Microsoft Surface Drowning?
What were they doing buying Nokia, then?
Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch
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.
Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
"simple". Not something my parents could do (nor would I expect them to).
Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service
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.
Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps
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.
World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time
I'm pretty sure that the world's largest ship has floated before.
Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers
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.
Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?
Don't document what your code does, I can (usually) tell that from reading it. Document why it does what it does.
Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
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?
Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development
...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.
The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)
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.'
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'.
Google Updates Maps, Makes First Stable Chrome Release Using WebKit Fork
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.
How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear
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.
Google Street View Backpack Now Available To Volunteers
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.
Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death
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.
Hospital Resorts To Cameras To Ensure Employees Wash Hands
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.
Haswell Integrated Graphics Promise 2-3X Performance Boost
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.
Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?
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.
French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults
I'm pretty sure the French police have probably thought of that...
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