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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

iampiti The worst possible publicity for Apple (226 comments)

This is on the news everywhere and, obviously, is going to make Apple look very bad. I don't think I'll have long term consequences for Apple but at least it may make some people think twice about uploading personal information to "the cloud".

8 hours ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

iampiti Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

Well, I agree completely about the newly gained spare time. Having time for reading, listening to music, etc. is why I usually ride the metro instead of driving when I go somewhere where the metro goes

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

iampiti Re:Shame (102 comments)

I think those were honest questions without bad intentions. I also think that the real problem that Bjarne didn't answer to better questions is that they weren't posted in the questions thread in the first place (or maybe the method used to select them wasn't the best)

about two weeks ago

Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

iampiti Re:I read this article differently: (112 comments)

Well in this day and age in which mobile OS's are severely crippled compared to PC ones and that is considered fine by the 99% of population it certainly doesn't surprise me that the new generation consoles are severely limited also.
On one hand I understand that for many regular folks their smartphone or tablet is now their main computing device, and for millions of people in less developed countries may be their first and only one. It makes sense then to make a OS easy to use and secure, but that doesn't mean it has to prevent us experienced computer users to do things like running software downloaded from arbitrary places or letting us manage our storage as we see fit.
iOS has always been a severely limited OS, Windows Phone it's a close cousin only with fewer applications, and Android, the one that was closest to a general purpose OS is being crippled by Google in the newer versions (e.g.: Removing the ability of writing to arbitrary locations on the EXTERNAL sd card in KitKat). A sad state of affairs :(

about three weeks ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

iampiti Re:One mistake Sony Made (172 comments)

For the uses you mention, I agree with you that the typical 6 inch readers are garbage. But larger e-ink displays can be quite nice for that use case if the software is good enough.
I have a 9.7 inch e-ink reader by Onyx and the hardware is pretty good. In that screen size many books with diagrams look nice and you can see a nice amount of information at once. Alas, the Onyx software is passable but could be much better. I wouldn't recomend this particular model for a demanding professional, but as I said , with the right software this kind of technology can be very nice. Have a look at this video: Imagine the software of the device shown in the beggining with the screen shown at about 2:35.

about a month ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

iampiti Re:Loved me som PRS-505 (172 comments)

Not a finished product. But this shows that there are other companies trying to make things with large e-ink screens.
I'm not sure about screens so large but I have a 9.7 inch e-ink reader and I love it.

about a month ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

iampiti Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I bet they'll switch Windows to a subscription model like they've done with Office. I know you can still buy copies of Office in the traditional manner and run them for as long as you want buy they're pushing people to the subscription option.
Like Adobe, it seems it's the only idea they have for solving the "good enough, why change?" problem (for them) of mature software.

about a month ago

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

iampiti Re:Good. (114 comments)

I think that kind of thing belongs more in Google+. Anyway they should offer an option to remove that from the Youtube comments

about a month ago

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

iampiti Re:Good. (114 comments)

The comments might be better, but who the hell thought it was a good idea to add the Google+ shares in the comments? It ads nothing but pollution

about a month ago

Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

iampiti Re:Answer: Both (126 comments)

It might be the Android most people want but they could also allow to uninstall Google apps that you don't use (for example Google+ which I ocasionally use but most people don't even know what it is).
I understand that one of the ways Android phones make Google money is by enticing you to use more of their services but I wish they'd allow to uninstall their apps even if there was some kind of penalty for it (paying some money maybe?)

about 2 months ago

Freecode Freezeup

iampiti Sad. Anything like it? (62 comments)

This is sad for me since I've been browsing the release lists there for years. From time to time I'd take a look in there and sometimes would find interesting projects that I wouldn't have found other way.
Are there any comparable websites? (Listing releases of open source projects)

about 2 months ago

EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

iampiti It's gonna be funny when our cellphone Internet... (78 comments) consistently faster than our wired home connections.
It all sounds a little weird to me: Isn't a dedicated cable always much more reliable and capable than a wireless connection? That's what I thought at least.
I guess it's cheaper to deploy antennas every few hundred meters than to wire every home

about 3 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

iampiti Re:The Nook is/was excellent (321 comments)

They're coming: http://blog.the-ebook-reader.c... I have their previous model, the M92 and its 9'7 inch screen is great for reading dense content (PDF, technical books...). The only "problem" is that's only an e-reader and you can't install apps. All of that will be solved when the m96 is released.

about 3 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

iampiti Re:Idiot (345 comments)

I know it's not the main topic of your comment but don' count on ReactOS ever being "finished" or even running most Windows programs.
Making a Windows clone is a HUGE task and it requires pretty competent programmers too. ReactOS doesn't seem to have hundreds of people working on it.

about 4 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

iampiti Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

That last line of yours also worries me a lot.
It's really bad since they're now in politician mode: On the 29 release they're saying that's now "more customizable" while they've actually removed some options.
I just hope they've some sense left and stop following all Chrome's stupid decisions

about 4 months ago

Firefox 29 Arrives With Customization Mode, New Design

iampiti I hate to sound like and old man... (1 comments)

but I don't like the new redesign.
The de-emphasis of the non-active tabs makes them a bit too hard to see. They are translucent on my Windows 7 machine and it makes them hard to see.
Also, they claim is more customizable than ever and yet the "bookmark this page" (the star) and "show bookmark list" buttons cannot be separated ...
I guess I'll get used to it, but big changes to the UI piss me off incredibly.

about 4 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

iampiti Re:Real users? (116 comments)

I know lots of people on Android who have paid for Whatsapp.
It seems most people got "free extensions" after the first year but now they give extensions for some people but others are forced to pay if they want to continue using it. I guess they reckon the network effects are strong enough to make most of the people pay instead of swtiching to other apps

about 4 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

iampiti Re:What?? (116 comments)

I can't speak for other parts of the world, but here in Spain many plans don't have unlimited SMSs so these messaging apps really have a good following. In fact, most smartphone users have Whatsapp and several others.

about 4 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

iampiti Happy that costumer pressure has an effect (294 comments)

It's probably the refusal of many corporations to upgrade to Windows 8 that got Microsoft to make these changes but it's still a win for everyone.
When designing Windows 8 the new Start screen looked a perfect plan to get the masses to buy apps through their store and thus getting more revenue from Windows. It'd also get them used to the UI shared by Windows Phone which would surely get the fledging smartphone platform many more users.
So when so many people refused to use Win 8 they must've thought "If we backtrack a bit we'll get many people to change to Windows 8, if we don't, we'll get fewer". It's also good to see that Microsoft no longer has near infinite power on the PC world. I'm currently starting to fear Google much more (they know so much about us...) but that's another topic

about 5 months ago


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