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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

printman Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

Free apps with in-app purchases show that fact right under the 'Buy' button. And a simple setting controls whether in-app purchases are allowed at all, require approval, or can go through automatically (default is require approval). And iOS 8 has the proxy stuff for family accounts (parental approval for everything if you want).

How is this Apple 'doing nothing'?

about 2 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

printman Re:Encryption (220 comments)

RFC 2817 defines how a server (or a client) can require TLS. It is widely deployed for printers but less so on the Internet due to proxies not supporting it.

about 4 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

printman Silicon Valley is a lot bigger than New York... (606 comments)

and Google, Apple, etc. are providing mass transit from one city to another within the region. I used to commute (drive) from the South bay (Morgan Hill) to Cupertino daily, which (on a good day) meant 1.5 hours of driving to go 30 miles. I couldn't afford to live in (and frankly didn't like) Cupertino, and the mass transit in the bay area is a joke (I'd be looking at 3 hours between the train and bus for the same commute).

When Apple started their bus service I used it and never looked back. And doing so eliminated (at the time) about 150 cars from the road for a single route, and there are now (I think) 10 different direct routes, with double-decker buses (80 vs. 50 people per bus) plus shuttle service to traditional mass transit locations.

If anything, the new buses and shuttles have probably only served to increase ridership on public transit while removing a shitload of cars from the road. How is that bad, exactly?

about 7 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

printman Re:GPL and BSD give uses the same freedoms (1098 comments)

> (LLVM attracts some investment, such as that of Apple, up to a certain point, because Apple's goal is to undermine GCC.)

No, Apple's goal (like most businesses) is to avoid the GPL3 because it is decidedly unfriendly to business. Plus it doesn't help that the GCC project has a long history of being unfriendly to outside developers in general (remember EGCS?) and wanted nothing to do with OpenGL/OpenCL which use a C-like language for shaders and other GPU code. And when LLVM is as good or better than GCC, it doesn't take a genius to switch.

about 8 months ago

Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

printman Re:More accurate headline (510 comments)

I'm sure there are many who are concerned about the long-term effects of GMO crops on the viability of non-GMO crops (cross-pollination between fields, economic factors, strong-arming by companies that produce GMO seed, etc.), but I am more concerned with the primary usage of GMO, at least in North America - herbicide resistance. With ordinary seed you might still use herbicides to control weeds, but overall you can't use much because you'll kill your crop. Use a GMO seed that is engineered to not be susceptible to those herbicides and now you can use a bunch more to ensure that those pesky weeds don't reduce the yield of your crops. We already know that most herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides are bad for people, yet we seem to be rushing forward to use more of them...

It would be better to require labeling of GMO products and the 'cides that have been used in their production... Then let the market/consumers decide which products they want to buy...

about 8 months ago

Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows

printman Re:Congrats, Unknown Lamer... (135 comments)

We default to localhost for security reasons - most systems are clients/not sharing printers, so why expose your system to the world/office?

Run "cupsctl --remote-admin --remote-any --share-printers WebInterface=Yes" after you install to enable remote access, share printers, and enable the web interface. Add "DefaultEncryption=Never" if you don't want to use SSL/TLS (although personally I don't recommend that - encryption comes "for free" these days...)

about a year ago

Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

printman Re:It is the lower price sherlock (433 comments)

That covers 7-inch (non-iPad mini) users of those magazines, but not iPad mini users (which they mention near the end...)

about a year and a half ago

Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

printman Re:It is the lower price sherlock (433 comments)

Have any links for the gender divide? In my family me and my brother in laws have ipad minis but all the women have the full sized iPads. We chose the mini because it is more convenient to cart around and is the first ipad (first tablet?) close to the Star Trek pads; one of my brother in laws is an electrician and uses it (in a suitable case) on the job - full code reference, notes for the current job, etc. So I'm not sure gender is a factor here, but cost and the right size/weight for a particular usage.

about a year and a half ago

RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

printman Re:Very nice.. (267 comments)

On iDevices you can do this with a four finger swipe...

about a year and a half ago

MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

printman Re:Fool of an MP (454 comments)

I was wondering about victims of child abuse wanting to tell their stories...

about 2 years ago

Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

printman Pesticides, not nutrition/taste (497 comments)

I've never bought organic for the taste or nutrition, I'm more concerned with pesticide and "buddnip" use on non-organic produce. The best place to get your veggies (aside from your own garden) is a local farm/farmers market (although for the latter be careful to find out where vendors are getting their produce from...)

about 2 years ago

With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

printman Re:OK, whatever. (267 comments)

CUPS 1.6 (and the next 1.5.x) will support "Bonjour" discovery using Avahi on Linux and other platforms (in addition to mDNSResponder, which is also open source and works just dandy on the same platforms...)

The problem with CUPS Browsing is that it relies on UDP Broadcasts, which are bad for Wi-Fi bandwidth and power consumption. CUPS Browsing also has issues with hostnames - how do you setup a network using CUPS Browsing without broadcasting IP addresses (printer@ Yeck), setting up a DNS server, or syncing /etc/hosts files? All of those things are solved by Bonjour (mDNS, Zeroconf, DNS-SD)

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Distribute OS X Lion via the Mac App Store

printman Re:Can someone step up to the plate? (517 comments)

The 5-computer limit does not apply to applications, only to music and video content. You can even re-download apps later as needed (same as iOS).

more than 3 years ago

What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

printman FLTK (331 comments)

FLTK ( is still in active development and is my cross-platform toolkit of choice - C++-based, easy to use, and works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X with ports for other platforms available.

more than 3 years ago

The Go-Anywhere Cyber Cafe In a Shipping Container

printman Um, what about heat?!? (145 comments)

OK, so lets put a metal shipping container (i.e. a big metal box) out in the desert and have people sit in there throughout the day - won't that get awfully hot?!?

more than 4 years ago

Midwest Seeing Red Over 'Green' Traffic Lights

printman Re:Too bad we don't have rules to deal with this (839 comments)

Roundabouts are not a great thing to have with snow and ice - doing a sequence of tight turns can easily result in loss of control and an accident, not to mention that they suck when you have a lot of traffic.

more than 4 years ago

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

printman Re:You got to be kidding (484 comments)

Yeah, since the roads will be glass they'll replace the plows with big squeegees.

about 5 years ago

Time Warner Cable Won't Compete, Seeks Legislation

printman Re:Convert? (621 comments)

You make it a co-op that is owned by the customers...

more than 5 years ago


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