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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

pherthyl Re:Get a real phone. (302 comments)

Hmm, do I want a phone that I can run over with an excavator or one that does every single other thing better. While I do run over my phone almost daily, I think I'm going to go for the one that, you know, does everything else better.

4 days ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

pherthyl Re:Android sells one and Half Billion every day (206 comments)

Which idiot voted this nonsense up? Obviously there aren't 1.5 billion android phones sold per day, and Apple shares are not dropping, in fact they have been on an upward trend in the last 6 months.

about two weeks ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

pherthyl Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (67 comments)

>> the fancy ones are $8,000 instead of $80 is because IP laws protect monopolies

Wrong. The fancy ones are $8000 because they take a lot of engineering work to develop and the market is very small. If you want to recoup your investment you have to sell it for a high price.

The rest of your comment is just fancyful nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

pherthyl Not on iOS (87 comments)

Apps on iOS can't inject a dialog over top of another app, or even bring their own app to the foreground programatically, so this is not even possible on iOS. Maybe the app could monitor for actions, but it can't do anything with that info.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

>> Well, that's what you get for running Ubuntu in a dev environment.

Hey I used to run Debian for years, but since when is it common knowledge that Ubuntu is not suitable for development?

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

And windows update is always flawless and never breaks anything, and every in-situ upgrade between windows versions is always a complete success...

Not quite, but almost. Not once have I had a Windows upgrade break some basic part of the system like 3D acceleration or Wifi that wasn't more than a driver install away from being fixed.

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

You should probably hire devs that know what they're doing as well. All of those issues exist on Windows as well.

We develop on Android and iOS and Windows and Mac. Only Linux has those problems so far.

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

>> Xrandr will only by default show the modes that the monitor explicitly supports. So, how did you accidently do that?

Well we picked a resolution from the graphical dialog and the TV said it doesn't support that resolution and we never saw a display again. Like I said, the theory is that the dialog should only display the resolutions that the monitor supports, but in practice that's not the case and we get to waste a couple hours.

>> Also a reinstall, seriously? This sounds like you don't know very much about linux.

Did some googling, couldn't find anything solid. Tried a few things with no results. Faster to reinstall. Back in the day of static configuration this would have been easy to fix but I dunno where the graphical tools keep their config for resolution and nothing good turned up on google.

>> That sounds mighty strange. I've not seen a Linux system respond to monitor hotplug events with an action by default well, ever. They can respond but you have to set it up. Also, I note the problem was with *your* application. Are you sure it wasn't a bug in your code.

Only happened with TVs connected on HDMI, not PC monitors. Also happened with Qt Creator. So not a bug in our application, but possibly some bizarre combination of hardware and Qt and X bug. Again, several hours down the drain chasing stuff that should never be a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:No retraining costs the other way? (579 comments)

The only Major change since Office 98 was Office 2007, and most users picked it up naturally.

Obviously you haven't used Office 365. Large changes again and many times not for the better. Some features seem to be just plain missing.

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Why not google docs? (579 comments)

Pretty much. When choosing between evil overlords I'd go for the one that actually makes a functional product. Google Docs is laughable compared to Microsoft Office. Even LibreOffice is millions of miles ahead of Google Docs in almost every conceivable area.

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

>> Now queue all the people ranting

Why does no one in the comments know the difference between cue and queue?

about a month and a half ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

pherthyl Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Yep. I used Linux almost exclusively for many years at university. Back when I had the time and desire to fix things when they broke. Eventually I was worn down by the endless cycle of update break fix that you get in Linux. When you can't even safely update to the next version the system is broken.

About once a year I do a project on Linux or install it somewhere to see how it has progressed. In the important areas, it hasn't at all.

We did a project just recently using Intel NUCs running Ubuntu and some of our software to be connected to TVs. Here's the linux specific problems we encountered
1. Installing Qt dev environment is a huge pain. The default packages in both 14.04 and 13.10 are broken for multimedia playback in Qt and need files to be manually moved to work. Using a Qt build from qt-project.org also doesn't work with multimedia.
2. On Kubuntu we accidentally changed the desktop resolution to one the TV wouldn't accept. There was no confirm. X totally broken, no obvious way to fix it. Reinstalled.
3. On Kubuntu, we had to delay our delivery at the last moment because we discovered that when using a TV as a monitor and the TV was turned off, our application window disappeared (still running, just invisible). After many hours of debugging and no info, we ditched Ubuntu.
4. Had to install Ubuntu several times and fiddle with Bios settings for it to work (some kind boot issue with UEFI).
5. No standard mounting point for DVDs caused problems
etc etc

In the end it would have been far cheaper to put Windows on there and just have it work. Hours and hours wasted during development on silly bugs that should have never happened. And this is on quality hardware from a vendor that supports Linux (Intel).

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

pherthyl Re:A shot at other OS, computer *and* device maker (471 comments)

>> Apple laptops are not magic, or particularly good value.

Two things that I like about Apple laptops that are unmatched:
1. Trackpad is just first class. I have never seen any windows machine with a trackpad so smooth and accurate. Also the gestures in the OS are actually useful to the point where I prefer using the trackpad over a mouse for most applications (not image editing).
2. Magnetic power adapter. This is just killer compared to the stupid barrel connectors everyone else has. I would pay an extra $100 just for that feature.

about a year ago
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Nest Protect: Trojan Horse For 'The Internet of Things'?

pherthyl Re:Considered it (177 comments)

>> However after playing with the "toys" a few weeks, we began to set the override button "on" because we do not do the same things at the same time each day.

In trying to dismiss the Nest you've just pointed out exactly why it's better than normal programmable thermostats.

about a year ago
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Nest Protect: Trojan Horse For 'The Internet of Things'?

pherthyl Re:Considered it (177 comments)

...which is also why there isn't one in my house. "Network-connectable thermostat that I can control from a smartphone and which has a simple UI on top of decent intelligence?" Sure! "Has to phone-home to a company instead of working stand-alone or with a fairly simple piece of software that I can monitor and maintain myself because I'm a competent sysadmin at a company much larger than Nest?" Whoops, this product stays on the store shelf.

The whole point of the Nest is that it is a piece of the smart home automation world without the complexity. If they made it so it had to be tied to a program on your computer, or you had to run your own server it would have been a total flop.

about a year ago
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Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun

pherthyl Re:3D printing controversy? (285 comments)

>> This one manages to unleash a metal slug at a speed you can literally out run if you're in shape. I can throw a baseball faster than this thing, and it'll cause more damage too.

Wow, you can run at 140km/h? Why don't you compete in the olympics?

about a year ago
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Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

pherthyl Re:One other point (223 comments)

>> With the latest quad-core devices having enough power to run Touch-Wiz seamlessly

You know your software is a bloated piece of shit when...

about a year ago
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Digia Releases Qt 5.1 With Preliminary Support For Android and iOS

pherthyl Re:will Apple allow this? (86 comments)

Yes. There are already Qt based apps on the app store.

about a year ago
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Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

pherthyl Re:Annoyed fanboy? (419 comments)

>> You must be somewhat mathematically challenged, because even if you and Apple are right, targeting a subset of 75% of the market is still better than targeting nearly all of 17% of the market.

And yet, 75% of app revenue is from iOS. So as a developer the 75% marketshare means nothing if those people aren't buying apps.

about a year ago
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Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

pherthyl Re:Adoption is all very well, but... (419 comments)

>> That's a false dilemma you've got there. Android includes tools to manage the fragmentation. If you're having to individually target particular handsets, you're doing it wrong.

Hahahahhaha. Clearly you've never developed a serious app for android.

about a year ago

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