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Comment: Re:Who wears a watch these days (Score 1) 290

I kept forgetting my cell phone so I decided to stop wearing a wrist watch and started to use the phone to keep track of time. Between chencking the time, receiving e-mails, SMS'es and phone calls, browsing the net, playing games or reading e-books when I'm bored it's been years since I left the house without me noticing I had forgotten the damn cellphone within a few minutes.

If your smartwatch has a feature that makes it beep when it's too far from your phone, you will never forget it again and you can resume wearing a watch.

Comment: Re:Cloud but hear me (Score 4, Insightful) 446

Agreed. I use an alternative to all this: all my data is backed up on a small eeePC in my attic and send sent to a friend of mine through SSH. I have 1TB of data storage at his place, and I offer in return 1TB of data storage in my place for him to do the same.

Sensitive stuff is encrypted so I don't care if he can see all my files. The bulk of it is pictures/personal movies in terms of size. encfs works wonders for low sensitive data, the rest can go through TrueCrypt/keepass2 encryption or even PGP.

And it costs me zero (minus the 1TB I have reserved for him).

Comment: Re:Cutting edge journalism (Score 4, Interesting) 179

by Pieroxy (#49452135) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

Google figured out that the carriers were a barrier so they went around them.

Google didn't, Apple did. Not one iPhone ever sold has ever been touched by a carrier before getting into the hands of the final user, where the vast majority of Android devices get crapped by carriers before they get sold.

Apple said: Carriers are crap, let's protect all of our phones (and thus users) from them.
Google said: Carriers are crap, we're going to provide users that care with phones that are untouched by them.

As always, Apple forced their views on everyone while Google offered a choice. I think Apple was right on this one.

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 1) 358

by Pieroxy (#49436365) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

My youtube ad blocker works perfectly. I never see advertisements while watching youtube.

I'd happily pay for the ad blocker. I won't pay google for the joy of them not spamming me.

So you don't recognize YouTube brings any value to you? Shouldn't they be able to decide how to monetize it? After all, it's their website.

As for the spamming part, I don't see as spamming if you actually willfully go there al by yourself.

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 3, Interesting) 358

by Pieroxy (#49436343) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

There is another catch to it: I will not pay a fee to all websites I visit in order to avoid ads. Not even talking about the money spent, there is just no practical way for me to micro-pay for every site I go to... Even though I think it would be a nice way to avoid ads while still giving something to the sites I visit. After all, they provide value..

In other words: it doesn't scale until there is a way to expand the model to the internet. As such, I will still have AdBlock installed for all the other sites I visit. So even if I don't pay for YouTube, I won't see any ads anyways, making the YouTube subscription of little value.

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 1, Troll) 312

by Pieroxy (#49429687) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

Reference needed. There is no country on earth where police, fire, health and education systems costs 30% of the GDP. Governments want that to do all sort of stuff most members of the population don't want. This is why people try to evade taxes. Because they're spent 90% on bullshit. If my country was asking for 3% of the GDP and that was it, nobody in their right mind would try to evade taxes because they would be fair: (almost) insignificant for the people and providing quality services.

Unfortunately, this is almost not true in every country. All governments are huge ballooned administration that forever wants to gobble more money to do more bullshit, most of the time orders of magnitudes less efficiently than private companies could.

Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 198

Browser have shifted from document viewers to application platform quite a while ago now. I was mocking the OP because he seemed to imply that browser ARE document viewers when they're clearly more than that. Very clearly.

By the way, GMail doesn't suck. Nor does outlook365. Nor does amazon or any other e-commerce platform. Clearly they're not catalogs of online documents, so the shift might have been apparent and browsers are pretty good at it.

Also, in the wake of the NSA revelations by Snowden, I don't think anyone has any doubt that there are holes and zero-days in pretty much every stack of every OS out there. USB, Network, Browsers, Encryption libs, everywhere. Browsers are just at the top of the stack, so they get picked on more often.

Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 198

developers want something that works everywhere, and .NET is the best of the only, crappy, solutions we have available.

Man, thnks for the laugh!. It's funny because, in a deep sense, you're right. If there ever was a competition among the "only crappy solutions we have available", I'm sure .NET will win hands down.

This from someone that writes .NET code for a living.

Java is also a strong contender over here. I'd even argue that for headless apps (CLI or deamons) it does a better job.

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