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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

Antarell Old news. (137 comments)

When I was working in retail about 5 years ago competitors of ours did the same. Our store name, their phone number.

about 7 months ago

DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip

Antarell Re:Similar to some existing systems (84 comments)

They might want to talk to TomTom as well. A couple of years back they started putting accelerometers in their high end GPS's for this reason. I haven't been in the market for a while so they might all have them now.

about a year and a half ago

Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Antarell Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

Well if "stuff" was created properly it either shouldn't break, except for drivers. Software shouldn't break if it's written properly instead of using undocumented procedures?!

about a year and a half ago

Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Antarell Re:Is this the point in time.. (712 comments)

Yeah cause that's working so well for Apple. Oh hang on...

about a year and a half ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

Antarell Nothing new here. (192 comments)

Nothing new here, I have been fiddling with this for years. Go to your printers web page, cut some text and paste it into Google and have fun.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8 Even Less Popular Than Vista

Antarell Re:A couple things that kept me from upgrading... (791 comments)

1. The default UI was Metro.
2. They took my start button away.
3. Multi Monitor support was changed (Task bar now goes across all monitors).

While not major, it's still very annoying.

I know you can get utilities/hacks, etc... to fix this, but I shouldn't have to. At the minimum, they should have given options to turn them back on, even if they were off by default. So now they are trying to force their way of doing things on me.

Maybe they'll do better with Windows 9...but for now Windows 7 for me.

1. Windows now boots to the "start menu"? It's a click or key press back to your precious desktop.
2. It's still there, just not wasting as much screen space any more.
3. It's one click to change this (my second monitor has no task bar).

Windows 8 has some nice improvements over Win7, granted some people can't deal with the new way of using it. I guess you don't remember Windows 95 coming out as that made a much bigger jump than the 7-8 changes. At least 99% of Windows 7 software runs on 8 with no problems, getting DOS programs to work on 95 was a PITA most of the time.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

Antarell Re:When you do things that are bad (471 comments)

That was then. This is now. Apple is already in decline. People are annoyed at the things Apple will not allow. The iPhone 5 is not quite the wait-in-line-for-weeks thing that its predecessors were.

Yes, this. When I purchased my iPhone 4 it was brilliant, and at the time Android really did suck balls. But the iPhone 4s/5 isn't that different really than the 4 so why upgrade? I did upgrade in the end to a Galaxy S3 and it stands out now like the iP4 when it came out.

Apple haven't just dropped the ball, they have lost it down a drain as well.

about a year ago

MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

Antarell Re:Awesome! (349 comments)

Ask yourself, really - just how much do you use those pieces of software (and are 5 members of your household actually going to need Word, Excel, etc. specifically)? What would happen if you stopped paying one year because you run into financial trouble (usually = lose your rights to cheap upgrades or even the subscription itself)? Also, in a year's time, are those 5 licensed PC's going to be still running and/or can you move those licenses to 5 OTHER PC's when they stop working?

For a lot of the home users that come to me (even from private school pupil's parents, etc.), a lot of the friends and relatives that ask, etc. then even a one-off $99 wouldn't be worth it.

We use it heaps! I am a full time CS Student, my Wife is a part time student and the kids use it occasionally. I have given Libre Office/Open Office the benefit of the doubt and tried it for a month or so last year, it just didn't work for us. The beauty of the $100pa licence is its almost per user not per PC, so you can move it to new PCs when you get them. At the moment to get this privilege you have to pay extortionate retail licence fees.

about 2 years ago

MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

Antarell Awesome! (349 comments)

That's brilliant value for my house. To quote Ars "For $99.99/year, there's Office 365 Home Premium, giving Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access, plus an extra 20 GB of SkyDrive storage (in addition to the 7 GB that you get for free), plus 60 minutes of Skype calls per month. This is licensed on a per-household basis, and one account can be shared by up to 5 users across any mixture of five PCs and Macs." 5 licenses of OEM Office Pro (a subset of the above) @ $290 each that die with the PC or $100pa for 5 users with upgrades to hardware and Office. It's a no brainer!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

Antarell Re:I had this issue (415 comments)

Ebook readers aren't great for PDFs, but they are leagues ahead of tablets for reading textbooks. I'd leave it another couple of years until ebooks really get all the wrinkles ironed out, then get an ebook reader. I have a nook and I can store tens of thousands of quality books in there at less than the weight of a paperback.

Yup. I had a tablet that I tried reading on, but it's a nightmare. It's a 10" so it's too big, too bright at night and too heavy (mainly when I fall asleep and drop it on the Wife's noggin!). I love it for PDF's and comics though.

On the other hand my Kindle (non touch) is awesome for books. Whisper sync is great as well for when I wake up in middle of the night, I just continue reading on my iPhone.

more than 2 years ago

Is Windows 8 Microsoft's Riskiest Bet?

Antarell Re:It's Not A Bet... (362 comments)

On the other hand, the advances they've made to the core of the OS are very nice. Once you get to the desktop, as long as you create shortcuts for the stuff you use a lot, it is fine. But that new UI is definitely not for large screens.

And that is why MS took this path with the start menu. Their "telemetry" has show that most people pin their most used programs, and rarely use the start menu. I know we all do in this house. That's also why DVD playback/MCE is now an addon, MS where paying for codec licenses that were not getting used. I have been using Win8 all this year on my laptop, which get's connected to a 23" when I am at my desk and love it. Granted some of the ModernUI apps look a bit silly on the 23" but most of them are quite OK on the 15" laptop screen with the touchpad/mouse. My kids (6-12yo) currently have the RP on their computers and love it. They have had no dramas finding anything and have had a great time customising everything. The whole idea of the app store is great, my 6yo can download free (and for the moment, malware vetted) apps and I don't have to worry as much what they are doing to his computer. Yes I do keep an eye what he is downloading :-) All in all once the FUD distributors get shot down I think Windows 8 will be a winner. I know I am looking forward to getting a Win8 tablet and phone to go with my laptop for a nice unified environment.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

Antarell Re:Wrap rage...? (639 comments)

It's brilliant. I was surprised to see that nearly all the packaging from my Kindle went in the recycle bin. All tech companies need to take note of this.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Releases iOS 6 Beta 3 For Developers

Antarell Re:Still? (145 comments)

He said torrent not iTunes.

And the difference is? The phone is still acquiring new content in the background while playing existing content in the foreground. It's just using different apps/methods. I would hate to think what torrents would do to your battery with the amount of CPU/networking effort required vs iTunes which is simple HTTP.

more than 2 years ago

AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

Antarell Re:Crappy AMD drivers?! (261 comments)

Makes me wish I didn't listen to my supposedly (degree in comp. sci., working as a coder for some corporation, never really cared about the details) vastly more computer literate (and I'm no slouch, but I'm more of a hobbyist and less concerned with keeping up with the tech) coworker when I built my last system and instead stuck with nVidia. Hell, my current system (Phenom II hex core, 8 gigs of ram and an AMD 6870HD) gets worse performance in Linux running WoW than my old single core athalon64 3200 with a Geforce 8800.

To counter that, my Lappy with built in a 6770m runs Minecraft better under Linux than Windows. Go figure :-/

more than 2 years ago

Inside the Death of Palm and WebOS

Antarell Re:And now RIM (188 comments)

Just like Nokia and Palm. "we have a great product people are buying so let's keep doing the same thing". And alone came Apple with the iPod touch/iPhone and Android. They took to long to realise that they had been overtaken and needed to actually innovate for the first time in 10 years.

more than 2 years ago

What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

Antarell Re:Natural progressions (314 comments)

E-mail will replace regular mail. It's been a slow process, but the Post Office (in the US and Britain; I can't speak for other countries) is starting to cut back; The majority of what is being sent out are physical goods and junk mail (advertising). Many people here have switched to online bill pay, and most banks offer automatic payment if the company (rarely) doesn't do bill to credit card.

I can say Australia Post is becoming more of a courier company than postal service. They are now pushing an "Digital mail box" service to "Receive - Your own digital mailbox to securely receive important mail. Pay - Easy payment of your bills. Store - Private and secure storage for your important documents"

I don't think anyone has told them this is called email/electronic banking and has been around for years!

more than 2 years ago

RIM May Need To Write Off $1 Billion In Inventory

Antarell If you want a Blackberry (220 comments)

best pick it up before Christmas, I don't see them being around much after that. I would say the same for Nokia but I think the release of the Desktop Windows 8 will save their bacon, but they will be a owned by MS in the next few years I think.

more than 2 years ago

DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Govt. Warnings

Antarell Re:Ripped-off? Just rip it! (587 comments)

This is one of the reasons we rip every DVD to our media server as soon as we buy it. No unskippable bits, no insults from FBI warnings or other time wasting, just the movie or set of episodes or videos that we paid for. There are a couple of drawers full of disks that are no longer needed for viewing (kept as backup and as proof of purchase). Another reason for ripping stuff to the server is simple convenience: not having to dig around for the right disk and stuff it in a mechanical device to play, hoping it has not gotten scratched through handling.

What you said! All my discs have been in the player on average of once, to be ripped, then shelved in the cupboard.

more than 2 years ago

55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked

Antarell Re:Bad Systems Design? (66 comments)

Me too, but being able to read the article would help :-/

more than 2 years ago



SOPA and PIPA Dead. Now it's OPEN's turn

Antarell Antarell writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antarell (930241) writes ""Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced H.R. 3782, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, the same day as an Internet protest when a number of high-profile websites such as Wikipedia went dark. Issa says the new bill delivers stronger intellectual property rights for American artists and innovators while protecting the openness of the Internet. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has introduced the OPEN Act in the U.S. Senate.

OPEN would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC) instead of the Justice Department, focuses on foreign-based websites, includes an appeals process, and would apply only to websites that "willfully" promote copyright violation. SOPA and PIPA, in contrast, would enable content owners to take down an entire website, even if just one page on it carried infringing content, and imposed sanctions after accusations — not requiring a conviction""

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