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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Threni Re: What's unclear? (85 comments)

Yep, that's valid everywhere in the world because one law applies everywhere.

yesterday
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Threni Re:Useless Art Project (162 comments)

The rites of spring by stravinsky has no "real life applications" other than the usual art stuff. You know, making life bearable in a pointless, hateful world where the best thing you can say about it is that you're going to die eventually, and beyond that everything in the universe is going to ultimately run out of energy and go dark and cold for ever and ever and ever. I mean, you're right; it would have been better had it improved the speed of an internet search or something practical like that, but sadly, no. Just pointless art.

3 days ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Threni Re:False sense of security (629 comments)

Why not? It'll just appear that the user is using too much data. They'll either run out of data, get charged more or the use will figure out that their data/battery is acting unusually and sort it themselves. However you look at it, the problem will take care of itself!

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Threni Re: any repercussions? (165 comments)

No, he's done his work. Now you can search github for yourself.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Threni Re: Ubuntu 14.04 (210 comments)

It was specifically designed to target tablets, because there was already a perfectly good ui for the desktop, but which was not considered suitable for tablets (and phones). So they created one which was equally unsuitable for desktop, phone or tablet. It's quite telling that you question whether they even attempted this; Google for yourself if you don't believe me.

They believe that they're going after regular computer users rather than traditional Linux users, but nobodies heard of unity or Ubuntu outside of the Linux community and, in the uk ar least, there's zero marketing that I'm aware of for Ubuntu phones/tablets, if any devices actually exist, so canonical have next to nothing to show for this 5 year experiment apart from a massive exodus of previously happy Ubuntu users to mint.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Threni Re: If ubuntu installed (210 comments)

But windows has a better interface than Unity. And it's trivial to surf the Mint site and choose which ui is for you. No sane person would chose unity over any of them, and I'm at a loss as to what canonical was thinking when they imposed it on all the previously happy in l Ubuntu users without any option to revert back if they didn't like it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Threni Re: Ubuntu 14.04 (210 comments)

Unity is nothing like classic windows otherwise I'd not have dumped it for Linux mint like everyone else. It's looks like a mac user's attempt to do a tablet friendly version but on a device without a touch screen, which is retarded. Plus they released it while it was unfinished.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Threni Re: Touchscreen + Linux... (210 comments)

I'd use one of my android phones or tablets to help but the functionality keeps completely changing so as soon as I relearn how to run a program or get on the internet they change it again, and I'm unable to do so. But one day they'll slip up and leave it long enough between completely changing the functionality for me to figure it out, at which point I'll be right with you.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Threni Re: nope (210 comments)

Yeah, big Linux fan but they all suck for one reason or another. I'd actually rather like a windows xp/7 interface over Linux. But really I'd take anything stable and where all the apps look sane under it.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Means EU Tax Increase On Cloud Storage, E-books and Smartphone Applications

Threni Re:This is nothing new for me. (164 comments)

This is aimed at companies like Amazon or Google who are "based" in whatever country lets them avoid tax. Now they'll have to pay tax. This is good, right? Yes, there's some paperwork involved. So, do the paperwork and there are no problems. It's the cost of doing business. They can always give up and do something else; someone else will step in and somehow struggle through all those bits of paper so that they can import boxes from china, pay the staff minimum wage etc. Frankly I'm surprised there's not a company you can go to that does all this for you; you could just surf some site, select the items you want to see, pick a name for your shop and arrange the rent etc and tell the company the address and they'll sort out the staff, imports etc for a cut. I'm not actually sure what differentiates different stores these days.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

Threni Re: Are emails copyrighted ? (138 comments)

I wonder why people believe that? Where did this peculiar misconception originate ?

about three weeks ago
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India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

Threni Re:This is going to cripple their outsourcing (78 comments)

Why do you think there's such an emphasis on reusable code, formal proof and test driven development? Before too long you'll be literally able to get actual monkeys to more or less randomly hit keys and have a guaranteed working program out the other end. Well, working in terms of meeting some sort of spec, anyway; no guarantee that's correct.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Threni Re:This tired old saw again. (755 comments)

Paley's watch all over again. "It would be so amazing that this happened by accident that I'm going assume something even more amazing created it". You have to be stupid to be convinced by that ridiculous argument.
 

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Threni Re: Plain text e-mail... (141 comments)

> None of the IMs I've used will actually tell me a message is read.

Modern ones will. Facebook Messenger and Hangouts, for instance.

Never said stuff'll get read faster on this or that system. Having an ongoing convesation consisting of single line comments over email is silly; the clients persist in showing you history or `click to expand` etc, and that's with a single person; forget having a 3 or 4 (or more) way conversation over email if you're remotely concerned about who's read what.

about a month ago
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Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

Threni Re: Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

As has been pointed out, updates aren't that important any more. Sure, Lollipop looks a little different to previous versions (although it's hard not to laugh when you compared it with the previous versions, having read all the PR fluff from the last 8 months or however long it's been since it was "announced", and it's still only on about 0.2% of devices so far, and it'll be another year before it's on even 10% of devices) but the apps themselves have largely been updated with the new UI principles. Manufacturers are sort of lamely informally bound to keep devices updated for around 18 months after release. Ultimately, though, it's Google Play Services which is responsible for keeping your phone up to date in terms of security fixes and some services/APIs, and pretty much every Android device in current use supports this. I'd certainly not consider getting an iPhone or Windows device because of this.

about a month ago
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Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

Threni Re: Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

Get a Sony Z3 from a retailer who doesn't add network crap to it (IE carphone warehouse in the UK). Samsung are their own worse enemy. Great phones but ruined with dreadful UIs and a poor android upgrade record. They look destined to repeat all HTCs mistakes!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Threni Re: Plain text e-mail... (141 comments)

No, I have to remember which people won't reply to emails just like I have to remember which im network each person uses. Worse, some people do use email but only on their PC and not on their phone so replies can take hours or days. With im I know whether my "missed the train, so I'll be 30 mins late" message was read; they've no need to reply.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Threni Re:Plain text e-mail... (141 comments)

OP's point is that it's nothing to do with SSL.

Email needs to die. Security problems, spam, people (accidentally or deliberately) sending emails to loads of people, where everyone can see everyone else's contact details etc etc. Sure, some edge cases exist where you need to receive email from people you don't know, but for 99% of users IM works a hell of a lot better.

about a month ago

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