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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Disappointing (729 comments)

I'm not a giant Apple fan, but one thing that I actually liked about their strategy up to this point was keeping their phones smaller.

Same here. My iPhone 5S is great, but I wouldn't want it to be bigger. I guess I will need to wait one year before seing an iPhone 6C (with "C" as in "Compact").

about a week ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re: Good luck (149 comments)

It's not stupid website. It's just stupid 4 char tld that shouldn't exist according to the standards.

Please show me in RFC 1035 where you see this 3 letter limitation.

By the way, the ".arpa" pseudo-domain has always existed.

There are myriad of validators out there that will reject it

No, most validators correctly implement the standard, only a handfew are incorrect.

they worked well for decades.

Something on the web that worked well for decades has necessarily been enhanced at some point...

about a month ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Pascal Sartoretti So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

Then it means that 60% from this list have terrorist ties ? Good result.

about a month ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re:+ in an e-mail address (149 comments)

"+" or plenty of other special characters. Stuff like quotes can even be valid if used properly, while we still have some website that won't even accept a dash/underscore.

I had to wait nearly 10 years for my ".name" domain to be accepted by most websites (say, 99.5%).

For "+" or other funny characters, my estimate is that you will need at least 10 years starting from now.

I would not hold my breath.

about a month ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Good luck (149 comments)

My e-mail address ends with the suffix ".name". It is perfectly correct (even if not common), but I still sometimes have issues today because some stupid website has an outdated regular expression which says that ".name" is not correct.

Now imagine this with non-latin characters (or just non-ASCII characters)... If you only write to people also using GMail, it might work.

about a month ago

Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

Pascal Sartoretti Breaks Traffic Inspection ? (60 comments)

From TFA : Breaks Traffic Inspection

One good reason to use it !

about a month and a half ago

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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 months ago


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