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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Threni Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (275 comments)

> You say that like it's a bad thing

He's saying it like it's obviously impossible, like more than 50% of schools being above average.

4 days ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Threni Re:Summary (124 comments)

Yeah, but clickety click. Click. Click. Race. Shock. Money. Lives. Click click. Life or death. Click. Choice. Kerching! We have a winner! Kerching!

about a week ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

Threni Re:What about text chat? (65 comments)

You know when they get it on facebook messenger; it tells you. You have no idea when they get it via sms, or even IF they got it. If their phone is turned off, lost, of they're abroad then the network might try delivering for a few days, then give up.

But sure, you know they'll get it on their phone because the system is too lame to work anywhere else; messenger, hangouts etc lets them receive it on their phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or anyone else's device they've logged into.

about two weeks ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

Threni Re:What about text chat? (65 comments)

You can chat with Skype. I don't pay to receive calls but I do to call people abroad, so voip is the only sensible solution there. You can get a headset for £5 or less and use (on a desktop) with any client. Whatsapp being phone only is what kills it for me. I don't understand why Facebook didn't announce a fix for that the day they bought them. I don't want to have to chat via a mobile phone keyboard and try and cut and paste links etc into it when i'm setting next to a desktop with a keyboard and a 25" monitor.

about two weeks ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

Threni Re: s/Fresh/Flesh/ (109 comments)

Racist? A lot of Chinese people say L when they mean R and vice versa. Pointing this out isn't racist.

about three weeks ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Threni Re:And that's a good thing (74 comments)

I want a per-country blacklist/whitelist, so I never have to worry about foreigners attacking my account. Two factor on top of that. Too much to ask?

about three weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Threni Re: Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Yeah you run it on a VM. Everyone's using VMs all the time now, right?

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Threni Re: Why does this always happen? (270 comments)

If people don't want to use it then nobody else can force them. Or care, come to that. I'll continue to use it no matter how specious the arguments for not using it become.

about a month ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Threni Re:Good (126 comments)

Realizing there's a commercial opportunity to take advantage of, you mean?

about a month and a half ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Threni Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

The Christian Right are just harmless buffoons. ISIS are murderous fucks just need to die, already. That's it - nothing more to talk about. Shitty Muslim death-cult with nothing to offer, going nowhere fast.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Threni Re:"One"? Seriously? (50 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.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Threni Re:$100 (50 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.

about a month and a half ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Threni Re:define "customer" (290 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.

about a month and a half ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Threni Re:define (290 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?

about a month and a half ago
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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?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Threni Re:Good decision? (352 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.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Threni Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 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.

about a month and a half ago

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