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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

rreay Re:Nowhere in TFA (131 comments)

Because the summary is wrong. The article says exactly the opposite of the summary. (bold mine)

But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker's Rickmote stays within the range of the device, even if you turn the Chromecast off and on again, it will constantly reconnect to the Rickmote â" "thus the Rickroll keeps going indefinitely," Petro told BI.

about 6 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

rreay Re:£10 says.... (219 comments)

This might be the first time I've ever heard someone speculate about Apple putting in too many features.

about a year ago

UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

rreay 2 passengers? Should be 3. (111 comments)

Pod systems like this should always carry three passengers. If you are traveling with a group, 2 passenger pods can force part of your group to ride alone. Carrying 3 lets people ride with the group for groups any size.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

rreay Numbers League (165 comments)

A friend of mine is behind a really well reviewed iPad app called Numbers League. This covers math down to simple addition and subtraction and up to multiplication, division and simple fractions.

Review: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/07/the-numbers-league-app-improves-on-a-masterpiece/

App store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers-league/id444781544?mt=8&ls=1

The app is based on a card game with info and online store here: http://www.bentcastle.com/nl.htm

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jackson Games Shows Off Their Latest Tabletop Games at SXSW (Video)

rreay Re:special place in my heart (95 comments)

For a number of years now Hero Games has put out a PDF of every book. They even offer PDF/physical sets

more than 2 years ago

Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

rreay Re:Way More Complicated Than That (715 comments)

OK, but that means that our playlists are shared (which we can deal with by using folders for our individual playlists), but so is the metadata. Mostly, that's a good thing, but what if my wife and I and my sons want to all rate the same song differently? Out of luck: the rating is shared. I could go on about what should be shared and what shouldn't, but the point is that Apple does not make it easy to share some things and not others even within a family. I imagine that trying to work AppleIDs and iDevices into an enterprise must be quite the nightmare from that point of view.

Your sharing with your family problem is probably solved by using Apple's Home Sharing. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3819

more than 2 years ago

Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

rreay Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (584 comments)

How likely is it that some 3rd party analytics firm has sales data from the Apple stores. And it explicitly only includes retail.

With Apple having such a large retail presence for iPhones and a large online operation as well it seems like the iPhones would be heavily undercounted in this survey.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions

rreay Re:No love for financial institutions. (694 comments)

So yeah. That's not how tax brackets work. The scenario you describe never happens.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

rreay Re:Shipped vs Sold... (406 comments)

Except that the wholesaler and store and telco can return unsold inventory at some point in the future and expect it's money back. If a lot of devices are on their shelves and not selling they may do just that.

Also, If shipped is much higher than sold stock sits in a warehouse and they order less or none next time. Future shipments drop like a rock.

If everything shipped is sold than future shipments stay high as everyone keeps ordering more to keep selling.

Watch the numbers over time. If shipments drop off a cliff you know what's still sitting on shelves.

more than 3 years ago

Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

rreay Re:What? (770 comments)

What they don't mention is that every "wonderful new software update" by Apple came (until after the new iOS 5 release) in the form of a 500+ megabyte software download that was only accessible through iTunes. Never mind that the Android updates are all on the order of 2-100MB and most are available over the air, that would distract from the reader's impression that Apple devices were superior in every way possible


The iPhone user has to wait 'til they get home, plug in and then wait an extra 15 minutes for the download. But updates for all phones are available at the same time. With an iPhone when I read about a new update available I know it'll be there once I get home.

The Android user gets a shorter download but it's rolled out to each phone at a different time and inside each phone the updates get rolled out over time. With an Android phone, even if it's available for my phone model it not be available for my phone for a week.

Different issues, both are frustrations of one sort or another but it's not the major win for Android that you imply. Plus this really only occur a couple times a year anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

rreay Re:No real way to measure? (260 comments)

why not have a simple page that grabs the current time, loads a page in the iframe, when the iframe triggers it's ready() event, grab the current time and compare against the start for a load time analysis?

Because that may not be correct either. In their iPad 2 preview Anandtech went back to manual timing of web page loading because

"It turns out that Honeycomb's browser was stopping our page load timer sooner than iOS', which resulted in some funny numbers when we got to the 4.3/Honeycomb comparison. To ensure accuracy we went back to timing by hand (each test was repeated at least 5 times and we present an average of the results)."

While they don't talk about their method (either) they decided they couldn't trust whatever automated system they had. Obviously there are all kinds of assumptions and differences in the test bed but the basic point is you can't necessarily trust the browser to tell you when it's ready either as an embedded view or stand alone browser.

more than 3 years ago

Google Hiring Android Devs To Close the 'Apps Gap'

rreay Re:Obviously? (323 comments)

And what did Android look like in January 2007 when the iPhone was announced? I dunno, but I found photos from January 2008.

more than 3 years ago

The Case For Lousy Passwords

rreay Why have an account anyway? (343 comments)

The gawker staff accounts is a different issue, but forcing you to have an account just to comment caused lot of this problem.

I used one of these accounts once to post a comment and don't even remember the password. It's probably a crap password but because I don't remember it I needed to change everything else. Thanks Gawker

more than 4 years ago

Google Unveils Android 'Honeycomb' Tablet

rreay Re:meh (187 comments)

It requires effort on Apple's part to make these things changeable and tweakable. That's effort on top of the effort to get it to "just work". They appear to have come to the conclusion that they get better results, however they judge that, by spending those resources on different work and features rather than adding reconfigurability to existing features.

Some companies do enough work to get the system working. Others get it working and then spend effort adding the kind of configurability you want. Apple does gets it working and spends extra effort on it's style of polish. I can't think of anyone that does both Apple's type of UI polish and high configurability. Each of these companies is doing what they feel is worth most to them and at least indirectly what it feels it can use to appeal to customers.

Each style offers the companies and customers trades offs between different values and everybody makes different decisions based on their preferences.

more than 4 years ago

Throwing Out Software That Works

rreay Re:Freedom from the tyranny of choice... (622 comments)

You have freedom of choice, choose to buy something else. It seems like you just don't want others to make the choice you wouldn't

more than 4 years ago

A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

rreay Re:Doesn't just affect Flash (495 comments)

Unfortunately, the SDK agreement explicitly says that the code must be originally written in one of the approved languages (C, C++, Objective-C). And yes, technically this means that any use of inline assembler is forbidden (e.g. to optimize part of a 3D engine, even the rest is completely written in C), which does not make any sense whatsoever either.

It makes plenty of sense if you don't assume that the iPhone will always have same CPU architecture.

more than 4 years ago

FSF Response To Steve Jobs's Letter

rreay Re:Jobs needs to get off his high horse! (572 comments)

[blockquote]What am I missing here?[/blockquote]

The fact that you're wrong. You should actually try things instead of just doing thought experiments.

On a touch in safari when you click on a youtube video it opens the video in the youtube player and plays just fine. This works if the video came from youtube.com directly or was embedded in another site.

more than 4 years ago

WePad Tablet Will Use Linux To Rival the iPad

rreay Re:Just stop it (536 comments)

It was a tough choice between modding this funny and replying to explain the joke. 5 of the first 10 links are to the same crappy article from a guy who didn't want it in the first place, 1 is a guy who's returning his for an upgrade to more storage and 3g and the rest aren't relevant, including an apple support page.

Pretty big chorus there guy.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

rreay Really? (503 comments)

Really? He said that? How incredibly surprising.

more than 4 years ago


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