the phone without restarts
- All the games advertised on TV: No Windows Phone version.
- No emulators
- No on-device scripting environments
- No on-device command-line
- I like having my ssh +ftp clients+servers available on my phone, because they're easier than connecting a cable
- No Dropbox app

I am overjoyed that you don't care about any of the things I've listed...but I do. Most of the items aren't critical requirements on their own, but the combination of all of them together means that using a Windows Phone would be a serious reduction in what my phone could do, for me.

My certainty is that the Windows app store lacks most of the software that I want.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

khellendros1984 Re:Intersex and time travel (254 comments)

Friday was basically about a genetically engineered woman acting as a message courier. Her biggest worry was racism (artificial people being widely hated by the general populace).

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

khellendros1984 Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

I'd be more interested if they provided a server program to run on my own hardware and act as Nest's intelligent backend+database, without an internet connection. It's bad enough that my electrical utility installed smart meters without the option to stick with the normal, non-connected ones.

I see some potential fun to be had with setting up some home automation, and I see value in pre-built hardware that's designed to work together with other hardware, but it ought to be a system where I have as complete control as possible.

about a month ago
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Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

khellendros1984 Re: It's Dupe-L-Licious! (121 comments)

My point was that at no time do they offer you access to two regions at once. I haven't read the full terms of use recently, so I'm not sure how exactly it's worded.

about a month ago
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Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

khellendros1984 Re:It's Dupe-L-Licious! (121 comments)

They've paid, but only for the things that are offered by Netflix in their country. Netflix's catalog varies country-by-country (and is unavailable in most countries of the world). People use outside services that are against Netflix's use policies to make it look like they're in another country that has the content they want to see.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

khellendros1984 Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Your analogy is wrong. My analogy is saying, "Just because a policy's implementation is flawed does not mean the policy is inherently flawed."

I disagree. My analogy is saying that things don't happen just because you say so. Law should follow the will of the people, scientific or not, because anything else is going to cause conflict within society. I think that your entire way of thinking is wrong, because people won't magically conform to laws just because of consequences. If the world was that direct, we could just set the sentence for every crime as death. One of society's obligations is to help and support other members of that society. Otherwise, it's counterproductive for the individual to participate.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

khellendros1984 Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Because the speed limits *totally* wouldn't creep downward as revenue drops, when people start watching their speed closer. The motivation for governments putting up speed cameras isn't safety, it's income, pure and simple.

Don't break the law if you don't wish to have your license revoked, it's basically that simple.

If they revoke my license, I still need to get to work, because my family and I like eating and living in a nice home. I'll just be driving without a license and praying not to get caught. The world isn't as simple as you're making it out to be. Imagine if we applied that same logic to programming, after all. "To write perfect software, don't introduce bugs, it's basically that simple."

about 1 month ago
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My laptop lasts on battery for ...

khellendros1984 Re:Missing Option (97 comments)

A desktop's great for everything but portability. If I need desktop-like capabilities plus portability, then a laptop's the only option. A tablet's great for reading (but not writing) e-mail, web browsing (but not posting), watching Netflix, and a couple games that work on a small (10"/25cm) touchscreen. It's pretty useless to me for anything else, and only better than my phone because of the larger screen and the fact that when the battery dies, I've still got a phone+navigation system available.

The answer to "WTF would I want a laptop for?" is, in your case, that you don't. In my case, the answer is that my desktop isn't portable enough and neither my phone nor my tablet have a large enough screen or run the right software for some of the things that I like doing. For a lot of people, a desktop computer is an anachronism, and a laptop makes sense as a replacement.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

khellendros1984 Re: Do users really care? (278 comments)

You don't care about social networking, but you care about what you consider to be others' unprincipled actions. A tool is a tool...you don't care about the tool itself, you care about the results that it gets you. If starting a social network that you'd consider "principled" would fix everyone else's behavior, then that's the tool that you'd use. It doesn't matter that you "don't care" about social networking, because a great mass of other people do.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

khellendros1984 Re: Do users really care? (278 comments)

"Evil" is a very loaded word, and I wouldn't include data-mining under that label. As far as censorship goes, I think you've got to look at their motivation. Is it their intent to suppress speech? No, it's their intent to play a sophisticated game of "Cover Your Ass".

Want to make a real change? Build up a social network where all income comes through subscription fees rather than advertising and selling information. Don't be a citizen of a country that will require you to put backdoors into the network, and don't host any part of it in such a country. Build it so that it provides every functional benefit that Facebook has, without any of the drawbacks. Until you've got a workable alternative, people will continue using what works for them. You don't find the price acceptable, and neither does Stallman (no surprise there), but the herd won't follow until it's made clear to every one of them exactly what they're paying, and to whom...*and* you get a critical mass of users to move to something else.

You can rail against something that you don't like as much as you want, but it's not going to do any practical good.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

khellendros1984 Re: Do users really care? (278 comments)

Judging from the responses to your posts, your opinion isn't as popular as you might have expected. It's certainly a more extreme position than I'd take.

I don't consider sacrificing privacy for convenience to such a degree and enabling Facebook's behavior by using it to be a very principles move.

To which degree? Providing a fake name, birthdate, and other information, blocking image tags, and posting untagged text information? I suppose that they can extract a fair amount of info about me from information that my friends post, but if I didn't have an account, Facebook has algorithms that would infer most of those connections anyhow.

Facebook is a tool that encourages incorrect use. Kind of like a bank, or a credit card. Still, I enjoy the conveniences of direct-deposited paychecks, not carrying around the amounts of cash that would encourage the police to seize it, and paying for things that are difficult to get by cash. Facebook has less utility than a credit card, of course. Therefore, they have less information about me. Although they've done things that I consider annoying, I haven't actually been harmed in a way that I can measure. Part of that is because I haven't given them sufficient leverage to do so.

about a month ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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