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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

dolmen.fr 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 (Hotmail.com, Live.com...) 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
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

dolmen.fr 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
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

dolmen.fr 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
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

dolmen.fr 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 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

dolmen.fr 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
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GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

dolmen.fr 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
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

dolmen.fr 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
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

dolmen.fr 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
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

dolmen.fr Re:Question (240 comments)

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

about 4 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

dolmen.fr 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 4 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

dolmen.fr 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
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

dolmen.fr 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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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

dolmen.fr Re:Skydrive (168 comments)

Reliable? In my experience, yes.

None of the free cloud service claims to keep your data. They always tell you that you must have a backup elsewhere. So cloud storage can't be used as your reference storage.

Sydrive is not different. From their Terms of service:

We strive to keep the services up and running; however, all online services suffer occasional disruptions and outages, and Microsoft isn't liable for any disruption or loss you may suffer as a result. You should regularly backup the content that you store on the services. Having a regular backup plan and following it can help you prevent loss of your content.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

dolmen.fr Re:Specific Complains (2219 comments)

I agree 100%.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

dolmen.fr Less text content: not a improvement for sure! (2219 comments)

I come to /. to read content directly from the home page. Not to look at irrelevant pictures on the side of truncated text, with most screen space wasted.

We come to /. because the home page has that classic style that makes efficient to quickly read news.
Most of my "news for nerds" now comes from Twitter, more than Slashdot nowadays. I will much less reasons to come to /. if the classic style disappear.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

dolmen.fr Re:PowerShell (383 comments)

The only *major* issue is that finding the documentation for all those COM APIs is hard. That documentation is not installed on the base system. You have to be a .NET expert to use them.

about 8 months ago

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