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Adobe's New HTML5 Design Tool No Threat To Flash

naz404 Re:Flash, so under-utilized. (110 comments)

Vector-based video: you just described Flash animations and that's what Flash excels at.

more than 3 years ago

Adobe's New HTML5 Design Tool No Threat To Flash

naz404 Re: HTML5 slow and bloated as Flash (110 comments)

It already is. Check out OK GO's new gimmicky HTML5 website experiment slash music video and watch it bring your system to its knees.

Oh, only runs on Chrome too even though it "claims" to be HTML5 (meaning standards-compliant, meaning can run on Opera and Firefox -> I suspect these browsers can run it, except that the lazy devs hardcoded Chrome checks into it).

Check out Bjork's new funky HTML5 site too:

I pity the foo who tries to run that on a 600MHz machine.

HTML5 is actually slower and more bloated than Flash. The problem with Flash is not the runtime, it's the abusive content creators who don't know how to optimize content and leave you with massive preloaders, etc. (Looking at you, bloated Nike Sites!)

To see what I'm talking about how slow & bloated HTML5 is, check out Iain Lobb's Bunnymark benchmarking experiment and compare:

* the HTML5 version ->
* with the Flash version ->

Almost everything you see being done in HTML5 today is something that's been done in Flash from 5-8 years ago. So, "the future" is actually pretty meh, retro. Oh, and am already hating HTML5/JS/CSS3 with the now unblockable obnoxious floating banner ads. At least with Flash, you can Flashblock em easily.

more than 3 years ago

Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?

naz404 Re:Nope (492 comments)

The difference between nerds and geeks: "I am not a nerd, Bart. Nerds are smart!" -Milhouse Van Houten

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Climate Scientists Receiving Death Threats

naz404 Re:Pie (638 comments)

Methane is colorless and odorless. That's hydrogen sulfide you're smelling.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

naz404 Re:Bitcoin (768 comments)

My Question:

It seems like the system is gamed towards early adopters who've practically just printed money, and all this hype is mostly for their benefit and not newcomers. -> Isn't Bitcoin just a scam being hyped by early adopters who've amassed amounts that current newcomers cannot hope to match given the ever-lowering drop rate of Bitcoins so they can cash in? It was very easy to print Bitcoins in the beginning by these early miners. There's no way in hell newcomers to the game can match them.

It's like trying to get into the Top 100 brag list of Progress Quest, a parody game infinitely more fun and productive than Bitcoin mining which works by having it run automatically in the background where your character will auto-attack, loot, level-up and go on fetch quests.

more than 3 years ago

Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

naz404 Re:Checks and balances (384 comments)

I said *on active duty*. When they get off work (go off-duty), they return to their private lives and it doesn't count anymore.

more than 3 years ago

Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

naz404 Re:Checks and balances (384 comments)

The police are public employees, they are salaried with taxes you pay them. Therefore, you are their bosses and they are working on *YOUR* time. You have the right to record and monitor what they do at work.

They're your goddam employees and you have the right to make sure they don't engage in shenanigans on YOUR time.

Moreover, one of the judges in one of the states (forgot which) already ruled that it is legal to record police who are on active duty because during then, they're "in public space", and not subject to the same privacy laws with wiretaps, etc. This was covered in a previous slashdot story.

more than 3 years ago

Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

naz404 Re:Bitcoin to the rescue? (510 comments)

Bitcoin is a scam meant to and promoted by early adopters who've farmed and hoarded them. Today, it's pretty much prohibitively expensive to try to generate bitcoins, thus locking out new user/farmers from trying to generate "free cash".

Meanwhile, early adopters who've been farming like crazy are now sitting on a crapload of free money they're trying to foist on people for real goods or services.

No thanks.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Compensating Technical People For Contributing to Sales?

naz404 You need to form a team of these guys. (331 comments)

You need to form a team of these guys. They're called Sales Engineers. They're hybrids who are extremely technical and knowledgable people who are part of the sales teams.

They often come from engineering backgrounds and cross over to the sales team and are hybrids of the two critters you are discussing.

Maybe you can ask management to tack on "sales engineer" to the titles of some of your engineering guys and have them actively help out in sales (and get appropriately compensated). Their roles are extremely important as sometimes sales/marketing only people are not equipped to handle extremely technical questions about tech products and software solutions.

more than 3 years ago

Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked

naz404 Re:Where there's a will... (208 comments)

FYI guys, ElcomSoft is the company where Dmitry Skylarov worked -- the research guys who cracked the encryption on Adobe's PDF files.

Skylarov was arrested after flying to the U.S. to give an eBook security talk at DEF CON under the DMCA for software copyright circumvention blah blah.

more than 3 years ago

Swiss To End Use of Nuclear Power

naz404 Re:What will they replace it with? (470 comments)

This is a fallacy. The policy is of neutrality, not pansiness. Swiss males are required to go through compulsory military service, and they are required to keep their SIG 550 or whatever military rifles from service at home and keep them well-maintained. Switzerland has the highest ownership of guns per head in the entire world. The government also regularly sponsors shooting festivals where the swiss get to go to firing ranges and the government pays for all the bullets. If you try to invade Switzerland, every single house has a rifle and every male is trained, so prepare to get your ass kicked.

Watch this YouTube video: Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World

With regards to the neutrality of the Swiss, one story goes that the reason for this is that back in the day, the Swiss were known for being the baddest-ass mercenaries in Europe, so they would regularly get hired by the different countries to wage wars. The problem is, the Swiss would often end up find themselves fighting against fellow Swiss, so to put an end to this (and to also maintain peace within Switzerland), the Swiss declared themselves neutral.

You do not mess with the Swiss.

more than 3 years ago

Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

naz404 Re:Bitcoin - (490 comments)


You'll generate "0.00019867 bitcoins per hour" with this. It takes about 100-200 days nonstop to generate a single bitcoin with this if you're lucky.

If a bitcoin is $8 now, even if let's say it rises to $20, that'd mean you burned hundreds of hours of CPU time/electricity to earn a mere $20 in 6 months.

There are better things to burn your CPU time, electricity, bandwidth and attention on.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

naz404 Re:Nooo, don't do this! (198 comments)

It's a lock-in strategy to make sure you only buy Apple mobile devices because the simcards will be compatible only with them. When the iPhone first came out over here in SEAsia via the grey market (it was only available with 1 US telco at the time), we had to "shave" the standard sim cards to make them fit in iPhones. Thus you couldn't use them in iPhones without mutilating them. Sounds like the same banana.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Rebuilding PlayStation Network Security After Attack

naz404 Re:What happened? (220 comments)

I'll just leave this here. Wall Street Journal Story: The website goes down because someone removed the X-Box

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

naz404 Re:Flash (203 comments)

Why is that such a big deal?

Try selling apps on stores.

more than 3 years ago



Trigger Street sitting on Hackers Wanted Movie

naz404 naz404 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

naz404 (1282810) writes "A lot of people have been wondering at how the movie Hackers Wanted/ Can You Hack It? being done by Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions featuring Adrian Lamo, Leo Laporte, Kevin Rose & Steve Wozniak (w/ narration by Spacey) has been going since it seems to have been in production for years. An oddity is that its IMDB entry has vanished mysteriously with all references deleted.

A while ago, Adrian Lamo elaborated on a previous answer that the movie has been completed for some time now and that Trigger Street's Dana Brunetti has been basically sitting on it and killing it through inaction.

Give writer/director Sam Bozzo and Adrian some support by heading over to and let Spacey and Dana know that you guys want to see this film!"

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Flash 10.1 on Google Nexus One & Motorola Droi

naz404 naz404 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

naz404 (1282810) writes "Adobe has just released videos of the Google/HTC Nexus One & Motorola Droid running Flash Player 10.1 . Demoed on these Android 2.x phones are Flash-heavy websites as well as content from Flash game and animation portals.

Older versions of mobile Flash (Flash Lite (Actionscript 1/2.0 engine)) had always been a generation behind desktop Flash (Actionscript 3 engine) in terms of technology. Flash 10.1 is the 1st time mobile and desktop will have the same version of Flash Player.

Finally, users can experience the same Flash video, Flash games, animations (and unfortunately, banner ads) served on mobile phones without site owners/content authors having to create separate mobile versions for users to be able to view content.

Of course, running dynamic content like Flash on mobile devices means increased CPU & memory loads and there is a possibility that heavy content will hang/crash your device (this would happen to me on the One Laptop Per Child XO-1 machine (433MHz, 256MB RAM) when I visit Javascript/AJAX & Flash heavy sites like Facebook).

Hopefully Adobe works closely with manufacturers to give users the ability to halt heavy SWFs that can crash the phone. Also, developers of Flash-capable mobile browsers should allow users to manually disable Flash and Javascript (mobile Flashblock?). Crashing/Hanging/Slowdown *is* a valid reason for Apple not want Flash on the iPhone, but if users were given the ability to switch Flash on or off and proper warning, the ability to run Flash would be a big bonus and not at all a detriment because a whole world of new content *cough* addicting flash games *cough* would become available. (I believe Adobe already has a beta version of Flash running on the iPhone. Steve is just being a PITA that's why you don't see it yet)"

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Prominent School Dumps MS Windows for Linux

naz404 naz404 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

naz404 writes "Xavier School in the Philippines, a prominent Jesuit-run exclusive preparatory school, has just dumped MS Windows in favor of Ubuntu Linux to save millions of Pesos. As Chin Wong reports in his article Dump Windows, save millions :

"The new requirement meant the school would have to buy 500 to 600 base licenses to cover all of its Windows PCs, old and new alike, at a cost of P1 million to P1.2 million. It also meant it would have to buy base licenses for the 100 to 150 new PCs it was buying every yearor an extra yearly expense of P200,000 to P300,000. On top of this, the school would still need to pay for its subscription, at $40 a PC a year, to cover the use of Windows and Officeanother P1.2 million a year.""

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Philippine President drops SMS fees to $.01136/txt

naz404 naz404 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Carlos Nazareno writes "In her State of the Nation Address today, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that effective immediately, SMS rates between the 3 major Philippine mobile carriers would be reduced from 1 Peso per text message to 50 centavos.

"Texting is a way of life. I asked the telecoms to cut the cost of messages between networks. They responded. It is now down to 50 centavos," she said.

At the current exchange rate of 44 Philippine Pesos to US$1, that's $0.01136 per SMS.

The change will last until October, during which Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Sun Cellular will monitor the impact of the rate change before deciding to continue.

The Philippines is said to be the text capital of the world, and Filipinos send and recieve about about a billion SMS messages daily, which is more than the total daily text messages sent in the US and Europe combined.

It is also interesting to note that at a flat rate of P10 per 30minutes ($0.227) for both 3G and GPRS , Philippine telcos offer one of the lowest mobile internet rates in the world.

As the country that practically killed Friendster in the US market with sheer numbers, Filipino social mobile and internet culture would make an interesting case study as it now has all the perfect ingredients for a cyber-explosion of Doctorowian proportions"


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