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All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

yurik Same problem at Wikipedia (60 comments)

I am part of the Wikipedia Zero initiative, and we need to ensure that http://m.wikipedia.org/ runs on ALL platforms, including the mostly forgotten flip phones with no JavaScript. Which obviously presents the problem of testing. There are some sites (we have an account with one of them) that provides multi-platform testing, but all that means is multiple flavors of Android & IOS... with possibly the latest BB thrown in. Unfortunately, the bigger problem is the older devices, where capabilities were much more varied. One day I hope we can have access to the most commonly used labs testing, including various Nokias, etc. Hoping...

about 4 months ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

yurik "Physics" is not science (292 comments)

"Physics" is a fairly artificial concept of separation of knowledge - after all, knowledge is just one. Our brains, on the other hand, are too tiny to fit all of it in. We started learning about surroundings "midway", e.g. F=ma - basic physical phenomenon, and from there started moving towards the very small (quarks), very large (galaxies), and much more complex - chemistry, biology. I think the discoveries tend to go in waves, and when there is an imbalance of knowledge, the area at the bottom shoots up. For example - enough data accumulated and enough mathematical tools were developed to boost physics and chemistry, which helped with computers, which in turn boosted biology. Next step - exact predictions of social sciences, terraforming, ... Time to travel far far away.

P.S. Even though I couldn't find who was the original author, my physics teacher once told me that when governor visited Franklin's lab, and was shown all the electrical research, he wondered what was the purpose... to which Franklin replied "Physicists will tinker with it for a bit, and later you will start taxing it". It might have been someone else of course, but does not change the point - something gets discovered, and later it becomes ubiquitous in our everyday life.

about 6 months ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

yurik Only benefits smaller devices (217 comments)

The raw speed of the code might actually diminish since the .net runtime could have optimized it better for the specific environment (CPU model, available RAM, phase of the moon, etc). On the other hand, the startup would benefit - no more need to just-in-time compile. Plus there is no need for memory to compile it. On the other hand, the runtime might use some cycles to further optimize code during execution, whereas with this approach the code won't change any further. In any case, great for instant startup, but I suspect conceptually this is not much different from the older binary pre-compiled cached versions of the assemblies.

about 7 months ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

yurik Re:Reviewed by volonteers, donated to Foundation (125 comments)

Thekohser, thanks for the reply, could you point me to the correct info? I only found http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi... and that doc is not trivial, so any help explaining your position would greatly help. Where do 49+% go? Is it the same for all non-profits or non-profits in the same sector (if there is such a division). Thank you!

about 7 months ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

yurik Reviewed by volonteers, donated to Foundation (125 comments)

Disclaimer - I work for the Wikimedia foundation, but expressing my own opinion.

Donations go to the Wikimedia Foundation, covering various technology/organizational costs, but the foundation is not involved in the actual editing or reviewing process - that has always been done exclusivelly by the community. Donations would never affect the content of an article simply because its a different group of people - those who receive the money spend it on internet/development/building/conferences, while volonteers independently decide what should stay and in what form. An analogy here would be donating money to ISP to support the service, while abusing one of the web sites on the web.

about 7 months ago
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Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent

yurik I would have thought it costs more... (69 comments)

if a plane stops midflight, it might crash... costing waay more than a $100K...

about 8 months ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

yurik Chrome is a virtual box too - NaCl (201 comments)

This seems to talk purely about virtual servers, not hardware. Everything above hardware is nothing but programs, even if we call them virtual PCs. They only differ in the level of integration with the rest of the machine and peripheral devices. For example, javascript running in a browser could be considered as much of a virtual pc as Oracle's VirtualBox, with the only difference being the interface with which internal code communicates with the outside. Chrome's native client (NaCl) ability to run native code without any interpretation while still maintain complete isolation from the OS and other processes is the best example of complete virtualization.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

yurik Concerns (505 comments)

I have had my AP open for almost a year in the middle of New York, and there are usually 10-20 mobile and other users connected. And even though I have assigned the highest priority to my own computer, sometimes network slows down considerably. It might be the "wonderful" TimeWarner messing up as usual, but it could also be some torrent usage which I would rather keep off. Sadly, specifically my revision of the linksys router does not run dd-wrt or any other open stacks, so I have no way to do any custom magic without router upgrade. And even if I do buy a new router, I don't think it is easy to filter torrent traffic. Plus I would really love to have an encrypted portion of my network for my own devices, as cookie stealing is fairly common and easy to do.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

about a year and a half ago
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Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

yurik Screen Resolution (398 comments)

The reasoning on Intel's part seems to be that unless the laptop gains as much usability and "coolness" factor as the recent tablets have, Intel will be looking at a considerable laptop market shrinkage. And since Intel is by far better positioned in the laptop as oppose to tablet market, it is as critical for them as it is for Microsoft.

On the other hand, what Intel seems to be missing is that the screen resolution also plays a significant role in user's device appreciation. Microsoft does not seem to have as much say about this (strangely), but Intel could have added minimum resolution to the list of their requirements.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

yurik Dvorak (307 comments)

I learnt it during a summer internship in about a week, and never looked back to qwerty. This is purely a preference, and I heard both positives (speed) and negatives (fingers don't move as much so causes more rep strain injuries). It def improved my overall typing speed, but caused some grief when using CTRL+ZXCV and also in various games with one hand on keyboard (usually switch back to qwerty for them). You won't have as much problem switching because you already got the motorics skills down, just need to have the new layout in your head. Btw, switching back and forth between layouts takes about a few seconds for my head.

about 2 years ago
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EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent

yurik Re:Dear Slashdot... (96 comments)

Its funny how a comment that was meant as a joke got flagged as flamebait. Guess my sarcasm and jokes are not ./ friendly :(

about 2 years ago
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EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent

yurik Dear Slashdot... (96 comments)

Dear Slashdot,

I am very confused. Should I love Apple or hate Apple? Should I feel sorry or angry about Samsung?

I am a simple individual, without many thoughts of my own, and I need guidance. When you say Apple's patent that got them $1 billion from Samsung is a bad thingtm and got invalidated - everyone seem to rejoice. Now you claim EU, which we all thought protected us from all the evils, is suing Samsung. Please please please, just say how we are suppose to feel towards these two behemoth.

Sincerely,
a humble little me.

about 2 years ago
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Inside an Amazon Warehouse

yurik FOSS Inventory management recomendations (206 comments)

A friend of mine has a small business selling specialized shoes, and needs a new inventory system. Quickbooks just doesn't cut the load and such large inventories. Ideally, it should be an open source solution, either LAN or web-based, with very comprehensive inventory management and customer relationship management, barcode reading/printing, possibly unique ID (serial number) generation, and ideally some accounting/quickbooks integration.

Has anyone dealt with such systems? Any recomendations? Many thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Plans To Unplug the Internet, Launch Its Own 'Clean' Alternative

yurik Re:How Many Strikes Do You Get? (301 comments)

No no, its not about the strikes, its how many results you will get when searching! Goooogle = humongously too many, whereas usually you just need the one!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

yurik Re:Spread the word (1002 comments)

In the latest news, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are to be outlawed in the new law against piracy.
Promoted by RIAA & MPAA, the bill named Pirates-Copy-Paste (PCP) will help fight piracy by not allowing pirates to create a perfect digital replica of the original. Disabling copy/paste will also teach kids early on that if you create something, it should be fully yours, and not based on works of others...

more than 2 years ago
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Android Update Alliance Already Struggling

yurik Verizon+Motorola Response (364 comments)

Just spent an hour on the phone with Verizon, speaking with

Verizon Wireless - Katie (refused to give either last name or her employee ID)
Katie had absolutely no information on the next version releases, nor did she have any way to send request for this to be implemented. She called Motorola support @ 800-734-5870 with me on the line:

@Motorola: Kent, employee #352669 created a case ref # 111217-009859
No information yet except for the models provided, supervisor refused to speak with me on the phone.

Apparently just a run-around, without any info. I'm thinking of switching to another carrier/manufacturer.

more than 2 years ago
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Prince Says Internet Is Over

yurik There, fixed it for you... (450 comments)

At one time Prince was hip and suddenly he became outdated...

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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No more sublets through craigslist in New York

yurik yurik writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yurik (160101) writes "No more craigslist. No more AirBnB. Soon if you visit New York, hotel may be your only lodging option. NY state bills A10008 / S6873 sponsored by hotel lobby seek to outlaw individuals renting out our apartments for less than a month.

From http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2010/06/new-york-considers-ban-on-vacation-rentals/98153/1 — "New York state senators vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month. The new law would be a blanket ban on short-term rentals no matter how ethical the renter is."

Another ref http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2010/06/new_york_controversy_a_crackdo.html"
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Microsoft pushed Desktop Search as auto-update

yurik yurik writes  |  about 7 years ago

yurik (160101) writes "Microsoft has pushed Windows Desktop Search through the automatic update:

Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. On an upgrade from previous versions, you may need to rebuild your index. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. More information for this update can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917013
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