top The Internet of Things and Humans
Presumably #IoT = Internet of Things. But #I guess we're #supposed to invent #clever #hashtags for everything #now.
top Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Oh look, it's this thread again.
top Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum
...it's easy to see why: in these paranoid times, with the NSA allegedly sniffing around the world's collective inbox, and lots of software on the market designed to snoop into people's lives, it's comforting to have an app that'll vaporize your messages within seconds of their opening
So, Snapchat's wild success is from people paranoid of the NSA who use it to send messages, even though
multiple stories have appeared about how Snapchat messages can be saved without the sender's knowledge, and Snapchat's own website lists conditions under which messages will be preserved. Riiiiight.
...it doesn't store user information on its servers
Even assuming it doesn't store images (which it does, see above), to use the application, you connect with people as in any other social networking application. This is definitely "user information," and this metadata (some might even call it
data) has value.
top Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?
So, what do people think. Are one time notifications regarding common mistakes acceptable?
Notifications from a calculator app? No, I wouldn't find them acceptable, ever. Why not just pop up a "Did you know?" screen when they start up the app? Limit it to once a day, and be sure to include a "Don't show me these tips anymore" button. They've started the application, therefore they're more likely to pay attention to what you're saying than if you broadside them with a notification.
top Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting
There are plenty of software documentation sets, tutorials, etc, like
this one (selected at random), that have Step 0, Step 1, etc. I think it's an attempt to be clever, in that offsets start with zero, and this is documentation about computer stuff, being read by developers. But items in a list, intended to be read by humans, shouldn't be represented by offsets, but numbered with counting numbers, that is, starting at 1.
top SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors
I've never understood the whole "Your download will start in
n seconds" countdown, followed by an automatic download (hopefully). Is there a reason they do that instead of simply giving you a link to the file? To be fair, this behavior isn't recent; it's done that for years.
top Security Researchers Want To Fully Audit Truecrypt
Not open source? The source is available for download
You can't compile it yourself. You have no idea what is in the source.
can compile it yourself; I built it on my old Linux iBook G4 (PowerPC), since there were no binaries available for that platform. As has been discussed above, it does have a weird license, but it is absolutely open source.
top Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida
I don't understand the expression of surprise in the first part of the summary. The "cafes" referred to are set up specifically to skirt the state gambling laws by taking advantage of the "sweepstakes" loophole. They make it appear that you're playing video poker, roulette, etc. but you're really just revealing your sweepstakes winnings, which were predetermined when you bought into the game.
Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting article on these things a few years ago.
... rather than at conventional Internet cafes.
I'm not sure what "conventional Internet cafes" refers to. The idea of the "Internet cafe" as a place where people go to buy time on the Internet died shortly after it was born in the late 90's. You can still go to Starbucks, Panera, etc. and use the Internet there; this bill isn't aimed at that.
This is not a big deal.
about a year and a half ago
top Book Review: To Save Everything, Click Here
Indeed, judging from the introduction, it appears to be a questioning of the pre-canned "solutionism" that the author perceives to be prevalent in today's Internet environment. Apparently, the "review" presented here is based on a single chapter or section of the actual book, and even then, it appears to be more a exhaustive listing of the reviewer's opinion of various websites than any kind of review or critique of the book.
top Nokia Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases
On the C-64 version of Ultima IV, you could flip the floppy disc upside down and then move your character until the next portion of the map was loaded. It read data directly off the disc with no validation, because the map squares then had all kinds of random items on them, a good number of which were treasure chests. As soon as you got enough gold, you just flipped the disc back over and played normally.
top Mozilla To Bug Firefox Users With Old Adobe Reader, Flash, Silverlight
Meant to mod this "funny"... posting to undo bad mod.
top Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
Almost the same: Slackware (floppies) -> RedHat -> Gentoo -> Xubuntu
And my reasons for moving:
Slackware -> RedHat: RedHat worked out-of-the-box at the time I needed it; no manual Modeline configurations needed to get X running. RedHat -> Gentoo: I needed the flexibility of Gentoo to run on multiple architectures (SPARC, PowerPC) Gentoo -> Xubuntu: Eventually, I got tired of having to manage every detail of the software configuration, not to mention waiting for compiles to complete. I just wanted to get stuff done.
top Teardown Finds iPhone 5 Costs Apple About the Same As Did 4S
iMore grabbed an iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and did a fantastic shoot-out between the two device's rear cameras.
Here's a link to the actual comparison, instead of a blog describing the comparison:
top Could a Computer Write This Story?
It's already been done. Check out:
top Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft
Just about anyone at an airport or hotel, for starters. And what's wrong with that? Shouldn't I be able to expect that to work, without compromising my accounts?
top Is the Web Heading Toward Redirect Hell?
I prefer to use "lengthened" URLs:
top xkcd, Devotion To Duty
The next time I'm in a restaurant and I see someone at another table with broccoli, I'm going to turn beat red
beet red. Or do you have something against beets, too?
top New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance
Yes, they will burn in. I was in Borders recently and looked at one of the Sony demo units. The "home page" of the demo was imprinted on the screen, and was faintly visible when turning the page, or wherever there was significant whitespace.
top The Trousers of Reality
Not only that, but it's the first volume of four? It sounds interesting but that fact, combined with the review, puts me off a little.
top Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Can't Just Be Windows
MinTTY works great. All the benefits of xterm (including window resizing), without needing to start the X server.
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