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Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

mr_lizard13 Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

Lots of reasons.

Time.
Convenience.
Not everyone gets a boner at the thought of building a PC.
Most home-builds look... well, home-built.

I can build my own but choose not to, for these and many other reasons.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

mr_lizard13 32-bit? (224 comments)

There's still a 32-bit Windows?

about a year ago
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Mozilla OS Looking Grown Up On Its Own Developer Phone

mr_lizard13 Can it succeed? (114 comments)

People may buy this product if it is better or at least as good as what's currently on offer. That means offering solid software, solid hardware, and solid services.

It will be interesting to see if Mozilla can succeed here. They don't have a track record of releasing hits; only the Firefox browser really took off and that's because it was an excellent and better alternative to its competition at the time.

I just hope for their sake that they don't go with the "it's better because it's open" line. Being open is not what made a bunch of people download Firefox, and it won't make a bunch of people buy a phone.

about a year and a half ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

mr_lizard13 Re:It has its uses (484 comments)

So does the Calendar app in iOS > 3 use stitched leather on the iPhone? It sure doesn't do so on iOS 3.

You're right, it doesn't do so on the iPhone, it's just the iPad and Mac versions, which is interesting. My mistake. It looks like it's just the Reminders and Notes apps that share a similar design across platforms.

You could also do that by omitting the stitched leather across all three versions of the app. I'd vote for that solution instead.

You could, but the point I was making is that by sharing a design theme, it becomes more obvious that data is shared between the apps. It's essentially making the point "this is the same app". Sure you could do that without using stitched leather, but you'd need some other way of visually tying the apps together. It just happens that Apple went with stitched leather.

I think adopting a visual identity that reduces contrast can make an app less fun to use.

We disagree ;^)

about a year and a half ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

mr_lizard13 It has its uses (484 comments)

I think there's such a thing a 'over-skeumorphing', but I do find it serves a purpose. Those shelves might not be real shelves, but it emphasises that those icons are books, not apps or games or anything else. And by using the same stitched leather across the iPhone, iPad and Mac version of the calendar app, it emphasises that the data you put in is shared between these apps. Same for the Reminders app. And the Notes app.

I also think that having a strong visual identity for an app can make it more fun to look at and use, if that's your thing.

I admire the slickness of Windows Phone, but it just feels a bit too depressing, bland and clinical for my liking. I don't feel like I'm supposed to have fun when I'm using a Windows Phone.

about a year and a half ago
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Fragmentation Comes To iOS

mr_lizard13 NOT fragmentation. (244 comments)

This is not fragmentation, this is product differentiation.

Fragmentation on Android is having a user base on a ton of different OS and hardware versions with wildy different feature sets and not being able to target software to run on all of them. As a result app developers focus on the majority device/OS target, often an ancient version of Android, which renders all the latest APIs Google has released pretty much useless.

With the majority of iOS devices in use able to upgrade to the latest OS version this developer headache just doesn't exist for Apple. It's easier to target the majority of devices, even rolling 'hybrid' apps that can selectively take advantage of newer features e.g. Retina display and the taller screen.

Choosing to deploy new features on new devices isn't fragmentation, it's a way of differentiating within a product line up.

And the last time I checked iOS 6 will be supported on the iPhone 3GS. A *three year* old phone.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 7 Overtakes XP, OSX Struggles To Beat Vista

mr_lizard13 Re:Desktop marketshare...? (540 comments)

In a sense, although Windows 8 RT still has a desktop app and still runs the new Metro-and-classic enabled Office, so I'd argue that even the ARM-flavoured tablets are attempting to be all things to all people.

about a year and a half ago
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Are App.net's Crowdfunders Being Taken For a Ride?

mr_lizard13 Paying for twitter (95 comments)

I don't mind Twitter being an ad-funded free-to-the-user experience.

I just want to be able to pay Twitter some money to opt out of the ads.

I don't see why Twitter can't remain free for the users who don't mid ads and at the same time offer an ad-free timeline to those who want to pay.

10,000 people just paid $50 for an ad-free experience on an as-yet unproven twitter-clone. Imagine how many people would pay for the already-established Twitter.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 7 Overtakes XP, OSX Struggles To Beat Vista

mr_lizard13 Desktop marketshare...? (540 comments)

Do desktop operating system marketshare comparisons even matter now? It's a declining market. The bigger shareholder is hardly in a position to set trends in the industry.

It's like trying to work out who sells more portable CD players. Move on.

The only thing worth figuring out now is which tablet player has the right strategy: Apple with their seperate-from-a-laptop-and-purposefully-limited-to-make-it-easier device or Microsoft with their no-compromises-it's-a-tablet-and-a-laptop-in-one device.

about a year and a half ago
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Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

mr_lizard13 Re:Couple of questions (570 comments)

He can indeed copy those songs onto a hard drive and hand them to his daughter. There's nothing technical stopping him from doing that.

The terms of service don't permit it however. That's why he's suing; it's the principle he's arguing over.

about a year and a half ago
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Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"

mr_lizard13 Re:"Witchunt" (915 comments)

Sorry for being a pedant, (and this doesn't counter the point you are making) but he isn't wanted on rape charges; no charge has been made against him.

He is wanted for questioning, and has offered to be questioned for the last 18 months whilst in London. An offer which has been rejected.

As it stands right now, he does not have a case to answer as no charge has been presented to him.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown

mr_lizard13 Re:There is a $500 fine for this (597 comments)

$500 for private individuals. 10% of global turnover for incorporated companies. Seems fair.

about a year and a half ago
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20 Years of GSM and SMS

mr_lizard13 Re:20 years later... (157 comments)

Nokia. RIM. Microsoft. Vodafone. AT&T. Telefonica. Motorola. Verizon. Orange. Asus. Dell. Samsung.

All these companies. All those years of experience. All that cash. All that potential.

And yet between them all, they couldn't come up with a standard messaging system that worked between their phones, tablets and computers.

Many, many years later, Apple did. And they should give that away for free?

Pah.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Security Blunder Exposes Lion Login Passwords In Clear Text

mr_lizard13 It's a feature. (205 comments)

It's a feature designed to enhance privacy by encouraging the user to change their password more often.

Specifically, at each login. And logout. And several times in between. Quick! Keep changing it!

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

mr_lizard13 Blame the user... (245 comments)

Instead of blaming the user, perhaps the *biggest and most successful software company in the world* can do something to help.

1) Bake-in a password-generator tool into IE (along the lines of 1Password).

2) Don't make the software update system suck balls so people want to turn it off.

On the former point, I know this isn't a magic bullet solution. You still need to remember a password. But it's one password, not 37. It at least makes it easier.

On the latter point, I have automatic updates turned on. Two things happen: the updates don't always download and install automatically (I am often bugged by security center telling me there are critical updates available - sometimes they just don't install automatically) and I often have to wait at log off and logon while updates are configured. That's beyond annoying.

I know 1 & 2 above won't solve the issue for everyone, but. The biggest software company in the world. C'mon. You can do better. Try harder. If we still suck at computers after that then fine, blame the user.

about 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

mr_lizard13 The Enterprise (305 comments)

It seems to me that the a key goal was to get battery life decent and keep the weight [of devices] down.'

And that's exactly what the priorities should be for portable devices.

His analysis on RT's chance of success: 'I think you can take Windows RT off the table for enterprises,' he said."

Why? Apple's iPad doesn't support the feature set that Cherry describes either, and yet it's become the fastest growing tablet in the enterprise. In fact, it's the only tablet device with any traction in that space at all. Something like 60% of the Fortune 500 have deployed iPad or have a deployment plan in the trial stages. When did that last happen with a piece of technology less than 2 years old?

There are plenty of reasons why I think Microsoft's efforts in tablets won't be successful, but the iPad's success has shown that not supporting a core Windows feature set needn't be one of them.

about 2 years ago
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British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

mr_lizard13 Re:How does this help? (255 comments)

You could opt-in per device, as each device on the subnet could be directly addressed by the ISP's server.

That way, Dad could opt in his iPad while keeping son's Laptop opted-out.

about 2 years ago
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New Targeted Mac OS X Trojan Requires No User Interaction

mr_lizard13 Rubbish names. (322 comments)

Kaspersky refers to it as 'Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a' while Sophos calls it at 'SX/Sabpab-A.'

Those names are very un-Apple. How about just 'iTrojan'.

Or, to avoid confusion with the previous trojan...

'The New iTrojan.'

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Passes EU Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing

mr_lizard13 Cool for cats. (137 comments)

Thank goodness it passed the cat rubbing test. We Europeans love rubbing electronic devices on our cats.

about 2 years ago
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British Government To Grant Warrantless Trawl of Communications Data

mr_lizard13 Time for a Royal Coup! (82 comments)

We need Her Majesty to save her subjects and overthrow this government.

about 2 years ago

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iPhone 4 Face Time video sex chat service launches

mr_lizard13 mr_lizard13 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mr_lizard13 (882373) writes "Gizmodo points out this Craiglist ad for a new video sex chat service using iPhone's new Face Time feature.
According to the ad, the successful applicant will receive a free iPhone 4.

Let's hope they fix that reception problem when holding it in your left hand..."

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Scientists Want Your MacBook for Earthquake Detect

mr_lizard13 mr_lizard13 writes  |  about 6 years ago

mr_lizard13 writes "Wired.com are running a story detailing how seismologists are looking to harness the accelerometers in modern laptops, including MacBooks and Thinkpads, as well as other devices to create a worldwide grid of earthquake detectors


"Usually these sensors are buried underground, generating much of the data seismologists use to model earthquakes. So in 2006 when Cochran saw a program called SeisMac, a light went on. SeisMac uses the accelerometers in Mac computers to let people shake their computers and watch the motion translated on screen into a graph. Cochran wondered if the same technology could be used in earthquake sensing, and suggested the idea to colleagues at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where she was working at the time".

The hardest part of submitting this story was deciding whether to choose 'Technology' or 'Quake' as the subject."

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Etch A Sketch clock draws time

mr_lizard13 mr_lizard13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_lizard13 writes "Engadget runs a story about a modded Etch A Sketch that can draw, and redraw, the time each minute.

The site is also carrying a video of the toy drawing 11.41 and moving onto 11.42. Pretty neat stuff."

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MacBookAir.com registered by Arn of MacRumors.com

mr_lizard13 mr_lizard13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_lizard13 writes "Speculation is rife about tommorows impending Stevenote presentation. Will he announce a MacBook Air? Meanwhile, Apple have been snapping up macbookair.net, .biz, and a bunch of other TLDs. But not .com? According to 9to5mac.com, Arn of Macrumors have beaten them to it!"
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