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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Android music

"The" Android music system includes Pandora, Spotify and others as well as Google Play Music and mp3 files. If you want to move to GPM from Itunes then you can use their sync tool on your desktop to upload your itunes library and mp3 files into the Google cloud (with the matching service it won't be a big deal). You can pin music to a device, share playlists across devices and the web, download all your purchased/uploaded music. Everything is available everywhere and it's really easy to use. You can buy a track on your phone and instantly listen on your tablet, which is as seamless as you can expect.

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Re: Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

"Claiming the name Apple in all markets..."

http://www.telepolis.pl/wiadomosci/apple-uaktywnia-sie-w-polsce-chce-uniewaznienia-znaku-a-pl,2,3,26273.html

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Top?

"No. 1 on Play charts" suggests it had more downloads than Facebook or more revenue than Candy Crush. The best position I saw for this app was a screenshot of it in third place in the "New Paid Apps" list. "No. 1 Android App Is Fraud" gets more clicks I suppose.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: A slice off the top

If you're really bothered about it, press f11.

Firefox on Ubuntu doesn't have such a problem because the menu is in the panel, so it uses only a smidge more vertical space than Chrome. But the panel does take up space and can't be moved, and Chrome doesn't use it. On my Windows laptop (where dock and panel are effectively the same thing) I put the "dock" on the left side and have the full height of the screen for Chrome, which has only tabs and the address bar above the content.

I can't imagine going full screen on a 23 inch monitor. I've only got 21 inches and find full screen overwhelming.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Desktops

How so? With Windows 8 they're moving away from the desktop in favour of a simplified launcher with no panel, dock, big-mess-of-files-and-shortcuts-you've-not-bothered-to-categorise etc. The most apparent thing people would notice is there's no desktop. In fact, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth because of it!

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DOS

Isn't this discussion a bit redundant now that we can all use open source MS Dos?

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Re: Nope

@Chemist

"Error while copying. There was an error getting information about “gnome_3_12_review”. HTTP Error: Method Not Allowed"

Easy in Chrome: Tools > Create Application Shortcuts.

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Re: Nope

It's not just "Add Launcher". It's knowing the right command to perform a specific action, and then having all those actions available from the same icon instead of having lots more icons. Your Gran won't be doing that, she has a desktop full of shortcuts, folders and documents instead.

Some devs have embraced the Ubuntu version of this. Firefox and Chrome launchers have options for normal or private browsing windows, Screenshot lets you grab the screen, window or a selected area straight from the launcher (or just use PrtScrn). Libre Office is an obvious candidate for a single launcher, but doesn't. I created one for it a while back but after a reinstall I've not bothered - it's not straightforward even to find out what the right folder is (there's conflicting info out there, and default options versus personalised setups, whereas Google's launchers seem to go somewhere else entirely, with really odd names). The Ubuntu Tweak app has something which looks like it should manage launcher options but it doesn't work for me (I tried to set up something for Libre Office). So an official GUI for this would be good, but still your Gran isn't likely to use it.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: Hmm

If it was guys playing keepy-uppy with guys watching, they would not have been "gawking". If it was girls watching they would not have looked like a strip club. When she says events "went unnoticed by most" I feel I have to go with the majority and assume the complainant's biases were at the root of the problem there. If guys were playing keepy-uppy it would be them at fault for causing a commotion in the office!

She says she was left crying and shaking after a meeting with one of the founders. That will get her a lot of sympathy and make him look like a monster, but I bet he could say exactly the same things to a male employee and not get the same reaction. Female employees should be treated the same as males, and for their part they should accept equal treatment. But if that means men have to restrict their expression in a "feminized" environment whilst women are free to be themselves then claims of feminization should be taken seriously as sexual harassment.

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

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I've seen that idea before, but never On A Mobile Device. You're a genius!

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Re: Innovate, don't patent !

If Apple don't put this into production, and don't allow others to...

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Re: So what's the inventive step here

You've had 8 hours, Frankee. I take you didn't find anything innovative.

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This does look like the sort of thing Samsung would make, so it's probably just Apple using the state to prevent innovation again. I can't see apple making anything so ridiculous.

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

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Re: Leading indicator...

@Herby the UK has an army and credit card fraud annually is far higher than all the bitcoin losses to date. Do you understand the difference between a private institution and a currency? Because it's a failure to make that distinction that seems to be the cause of most of the nonsense written about bitcoin.

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Re: I believe that a well-implemented cybercurrency would be a good thing...

19th century banks needed capital in case the loans they made went bad and left the bank unable to cover deposits. Bitcoin (which IS a proper currency) is not debt-based no there's no chance of a run, and Flexcoin could store any amount of bitcoin without needing any capital reserve.

If you want your money from a bitcoin bank, it will always be there - unless it was stolen. But Bitcoin thefts are no more of an issue as regards people's faith in the currency than stolen paper money is. All that will happen when players fail in the bitcoin space is that the space as a whole grows stronger. Companies with better security, who allow audits, will come to the fore and are doing so.

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Putin to battle Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

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Re: Malala!

It's time for a person of courage, and let's put an end to sexism.

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Re: Putin?

Russia didn't invade Ukraine, it was already there. And given what the Russians seem to know of the situation (which is not being reported will in the west) the decision to protect Crimea couldn't not be made. More is coming out even in the west, as people realise they were lied to.

http://www.channel4.com/news/ukraine-catherine-ashton-phone-shoot-maidan-bugged-leaked

Don't forget Putin also stopped the evil empire turning Syria into another Iraq.

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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What phone doesn't have a gyroscope these days?

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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Re: power big screen off phone battery?

It's cheaper without a battery. This thing would probably be used at home, so running down the phone battery is not a problem as it can be charged immediately, or it could be charging whilst you use the Hero. I have a battery in my Asus Transformer dock but the device has never been used on the road so it's never really been much of a benefit.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: New day, same...

"Touch-oriented" with right-click menus.

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Noted

What about Galaxy Note?

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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Pr0n

Lots.

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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"The problem is it's exactly the same issue as occurred with MS in the 90's."

No, the problem is that OEMs don't have the quality of cloud services that Google does, so they can sell perfectly good working phones with AOSP on them, but can't provide all the value-added bits without help from someone like Google. Amazon and Nokia can compete, Samsung is getting there but the rest have barely even tried. Google doesn't prevent them trying or competing and doesn't force their own products on Android OEMs, so it's nothing like the complaints against Microsoft. You would do better by complaining that Amazon doesn't license its services at all!

The McDonald's franchise analogy would fit if McDonald's prevented franchisees from also owning a KFC outlet, as Google prevents its licensed OEMs making non-GMS devices on the side.

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Re: @AC Goose and Gander

The Register builds a profile of you every time you post. They have your email address, they know when you're awake, they know your interests and can estimate your education level based on the size of your vocabulary and how bad your grammar is. But neither they nor Google know who you are so they can't associate that profile with anything on the net or in real life, which means it can never be used.

Try it: send "I like cheese" to a Gmail address, then go online and see if Google can identify you as a cheese liker.

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: If you must...

"too many different models, compatibility issues and malware"

They only need to buy 1 model.

Nope.

Don't install malware.

But they'd be better off with Chromebooks.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: Would it be too much...

"I totally would have agreed with you if you'd said "domestic abuse against men isn't taken seriously enough", but the implication that it's a bigger problem than abuse against women is frankly absurd."

I didn't mention domestic violence at all, so the implication it's a bigger problem for men was not absurd - it wasn't even there!

The implication that violence against men is not taken seriously enough was there in spades if you cared. For example, the GQ trolling getting very little press; the 81% male violent deaths getting no official action from the UN when female anti-violence campaigns get a load of funding; males being the largest group of online bulling victims when people think it's something associated with women. You think I should have said something about men not being taken seriously enough but when I did you thought I was minimizing violence against women. Can you not see past your biological desire to look out for the womenfolk?

"ONE THIRD of female homicides are linked to domestic violence."

Men die in other ways (19 times as many do so at work but that's not a national obsession), it doesn't mean they're not subject to violence form their partners. Have you seen the difference in suicide rates for men and women, and how the difference has increased greatly over the last few decades? Male victims of DV are ignored and not catered for, so suicide is a way out whereas a woman might be able to go to a shelter - there could be a lot of DV victims within that suicide figure. Also, women are more likely to harm their children than men are. Treating women as more exceptional victims and ignoring male victims and female violence is harmful. End violence against PEOPLE.

"Do you know WHY there's such a disparity?"

It's because women can get along by wearing pretty dresses, growing their nails and letting men take care of them. They've been allowed to take a back seat for most of history and took advantage of that. Men have no option not to work and are more driven and obsessed, so are more likely to be the ones inventing steam engines or discovering laws of physics. We're also more likely to be UFO spotters, bigfoot hunters and crop circle investigators so it's not all good. Those guys won't get on a banknote they shows the dedication men can have for the weird and wonderful, out of the mainstream, things that push society forward. There was nothing to prevent a woman inventing Bitcoin, but do you think Satoshi was a woman?

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Re: Rule No. 1

Jeremy, do you have a source for the 4% figure? Sometimes 2% is claimed but that one is definitely myth (http://ncfm.org/libraryfiles/Children/rape/greer.pdf), whereas other studies have found 60% (http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume6/j6_2_4.htm)!

False accusations don't have to be made to the authorities. If a woman wants someone beaten up she can tell some male friends he raped her and they'll do the job for her without it going near the government's statistics. The tendency to trivialise false accusations or not to prosecute false accusers should not be taken as evidence that they don't happen. In one famous case Danmell Ndonye falsely accused 5 guys who could have gone to jail for a combined 125 years. She recanted only after video evidence was presented to her but she was not charged. For all the stress she caused, and police time she wasted, she got a year's counselling and 250 hours community service.

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Re: Rule No. 1

Bronny, when was the last time you saw anyone get upset over a poster telling people to shut their doors and windows, not to leave valuables on display in their cars, get a smoke detector and generally stay alert and be responsible...except when it was aimed specifically at women. Being able to do something about a situation is not the same as causing the situation: claims of "victim blaming" are all utter BS. Women need to stop acting like they're children.

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Re: Would it be too much...

The people on the bank notes are those who have made a significant contribution to the country/society. Check the obituary column in any paper for the last few months and see the proportion of men and women they report, then consider how the gender balance of notable people was 50 years ago when the youngest person to appear on a banknote died. Or you could look at the BBC's "100 greatest Britons" survey where the public chose only 13 women and 87 men. Equal representation does allow there to be no women represented at a particular time, if you treat each candidate equally and don't privilege women over men. If we have to have the same number of each sex then men will have to be discriminated against - we could ignore the last 37 men in the survey and search through the "next 250 greatest Britons" to find a 50-50 balance to satisfy the sexists among us.

I think that study was in Swedish, so I can't find it. It was from a source I trust but if you don't want to believe me that's fine. Here's a stat from the guardian for you instead (though the Swedish survey was on newspaper articles, not social media). The main difference between abuse of men and abuse of women is that people care about it when it happens to women. The guardian mentions the abuse of men at GQ which was ignored by the media because the victims were just men.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/07/online-abuse-gender-misogyny-male-victims

"a survey by the website Knowthenet in 2011 found that 19-year-old males were most at risk from cyberbullying among teenagers, with 85% saying they had been victims, while figures from the World Health Organisation reveal that men account for 81% of violent deaths globally every year."

NB. one of the commenters on that article explains that it was cumulative bullying up to age 19, not that boys face a greater risk at 19 than at any other age.

81% of violent deaths are of men, but the other 19% get a load of government funding for "end violence against women" campaigns including a special ribbon and an international day. Men share an international day with World Toilet Day. Have you seen any non-gendered "end violence" campaigns, or campaigns to end violence against men?

The guy posing as a woman on the dating site did so to see if it's easier for women to get dates, which it clearly is. What he claimed to be sexism was nothing of the sort, it was men responding to a "woman" advertising herself as available for a relationship, in a forum where people are anonymous, physically distant and can be blocked. The critics of those men focused on the idea that they should behave online the same way they would to a stranger on the street. But the two are not comparable - people on the street have not advertised their intentions and are in the same physical location. People behave differently in different environments.

"Please do send references where women have abused men to the same degree." It's about abuse, not inter-sex abuse (it didn't matter less that one of the twitter abusers was a woman posing as a man!), but if you want an example then the feminist "...against women" campaigns more than balance it out, by making it seem as if abuse of men doesn't happen or is not worth stopping.

"The abusers want to silence the recipients, do you approve of censoring people for their politely expressed opinions then?" You've got the timeline wrong. The racist, sexist campaign had already finished, and the tweets were in response to the feminists effectively censoring the BoE. If they were targeted for expressing an opinion it would have happened months earlier!

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Re: Would it be too much...

I heard about a Swedish study that found men get more abuse online than women (no link, sorry but it's not hard to imagine). Men don't react to it as much though.

These people were targeted because of what they did and because they reacted to the trolls, not because they are women. What they did was not for equality, it was to remove the BOE's choice from a banknote on the grounds that person was white and male. They are opposed to equality of opportunity, so are opposed to equality.

Women express opinions all the time - it's not daring, just normal.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

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Re: Errr this is not new

I'll take your "mobile shop" and add the word "ONLINE". Bingo!, a brand new invention.

</sticks the word MOBILE in back pocket for later>

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Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

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“I’m playing with mine. I like it so far. I’ll tell you if I have problems”

Such as blindness?

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Not a big deal

+You +can +already +message +strangers +on +G+ +and +depending +on +how +they +have +their +settings, +they +will +get +a +notification +and/+or +email. +So +this +isn't +a +big +change.

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Re: Avoid the Google Borg collective

It's easier to manage everything if you create the page as You. Nobody (except for Google) can trace the page to its owner but you can switch between your main account and the pages you own very easily. Same with the YT account (which is just a G+ page these days).

Within Calendar you have different calendars, which you can assign different colours and sync options. In Drive you can obviously use folders. My work and home stuff is all separate within a single account.

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Skype used to need a Skype account, which was bad enough, but now Microsoft owns them and you need a Microsoft account! I think I'll just go live in a desert where this tyranny can't get me.

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It's incredibly easy not to use your real name. If you originally chose the handle Hans1 when you joined youtube then when you connect your YT account to G+ it will create a G+ Page called Hans1, with all your playlists and subscriptions preserved in YT. You can post to G+ and YT as that page (but you don't have to). Nothing you post in Youtube has to go on your G+ page, so if you don't even want an anonymous presence on G+ then you don't have to have one. But if you do want to rant anonymously on G+ you can use your page to do so (but they don't force you to do that, which is a point often missed by El Reg commentards).

You can choose to use your real name if that's what you really want, but look at the YT comments since the G+ integration and it's obvious that Google is not forcing users to do that, and hardly anyone wants to.

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Re: Switched off...

The setting is there so you can disable the feature before it's turned on; the email will announce that it's been turned on. They did the same thing to let us opt out of having our profile images on adverts before the feature went live (but in my case they pre-disabled that feature for me based on what I'd selected for other privacy options).

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Re: " We are sexist to men..."

@Alfred, what evidence?

Boys are being failed in the education system

http://www.avoiceformen-uk.com/2013/11/trouble-with-boys-in-education.html

Misandry is rife but is ignored

http://redpilluk.co.uk/

It's often repeated that women earn 80p (or whatever figure) for each £1 a man earns, but you never hear that a women works 63 hours for every 100 hours a man works or that women are more likely to take sabbaticals (eg. to raise children). Policy focuses only on pay, because that way it benefits only women.

http://www.statista.com/statistics/280795/total-weekly-hours-of-work-per-month-in-the-uk-by-gender-year-on-year/

The drive to get equal representation in boardrooms focuses on the ratios in the population as a whole, not the relative numbers of willing and capable candidates. This favours women at the expense of men and of corporate profits, whereas women were technically overrepresented in 2001 at about 6%. Last year most appointees were female, as companies anticipated new draconian legislation. Were you one who missed out?

http://c4mb.wordpress.com/improving-gender-diversity-on-boards-leads-to-a-decline-in-corporate-performance-the-evidence/

Saying men have it better is simply ignorant. Learn not to ignore female privilege.

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Re: Splendid, I am delighted to hear it.

Which news sites are they on?

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"She went to the cops after being repeatedly sent threats of rape and violence."

Evidence please? I asked the same when the original story was published with a similar statement in it, but there was nothing offered. At the time of the events I was on twitter looking for any evidence of threats and finding nothing. Even in a feminist blog supposedly recording the threats for posterity there wasn't anything fitting the description.

I noticed another twitterer was also looking for the threats, and asking feminists for examples, so I sat on his profile page for a few minutes hitting repeat and reading the conversations. He DID receive threats! You'd think it would be easy for the feminists to link to a tweet or to tell him the name of an account, but they took the more difficult path of getting his account deleted. Maybe he'll think twice about questioning his superiors next time. And that is what this sorry episode is all about.

The real story is that angry women started trolling when the bank chose a man to go on the notes, but the official narrative is that men got angry and "rapey" when the bank chose a woman. Bank note policy should not be determined by angry mobs of racist sexists!

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If the other people are male they should just Man Up; women don't have to. Plus, this pushes the "women are victims" narrative which is the base of their power.

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Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

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Re: Google doesn't spy, it gets to know people

Planting tracking devices is covert and nefarious. Google doesn't plant tracking devices, it makes software for phones.

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Re: Its like creating money out of thin air through legal extortion

Spying is covert and nefarious. Google doesn't spy, it gets to know people.

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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Re: Microsoft's failure is Canonical's failure.

@Mike

I was giving examples of how they are well suited to keyboards and mice, in response to people saying they are unsuited. Mention of CLI is inappropriate but mention of the interface they replaced is valid.

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Re: @Craigness

@Coward, there's no reason to mention Apple when responding to people who don't mention Apple. Commentards don't know that A and B are good so say they are bad; I explain why A and B are good without mentioning that C is godawful!

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Re: Why?

If your phone can handle a desktop interface as well as a touch interface and all the appropriate software for either case then you don't need those other machines, just a docking station!

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Windows already there

"The "desktop" version of Ubuntu in 2018 will be your Ubuntu Touch device docked to an 8K ultra-HD monitor. Who doesn't want that?"

It may not take Ubuntu until 2018, but if this is what you want right now then there already are Windows products which do this. When using the tablet you have the "Modern" touch-optimised interface, when docked you have the traditional desktop with monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and ethernet. There are also devices which dock into a laptop keyboard, but they tend to be larger tablets.

8" Toshiba Windows 8 tablet in a Belkin dock with a full desktop setup (36:43 ish):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUhOaUyOecw#t=36m43s

Google has now got a single person in charge of Chrome OS and Android, so they might decide to integrate a Chrome desktop into Android devices (yes, Chrome DOES cater for offline apps!). And when Apple decides to "invent" the paradigm everyone will realise it's amazing and start to actually use it.

It's a bit of a stretch, but Asus might have the basis of the ideal solution with Padphone - phone docks into tablet for a better touch experience when you're not "mobile", tablet docks into a keyboard for a work experience when you are mobile, then it docks into a desktop for maximum productivity when you're in the office - all off a single processor. I think they even had a bluetooth-enabled stylus-come-headset at one point, which docked in the phone!

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Re: Microsoft's failure is Canonical's failure.

Windows and Unity are excellent for use with mouse and keyboard. They both have a dock with all your favourite programs, and each lets you can type the name of a program instead of going through a menu system designed back in 1995. Unity takes it further by letting you type the command you want in your application instead of remembering special keys or using the menu bar. Just because you can use a finger, doesn't mean you have to.

Windows laptops are going touch-screen so the Modern interface is more suitable to the hardware now. When I switch from my Transformer (Android) to my old Windows laptop I find myself instinctively prodding the screen.

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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It's not only the Mail and Mothers, it's feminists too, who think women who do porn degrade women and men only use porn to fulfill their control fantasies. Feminists want to get more women into tech, but now they've created an environment where all boys will become network specialists by the age of 14 it will make it that much harder to get "equal representation" in the industry.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: I don't see the problem

The Ithingy dock connector was good in 2007 and bluetooth is good enough at the moment but Chromecast is the right way to do it in the future.

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