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Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

timmyf2371 Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (65 comments)

The internet simply changes the impulse buying method.

Instead of catalogues and shelves full of impulse buy items, we now have recommended purchases which other users bought, the ability to buy things without even taking out your debit/credit card and flash sales.

4 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

timmyf2371 Re:No (191 comments)

FUD? Perhaps they saw what happened to the Snapchat users who used a third party client which uploaded their photos to their own server and are acting now to ensure users only use the official version.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

timmyf2371 Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (148 comments)

I remember the joys of Microsoft Office 2003 (and earlier).

It was great being able to select Paste Special from the Edit Menu and painstakingly selecting the options I wanted. It was so much more intuitive than clicking on the arrow under the paste and quickly selecting the appropriate option.

Or how it was easier to go into the formatting box when all you wanted to do was to increase or decrease the number of decimal places, compared to the modern way of simply using the correct button on the home tab.

If you had never used Office prior to 2003, would you instinctively know where to find the option to hide gridlines in Excel? Or that the option to group and outline was under the Data Menu and not the View Menu? I think not.

If you feel that the ribbon UI is a "click and hope funfest", perhaps you need to spend more time using Microsoft Office and learning where things are. It took me a few weeks back in 2010 and now I fly through the ribbons far quicker than I could hope to find the correct menu.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

timmyf2371 Re:Yes (302 comments)

Computers and the internet are the important things in life...

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

timmyf2371 Re:a better question (592 comments)

Hardware-wise, the Apple trackpads are superior to ones designed to work with PCs. However, the Apple trackpads are limited to two fingered use on non-Apple operating systems through the use of crippled drivers and therefore something like a Logitech T650 is far superior when using a non-Apple OS.

about two weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

timmyf2371 Perspective of an iOS user (598 comments)

First of all, iTunes.

I dislike it and refuse to install it on my PC. It's bloated and not user friendly. It clearly epitomises Apple's philosophy of making the user do things Apple's way. It's well overdue for a rethink and I expect to see that come soon.

With regards to iOS, it is on the cusp of greatness. It has some very nice features, it's user interface is fluid and easy to use and the design works well.

However, they need to take some time to make everything work well together and make the OS and apps more integrated.

For example:

- If users want to access my music stored in Dropbox or Google Drive or even a samba share, facilitate a method of saving that into the music library.
- Let users backup photos to Dropbox or Onedrive in the background as with iCloud backup. It's a real waste of time having to keep the app open and the screen unlocked.
- Similarly, let users sync music and videos in third party apps which permit it. Like Spotify and Plex.
- Third party app defaults would be pretty cool. Like being able to select Chrome or Gmail as default apps.
- Allow a bit more customisation such as changing control centre quick options.

It's really frustrating as Apple could come out with the best features in the world, but as long as they impose these arbitrary restrictions, iOS will always feel hamstrung.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

timmyf2371 Re:Slander? (256 comments)

My understanding of the UK's law on slander and libel is that if you are accused of such an act, you simply have to show that what you said is true.

I don't think that's a bad thing.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

timmyf2371 Re:Fix it? (171 comments)

I think a bad launch is probably irreversible. I didn't pre-order the game but planned to buy it on my next payday after release; I ended up not doing so.

If they patch it up and fix the bugs (and it gets good reviews), I'll buy it pre-owned and the money will go to the retailer/person selling the game.

about 2 months ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

timmyf2371 Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (415 comments)

Sometimes attendance at an event is mandatory, even though undesirable. Company-wide briefings by Senior Managers, for example. I don't mind checking a notification discretely on my Pebble, but I would never pull my phone out and make it obvious.

about 3 months ago
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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

timmyf2371 Price needs to be realistic (low) (225 comments)

For this to work and reach a mass market, the price needs to be (i) realistic and (ii) generate an impulse purchase.

There are too many subscription services out there; everyone wants their £5 per month or £7.99 per month or £9.99 per month, and it all adds up. I think an ad-free YouTube at £1.99 per month would entice a lot of people. Any more would probably not be worth it.

BTW, Adblock is great and I love it. But it doesn't stop the adverts which sometimes play before a video when I'm using the YouTube app on my iPhone.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

timmyf2371 Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

Their iPhone is stolen from Sony's blue-prints, for example.

I saw this a while back and the similarity is certainly striking. It raises the question as to why Sony hasn't seen the same success as Apple, if the iPhone is a mere copy of Sony's design.

about 5 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

timmyf2371 Re:Too many zeroes (312 comments)

On the continent, the thousand separator is typically the full stop instead of the comma, so the actual fine amount would be €250k (and not €250).

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

timmyf2371 Opportunity Cost (544 comments)

You don't tell us the question you asked your survey respondents so I'm making the assumption that you asked a simple question to see if people prefer a slideout or virtual keyboard. It would have been more interesting to ask users if they would still prefer a slideout keyboard at the expense of extra thickness and cost when compared to the non-slideout model.

Back in the day, I loved my Nokia N97's slideout keyboard; it was one of the best mobile keyboards I've had the pleasure to use. But I wouldn't want to swap the thickness of my current phone for a qwerty - it's just too much of a tradeoff.

about 6 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

timmyf2371 Re:Apple no saint with 2 year disposable iPads (288 comments)

Turns out the iPad still worked after two years, only for the user to feel that they had to replace it.

Is this an Apple issue, or a user issue?

about 6 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

timmyf2371 Not Unique, pretty much standard (482 comments)

Smartphones are like most other consumer electronic goods which need some form of service contract to get the most out of.

- Satellite/Cable box - free, but you can pay more to get a PVR.
- DSL/Cable Modem - free, but you can pay more to get a fancy WiFi router.
- Smartphone - free, but you can pay more to get a better model.

Not sure what the difference is and why this key point was missed in the blog.

about 9 months ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

timmyf2371 Re:fuck me (125 comments)

Depends how you define free.

When I'm stuck on a complex Excel or Access issue (typically involving a complex formula or macro), most of the time there is a forum thread where someone has solved the problem already and I can learn from this and integrate it into my formula or code.

The same cannot be said of Google Docs and as my time is not free, the cost of MS Office suddenly looks a lot more appealing.

about 10 months ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

timmyf2371 Re:Stealing? (197 comments)

The employer then essentially provides a spec (which is often just a extremely vague set of requirements) and a monthly salary. We can therefore say that most of the software is created by the creative talent and skill (the raw material and machines in your analogy) of the developers. Does the work created by the software dev still completely belong to the employer for a few thousand dollars because of a few words written in the employment contract? I think not! Most of software is written by developers with little contribution from the employer and therefore should be licensed to the employer the same way a song is licensed by the musicians to record labels, how writers license their books to publishers etc.

Isn't the developer in this case more like the builder/engineer who takes an architect's vision and merely implements it?

In most large organisations the developers are not the UI designers and although their code may well be creative, they are not the ones behind the creative work as a whole.

about 10 months ago
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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

timmyf2371 Re:Why is the lens still plastic? (70 comments)

Most people I know don't usually upgrade their phone because of the camera; they do it in spite of the camera.

Now, you might see some people in the market for a new phone decide on a specific model because it has a good camera, but these are people already looking to replace their phone for other reasons.

about 10 months ago
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BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

timmyf2371 Re:Rewards the hacker (104 comments)

In this situation, the organisation was not merely unlucky. The data was not stored securely at all and this was made worse by the fact that they had not carried out a proper assessment of the data storage techniques. The DPA is very strict and rightly so - it is our personal information which is at risk here.

All too often there are stories of charitable organisations cutting corners and thinking they can get away with it. This fine is a message that organisations, regardless of purpose, will be treated equally in the eyes of the law.

What I find incredibly offensive is that the charity's CEO didn't even apologise to the 10,000 innocent victims whose data was lost as a result of his organisation's failings. Instead he is trying to shift the attention onto the ICO and try to portray themselves as victims.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

timmyf2371 Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Both of your examples include lovely tower cases, which you and I may well be perfectly happy with.

The target audience for the Mac Mini is probably looking for something a bit more refined and in keeping with the Mac Mini case. This adds additional cost, not only from the case but also from the additional cost of smaller components (e.g. small form factor motherboard, 2.5" HDD).

about a year ago

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