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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

iampiti Re:I'll wait and see (117 comments)

I don't think Google are allowing that. Probably they're just turning a blind eye to it but it's not legal AFAIK.

about 4 months ago

Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

iampiti Re:asshole (248 comments)

Yes. And also fire whoever decided that menus should now be in ALL CAPS. It looks like they're trying to destroy themselves on purpose.

about 5 months ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

iampiti Re:Ugly Stuff (392 comments)

I'd mod you up but since I don't have points ... I totally agree with you: I'll pay you some money and let me do whatever I want with my computer and stay the hell out of it. I bought Windows 7 and it's perfect for me. This giving away Windows in exchange for using Bing looks like the Google strategy: They want to hook us on their services and make the money through other means. It also looks like they're desperate in putting Windows 8 in the hands of people

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

iampiti Onyx M92 (134 comments)

This is a 9.7 (1200x825 px) inch e-ink reader. Supports most PDFs perfectly. It allows you to hightlight text and to scribble on them. You can then save the annotated version to a standard PDF that can be opened with the annotations and all on a PC with Adobe Reader or similar.
The hardware is somewhat old at this point and there's supossedly going to be a refresh in the near future (m96) with Android. They're supossedly even sponsoring a contest to develop e-ink optimized Android applications.
Warning: This is a exclusively reading device: It does have wifi and a browser but it's rubbish and many websites do not work well. They're also a bit fragile (specially the screen) so they must be treated carefully.
More info:
Official website (the chinese version has much more info than the English one): http://www.onyx-international....

about 6 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

iampiti Re:Energy from the blood stream. (219 comments)

I'm hoping they can make one that will get its energy from my fat. I've got plenty of power stored there...

about 6 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

iampiti Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

Libreoffice 4.2 (currently in beta) seems like it's going to add significant new functionality to the spreadsheet program (at least lots of Excel functions). https://wiki.documentfoundatio...

about 6 months ago

Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

iampiti Re: Who would believe it? (457 comments)

I think you're spot on. You should be able to subscribe to the posts of a person which have a certain hashtag. And now it would be really simple and convenient since Google implemented autohashtagging of posts in G+ some time ago

about 7 months ago

3D Systems and Motorola Team Up To Deliver Customizable 3D Printed Smartphones

iampiti Re:Hope it works... (12 comments)

I'd like to see this succeed too but I'm not counting on it. For starters, it's going to be really difficult to make the blocks with the connectors to connect to other blocks and everything and that the result is not an ugly, bulky phone. Make no mistake, looks are important in the smartphone market. In addition, don't count either on having a microSD holder module: Motorola is now part of Google and the big G is pushing hard for the cloud and against microSD cards. To sum up, an interesting idea that I'd like to see realized but I'm not optimistic about it.

about 8 months ago


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