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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

My comment was more on the behaviour of people emailing me - in that their emails are always short to the point of losing clarity when they've composed them on their phones. When I'm emailing from my phone I will sometimes point that out and say I'll reply in more detail later. To be fair, it's not just the keyboard - it's easier to compose a longer email on a larger screen.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

It is on a phone... and that's the problem.

I can always tell when someone's emailed me from their phone rather than a PC, because the message will be terse to the point of ambiguity.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Couldn't Agree More (540 comments)

I agree, the first smartphone I had was a Palm Pre and it was great. The keyboard was really usable, and I could type quicker than I can on any phone I've had since. I could hold that and type with both thumbs, but for some reason I just can't do it with an onscreen keyboard. Don't know why. Mind you, when I see younger people typing on their iphones, I figure it's just me getting older and less able to adapt

The other benefit of a physical keyboard is that you don't lose screen real estate to it, so you can see more of what you're typing.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

Geeky The choice (145 comments)

The choice seems to be between the flexibility of Android vs. the (arguably?) better security on iOS.

I'd like to be able to install Android apps without having to accept all of the permissions they require, but without rooting my phone that's impossible. As a result, there are many apps I just won't install (it took me ages to find a torch app that didn't need anything beyond access to the camera, for example).

On the other hand, I love widgets - quick access to information and actions from the desktop is really useful and the iOS 8 version doesn't look like it'll be as flexible.

Ultimately though I'll be looking very closely at the iPhone 6 when it comes out because Android just won't address the concerns around security.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Geeky Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

On the server side, yes. On the desktop I believe Apple make a pretty unix variant :)

about a week ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Geeky Re:Real Address? (113 comments)

In the UK you can request your details are hidden from whois for any .co.uk domain if you're a personal user rather than a business. It shows up as follows:

Registrant's address: The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service.

This is to comply with UK data protection laws. I don't think it applies to international domains registered within the UK though. Obviously your registrar still has the details on record.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Geeky Amazon are a bit different (272 comments)

I'm not sure including Amazon in the list is a reasonable comparison. Their numbers will be boosted by all the shelf pickers. Same with Apple and their retail stores - it's a different kind of business (OK, perhaps MS have some stores, but I doubt anything like as many). Some tasks are just more labour intensive (at least until Amazon perfects their robot pickers!)

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Geeky Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

I use KeePass and synchronise the file so I have access to it on all my devices including my phone. There are clients for just about every platform.

about two weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

Geeky Another Feedly user (132 comments)

I'm happy with the way it works, for the most part. Bit of a shame it has to use external authentication, but I use a secondary account for that anyway. The fact that some features are pay to use is a bit irritating, and I haven't yet decided whether they're worth it. I am willing to pay for services that provide value for me - they're a business, and I understand their need to make money to provide the service - but there isn't much compelling in the pro feature set for me. Possibly Evernote integration, but it's not that much hassle to click through to the website and clip it from there.

Bottom line, though, is that it's better to be a paying customer - at least you know the business has a vested interest in the product. Same with Evernote vs. free options. They make their money from users who get value from their products.

I was also reasonably impressed with Feedly's transparency over the recent DDOS attacks they (and Evernote) suffered.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Geeky Re:Well, fuck you very much (495 comments)

I'm on the free option, so it's mostly inconvenience at the moment. I'm not on the list, as I'd expect - all I'm running is port forwarding on 443 only to a centos box.

I'll see how it pans out over the next 24 hours or so before I do anything.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Geeky Re:Well, fuck you very much (495 comments)

Me too, in the UK. Figured it was a random glitch until I read this.

I use no-ip to provide an address back to a home server running ZoneMinder for a couple of security cameras. So as it stands I can't access my security system. Great. I went to no-ip because my ISP doesn't offer fixed IP addresses and for no good reason changes my IP address every few days. I also have it on a self-signed SSL cert, and if I access it via IP I have to add another exception to the browser every time it changes.

If it wasn't for the SSL aspect, I'd have a script on my home box identify the external IP address and email me when it changes.

about a month ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

Geeky Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

This. See manual sections. You might have a system call with the same name as a command, and the man pages will be in different sections.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Geeky Re:Governments are main Reason (538 comments)

Absolutely. I also went through uni when fees were paid and grants were available (late 80s/early 90s). Student loans were only just coming in when I left.

The big difference then was that it was possible to get a good job with "just" A levels. Even professions such as accountancy were possible without a degree, and many of my equally capable peers left after college or sixth form and have done just as well as I have. It wasn't a default decision for me, but I'm glad I went mostly for the social side and first experience of living alone in a relatively safe and easy environment. I don't think it particularly helped my career.

The company I work for now only takes on graduates for all but the most trivial roles, but when I started we took on people with any level of formal education who showed the right ability and aptitude. I don't think the quality of applicants has improved. Companies that used to look for degrees twenty years ago now looks for applicants with masters or higher. It is an escalation, and I don't think it does anyone any favours.

about a month ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Geeky Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

That industry has gone the way of the IT industry...

It used to be very lucrative, great hourly rates were available to the best in the field. Now there's been an influx of eastern europeans, and customers have discovered they can order cheaper options from the far east...

about a month ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Geeky Re:As a trend (238 comments)

The other thing that's changed is the way people drive on motorways. When I was first driving, back in the early 90s, you could sit on the motorway at 80mph (for those outside the UK, that's a little above the legal limit of 70) and be overtaken by a steady stream of ton-up drivers. The outside lane was a hazard and you'd need a huge gap to overtake and still have frustrated drivers getting right up your arse.

It still happens to an extent, but it does seem that the average speed has dropped. I see far fewer cars driving at 90 and up. OK, that's partly due to the increase in speed cameras, but I reckon fuel economy plays a part. There are more people seemingly content to sit below the limit, at about 60, and that was very much a rarity 20 years ago outside of the elderly cloth cap brigade.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Geeky Re:not even XMPP (415 comments)

I pretty much use email. It's virtually instant, arrives on all of my devices simultaneously, and flexible enough to handle longer messages with attachments when the need arises. SMS is handy for communicating with dumbphone users, but otherwise email is the answer.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Geeky Re:"No reliable solution" (415 comments)

As of Kitkat, at least on the Nexus 5, hangout is the default SMS application and does this if you're not careful. It can try to start the conversation via a hangout if the contact has a gmail account, which is kind of useless if they don't have an android phone and you want to use SMS as most people do - to contact them *right now* on their phone.

You have to remember to select their phone number specifically, then it will send an SMS. It will also always reply in kind - get a text it will always reply by text.

about 2 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Geeky Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

To my mind that's where Apple went wrong with the new Mac Pro. Looks pretty, no internal expansion. So you have this nice object on your desk - with a bunch of trailing wires to your storage, optical drive, card readers etc...

If it had an internal optical drive, multiformat card reader (SD and CF at least) and room for at least one or two extra drives (hot swappable would be nice), it would be a great machine. I'd imagine more people would find that useful than the dual graphics cards. I know I'd prefer it all in one box, with just one external drive, or array (USB would do) for backups. And of course I could build a PC to the spec that meets my needs for a lot less.

I do actually use a Mac, and prefer OSX to Windows, but the hardware choices are sooo limited.

about 3 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

Geeky Re:Who is paying whom, and for what? (218 comments)

Google apps users are paying google, per mailbox, for email, and are most likely to be affected by this as businesses using it may have users who are less technically adept and need training on every new interface.

about 3 months ago

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Google buys Nik Software

Geeky Geeky writes  |  about 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google has bought Nik Software, makers of various tools and plugins for manipulating photographs such as Efex and Sharpener.

I'm wondering what this means for the standalone products. Presumably they will be integrated into Picasa, which could even point to Google taking on Adobe in the image editing stakes. An online image editor to go with the office suite perhaps?"

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Are Iranians banned from buying iPads?

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "From the BBC website, an Iranian-American was prevented from buying an iPad due to the Apple store staff's overzealous interpretation of export policies. Just poor training or just plain dumb?"
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New look for gmail

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google are rolling out their new look and we probably won't have any choice. I'm hating it — it seems to waste a lot of space, and who thought red was a good idea for buttons and links? Red says warning or error to me, so I keep thinking I've got a problem with the page.

I guess this is the downside to using this sort of free service, but I wonder how paying google apps users will react

What's the overall verdict? Good, bad or ugly?

What I can't understand is why they won't be able to maintain the old style — surely it's just a theme?"

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O2 filtering internet for UK mobile users

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Not new news but I hit the block yesterday for the first time — and not for a site that should have been blocked. Attempting to access the site redirects you to Bango, thus exhibiting all the symptoms of a malware or virus infection that has hijacked DNS. I'd never heard of Bango — why would I give them my credit card details?

The filter is also useless — Google image search works just fine, so adult content isn't hard to find. Does that make O2 liable if parents rely on the filter? What about claims from companies who might lose trade through being incorrectly flagged as adult?

Time to move to another provider or do they all do it?"

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