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Comment: Missing Option (Score 1) 301

I don't have or want a laptop thanks.

I have a desktop PC, a tablet and a phone.
The Phone is for ultra portable, always connected and always on.
Tablet for meetings, away from office, work, home etc. Also for at home relaxed and so on.
The PC is when I want to actually do something other than look at things - you know like actually "creating content"

Whether you are writing a book, developing, photo editing or playing serious games, a full size keyboard and screen along with a comfy mouse will make you much less susceptible to eye strain, RSI and all sorts of other fun stuff.

There is a small number of things that need a laptop and nothing else but the use case is very small.
New desktop PCs come with anything from 5 to 10 USB sockets and a lot of monitors can increase the number by acting as a hub too.

Comment: They have them. (Score 1) 356

by Gonoff (#49526685) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

The BBC has got mobile pages. My phone and tablet keep going to them. Like in the XKCD cartoon, they are flawed.
There are some nice apps for it anyway. My favourite one comes with a nice widget too.

Wikipedia has several apps available for my phone. I suspect that there may be something available for users of iThings too.
because of that, there is no need for mobile pages because of a better alternative.

I suppose I knew that the EU would have had a website but I don't see what benefit a mobile version would bring.

On the whole, most mobile sites are annoying and incomplete in comparison to the "proper" one.
Sometimes the only thing I need is to be able to zoom in.

Conclusion: Mobile versions are not always needed.

Comment: Re:That confirms it (Score 1) 489

by Gonoff (#49461961) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

A single video confirmed all your biases?

No. My impressions have been formed by a lot of things, including previous news articles, books, talking to human beings and so on. This item has just convinced me that there has been enough "benefit of the doubt" given already.

Any biases I might have about the US are largely about your government, big business and misplaced notions of personal freedom. They are different.

Comment: Re:That confirms it (Score 1) 489

by Gonoff (#49445503) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

I

suggest you go read some crime statistics and maybe just open your eyes to the world. And if you just think its America I invite you to look at what the peaceful people of central africa are doing to each other.

Comparing your country, or here in the UK, against somewhere in Africa or the former Soviet empire is invalid.We both are supposed to have some sort of legal system. Both need work but we don't shoot our citizens so often. (I did not say never!).

Nobody said it is just the USA. It is just that the USA has less of an excuse than a country without the freedoms that we are supposed to have.

Comment: There is English and English as a second language. (Score 1) 667

by Gonoff (#49266525) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Many years ago, my parents moved from Central Scotland to that area of Northern Nigeria now in the news for all the wrong reasons.

At the age of 6, I was the only person in my school who was not Nigerian. English was at that time the common language and that was what was used in the school I was at.
Every now and again, I would be sent along to one of the older classes to help with pronunciation - "Look at the size of this boy. If he can pronounce it, so can you!" type lessons from the teacher.

So, the next time you see the town of Sokoto, just consider that here will be people there with highly differentiated vowels, glottal stops and rhotic pronunciation (rolling R's).

Comment: Re:Of course they are (Score 1) 270

by Gonoff (#49136383) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

It's not just the Chinese you know.

Here in the UK it varies between unwise for commercial businesses to use US data storage through against internal rules for many government organisations to straight illegal for anything that has personal information like hospitals and police.

What I do as a private individual is my own business. It would not be rigt that people that had a legal care of duty over my details kept it somewhere that criminal(1) organisations like the NSA have free reign to do what they like.

(1)They may or may not be illegal but they are certainly criminally breaking laws and even your constitution,

Comment: What is needed (Score 2) 148

by Gonoff (#49054637) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6

I'm not sure that it is even possible but is needed is a very simple app that clears off all the bloatware and apps that nobody wanted anyway.

It can't leave the phone unlocked as most users are not even aware of what root is and could cause even more awkwardness to themselves.
That would also cause some supposedly secure apps to stop working as the phone would now be "insecure.
It would also block business use as MDMs would block the devices.

I remember there used to be the Decrapifier for new Windows PCs and people who did not feel able to uninstall things themselves.
Somehow, I imagine that Google would not been keen and manufacturers would be even less enthusiastic. PhoneCos would be even more anti!

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