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Robert “robertmeta” Melton
Autodidact, Developer, Gamer, Philosopher and Political Junkie in the DC Metro Area.
Autodidact, Developer, Gamer, Philosopher and Political Junkie in the DC Metro Area.
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http://youtu.be/Qlqe1DXnJKQ - These little drones will be playing live at the http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ this weekend. 

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Talking to a friend about "being wrong" -- as a software developer, I am wrong all the time.  I was reminded of a couple great TED talks from 2011 -- that aren't insufferable I promise! 

http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong

http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_harford

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Fantastic use of real and virtual space together.

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This rant is lovingly related to this weeks TWiG.

What does it mean to "install software"?  This is a complaint that Leo often hurls at the Google Chromebooks.

Does it mean to have the software available offline?  If so, then this is basically apps having an "offline" mode.

Does it mean using the full capabilities of non-web applications?  If so, then NaCL(Native Client) fits the bill (mostly).  Runs native code modules that render 2D and 3D graphics, play audio, respond to mouse and keyboard events, run on multiple threads, and access memory directly... only 5% slower than directly on the hardware (due to sandboxing).

Does it mean configuration and customization?  Again, we have that with a Chromebook.

Is there something I am missing that is a line in the sand between a "real" application and something like Secure Shell (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/secure-shell/pnhechapfaindjhompbnflcldabbghjo) ... which uses native code, can run offline and has local settings?

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Interesting take on the Samsung / Apple Verdict.  Similar things have been said about "hey, if it costs a billion dollars to slide into second place, well worth it" 
I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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Finally, a system we can all get behind.
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