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Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

Pascal Sartoretti DropBox (89 comments)

This is why I love the DropBox concept : it is just a local folder on my machine and I can use any application I want to edit the files stored in there.

And if one day DropBox becomes too evil or too expensive, I can transparently switch to an other solution to sync my documents without changing the way I edit them.

about 3 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

Mass deployment of nuclear power could almost completely replace fossil fuels in half that time.

Nuclear fission is based on fossil fuels.

about 3 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

So why would I want to use a new one yet?

If you have the original iPad, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade (size, speed, limited to iOS 5, etc.)

But my iPad 2 still works very fine, I see no reason to replace it.

about 3 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Pascal Sartoretti Re:What?? (116 comments)

This looks like a "messaging" app. It seems like the only point is to get around the few remaining billing plans on the planet that don't have unlimited text messaging

Few billing plans ? Maybe in the USA, but in the rest of the world (including Western Europe), many people use pre-paid plans. Especially kids, who happen to be heavy users of messaging.

And remember that "unlimited" text messaging is usually only for domestic messages : you often pay to send messages to another country, and you often pay when sending from abroad.

about 3 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Communication skills (112 comments)

"Brenda"? Are you saying this heterosexist is actually trans?

Freudian slip...

about 4 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Communication skills (112 comments)

I once saw Brenda Eich at a conference in Amsterdam maybe 10 years ago, where he did the final keynote.

As usual for such conferences in Europe, 90% of the audience was not of English mother tongue, but spoke and understood it quite well (thanks, Slashdot). But Eich's keynote was barely understandable to many people : he managed to speak at the same time too fast and too low, with inside jokes that only a few Americans seemed to understand.

Most of us thought "What a jerk".

about 4 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Similarly... (409 comments)

Why use Google Apps when LibreOffice is not only economically free, but spyware free?

And works in off-line mode.

And doesn't need a Google Account.

And respects your privacy.

And can open MS Office documents.

And has a familiar GUI.

Feel free to add to this list...

about 4 months ago

OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

Pascal Sartoretti Re:JSON Sucks (68 comments)

XML is much more mature. XML has standardized schemas, validation, querying, transformation, a binary format and APIs for interoperability from any language.

Which means that XML will still be around in 10 years, and can safely be used today for major projects.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Pascal Sartoretti KeePass, but... (445 comments)

Like many other posters here, I also use KeePass and put the password file on DropBox.

The only issue for me is that I also use a "keyfile" file on all my computers (work, home, laptop), and that I could not yet find an iOS version of KeePass which would support keyfiles.

Any idea ?

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Quit mucking with the UI (255 comments)

they need to pick one way to do it and stick with that.

Both are fine depending on context, screen size, user preference... It is nice that you can change the default.

about 5 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Pascal Sartoretti Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

When you sell the company, you also sell the IP -- and then they can pummel you for stealing 'their' idea.

Remember mysql and MariaDB ?

Same (potential) situation here : there is no IP in WhatsApp. Just an excellent execution of well-known idea.

about 5 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Pascal Sartoretti Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

The funny thing is Facebook bought for billions a company which makes software running over XMPP.

Now that they have plenty of cash, what refrains the WhatsApp founders from starting over a concurrent application ? Especially if Facebook begins to do the evil things that WhatsApp didn't want to do (store messages, sell ads, etc...) ?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

Pascal Sartoretti SimpleNote (133 comments)

For the "note taking" aspect of your question, I use the SimpleNote service, which works with all my tools :

- Windows PC at work, using the Resoph Notes client
- iPhone in my pocket with the official SimpleNote app.

- Mac at home with the client

All these tools and the service are free for basic usage. nvAlt is open source; the other clients are probably not, but as long as my data is in a format which is not application-dependant, that's enough for me.

about 7 months ago

Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (333 comments)

Every time I take a look at my boss's MacBook Pro I feel my eyes relax a bit compared to the jagged fonts on my Air.

It depends on your eyesight. Mine is not so good, I don't really see the difference between a Retina display and a regular one. And I am happy with the low price I paid for my MacBook Air :-)

about 7 months ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Fear and Paranoia... (926 comments)

My family visited Europe this Fall and were surprised at the level of civility experienced there.

My family visited the USA this Fall and were surprised at the level of paranoia and violence...

about 9 months ago

Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

Pascal Sartoretti Re:NEVER roll your own authentication. (251 comments)

Software developer should NEVER try to roll their own authentication, just like they shouldn't try to roll their own encryption.

It depends on what you mean by "roll". For both authentication and encryption, I think that it is wise today to use solid tools developed by experts (ideally open source tools), but to deploy your own system in order to keep your data (keys, passwords, etc...) under your control.

about 9 months ago

Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

Pascal Sartoretti Re:What the fuck is a "Feedly"? (251 comments)

More importantly, this is a non-news story since they have since rolled back those changes.

They rolled back because of the huge negative reaction. That is the story.

about 9 months ago

20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Over 40s (453 comments)

Here is my list of stuff that is rude that over 40s do that I wish would stop:

  • ...
  • Complain that "new" technologies like version control are too complicated and therfore not worth learning (I'm not kidding).

I am close to 50, and I experience just the opposite : younger developers who think that version control is an outdated stuff.

Concerning meetings : I have no problem with people texting during meetings, but answering calls is only for assholes

about 9 months ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Pascal Sartoretti Re:not applicable in Hong Kong (1255 comments)

where most schools are private, and the public ones are more prestigious than the private ones.

And neither applicable in Switzerland, where private schools are mostly for those who failed in the public ones.

about 10 months ago

Norwegian Town Using Sun-Tracking Mirrors To Light Up Dark Winter Days

Pascal Sartoretti Metric please ! (143 comments)

... a 2000 square foot circle of the town square ... ... about 538 square feet ... up over 2150 square fee

This is slashdot science ?

Besides, the slashdot summary is ambigous : it mentions a population of 3,386, but in which unit ? Number of legs ?

1 year,7 days


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