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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

skribble Re:Too bad... (861 comments)

You do realize this is because the missiles being fired into Israel are being fired from civilian areas.

This is but one thing that separates terrorists from soldiers... terrorists hide among the civilians using them as shields and propaganda.

There is little honor to go around on either side of this, but hiding among the civilians is an act of supreme cowardice and Evil.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?

skribble Re:Overconstrained problem definition (402 comments)

Bzzzt... Actually some very excellent fixed focal length wide angle camera exist. Back in the "film" day most photog's I knew carried around Olympus SylusEpic's with the fixed 3.5 1:2:8 lens. Awesome camera!

Also see this:

A good fixed lens will beat a good Zoom lens in image quality every time.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?

skribble Re:Get a Lumix (402 comments)

I have an LX5, and it is an outstanding camera, however I recently picked up an Olympus E-PM1 and while I like the feel on of the LX5 better, the Olympus beats it in both picture and video quality. This should be expected since the LX5 has a much smaller sensor (though bigger then most compact digitals). (The LX-5 though is unique in using different area of the sensor for different aspect ratios... I really enjoy the 1:1 and the 16:9).

This was my first foray into the whole mirrorless interchangeable lens type camera so I didn't want to spend to much so it was down to the PanasonicGF3 and Olympus E-PM1 (I considered the new Nikon J system but it cost much more for much less). The two were very similar, but the Olympus had a hotshot for the flash and accessories and felt a bit more solid so that's what I went with.

I'm not giving up on my LX5, but I find it's no longer my go to camera.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:If they weren't so pretty (584 comments)

Rather then attempt to go down that road, why don't you tell me some of things that you think you can do on your OS that you can't do on OS X?

Pretty much if you have the know how if you can do it on another *nix system you can do it on Mac OS X.

If I have to I can even run most (all?) Intel based systems on Mac OS X under a virtual machine.

In fact Apple doesn't restrict a damn thing on my computer. If I don't want to play by the App Store games I don't have to.... And to the paranoid I'm pretty sure I'll never have to. Apple has no need and no desire to lock down OS X (They have iOS for that). They do have a responsibility to provide a reliable secure system though. Also as for the App Store... It's Apples store... they can do whatever the hell they want with it. Oh I for one agree with sandboxing apps. I don't think Apple has it all figured out right now, and I think this is the reason they pushed the date back. Ultimately they will try to find a balance between developers and users, and based on history they will error on the side of pissing off developers rather then users. Developers will complain as they have for the past >20 years about how Apple doesn't respect them or some such nonsense.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:Permissions conspicuous by their absence (584 comments)

Apple has always had undocumented API's that developers were supposed to avoid. Android also has undocumented API's that developers aren't supposed to use. Do you know why...

A. because the API is in flux and utilizing these API's may cause you App to break (with unexpected, potentially bad results) as they mature.
B. they utilize sensitive services and pose a high risk for abuse.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:Stupid (584 comments)

As more and more applications rely on distributed data then the risk of some third party injecting malevolent data or tasks into the stream becomes a higher risk.

This isn't about saying that a developer is bad, or a user is doing something wrong, this is about someone else entirely having the power to inject their nasties in the middle. Sandboxing doesn't prevent this from happening (since this is happening outside the box) it does though restrict that damage that such a task could do.

BTW this sort of attack while currently rare, is on the rise and it has little to do with how smart you are as a user or what antivirus software you are using.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:If they weren't so pretty (584 comments)

Mac OS X is one of the most tweakable, flexible OS's out there. As a user and developer there is very little to restrict me from doing anything I want with my computer. I can create and install any software I want. But thanks for the baseless comment.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:Why is this such a bad thing? (584 comments)

"...detrimental to the users..."

I've yet to see an intelligent balanced argument to support this general statement. Yes, there have been things here or there that may have adversely affected some users in some way, but usually as a trade off for helping more users or providing more helpful services.

Anyway let me fix this for you... I believe what you meant to say is "...detrimental to certain ideologies..."

It's perfectly natural to be worried when the illusion of control is wrestled away from you, but the question is, did you really have that control to begin with?

People keep throwing Android around here as the open, free counter to Apple, but Android only provides the illusion of control, and in this way is much more devious in my mind. Android is controlled by Google, new releases are controlled by Google and the devices are controlled by the manufactures and service providers. This is not an open system... If it was open then why don't I have the latest version of Android running on Evo 4G?

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

skribble Re:Cue Apple fans saying "That could NEVER happen" (584 comments)

"...sandbox where multiple private companies publish application profiles and the consumer choice is maximized..."

Like SSL certificate authorities? Yea there are no holes in that model.

more than 2 years ago

Creating a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Bootable Flash Drive

skribble Re:So how do you install a new hard drive? (206 comments)

You obviously haven't replaced a mac hard drive in the last five years. There is door on the back. open it! The HD replacement on my MBP was the easiest HD replacement I've ever had.

more than 3 years ago

New Book Reveals Apple's Steve Jobs Was First Choice for Google CEO

skribble Re:good thing (167 comments)

. o O { don't feed the troll, don't feed the troll, don't feed the troll...}

more than 3 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

skribble ...User error... (831 comments)

Clearly this is all about user error.

First, use macports or fink, not both.

Second, if you are concerned with the kernel for web development you are doing it wrong.

Textmate is interesting, but BBEdit is fantastic. I've yet to find a GUI text editor that matches it. Oh yea Vim works well too.

BTW Apple has clear instructions on installing postgreSQL on their website (which is installed with Mac OS X server by BTW) and there are frequent releases of MacPython as binaries.

If pressed install Linux on a VM and get the best of both worlds.

more than 3 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

skribble Re:I don't get why... (831 comments)

You really think Windows would get him closer to his native host platform?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen

skribble Re:It's a bit to soon to say for sure (298 comments)

Yea and you get nothing else for that $100... you know like preview releases, technical dev support, very nice tools...etc.

more than 3 years ago

Bradley Manning Charged With Aiding the Enemy

skribble Re:No sympathy here, sorry (844 comments)

Thank you Mr. Constitutional scholar, now would you be so kind as to point out which violations of the Constitution he exposed? I'm not saying laws may not have been broken, and it seems that some rules of engagement where violated (which BTW happens just about 100% on both sides in any armed conflict), But there is nothing I have seen that is a clear violation of the Constitution. (and by this I mean the actual Constitution, not the "Constitution" that is thrown around by both extreme these days).

more than 3 years ago

Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

skribble Re:Putting the snideness of the summary aside... (663 comments)

You make it sound like Google doesn't care about making money, of course they do. In this case they are supporting there own product (which is not only inferior in amny ways, but more signifcantly lacks the wide spread hardware support of H.264) so they can not pay for supporting H.264, a better well supported standard which, while not free, is free to users and reasonable for media developers.

If it was really about "openess" then Google should have dumped Flash at the same time.

more than 3 years ago

Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

skribble Surprise: This is a Profit Center for Google. (434 comments)

I was at Google I/O this year and my immediate reaction to Google TV is that this is just a way for Google to make ad revenue instead of the (or at very least in addition to) the Networks. Google does a lot of cool stuff, but in the end everything they do, they do to generate Ad revenue, and TV ad revenue eclipses Web revenue by quite a bit so Google want's in.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

skribble Not About Jailbreaking! (381 comments)

This patent isn't about jailbreaking, it's about disabling a stolen devices. The point is to detect usage trends or biometrics of the intended user and if the device detects anomalies it can act upon them by locating, disabling or other things to protect the data and possible recover the device.

Allegedly Apple is also working on something like this so rather then logging in every time another user users a device.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

skribble Re:The iPad is not that bad (780 comments)

"I understand full well that the iPad is only a fraction of what it could be if it had been produced by a company other than Apple"

Om yea okay, because all of those other companies are putting out all those other so much better tablets running those better OS's. < /sarcasm >

Apple might not be the darling of geekdom anymore (something I don't think they every really aspired to), but the fact is, no other company would have produced anything close to the iPad, and as of today no other company has. To say that some other company and OS could have done this so much better is just simply ignoring reality and replacing it with some pseudo dogmatic wishful thinking.

more than 4 years ago

Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

skribble Re:I'm conflicted (980 comments)

1st - Apple doesn't have a Monopoly on anything (not even iPhone/iPad applications since you can create some pretty significantly cool apps using HTML5 and WebKit JS system hooks and just through up a web page).
2nd - It could be much easier to argue the Flash has a Monopoly on RIA than Apple has on anything.
3rd - Comparing consumer electronic devices to computers is not a valid comparison.

Here's where Adobe looses:
1. They are only suing Apple, not every other CES device that doesn't support Flash (Where's the suit against Nintendo who have even more restrictive development requirements? What about Sony?) So the question is raised, why is Adobe only targeting Apple? This is something Adobe doesn't want to answer.
2. As stated Apple is nowhere near a monopoly... there is tons of competition (Blackberry has a higher market share already. Android is growing fastest, WinMo 7 is on it's way, eventually Nokia (the #1 mobile phone company BTW will need to do something)... not even close.
3. Apple could easily state it has a legal obligation to it's shareholders *not* to support Flash since that would cede control of it's own product to a third party, while at the same time creating an impediment to future innovations (and this is a very strong argument and in itself is likely enough to stop and legal action in its tracks).

Oh here's the kicker... Apple doesn't need to sign it's own agreement, and can selectively enforce it with 3rd parties, so it's possible this is clearly defensive and Apple has 3.3.1 to protect itself so when Apple upgrades the iPhone OS and all the Flash (other interpretive frameworks) generated stuff breaks Apple can just point and say "hey... their fault, not only does there crap suck, but they violated their agreement with us, can't sue us we're covered, not only that but now we have to sue the developer so we can refund all our consumers that bought their crappy app that no longer works since they didn't follow our rules"

more than 4 years ago


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