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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 3 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 3 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months 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 8 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

timmyf2371 Re:Chinese Stamp? (184 comments)

Don't know about their other products, but much of the iPhone is manufactured in the US. The RF Chip, Audio Chip, Gorilla Glass, CPU and other controller chips are all made in the US.

about 8 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

timmyf2371 Re: what price increases? (424 comments)

What was the Blu Ray scam? I'm not aware of this.

I've lived through the VHS, DVD and Blu Ray eras and each technology has significantly higher quality than the last. These days I tend to download my movies for free instead of buying the Blu Ray and when I do I always look for the highest quality 1080p version because it is so much higher quality than even upscaled DVD versions.

about 8 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

timmyf2371 Re:bad engineering? (526 comments)

In short, VLC is not the problem here. It is the idiot user expecting to be able to turn everything up to 11 and not damage something on a shitty Dell laptop.

If I buy an electronic item and use it in accordance with the instructions, then I expect it to work in line with my expectations.

Does this make me an idiot user?

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

timmyf2371 Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I just wanted to say thanks for signposting AvantSlash, it looks interesting.

I really dislike the mobile interface and the classic interface on mobile is unusable because I have to scroll right and left to actually read anything.

When I get some spare time to set it up I'll give it a try.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

timmyf2371 Re:Well.... (249 comments)

When I built my new PC I had the choice of which Windows version to install on it. I've used Windows 7 in the past and have Windows 8 on my work laptop.

So I went with 8.1 through choice. I *like* the Start screen, it's much more visual than previous incarnations of the start menu. Can't say I'm too bothered with the live tiles on a desktop machine, and still don't get the point of the charms bar. As an overall OS however, when taking into account the Start screen and the Explorer ribbon UI, I would choose it every time over previous versions of Windows.

about 9 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

timmyf2371 Re:still exist, but... (474 comments)

Who do you think manufactures Apple's computers, if not the likes of Foxconn and Pegatron?

about 9 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

timmyf2371 Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

It isn't the responsibility of those with disabilities (such as poor eyesight) to adapt. It is the responsibility of organisations to make adjustments for us.

If I can afford $1500 for Google Glasses, then it probably means I don't have any budget left for a spare pair of "normal" glasses. If you want to comply with your obligations under the various disability discrimination laws, then you better be prepared to provide me with a suitable pair of glasses which match my prescription. Otherwise I will be wearing my Google Glasses.

about 9 months ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

timmyf2371 Re:When will companies be held liable? (137 comments)

My main reason for using the Starbucks app is so that I don't have yet another card taking up space in my wallet (by using a Starbucks card you get a free drink every so often, as well as eligibility for gold membership which gives you free syrups and extra shots).

More importantly though, why do you think this only affected two people? Even computer novices know how to use a smartphone and I think you would be surprised at how often I see some old geezer using an app to pay for something or check in somewhere.

about 9 months ago
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EU Copyright Reform: Your Input Is Needed!

timmyf2371 Re:Warning to the EU, from Canada (154 comments)

But as they say, "Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."

I suspect this was probably aimed at Government representatives & bodies, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

I would argue that this equally applies to the lazy citizens who jump on a bandwagon and send a template letter because someone shared a link with them on Facebook. If the citizens really cared about the issues at hand then they should be competent enough to research the issues at hand and put it into their own words.

about 9 months ago

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