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Google's Nexus 6 sold out within a few minutes - sounds like shenanigans

occasional_dabbler Not a Story: Logistics (2 comments)

The first batch of product to market is sent by airfreight, which is expensive so you only send enough to satisfy a reasonable portion of the initial demand. Later, the product is sent by surface (ship) in larger quantities so there are more available and the supply/demand economics can start to kick in.

yesterday
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

occasional_dabbler Re:Not a very exciting name (150 comments)

In Spanish most words in femenine form can mean prostitute. This isn't considered sexist by Spanish girls, because they all have bigger cojones than the men anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

occasional_dabbler Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

They have some nice niche products not related to the noise-cancelling tech. I used to travel a lot for work and a pair of these made life a little more comfortable; you can't wear headphones all the time. They are expensive and the sound is quite coloured, but the bass and the volume you get from such a tiny thing is impressive. I had an equaliser setting saved in iTunes to flatten them out a bit.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

occasional_dabbler Re:ipoo (252 comments)

Strange. Apple makes the best products

Best?

For whom? By what standards?

They make some very good products and have a consistent and effective design language but they are as much a fashion company now as a technology one.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

occasional_dabbler Re:Fission is Dead (218 comments)

Damn, Posting as me to delete the accidental downmod when I was trying to upmod. Fat fingers, sorry...

about two weeks ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

occasional_dabbler Re:Not Invented Here (226 comments)

From what Ive seen in the press recently it looks like the phones might come out of vapourware. I'm still quite a fan of Ubuntu, even with Unity, I think it would make a nice UI for a phone.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

occasional_dabbler Re:Some physiologists (254 comments)

To be eligible for the record the start and finish have to be within a certain distance of each other. Times set at Boston, for example, are not permitted

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

occasional_dabbler Re:Time and Distance are not measured the same way (254 comments)

Dan East is not correct, time and distance are fundamentally the same thing

FTFY

Well, maybe they're not exactly the same, but to say they are fundamentally different is a bit of a troll for somewhere like slashdot? The interviews are interesting and well worth watching anyway.

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

occasional_dabbler Re:Some physiologists (254 comments)

This.

Also, whoever does finally break two hours is going to be an outlier on all of the charts, so looking at averages of statistical samples isn't going to help.

For example in my own case: I'm 49 and I ran 2:57 this year, which puts me in the top 2.5% overall and 1% for my age. For me to run my best I need a day temperature of around 60F so I'm way off that particular chart.

I also disagree with the idea that a flat course is necessarily the fastest. Of course you don't want mountains, but some small changes of gradient can allow changes in muscle usage leading to reduction of fatigue. I've run both Hamburg and Berlin several times; I find the slightly more undulating Hamburg to be noticably easier than Berlin.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

occasional_dabbler Re:Hopefully the Steambox will Help (80 comments)

I run linux on my home desktop. I only ever buy Intel with integrated graphics. Their open souce drivers may suck for gaming but work perfectly well to run a modern desktop

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

occasional_dabbler Re:Useless (304 comments)

True, that would then find other potential weakspots. There are many tests you could postulate that would be better than the one they did.

about a month ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

occasional_dabbler Re:Useless (304 comments)

I'm an aerospace engineer and I have designed and run plenty of tests for certification of aircraft parts. This test is fine as far as it goes but it is not testing the real issue, the FAA would have thrown me out of the room if I'd shown them this.

What the test shows is that most phones will resist a reasonable amount of bending when the load is applied uniformly at the centre. They all do pretty well. That's great.

The issue with the iPhone 6 Plus is that it has a weak corner, if you watch the 'bendgate' video you can clearly see that the bend line is not straight across the phone, but at an angle near to the weak spot.

A properly designed test would have clamped each phone flat with a corner sticking out unsupported and force applied until it suffered plastic deformation (stays bent). Each phone could have all four corners tested and the weakest result is the 'winner'. In such a test the iPhone 6 Plus would clearly fail at its weak point much more readily than any of the others.

Bad science.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

I admit the anti-Apple trolling in my first post. Sorry about that. It was late and I'd had a drink or two...

I didn't say I haven't used obj-C, just not much, not recently and really only to experiment to see if it would be a good choice to use for my particular Python/Fortran based project. It was the Python bindings that made me take a look and I particularly liked how I could use dynamic typing and garbage collection, making it a good 'fit'. I was amazed by the quality of the Apple developer tools too.

The point I should have made was partly made by others later, namely that obj-C is well established and integrated in the toolchain and since all the frameworks are written in it it makes sense to choose it as his first language. Not to say that he should ignore Swift, but to leave it until he's got obj-C nailed.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

Yes, a little, but I admit not for GUIs. I liked it precicely because of the low-level control. It was quite an adventure for a naive Python/Fortran coder...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

I ask in ignorance, why would I design the GUI in obj-C when I have X-tools/interface builder to do all that for me? I just connect the dots, right? +1 for Python, btw: I write science code in Python/Fortran. nasty messy stuff, but puts food on the table...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

I grew up with Fortran, C was a revelation and obj-C was an epiphany. C++ was, of course, a heresy...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:C# using xamarin (316 comments)

I was very tempted by Xamarin but put off by the $$$. Is it as good as claimed?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Doesn't really matter! (316 comments)

True in any modern language; the basic syntax is straightforward but learning the available library ecosystem takes the time

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

Crumbs. Swift does look pretty sweet. I think I'll go tend my lawn...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

occasional_dabbler Obj-C (316 comments)

The one really good thing that has come out of the Apple fashion parade is objective C. Jobs' legacy isn't all the shiny fashion crap, it is this powerful and really rather beautiful language. This is from someone usually branded a Microsoft shill. If you want to write iOS/OSX take advantage of the native tools.

about a month ago

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Windows Phone Outselling iPhone!

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  about a year ago

occasional_dabbler (1735162) writes " Kantar Worldpanel reports generally improved sales of Windows Phone worldwide in Q3 2013 with double-digit sales in Britain France, and Italy and claiming over 10% in the European 'big five' (Germany and Spain being the other two).

In Italy, the iPhone sales slowdown before the 5s launch let Microsoft gain over 3% more of total sales than Apple, if only in terms of units and not price. Sales in the USA have almost doubled (2.7% to 4.6%) in China however they dropped by a similar ratio (4.5% down to 2.5%)

With Nokia already re-established in Russia and other emerging markets, is it time to start taking Redmond's offering seriously?"
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Technical Gadgets for a Blind child

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  about a year ago

occasional_dabbler (1735162) writes "A young couple I know have a two year old child, a boy, who is blind. When they discovered his condition, I rather naïvely thought that there would already be "an app for that" so to say; lots of well developed gadgets and programs that would improve life for the child.

Well, there are some ideas around, but it seems very little of immediate, practical use, especially for a toddler.

What experience have Slashdotters of working with (or even, as) blind children or tech specifically for them?"

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Microsoft TouchDevelop Now Runs in a Browser

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  about 2 years ago

occasional_dabbler (1735162) writes "The TouchDevelop programming environment, which has been available on Windows Phone for some time, lets you create apps in a simple and easy way. It has just been released as a web app (preview)

Your scripts can remain on your own device or account, or you can publish them for others to download, run and modify. You can even write full apps for publishing in the Windows store.

The list of supported browsers makes interesting reading: Obviously IE10 is there so you can code on your shiny new Surface, but iOS, Android and Chrome browsers? Write code on your iPad or Chromebook but for Microsoft products!

Not all APIs are yet implemented in the web app, it is only a preview at the moment, but it's free to use and has examples and tutorials that make it easy to get started with"

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What's the Best Way to Protect My Software?

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  about 2 years ago

occasional_dabbler (1735162) writes "I am a hobby coder. In my day job I've been able to convince clients to pay for some small applications related to my main work as an engineer. All written in Python with wx GUIs. Everything else I've done has been OSS so copy protection was irrelevant

For several years I've been working on a project, firstly in Excel, now in a mix of Python and Fortran, that will be the first thing that I can sell as a stand-alone product. It is very niche; I might sell anything between zero and five copies, but the nearest comparable products sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

My question is this: What is the best way to protect such a product? Key it to a specific machine? Run it on a server via ssh -X and charge for a login? Rewrite as a web app (Can I use Numpy/Scipy?) or should I use a commercial licensing product like FlexLM?

As an added complication — it could conceivably be used for military purposes and be subject to ITAR or the EU equivalent. I think I would have to show some kind of effort to prevent it being used by unfriendly countries.

What have other Slashdotters done in similar situations?"
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Microsoft Surface Tablets to be Given Away (almost)

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

occasional_dabbler writes "Big gamble by Microsoft. Will selling the ARM tablet at such a low price be enough to establish the Windows 8 platform? Hardware like a 10 inch iPad for the same price as a seven inch Android and it comes with Office? Is the MS cash mountain big enough?"
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Why is Window Phone getting such a beating?

occasional_dabbler occasional_dabbler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

occasional_dabbler (1735162) writes "Reviews by 'commentators' such as the link predict certain doom for both Nokia and Microsoft on the basis of the OS being a failure, yet whenever the Lumia handsets are reviewed in the mainstream press they are often highly praised. Windows phone is an immature OS, certainly, but it does pretty much everything you need in a smartphone, is getting better with each update and it is beautiful. I have a Lumia 800 and now I'm used to how it and the WP OS works I find it a painful process to go back to an Android or iPhone for some obscure app not yet supported on WP.
WP gave me the same feeling I got when I bought my first iBook, fired up OSX 10.1 and realised I had just been shifted up a decade.
So why so serious? What do slashdotters who have really tried WP think of it?"

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