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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

s7uar7 Re:Embrace or Expire? (337 comments)

What were they doing buying Nokia, then?

about a month ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

s7uar7 Re:My uninformed guess (89 comments)

My uninformed guess is that they realized that most people didn't know that the 'Google Drive' app was for document editing, and with the release of Office for iPad they wanted to make they had a visible competitor.

about 5 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

s7uar7 Re:simple fix on android (293 comments)

"simple". Not something my parents could do (nor would I expect them to).

about 8 months ago

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

s7uar7 Chargeback (405 comments)

Businesses hate chargebacks, they cost them money. If you're ever in dispute about a credit card charge and you've given a company a fair chance to resolve it just call your credit card provider and dispute the charge.

about 7 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

s7uar7 Re:Best guesses... (255 comments)

Google wouldn't intentionally cause discomfort for its userbase without a good reason

A year ago I would have agreed with you, but after having used the now much-crippled Android Google Maps app I can't help thinking there's been a change of leader there to one whose vision for the product doesn't match the users' use of it.

about 8 months ago

World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

s7uar7 Not entirely correct (166 comments)

I'm pretty sure that the world's largest ship has floated before.

about 10 months ago

Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

s7uar7 Re:Another reason not to fly (unless you HAVE to) (466 comments)

Out of interest, how long did it take between arriving at the station and boarding the train? There must be a distance at which it becomes more time effective to use the train instead of a plane, especially considering that many stations are right in the centre of towns and cities.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

s7uar7 I disagree slightly on the documentation (473 comments)

Don't document what your code does, I can (usually) tell that from reading it. Document why it does what it does.

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

s7uar7 What's the problem that the redesign fixes? (1191 comments)

Most of us here are cynical old(ish) tech guys and gals that value content over form; the content on /. being the comments, not the 2 and 3 day old stories. Has anyone actually complained about a problem with the current design or is this just (another) redesign for the sake of a redesign?

about a year ago

Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

s7uar7 Re:Does it do custom folders? (193 comments)

...if you hunt around you will be able to find third party DRM removal plugins, so when your old DRM device dies, or your old format with DRM goes out of use, you can convert to almost any other format and leave the DRM behind.

I would recommend doing this before your device dies or the DRM goes out of use. Some formats require an active DRM server to decode against.

1 year,27 days

The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)

s7uar7 What's the business model? (93 comments)

I landed on Feedly after trying the Old Reader but what worries me for all of these Google Reader alternatives is that they appear to have no business model past 'get loads of people to sign up.'

about a year ago

Why JavaScript On Mobile Is Slow

s7uar7 Only a short-term problem (407 comments)

The only way to get "silver bullet" memory management is the same way we do it on the desktopâ"by having 10x more memory than your program really needs

Give it a couple of years and that's exactly what will happen. Problem 'worked around'.

about a year ago

Google Updates Maps, Makes First Stable Chrome Release Using WebKit Fork

s7uar7 Re:And yet... (62 comments)

Yes, every so often Chrome gets itself in a mess and just sits there with 'waiting for cache' while the disk chugs away. I can only think that everyone working on Chrome has a machine with a super-fast SSD and don't notice any problems themselves.

about a year ago

How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

s7uar7 Re:I've been trying to get permission for 10 years (128 comments)

If it's not there already then there needs to be a 'reasonable endeavour' clause. If you can show that you've gone out of your way to track down a copyright owner without success - and it certainly sounds as if you have - then you should be allowed to publish and have a defence against any action should the copyright holder suddenly appear. I suppose the only difficulty would be defining what constitutes reasonable endeavour.

about a year ago

Google Street View Backpack Now Available To Volunteers

s7uar7 Google is not a charity (108 comments)

I started using Map Maker when it was released here in the UK a couple of months ago. I stopped when I questioned why I was giving my time, knowledge and expertise to a private company for free.

about a year ago

Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

s7uar7 Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

IIRC, Google even went so far as to not close their body and html tags back then because all the browsers still rendered the page correctly and it saved them a few bytes per page.

about a year ago

Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands

s7uar7 Re:India ? (273 comments)

Stop spreading FUD about UK hospitals. This is the actual truth, but I guess that doesn't match either your views on Islam or socialised healthcare.

about a year ago

Haswell Integrated Graphics Promise 2-3X Performance Boost

s7uar7 Re:Sigh... And on the general computing side... (133 comments)

I use a 5 year old Q6600 for my everyday computing and only now starting to feel a little sluggish. I suspect that with more RAM and/or an SSD it could quite happily chug along for another 2 or 3 years.

about a year ago

Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

s7uar7 Nexus 4 - 4.7in - is as big as I would want (320 comments)

The Nexus 4 is my first touch-screen phone and I wouldn't want anything larger. I can just stretch my thumb across the whole screen while holding it with one hand; any larger and I would either need to use two hands or be prone to dropping it.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

s7uar7 Re:Fingerprints different for twins (626 comments)

I'm pretty sure the French police have probably thought of that...

about a year and a half ago


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