* Posts by joejack

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

joejack

Love the idealism!

IMO it's not the tech holding us back from this, it's the walled gardens locking you into each manufacturer's ecosystem. Would also be nice to see iOS and Android adopt USB-C.

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Google creates cloud code cache

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"(because it's a beta, the debugger only Java apps are currently supporteD)"

Is the article also beta?

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

joejack

Re: Not a near miss

Reminds me of that old George Carlin bit about airplanes: "That's not a near miss. It's a near HIT!!! <BOOM> Oh, look... they nearly missed."

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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Re: It had to happen

It's a long-running cycle. David Hume wrote this in 1752, reprinted in Andy Kessler's "How We Got Here", a fun and still-relevant read from 2004:

“There seems to be a happy concurrence of causes in human affairs, which checks the growth of trade and riches, and hinders them from being confined entirely to one people; as might naturally at first be dreaded from the advantages of an established commerce. Where one nation has gotten the start of another in trade, it is very difficult for the latter to regain the ground it has lost; because of the superior industry and skill of the former, and the greater stocks, of which its merchants are possessed, and which enable them to trade on so much smaller profits. But these advantages are compensated, in some measure, by the low price of labour in every nation which has not an extensive commerce, and does not much abound in gold and silver. Manufactures, therefore gradually shift their places, leaving those countries and provinces which they have already enriched, and flying to others, whither they are allured by the cheapness of provisions and labour; till they have enriched these also, and are again banished by the same causes. And, in general, we may observe, that the dearness of every thing, from plenty of money, is a disadvantage, which attends an established commerce, and sets bounds to it in every country, by enabling the poorer states to undersell the richer in all foreign markets.”

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Go, daddy, go: GoDaddy shares rocket 30% in value at IPO

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That reminds me...

I still have an old domain with them I haven't transferred over to NameCheap yet.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

joejack

How to bring the sexy back

For the 13.3" model, maintain the form factor, but trim the bezel to make room for a 14.1" 1680x1050 screen.

That is all.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

joejack

Re: Don't buy US kit

Buy Chinese is your answer? If the Chinese do have backdoors, how long do you think before the NSA et al finds their way in?

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

joejack

Re: Heads will roll?

> (Typed on my Thinkpad W701. Probably my last from this brand after buying 20-30 over the years.)

Really? If Lenovo follows through on their statement about no longer pre-loading bloatware going forward, that would keep them on my shortlist.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

joejack

Re: Questionable quality?

I wouldn't know about that. My phones don't last more than about a year before I drop them in soup, grind them into a rocking chair, or fling down the steps on the way to the train. Happily I'm signed up for a replacement plan.

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joejack

Re: Android hardware is good....

Since this is an HTC thread I'll hold on the "say what you like about iPhones." I will say that my 2-year-old HTC m7 was just updated to the latest Android 5.0. Very smooth process.

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Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

joejack

I'll just leave this here...

http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/1vibnd/everything_in_this_radio_shack_ad_from_1991_can/

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

joejack

Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

> On a TV I mute the adverts.

How will you know when a new season of Archer starts up?

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

joejack

Re: Thanks Apple...

I also use a Sansa Clip+. Not the sexiest UI, but it's dirt cheap, good sound quality with EQ, FM radio, voice recording, standard phone charger to charge it, physical controls make it easy to control without looking at it, Rhapsody integration if you want streaming, and a memory card slot for an extra 128GB in storage. Although Sandisk really needs to up the processing power IMO. "Refreshing your media" takes entirely too long.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Facepalm

Yosemite should help stifle that sales boom...

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

joejack

Re: Mistakes?

My first real job out of college was porting a large app from OS/2 to WinNT 3.5. After using the two side-by-side for a while, I wanted to cry as M$ continued eating their lunch. Better UI, subsystem, API's, etc.

We were using PVCS for VCS. Anything was better than SourceSafe, which tended to corrupt its internal database as the project grew in size. Yikes.

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Get ready for another HYPEGASM: New iPADs 'in October'

joejack

Enjoy that "security"

NSA can still request the encrypted data, then brute-force the password.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

joejack

Re: £480 RRP

Same, though I'm also curious to see how battery life holds up once rooted.

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Mozilla dev dangles Chromecast clone dongle

joejack

Re: Strange description of Chromecast

> I imagine that the Chromecast has a good chance of having more services ported to it, too

Yes. There's a good chance. But like AppleTV, Google maintains tight control over what types of apps are allowed to play in their sandbox. Hence the interest in an "open" alternative, for those too lazy to root their CC.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

joejack

Re: Stop calling it #@*$ing "coding"

A constructive comment. Rare and welcome :)

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

joejack

In memory, it takes up 130MB, plus two 30MB helpers. Compares nicely with Sublime's 220MB IMO. That's the tradeoff for integrating a ton of 3rd party frameworks I think. Expect this to bloat as more plugins become available.

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Sublime

So, it's like Sublime. Except it's free and open source. And it's got web goo under the hood instead of python. And releases will happen more frequently (how long has ST3 been in beta?) Emacs and vim bindings are already there. I think this is going to be huge.

@JDX, when I first heard of a "github editor" I thought it was going to be web-based as well. Seems like the time is right for something like that, and having it tightly integrated with the Github site (as an option for small tasks, of course) could make for a really interesting workflow.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

joejack

An apt analogy, given that I've had a very weak signal on THREE different HTC One's, which were on the same network as a friend's GS4 that had full bars. (Why three? There was a cabbage soup incident, and a rocking chair incident).

Also, I thought the M8 had a 5" screen? It's the original model that has a 4.7" screen as the article reports.

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joejack

Re: IR

I use the remote app all the time as well. Only wish it was a learning remote, so I could aim my current speaker remote at it to set the volume controls. Then I wouldn't mind losing the remotes.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

joejack

Re: Yup.

> I want a couple more monitors, but no one sells 1920x1200 at a reasonable price any more.

Here you go. I can vouch for this one. Great display, price, ports, UI, adjustable stand, etc.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Re: Local content?

> As far as I know there isn't anything on the Roku that can look on a network share and play videos, you need a media server of some sort.

True. I use the Plex client via tablet/Chromecast at home, and also set it up on a friends Roku. The Roku Plex client UI sucks, but with Chromecast, my tablet disconnects from the stream a while after it starts playing, meaning you can't pause/skip. Hoping that gets resolved soon.

I've also noticed that not all Plex content can be sent to a Chromecast, even if it can be played via the Plex desktop and tablet clients (example: MSNBC fails with a weird error)

As usual, tradeoffs with both, so pick your fav.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

joejack

"Prepares convicts for a better life"

Oh... have they worked at a call center before?

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

joejack

It's an elaborate hoax

He'll be back next season

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

joejack

Re: Lazy people to blame, as usual

Yep. Google Authenticator was built just for cases like this. Several services on my phone use it, and no need for SMS.

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

joejack

@Darkimmortal

Started looking at the Xperia after seeing your post. It also has an FM radio, IR with nice TV guide app, NFC, a higher res camera, and is about 20% cheaper. Hm.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

joejack

Xbox/PS question for the room

"Shooting isn’t entirely convincing either, being too easy with auto-lock on, or too slapdash without."

That's why I'm hoping they'll release a PC version. So much more control with a keyboard, mouse, and joystick. Or is there a way to do this with xbox/ps?

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US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

joejack
Happy

Re: WTF?

THANK YOU for introducing some sanity into this thread, good sir.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

joejack

Kickstarter

Sony's "we're on the 3rd generation now, so we must be getting better" comment is kind of negated by the Agent kickstarter project. That's a first-gen watch I'd actually be interested in.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/secretlabs/agent-the-worlds-smartest-watch

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France gives Google three month DATA PRIVACY DEADLINE

joejack
Mushroom

Don't be evil, except... terrorists!

I have to wonder if the reason the US isn't making similar noises is because the NSA doesn't want to lose valuable data points.

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

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Re: And that...

Yep. You can access gmail via IMAP, but Fastmail is far, far superior if you care about managing your email.

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Lenovo planning US smartphone push as PC sales stall

joejack
FAIL

Re: they already make great phones

I wanted to believe, but the P770 you linked to looks like similar specs to the 2yo HTC Sensation I just traded in. Hopefully they'll come up with a stronger flagship, and give it a proper name. Even then, the tinfoil-hats here in the US will likely label it a commie spy phone, "journalists" will lead with scary headlines to that effect, and the masses will stay away "just in case."

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/03/28/us-slaps-china-with-cyber-security-law-huawei-zte-lenovo-will-all-suffer/

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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With $67B

...he could hire someone to help prep him to avoid foibles like this. Or build a protocol bot.

Americans are fairly lax about protocol, though if I'm shaking hands right after sneezing, I wipe the [potentially wet] hand on my jeans first.

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

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Re: Big bezels

Yes. This. Oh, and give both bezels an up/down physical button, a la Nook. No one in their 10,000 reader survey asked for this?

Aside: since there's no audio support, I guess the SD card is only useful for sideloading?

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

joejack
Trollface

Flash drives

Are one of the more volatile forms of storage.

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

joejack

Re: My Prediction

Define "fail." If they get even a 5% adoption rate, their mobile ad revenue goes thru the roof. That 5% will grow as FB adds features.

I'm sure I'll install it out of morbid curiosity, and then remove it to free up resources. I have enough malware on my phone courtesy the operators already.

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

joejack

Re: That's geeks for you

For that sort of money (at the time), you could have paid for an additional season.

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On Amazon, cloud service companies put themselves at risk

joejack
WTF?

Brilliant

Still, seems like it'd be slightly less impolite to offer to buy the companies for a fraction of their worth:

"Take the offer; you'll be out of business shortly anyway. Asshole."

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PayPal enters 21st Century with developer tools refresh

joejack
Meh

Did PayPal Just Clone Stripe’s API Documentation?

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/08/did-paypal-just-clone-stripes-api-documentation/

Well, no, but the layout. And some of the workflow, esp w OAuth and credcard storage.

Imitation, flattery, etc. At least Paypal won't be as painfully hard to work with going forward.

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Ruby 2.0.0 adds syntax sparkle, boosts performance

joejack

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3t5cbp/

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

joejack
WTF?

Doesn't add up

"When Sasha came home, I immediately called him and asked him to find the address on the map. When the unfortunate image loaded, Sasha went pale."

How could she tell that he went pale over a phone conversation???

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

joejack
Stop

Re: Grammar

Especially if the Zuck promotes PHP as the preferred learning language. Tantamount to child abuse.

https://www.google.com/search?q=php+sucks

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Apple serves up 25 BEEELLIONTH iTunes download

joejack
Mushroom

Margins

Apple takes a significant cut of music, books, movies, TV shows, in-app purchases, subscription services, etc. That's got to be a ridiculous revenue stream. And yet they jack up the prices of their iOS devices to the point where they get much higher margins than any competitor.

Amazon takes the same cuts for Kindle transactions (with a much lesser audience of course), but then uses that as a means to all but give the Kindles away.

Maybe once they're done suing everyone and run out of ideas, they can start competing on price.

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"Would that current Apple CEO Tim Cook could lasso an equally healthy cash cow."

You mean like the HBO content they're trying to negotiate for AppleTV? Could be a win so long as it doesn't still require HBO cable/satellite subscription like HBO-Go does.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Apple was so careful to not break existing iPad apps by quadrupling the pixels for the iPad3 (and then calling it "retina", as if they had a choice). Interesting then that the new iphone is now 16:9, requiring app developers to update their apps. Good on them for recognizing the better aspect ratio and then taking the hit.

And good on them for keeping iPad's at 4:3. The aspect ratio on android tablets is what keeps me away. 4:3 8" screen with no side bezels on the mini was a brilliant choice. For everything except for youtube, 4:3 is a more natural layout.

Aside: not a fanboi; I have an android phone and no iPad. Waiting for them to chop the bezels off of the 10", or up the resolution of the mini first. Or for a properly spec'd android with a 4:3 screen.

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

joejack
Trollface

X-Plane

Who else wants to see a smoke-filled 787 cockpit worked into the next version of X-Plane?

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