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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

thsths About time (162 comments)

In Google Voice it was free to call US numbers, but only while you were in the US. From abroad, you still had to pay for US calls. Google Voice had a lot of potential, but it never quite realised it. I hope this works better .

What I would like to know if there is some "call in" feature, too? Maybe not a phone number, but a way to call and then be connected to Google Hangouts.

about two weeks ago

Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

thsths No surprise, but a bad idea (97 comments)

Mushrooms used to be grown on horse manure, and I doubt they are very "selective". So this is no surprise.

However, it is well known to be a bad idea. You do not grow food for human consumption on human feces, because the risk of contamination is too high. Horse manure is ok, as is growing animal fodder on human feces.

And there are better schemes to get rid of old diapers - since they are rich in high quality cellulose that can be used after a good clean.

about two weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

thsths Re:ITT... (312 comments)

It is a bit borderline, but I don't think it is illegal. The difference is that car pooling is not for profit. Even if you are nice and pay for it, it is typically just a contribution to the cost.

about three weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

thsths Re:ITT... (312 comments)

Actually in Germany the insurance *will* cover any damages, but it may try to recover the payment from the driver. Which seems perfectly reasonable to me. Of course drivers should pick the right insurance, just like I pay a bit extra to be able to use my car for normal business travel (not transportation).

about three weeks ago

Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

thsths Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (98 comments)

The first part is also pragmatic. Releasing a security fix is a lot of work, not just for the developers, but also for everybody else. So you only do that if you have reasonable suspicion that the bug is a security risk. They were good reasons to believe that it is not the case here, although in the end they did not apply in every situation.

If you treat every bug as a security issue, you end up with the Google situation where only one version, the latest, is ever supported. And for libc that is not an acceptable option.

about three weeks ago

Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

thsths Re:Poll idea (106 comments)

I had some pre-1.0 versions, but no internet connection. The first version I really used was 1.0.8 -nli one via the university 128kBit link. Luckily that got better soon afterwards.

And later I was really excited about KDE 1.0. I think it had many good ideas and was quite nice to use, if a bit RAM hungry. Unfortunately many of those nice ideas got removed in KDE 2.0 :-(

about a month ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

thsths Re:Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (183 comments)

>All hardware is prone to not coming back up after the power was cut (or turned off in the case of a laptop I have), SSD is not special in this.

But OCZ SSDs were. The failure of OCZ drives doubled the industry average failure rate, that is how bad they were. Returns were in the double digit percents.

And still I hear your statement that this could happen to any company. Which is true. But OCZ ignored the problem and pretended it did not exist, instead of showing a bit of generosity towards the (rightly) disappointed customers. This I will not forget, and like me many others.

about a month ago

Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

thsths Write once (254 comments)

run anywhere.

Unless you have the wrong Java version. Or it turns out to be not quite as portable as promised. Or there is an issue with security settings. Or you are in Russia.

about a month and a half ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

thsths Re:I think this means (255 comments)

Consider that we are only realizing this now though, years later. Lack of information was a huge problem at the time.

Yes, but that is a well known problem. In every core meltdown, lack of information has been a serious issue. Guess why? Because the sensors melt, too. An expert may be able to guess what is going on, but it is beyond the skill of a typical operator.

about a month and a half ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

thsths Re:Is anybody surprised? (255 comments)

Non-nuclear power has well known consequences. An important one for coal is the release of mercury, lead and radon (!) into the atmosphere. Of course industry has downplayed it, but it is very easy to verify.

As for state owned power - it depends on whether you trust the system. If it is totalitarian, so is the management of power plants.

about a month and a half ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

thsths Is anybody surprised? (255 comments)

In case of a nuclear accident, the industry will always downplay and deny everything that is not perfectly obvious. Has always been, and probably will always be. This is the main reason I do not trust nuclear power that is run for profit.

about a month and a half ago

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

thsths Re:Until Google comes clean (114 comments)

Which is exactly why politicians cannot touch the NSA. It is a typical problem when the secret service gets too powerful. Nothing new here.

about a month and a half ago

Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

thsths Re: What B&N needs (51 comments)

I have both, and the Kindle has an easy of use about it that more flexible Nook cannot match.

Easy of use can be much more important than most geeks think.

about 3 months ago

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

thsths Re:THIS is a potentially "huge score" for Linux (143 comments)

No, the year of the Linux desktop is over.

We used to have Gnome 2, KDE 2 and 3, OpenOffice, Mozilla, Flash Player and many useful tools against Windows XP. It was superior technology, but the impact was limited (LiMuX?).

OpenOffice is in ruins (and hardly better than 10 years ago), the Gnome community is split, and KDE keeps getting fatter. Meanwhile Windows 7 is a half decent operating system, and Office 2007 has upped the game considerably. Even Google targets Linux only for some of their products.

The battle for the desktop is over and lost.

about 3 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

thsths Re:The Nook is/was excellent (321 comments)

Yes, it is the Amazon store integration that makes the Kindle so great. Buying a book and reading it is a very seamless experience, no matter how you buy it.

The Nook is much more flexible, but also much more complicated to use. And once it is rooted, it gets worse (plus you are stuck on an absolutely ancient version of Android). There is a lot of potential in the Nook, but it is just not quite there yet.

about 4 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

thsths Re:Death by Committee (220 comments)

I completely agree. W3C seems to be always behind reality, trying to describe it, but not define it. IETF did a lot of very useful work, but they have been branching out into rather obscure protocols recently. Where is HTTP/1.2? Surely HTTP/1.1 is not perfect?

And Google did what Google does: they threw together a prototype and checked how it would work. And it seems it is working very well for them, but maybe not so much for others.

I would also advocate to separate some of the concerns. Transmitting huge amount of bulk data is a problem that is (mostly) solved with HTTP/1.1. Encryption less so, session tracking is a bit of a pain, and server push is really ugly in HTTP/1.1.

PS: Concerning the original submission, there is nothing wrong with encrypting cookies. Instead it is the proper thing to do if you do not trust the client, which you should never do.

about 4 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

thsths Re:question (322 comments)

I did not matter one bit when XP was released, it matters when a better alternative was available. Windows 7 is not even 5 years old, and 4 years ago Windows XP was still being sold with new netbooks. Those machines do not even run Windows 7 properly unless you upgrade the RAM.

about 4 months ago

US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

thsths Re:better idea (193 comments)

> we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

You don't? That does not align with my experience. How about Syria or Cuba?

about 4 months ago

On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

thsths Re:The root problem is... (108 comments)

Actually Bing is not bad. For many general queries it is just as good as Google. Just with those very specific ones it seems to struggle a bit more than Google.

The main reason I do not use Bing is that it is just one step away from that ghastly portal called MSN. I neither need reactionary news nor the latest celebrity gossip...

about 4 months ago


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