Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Gary Dillon
About
Posts

Post has attachment
So I love a bit of dark humour me, but this is very ill advised:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/ex-nsa-chief-jokes-about-hunting-down-snowden-advocates-targeted-killings/

Moving past the doublespeak, it's troubling that a public servant (in a democracy) should publicly joke about the extra judicial killing of a citizen. All the moreso when that public servant comes from an arm of the security services; this isn't someone from the DMV complaining about a difficult day...
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
People talk about it here, but the politicians go deaf the same as in the US I'm afraid mate :(
Now, if only more Police in the U.S. would wake up and realize this, we might be able to come to terms with this insanity.
Add a comment...

Discussed The Empire Strikes Back with eldest for the first time today. It's been a great day :D
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
I have backed #Terminus... ah #Kickstarter, you'll bankrupt me eventually. Seriously though, what could be better than managing the perilous recovery of humanity? Little hope, lost in the vastness of an uncaring universe...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/976465455/terminus-2

Also, peanuts to back, 5 Canadian dollars for the game?
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
Bill Watterson's advice to a 1990 graduating class, illustrated in the style of Calvin and Hobbes.  This is so damn good. 

http://zenpencils.com/comic/128-bill-watterson-a-cartoonists-advice/
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
Too good not to share
For your Monday, some nerd humor. Hey, baby, nice curves.
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Spring has arrived, and so has Flat Stanley! Here he is enjoying the last of the day's sun in our garden's cherry blossom tree!

He says hello to Hannah and would like to know how long he should stay for? The plan is to start visiting places next week (possibly somewhere oop-north) ;)

A letter and photos forthcoming - watch this space!
Photo
Add a comment...

We sort of understood this already, but experimental support trumps conjecture every time, soooo I give you: Why eugenics is scientifically stupid aka embrace diversity:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v494/n7436/full/nature11883.html
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
By way of this post I'd like to say thanks to +Ricardo Cerqueira for his work on the LG phones... You know, just in case he's fed up on people moaning. Of course, now he's got G+ spam from me... not sure he'll want that either but I'll risk it ;)
Update at the bottom

Somewhat of a tldr is at the bottom of this rant, pair that up with the image if you're too lazy to read through the post

It's a well known fact that the vast majority of people (myself included) will tend to complain if they have an issue, but stay silent if they're happy. Similar to a waiter in a restaurant. Had horrible service? Most people will complain to no end. Great service? A lot of people will simply only leave a nice tip and carry on their way.

Jean-Baptiste, a Technical Lead for AOSP, put up these tweets yesterday and it reminded me of all of this.

While I'm certain there are a thousand positive comments about the Nexus 4 and AOSP, they're almost certainly drowned out by the negative comments. While there is such thing as constructive criticism, there is definitely something called destructive feedback. ( http://theoatmeal.com/comics/making_things is a comic about all of this) 

In short, destructive feedback is something we've all almost certainly been guilty of at one point in time or another. Myself included. It's giving feedback that doesn't offer any any reference to improvement. You've probably seen a lot of this in Play Store comments. "THIS APP SUCKS! UNINSTALLED!" is actually destructive feedback. The app developer has no idea what your issue was, you were an asshole and used all caps and you've lowered the average rating of the app without giving anything constructive at all in your comment. You simply bashed the developer and went about your day. And yeah, caps aside I've been there too at one point or another.

We've all had our fair share of encounters with bugs with various software, Android included. And we should all be able to agree that there really isn't a "perfect" phone. Sure sure, you may love your [insert phone here] to the point of defending it to the world, but it's got at least something that you wish were different / better. I currently own a Nexus 4, I was lucky enough to snatch an 8GB version before they sold out in the first round. And yeah, it's got several things I wish were better. 

I've caught myself in the recent past being one of those people that really only ever talk about the Nexus 4 when I have an issue with it. As mentioned above, there are real people behind these products that have quite a lot of pride in the work that went on to it. While there may be things you wish were different and better, there's got to be things that you love about it as well else you'd have likely sold it and moved along. There are way too many choices for Android phones these days for you to just sit there with a phone you can't stand. I wouldn't trade my N4 for any other phone on the market, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

TL;DR:
So, with all of that said. I'm going to go on a limb here and try something. Comments for G+ posts can only have 500 comments, and we've got two topics here. AOSP and the LG Nexus 4. I've personally been in hangouts with plenty of you that circle me that have had tons of awesome things to say about both of these topics, so I'm pretty confident this can be done.

Got a positive comment about AOSP and the Nexus 4? Leave it in the comments. I'd like to encourage anyone that reshares this to point people back to the comments of this post so that we can try and hit that 1k mark, but you're definitely not obligated to.

Have nothing nice to say? Then consider at least resharing this post. While you might be that guy, you're almost guaranteed to have someone that has something nice to say following you.

We've (collectively) left thousands of comments on cat videos and animated gifs here on G+, I can't see any reason why we can't get together and leave similar amounts of comments here.



Update: 
Jean-Baptiste Quéru comments:
 
Thanks +Chris Sewell. Of course, the sad part here is that twitter being twitter with its 140-character limit, I couldn't express myself precisely enough. That's why I shouldn't use twitter, I guess.

What frustrates me to no end is the way people talk about the way Nexus 4 is supported in AOSP. That's a subject of endless negativity.

The current state of Nexus 4 in AOSP is the result of a ton of work already, of a lot of battles. There's been a lot of progress compared to where things were 6 months ago.

All that is in the context of 4.2, which is one of the best AOSP releases ever for new hardware: in addition to all the work that went into Nexus 4, just as much went into Nexus 10, which was the first device ever to be fully functional in AOSP builds on launch day. Nexus 7 Mobile got factory images, and there were updates all around for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7.

Right now, barely 3 months after launch, factory images are available for Nexus 4, which can be used by anyone with a Nexus 4. In terms of factory images, that's the best record of any Nexus phone so far. Yet, when those factory images re-appeared on Tuesday (which was the result of a lot of fighting), nobody pointed out that this was putting Nexus 4 ahead of the pack. Instead, the feedback all around the blogosphere was negative, snarkily pointing out that the proprietary hardware-related files weren't available.

I know that Nexus 4 support in AOSP isn't perfect. Knowing that is part of my job, and trying to improve things if possible is part of my job. I also know how it compares to previous Nexus phones, and I know things aren't so bad.

Even when I read the comments here, I see people saying they like their Nexus 4, and people saying that they like AOSP... separately. The combination of the two, though, nope, regardless of the decent starting point and of the visible progress. And that remains horribly frustrating.
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
A really, really impressive set of experiments. The Sci-fi link is just the icing on the cake ;)
A fish like Neo: Baby fish trapped in a virtual world are giving researchers insights into the brain. Read our story: http://www.nature.com/news/mapping-brain-networks-fish-bowl-neuroscience-1.12272
Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded