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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

nwf Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

Developing for any device (successfully) would be difficult without a device, regardless of platform. You can get iPod Touches fairly cheap on eBay. You do, however, need to pay Apple $99/year to be an iOS developer, however. But for that, they'll distribute all your apps for no additional charge (assuming your app is free.) Android development tools are free, but you pretty much have to have a device to do anything. Their "simulator" is worthless.

about three weeks ago

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

nwf Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

Even the Wii, which does 640x480p looks crappy on a 1080p TV.

Maybe you have a crappy TV. My Wii looks great on my 8 year old Sony SXRD 1080P TV, even up close. However, it has a much better upscaler than most TVs, I'd guess.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

nwf Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (355 comments)

So, the answer is, contact a lawyer for a possible class action law suit against Comcast for deceptive billing. I'd bet this is just about the OP's only option, since most people would assume network overhead isn't counted. If it is, litigation is likely the only recourse.

about three weeks ago

Extracting Audio From Visual Information

nwf Re:Not surprising (142 comments)

And what happens if someone holds up a document to the window? Perhaps that might be a problem, too. If you want good security, don't have windows.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

nwf Re:Samsung: so sue us (83 comments)

It doesn't. But it matters in the court of public opinion, which is why this is news.

Most of the people I see with Samsung phones can't spell lawyer, so I don't think it's going to matter.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

nwf Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

So it looks like Samsung might not only have a good case to halt payment, but may also have grounds for a countersuit to get back the money MS has already illegally extracted.

I'd bet you can voluntarily "license" expired patents, if you desire to do so. It will all come down to the wording on the agreement. I'd bet Samsung will lose, since they are even more slimy than Microsoft and Microsoft has proven one thing over the years: they have good lawyers. (Whereas, Samsung has largely proven the opposite for their lawyers.)

about a month and a half ago

Is the App Store Broken?

nwf Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (258 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.

about a month and a half ago

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

My guess is ICANN would pay it, too.

about 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 5 months ago



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."

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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