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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Dracos Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

I think it goes back further than that, when they slathered the NT4 UI on top of DOS to create Win95.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Dracos I want a faux smart watch (381 comments)

Smart watches are misnomer, really. They can't do much on their own because of the form factor. Typing? No way. In reality, smart watches are dumber than dumb terminals.

What I do want is a nice looking, not too big, watch with a full color LCD matrix screen, maybe touch enabled, where I am able to customize the interface and make my own "themes". This, and being able to sync the time via NTP, would be the only reason for it to have WiFi or BlueTooth (unless a micro SD card could be squeezed in, then it could sync via WWVB or equivalent).

For context, I've owned several Casio DataBank watches, all digital/analog hybrids. My favorite of them was the one where the LCD displayed a fill month calendar. The Wave Ceptor was a neat gimmick, but watches don't generally need that much precision on a daily basis.

The Pebble comes close, except for the lack of color screen. It's been a while since I looked at what's out there. So far it seems the manufacturers are using smart watches as an excuse to tether users to their walled gardens (I'm looking at you Samsung).

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dracos Re:PHP is a very solid choice (536 comments)

PHP of old used to make it very easy to write applications with large security holes, but newer versions do a much better job of preventing developer's tendancies to shoot themselves in the foot.

If that were true, then fetid garbage like WordPress wouldn't even run on PHP 5.3+, being as its code hasn't changed at all since the days of PHP4.

Globals... globals everywhere...

about 1 month ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

Dracos Re:all i really want from IE (173 comments)

MS can brag about whatever, whenever they want, but IE's standards support has always been abysmal. I believe the hype you're talking about accompanied IE9, and everyone laughed at it.

about 2 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

Dracos Re:all i really want from IE (173 comments)

LOL, not even close. No version of IE has ever had 100% support for any web standard, not even HTML 1.0

about 2 months ago

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Dracos Re:Supernothing. (93 comments)

Hollywood has all but given up on original content. There are more and easier profits to be had by adapting works in other media which will bring a built-in audience to the theaters.

That being said, I'm sick of comic book movies.

about 3 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Dracos Re:I'd dump my iPhone for one of these... (196 comments)

Furthermore, what about those of us who want--nay, require--a hardware keyboard? I don't give a rat's ass about gestures or voice recognition, but I do want to type on real buttons while my entire screen is visible. Such things are no longer being developed, which is why I still have my Epic 4G. In the 3 years I've had it, it has has been connected to WiMax (yeah, it's a Sprint pre-LTE device) for a total of about 4 minutes, because there never was WiMax coverage where I live, but I still have to pay a stupid $10/month data surcharge.

about 3 months ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

Dracos Re:Wordpress is crap (58 comments)

I agree, WP is shit from end to end. Poor practices, horrible architecture, and just generally bad code quality... pretty much the most offensive plate of spaghetti I've ever seen. It's almost worse that many people now insist that WP is a CMS, rather than just a blog playing dress-up.

about 5 months ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

Dracos Re:I'm just scared shitless (314 comments)

I'm sure I'm not the only person to see a BSOD on the flight arrival/departure screens at an airport.

about 5 months ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

Dracos Re:Ford Explorer (314 comments)

There's a Firestone joke in there somewhere.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

Dracos Re:Need that keyboard. (303 comments)

I'm still on the Epic, because the Photon Q's non-removable battery made it a non-option.

about 6 months ago

Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

Dracos Re:So, can it play Crysis at full framerates, or.. (219 comments)

Come on, even an Arduino Uno has an MSRP above $20.

Intel priced their Galileo at $70 to compete with Arduino, RasPi, Teensy, BeagleBone, etc, almost all of which are less than $50. I expect Intel to price Edison even higher. If Intel really wants to be a player in the Maker segment, they've got to get serious about the price points.

about 7 months ago

Indian Government Lifts Nokia's Asset Freeze, Factory Can Transfer To Microsoft

Dracos Corruption? Maybe. But what if... (53 comments)

...the real reason this got cleared is that MS assured the Indian government that all Nokia phones in India would have a backdoor accessible by the Indian government, like they demanded from BlackBerry?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

Dracos Unnecessary service processes (243 comments)

If an app doesn't need to be a service, then it shouldn't be running as a service. LED Light? Not a service, and I'm almost fed up with having to kill it every time I close Opera. I spend an outrageous amount of time killing things that I don't want running, and freeing RAM.

about 9 months ago

Skype Is Evaluating Adding Typing Suppression Feature

Dracos Re:It's a shame since the NSA uses this feature (77 comments)

Not to worry, they won't filter out the keyboard noise until it's being sent from the server to the other person(s) on the call, so the NSA can still hear and analyze the keystrokes.

about 9 months ago

Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

Dracos Re:All in favor of Elop getting the job? (292 comments)

None of the names I've seen on the shortlist should get the job. MS rose to power with a technologist (Gates, FWIW) at the helm, but under an accountant (Ballmer) has mostly moved forward on intertia that Gates created. If the MS Board wants to see the company get back on track, they need to install another technologist... ideally someone with credibility to satisfy business customers, and a likeable personality that end-user consumers (and developers) can identify with favorably. There are probably perople who better fit that description, but Ray Ozzie comes to my mind... too bad everyone as MS thoroughly pissed him off.

That being said, Elop can't strictly pull a Nokia on Microsoft... he was a Trojan Horse sent by MS to dismantle Nokia. Who would be Odysseus in this new scenario?

about 9 months ago

Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

Dracos Re:Misleading criticism of title... (160 comments)

I never have GPS or network location location enabled, but damn if don't still kill that infernal MapsPrefetcherService a dozen times a day, along with a bunch of other crap that insists on running as a service. Google is the reason why I find myself trusting Android a little bit less every day.

about 9 months ago

The Case Against Gmail

Dracos "more traditional email experience" (435 comments)

Hardly. Every time they change the UI it feels less like email, and more like a strange conglomeration of email, social media, and instant messaging, where email always loses importance. I personally find the whack-a-mole buttons annoying as hell, especially since the one I use second most ("mark as read") is buried under "More".

And I'm sure anyone here who has tried to deal with Gmail as an IMAP server has yanked out at least one fistful of their own hair.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

Dracos Re:witch (330 comments)

I am absolutely certain that Bruce Schneier weighs the same as a duck.

about 9 months ago



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