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Comment: Re:You don't have a three year old (Score 1) 65

by CodeReign (#48851429) Attached to: Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

The Qi chargers look great on TV except that they can't charge through the protective cases.

Shouldn't. They can and my girl friend frequently does with hers but you shouldn't as it reduces efficiency and causes the case to become "warm".

Really though I don't notice any difference between her charge and mine (I don't have case)

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score -1, Redundant) 580

by CodeReign (#48626195) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Or when I pull up in my driveway and see that someone is already inside my home or garage, I should just let them finish stealing whatever they'd like and file a report. That's what insurance is for, right? Just let the thieves, crooks, and dopeheads have free reign because people like you want to call me a "wussy". Got news for ya, boss. Real life exists outside of your gated community and sleepy suburban burgs. Lots of us live in the real world, and real shit happens all day, every day.

Yep pretty much. Just because someone is robbing you doesn't mean there is a need to kill them. You just said you have insurance so you don't have any liability until you pull out that gun.

Comment: Re:Compared to Azure (Score 1) 94

by CodeReign (#47995135) Attached to: Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

I mean I'm an Oracle FMW developer working with several Oracle servers having serious uptime and SLAs but even then, hiccups happen. A good developer programs with the expectation that not everything will work smoothly and so long as not everything breaks at once I could have a DB fall off the face of the earth or a server get shot and we'd still chug along with minimal perceived downtime.

+ - Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs in Chrome Become a Standard?->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "The address bar in a Web browser has been a standard feature for as long as Web browsers have been around — and that's not going to be changing. What could be, though, is exactly what sort of information is displayed in them. In December, Google began rolling-out a limited test of a feature in Chrome called "Origin Chip", a UI element situated to the left of the address bar. What this "chip" does is show the name of the website you're currently on, while also showing the base URL. To the right, the actual address bar shows nothing, except a prompt to "Search Google or type URL". With this implementation, a descriptive URL would not be seen in the URL bar. Instead, only the root domain would be seen, but to the left of the actual address bar. This effectively means that no matter which page you're on in a given website, all you'll ever see when looking at the address bar is the base URL in the origin chip. What helps here is that the URL is never going to be completely hidden. You'll still be able to hit Ctrl + L to select it, and hopefully be able to click on the origin chip in order to reveal the entire URL. Google could never get rid of the URL entirely, because it's required in order to link someone to a direct location, obviously."
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Ubuntu Phone Isn't Important Enough To Demand an Open Source Baseband 137

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the pick-your-battles dept.
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Canonical is producing a version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution specifically for smartphones, but Richard Tynan, writing for, recently pointed out that the baseband in Ubuntu-powered phones will remain proprietary. ... Some have criticized Canonical for missing an opportunity to push for a fully Open Source smartphone, but in order to fix this problem (and open up the code for this super-critical bit of software), we need companies that have a large amount of clout, in the smartphone market, to make it a priority. Canonical (with Ubuntu) just doesn't have that clout yet. They're just now dipping their toes into the smartphone waters. But you know who does have that clout? Google.

Google has made a point of touting Open Source (at least sometimes), and they are the undisputed king of the smartphone operating system world. And yet I hear no big moves by Google to encourage phone manufacturers to utilize Open Source baseband firmware, such as OsmocomBB. So has Canonical missed an opportunity? No. Not yet. If (some may say 'when') Ubuntu gains a critical amount of market share in the phone world, that will be their chance to pressure manufacturers to produce a truly Open Source phone. Until then, Canonical needs to continue to work within the world we have today."

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