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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

marmoset Re:Huh? (241 comments)

Cheap home routers tend to have crappy power supplies and inadequate cooling.

about a year ago
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Ziff Davis Secretly Paying Sites To Track Users

marmoset Re:two words (53 comments)

Not just Chromium — Ghostery works on pretty much every browser.

more than 3 years ago
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Android On HP TouchPad

marmoset Re:"No ecosystem" (280 comments)

I keep all of my O’Reilly books and my company’s own documentation on my iPad. Very handy in my line of work (I’m frequently onsite with customers and need quick access to technical documentation, and I often don’t have access to the Internet from a customer’s network.) Yes, I could use my laptop but the iPad is simple much more convenient in a lot of situations (e.g. I’m sitting at someone else’s desk and can comfortably read from it without having to clear any space on the customer’s desk)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Delays General Release of Honeycomb Source

marmoset Re:From TFA (262 comments)

Cant take credit for this one, but:

mkdir android ; cd android ; sleep 15552000; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make

more than 3 years ago
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Asus Joins Tablet PC Race

marmoset Re:"Flash" (235 comments)

Depends on what those “Flash” elements were. If they were h.264 videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or a few others with smart embedding fallbacks, they'll just work. If they are actual SWF embeds, then your users were probably confused.

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Joins Tablet PC Race

marmoset Re:Half baked (235 comments)

Forgive me for feeding the troll, but what?

rendering web pages and navigating the web 10x slower than the cheapest netbook running Windows7

Do you realize how often an iPad crashes? iPads crash on average more than once a day, which is worse than Windows7 and even worse than Vista. They are inherently buggy and glitchy, as any review you will find on them has to admit.

Anecdotes aren't evidence, of course, but I haven't had a single OS crash on my iPad in the two months I've owned it, and for browsing performance it roundly trounces my Acer Aspire.

Do you have anything to back these two howlers up?

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Home Coming To iPhone, Browser Next?

marmoset Re:Why not just build web apps (170 comments)

Everything you mentioned can already be done in Mobile Safari, Check.in (from the Brightkite folks) is a web application that makes use of local HTML persistance, geolocation, and hides the browser controls. It looks and behaves exactly like a native iPhone app.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

marmoset Re:They all have it wrong... (178 comments)

It's just that your fundamental premise about what Apple did is so totally wrong it actually makes everything else you said seem more wrong than it would otherwise.

I elaborated above. CocoaTouch != Cocoa.

Uh, dude? You do realize that the iPhoneOS running on your iPad is a scaled down version of OSX, which is a desktop OS, which is a scaled up version of NeXTStep

Yeah, in 1992 I was doing my emailing and Usenet reading from a NeXT box, so I kinda get it. :)

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

marmoset Re:They all have it wrong... (178 comments)

Guess what? iPhone OS is OSX scaled down.

The APIs that people actually code to, CocoaTouch, are completely new. They resemble the Cocoa APIs, and even share a few method names, but they are not the same, which is one of the first things OS X programmers realize when they try to just recompile something they’ve written for the desktop. The kernel is the same, but I think we can agree that kernels are pretty much commodities at this point.

No, you have no idea what you're talking about, as we've already established; Windows CE is its own OS and not based on another Windows, so it's not scaled down from anything,

The HP device I thought we were discussing here was demoed as a Windows 7 tablet, which, as you note, has nothing to do with WinCE. Why are you moving the goalposts? I may be mistaken here, but does the WinCE family support multitouch at all?

More products are probably cancelled than actually brought to market. Microsoft cancels things all the time. WinFS anyone?

One big way Apple’s been kicking people’s butts is by only showing things that become real products. It’s a lesson the rest of the industry should pay attention to.

Oh wait, you're ignorant of history, sorry about that. Or are you being deliberately obtuse?

Cool, that was pretty much the Elvis Presley of ad hominems. i salute you.

You are the typical happy iPad owner, using a revisionist view of history to "prove" your point, and justify your purchase. Too bad you're 100% wrong.

Well, I might as well just go home, then.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

marmoset Re:why don't you have a tablet PC? (178 comments)

Honestly curious (not trying to be snarky), but how many truly tablet-centric applications did you regularly use? What proportion of the time we're you using applications that were really optimized for the form factor?

My (admittedly biased) experience has been that requiring developers to really think about the platform results in ultimately more satisfying applications.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

marmoset Re:They all have it wrong... (178 comments)

It’s become pretty clear at this point that scaling a smartphone OS up, rather than scaling a desktop OS down, is the better approach. Someone had to stick their necks out and try it. Microsoft tried and failed to scale Windows down, but Apple has apparently succeeded going the other way. Let’s not forget that the outcomes were far from obvious even as recently as a few months ago. HP getting on stage with Microsoft in January was their throwing in their lot with the desktop approach. I think they’ll ultimately come out happier having reconsidered. It actually took corporate chutzpah for them to cancel the Windows 7 Slate after showing it.

It is a stopgap, at best. Someone needs to take the time, do the research, and do the work to write an OS for these devices instead of trying to patchwork add and remove bits and pieces of systems clearly designed for other purposes.

You may be right, but remember: shipping is a feature, and, IMO, the most important one.
(disclaimer: happy iPad owner here...)

more than 4 years ago
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Theora Development Continues Apace, VP8 Now Open Source

marmoset Re:Hello Kitty (312 comments)

Sanyo != Sanrio.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away

marmoset Re:26% of the planet connected (1067 comments)

Just because someone checks Facebook using their iPhone doesn't mean that things have really changed, mobile devices are still crappy for doing just about anything on the internet. Yeah, I might read a blog or two, check the news, etc. but its painful to do so, even on the best devices.

Not trying to be snarky here, but have you actually spent any real time browsing on an iPad? A couple of months ago I might have agreed with you about the quality of the web browsing experience on mobile devices, but now I've owned an iPad for a month and use it full time at night and on weekends. The big reveal is with a fast browser on a large enough screen, mobile browsing really isn't painful. Browsing on the iPad really is a desktop quality experience for anyone who can't be arsed with Flash (I use a blocker on the desktop)

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

marmoset Re:Watch the messenger (457 comments)

So, basically, your response boils down to "you're not me." Thanks for that, it really adds to the conversation.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

marmoset Re:Watch the messenger (457 comments)

The iPad is not sold as a standalone computing device -- it's plainly stated that iTunes running on OS/X or Windows is required for syncing. My media server (which is also the system that handles video downloads for the house) has an instance of Air Video Server running.

I should state that I have a netbook running Ubuntu as well. I nearly never used it for video playback except for files I'd preprocessed on a beefier machine, anyway, as it labors mightily when dealing with video that hasn't been downsampled. It's a much less pleasant video consumption environment than the iPad (less portable, runs hot, has noisy fans, and an inferior display.)

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

marmoset Re:But those are what an iPad is for as well... (457 comments)

I say this all not to say if the iPad will or will not supplant netbooks, just to note that if you think of it as only a consumption device you are missing out on a lot of what it can do, and do well.

It's actually very well suited for certain varieties of content creation. I co-edit a music blog and I'll be covering a music festival later this month. I'll be shooting event photos with a DSLR, transferring them to my iPad, and posting directly to the blog via the Wordpress app all from the event grounds. In previous years, I'd have to take a full day's photos home and batch upload them in the wee hours between festival days. The much greater portability is actually going to make a big differencenin how well I can cover the festival.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

marmoset Re:Watch the messenger (457 comments)

AirVideo will happily transcode pretty much any modern video file you throw at it for iPad viewing.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

marmoset Re:Watch the messenger (457 comments)

it would be silly to go point by point on this, suffice to say that half the things you say aren't possible on the iPad actually are.

I'm lying flat on my back in bed responding to this post on an iPad while my wife is asleep next to me, which would be very nearly impossible on a netbook, let alone anything larger.

Your use cases are not universal, and I know mine aren't. The myopia so many of my neckbearded brethren have is the inability to perceive why anyone would ever prioritize features and usability in ways different from their own. The fact that so many people still fall back on bullet point lists whenever discussing products illustrates this more clearly than any comment I could post.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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UMG to Cut Prices on New CDs to Less Than $1

marmoset marmoset writes  |  more than 4 years ago

marmoset (3738) writes "Perhaps a decade late, Universal Music Group has decided to switch to sub-$10 CD pricing in the USA.

Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year, the company's Velocity program will test lower CD prices. Single CDs will have the suggested list prices of $10, $9, $8, $7 and $6.

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First playlist update in (a)eons

marmoset marmoset writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I know it's been about a million years since I updated the station, but I've had good reasons. Anyway, I'm trying to make up with it with a double-wide (heh) update today.

  • African And White (live) - China Crisis
  • Coney Island [Instant Brownie - Jake Mandell
  • I Took Three Bennies and My Truck Won't Start - Commander Cody And The Lost Planet Airmen
  • I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  • Magnifique (I'm Going Out Of My Head) - Erik Satin
  • Mosh - Charles Uzzell-Edwards
  • Ocra - Hab
  • The Queen Of Eyes - Soft Boys
  • Work It - Missy Elliott
  • .^.^%^%^% - The User

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DRM Rant

marmoset marmoset writes  |  about 12 years ago

I have just wasted an entire f*#@king half hour of my life dealing with the integral, absolute oafishness of what the content cartel euphemistically calls Digital Rights Management. I wish they'd get over themselves and call this stuff by its true name: Master Control. That, after all, is the end goal of all of these media playback restriction technologies. Any use of digital media outside of the purview of its corporate copyright holder is disallowed. The further problem is that there is no natural one-to-one mapping between what the corporations want and the way that raw, digital data actually functions in a real-world computer. In other words, they're just as likely to keep their precious content from working for legitimate customers as they are from Dread Pirate Napster.

It's been said that "information wants to be free", but too often this phrase is misused and misinterpreted by people who ought to know better. What it means (to me) is that it is the very nature of encoded bits on a physical medium (hard drive, optical disk, RAM) to be easily copyable. Remember that at their base level, computers are only capable of a couple of things -- performing mathematical operations on numbers very quickly and moving that data around rapidly. Computers, by their nature, reallyreally want to move data around faithfully (i.e. without mangling bits in transit) and any scheme you devise to hamper this will be, by very definition, an unnatural kludge. In short, DRM is doomed to, basically, Always Fuck Up.

I'd really like to hear the new Missy Elliot single. I thought "Get Ur Freak On" was the best single released in 2001. Unfortunately, the only "legitimate" (i.e. legally sanctioned) way to get this single onto my computer right now is by downloading a 30-day time-limited WMA file. Already, alarm bells are going off. To say that Windows Media anything on a Macintosh is sketchy is a dramatic understatement. The plugin is dicey even in Internet Explorer, and of course, is completely nonfunctional in Mozilla and Chimera. The application itself is a truly barebones affair, the only time I bother with it is with content that is available in no other format. My first attempt at downloading the track, from Mozilla, fails utterly, as the web page that links to it depends on IE-only markup. Even in IE, I have to manually download the .wma file, since the auto-downloading mechanism doesn't work. Once I have the file downloaded to my desktop, IE launched Windows Media Player, which, which... does absolutely nothing. Fine, I say, and quit the application. I double click the icon of the .wma file, and Windows Media Player opens. It then opens a web page in my default browser, which happens to be Mozilla. It opens a web page that tells me that my I have been granted a 30-day license to play the file. Except that something blew up and Windows Media Player shut itself down. I double click the .wma file again, and it opens another window in Mozilla with the license grant message. Uh-oh. Swearing under my breath, I switch my default web browser to IE, and double click the .wma file again. This time, Internet Explorer launches and opens to the license grant page, except with an extra icon on the page that says "click here" to play the song. I click there, and Windows Media Player shuts down. I say loudly, "Screw you very much", and go do something else.

What really slays me is that they expect consumers to put up with this horseshit. Are teenagers going to bother with all the nonsense I just did? Or are they just going to fire up Kazaa or Limewire or something and download a file that will play correctly, the very first time, on their computer, their portable music player, and which they can even burn onto a CD if they like? Maybe they'll just turn off the stereo and go play a couple hours worth of GTA3 or Warcraft III, or go watch a DVD.

Addendum: I just double clicked the .wma file again, for giggles. It opens a blank, black window in Windows Media Player, and proceeds to play 4:26 of 96 kbps encoded silence. It does, however, helpfully display Elektra Records copyright information and the words "Protected Content" along the bottom of the window.

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FFG Playlist Additions

marmoset marmoset writes  |  about 12 years ago

New FFG playlist adds for 27-Sep-2002:

  • Clocked - Spaceways Inc.
  • Mr. Kennedy - The Soft Boys
  • Streets Of Your Town - Ivy
  • Trying (Capoeira Twins Murakawa Mix) - Nu Spirit Helsinki
  • Stay Broken - Statuesque

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