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Comment Re:"Messaging service"? (Score 1) 92

The only two benefits of WhatsApp are that it's free for overseas communications and that it is cross platform, although even then its desktop support is shit. The rest of the time I just find it irritating. In fact WeChat works better, but then the only people I know who use that live in Shanghai.

Funny I landed in Moscow a couple of weeks ago and watched the lady in front of me obsessively go through at least half a dozen apps as soon as we landed. Fragmentation of communication methods is annoying, and really what's the difference between all these app devs who seem to be insistent on re-inventing the wheel? It's not benefiting us as users.

Comment Re:"Messaging service"? (Score 1) 92

Another irritating thing with WhatsApp is that I can't even hit send on a message when I'm offline (e.g. underground on the Tube or overseas with data roaming off).

Well if you could hit send on *any* messaging app or SMS, without service the result is the same.

No it's not. If I hit send on an email when I'm offline, I don't have to think about it again because the phone will send it as soon as it's back online. With WhatsApp I have to remember to go back to the app and hit send when I realise I'm back online, which could be sometime later. It's easy to forget to do this.

Comment Re:"Messaging service"? (Score 1) 92

SMS does have delivery notification support, but it seems to be enabled erratically by providers. Read receipts are annoying, and does anybody actively update their status? Another irritating thing with WhatsApp is that I can't even hit send on a message when I'm offline (e.g. underground on the Tube or overseas with data roaming off).

My biggest problem with the default messaging app on my phone (iMessage) is that 1) it's Apple only, and 2) I apparently can't control when it falls back to SMS if the recipient is offline.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with American Tech Industry (Score 2) 460

Not my experience with Uber in London. Several times now I've pissed around outside Hammersmith Broadway and Turnham Green trying to get one home late in the evening before giving up and catching a bus or the Tube. Another time on the way to Heathrow in the middle of a weekday afternoon the Tube had some trouble and I was already running late... 35 quid from Boston Manor (~10 miles)? No thanks, and unbelievably Addison Lee is much cheaper than that and arrived in the same time frame! Maybe you've got more money than the average person, but I don't relish Uber's surge pricing if a ton of taxi companies go out of business.

You really must go out and also live in the middle of nowhere if there are no night buses that can't get you closer than seven miles! ;)

Comment Re:Strict scrutiny (Score 1) 935

Australia had a similar misplaced frontier attitude until they finally wised up and restricted guns - see how their rate of mass shootings has subsequently plummeted. But, you don't have to go that far afield: try north of the border to find a country that's more American than anywhere else but still has almost universa (even in Alberta)l incredulity at the American attitude towards guns. It seems you're the one jumping to conclusions and having a problem with understanding.

Comment Re:Strict scrutiny (Score 2) 935

Why not just agree the 2nd amendment is out-of-date and wrong, and just get rid of it?

There's little left of the Magna Carta recognised in English and Welsh law due to most of it being repealed or superseded. Do you really want to continue for another 600 years arguing that the US Constitution and it's amendments are even relevant? To most of us in the rest of the world, the arguments put forward by American gun advocates don't sound much different to religious fundamentalists using the bible or Koran to justify their outrageous positions, i.e. there's no logical sense.

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