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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Threni Re:"One"? Seriously? (47 comments)

Do you think the number one is unlucky, or something?

Android's version numbers are for developer use only; everyone else uses the name, just like they do with Windows.

Microsoft doesn't have a hold on the "one" name, because next to nobody has heard of the "xbox one" outside of the gaming/tech community, whereas nearly everyone has - or knows someone who has - an Android phone.


Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Threni Re:$100 (47 comments)

We're not there yet; some people are going to pay £600+ for the iPhone 6 rather than £150 for the Moto G2. Many people are still on small, silly screens and could do with a larger one now they've got their head around the idea of having a smart phone. They all could do with 2 or 3 gigs of ram instead of 1 or less.

Those $100 phones are designed for india; they're not going to gain any traction outside of there because it's just cutting 2 or 3 corners too many, but certainly I can see £150 being a sweet spot where people who don't want quad core/a huge screen/battery don't pass.


German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Threni Re:define "customer" (287 comments)

For some smaller, less financially significant countries it's possible that Google would just have no official presence, forcing users to just use their .com sites.

This sort of thing is the reason why companies launch later in Germany etc than elsewhere. Generally you have a product and you just sell it but some European countries (France is another one) have all these stupid little "we're special...and we don't understand the internet" rules which mean you have tedious unproductive meetings, then set up phone numbers etc before the end users can actually use your products/services.

3 days ago

German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Threni Re:define (287 comments)

They're agreeing that Google use their personal data, but there's no suggestion they're going to get paid for it. The "payment" is that Google provide them services, without any support. I'm sure people can provide paid support for them but I'm not sure why Google should be the first company in the world to pay people to help other people use their (Google's) services?

3 days ago

UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

Threni Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

All that ham nerd stuff was probably meaningful once, but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want? I mean, sure, stick within allocated frequencies, don't bleed over other ones etc, but check out the rules - they're hilarious. Are we still worried about political subversion and Russian spies?

3 days ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Threni Re:Good decision? (351 comments)

I'd love it if Linux was something Windows was trying to catch up with, but I'm afraid it's not even a grey cloud on the horizon as far as microsoft is concerned. If only it WAS one OS, supported by everyone from Dell to Oracle, it would wipe the floor with windows, but as long as there are 10 windows managers and 2000 distributions it'll never, ever happen.

4 days ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Threni Re:Abject brand mismanagement (351 comments)

Should have called it Surface, and advertised/marketed cool shiny tablets, laptops and phones using Surface. The next version of Windows should be called Surface. They should hide windows (small w) on any promotional stuff (yes, us nerds know it's there so we can get work done on Visual Studio etc) but regular users do indeed hate Windows.

4 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Threni Re:Ignorance is self-righteous posturing (528 comments)

It's amusing going on holiday to the USA and spending a little time in Cuba and listening to what people from each country say about the other!

You're right, though. Cuba does it's own dirty work, rather than outsource it.

"We tortured some folks" indeed!

4 days ago

Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

Threni Re:Did I miss an upgrade? (81 comments)

I think OP is using `public domain` in its old, Amiga-era definition, which is probably closest nowadays to freeware.

about a week ago

LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

Threni Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

It would be a good analogy if you were talking about, say, a site which was targeted at - and largely read by - people interested in political issues.

It's perfectly reasonably to understand that the majority of Slashdot users either know what Clang/LLVM is, or are willing and capable of looking them up. Clearly, if you've not idea what Clang is, then you're going to skate on over the headline to the next stor, just like I did when I saw the headline about giving cyborgs rights.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

Threni Good (67 comments)

A browser not trusting something that's not to be trusted is a positive thing. Yes, some old sites will suffer. That's how it's supposed to work. They'd better up their game. People expect security to be take more seriously these days, as there is more at stake and more muppets with a lot of time on their hands trying to attack you.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Threni Re:Bad Advice (253 comments)

Never heard of him. Tech journalist? Slashdot employee? "First time submitter"? Proven track record of insightful commentary/accurate predictions?

Otherwise, why should I care?

about two weeks ago

Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Threni Re:Nothing really new (187 comments)

> Now don't talk of Android because we know it's all fragmented.

Wow - people still say that in 2014? This is still a tech site, right? Windows has users on different sized monitors, and slightly different versions of Windows - I guess that's fragmented too.

about two weeks ago

Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

Threni Re: neither science nor news. (54 comments)

Stupid name, looks like it was designed in the last com bubble, awful on mobile, no users, posts retarded crap about Indian takeaway deliveries.

There's scope for a rival to Slashdot, but that isn't it.

about two weeks ago

Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Threni Re: nail in W3C coffin (94 comments)

You don't have to use "repeat" in written text online because there's no chance anything is going to happen to the first instance of the text. It just wastes space and looks a little self important.

about two weeks ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Threni Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

> No doubt, history is filled with all kinds of evil misogyny, racism, and homophobia..

History, yes. It was all addressed satisfactorily a long time ago. That's why you never hear about black people dying younger than white people, for example, or being over-represented in prison; why there are so many females in the boardroom, and pay is equal etc. I'm not sure why people are complaining all the time - everything is fine.

about two weeks ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Threni Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

It's software (hence the stupid comments about cost - it's effectively zero; android already has it, for example). Cyanogenmod can use that aspect of the AOSP stack or not, as they see fit, as can any other rom producer, or end user (if they've a rooted phone).

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Threni Re: DropBox is hopelessly overpriced (275 comments)

I'm sure with double token, torture apologist Rice on board they'll keep going for weeks yet.

about three weeks ago


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