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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

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The future is 3D

Oh no it isn't.

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Google testing 'Helpouts' video support service

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I think it will be worse than that

At least Yahoo Answers are permanent and could potentially be improved with community voting (although that's unlikely to happen due to the community being almost equal parts trolls and kids).

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

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Nice Arse

Reminds me of a Flying wing style bomber.

It's all looking very fine chaps, carry on.

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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CCTV warning notices

Are only required in public* areas, you don't need to put up warnings inside your house.

I can't see a big market for something like this though, the resale value of that kit is high enough that you'd be better off selling the old iphone and using the proceeds to buy a dedicated multicamera recording system with the ability to view recordings on a smartphone, and whatevers left over in the pub.

* Public includes privately owned commercial thoroughfares, eg an industrial estate, shopping centre etc.

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Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

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No information on any of these outages?

Are we supposed to infer from this vacuum that it's our elected governments doing totally trustworthy things?

The more you don't know the safer you are.

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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That's pretty impressive

Either the whole thing failed or they power cycled it, impressed that a worldwide distributed system with that much traffic came up again in a minute or so and dealt with the backlog seemingly without issue though.

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Oz bank closes Bitcoin business' bank accounts

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Re: CTF regulations

This seems to becoming a thing eh? All your stuff monitored, copied, appropriated or destroyed without oversight, the people that are told to implement action under gagging orders with threats of serious jail time or given no reason why they are doing it, no explanations, no legal recourse.

Secret laws for us to break unaware, i guess its so much easier to run a country when all your citizens are criminals by default and it's only your whim and them keeping their heads down that keeps them out of prison.

I think the thing is that the powers that be can see where we're the world is headed quite clearly, and they're fucking terrified.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Branching

Easy to do in 2D with rails, a little bit harder in 3D, near vacuum and near supersonic speeds, whilst keeping it under 1G, on stilts and ensuring that in no circumstances can a pod hit the crotch of the Y.

Engineering safe branching systems and airlocked sidings for disabled / depressurised pods are the hardest part of this whole scheme yet they barely get a mention in the PDF.

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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Re: $695!

Yeah, I didn't know that before yesterday when I bothered to watch the videos, the price is pretty good for what it replaces (a phone and a desktop), surprising Ubuntu is first with this, I think this particular attempt is going to fall way short of the funding goal but it's clearly a good if somewhat obvious next step for computing.

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Shack in flat-pack bric-a-brac lack flap? Whack on this 3D flat-pack app

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That actually looks useful

Looking forward to playing with this, good use of augmented reality.

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'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass

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Re: The best use

"Unfortunatly m'lord, my recording device malfunctioned during the arrest and subsequently failed to capture the accused throwing himself down the stairs"

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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You're barking up the wrong simulated tree

Transporting objects to any point in this universe can be accomplished by something somewhat more complex yet comparable to an SQL injection attack.

Just make sure you start experimenting a way away from your home planet.

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Amazon's profit-eating machine revs into overdrive

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WTF?

Buy & Large does it again.

Are they investing their profits or removing them through a stream of price cuts? It's pretty hard to tell from their accounting. I thought the whole point of predatory pricing legislation was to stop companies using core business to bankroll "no profit" expansion into new markets with a view to closing down the competition, how is this massive company able to keep expanding into new markets, turning over billions and reporting essentially no profit quarter after quarter without any questions asked?

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Re: Hm

My wife's iphone 4s has been dropped 'lots' of times, dumped in a fresh hot bath mid game by our toddler, run over by a car (ours I think, she dropped it getting out, recovered it via find my phone), and taken at least one high dive into a toilet.

These are just the things she has admitted to, she thinks it's a tough little phone, damage so far, 2 x cracked back glass, repair for the first one was about £5, haven't bothered repairing it again, stuck some tape on the crack.

I've had three, a 2g that's still going that the toddler plays with, a 4 that lasted two years before I upgraded, and gave it to my daughter who lost it within 2 weeks and a 5 that's in my pocket. I've dropped all of them plenty of times.

I know there are hardier phones but they're nowhere near as fragile as the media likes to portray them.

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

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Re: Voting iregularities?

I'm a big fan of nuclear, fracking on the other hand seems inherently risky, but then this article isn't about fracking, it's just something that's come up in the comments and has received a crapload of votes, even though voting on this site is a complete pain in the arse and the regulars don't usually bother down voting all dissenting opinions even when their OS of choice is insulted.

Fracking, Green, Oil, Arms and finance topics really seem to bring out the clickers.

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Voting iregularities?

Awful lot of pro fracking passion from an IT audience, its odd how stories about fracking or banking seem to attract serial downvoting.

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Boffins flip optics to make booster-free superfast fibre

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You can get it now!

Some organisation called the .A.S.N has offered to install the midpoint reversing kit for free!

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Apple Maps. Remember that? Apple does. It just gobbled Locationary

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Re: Sort the simple things first

Agreed, contrast and colours are pretty poor, routing works well though and when I'm in the car I have the phone in my pocket and one earbud for directions so it's not a deal breaker, seems like an easy enough thing to fix though.

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Re: Reporting problems

Yes you can, drop a pin, tap the info icon and press the report a problem button, not sure anyone reads it though because I've reported a park that isn't coloured green and added a missing cafe but neither of them have been updated.

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We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

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Re: existing kit + ssd upgrade = all you'll need

Seconded, sling an SSD in an old laptop and you've got a new machine for a fraction of the cost, best upgrade ever.

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Apple patents touch display that KNOWS YOU by your fingers

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WTF?

Re: Amputating fingers

And then what? did they have it stuffed and put it on a key fob?

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Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

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DNT will be about as effective as the evil bit

This is all for show, no one is going to give up tracking because browsers start asking them not to, it would take worldwide government regulation before any effect was noticed.

If you don't want to be tracked you're going to need a browser that constantly lies to the servers, not one that attaches "don't track me bro" to each request.

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

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Re: Connectivity is a deal-breaker

Not available yet but 10.9 allows you to use a £99 AppleTV (and generic Monitor orTV) as a second or mirrored monitor, and finally with menubars on each display.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

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Re: Battery life

There's a balance, if you always have it plugged into a charger while you're at your desk, and rarely run it on battery then it will sit at 100% which will be detrimental over time, similarly, if you religiously charge and discharge it you will rapidly eat into the charging cycle lifespan which will also be detrimental, additionally it will often have less power than you need when you have to pick it up and go without warning.

I'm often using mine in places where a charger isn't an option, so I try and keep it charged, I can always replace the battery if its knackered.

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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

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Re: The only good hacker...

He's not a hacker or traitor, he's a Patriot: a person who vigorously supports their country and s prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

The US Constitution is what defines the USA, not borders on a map or the various wars on nouns, you simply cannot be an American patriot and ignore the constitution being shredded by the very people sworn to uphold it.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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Also known as

Pittance

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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I can understand the why

If its your job to protect the elected government from any and all threats then it follows that you'd want to know everything about everyone, but surely they also understand that in building this apparatus they provide an unscrupulous government with the means to coerce and control the electorate, which would be an orders of magnitude larger failure of their mission than the occasional terrorist attack.

The intelligence services of the free world have set themselves up to fail, and the billions of the people their agencies were created to protect will pay the price in blood, sweat and tears. There needs to be an urgent public discussion about the implications of mass surveillance, and what if any constitutional safeguards exist to keep this crushing weight, balanced precariously above our heads from crashing down on us.

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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

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WTF?

It's 2013

Fifty years of Moore's law and we're adding GPU support to a fucking office package because users are complaining about it lagging?

The public think Governments are inefficient, they have no idea.

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

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Re: thrashing like a newborn

Ah, you're awake Mr... NumptyScrub? I'm pleased to tell you that the operation was a complete success however there will be a period of adjustment while your brain rewires its connections to the new donor body.

To assist you over this period we have implanted a small device which allows you to manually trigger limb movements through the judicious use of this technological marvel, the QWOP keypad.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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What an amazingly cunty idea

Sky pushes the envelope once more.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Oh you're going to hate me for this...

It's 6 years old, very popular, about three hundred million active users, commonly contains a treasure chest of personal and financial data, is powered on 24/365 while connected to multiple public networks. Seems to be doing ok so far despite its fair share of the technically incompetent masses.

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Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

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Re: Welcome to the death of apple

Blimey, Is it doom o clock already? Takes me right back to my youth that does.

I'm pretty sure Apple will be fine even if this watch sells more like an AppleTV than an iPad.

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Pressure

And lots of it to make the Equador President stand up and do a public 180, still, as Nixon says, 'hacker' Snowden is no big deal, we can take him or leave him etc, I'm not sure I believe him though.

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Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

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WTF?

Re: " Windows is a fundamentally broken design and it will *never* be secure."

Does Linux allow you to run a remote executable direct from the browser then? Because OS X doesn't. I can't even imagine what was going through their minds when they thought that typing 'R' in a browser pop up was a useful shortcut for 'execute whatever follows', I'm guessing it was Vodka, should have been a brick.

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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I hope not

Even though its arguably derivative, the idea that Mr Dean now owns rights to any works that include nods to his artwork, no matter the medium, is ridiculous.

I was a fan of his work in my youth but I think he should sit down and watch the "Everything is a Remix" series, for some perspective.

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Microsoft's MoodScope app predicts smartphones users' feelings

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Big Brother

tail -9 /nsa/msft/w8p/826381.log

20131105212347-Debug-High pulse rate detected.

20131105212349-Debug-Agressive keystrokes detected.

20131105212401-WARN-KWD.

20131105212408-WARN-KWD.

20131105212412-WARN-KWD.

20131105212413-WARNING! Sensor damage.

20131105212413-WARNI

### host lost ###

SWAT dispatched at 20131105212414

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: I need a vac-ay-shun

So long as they're produced to the standards of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad I'd rather have them as TV miniseries anyway, The Matrix (there's a film that deserves a sequel), could have easily been stretched into an awesome 10 parter, basically any film that leaves you wanting to know more about the characters or setting has the potential for a quality miniseries.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: My mother

I have one too, wife bought it for me as a present a few years ago, it's cream, exactly like the one my folks had when I was a nipper, great rIng and the kids hate using it which keeps the bills down.

Press 1 for blah isn't fun though, some of those systems take ages to time out and pass you on to a human.

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British lord sets new world electric vehicle speed record

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Re: Two rich dudes on el reg ...

A small sample yet representative all the same.

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iOS7 headshaking interface revealed

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WTF?

FFS

It's in the accessibility options, all of which are geared towards variously disabled users, this one is clearly specifically designed to allow people that can only move their fucking eyes to control a fixed in place device.

But for some reason it's all 'bastard Apple up to its old tricks again' in here.

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

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Oh yes it is

Prison Labour is a bad thing, it creates a conflict of interest, are you rehabilitating prisoners or running a business? Same goes for private prisons in general, as soon as prisoners become part of a profit formula, abuse becomes inevitable.

Like in the story, or that other one from the states where they were bribing a judge to convict juveniles.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: Steganography?

A long time ago on an internet far far away I was an Admin on the forum for a MMOG, we had a spate of users leaking secure bits of the forums via screen-grabs, so I replaced the forums 'reply' button, an icon of a document on a blue button, with a PHP script that produced an image that was identical save for the users forumID and IP address being encoded in the dots representing words on the icon. Nobody noticed the difference and because the reply icon was above and below each post it was likely to end up on a screen grab.

A separate script decoded the cropped icons from screen-grabs and coped with jpeg compression just fine to reveal the user.

\o for Pacifica

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

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Re: Surprise! > Chrome

Chrome on Mac requires 10.6 and up, there are a lot of old PPC machines still running 10.5

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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If this is indeed true

Then we should proceed with my plan to move Great Britain to the safety of the Mediterranean post haste.

Stage 1: Build a new motorway carving a straight line from Lands end to john o groats.

Stage 2: load Scotland into dumper trucks, use the rubble to build a causeway into the sea at lands end.

Stage 3: Snake causeway around France and through the straights of Gibraltar consuming GB from the top down as we go.

Stage 4: create a new donut shaped landmass in the Mediterranean, effectively annexing the entire sea.

Stage 5: Relax on the beach for a job well done, txt 'told you so' to Norway as they sprout volcanos.

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Nearly-transparent screen adds solar charge to phones

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Re: How about

I was thinking the same, a kinetic charger seems more suited to a device that's usually being bounced around in dark pockets, I suspect the problems with that idea are a) insignificant unless user is sat on a washing machine during spin cycle, b) mechanical wear and tear and c) shifting balance point in an expensive fragile device that's designed to be lightly cradled in the hand during use. I suppose the charging motion looking like a wanking gesture won't be a big sales point either.

When Apple released the original iPhone running Unix with limited CPU, RAM and disk I hoped that we might see a resurgence in efficient optimised code but sadly we decided to fuck all that and throw Ghz, cores and ram at the problem instead, rendering these ambient charging efforts as little more than gimmicks

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Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

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It's just a standard activation prompt

That's recieved a reply from Apple's servers that the unique hardware ID has already been used, reported lost/stolen and has been locked out. The system can be run/activated on the servers regardless of what happens to the phone.

If people manage to break the system by presumably editing the unique hardware ID then I'd expect this to manifest itself as users of brand new phones complaining that their phone must be second hand as the activation prompt is telling them it's been lost.

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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It's a big deal

Realtime collection of all communication metadata, while the comms content itself is mandated by law to be stored by the companies involved for ever increasing periods of time.

STEP 1) Government knows everything about everyone. [x]

STEP 2) Elect the wrong people [inevitable]

STEP 3) Horrific Dystopia. [ ]

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: Misleading

To be fair, his fingerprints are definetly going to be all over any new Macs because designing them is his job, that would be a bit 'Pope confirmed as a Catholic' as headlines go though*

*Or is he?, Athiests can be good? bears using portaloos[citation required], it's starting to look a little end of the world is nighish

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

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Re: I do understand.

"Is there any particular reason why a Firefox phone should be any cheaper than a budget Android?"

Yes, no need for a JavaVM and vastly simplified OS will mean lower hardware requirements.

The problem as I see it is that any app made for Firefox OS is going to need trivial tweaking (or none at all), to run on all the other mobile platforms, so it's going to be hard to obtain the fabled 'killer app' that draws customers to the platform.

I also note that iOS and ChromeOS both launched with webapps only and both quickly added support for native apps due to developer and user demand, I expect the same will happen here assuming it takes off at all.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Apple didn't invent those

Not Xerox, they didn't have menubars back then, and title bars were buttonless and clearly the inspiration for BeOS, I suppose it's possible that someone other than Apple created them but it seems unlikely that there's anything out there with those features that predates Xerox.

How about drag and drop, or being able to browse the filesystem? filetypes? updates to background / obsured windows? The thing about obvious ideas is that they commonly only become obvious the moment after someone has created them, there are billions of obvious ideas out there right now that represent untold fame and riches, realising them and making them work is hard, being labelled 'obvious' later is essentially the hallmark of fantastic ideas.

I guess I just find it disparaging when a whole load of original work is written off simply because it uses the windows and mouse concept from Xerox, the Apple developers didn't leave there with disks and code, just the basic idea, the concepts they added which have spread to all GUI's should be recognised just as much as the work of Xerox's developers in creating the basis of the modern GUI.

Back to the article, regarding NextStep , I recall a whole bunch of Docklets being ported over when OS X was first previewed, which were basically active notification icons, clocks, volume control, CPU usage, weather etc, most of these had menus attached to launch or change something, they fell out of favour so most of them are long gone but some degree of this remains in OS X with unread mail counts on the Mail.app icon, date on the Cal app etc.

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