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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

AbRASiON Re:Android version req - long time coming (343 comments)

Problem is I can't remove their idiot stuff, take a look at your list below, I've highlighted what I don't want and will never EVER use.
(and even if I did, I should be able to optionally install it!)

Text-To-Speech Engine

Voice Search
Google Now
Google Cloud Print

These apps are already part of nearly every Android install as it is. Some of the rest of the 20 can be due to Google's (IMO silly) decision to split Play store content by type:

Play Newsstand
Play Books
Play Movies
Play Games
Play Music
(All of these!)

When you force stop, delete cache, delete data and disable these apps, at least on all the Samsung phones I've owned. Guess what? a month or two later, google releases an update and it forces itself back on the phone and re-enables the app.

I know I'm in the minority here but I want a fast phone but not the stock google / cyanogenmod skin I *like* the look of the Samsung dialler, contacts, etc - there's several font, colour, shading, dividing lines, spacing changes which are vastly superior to the poorly designed google offerings.
I can disable samsung camera eye tracker, samsung voice and all their dopey stuff and still keep the nice skin - but the stupid google apps re-enable themselves, chewing up my precious rmemory and making my phone sluggish garbage.

Googles "don't be evil" policy died several years ago and it's progressively getting worse.
Infact I've got to be honest, at this point, I haven't seen them do ANYTHING cool or amazing or "oh man, those amazing guys, god they are so great!" in several years, just worse and worse shit.
I genuinely believe they are worse than Microsoft ever was at this point.

7 hours ago

The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

AbRASiON Pretty bad example of a radical change. (185 comments)

Michael Utley was a successful stockbroker who often went skiing and windsurfing before he was struck by lightning. Today, at 62, he lives on disability insurance. "I don't work. I can't work. My memory's fried, and I don't have energy like I used to. I aged 30 years in a second." Lightning also dramatically altered Utley's personality. "It made me a mean, ornery son of a b****."

Had it been an example where he became a greenpeace or PETA speaker or something, it might be more shocking but this doesn't come across as entirely surprising.

2 days ago

Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

AbRASiON The campfire is the "TV" of camping (89 comments)

No question of it, I've been on multiple big camping trips, mobile phones banned, things like that - and we just had a big big fire in the middle, sat around talking, relaxing and staring at the warm glow of logs slowly crumbling. It's incredibly mesmerising when there's nothing else to look at. Very relaxing.

Drugs or alcohol may or may not assist but are not required!

about a week ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

AbRASiON I'm sick of this bad English (494 comments)

Sorry but fuckit.

What's with "shake up industry" ? What does that even mean. Christ did no one go to school.
What industry? Which industries? Not just "shake up industry" that makes no actual sense.

While I'm at it and going to be mod'd down anyhow, "best for baby" in infant commercials, what the shit? No, it's best for "the baby" or "your baby" but "best for baby"? Nope, no and no sirree.
I only retained about 50% of what I was taught in English and it's driving me insane what I see and hear nowadays, I can't begin to imagine what my English teachers and parents would think of the state of things now.

But I'm sure y'all could care less, right?
(I know I could)

about two weeks ago

Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets


Jeez guys, our good friend Alex Chiu has been selling fine magnetic immortality devices as long as I can remember on the internet and now some "harvard scientist" thinks they can get in on poor Alex's action here? What gives!?

about two weeks ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON Re:You are of no value to the company, you're a to (250 comments)

It doesn't interest me though :/ if anything I've found the majority of security people I've dealt with, technically incompetent and cause nothing but trouble. 9 times out of 10 they are over paranoid to the levels of extreme AND don't know shit about IT.

Furthermore, with the whole "send it to the cloud" philosophy, yep, even security people are being reduced. Who needs a team of 5 to 10 security people for desktops, servers, networks etc when a large portion of the infrastructure is now located off site and presumably X cloud provider will handle security?

about three weeks ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON Re:You are of no value to the company, you're a to (250 comments)

Your post is redundant, when it's a hirer's market at the moment. Very very few jobs can you leave one and get the same pay. Not when there's 200 applicants per job. Wages are in freefall over here (AU)

about three weeks ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON You are of no value to the company, you're a tool (250 comments)

That's all you are, it's all I am and it's all I've been. The drive for the bottom dollar has gotten even more intense in the last decade than ever. Managers, CEO's CTO's, shareholders, taxpayers, regardless - the primary focus is money.

The ONLY IT workers they give e a shit about are the well dressed, smart talking (and genuinely smart) guys who waltz in consulting on how to reduce costs. (ie: you MAKE them money, you're income, not expense!) If you can charge a business 700 to 1500 a day for 6 to 18 months, but in the end of your project they get to fire 3/4 of a team of 100 people then you're _exactly_ what they're after.

I write this unfortunately as a primary support person over the years, maybe due to lazyness, apathy, people skills, depression, personality? Who knows - but I never became a creator always a supporter. I fixed things but I never designed stuff, so now things are breaking less and less, things are finally being designed exceptionally well. Plus there's ways to minimise the impact if things do break. At least in the support area, you are fucked, be it level 1 2 or 3.
They do still need some support people but less and those people generally already have their jobs. So, if you know how to replace systems, "send shit to the cloud" - you're in, save carefully though, because eventually every business will be "on the cloud" and your consulting gig, moving people to the cloud will dry up too.

This is just how IT has gone, let alone the impact of the shitty financial industry and governments fucking up the economy(ies) internationally, gloablisation means move shit to where it's cheapest - and a lot more shit can be moved easier now. We had a good run on the gravy train but that shit is finished now.

I'm estimating a 35 -> 45% pay drop from the job I've just been given the heave ho-from to my next one (assuming I'm lucky enough, I'm hearing an average of 200 applicants per job in my city) I should've damn well become a plumber or electrician. YEah they need to re-train now and then too but you sure as shit can't outsource it to XYZ country.

about three weeks ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

AbRASiON Re:Fix 4k first (204 comments)

Exactly this, current 4k implimentations are balls.

There's a large contingent of gamers pushing for 120/144hz gaming for example, we can't even do 60hz at 4k easily. (Forget about the GPU power, the damn cabling and interface standards to send the signal to the display) this really needs to be solved, especially with OLED coming and it's potential 1000's of frames per second refresh rate.
I suspect the display will work on some kind of 10:1 ratio, where it updates 10 times for every 1 time the GPU can - as long as it's in sync (another unsolved issue!) then great.

5k is meaningless, fix 4.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AbRASiON Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Security whining about Facebook aside, there's a plethora of countries where your 3g/4g data limit per month is quite low. I've just come off a 600mb per month plan to 1gb. I only use about 300mb per month but I have on holiday gone up to about 800+mb in a month.

The cost however, when you exceed your limit is _insane_ auto playing videos which you can't damn well stop is idiocy. They should have either a wifi only option or a play button. (I had the same issue with vice videos in twitter for a while too)

Too many companies continue to take their product, fiddle / fuck with it for the sake of change (keeping UI designers in a job I suspect) and then antagonise their users. Google maps is a prime example, the new google maps is AWFUL compared to the existing one, lacking several key features. Please, stop fiddling and changing things.

about a month ago

The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

AbRASiON Re:I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

If you read his post, I got the impression the link was down, remote access wasn't a viable option. If that means an administrator needs to talk someone through unplugging / re-plugging something or confirming a diagnostics LED, so be it, they're employed regardless.

about a month ago

The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

AbRASiON I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

but consider yourself lucky someone wants or needs your help. This industry and capitalism's desire for endless efficiency and profit means a fair few of us reading your post are sitting at home without a job at all.

I'd gladly sit on the phone through a translator to fix something, infact I'd be inclined to think you're probably at a medium sized business or smaller if you're dealing with something like that, so it's probably within your power to do some pretty interesting and dare I say "cowboy-ish" stuff. Once a business reaches a certain size, your hands are constantly tied for experimenting or learning.

Meanwhile, yeah I'm here in my pajamas still at midday but my bank account won't last forever.

about a month ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

AbRASiON Re:Isolating the problem (220 comments)

I've isolated the problem perfectly, through a decade of exactly the same behaviour and the issues have only been serious for 12 months.
Across multiple machines.

I'm very boring, I've run the same addons for the best part of 3 years to boot as well.
The problem is firefox.

about a month ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

AbRASiON Somewhat on topic. (237 comments)

Can I just say,

From the mouths of ANYONE who isn't an American.

Jesus christ fuck me gently it's the worst god damned thing to do on any web page, I think it might actually be worse than "this content is not available in your region" - because at least it takes us (mostly) to what we wanted.
takes me to

Thanks dipshits.

about a month ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

AbRASiON Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

Well, I do use the session restore functionality, perhaps that's the problem? Maybe I can manually adjust some settings on the frequency of session saves or the amount of back pages it remembers?

about a month ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

AbRASiON Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

Yep done the new profile thing, no luck. As for the dude asking about FlashBlock and AdBlock - of course, I only run about 5 addons and that's 2 of them.

about a month ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

AbRASiON Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

I post in EVERY Slashdot firefox article, whining for the same thing.
LESS focus on UI / features, MORE focus on stability / performance.
I've been using FireFox since the name it had before FireFox (I've forgotten it) - I think I used it since version 1 or god knows what.

For about the last 12 months, maybe 18, Firefox has become completely unstable for "extreme" browsers like me. I run anywhere from 30 to 150 tabs open at a time. I'd say a nice average would be around 60 tabs. When I'm researching something (often multiple things) I like to google what I'm reading, middle click open in the background the first 5 results. Then when on a forum, I'll middle click open 5 more results and so on. I like having those tabs queued up in the background for me to read.
You might think "well there's the cause of your stability problem!!" except this never used to happen. 18 months ago you could hit 200 tabs without FF crashing. Now, I'm scared to open more than 60. This is across multiple machines too.

I've even tried switching to WaterFox, no dice - I'm still able to crash FF regularly and I run very few addons either.
It's good to see the http cache changes, so they are working on performance but stability should be the #1 focus.
Oddly enough, I get exactly the same symptoms in Firefox for Android as I do Windows for fucks sake. If I hit enough tabs (about 8 on my Galaxy S3) - FF for Android shits the bed, presumably because it's out of ram and can't page well or something. Worst part is FF for Android doesn't remember my open tabs either. Miserable.

They've fiddled and fucked with the UI, replicating Chrome as much as they can (ugh!) for years, now can they stop? If I wanted ugly goddamn chrome I'd install it.
PLEASE fix the stability, PLEASE make it faster. I don't care how much ram it uses, I just want a modern experience with my browser.

about a month ago

Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

AbRASiON Re:Great Site But Hated the OCZ SSD Recommendation (152 comments)

Your memory must be shabby.
He recommended OCZ SSD's when they were SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than the competition. They were the first non premium priced SSD with intel like performance and no huge latency spikes when writing small files.

Yeah look a lot of them failed, I got burnt by many of them - but at the time the failure rate issue wasn't widespread. They were the Celeron 300a of SSD's and so he rightfully pushed them.

about a month ago

Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

AbRASiON Sorry Valve has to cop it (139 comments)

but someone needs to fucking pay the god damned price for ripping us off. If you're going to charge us significantly more than other countries for DIGITAL fucking content, then we damn well better get something for it.

Did I mention that we used to pay the same price as the states for this stuff? Until Valve and Steam got their shit together and set up regions / regional pricing and billing properly? Once they did, the publishers (most likely) told Valve "to fuck them" (for the most part the actual Valve games are priced the same as the US)

Oh it's not just us, the UK got thoroughly fucked by this too.

about 1 month ago



AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  about 8 years ago

abrasion writes "Harold Hunt has recently posted his impressions of Thecus N5200 NAS box here erver_review_thecus_n5200/

Slashdot recently saw a review from here 16/1257226 which seemed quite positive for the device, however Harold has had some more issues with it, specifically in regards to hooking it up to a Windows domain and decided to share those with us.

Since home storage is beggining to boom for those of us collecting movies / music and other such large quantities of data, perhaps another opinion on this device would be of use for those of us who were considering this device or perhaps similar solutions.
Feel free to discuss any other NAS solutions in this topic as I'm certainly in the process of hunting around myself and wouldn't mind some feedback from the rest of the /. crowd."



People who use fans / foes are clearly losers

AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  more than 9 years ago

No really, childish kiddie stuff - sad - comedy nerd morons.

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