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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

seoras More fear mongering. (155 comments)

F.U.D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt

Anyone else getting a bit fed up with all this fear BS?
I'm I alone in feeling like our governments are treating us like a herd of sheep using fear to herd us and control us?

Only earlier today we had a post about giving up freedoms so we can be better protected.
http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/10/07/0235241/brits-must-trade-digital-freedoms-for-safety-says-crime-agency-boss

Now another article where we are again being told that a free internet is a physical threat to us and we can be murdered online. ...."found that governments are not equipped to fight the growing threat of "online murder", ..".
The solution - give up our freedom online.

How long until a post like this is blacked out as "unsafe".
Who is it really unsafe for?

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

seoras "The Joke" - Milan Kundera (264 comments)

Milan Kundera's book "The Joke" is fascinating insight into what happened in a Soviet block country (Czech) when someone wrote a joke to a friend on a postcard which the authorities saw and used.
We used to look at the East and feel good in ourselves that we weren't being watched and that we had freedoms they didn't. Not any more....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joke_(novel)

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

seoras Full. Of. Shit. (264 comments)

The best thing to come out of the recent referendum on Scottish Independance has been to re-awaken the British public to politics and government.
It's not enough, there needs to be a more jarring and long lasting wake up call to what politicians are doing for corporates and the establishment under the guise of "public interests".
Mass surveillance isn't protecting us, didn't protect us in the past and certainly won't in the future.
Imagine McCarthyism with full access to your historical digital life to twist into whatever form needed to hound you out of your home, job, school, neighbourhood or even country?
Wake up!

about two weeks ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

seoras More worrying implication of devaluation (69 comments)

When I started writing iOS Apps it was at the same time as Interface Builder was released.
As a beginner being able to visualise what was going on made the learning curve a walk up a hill instead of mountaineering.
Even though I've been doing it a while now I still use Storyboards but 50% of the time I find myself removing a view and codifying it.
As a design tool it is wonderful for prototyping.

There was a lot of resistance from the established iOS developers to IB when it first appeared.
I remember being scolded on stockoverflow for using IB and told that I should learn the hard way like they had done.
With Swift I see some parallels, I don't want to have to learn a new language even though it might be simpler and compiles faster code (allegedly).
It raise my hackles because of the time and knowledge I have invested in the status quo to date (ObjC).
In addition to the prospect of Apple ceasing support for ObjC in future Xcode releases forcing me to re-write my Apps in Swift.
I'm sure Swift will make the learning curve easier as IB did for me when I started.

There's a much bigger problem with all this which goes beyond Apple, Xcode & Swift.
As App development and programming becomes simpler and more dumbed down it has the effect of increasing the number of people who are capable of producing a non-complex App.
That drives down the value of an App developer.
It's hard enough making anything from App's without lowering the value in them further.

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

seoras That tasty forbidden fruit. (335 comments)

More good news for Elon. Telling folks what they can't buy, and making it hard for them to get, just makes it all the more exotic and tempting.

No one enjoys the pressure and pain of car showroom shopping. It's just not consumer friendly.
Yet consumers don't have the right or ability to indicate their distaste.

Besides the electric card appeals to the renegades, the rebels at heart who would be more likely to buy those cars anyway.
So the more corporate backed legislatives try to ban them the more sales they are going to get.

If they really wanted to hurt Tesla they'd just ignore them and not give them air time.

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

seoras Re:Don't do apps. (316 comments)

Rare doesn't mean jobs out there, rare can also mean specialised and, depending on where you live, hard to find alternative work when your current job disappears.
I know this from experience, an experience a lot of (soon to be ex) Cisco engineers are going to go through shortly...
Right now App's is where the programming action is. Don't be put off by the volume of Apps being created.

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

seoras Support, Knowledge base & Plenty of free Code. (316 comments)

The problem with introducing a new language, no matter how good it is, is that a beginner will find limited online resources.
Stackoverflow.com has been a godsend for me getting into iOS App development.
So too has cocoacontrols.com for finding something I want, which I know someone else will have already written and made free.

Swift on the other hand hasn't been out long enough for there to be enough answers on the knowledge base websites to cover all issues that will arise in the learning curve.
Nor will there be an avalanche of re-writes of the free, object-c, code utilities that are available.
AFNetworking springs to mind, a fabulous effort that has saved so many so much time, bugs and frustration.
You can use a bridge between it and Swift but that's just added complexity and time.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

seoras Why is this on Slashdot? (494 comments)

It's been bad enough with the BBC acting like Pravda (Irvine Welsh's own words in his recent "Time" article) without having to come to Slashdot and find propaganda here too.
"there will be no local banks, access to EU markets and the freedom of movement will be curtailed,"
Utter and total nonsense.
Scottish citizens are EU citizens regardless of how they vote.
EU will not give up access to the North Atlantic (Iceland & Norway are NOT in the EU).
If Scotland goes then it effectively removes the EU fishing fleet from the richest fishing grounds it has.
"Cutting their nose off to spite their face", would be the best way of describing the fear mongering, yes I used that phrase because it's all we ever get about Independence.
No local banks? Eh? So they will all up sticks just like Westminster has been spinning. Unlikely.

My parting word on this is this.
Regardless of the arguments for or against the "NO" campaign has been a campaign of negativity, fear and doom.
If you know anything about marketing you'll know that consumers don't listen to negatives only positives
and I quote "Pravda"'s Bio on the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in backing this up.

"It seemed Labour was on course to win the 2011 Scottish election, but Mr Salmond - never to be underestimated - launched into the contest with a positive campaign.
When he came up against Labour's negative, attacking style, Scots voters decided there was no contest - and the SNP was returned with a jaw-dropping landslide win."

Sound familiar?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28835771

about a month ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

seoras Re:Military turn on (90 comments)

Delivery service won't work, someone will throw themselves under the dog and then get a slick lawyer.
Amazon's safer in the sky and knows it. ...and it's funded by DARPA, I stopped reading when I got to the video.
So it is military backed.

about a month ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

seoras Military turn on (90 comments)

I can just see the military getting hot and excited about a battle field robot that can run as fast as a cheetah, jump over obstacles, with either a bomb strapped to it's back or a gun of sorts.
Who's funding these guys?
It's great technology but I don't think I'm being too cynical in struggling to imagine any practical applications outside of defence.
Robot greyhound races?

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

seoras Dong's Formula (113 comments)

1. Make a game which is simple to understand but impossibly difficult.
2. Make it free with an iAd banner for revenue.
3. Withdraw the game as soon as the feeding frenzy begins and the media pick up on it.
4. Repeat.

Consumers love nothing more than a freebie in limited supply.
Dong's limited editions.

There's a new iPhone coming out and I'd like to upgrade.
My fingers are crossed that he pulls it so I can sell my current iPhone, with this latest game installed, for twice the price of the new iPhone 6 ;)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

seoras Devaluation of my profession over time (548 comments)

Software Engineering is the only profession where your perceived value decreases with age.
If I'd chosen, Medicine (Human,Veterinary), Law, Accountancy, Business, etc the older I'd got the more valuable I'd be.
If I'd chosen any other type of engineering the same would apply.
Who's bridge would you want to cross - the civil engineering grads or the guy who's been doing it 20+ years?
There's a real problem with the non-technical populations perception of the value in software because it's beyond their comprehension.
Why would I hire a middle aged guy to write my App when I can pay a student party money to write me one?
Sure, why not get a law student to handle your divorce or your property purchase too?
Then add on top of that the universal nature of software.
You wouldn't get a guy in China or India, at $1 an hour, to advise or complete your tax returns would you?
However you'd happy pay him that to setup a bespoke website with web apps.

about 2 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

seoras Dumb paranoia (299 comments)

If the state wants to cut off your mobile phone access they don't need to brick your phone they just ask your carrier to turn off your services.
First its raging against the "Walled Garden" App store, now it's "we don't need no anti-theft kill switch".
Well maybe you don't, my techno friend, but you're in the minority.
The majority of smart phone users do want a device that they
a) can safely install non-trojan software from a verified & reviewed source
b) not be mugged for carrying an expensive toy

about 2 months ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

seoras Re: Lodsys has been very quiet of late (63 comments)

> Unless by innovative you mean dumbing down the user interface even more to appeal to the least common denominator. If so, then there's craploads of innovation.

Oh you mean like Tim Berners-Lee did when he simplified human interaction with shared data on the fledgling internet which had, until then, been useable only by CS academics and a few industrial techs?

Give me craps loads more my friend...

about 2 months ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

seoras Lodsys has been very quiet of late (63 comments)

Lodsys, of "in-app purchases" infamy, have been very quiet of late.
Is the tide finally turning in the favour of innovation and common sense?

about 2 months ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

seoras Next Week: A change of name for Assange... (299 comments)

to Julian DotComDotAu and a quick, but dubious, rubber stamp to settle in NZ, he's packing his bags already!

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

seoras Why stop there? NSFW Tag badly needed! (131 comments)

I recently "Liked" a friends share from TheLadBible on Facebook and now my home page feed is NSFW.
Just can't bring myself to Un-Liking it. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

seoras Germans have been using ride sharing for years now (341 comments)

I don't get it.
What's legally different with Uber to the ride sharing websites so popular in Germany for at least a decade now?
7 years ago I was dating a German who was from Dresden, she regularly went back home to Berlin & Dresden for visits.
She never used public transport to go visit her parents, only a ride sharing website as it was much cheaper than the train/bus.
We even had a driver drop me off at the airport, after picking up another paying passenger, on their way to Dresden.
One thing I can say about Germans is that they are frugal with money and I'm Scottish which is saying something! ;)

about 2 months ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

seoras Lessons from the Fashion Industry (249 comments)

From a course on business strategy I remember looking at the business model of the European fashion retailer Zara.

One thing that sticks in my mind was that their customers kept coming back to their stores to see "what was new".
Zara are very good at keeping their offering fresh.
They do so through excellent use of technology that gives them insights on what is/isn't selling, combined with JIT etc.

The current App Store lacks only 1 thing and that is freshness.
Ever day I check my App's rankings for particular keywords and I see very little movement.
I imagine its the same for the customers on the App store.

For some search terms there are 1000's of Apps.
Rather than allowing a stagnant top 10 club there should be daily rotation based on user submitted ratings and revenue earned.
With Apple doing more to make users rate apps.
If there's anything that says the user likes an App it's them voting with their wallet.

It pains me to suggest revenue ranking but following Googles example of putting money first in search results is the norm now.
Google's update 18 months ago screwed a lot of businesses who ranked on keyword search for their services.
Immediately after dropping services websites from the search results they bombarded them with AdWord sign up emails, I know I was one of them.
It was shake down pure and simple.

This idea of creating internal Apple reviewers is just plain stupid.
It's asking for corruption by assigning great power to individuals who will also have personal tastes, philosophies and expectations.
It needs to be cold and objective which humans are not.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

seoras Still using a 32 bit processor? How 80's... (220 comments)

Still no 64bit ARM processor?
Perhaps the metal casing is a new feature allowing you to throw it at the nearest wall in frustration. ;)

about 2 months ago

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High School kid builds his own Iron Man costume. "...Google helped a lot"

seoras seoras writes  |  about a year and a half ago

seoras (147590) writes "A teenager has told the BBC that his self-built Iron Man suit has led to offers from the US to create more.
Archie Whitehead, 17, told the BBC's Richard Williams that he spent 300 hours building the fibreglass suit for a school project.
However, he said he is now considering turning the one-off into a career in costume design."

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