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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

obarthelemy Not really, not yet (381 comments)

I loved consolidating my watch, PDA, phone, and media player into a smartphone. Yo make me go the other way, a gizmo would have to provide very strong utility. Not alerts, not exercise data, not a duplicate of the remote that's already on my headset, not a teaser of stuff that I need to go to my phone to really use/act upon.

I've narrowed it down to either universal ID (for logins, PINs, locks...) or doing what my smartphone does, only hands-free. Not holding my breath...

about a month ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

obarthelemy Re:Sounds DOA to me (121 comments)

Offline mode is not limited. Google docs for example is fully functional.
No clue about software development, whether connected or not. That's not really the target, anyway.

about 3 months ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

obarthelemy Re:Sounds DOA to me (121 comments)

I've got an Android *desktop* (Minix X5), and it works surprisingly well.

The best thing is the ease of use -that does go hand-in-hand with limitations such as no multitasking-, but the Home and Back buttons work really well for non-techies; and the App selection is excellent.

Many games do have issues with the format (no touch, landscape only, lots of sensors ie gyro... lacking), but all others apps work well, and over half the games do too. Main gripe is the lack of a shortcut to zoom in/out.

about 3 months ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

obarthelemy Re:Sounds DOA to me (121 comments)

ChromeOs works w/o internet connexion.

about 3 months ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

obarthelemy Re:Product definition, they're doing it wrong (121 comments)

Thats false. All apps and data can be cached locally, and sync whenever you do get a connexion. An off-line Chromebook is fully functional.

about 3 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

obarthelemy Re:How is 'free to play' constricting? (115 comments)

"People aren't going to pay for stuff that they don't need". Say what ? You do realize there are whole industries about precisely that, right ? Entertainment, luxury, holiday travel...

"Charging money for every game would just assure that very few or none of them get played". Indeed, it's not as if there were a huge for-pay gaming industry on PCs and consoles. Oh, wait...

about 3 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

obarthelemy Who's saying ? (269 comments)

Of note:
1- F-Secure have no "security suite" for iOS- because that's not possible, Apple disallows it-. Guess what, they find threats where they have product to sell
2- Listing a grand total of Android viruses is very biased, most people are neither rooted nor using stores outside of Google Play. That takes aways almost all the viruses..

In the end, alarmist bullcrap with no basis in reality.

about 4 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

obarthelemy Lunch break too (477 comments)

I'm French, and I briefly worked for a Dutch firm. I was amazed at lunch in the break room: by the time I had finished my quick lunch (under an hour !) at least 3 Dutch colleagues had come and gone next to me.
Then again, they leave work much earlier than we do.

about 4 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

obarthelemy Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Most commercial medicine is approximately engineered poison, you understand that, right ?

about 4 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

obarthelemy Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Mmmm... when one actually listens to what the different gods say, yep, it does, whether positively or negatively iis another discussion though ^^

As for homeopathy vs medicine, I'm actually not convinced either way. I spent my youth on homeopathy w/o any major issues, and now that i'm sick, neither homeopathy nor commercial medicine are much help. I think even a placebo effect is enough in a lot of cases, and that commercial medicine is often akin to an elephant in a glassware store, randomly wreaking havoc while looking for an elusive cure.

about 4 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

obarthelemy Re:Disable player chat (704 comments)

Say whaaaaaat ? Being a racist misoginistc homophobic bigot is an individual choice, not imposed by society.

It's always a hoot to have the same people who argue sexuality is a choice, then argue that bigotry is natural.

about 5 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

obarthelemy Re: 35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

Spoken like someone who thinks his situation is everyone's. I know a lot of players with very under-specced rigs. And no SSD.

about 5 months ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

obarthelemy Network effect. (260 comments)

It's called the network effect: the benefits of all going to one single place outweigh the costs. Same as for going to the supermarket, using MS Office, speaking the same language... Facebook is mainly a blank slate, you put on it what you want (subdivided between audiences if you want) and link with whomever you want. Plus I'm not sure what the cost of going to FB is ? I don't do social networking, but if I did, I'd go to Facebook. Why bother with anything else when it's free, everybody's there, and there doesn't seem to be anything better around (G+ is a disgrace, the last few times I checked my "home" was mostly hangouts logs, which you can't turn off ?)

about 5 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

obarthelemy No 2 ways about it (983 comments)

1- if you need to backup 20 TB today, you need to budget for 40TB in the medium term.
2- a backup is off-line, off-site, tested, and multiple. The "multiple" part is pricey, and the other 3 you can get cheapest with a PC filled with HDs. Or two (I'm making do with one). $200 for the BC, $150 per 4TB HD x 5 = $950. Hide that backup in a place safe from theft, floods, fire...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

obarthelemy Re:Who Fucking Cares? (287 comments)

Indeed, Metro is both horrendous and confusing. You can save Windows 8.x with ClassicShell or equivalents, which put a real Start Menu back, though.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

obarthelemy I don't buy it (389 comments)

Actually, my elderly parents have the hardest time with Metro:
- no UI cues of what's clickable or not, what operations can be done
- no Back button
- very lacking apps
- very lacking live tiles
- very lacking Metro, you get dumped back into the Desktop all the time.

Metro was not designed for *any* user. It was designed to please the MS's drones' managers.

about 6 months ago
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S. Korea Diverts Network From Huawei Networks

obarthelemy Re:This is silly (76 comments)

What, and miss an opportunity to sell Cisco hardware instead of Huawei ? You don't know who pays for politicians' campaigns do you ?

about 6 months ago

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MS still doesn't get "mobile"

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  about a year ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "The dismal ratings of the PlayStore's "Outlook.com" mail app illustrate the challenges MS faces when trying to become relevant in the mobile space. That brand-new mail app illustrates what *not* to do:
- unannounced update from the generally-accepted Hotmail app. Hotmail just stopped working yesterday.
- limited to 1 month of messages
- no widget
- no themes
- horrendous ergonomics, with "menus" sometimes popping submenus, sometimes doing things straight away, with no hint as to which."

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2013: the year of Android on the desktop ?

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  about a year ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "While Ouya and Gamestick are having a go at consoles, even cheaper Android computers are quickly gaining traction as low-end desktops, HTPCs, and gaming consoles.

At $50 for a dual-core A9 computer with typically 720p to 1080p HDMI out, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, a SD slot, 2 to 3 USB ports, Wifi N, Bluetooth, and nothing else, the poetically named MK808B, MK802III, Neo G4, UG007 and their numerous ICS-running, PlayStore-equipped brethren have enough chops for basic Internet stuff, dlna/LAN/Airplay streaming, Skype, light Office work and light gaming and emulators. Basically, tablets in desktop's clothing.

While not having a touchscreen nor gyroscope nor accelerometer throws off quite a few games (the portrait aspect ratio doesn't help, either), almost all non-game software runs fine, as do about half the games. Surprisingly, Android has OK keyboard and mouse support (no right-click, tough), and most devices also support xbox and DualShock controllers, though few games actually take advantage of that.

No major OEM has launched a product yet, so a few small manufacturers (Minix, Rikomagic, Tronsmart...) are making a name for themselves. Upcoming quadcore, 2GB RAM refreshes with Android 4.2 might further boost interest.

Sent from my Minix Neo X5"

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Facebook France showing old private messages on some users' Timeline

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  about 2 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "Since midday, it seems some French Facebook users are seeing old private posts/messages pop up on their public Timeline. This has major /popcorn potential, if you've ever used FB's private messages to exchange secrets, talk behind someone's back, have an affair... or even talk business.

Facebook denies this being a security issue, so it's probably a bug. It's being investigated, in the mean time users are advised to disable the Timeline feature.

Cue ruminations about whether entrusting important communications and data to a third party that doesn't offer any king of guarantee, except the guarantee that it is selling them on, is wise."

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Ask Slashdot: iGoogle replacement ?

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "With iGoogle scheduled to close, I'm looking for another web site that can be my home:

on a single web page, and in any browser (no browser-specific extensions please)

- display multiple mail and webmail inboxes (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, and pro POP/IMAP)
- display Google Reader feeds (or a collection of RSS feeds directly, but Google Reader would be much better)
- and Google Calendar
- and Google Tasks

I have no clue why Google is discontinuing their home page service, but if that's what they want, I'll make my home somewhere else ^^"

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FOSS, Multiplatform replacement for Skype ?

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "Skype having just been borged, now may be a good time to edge our bets and look for a replacement. I'm *not* looking for for something that interfaces with POTS, but just a simple PC-to-PC video chat tool that is very easy to configure and use, reliable, multiplatform (my family has Windows, Linux, MacOS; iOS and Android would be nice extras), and has good video/voice quality. We're almost only skyping with each other.

What would you recommend ?"
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in-browser technical 3D graphics and plans ?

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "Is there a way to easily generate and integrate 3D graphics on a web page ?

I'm looking for an easy, standard, and if possible open way to be able to display a variety of non-interactive, but generated on the fly, 3D graphics within a web browser (including IE6, no flames please, not my call). We're looking to convert a large number of vertical technical apps from fat-client to web-based. One, if not the main, sticking point is visualization of 3D data, especially with IE6 still being the company standard (no chance to be able to change that). We do have a lot of non-official Firefox; plug-ins are frowned upon.

Java, Javascript, Flash, and PDF would certainly be OK. A more specific solution would have to offer very strong guarantees. I failed to find a ready-made toolkit though ?"

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Which Linux for non-techie Windows users ?

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "Having at last gotten Linux to run satisfactorily on my own PCs, I'd now like to start transitioning friends and family from XP to Linux instead of 7. The catch is, these guys don't understand nor care much about computers, so the transition has to be as seam- and pain-less as possible. Actually, they wont care for new things, even the upcoming upgrade to Seven would be a pain and a bother, which is a great opportunity for Linux. I'm not too concerned about software (most of them only need browser, IM, VLC, mail and a Powerpoint viewer for all those fascinating attachments). What I'm concerned about is OS look and feel and interface: system bar on the bottom with clock, trash, info on the right, menu on the left... menu items close to those of Windows...

Is it better to shoot for a very targeted distro ? Which ?
Are they themes/skins for mainstream distributions instead ?

I've been looking around the web, it's hard to gauge with distro is well-done and reasonably active, and which does not really work. Puppy Linux also looks good, different but so very easy I imagine I could 'sell' it.

I'm NOT asking whether it's good or bad for Linux to look and feel like Windows. Actually, I'm fairly convinced it is not a good thing, but I don't feel up to training handfuls of newbies and fielding tens of support calls."
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iPad margins 40-55%

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "Cost analysis show that Apple is making a nice margin of the iPad (40 to 50%), especially the high-end ones. Not as high as on the iPhone (60%), though.

main components breakdown goes like this:
- screen $100
- 16gigs RAM $25
- case $25
- CPU $15
- Bluetooth, Wifi $5
- assembly $10
- 3G modem (some versions) $16 (sold for $130)

Total for 16 Gig iPad = $270 (sold for $499), for 32 Gig + modem iPad = $332 (sold for $729). These costs do not include warranty, R&D, marketing, logistics....

As usual, margins for high-end versions go up very fast, especially with the 3G chip being sold at almost 90% margin.

Sources:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9150045/Apple_makes_208_on_each_499_iPad"

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