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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!

Comment: Re:Is this a joke? IPhones are dying. (Score 1) 192

by Gonoff (#48988015) Attached to: JavaScript, PHP Top Most Popular Languages, With Apple's Swift Rising Fast

Your message is partially right. iPhones market share is heading down true but unit sales were still rising and have just taken a boost from China.

In the long term, your provocative heading may well turn out to be correct but that is years away. Businesses want their development done now on machines that are "out there" at present, not years away.

I would like it If Windows phones actually caught on but that one may be even further away. Their market share is so low that it could be hugely changed by a rounding error.

Businesses are shedding BlackBerrys at speed. There are two alternatives. Android for companies interested in cost, functionality and versatility or iPhones for appearance, coolness and keeping non-technical executives happy. Windows phones are somewhere in between but it is hard to tell as they are so rare.

I have just had my work BB replaced with an iPhone. Our department has provided support for them for years but now we are on them too. As I was aware, in comparison to good android phones it is limited and fiddly. Sending email is infuriating. I suppose the fashion conscious don't use email any more. I've got better things to do than look like a manager. I would have preferred a Note4. I could then leave the tablet behind. As it is, I read the email on the iShiny but if I need to reply, it's Android 7" tablet to the rescue!

Maybe iThings would fo the way of the Dodo if there was more than one alternative. At present, there is only Android and that is not favoured by the uninformable suit wearers.

Comment: I don't originate much, (Score 1) 210

by Gonoff (#48874687) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

but I comment a lot

The place is full of vertical groups - photographers, loads of technical (even iPhans), Political discussions from the US far right to the rest of the planets left, news about anything and everything from everywhere and no doubt stuff that I am not interested in and so have ignored...
So this is yet another posting from someone who has not really checked out the system.

Comment: Re:Something Truly Innovative (Score 1) 162

by Gonoff (#48809737) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

Bill Gates was definitely interested in transforming computing. You can criticize his methods, but his company advanced the commoditization of computers immensely, to the great advantage of the world. Could you have done better?

Gates has made much more of a positive contribution to technology than Jobs. Having had to deal with the inrush of his products may have kept me busy (Yes I am not 25 anymore either) but he played a major part in the ubiquity of IT nowadays.

Also Gates comes from actually "doing" technology. He coded, Jobs did not. Steve Jobs, as has been said here, was a salesman. He was also a disigner of cool looking stuff. It was his attitudes that made Apple devices the thing that wannabe beautiful people lusted after. It was his preferences that put form ahead of function and so on...

Comment: Missing Option (Score 1) 97

by Gonoff (#48684777) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

WTF would I want a laptop for?

I have a work PC, a home PC, a Work Android Tablet and my own Android Tablet. I think that covers every need. Android has a very nice Remote Desktop Connection app - from Microsoft. (It also exists for iThings.) This lets me remote to my work desktop the same as any laptop. I get Exchange based email on the work tablet and there are loads of apps that allow me access to network storage. I presume that iOS users will have a few as well.

What is the point of a laptop - other than to give me eye strain and RSI?

The battery on my work tablet lasts longer than a working day. My own tablet lasts from about 2.5 hours if playing certain games to over a week if charged and left on a shelf while I am away.

Comment: Being like 96% of humanity... (Score 2) 409

by Gonoff (#48513993) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

I am not from the USA and have never considered most of your countryfolk to be aware of where the world is far less what is happening in it. I have seem the occasional clip of one of your talking heads and the BBC sometimes has them on for insights into what is happening in your country. Perhaps we just get the amateurs talking to the foreign press.

The area around Chernobyl and Pripyat is fast becoming the best collection of natural history in Europe if not the world. The videos and pictures from there vary from the sombre to the absolutely fantastic. No multinational (read US corporation) is going to try and build factories, take wood or anything else from there. Animals killed there and sold elsewhere are easy to identify. Radioactivity is higher than normal all over it but very little of it now is unsafe for the next 100,000 years.

There is plenty on the web about it - my early favourite was http://www.kiddofspeed.com/ although there are occasional questions as to whether they are real.

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"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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