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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

jrumney Re:Android VOIP SIP client?? (161 comments)

SIP is built in. Just go into the Phone app, open Settings, and under Call Settings there is an "Internet Call Settings" section where you can add accounts. Video and encryption may require third party options though.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

jrumney Re:maybe (353 comments)

It comes down to who is in control. When you send a parcel, you choose your own packaging. When you subscribe to internet service you generally don't get to choose what encapsulation your packets receive. Likewise with electricity.

4 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

jrumney Re:Better looking fonts on windows? (113 comments)

Try a Japanese website - new invisible kana support.

Better looking fonts, my arse.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

jrumney Re:maybe (353 comments)

They are not interested because they do not understand what is happening. They ask the industry experts they have access to, and they will all give the telco side of the story. It needs someone to sit down with them over a beer and explain it in terms they can understand.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

jrumney Re:maybe (353 comments)

When the electricity company bills me, they bill me for the electricity metered at my premises, not for the overhead that is used by the grid. Why should Internet providers be any different? Yes, technically the ATM packets are coming into the premises, but they are part of the network overhead, not what is used by the customer.

5 days ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

jrumney Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (76 comments)

They've made this "bluetooth 5.0" you speak of. It's called Miracast.

More accurately, it was Bluetooth 3.0. Miracast is a pure WiFi solution. Bluetooth 3.0 supports establishing video streams over Bluetooth which are handed off to WiFi. In theory. I've never seen an actual working implementation of Bluetooth 3.0 in a commercial product.

about two weeks ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

jrumney Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (76 comments)

It's not hard to make a device compatible with USB mass storage.

It is hard. USB MS exposes the internal storage as a block device for the USB host to do with as it pleases. The device has to avoid using the filesystem it is exposing for the duration that it is plugged in to avoid corruption, and when unplugged it has to dump any media indexes and reindex everything, as it has no way of knowing what changed.

This is why modern Android devices are now MTP only. With MTP, file access is via high level commands that are implemented on the device, so the device can track and control what is going on.

about two weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

jrumney Re:Amost sounds like a good deal ... (376 comments)

Are you sure that $10 is going to the actual copyright holder, not the multinational corporation that holds the distribution rights? If it is, then I'm going to have to start pirating content to support the artists. Because that's a much better deal than they're getting under their current contracts.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jrumney Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Are you suggesting that the goals scored in BPL games are choreographed? Because otherwise there is no artistic element to their "performance" that could qualify for copyright protection.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jrumney Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Not being allowed to do something because of some Ts&Cs does not mean you are not entitled to your copyright. As you said, they can take civil action over your breaking of their rules, but they don't get to use copyright law for getting it taken down.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

jrumney Re: Ubiquitous Common Denominator (235 comments)

SMS is less limiting than Twitter. If you type more than 160 characters, most phones these days will automatically split into two messages, and at the other end recombine.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jrumney Re:Ticket ToS (226 comments)

Football is only a performance when the match has been choreographed beforehand. Are the BPL admitting to large scale match fixing here?

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jrumney Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

What contractual issue? I didn't sign any contract when I bought tickets to the match. I also didn't receive any consideration for the copyright I allegedly assigned in this contract they are talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

jrumney Re:Hesitant about Kickstarter and hardware (107 comments)

I'm not positive, but I think SEC regulations intended to protect old grannies' pensions from high risk schemes get in the way of what you are asking for. To make high risk venture capital investments you need to be an institutional investor or high net worth individual with experience in the field. Kickstarter avoids being an investment to get around this. Kickstarter makes sense for startups that never intend to grow beyond serving a hobbyist community, individual artists, craftsmen or engineers and the like. It is just greed to use it for starting a company that intends to grow to global scale and sell out like this.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

jrumney Re:Hesitant about Kickstarter and hardware (107 comments)

If they're making hardware, they need to get bought out to fund the supply chain if they're going to be selling in quantity. In the traditional funding model, the early investors in a company are well rewarded for their backing when something like this happens. In the kickstarter model, they're lucky if they get a sample of the product 2 years late.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

jrumney Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

I had a lab-dashound cross (no idea how that happened - we got him from the pound). He was only a little bigger than a pure dashound, but had the bark of a fully grown lab. Someone tried to burgle our house one night and got the fright of their life as the sound of a large dog came at them from below their line of sight.

about two weeks ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

jrumney Re:Just stop already (68 comments)

Google Chrome has become as bad as IE in terms of hidden settings, or settings that are just not there. In Opera and Firefox, I have no issues accessing numerous networks. I can change network settings on the fly and have different settings for different browsers. With Chrome and IE I need a new browser installation everywhere, because Chrome either uses no settings or IE settings. Being able to set proxies and network settings in an add on browser is an important feature for testing.

IE at least has proxy support that works. Chrome is singularly terrible in this respect. Try using a proxy script with a file URL, pointing to an authenticated proxy and move between networks without closing the browser (Chrome now keeps a process running in the background even if you closed all your Windows, so difficult to avoid), and you'll see what I mean.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

jrumney Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

He is trying to build up a company from nothing to compete with the big 3 in just a few years. Having rumors of expensive repair bills looming at the end of the warranty period is not conducive to building market share, so this is nothing more than a sensible business decision (assuming only a small minority of drive units are actually failing).

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

jrumney In related news... (207 comments)

A notable absense of a certain recently hyped technology in Cisco's list of things they need to refocus on.

about three weeks ago

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