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Wireless Charging Standards Groups Agree To Merge

markkezner Re:But one major alternative still exists (65 comments)

Wireless charging is ineffective? Do you actually use it? I've used it for months and it charges my phone quite nicely and conveniently.

You could argue that some energy is lost to the ether, but that really doesn't affect me. Sure, It's not as fast as a quality cable charger, but it's still faster than the knock-off chargers that most people use. In any event it's fast enough to get me charged up for a while.

Plugging\unplugging cables doesn't sound like a terrible chore, but when you go wireless, you get very used to it. For example, I have wireless charging installed\hacked into my car. I get into my car and slap my phone onto my magnetic wireless charging mount (which is a Mountek magnetic mount with a Nexus Qi charger attached. The phone is Nexus 5). I don't have to adjust the mount to grab the phone (no grips, just magnets!) and I don't have to plug anything in. Within half a second, the phone is charging and mounted, and it charges at a fast enough rate that even with screen on and GPS active, the phone charge level is ticking upwards. When I leave my car, I just grab the phone. No fussing with cables or the mount. Awesome. Fast. Convenient. I'm living in the future.

I also have a Nexus Qi charger on my bedside table. With this, I never have to retrieve a cable that's fallen to the ground, and never have to drag a cable across the bed over a sleeping partner. It charges my phone all night, I wake up with a full charge, and it's easy, so I don't give a damn if some energy is lost. It's very effective for me.

about three weeks ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

markkezner Re:Git Is Not The Be All End All (245 comments)

Git is perfectly capable of having a repo that is considered the "single source of truth". All you have to do is tell everyone which repository to consider the "main" one.

The reason it's fine to use any random developer's git repository to restore is because the data's integrity is guaranteed by git's design. Let's say you had some disaster and lost your repository. Suppose you found a random developer (that you don't necessarily trust) who has a git repository that is a clone of your old, destroyed repository. You can safely and confidently restore from his copy so long as they have a commit id (hash) that matches exactly with a known hash from the original repository. If the hashes match then his copy at that commit is guaranteed to exactly match, bit for bit, your original repository. Compromising that integrity would be extraordinarily hard.

Of course you shouldn't rely on random developers having copies, just out of pure luck. Make your own backups and keep them safe.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

markkezner Re:What about the shareholders? (211 comments)

If such were the case, Google surely would have been sued to the brink by its shareholders by now.

about 7 months ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

markkezner Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

This permission grouping is the exact opposite direction that Android permissions should be heading. There are a number of permissions, such as "Read Phone State and Identity" that should be broken up because they aren't even strongly related to each other.

about 7 months ago

Github Rolls Out New Text Editor Atom

markkezner Re:yeah for dumb posts on slashdot (82 comments)

You're not a real coder unless you write your own OS, processor microcode, support libraries, network architecture and programming language before you make your application. Otherwise, you're just letting other people do the hard work for you!

Do see what a bad place this line of thinking takes you? If you want to get anything done, you have to reinvent the world. Imagine if everybody did that... how slow development would be and how slightly incompatible everything would be.

Go ahead and proceed with your elitist worldview. If you need me, I'll be over here, being productive and shipping actual products.

about a year ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

markkezner Re:Move on (573 comments)

doing things that break browsers that are somewhat out of the mainstream (while avoiding more portable solutions), it's not even a good, well-thought-out solution. If my browser doesn't work right on a given website, it's almost a certainty that the site uses JQuery.

So JQuery doesn't support your esoteric, out of mainstream, unnamed browser, but it works just fine for 99% of the world who do use mainstream browsers. Therefore JQuery is a bad solution? JQuery only has the developer mind\time resources to support only so much stuff. They just can't support everything, as that draws time\attention away from making the mainstream use cases work (read: use cases that are important to everyone else).

Faulting JQuery for not supporting your oddball browser is like faulting Adobe for not bringing Photoshop to FreeBSD; there are precisely 6 people who would use Photoshop on FreeBSD, so they choose to spend their time on other things.

Do you really want to sap the performance of your script by following the JQuery ethos of using expensive DOM-query navigators for every operation instead of simply gathering up an array of element references only once and then using that repeatedly?

Who says you have to query inefficeintly? Just query once and save the result somewhere. Just because it's possible to do something the wrong way doesn't mean JQuery is bad. There are ways to shoot yourself in the foot on every platform ever made.

about a year ago

Microsoft Warns Customers Away From RC4 and SHA-1

markkezner What about Git? (92 comments)

Git is a great system, but it relies on SHA1. If SHA1 has feasible attacks, is git going to stay on SHA1 or will it move to something more secure? Can it even do so without breaking compatibility?

about a year ago

Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

markkezner Re:Here is the thing. (791 comments)

The lightning connector is nice, but it's limited to only Apple products, thus its usefulness as a technology is limited. To reduce waste and for convenient charging, I wish everyone would agree on a nice reversible connector that is an industry standard, charges quickly regardless of manufacturer, and "just works". I somehow doubt Apple would go for that.

Micro USB is fine except the cables are always upside down (as they seem to exist in 4 spacial dimensions) and the cables break easily if you charge the phone while they're in your pocket, such as when using a portable battery.

about a year ago

HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

markkezner Re:And how many new restrictions? (293 comments)

digital signal all the way to the monitor means better audio quality (speakers are in monitor).

Seriously bro? Any miniature benefit that digital audio signals would have given you is completely blown away by using speakers that are integrated into your monitor. Integrated speakers are just universally bad, full stop. I'm not talking about an audiophile's definition of bad, either; I bet my grandma could hear the difference.

I'd wager that given the same sound source, a stereo analog signal going into standard desktop computer speakers will sound better than your pure digital setup through your computer monitor.

If this was a troll, well, you deserve a beer, cause you got me.

about a year ago

We All May Have a Little Martian In Us

markkezner Re:Crock of shit (168 comments)

It isn't just slashdot either. Extraordinary claims + no extraordinary evidence = BAM front page of major news site + accepted as fact by 1/3 of our facebook friends.

This story is far fetched and is definately not the simplest possible explanation. I call bullshit. Slashdot should know better.

This pic says it better than I can.

about a year ago

Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

markkezner Re:150 at a time? (506 comments)

IANARS*, but 40 didn't mean "new Integer(40);" in biblical times, it was equivalent to when we say "a million" today; it means "a hell of a lot".

To me, 40 - 1 means to beat someone within an inch of their life.

*I am not a religious scholar

about a year and a half ago

Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

markkezner Re:I disagree (289 comments)

You have basically two choices: Program to a older API, and ignore all new features, or, Program to a newer API, and ignore all older phones.

There is a 3rd choice that is usually ignored in these discussions: support the feature if it's present on the device, but do not require it. Continue running the app without the functionality if it is not available on the device. The term is graceful degradation.


about a year and a half ago

Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

markkezner Re:Geotarding? (153 comments)

I've found that they do correct map errors eventually, especially if given quality error reports. It usually takes a few weeks.

For your safety I recommend you make the correction yourself using Google Map Maker. There is still a human approval process but it should expedite your correction.

about a year and a half ago

Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

markkezner Meeting circumstances don't matter (313 comments)

Ask anyone who has dated around enough and they'll tell you that the circumstances under which you first meet don't matter for much. Sure, for a few weeks she'll be "my new OkCupid girl" or "my new Barnes and Noble girl" to you, but that fades. At that point I typically don't think too much about how we met and think more about what's going on in the present moment.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

markkezner Re:Breakfast? (92 comments)

I have this vision of the scientists keeping the cell cultures separate by placing them into separate waffle holes. Square waffles make more sense because they form a simple grid, which makes recording the data easier.

Clearly I'm thinking about this too much.

about a year and a half ago

Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

markkezner Re:Ads Kill Bandwidth (716 comments)

I'll go ahead and assume that you're the same AC.

That all makes sense, I personally have purchased apps just to remove the ads. I had gotten the impression from the first post that you wanted free services with no ads, ie something for nothing.

about a year and a half ago



Google News gets a separate web crawler and index

markkezner markkezner writes  |  more than 5 years ago

markkezner (1209776) writes "In response to complaints by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and others, Google has given Google News its own web crawler. The service had previously relied on the same web crawler that is used to index pages for regular web search. This change allows publishers to use robots.txt to finely control how Google News indexes their content without affecting how it is indexed for normal Google web searches. Before this change occurred, publishers could have contacted Google to specifically de-index content from Google News."


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