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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Google's version is a lot more Windows 8.1 than Windows 8. Apps run in floating windows, like...normal programs.

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Re: Android on windows anyone?

I had an Asus Transformer and prefer my Chromebook. Android is not a desktop OS, and any app which has web and 'mobile' versions is better on the web when you're using a laptop. Unfortunately Chrome on android is not designed for desktop use and web apps tend to serve mobile versions to it. So for laptop use, I'd choose Chrome OS. Multi-screen deployments don't have to be unified by OS these days, they are unified by the cloud and (sometimes, but becoming more so) the design language.

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Re: Does this mean Chromebooks can run Android malware as well?

The Chrome Store is not curated. Devs have to alert google if they use techniques to inject ads, and there are algos to detect malware, but it's not curated in the same way the apple and firefox stores are.

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Re: Can you say, "Read between the lines...", boys and girls?

A Chromebook is not a terminal for Google. You can go to any website you want on one, and you never have to visit Google. You can even remove google from the list of search engines, if Bing or something takes your fancy. You don't need a google account to log in, or even to use the chrome store (which means you can get password and bookmark sync software and not use google's built-in offerings). It's a cheap, very fast way of getting to the internet, which is what most home computers are used for most of the time (but most computers are much slower).

There is no need for hostility because you don't need to buy one. The people who have bought one know Chromebooks are excellent computers, so you'll not convince us. If you do convince anyone to use an expensive, slow alternative, they deserve Windows.

In case you didn't know, it's OK to own 2 computers. Just thought I'd mention that as your rants suggests you might be unaware. My 2 computers combined cost less than what I'd have to pay for a Windows laptop that could perform on par with my Chromebook, and I'm very happy with my current setup: a cheap one for carrying round the house, suspending and restarting many times a day without worrying about it freezing, and another cheap one in the study which I can use for...well, not much to be honest, because the Chromebook is an excellent computer which can do almost everything I need.

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Re: Can you say, "Read between the lines...", boys and girls?

You should try one. You'll love it.

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Re: Yet another layer?

@Macka

You have to buy the phone anyway, as that's where the apps get installed. If the phone is near the chromebook then you can use the apps (via magic), but...and this is what regtards often have a really hard time understanding...you don't have to. It's no less lightweight than yesterday.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: you dont have to have one until 2020 - you can refuse

Like I said, you would have a meter for the solar panel. They measure what you produce, they don't estimate it. The meter does not need to go backwards.

"Import/export energy measurement"

http://www.smsmetering.co.uk/products/gsmgprs-meters/smart-me382-idis-next-generation-meter/

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Re: 3 Questions

You stay on the same tariff and the cost saving from the meter readers is shared by everyone on the tariff. They could change the name of the tariff but they don't want to be condescending.

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Re: you dont have to have one until 2020 - you can refuse

You'd have a separate meter to measure what gets sent back into the grid. You won't lose out.

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Re: British Gas tried to get me to have one

The IHD is interesting for a few minutes but anyone with a mental age of more than 6 knows it will be put in a drawer the same day it's taken out of the box. What's the mental age of a politician?

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Re: Cost

The admin is mostly external: cellphone data and a big software back-end for the comms.

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Re: not smart

I've worked on a smart meter system. They don't know when you watch TV but they can disconnect you remotely.

The power company does currently know what power you use. That's how they bill you.

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Re: Not sure (I know)

There won't be estimated bills - there will be multiple readings per day.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: Evil

The license is for the tv signals, not the equipment. It won't affect technology adoption except by idiots who don't read the details, and we're better off with them not using technology.

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Re: Harassment

I've had no license for 7 years. They used to send a letter every year, asking me to help them keep their records up to date. I told them I don't care about their records and they left me alone. What does one have to do to get a visit?

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Re: Yeah that's what Linux was missing!

MS wrote Notepad (and Edit and Wordpad) and the developer community wrote a gazillion others. Linux distros come with Gedit (and Emacs and vi) and there are a gazillion community editors.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: spiders

@AC "survival training"? What's wrong with "survival figuring it out for yourself"?

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Michaelangelo would have been good at decorating mud huts.

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Re: spiders

@james the men are only allowed in on the weekends. Probably to plough the fields, put petrol in the cars, open some jars and give the ladies some d--k.

"Quite a few years ago, I had the pleasure of watching the Dutch version of Survivor (Expeditie Robinson) with my feminist roommate. That particular season would have two islands, one populated by men and one populated by women"

You can tell this is going to be good: http://www.returnofkings.com/32053/this-accidental-experiment-shows-the-superiority-of-patriarchy

Didn't Camille Paglia recently say that if it was left to women we'd still be in mud huts?

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Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

The fact you need to ask if it works offline is revealing. And yes, you can encrypt stuff yourself.

@slarty

"I believe that OneDrive does include file syncing for Windows users"

The free version does this. Can't speak for the business version but there is already sharing in Windows so it's not much of an issue.

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

OneDrive is also very easy to use. With no added benefits I see no reason to use Drop Box.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

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Re: No.

Society at large is not telling girls they're bad at coding though. It's putting a lot of effort into encouraging girls to go into coding and zero effort encouraging boys to be doctors, psychologists, teachers, even coders.

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Sexism

"Men worried that they will no longer be able to fart and watch porn at work"

Are you unaware of the efforts to rid tech of this sort of sexism? Oh, wait there aren't any.

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Re: No.

@qwarty gender equality does not mean what you think it means. If people are given the same opportunity then they are equal. Individuals who are members of a group which is less represented in a particular sphere cannot claim inequality by dint of other people within their group preferring to do other things. For an example you might be able to identify with, consider that the vast majority of medical students are female but nobody says men are unequal in the application process.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

@LDS there's no microsoft hate here, just attempts to reach out to you. Chromebooks don't need the internet, so in your example where the LAN is still working they will be able to use any internal website, such as Exchange Server's HTML front-end for those essential emails. They will also be able to use any chrome apps, if that's the way you want to go. Whatever servers the PCs can reach, the Chromebooks can reach as well.

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@big_d Backup to an external drive. Then it's backed up. I didn't say "back up to the cloud," I said that even if something is in the cloud (eg. most of your data when you use a chromebook) that doesn't mean you can't back it up.

@anon you don't have to keep the usb drive in the machine. People don't have a problem with 16gb on a chromebook.

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Re: Gaining traction

Instead of classifying a device based on what you think it can or cannot be used for, think about what they are *actually* used for. A Windows device in a school may be used for watching videos, reading books, or doing drawings, essays, desktop publishing and website design. So would a Chromebook.

And instead of classifying people as consumers or producers, consider that they can be both! But if they are only consumers, Google (and the whole world) would fail.

Raspberry Pi doesn't have a keyboard or screen. Chromebooks are not constrained. Do you have any idea what you're talking about? It would make no sense at all to give students a Pi instead of a Chromebook and expect them to build their own laptop before doing any IT-based learning in other classes. If you want kids to learn the basics you can get them to install Linux on the Chromebook or ask them to write an app.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

I've worked at very large companies where services sometimes could not be reached. It happens, even when the internet is up!

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Re: Gaining traction

@LDS you're trying so hard to find ways not to like Chrome OS, I feel sorry for you! The teaching which is done on Ipads or Chromebooks is not restricted to "how computers work" - it's about every element of the curricula as well as student-produced work such as essays and tests. They can even learn about how computers work!

If Google made every child learn to be a consumer they would have nothing to sell and nobody to hire. It is clearly not what they want. Remember, if you buy your child a Raspberry Pi they will have no idea how a processor is made, or how to mine silicon.You must want them to be mindless sheep!

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

For larger businesses the internet is a single point of failure because their systems (mail included) are distributed. On the few occasions in the last decade that the internet has gone down where I worked, most people couldn't do anything because everything they needed to access was on servers in various other sites.

For smaller businesses there are large cost and time savings to be had from using cloud services. You can buy some hardware and pay someone to run your on-site servers or you can pay a cloud service less to do the same thing, with probably far less downtime, and have someone on-site to make sure the router works.

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@anon. I'm not sure what you're trying to say about the need for connectivity. With Windows and Chrome OS you need the internet to install and update software and the OS (we're well past the days of software on CDs but both OSs can install from CD). Chrome OS does not need internet for anything else, but for both OSs there is specific software which requires an internet connection. In my day-to-day usage I would be equally screwed on Windows or Chrome without internet. But in my day-to-day usage the internet is always there, so the question is "do you want something fast and stable or do you want Windows?"

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What's so confusing about "it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud"? Here are 2 examples of cloud and backup coexisting:

1) Create content locally, back it up, put it in the cloud.

2) Create content in the cloud, download it, back it up.

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Re: It's now my permenant laptop

The boot time is impressive but it's not even relevant when the resume time is pretty much instant and never fails. I only reboot when there is an update, and my "read it later" list is a set of open tabs rather than bookmarks, because it's so stable. Some tabs can remain open for weeks before I read them ;-)

With Windows I learned to shutdown every day just in case, which lead to me not bothering to use it to quickly look something up because with their boot time nothing is quick. On the Chromebook side, not only CAN it be used for almost everything, it IS used for almost everything.

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Re: Storage

128gb USB drive on Amazon is £34. The difference between 16GB msata and 128gb msata is about £30. Obviously that figure could come down for OEM bulk buyers, but the choice of 16Gb is good for most customers.

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Re: Tried development?

There are a few editors out there, including Google's own Chrome Dev Editor with Git and Chrome Store support. For Chrome apps and web technologies it's fine, but I doubt there will be any compilers any time soon.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

If you want your rant to stand up in court you'll need to show that Google's policy does in fact state "you chose to use our services and thus accepted to completely surrender any notition of privacy your once had".

It's not there, and not just because their spelling is better.

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WinRT

@LDS I thought WinRT was a good idea and well suited to certain roles, but that got a lot of hate too. With so few people wanting to write for it, you'd probably end up using the web for most things so you might as well just get a Chromebook instead. Having it check the OS on startup is not a bad thing just because MS does it. The OP was probably not talking about Win RT though, so it would require additional AV whereas Chrome OS does not. Chrome OS is better than Win RT and $250 Chromebooks are better than $250 Windows PCs.

I have a 16Gb SSD in my Chromebook and 63kb in my Downloads folder (the one which is not automatically synced). My desktop only has 30Gb, which is far more than I need. My Windows laptop has 320Gb, which is a total waste. Please be aware that it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud. A lot of commentards forget that.

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You can install offline apps. For example, you can write documents, view emails, play games, watch videos, listen to music, look at photos, read books...

You will need internet at some point, just as you do with a Windows PC, to install the software in the first place and to get updates. But unless you want to browse the web or use a live app like Twitter, you don't need to maintain a connection. But have you ever had no connection? For me it's not an issue, and if it was an issue then a Windows PC or a tablet would be a lot less use too, so there is no disadvantage to the Chromebook from connectivity issues.

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Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

@Anon grandparents who can't lean new tricks such as Hangouts should not be using XP online!

But if they can start using Hangouts on XP, it will make the move to Chrome OS easier.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

Chromebooks don't need an internet connection. But most offices do, so the loss of internet will cripple a Windows environment as much as a Chrome one.

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Chromebooks do not require an internet connection. Even when they do, how many users need cellular data?

The thing about $250 laptops is that Chromebooks at that price are not shit at all. Think of the things you can't do on a Chromebook. RAW photo editing, video editing and advanced Office features are the main ones people mention. Now imagine doing those things on a $250 Windows laptop! And how many people where you work need video editing and anything which can't be done in Google Docs or the native Office editor?

Chromebooks do 99% of the stuff average home users need to do. If they want to get a new Windows PC which does that 99% as fast and smoothly as a Chromebook, they would have to spend many hundreds. But they would not have a rock solid OS and inherent virus protection (in Chrome OS everything is sandboxed and it verifies the OS every time it boots). So for the average user suffering Windows slowdown the best option is to get a $200 Chromebook for 99% of their tasks and keep their sluggish Windows PC to boot once in a blue moon for the other stuff. How would the market look if people did that?

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The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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Re: @20legend

Steve, buying iPads new and selling for £100 is an effective cost of £300 or more, making the Android cheaper. If you compare new androids and 2nd hand ipads the androids win because they are more functional (apple doesn't update older kit).

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Mobile sites from 2007-2012ish were usually based on iphone UX (nasty blue "back" button and a slide-to-the-right menu system). Since then they've tended to go with the Android hamburger.

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Re: hmmm

@gis they state what they do with our data, and they offer no way for people to buy it. That's a pretty big clue. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim is that they sell our data, the evidence is not provided.

If you adblock google they don't have your data, so can't use it. If you send an email to someone with a gmail address they don't know who you are, cannot associate you with an online profile and cannot use your data for targeted ads.

"Should of bought a tablet [blah blah blah] paperweight"

I have a tablet, but I use my chromebook far more. It's simply better for almost everything. And it's "should have".

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Re: hmmm

"Craigness matter-of-factly claimed the lack of existence of a public facing arm of Google that sells user information."

What I actually did was demonstrate a way the other guy could substantiate his claim. My own claim was that google uses your personal data to provide more appropriate adverts. Would you care to dispute that, because I can provide a link if you really need it. If Google has a website where people can buy personal data, please provide a link. If they don't have a way for anyone to buy personal data, why claim they sell it?

Ad blockers: if you think a website is in league with an organization which spies on people and sells personal data then is it not moral to block any domain belonging to that organization even if the website in question would lose income as a result? They chose to make a "deal with the devil" after all. Also, using an ad blocker is a convenient way to deduce that a website is wilfully taking part in a covert action against you. You can then block the entire website; I didn't suggest freeloading.

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Re: hmmm

My C720 is the best computer I've ever had. And the cheapest.

Google do not sell your personal data, they use your data to place more appropriate adverts. If you think you can buy personalised data from Google, please provide a link to where they offer that service. If you don't want the adverts, use an ad blocker.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: So sad

Iran Air Flight 655

The US spent $5beeeeeeelion "promoting democracy" in Ukraine but that protection didn't extend to the democratically elected government. Surely some of the money would have been spent teaching them how to use false flag attacks against anyone the US doesn't like?

See also: South America, East Asia, Middle East, Central Asia.

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Re: It's funny

Women never make false allegations, but women never objectify people or feel entitled to sex. So hard to pick a winner in this one.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Developer's reasons

AFAIK Android does not send out alerts to apps when a call comes in. So if you have an app which plays music or makes some kind of noise, it has to have access to the phone APIs in order to know when to mute itself. Because the API is not sufficiently fine-grained, developers need to ask for a lot of private information in order to behave nicely when your mum calls.

So the good developers will ask for this permission. But so will the bad ones.

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