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Google I/O Sells Out In 20 Minutes

lurch_mojoff Re:My school's CS club is very disappointed (221 comments)

You may not write a lot of C functions in your code, but you'd using plenty of functions (and function like macros), which are part of Apple's frameworks. So you'll have to understand C functions if you write Objective-C code.

more than 2 years ago
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The eBook Backlash

lurch_mojoff Re:Tablet... Is Not An Ebook Reader... (418 comments)

Not to mention that it often takes (me) more than one reading in order to retain the information in said book.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Versus Google Innovation Strategies

lurch_mojoff Re:apple does market research (187 comments)

There seems to be ongoing confusion between innovation and invention. What you describe as Apple's innovation is what innovation is in general -- you start with an existing thing and improve it some way. Coming up with something completely new is invention and I don't think either Apple or Google do a lot of that.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

lurch_mojoff Re:Outrage (230 comments)

Yeah, yeah DarkDust means the Location Services database "-gate", which you are right is not even remotely similar. In fact the two issues are as dissimilar as they can be. And here lies the most depressing thing — this will garner very little attention, especially outside of geek circles. I'd be surprised if this revelation, as egregious violation of privacy as it describes, will cause mainstream media excitement and force a congressional hearing and grilling like the Location Services thing did.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012

lurch_mojoff Re:The end of Nokia (234 comments)

Sure they can do that, but will it really matter? By then they'll have lost a lot of money, a lot of market share, a lot of mind share and brand value. And switching to Android will not prevent the rest of the Android OEMs from gutting them. In fact it probably will be a much more brutal gutting, because while with WinPho7 Nokia are at least getting in the game early on in the life of the platform with Android they will be 5-ish years behind most of their competitors.

more than 3 years ago
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Cybercriminals Shifting Focus To Non-Windows OSes

lurch_mojoff Re:Macs are still no mans land (265 comments)

This has been the case throughout the whole of the last ten years and we've been eagerly awaiting said pioneer for at least 4-5 of them. Still nothing. I'm starting to suspect that there is actually no gold and that the only ones who haven't figured it out yet are some of the folks on Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

lurch_mojoff Re:closed. (345 comments)

In what way GNUstep + GCC (+ presumably Linux) facilitate "systems [lock]down and ... prevent after-market modifications" more than "Android-esque / Java"?

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

lurch_mojoff Re:For the better? (345 comments)

Some of the biggest NeXT clients were precisely from the military, intelligence, banking, financial services and science communities. And they chose NeXT precisely because of Objective-C and NeXTStep.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

lurch_mojoff Re:Apple's response? (345 comments)

Apple don't have to do squat to prevent iPad apps form being "recycled" on a Sony gadget - there are more than enough differences that cannot easily be compensated between this Sony platform and iOS for this to even be a possibility. For example Sony will be using Cairo instead of Apple's Quartz, so any drawing code in an app will have to be rewritten. Also GNUstep does not implement UIKit at all. It doesn't even mimic AppKit all that well. And reverse engineering and achieving parity with either framework is a gargantuan task. So any UI code in an app will also need to be rewritten, or at least significantly modified, at which point you might as well rewrite the whole application in an entirely different language/framework.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Long Road To $300

lurch_mojoff Re:Apple don't pay dividends (264 comments)

Each share of Apple stock is worth one N-th (where N is the total number of shares, which for Apple is about 900 million) of the company's book value. If Apple were to shut down tomorrow you'll get some sum of money without having to pass your shares to anybody.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Reportedly Cancels Plans for Windows 7 Tablet

lurch_mojoff Re:The real story... (181 comments)

Contrary to the obviously less than clued in article says, it's all Linux, be it Android, Chrome or WebOS.

But is it? When you have three completely distinct ways of writing applications, would you still count them as one OS simply because they have the same kernel? Would you be running a glorified browser, like ChromeOS, on a SuperDome Supercomputer?

more than 4 years ago
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HP Reportedly Cancels Plans for Windows 7 Tablet

lurch_mojoff Re:Not So Sure (181 comments)

If the PR team is planning to "manage the rumors", I'm hesitant to believe that the rumor is accurate. After all, if HP was really killing the Slate, why wouldn't they want word out as soon as possible, or why would they care about managing what's said?

Actually, I'm reading this exactly the opposite way - if HP were not killing the Slate a simple response would be sufficient, something like - "Of course no. That rumor is ludicrous. We are still shipping the Slate in the already announced timeframe."

On the other hand, if they are "killing" the Slate and, say, replacing it with the same hardware but running WebOS, they probably need time to assess how much time will that take, or whatever, so they can come out and say - "We are killing the current Slate device if favor of releasing so-and-so in six months."

I may, too, be reading it wrongly, though. Probably it's best if we don't assume either way until HP comment on the matter or release the device.

more than 4 years ago
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4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer

lurch_mojoff Re:Unprofessional, guys; (164 comments)

*takes a deep breath* FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME, NOBODY IS ARGUING APPLE DIDN'T KNOW HIS IDENTITY! *and exhale* The point Doches is making, and completely agree with, is that we should not splatter his name and face all over teh intertubes and laugh at his expense. The guy has it quite hard as is and he can do without out visceral gloating.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera For iPhone To Test Apple's Resolve

lurch_mojoff Re:Well, Opera Mini isn't strictly a browser... (292 comments)

You need to only ask yourself whether you trust Opera Software ASA.

Or any individual one of their employees, who have access to said servers. And when it comes to financial information, my position is no on both counts. I sure hope most people share my position.

more than 4 years ago
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"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

lurch_mojoff Re:Really? (821 comments)

Screwing with adults and their privacy is one thing, photographing naked children is some next level shit to put it bluntly.

Yeah, some guy in Australia, I believe, got sentenced to jail for pedophilia because he had pornographic pictures of cartoon characters, but it's OK for government employed perverts to be ogling our kids in the name of "safety". Top grade job UK government, fucking A+.

more than 4 years ago
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Denmark Chooses OpenDocument Format

lurch_mojoff Re:Wrong decision (198 comments)

OK, let me break down fuzzyfuzzyfungus' argument into simple sentences for you, because you seem unable to wrap your mind around it.

-- Government chooses a proprietary format
-- Everybody who is part of "the market" inevitably has to interact with the government and their documentation.
-- The software of the company owning said format, regardless of its merits, is the only one that can be used to comunicate with the government.
-- "The market" can go fuck itself selecting the best product.

-- Government chooses an open, unencumbered with patents format
-- Everybody who is part of "the market" inevitably has to interact with the government and their documentation.
-- Anyone can write software that can be used to comunicate with the government.
-- "The market" can freely choose whichever products they fancy.

And you seem to be absolutely right, only evil socialist governments and the pinko commies who've elected them seem to understand these two simple concepts. Hoorah for libertarianism.

more than 4 years ago
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The Kafka-esque Nightmare of Palm App Submission

lurch_mojoff Re:what a moron, meanwhile others are making money (332 comments)

At the very least Apple, and I'd presume Microsoft too, although I don't really know (or care), does not require bank or tax information if you don't plan on selling your app. The developer account registration does not ask you for that information and once you've got your developer credentials, you already have an active contract with the iTunes App store for worldwide distribution of free apps. The developer in TFA claims that Palm asked him to provide PayPal seller credentials (or whatever you call them), even though his only two apps are free.

more than 4 years ago
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G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

lurch_mojoff Re:Department of Orwellian Reasoning (630 comments)

On the other hand, you have to consider the fact that the weapons that have been used in the past in place of this "sound cannon" for crowd control - rubber bullets and wooden batons, for example - are significantly more likely to cause bodily harm, including permanent damage and "fatal aneurisms". And they are significantly harder to escape.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Open Sources Grand Central Dispatch

lurch_mojoff Re:This does not help, Apple. (342 comments)

I'd say crippled is too strong of a word here. Form the libdispatch project main page, linked in the blurb above:

While kernel support provides many performance optimizations on Mac OS X, it is not strictly required for portability to other platforms.

more than 4 years ago

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