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Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 65

by BigZee (#47369047) Attached to: Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ
some good guesses and a few very funny answers. GCHQ is in fact the Government Communications Headquarters. Although it's in a completely different location, GCHQ can trace its roots back to Bletchly Park.

In the spirit of the above suggestions, I presume the FBI is the Farming Board of Investigation and the CIA is the Central Idiots Agency.

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by BigZee (#47201469) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'
Even if what you (and others above) say is true, the US still seems to be particularly violent. Whilst violent crime may be coming down, it still seems logical to remove the tools of violence. I can see a use for rifles and shotguns for hunting but handguns in particular have no use or purpose in a civilized country.

Comment: Re:Why are they in the EU again? (Score 1) 341

by BigZee (#47037571) Attached to: UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law
Most Prime Ministers realise this as well. Sometimes it takes until they get into power before they understand it but the reality is that since entering the EU (the Common Market), no PM (including David Cameron) have been skeptical enough to decide we should leave. It's worth mentioning as well that most of the major milestones to increased membership has been during Tory governments.

Comment: Re:Fuck Android (Score 1) 249

by BigZee (#46184761) Attached to: Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone
This sounds an awful lot like the arguments I heard in the early 90s on open systems vs proprietary. Your points are all valid but do they make the iOS platform sufficiently better for it to carry on? Given that Android is actively developed, just how long are the advantages you describe going to be an issue?

For now I see Android competing with iOS but I do think it's just a matter of time before there will be no advantage for Apple to continue developing their own OS. Woz is right, Apple could easily find themselves in the same situation as Blackberry and they need to be ready to deal with it.

Comment: Re:Perhaps they can pull this off... (Score 1) 153

by BigZee (#46100539) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked
This isn't really that surprising. Whilst I realise that Samsung runs a half-arsed app store, it doesn't seem particularly serious to me. In practice therefore, Samsung only make money from selling you the phone. Once that's done, all they have are obligations from a support perspective and those cost money. When Apple sell an iPhone, they will make money from every app you buy. Consequently, they have an incentive to provide updates etc. I don't think Apple actually show any more loyalty than Samsung, it's only about money.

Comment: Re:KISS (Score 1) 267

by BigZee (#46099917) Attached to: The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space
Whilst I appreciate the point you make, at some point we're going to want to send people to the planets. Exploration has been done quite well by robots so far. However, if it's for more sophisticated exploration, or colonization, we will want to send people. The problems have to be solved. In principle, many of them are, the problems are generally cost and a bit of time to develop, Nothing I've read says that these problems are insurmountable.

Comment: Re:Units sold or already out? (Score 5, Interesting) 511

by BigZee (#45974817) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014
I have to say, I'm always surprised that people complain about Betamax tape length. I had both 3 and 4 hour tapes and I expect that if Sony had continue development, I would have had LP and even EP modes. Whilst I do realize that very early on there was a length issue, this was not the case for most of the life of the product.

With respect to VHS being 'open', that wasn't the case either. I'm pretty certain that every VHS recorder sold included a license back to JVC. Now, it's true there were far more manufacturers of VHS recorders but Sony was not the only company to produce Betamax machines. Sanyo and Telefunken also produced them and there are probably others I'm not aware of.

There are far too many myths regarding this sort of thing, each markets had different issues. The practical reality was that Betamax probably was a better product in many respects, certainly the majority of Sony machines were built as premium products. Also, Betamax generally had features before they appeared on VHS (shuttle search, peep search HiFi - not just stereo - sound). However, none of these were enough of a factor in it becoming dominant. VHS, with more manufacturers was often a product you could find cheaper and still had enough features. Although you can have a long argument about picture and sound quality, if Betamax was better, it wasn't enough to make enough people choose that product.

Comment: Re:Or, stay low tech ... (Score 1) 133

by BigZee (#45844357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?
Thanks to all who suggested to stick with notebooks. I've been doing the same for many years but found it more useful to use the page-a-day diary as it has some relatively intuitive indexing built in. It's possibly because of this advance that I would like to move to something electronic. I can certainly appreciate the benefits to the traditional approach, it has worked well for me and clearly works well for many others. However, I do feel that my notes would become more useful to me, particularly as I want to try and use GTD, if I can use electronic mechanisms to integrate them into a number of different tools.

+ - Ask Slashdot. Organise my work load 2

Submitted by BigZee
BigZee (769371) writes "For many years, I've used a page-a-day diary as both a planner and a method for taking notes. Whilst not perfect, it's proven to be an approach that's worked fairly well for me. Conscious of the limitations, I want this to become more electronic. In principle, I want to be able to use by Nexus 7 for this function. There are some limitations. My workplace uses MS Outlook. However, I am not able to use Evernote (or similar) on my workplace machine. This limits possible integration along the lines proposed with GTD.
What I want is to be able to take notes that are organised by date as well as being integrated to a calendar (preferably Google). Additionally, I want to be able to prioritise my work along similar lines to GTD. I'm not averse to spending money for the right s/w but prefer to use free s/w where possible. Can anyone suggest what could be used?"

Comment: Re:So we should ditch Ubuntu and then (Score 1) 346

by BigZee (#45547763) Attached to: The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu
This is a particularly good point.

To use windows as an example. You wouldn't expect the usage of windows to change that much during your usage of a particular version. XP, probably my favorite (if such a term can be applied to windows), stuck with basically the same layout in terms of desktop, menus and directory structures. It never evolved substantially throughout its life. Ubuntu on the other hand (and a whole host of other GNU/Linux based distributions), can change it's look and feel substantially between different versions (ie, every 6 months). I don't think that windows would have been a success (in commercial terms) if it changed so much so quickly.

Whilst I accept that there are very good reasons to move forward, the issue I see is that not enough effort is put into keeping existing users happy. We want to keep up-to-date but we don't want our experience of the system to change too much. When Ubuntu was still using Gnome 2, you got a fairly nice progression. Gnome 2 improved but did so quite slowly. You also got a chance to say yes or no to wizzy 3d effects. I, and I suspect many others were happy with a slower improvement and this is probably better than the occasional but much bigger jumps that MS would have done with windows.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955

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