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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps? Re:Listmania begins (159 comments)

Firefox doesn't require a Google account. It doesn't require you to save your browser settings, history, favorites in the cloud.
If you care about ads, you care about Google, don't you?

7 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up? Pen (610 comments)

I'm still using pens and Post-It to take notes, not my phone.

2 days ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

To be fair, Windows 7 was really good, at least compared to the previous, Windows 6 aka "Vista".

about a week ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015 Re:Many users won't be back (516 comments)

The difference is that they will have changed their business model, to one where you have so sign on the their own cloud computing in order to use it [...]

This is already the case with Windows 8.1. You have to use a Microsoft cloud account (, to create an account on your local Windows 8.1 PC. The creation of a pure local account is only a very hidden option that is only proposed when you are couraged enough to fight and about to give up account creation.

about 3 months ago

Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System Re:If iPods/iPhones Have Taught Me Anything... (174 comments)

So I'll have to rewire my house every couple of years

Most home automation standards are now wireless: ZigBee, Zwave, EnOcean...

about 3 months ago

Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System Re:no thank you apple (174 comments)

> Dimmers that can't handle dimming CFL or LEDs.

This is general problem of compatibility of dimmers vs lamps. Nothing Zwave specific.

From someone working in the smart home domain.

about 3 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return Stalactites in zero-gravity? WTF?? (251 comments)

Descent was about piloting a spaceship in zero gravity. There was no absolute up/down: it was always relative to the spaceship.

Can someone explain me how stalactite (suggested by the article author) are expected to grow in a zero gravity environment?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database? Re:Open Office/ Libre Office (281 comments)

You're probably wrong. In developing world, its easier to get access to pirated copies of Microsoft products than to download free software.
At least that is my experience when I visited South America.

about 3 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta Re:3 clicks and a Server Error (57 comments)

You are probably already using software I produced.
This kind of reaction makes me think that the GNU Public Licence gives usage rights to too many dicks.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data? Re:Overly Paranoid (245 comments)

If your friend was willing to vouch for you at the post office surely he could have driven you to a DMV office.

He didn't say his friend had a driving licence and a car. Besides that, his health may not allow him to go away from his home for a long time (or other reasons).

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data? Birth certificate is not a proof of identity (245 comments)

You keep an official copy of your birth certificate in your safety deposit box,..

A birth certificate is not a proof of identity. It is just a proof that someone with that name is born on that date. It doesn't tell that the person holding it is that person. And it is quite easy to get a duplicate birth certificate. In France you can ask for it by mail.

The only way to prove your identity is to bring to the police office two identified (with a document) persons to testimony that you are who you pretend. Of course false testimony is punished by law. This will allow you to get a new id document.

about 4 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps? Re:Question (240 comments)

I would not trust the information provided by such app anyway.

about 5 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps? spending money on apps (240 comments)

> surprised at how many people think it's wrong or stupid to spend money on apps.

The problem is not paying for apps. The problem is paying to a centralized store that is tracking apps you are purchasing and takes money from both sides (customer and author).
We are supposed to be in a web era, but you can't freely download/buy apps directly from the author web site.

about 5 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page Re:We are looser, that's it. (506 comments)

And we are not even speaking about languages that choose that table is neither male or female, but neutral.

about 6 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page Re: And in other news... (506 comments)

I obviously disagree with you. Anyway, here are some fixes to improve your knowledge of my native and beloved language:

Dégagé, con! Les français jamais pris la peine de parler anglais, même quand ils le savent. Et ils prétendent ne pas comprendre juste pour être maladroit, enculés.

Dégage, connard ! Les français ne prennent jamais la peine de parler anglais, même quand ils savent. Et ces enculés prétendent ne pas comprendre juste pour être malpolis. (I'm not not sure what you meant with "maladroit")

about 6 months ago

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