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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Nokia Lumia Windows Phone (352 comments)

The have no choice about losing the Nokia name, they only have the rights to it until 2015. After that it reverts back to Nokia who could (in theory) use it to make phones again.

about a week ago

UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

Not really, if everyone used Word with ODF then everyone has the same level of compatibility. Or they can save some licensing cash and replace it Open/Libre Office.

Unless they're an Excel junkie the average civil servant probably won't even notice. And the UK government shouldn't be allowed to use Excel

about 2 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

moderators_are_w*nke No (190 comments)

Because anytime an article headline starts with the word 'could' the answer is no. If the answer was yes the journalist would have had enough of a story to make a statement.

about 4 months ago

Coding Bootcamps Already 1/8th the Size of CS Undergraduates

moderators_are_w*nke If it works so well, why is it just CS? (92 comments)

Why are there no civil engineering boot camps? I'm looking forward to driving over a bridge designed by someone who learned engineering on a boot camp. How could that possibly go wrong?

about 5 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Why, oh why? (341 comments)

I thought the idea for a kernel dbus came out of Nokia's Maemo team originally?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Why do you want that in a laptop? (477 comments)

The battery is usually the first thing to wear out on a laptop, and others are the hard drive (not sure about SSDs though), the CPU fans, the hinges and the catch in my experiece. Software also tends to need more memory over time. It should be reasonably painless to make this happen..

about 10 months ago

Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet

moderators_are_w*nke I can see a flaw (210 comments)

If your car is being GPS tracked, and the police aren't giving chase just park up and run off. Idelly push it down a hill empty so they don't notice it's stopped (because that's not dangerous at all). Let the police have their fun and GPS track an empty car.

about a year ago

Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Jesus H. Christ Luvs Microsoft (629 comments)

Is more competition in the mobile market not a good thing? The prevailing attitude on a lot of forums at the moment seems to be that everyone should just buy Android and be done with it. We went this way with Windows 20 years ago and I think most people would agree it was not a good thing.

about a year ago

Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Depends whether or not you can argue the youtube is a de-facto monopoly in streaming video.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

moderators_are_w*nke Re:When you don't want a reference (892 comments)

That's why I went contracting:

* Less human resources to deal with
* No need to fire me - I'm a supplier
* No need to give them notice (but I do because as they're a client, it's obviously in my interests to do so).

about a year ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Plausible deniability (329 comments)

Well yes. The more they filter, the more people will opt out.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Closed how? "Wontfix?" (267 comments)

Yep, for me the worst example is akonadi, which is enormously complex, and crashes every now and then in strange and different and difficult to track down ways on pretty much every system I've used it on. I have a fair amount of sympathy with them because I'm not sure how these kind of bugs would ever get fixed. Unless of course the person reporting them likely being the only one who can reproduce due to the cause being some obscure spam in their gmail goes digging and fixes it themselves.

about a year ago

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Sure beats jail time... (1145 comments)

The EU single market mandates that you must be able to buy and sell in metric, which is logical since you can't really have a common market without common units. You can also use whatever other units you like and as such many places use imperial units in preference to metric units, reverting to them only when necessary.

Road signs are still mph, horse races are still miles and furlongs and beer is sold by the pint so I think we're happily confused on matters of units this side of the pond.

about a year ago

Facebook's Android App Can Now Retrieve Data About What Apps You Use

moderators_are_w*nke Why are you still surprised by this? (176 comments)

You buy a device to store your personal data on from a company that collects personal data for a living, and then run an app on it from another company that profits from collecting you data and then are confused when they collect your personal data?

Reposting as me

about a year and a half ago

Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Closed proprietary software is NEVER secure! (195 comments)

Really? Is it? Could you tell by looking at some pgp source whether it has been compromised or not? Maybe you could but the majority of people reading this could not and if that's true of slashdot what hope does the rest of the wold have?

about a year and a half ago

USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

moderators_are_w*nke More testing required (1121 comments)

Need to post some boxes that say 'contains god' and see if it gets there quicker than the control.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

moderators_are_w*nke Re:Perception is reality (505 comments)

You know why XBox is so big?

Sadly the XBox is so big because it was much easier to pirate games for it than it is for the Wii or the PS3.

about a year and a half ago



Illegal Film Downloading up 33%

moderators_are_w*nke moderators_are_w*nke writes  |  more than 3 years ago

moderators_are_w*nke (571920) writes "The BBC have picked up a report from "internet intelligence" company Envisional showing illegal film downloading is up 33% in the UK since 2006. The solution is apparently for content providers to "compete with piracy and get their content out there themselves as easily and as quickly and as cheaply as possible""
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iPhone 3G launches, O2 implodes

moderators_are_w*nke moderators_are_w*nke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

moderators_are_w*nke writes "The iPhone 3G has gone on pre-sale in the UK and the O2 website can't take it. Its been unresponsive for the last 15 mins and as far as I can tell nobody can actually place an order. Are you one of those frustrated (but probably not disappointed) by O2s incompetence?"
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April Fool

moderators_are_w*nke moderators_are_w*nke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Slashdot is a funny place on April fools day it really is, but one thing that today's pinkdot theme has brought out is that female geeks are just as weird as their male conterparts.

There are a small number of female geeks on their high horses (cute ponies?) moaning that the whole thing is sexist. Its not sexist, its a bit of fun on April fools day. Sexist would be refusing you a job because you are a woman, this is not that.

Please grow up, stop moaning and realise that people are allowed to have a bit of fun. Most of the female population (in fact the population as a whole) understands this - I just wish the geeks would too.


moderators_are_w*nke moderators_are_w*nke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Sometimes I worry about /.

I just wrote what I think is my finest comment ever, on a linux thread. It was witty, sharply observed and true.

Started out well, it got modded +1 insightul. Great.

Things went down from there. First it gets modded -1 overrated, which really needs to be pulled from /. Its moderation without explanation and this doesn't make any sense.

Then finally, some moron posts a load of bollocks in respose. I just can't win. I'm gonna stay out of the Linux threads from now on, the fanboys are just too full of their own shit.


moderators_are_w*nke moderators_are_w*nke writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It seems strange that a number of /. users are expecting Microsoft to magically convert Office documents and all the OLE objects and CLSIDs contained in them into plain text XML in one version. This would require them to take out a feature that probably 80% of users have used (OLE) and replace it with one probably about 1% will use (XML file structure). This is not going to happen.

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