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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

linuxci Re:What?? (116 comments)

No prepaid plans in the UK come with unlimited texting.

Almost all the plans on include unlimited texting. Those from £12/month include unlimited data too.

about 5 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

linuxci Re:AOL created Mozilla? (112 comments)

No. AOL bought Netscape after they decided to open source their browser

about 6 months ago

Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

linuxci Slashdot Beta (126 comments)

What do you think of Slashdot beta?

about 7 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

linuxci Re:Trollbait article (487 comments)

How do you type on an ipad in bed?

Using the on-screen keyboard!

However, my point was that the Surface was supposed to be the best of both worlds (tablet and laptop) when it's actually the worst of both worlds.

e.g. you want to use it as a laptop, you have to have it on a flat table, you can't use it like that on your lap, or on an uneven surface like in bed (sometimes I might get a call in the middle of the night, it's easier to pick up the laptop and work from the bed).

If you want to use it as a tablet, you then have the problem of interacting with the desktop, some settings are still in the old control panel, others are in a metro style interface. Trying to use desktop style apps with the touchscreen is frustrating.

Microsoft should have promoted the idea that apps should have a desktop mode (optimised for keyboard and mouse) and a metro mode (optimised for touch). Have apps display in Metro mode when out and about, but have the ability to switch to desktop mode if you dock the device.

Those who are using the device as a tablet should never have to interact with the desktop, but sometimes at the weirdest moment you try and change a setting and up pops a desktop app.

We also know how frustrating it is the other way round too. If you're using Windows 8.1 on a computer, it can be very annoying if a Metro app pops up and takes over the screen.

about 7 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

linuxci Re:I love my Android tablet (487 comments)

It's Adobe that dropped support for Flash on Android.

In the end it's a good thing. It's a massive battery drain and if both iOS and Android don't support it then there"s less use of it for needless purposes.

about 7 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

linuxci Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

The Nexus 7 is a great tablet, but if you're talking about a full size iPad you should compare to the Nexus 10.

In the UK there's also the Tesco Hudl which is another Android tablet which has managed to combine cheap with reasonably capable. It's close enough to stock Android (it has a few Tesco customisations) that I was pleasantly surprised by it and are happy recommending it to those who would even consider the Nexus 7 too expensive. I prefer it to the Kindle Fire devices.

You're right about the bulkiness of the Surface. The one we have in the office looks like a floor tile when the keyboard cover is closed.

about 7 months ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

linuxci Re:Trollbait article (487 comments)

I'd avoid any of these compromise tablets like the surface. I've used them (at work) an they really combine all the disadvantages of a tablet with the disadvantages of a laptop, they're the worst of both worlds.

For example, you can't use the keyboard cover of the surface unless it's on a flat surface. Personally I often use my laptop in bed, which needs a solid keyboard.

The surface has a mix of Metro and desktop UI, I ended up getting frustrated when trying to manipulate the desktop UI I ended up plugging in a mouse.

Some of the control panel items are in Metro, others are Windows Classic.

Microsoft have not shown a good history in updating their consumer devices, for example most Windows Phone 7 devices could not be updated to WP 8.

about 7 months ago

Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

linuxci Re:bad ide (198 comments)

So you're saying Apple are not allowed to improve their connectors? They had the 30 pin adaptor for at least 8 years before replacing it for something better. No other manufacturer has used the same connector for that long.

about 7 months ago

Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

linuxci Re:"Apple Maps as in-car navigation" (198 comments)

Combine the two, and no one I know with an iDevice bothers with Apple Maps for navigation, they stick with the Google Maps app. It's still better.

If there was no Apple Maps then there'd be no fully featured Google Maps on iOS.

Prior to Apple Maps being launched Google Maps on iOS didn't feature turn by turn navigation or a bunch of other features.

When Apple Maps was released Google then released a fully featured maps product on iOS.

So there was a few months of pain, but in the end we were better off on iOS as Apple releasing their own maps forced Google to implement the maps features they were keeping for Android.

That said, in the UK I actually prefer Apple maps now. One thing I hated about Apple Maps in iOS 6 was they coloured all the UK roads incorrectly (UK maps have traditionally used certain colours to represent certain types of roads, and Google Maps used to respect this), now the new Google Maps colours the roads incorrectly and Apple Maps iOS7 uses the correct colours (blue for motorway, green for primary route, etc).

about 7 months ago

Amazon To Put Android In Set-top Box To Compete With Apple, Roku

linuxci Re:The Kindle Fire is the worst of all worlds (104 comments)

Doesn't mean it's any good. Windows is still the biggest selling OS and I'm sure mcdonalds doesn't make the best hamburgers.

I've used iPads, the popular Android tablet and the Kindle series and I think the kindle offers a poor experience.

If someone in the UK asked me to recommend a cheap tablet I'd recommend Tesco's Hudl (not sure if it's available elsewhere under a different name). Best midrange device is a Nexus 7. Above that I still think the iPad is the best but the gap with the Nexus is small and mostly personal preference.

about 6 months ago

WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

linuxci Lufthansa (144 comments)

Reading posts like this remind me why I'm glad I collect miles (aka Avios) with British Airways rather than Lufthansa (M&M = Lufthansa Miles and More). As a BA Gold I can change my miles bookings free of charge up until 24 hours before my flight.

I'm currently in Prague at the moment, decided I want to get a later flight back tomorrow so logged in and switched my booking.

There's a reason why those who are not fans of Lufthansa call their scheme Miles and Less. It's one of the least generous schemes out there.

about 6 months ago

Amazon To Put Android In Set-top Box To Compete With Apple, Roku

linuxci The Kindle Fire is the worst of all worlds (104 comments)

If this is like the Kindle Fire I'd suggest people stick with Roku:

- The Kindle Fire has stuck a worse UI over Android than even Samsung managed with Touchwiz
- As Amazon wants you to use their store over Google Play it also means you lose out on Google Maps, Chrome, etc
- It's the only tablet I know where you need to pay to remove ads from the lock screen.

- Regular Android tablets and the iPad already have access to Amazon content, so there's no reason to buy a device that makes it difficult to get content anywhere else.

I can't see a Kindle TV box being any better.

about 6 months ago

Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

linuxci Slashdot back to its roots (89 comments)

As long as your not viewing this through the beta site, posts like these remind me of the early days of Slashdot.

CmdrTaco was a big fan of Enlightenment when /. was first launched and he had written some software for it so we always used to receive updates about new releases. I think that's how I first heard about Slashdot as I was searching for info on Enlightenment and found the site. I had a friend who was a big fan of Enlightenment but I ended up going with WindowMaker because I thought it was more efficient and fitted my working pattern better.

I also remember when Slashdot let you just type in a name, rather than registering ('Anonymous Coward' still existed but only if you didn't bother to enter something in the name box), once registration was introduced it took me a while to decide whether I really wanted to register, otherwise I'd have had a 3 digit UID.

about 7 months ago

Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

linuxci Re:I've got a Nokia lumia 1020 (192 comments)

and this site design still runs horribly on this phone despite it being the latest designer phone!

Everything runs badly on a Windows Phone®

about 7 months ago

Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

linuxci Re:Is it a bad idea? (192 comments)

Yes. Yes it is a bad idea. Yet orders of magnitude better than Beta.

Fuck Beta.

Fuck Beta?

I've tried - I recommend that as the starting point on /., makes the logs send a message.

about 7 months ago

Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

linuxci Re:Improvements in transport technology . . . (510 comments)

It's ok, the UK transport network has already been enhanced in such a way that escape is impossible. In other words, delays and congestion are commonplace. Plus trains are too expensive if you don't book weeks in advance.

Now we know why the UK doesn't have cheap turn up and go long distance rail fares - it's to stop criminals escaping! I feel better now ;)

about 10 months ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

linuxci Re:You can switch it off. (195 comments)

Yes, I'm on giffgaff and have turned off all restrictions. It's mostly to do with Camoron wanting all UK ISPs to 'think of the children' and opt out of censorship.

If our Prime Minister gets what he wants it's going to be an awkward time for people who host a lot of different types of website. Many that allow users to submit their own content such as forums may be blocked too, perhaps even slashdot.

That said, if the blocks are too tight then most people will opt out, but this censorship needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets too out of control. At the beginning it's marketed as a way of keeping children safe from porn and other possible controversial content, but when the infrastructure is in place it'll be easy to block anything the government doesn't want.

1 year,14 days

Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

linuxci Re:In further news... (274 comments)

No, although Sky already tried to sue them for that! They failed on that count.

I think the decision is fair in the UK. Most people wouldn't think Skype had anything to do with Sky, but Sky Drive does sound like a product Sky might release to its broadband customers.

They've branched out from Sky Broadband and offered other internet services under the Sky brand before. One failed attempt was Sky Songs, I thought Sky Tunes would have sounded better but perhaps they were advised not to.

In the UK it's a fact that people associate the Sky brand with BSkyB particularly in the entertainment and broadband industries. Sky was well known in the UK before most people owned computers.

about a year ago



linuxci linuxci writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blueberry Bob writes "Just in time for the iPhone June launch, Microsoft is planning to launch the Zune 360 and 180, the 360 will be a widescreen video and music player available in 40 and 80 GB models whereas the 180 will be a smaller device similar in size to the iPod nano. Oddly enough, only the 180 model will feature a cellphone — Microsoft believes that the combined cellphone/music player market is better served in compact players."

linuxci linuxci writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linuxci writes "The Zune launch was fairly disappointing with the Zune unable to beat Apple or SanDisk for sales even on their launch day and now has dropped to a disappointing 49th place on the Amazon bestseller list (Apple has a number of iPods in the top 10 and Sandisk also has a player in the top 10). So what lessons does Microsoft need to learn if they want to make their European launch a little more successful than their US one."

linuxci linuxci writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linuxci writes "It's been a few days now since Adobe's Flash team released their source code for the ActionScript JIT. So what does this mean to Mozilla?. It looks like this will drastically improve performance of JavaScript making more responsive XUL interfaces (including that of Firefox and Thunderbird) as well as a major performance boost for AJAX sites. It should make possible a new generation of web based apps."

linuxci linuxci writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linuxci writes "The Browser Den is reporting on the first bug discovered in IE7's phishing protection. This bug allows you to spoof the address bar in popups.

IE7 made the address bar compulsory in pop up windows in order to make it clear to users where the page is actually served from, in order to reduce phishing attacks. However, if it can be spoofed, as shown here, it means that this will just make users have a false sense of security. There's currently no patch for this issue but Opera and Firefox are not affected."

linuxci linuxci writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dave writes "A Firefox user decides to try IE7 for a week and report their experiences with this new browser. It's a very detailed review and shows the areas where IE7 has improved and where it's still lacking. The final view: a big improvement, but Firefox is still ahead."


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