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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

tcr Re:Noisy annoying environment (455 comments)

Damn right. I spent a decade in various cube farm environments, they are horrible, productivity-killing and soul-killing places. Never Again.

My place has switched from "open plan" to "open plan with hotdesking".
A cube?
The same cube every day, where you can leave stuff?
I'd take that!

about 2 years ago

Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

tcr Re:Writing on the wall (295 comments)

Those greenhorn fools should have realized that Due Diligence means running the acquisition past some AC on a message board.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

tcr Re:What the fuck (295 comments)

Those two are not technically software companies.

Apple is a hardware company that makes great software.

Google is an advertising company that makes great software.

Microsoft is a software company that makes shabby software.

more than 2 years ago

Google Warned Samsung Galaxy Tab Was "Too Similar"

tcr Re:Lots of good reasons not to buy Apple (251 comments)

If it wasn't for that "low budget shit", you would still have a half-assed notification system. Stop pretending it isn't a two way street. Competition pressures the vendors and benefits the consumers. This is great for everyone, except dumbass fanbois.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

tcr Re:Bose (448 comments)

Thanks.... interesting link. I had a few pairs of ER4P's. Fantastic sound, but I found the build quality was no match for my daily use (wire would eventually fracture - mono no fun). I got sick of replacing them at such high cost, and found that Klipsch X1's gave me 60-70% of the fidelity at a fraction of the cost... so no biggie getting replacements from Amazon if something broke.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Could Soon Start To Twist Google's Arm

tcr Strange analysis... (214 comments)

'Consider the Kindle Fire example: Just like Amazon picked the Android lock, Samsung could grab the Android Open Source code and create its own unlicensed but fully legal smartphone OS and still benefit from a portion of Android apps, or it could build its own app store the way Amazon did,'

I wouldn't call forking an Open Source project "picking the lock".

The Kindle Fire has no camera, GPS, or core Google apps (Maps, Gmail, Talk, Voice, Google+, etc)

Samsung's success has been through shipping flagship devices, not crippled ones at rock bottom prices.

about 3 years ago

Why We Agonize Over Buying $1 Apps

tcr Re:SHOULD "Apps" Cost Something? (523 comments)

No, you'd have 15 minutes to take a sip and decide whether you want an unconditional refund for the coffee.

more than 3 years ago

German Court Issues Injunction Against iPhone & iPad

tcr Re:Doling out power (349 comments)

Uh, I think you mean 'aides'.

more than 3 years ago

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

tcr Re:patent shield (578 comments)

Just looked at the Motorola site. They have 24,500 patents granted and pending in 2G, 3G, 4G, H.264, MPEG-4, 802.11, NFC.

With the codec ones, there could be some benefit for WebM too....

more than 3 years ago

RIM Struggles Continue

tcr Re:People still buy blackberries? (197 comments)

It's worth noting that companies like VMware are working on virtualization technology for Android. This would allow handsets to switch between work and home OS images, allowing consumer handsets to be used during work time as secure corporate handsets.

It's possible this could become attractive to the enterprise... no BES, and you can repurpose equipment the employee already owns.

more than 3 years ago

Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

tcr Re:He raises a valid concern and offers a solution (384 comments)

I think the whole article is a shallow attempt to differentiate Motorola amongst Android vendors.
Motoblur is great because it can show you what's using the battery?
So can Menu/Settings/Applications/Battery use.

I'd agree with the point several on this thread have made.
It's better to naturally downvote the apps that don't follow best practice, rather than ask Google to be a super-draconian gatekeeper. Some of us avoid Apple products for a reason!

more than 3 years ago

Murdoch Voicemail Hacking Story 'Ain't Over Yet'

tcr Re:Huh? (113 comments)

They hacked mobile phone voicemail. Was a pretty simple "hack" for most, some was social engineered afaik.

Perhaps even simpler than that...

I'm amazed the carriers haven't come in for any criticism. Voicemail accounts could be accessed from any phone by entering a PIN - and they were mostly preset to a default, such as '1111' or '1234'. In these cases, you just needed the phone number of the celebrity. Call the remote voicemail service, enter the PIN, and you'd be in.

I remember working for a cellphone reseller in 1997, and being surprised by this. The company leased handsets to the stars of certain soap operas, and the customer care peeps were listening to voicemails down the pub of an evening.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Wins a Round In Patent Battle With Nokia

tcr Re:Seems clear to me (90 comments)

They founded Apple Corps...

The only reason it's apple-anything is because of the lame pun. Apple Corps... Apple core. Geddit? Must have been funny in the Sixties, or something.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Android User Interface Development

tcr Re:Money saver (111 comments)

FWIW, the title is also available on O'Reilly Safari.

more than 3 years ago

From Redmond With Love

tcr Re:Rivalry (140 comments)

Let's hope Legal didn't get in on it too, since Firefox supports tabbed browsing and MS are patent trolling.

Did they check inside the cake for a sinister envelope?

more than 3 years ago

Google Spends $1 Million For Throttling Detection

tcr Re:Yah! (99 comments)

Ah, 3. That old chestnut.

What would the results be like if the most popular search algorithm could be trivially gamed?

Look in your spam folder to find out.


more than 3 years ago

Google Asks USPTO To Reexamine Four Oracle Patents

tcr Re:Obvious things (122 comments)

Except it's search code would be worthless if publically available. It would be trivial to game it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Declines To Turn Over Harvested Wi-Fi Data

tcr Re:Should have deleted it from the start (201 comments)

I wouldn't say they didn't need the data...
SSIDs are geopoints are required if you're going to put together your own aGPS service as an alternative to SkyHook.

more than 4 years ago



Nortel patents go to Apple, MS, RIM and others

tcr tcr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tcr (39109) writes "A consortium that includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has been successful in its bid for the Nortel patent portfolio. The winning bid was $4.5 billion.

Unsurprisingly, TechCrunch predict this could result in a slew of lawsuits directed at Android, but also report that the auction result is likely to undergo scrutiny from the US courts."

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