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Is the App Store Broken?

nwf Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (235 comments)

Most apps perform way, way faster all the while using significantly less data than do web sites. This may be more a ding against most web sites, but is valid none the less. I use a number of apps that can fetch their data and display it before a mobile browser has even pulled down the main content, let alone the 20 JavaScript libraries, 12 crap affiliate site icons/links and the countless images that add nothing.

However, some apps are worse than their mobile web site versions, e.g. most news sites.

My own company's mobile app, which I developed, can typically refresh a page in under 25 ms via 3G. Plus, customers prefer the apps to the mobile web sites.

yesterday
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

nwf Re:Domain Registry of Canada (113 comments)

So it only takes 14+ years for ICANN to do something?

Perhaps DRA sent a letter to ICANN concerining renewal of icann.org?

My guess is ICANN would pay it, too.

about two weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

nwf Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

They noted "This is a natural partnership for us" and I was thinking, "what, the Hulu executives are a bunch of foul-mouthed caricatures?" As you noted, they are the brainchild of broadcast networks, so perhaps, yes. I think the characters on South Park may have demonstrated more business savvy than these executives, though.

But, same deal here, I'll never pay for Hulu anything. If Netflix doesn't offer it or I can't otherwise find it, I just don't need to watch it.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

nwf Re:You're much better off investing in speakers (502 comments)

Any money spent on a sound card is better off spent on speakers and a good DAC, which often come together.

True, and you'll never get good speakers from Creative. They offer some of the worst sounding speakers I've ever heard. Including those bare speakers from Radio Shack.

In fact, when one speaker blew out on my old PC speaker set (a Harmon Kardon set, I believe), I couldn't actually find anything reasonably priced that didn't sound like crap. So I picked up another one on eBay from a guy who blew out his sub. When they die, I'm going to get an amp and use bookshelf speakers with a real sub.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

nwf Re:PcDuino (183 comments)

I have a Pi and a PcDuino v2 and the PcDuino is definitely more capable and doesn't cost all that much more. The Arduino compatbility and WiFi are nice, as is having enough flash on board to boot without an SD card, although I generally use one since they are faster. I use their LinkSprite shield for prototyping things, since it breaks out the IO pins into a nice connector for easy use.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

nwf Re:Somebody needs to buy... (222 comments)

My microwave has a +30 button, too, and direct buttons for 1-6 minutes. So for anything from 30 sec to 6:30 in 30 second increments, I need just one or two key presses. Laziness at it's finest.

about 2 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

nwf Re:or 2 competing providers before an area loses P (449 comments)

Sounds like comcast. We got a few business phone lines from comcast where I work, and none were usable for fax, alarm panels, modems or anything. We canceled because they couldn't even understand why there could even be a problem in theory. Voice works, so everything must work!

At my house, Verizon stopped providing POTS phone service ages ago. VoIP phone is all they offer now, and while better, it's still not very good.

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Addon to protip: Any type of bread product works, especially in combination with milk, to quench the fire. I also like extraordinarily spicy food, but I don't want it to linger more than a few minutes.

Protip: you can temporary relive yourself of the heat with bread and fat, but it comes out hot later. :)

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

I don't really like it when I can taste black pepper. It's not really hot, just bad tasting. I use cayenne in place of black pepper. You don't need much, and it tastes much better.

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

I agree, but why do we call it Umani when none of the other ones have fancy foreign names? It's "savory" or glutamate. I guess people just like sounding trendy.

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Wow, that's definitely a fear of heat by the parents. I feed my toddler Heinz ketchup, cinnamon, garlic (in stuff) and taco meat. He loves it! He'll have to be much older to try jalapenos, though. I eat them on nachos all the time, but that's about as hot as I'll go.

I remember in college we had a Thai place that would make their dishes on a scale of 0-10 on heat. My friend got a 10 one day. I ate one small bite and had enough. I usually got a 3 or 4. Then there are places like Pei Wei, a chain "asian" place that warns that some dishes as hot. I honestly can't even tell when I get one of the 'hot" ones and a normal one. I think Americans are generally pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy food.

about 4 months ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

nwf Re:Diebold (150 comments)

That was my first guess. My bank uses them, and they are absolutely amazing in terms of completely uninformed user interface design. They've upgraded them over the years and are a little better, but they are just terrible to use physically and electronically. Not really related to hacking, other than by the fact they just don't care about making a quality product.

about 4 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

nwf Re:That's capitalism. (710 comments)

And that is different from how we would expect her to approach a male engineer she was trying to ensnare exactly how?

Why is it that a woman "ensnares" a man? Have men no self-control? Or is male infantile sexuality simply "the law of gravity" as you seem to claim in OP?

I think for many men it is a "law". Self control in the US is declining in general, and many men didn't have much to begin with, particularly when culture encourages such behavior. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their failures, anyway. It's a convergence of a society not valuing self control nor personal responsibility. It's only like not worse because it's politically incorrect.

Disclaimer: I'm a man, but I see this all the time, everywhere.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

nwf Re:darn. (264 comments)

We had a rental car with Ford Sync for two weeks. It's nothing like simple or intuitive. I write software for a living, and I can't imagine what went through the Sync developers' heads. It's a colossal of usability, speed, efficiency, intuition, and functionality. While Ford is dropping Microsoft, they can't replace it too soon. I need a new car, and I explicitly won't get anything with Ford Sync or the BMW iDrive which is less crappy, but still junk but easier to use.

about 5 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

nwf Re:Cutting any recurring bill (206 comments)

You said the magic words, "I want to cancel my (TV/Internet/Phone, etc.). Nothing fets their attention like the word cancel. Always at least threaten to cancel before quitting a service.

I did that with Comcast because they couldn't get me more than 256 kbps download speeds. They don't care. I cancelled and moved to Verizon, but at least I had choices. Threatened to cancel Verizon too after their rep completely lied to me. They didn't care. I finally reported them to the BBB, which did get some action.

Basically, even canceling doesn't concern them. They know you'll be back or it just isn't worth it to make it work for you. I still get two mailings from Comcast per week that go right into the recycle bin. I tried to drop phone service, but their "double play" packages were like $5 less than having the phone. Plus, event their crappy VoIP solution sounds 100 times better then the best cell phone.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

nwf Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

Yes, because anyone who doesn't think like you is biased. Sure there are exceptions to any rule, but it works most of the time. How else are you going to sort through 1000 resumes for 1 posting but to use heuristics? Nothing is perfect, get over it.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

nwf Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

If I'm hiring for a position in the fashion industry, then I may very well check out what clothes they are wearing. Same for someone wanting a job in the tech industry. An applicant with an aol.com or yahoo.com says they just aren't serious about their profession. If they are applying to be a secretary, then indeed, I could care less what their email address domain is.

about 5 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

nwf Re: No (627 comments)

Yes, using bad analogies is like cutting a tree down with a fish.

about 5 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

nwf Re:James Bond's Phone (171 comments)

I've got an old Startac somewhere, I think. It was quite a great phone in it's day. Sounded better than any phone today, long battery life and had a great belt clip that was actually useful. I think I have an old palm phone in my office drawer somewhere, too. That was a piece of crap.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

nwf Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Indeed. Where I live, we have tons of snow plows and salt. We maybe need it 10-15 days a year. So in three years, we don't use our equipment about as little as they give for justifying why they don't have them. That's the dumbest justification I've seen. Most places that have snow removal equipment don't use them very often, but they aren't dumb enough to hope that things will just work out. If you know you get snow every three years or so, that sounds like enough justification to purchase equipment. Down there you could get buy with some large tanker trucks to brine the streets before hand. This greatly reduces the chance of icing, even if you aren't going to plow. It comes down to: equipment is expensive and we just don't want to buy it.

about 6 months ago

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Righthaven's lawyers target of State Bar investiga

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Ars Technica reports that three of the company's lawyers, including CEO Steve Gibson, are the subject of a Nevada State Bar investigation. Details of the inquiry aren't public, but judges have been blasting Righthaven's legal team so strongly in court that the move is hardly a surprise."
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iPhone SDK Available ... Almost

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Apple has apparently release the iPhone SDK although the site seems to be having some availability issues at the moment, perhaps posting here will help!

From their site:

Standard Program $99
The Standard Program is for developers who are creating free and commercial applications for iPhone and iPod touch.
Enterprise Program $299
The Enterprise Program is for developers who are creating proprietary, in-house applications for iPhone and iPod touch.

Apparently, it's US only for now."

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