Re: Another quick question
Auto play videos are one of the worst things that ever happened to the Internet.
93 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011
Work laptops should have more USB ports and an RJ45 connector and don't need wifi, bluetooth, speakers, mic, video camera built in. Those are things that can be added as peripherals and carried in your laptop bag.
In 2018 work laptops absolutely need wifi.
Bluetooth you might argue against, but it can always be turned off.
Speakers, mic and video camera, in the days of ubiquitous Skype, Hangouts, Lync etc are pretty close to essential as well.
He's right that Google maps display far, far less information than the paper maps from OS that we used when orienteering as kids.
I agree entirely.
However, I don't use Google Maps for orienteering (and I'm certain that 99.99% of other users also don't). For that I would want a paper map (for anything "serious") or find another app that provides this (Ordnance Survey) for walks in the woods.
For finding addresses, finding businesses or restaurants, getting directions, sat nav with live traffic information, street view, traffic data etc etc etc Google Maps is streets ahead (apologies for lazy pun).
... even though its satellite imagery is often extremely out of date 10 years+ old.
I love this comment (to be clear I'm not disputing it or mocking the AC) but isn't it incredible that we can see unbelievably detailed imagery of essentially every single place in the world, zoom in and out, see changes over decades, Street View for ground level view etc etc?
My mum can remember the first radio that her parents bought!
Google's cars also turn across the bike lane illegally but they've been programmed to halt and cause a major traffic jam rather than hit cyclists.
For the avoidance of doubt: stopping, whether it causes a traffic jam or not, is always the correct alternative to hitting cyclists.
I had half a TV once. I'm not saying it wasn't cheap but it was a bit shit all told and I don't think I would go for it again.
Well, it probably wasn't the best TV on the market, but for the price it was unbeatable. Both TVs are still in use after 1 and 3 years (approximately) respectively, so they can't be that bad (or maybe my standards are just low).
As in the title: I don't understand why this isn't getting more (and more vigorous) news coverage.
Admittedly it is early days, but this is a hack of Tesco's systems, not info harvested from phishing creds from individuals. The nature and scale of the attack is worrying.
I use ad-blockers on every machine I use.
However, I would happily (for sites I like and use regularly, such as this) tick an off-white list that permitted only text adverts or static images.
Anything that is animated (especaially flash), autoplayed movies, popped over/under/across the screen or generally is a pain in the @rse should 100% be blocked all the time.
I upgraded (and was only able to because CyanogenMod exists) for various reasons:
- ability to run some apps that won't run on old Android versions
- control: removing all the bloatware that comes pre-installed and unremovable
- control: better permissions and privacy management in latest android and CyanogenMod
I am currently driving a Citroen C4 Cactus, which is admirable in many ways but not for its centralisation of all controls on a 7" touchscreen.
Where, for example, turning the heating and/or fan down could previously be done by reaching across grasping a knob and turning it without taking your eyes off the road the touchscreen requires touching once to activate the HVAC screen and again once / many times to adjust heat / fan speed, all of which require you to look at the screen (and brace your hand on the bezel) in order to achieve the required touch accuracy.
Touchscreens in cars are Really Not a Good Idea for most things.
I have often wondered why people want to keep hundred of tabs open in their browsers and yours is the first explanation for keeping 200+ tabs open that actually makes any sense at all to me (even if I probably won't take to doing it myself).
Which is a good moment to remind everyone of the wonderful http://traintimes.org.uk, which as well as providing clean, simple information can also do journey-splitting to find cheaper fares.
It helps that you can simply type an url like http://traintimes.org.uk/london/eastcroydon/1000/tuesday/ and it will show you the scheduled services.
To all the previous commentards:
Yes, I agree, Amazon / whoever having control of your purchased books is not great. On the other hand, for c.90% (or maybe more) of all the fiction I ever read I do not have an urge to read it again.
For reference publications, I am unlikely to buy those as .mobi files. They are more likely to be hard copy or pdf or something else I can access on multiple platforms.
Therefore not something I am losing any sleep over.
@ AC - No, I think everyone should pay the amount of tax that they are due to pay, and there is clearly a problem that has arisen from the globalisation of trade, but that still can only be dealt with by changing the "rules" and then applying them.
In terms of filling potholes etc, corporation tax is actually a very small piece of the funding - see here - and the bulk of the revenue comes from income tax, NI and VAT all of which are generated by the trading / employment of people in the UK.
While I appreciate that the corporation tax figure is derisory, as already pointed out, it undoubtedly reflects Facebook following the laws regarding transfer pricing etc. If they have not, then it is HMRC's duty to challenge and/or prosecute them.
What is always omitted from these headlines is the other taxes paid by facebook etc. Assuming that Facebook's UK employees are paid more than the median average, say £50k each, then Facebook paid c£5 million in employer's national insurance alone last year.
" I think I'm long overdue for an audit of which sites I have accounts with, but rarely or never use any more... and time to start closing them.
Maybe I might start with Touchnote... but the burglars are over the hills now with their loot, so what would be the point?"
There isn't any point re the data, but perhaps there is in the sense of "I won't do business with people who don't care about my data."
The thing is, compatibility is the issue.
I, and many others, would immediately adopt LO as our sole office suite except for the fact that 99% of businesses use MS and compatibility is not perfect. I get that this is MS's fault (intention), but if it means that documents can't be shared and worked on without issues arising, then MS defends its position.
IMHO MS's office stranglehold is a far greater strength than the OS.
"I find that I do not miss 3D desktop effects one little bit; most of what I do involves what is in each window, be it Firefox, a terminal or whatever and I use the window manager to, well, manage these windows and manage the virtual desktops. Gnome Metacity Flashback does this perfectly. It works, works well and does so consuming minimal resources."
This is what I find as well (Lubuntu user) and have struggled to find:
(a) reviews that compare / describe useful functions of other DEs; or
(b) any description of why 3D / compositing / transparency / whatever is actually useful.
This is a genuine question - any answers to (b) above gratefully received.
why I don't own any apple products.
My last experience at an Apple store (to try to arrange to fix, then replace, my son's ipod) ended with the worker ant I was speaking to saying that he would "Make an appointment for you to see someone to buy this."
It's an mp3 player. Give me the f*cking box and point me at the till. Uppity tw*ts.
A plea for help - tangentially related to the article and after extensive googling:
Does anyone know how to change the action bar, specifically the action bar as shown when viewing an email that makes "reply all" rather than reply (a terrible idea) the main/obvious action?
"Well, if having "no apps" makes it easier to use, why not just buy a feature phone then?"
A fair point, but when the OP says no apps he means (and you know that he means) "only the basic apps".
I use only a fairly limited set of apps but I am both happy with them and wouldn't give them up: Email, Browser, Maps, eBay, Calendar, What'sApp, Camera/Editor and MP3 player is probably 95% of what I use my smartphone for, the other 5% being made up of other apps, calls and texts.
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