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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

goldcd Well that was informative (227 comments)

From the "I commonly work in a clean-room (CR.)" I knew we were onto a winner here.

What you actually want to do is not put your phone on the 'inside' of your "CR" gear.

If that's not an option, then I suspect neither is farting around with a wrist-computer.

Being serious. I'm a Pebble user and the main service it provides is putting your phone notifications on your wrist - it lets you break the pavlovian response of looking at your phone everytime it goes 'buzz'
However, it pretty much assumes that when you glance at your wrist and determine it's important, you get out your phone to resolve whatever.
Depending on your watch of choice, your interaction scope may vary - but they all assume if you need to offer a proper response to whatever, you get out your phone - a smartwatch isn't for you sir.

2 days ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

goldcd Indeed. (234 comments)

It doesn't like knowing my phone is rooted - but then slap on Root Cloak, and it happily rolls over and lets me tickle it's underside.
I think this might be my main annoyance - ridiculously intrusive, and yet pretty dumb.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

goldcd Re:Think that's bad (234 comments)

You misunderstand.
Worx doesn't actually *give* you any functionality - e.g. I just use my regular mail program to connect to exchange, attach files etc etc. All Worx does, is tell my employer my handset's allowed to use exchange.
I'm guessing it can probably be used in a slightly more intrusive way to 'brand' my handset (install corporate wallpaper, stick corporate apps of choice on the handset etc) - but..

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

goldcd Think that's bad (234 comments)

Have a look what Citrix Worx asks for (certifier of your phone, so you can look at your work email). Device & app history
retrieve running apps
read sensitive log data
Mobile data settings
change/intercept network settings and traffic
Location
precise location (GPS and network-based)
Photos / Media / Files
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
test access to protected storage
Camera / Microphone
record audio
Wi-Fi connection information
view Wi-Fi connections
Device ID & call information
read phone status and identity
Other
press keys and control buttons
read frame buffer
close other apps
update component usage statistics
force-stop other apps
modify secure system settings
view network connections
connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
full network access
run at startup
read battery statistics
control vibration
close other apps
set wallpaper
install shortcuts
uninstall shortcuts
modify system settings
pair with Bluetooth devices
draw over other apps

about three weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

goldcd Aw, bless (164 comments)

I suspect some numpty within Disney has just walked away with a somewhat cheap-looking 'patent plaque'

The point of a search engine, to the user, is to give them what they were looking for.
Anything that detracts from this ideal, makes it a 'bad search engine'

If they'd got their head screwed on, in addition to hiding copyright infringing material, they'd have also extended the patent to remove anything that was sold by a Disney competitor (surely users contributing to the coffers of a rival, is much worse than contributing to nobody).
Oh - but then it might have been noticed that they've just patented their own app-store..

about a month and a half ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

goldcd Indeed (786 comments)

And the results in most IT offices being a f'in sausage-fest.
Whilst I have no aptitude for HR or marketing, I'd urge any undecided young person out there to fully consider.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

goldcd Because it all seems to be 'flowing' the wrong way (252 comments)

I have a desktop and a laptop or two running Windows. I have for decades. These are 'my machines'
I've ploughed through the odd iOS and quite a few Android devices for phones and tablets as well. Once you've hacked the life out of them, you can actually get stuff working that previously you could only do on my 'real machines'
Over the generations, what I could do has increased - I loved it. Then I saw the Surface2. It just sort of snuck up on me. Scales from my eyes and all that, but it can do whatever any other tablet I have could do, what I wanted my next tablet to do, and - well basically I'm not sure what advantage any tablet of today or the near future could offer me, that this couldn't.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

goldcd To be fair though (338 comments)

Consoles just have to render at 1080, not 1440 or the 4k you can easily pick up for your PC.
*re-reads*
Oh..

For the last couple of gens it's usually been possible to get a PC that 'looked better' - but you ended up paying a whole wedge more for the privilege. This is the first gen of consoles that have come out and I've immediately written off (and I'm reasonably sure could build a better PC for near enough the same money).
PC monitors have got better, and it's never been easier to plug your PC into a TV if you care. My old 360 controller is happily working wirelessly with my PC, despite the rest of the rig going to the charity shop. I'm really a little bemused as to what the point of non-portable consoles is any more.
Even the industry seems a little bemused and is resorting to 'dirty-tricks' - deliberately screwing up the graphics on Watch Dogs, 'consoles as a whole' getting a timed exclusive of GTA etc.
Only console I've any interest in is the WiiU (and even then just for the game exclusives I know will never come to my PC - and for some reason can mentally give Nintendo a pass on this).

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

goldcd Indeed (126 comments)

With a 'normal' car you get to see the mileage and whether "it looks OK at a glance" but that's about all you can tell about what kind of life it had previously.
With a Tesla I don't see why you couldn't theoretically pull the entire black-box history.
I'd like to buy a Tesla that never exceeded the speed limit and was only driven to church on a Sunday etc etc.

about 2 months ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

goldcd That is rubbish (107 comments)

Google are trying to protect their Android brand, from the reasonable accusations that hardware vendors leave their customers high-and-dry and stop supporting the handset when they have a new one to sell.
I don't want an iOS phone - *but* buying an Android phone for a similar chunk of cash, it never comes with any guarantee of a future update.
Google recognized this and released the 'google edition' versions of some of the high-end popular handsets. That ticks the box for the users of these phones - you're likely to get your updates for a good few more years, whatever your vendor does - but for most of these high-end phones the vendor provides upgrades anyway.
Surely what google want go do is provide some kind of ongoing support to their users of phones from the lower tier suppliers. Cyanogen is pretty good at bridging the gap between the huge numbers of phones out there, and google's latest and greatest OS.
The bit that niggles me is that I'm not quite sure what Cyanogen brings apart from providing a focus for the unpaid people actually doing the work.
If I were in Google's position I'd just pick up the community myself, and put bounties against phone/android version combos, and pay the devs directly.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

goldcd If I had points, I'd give them to you (474 comments)

I'm reasonably proud of my little island and a bit we refer to as the UK.
Punched above our weight for a couple of hundred years, and made out mark on the planet. Generally I think we've done more good than harm - but definitely not perfect and plenty of room for improvement.
Personally glad that Scotland didn't leave us - but would have happily accepted any decision they made.
Hopefully this is just tacit acceptance it's a bit shit for all of us at the moment, and we all need to ride this out together. It'll get better, it'll get worse again, we'll bitch and we'll whine about the unfairness of it all - but at least we're not France.

about 3 months ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

goldcd I would also have accepted (286 comments)

Islamic terrorism as a fig-leave to cover the corruption of your liberties.

about 3 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

goldcd Nah (207 comments)

This is iOn strengthened

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

goldcd Get a better router? (238 comments)

I picked up an Asus ac66u last year (there are later models and I suspect cheaper ones in the range that are similar) - and it supports VPN (amongst all manner of other stuff).
Just have an extra page on the GUI to allow you to generate an openVPN cert and account privs. Pretty useful as means when I'm travelling I can just seamlessly add my phone to the home network.
I'd thought about buying something dedicated (well was more a NAS project, I thought I could add this to) - but unless you've got some complex needs or high volume - I strongly suspect I'd make more of a mess (both function and security) trying to set it up myself.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

goldcd The issue isn't really net neutrality. (81 comments)

It's lack of competition in the US markets.
In deregulated markets when you have competition, if your Netflix doesn't work, you shout at your ISP who either loses you as a customer, or sorts their peering out.
Problem in the states would seem to be that if your Netflix doesn't work, you don't appear to usually have an alternate/comparable ISP you can switch to that will give you working Netflix.They've got you over a barrel, and see an opportunity to make money. Asking you for extra cash to make your netflix work is what they'd really love to do, but as they can't, they'll ask Netflix for it (who'll then ultimately have to pass this onto you).
Looking at it another way - if you had a 'net neutral' google connection available to you, you wouldn't care what other ISPs you didn't use were doing.
US ISPs are currently trying to have their cake and eating it - they want the regulation that prevents the competition, but don't want regulation that makes the connection 'neutral' (whatever exactly you think that means).

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

goldcd Maybe it's the lack of choice. (819 comments)

If I buy a car, or a pair of trousers, I make a decision as to what I will and won't accept.
If I buy a plane ticket, I can see the airports, the times, the meal I don't want, the films I can watch, religious meal-types available etc - there's never an absolute statement saying you'll have x many inches of space between your back and the seat infront.
If there was, I could appeal to corporate travel to black-list some options. As it stands you're already on the plane, before you realize what you're in for.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

goldcd Indeed (819 comments)

The *single* time I've ever argued on a plane (I'm British and we're big on silent compliance), was then I could only fit by putting by twisting (really not good for your back), my legs ended up in the aisle and was woken and chastised by stewardess unable to get her trolley past (after slamming it into my legs a few times).
Ended up having to stand up to let the duty-free go by.
To return to the point above. I'm not asking for luxury, I'm just wanting it not to physically hurt. I don't have a choice of airline as I have a cheap-arse employer - I can maybe choose a flight time that I think will be less popular, but that's all the say I have. Yes - maybe I should change jobs - but just seems bizarre that in my corporate world of IT, decisions have been made as to whether I should feel pain or not.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

goldcd Agreed. (819 comments)

I quite liked my Hertz Bug - I think they thought we were a gay couple though, when we were offered it, but I digress - loads of space.
Next time we got a Mini (the fuggly big one) and I loathed it.
I know you're taller than me, so don't wish to tell you what's comfortable - but for me at least: Huge cars always have space. Anything beneath that appears to be completely random whether it's comfortable or not. Some are designed for tall people, some aren't - there just doesn't seem to be any particular reasoning/pricing around it.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

goldcd I disagree (819 comments)

I'm not 'very' tall - I don't have to shop in different shops. The regular shops I go to don't charge me extra for the material required to make my clothes etc. They've determined the cost of fabric isn't economically justifiable in maintaining different price points for the clothing - we all pay the same, we all get something that fits.
What's wasteful on planes is the handing out of 'excess' legroom. If you don't need 1 inch of space, you certainly don't need 3" of space. That's a waste. An empty seat that nobody is using is an AWFUL lot of waste that could be allocated, for nothing, to other passengers.

The seats are already on tracks, how about simply just allowing them to crawl up and down the plane according to need? Sure it's not simple - but planes are reasonably complex already. Simply pitch would be - all passengers get the most legroom we can possibly provide them with.
Airlines are already trying to shift us off the peak-hour flights on cost - but I'd happily shift, for nothing (as my employer is paying), if I was actually comfortable.

about 3 months ago

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Telltale have their paws on the Monkey Island

goldcd goldcd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goldcd writes "Just received an email from Telltale that has made my heart skip a beat. Whether this is love, or a coronary-attack has yet to be seen — but they've wrestled my favourite franchise ever from Lucasarts (last seem pissing on the corpse) and it's coming back!
http://www.telltalegames.com/store/talesofmonkeyisland
Jury's out, but Sam and Max, through ups and downs, definitely had no shortage of love applied. If they can do the same for Guybrush, I'll be a happy man (although if the score isn't MI2 as heard through an MT32 I'll be taking names)."

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Best way of making your code a successful OSS proj

goldcd goldcd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

goldcd writes "This is probably under the wrong heading — but I couldn't find an appropriate one.
My situation is that a while back I wrote some pretty reasonable forum code. Backstory is I used to be a member of the popbitch.com forum, had a tiff and decided I could do better myself — so cloned and improved their functionality and created bobpitch.com (no this isn't a plug — so please don't /. my server).
A few years down the line it's pretty stable, I've stopped tinkering with it and it's standing up by itself. I have neither the time, inclination or inspiration to do anything more with it, but would very much like to give the code to the world to use and expand upon. Basically I want to give my code to the OSS world.
Now I could just upload it as it is onto sourceforge, but currently it's very specific in it's usage and I'd be ashamed of what 'proper' coders would think of my amateur offering.
My question is, what do you have to do to make your code 'OSS appealing'? I want people to look at it, be inspired and carry on developing. I have a horrible feeling if I just uploaded my current source it'd be laughed at and ignored. On the other hand I don't just want to waste hours of my own time perfecting it for people just to 'rip off' as is — and never contribute anything.
I want to give the world a PHPBB alternative and want the world to accept it. What do I need to do before releasing my baby? Feel free to edit subject/summary. Just want an answer and sure there must be many many people in the same situation."

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goldcd goldcd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

goldcd writes "I've been following the 360 vs PS3 vs Wii online debate for a while and gathered the impression that 360 was here, PS3 would/wouldn't take the crown — and that Nintendo would be on our side with a low priced console, and gamer friendly features such as a lack of region restriction. PS3 has taken a kicking and we seem to have cultered a 360&Wii brotherhood. Now ninty seems to be changing their previous statements. Wii will come with region locks.
I just feel that maybe we've given our childhood favourite too much slack — they don't seem to feel they owe us (by us, I mean me, a UK nintendo lover) and maybe it's time we gave them what they deserved — of course their console is cheap and available — it's basically what we bought last time, with the DVD, network, graphics that the competition gave us last time around and Nintendo didn't."

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