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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

phoebe Re:No validation (349 comments)

A lot of the reference repositories include a Qualcomm proprietary license header. Many are from the Vuforia SDK which has a clear license agreement that prevents such redistribution.

about 3 months ago

Former Second Largest Linux Distributor Red Flag Software Has Shut Down

phoebe Re:Corruption (92 comments)

I'd like a technical post mortem and a list of contributions that Red Flag Linux has made to the community. There is surprise that a company running so long with state sponsorship has relatively few staff compared with Red Hat in a country of lower wages, and similarly has produced less original content than its neighbour Sun Wah Linux.

about 8 months ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

phoebe Re:I think $3.2B is too much (257 comments)

Nest responded to this on their blog: "Your Nest Protect questions. Our answers." There is no requirement for a hard-wire, there is a requirement for a connection and that can be wireless. All vendors are incompatible and do not support hard-wire connection to other vendors.

For an eye opener on market pricing look at the KIDDE Silhouette, pricing over U$S110 (list price) by some vendors and that's only a hard wired carbon-monoxide detector. Amazon stocks it for a more reasonable US$60.

about 9 months ago

Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

phoebe Re: Interesting (223 comments)

One wonders what is the excuse this time that the patches have not been submitted upstream to Chromium?

about a year ago

Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

phoebe Re:Based on Chromium, not Chrome (223 comments)

Firefox isn't truly open source either, you are probably after IceWeasel if you want the Mozilla route.

about a year ago

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

phoebe Contract vs. Vendor (619 comments)

The real question with Samsung's new phone is how the sales will perform. Samsung obviously think they're hot but that is ignoring the fact that the majority of purchasers of the S3 were iPhone 4 owners who finished their contract and the iPhone 5 was delayed. Now we are in a situation that the S3 purchasers are still in contract and not open to free choice and might not want another Samsung device.

about a year and a half ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

phoebe Remember remember the fifth of November (575 comments)

So Facebook are actually the good guys and on the 5th Anonymous are going to be all rounded up and hung, drawn and quartered?

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

more than 3 years ago

No Set-Top TV Device Market Domination For Google

phoebe Aside of the price (133 comments)

The more significant concern should be how complicated the device is. The Logitech Revue has the hallmarks of being rushed to market by a furiously masterbating manager in the corner of an office somewhere, refusing to listen to anything anyone is saying.

Just look at the Revue website and find anywhere mentioning how simple or easy the device is to use, no just a very daunting picture of a gargantuan remote that is some nerd's wet dream.

A lot of effort has been put into the product launch, the Logitech website is larger than any other product they ship and it also extends onto the support side. It is nice to see that they have a series of support videos until you actually view one. Oh dear. I'm wincing at these poor actors having to drive through an overly technical and obtuse script which spends far too much time discussing "HDMI capable AV systems" and optional components which only serve to make it look more complicated than it needs to be.

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk

phoebe Re:Oh, cool! (106 comments)

Wrapped in a large XML turd and not even following XML philosophy at that, randomly introducing one character tags.  How is this protocol really helping anything?

  <t p='#'>text</t>     Insert specified text at position p in message.
  <e p='#' n='#'/>      Deletes n characters of text to the left of position p in message.
  <d p='#' n='#'/>      Deletes n characters of text to the right of position p in message.
  <c p='#'/>            Move cursor to position p in message.
  <w n='#'/>            Execute a pause of n hundredths of a second.
  <g/>                  Executes a flash/beep/buzz.

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Google Engineer Blasts Google's Technology

phoebe Obsolete is the new stable? (158 comments)

I think many other companies would be happy to have remotely 'ancient, creaking dinosaur' technology. I ponder to think what the authors opinion of infrastructure technology in the rest of the world that would be lucky to be only 15-20 years old.

Citing MessagePack is certainly surprising as that particular technology is significantly worse than Google Protocol Buffers, the website is littered with bad test procedures and many errors. Google's serialization doesn't have the speed of say TIBCO's QForms or the compactness of Reuters RForms but it is pretty clear from their documentation that flexibility and easy management were preferred goals over utmost highest performing technology.

more than 3 years ago

Texas Student Attends School As a Robot

phoebe Re:Déjà Vu (218 comments)

A similar story is covered by the 2005 Japanese film Hinokio, after an accident a house-bound student attends college via a robotic avatar.

more than 3 years ago

The Tuesday Birthday Problem

phoebe Re:0.5 (981 comments)

Both the linked article and the article that links to are overly verbose answers that skim the purported issue of whether two boys born on a Tuesday should be counted as two equal probabilities or one.

If he’s a boy, he could have been born any day except Tuesday. (Otherwise this case would already have been counted in the first scenario: the older child a boy born on Tuesday). This second scenario generates just six, rather than seven, more possibilities.

When I tell you that one of my children is a boy born on a Tuesday, I eliminate a number of possible combinations, leaving the following: First child B-Tu, second child: B-Mo, B-Tu, B-We, B-Th, B-Fr, B-Sa, B-Su, G-Mo, G-Tu, G-We, G-Th, G-Fr, G-Sa, G-Su. Second child B-Tu, first child: B-Mo, B-We, B-Th, B-Fr, B-Sa, B-Su, G-Mo, G-Tu, G-We, G-Th, G-Fr, G-Sa, G-Su. Notice that the second row has one fewer members than the first, since the combination B-Tu + B-Tu already appears in the first row.

It would appear a fallacy to eliminate both B-Tu/B-Tu pairings, it is briefly discarded. However the difference of 7/378 to the answer (1/2 to 13/27) which is negligible.

more than 4 years ago

Foxconn May Close Factories In China

phoebe Re:Maths don't matter to reality! (476 comments)

In China the workers work and live together in the same complex it is a fallacy to equate the suicides in an entire day of a China worker to only the working hours of a Western corporation.

more than 4 years ago

Foxconn May Close Factories In China

phoebe Re:Poor Planning (476 comments)

See "Charge of the Light Brigade" and "Battle of the Somme", charges were incredibly fast and successful tool of war before the automatic rifle. It's usage from WW1 and after is only due to old knowledge of poor generals.

more than 4 years ago

ISC Releases the First Look At BIND 10

phoebe Re:A Monument to "Software Engineering" (172 comments)

Really. So the fact that a software developer plans to take "the next couple of years" (again, re: the submitter) to complete a software project is symptomatic of the total failure of an entire industry. Interesting perspective. Thanks for that.

Are you really defending the current development shortcomings of BIND 10 with the article author's inability to elucidate software engineering? Not at all continuing another symptomatic issue of the software industry.

more than 3 years ago

ISC Releases the First Look At BIND 10

phoebe A Monument to "Software Engineering" (172 comments)

BIND is thirty years old and a core piece of Internet infrastructure. That a completely new design and re-write of such a fundamentally important piece of software is "inefficient, difficult to work with, and riddled with bugs" highlights the continuing immaturity of the computer software industry.

This should be an embarrassment to every software designer, Google, IBM, and Microsoft should be screaming out how this is making the entire industry look bad.

Wouldn't this be an ideal target for test driven development, or are we to praise that at least they aware of defects?

more than 4 years ago
top Warns of Active Worm Hacking Blogs

phoebe Re:Why people don't update (103 comments)

There is also a interesting point regarding software repository support. I have a server running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server which is supposed to be supported till April 2011, however Wordpress is in the Universe repository and not updated since November 2008 and is vulnerable to a few attacks that delete content.

If these packages are not going to be updated should there not be at least a warning, or method to bar such packages from being installed after security issues have been raised?

Wordpress 2.3.3 in 8.04 LTS Universe repository.

more than 5 years ago

Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

phoebe Re:SLA (135 comments)

It should be apparent that quotas have been scrapped as they cannot actually guarantee you can use the bandwidth speed they sold. So when they could have previously sold 1/5/10/50GB/day tiers, they spin that into a flat up to 50GB/day, let's call it unlimited, p.s. you'll be lucky to see 1GB.

more than 5 years ago


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