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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

obarthelemy Poor Apple (176 comments)

It seems they've picked "privacy" as a fighting point vs Google. They don't seem to realize that people either
1- don't care anyway
2- care, and know Apple is bullshitting.


Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

obarthelemy Apple do drop tests ? (202 comments)

Really ?

Really !

Really ?

Really ??

Really !!

2 days ago

Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

obarthelemy Re:With no power comes little responsability (117 comments)

from wikipedia:

"A bully pulpit is a position sufficiently conspicuous to provide an opportunity to speak out and be listened to."
Not to "do", not to "enforce".. just to "be heard".

Sounds apt to me.

about two weeks ago

Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

obarthelemy With no power comes little responsability (117 comments)

This sounds mostly political, then a bit managerial, then a teeny weeny bit technical. And from what I've read before, that post is mostly a bully pulpit with 0 effective power.

I'm sure each and every budgeting unit have their own systems, their own standards, their own teams, and their own kickbacks -sorry, suppliers. Standardizing, rationalizing and unifying all that is a bit technical, but, mostly, political.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

obarthelemy The question makes no sense. (167 comments)

It's way too imprecise. For the staples, has regularly "best of" lists.

about two weeks ago

MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

obarthelemy Re:no price? (88 comments)

What makes the Pi attractive is relative openness.
There are a lot way more powerful Android sticks that end up cheaper ( , $43 w/8GB Flash, WiFi, BT and a PSU are included)
The hardware could be more open, but the libraries and documentation for the CPU/pinouts, and above all the GPU, would require a lot of work and hit a lot of walls. It's telling that the Pi's competitors are all chipset-maker driven.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

obarthelemy As a sales guy (ducks) (548 comments)

I work for consulting firms, selling both flesh-by-the-month and fixed-budget custom dev/integration. Here's what I'd like begining devs to know:

1- be presentable. Be clean, pleasant, non-threatening (agreed, that means be lame. Lame is good). You don't *have* to wear a suit and tie (though if you want to move up, you probably should), but at least clean jeans (chinos is much better) and a top with a collar (polo is OK). "Town" shoes are much better than hiking or sport shoes. Needing to express your personality by shocking others is pretty much a dead-end. It's not "look how much you need me that I can bug you by being an ass", it's "look how much I'm sabotaging myself by making my self be a problem".

2- don't be afraid to say "no" and "I don't know". And don't say anything else instead (like "yes" or "this idea/tech sucks"). If your client/boss is asking for unrealistic, impossible stuff, just say so, or at least say you need to check, don't accept. Saying you can't do something, or something is undoable, will hurt you and others a lot less than accepting and then not delivering. Also, "I can't do it" and "it's undoable" are not the same. Maybe you need help from someone else. Maybe you need training.

3- Be proactive. Learn new skills and try to help people around you. You boss mainly. If you spot a problem or a potential sale, say so. Don't make a huge issue out of it, don't get frustrated if it doesn't get top priority, but do point out issues, and if you can, solutions.

4- be patient. Many youngsters have this mental image of where they want to get, and how good they are. You'll probably get there, but not in 6 months. You *will* have to work on nonsensical doomed projects, with idiots as coworkers and bosses. That doesn't prevent you from building skills (technical, personal , organizational), networking and building up your brand...

about a month ago

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 2 months ago

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

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

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

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

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago



MS still doesn't get "mobile"

obarthelemy obarthelemy writes  |  about a year ago

obarthelemy (160321) writes "The dismal ratings of the PlayStore's "" 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 and a half 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 ?"

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."

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.



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