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Comment: Re: Keyboard (Score 1) 216

by Centurix (#47933469) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Frustrating. I had to setup a friends iPad to connect to a network, couldn't easily tell if I was typing upper-case or lower-case for each character. Took a couple of attempts before realising that the keys don't change case on the screen keyboard.

Comment: Re:Off-site backups and Plex (Score 1) 267

by Centurix (#47916149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

This is a great solution. I'd have to add that Plex supports sync into whatever cloud system you have as well. You select which content you want duplicated and it takes care of the rest.

I did the same as the original poster, converting lots of VHS and other dead media as best I could. Installing Sickbeard, NZBGet, Couch Potato, Headphones and a torrent server it's become quite a thing to behold. Using Plex with a couple of Chromecasts around the house really makes things easy. Chromecast and Plex get along with each other in a brilliant way. Best $35 ever spent. Even with the Netflix, HBO Go, iPlayer and a ton of other apps that just work.

Comment: Re:"One"? Seriously? (Score 1) 50

by Threni (#47909001) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Do you think the number one is unlucky, or something?

Android's version numbers are for developer use only; everyone else uses the name, just like they do with Windows.

Microsoft doesn't have a hold on the "one" name, because next to nobody has heard of the "xbox one" outside of the gaming/tech community, whereas nearly everyone has - or knows someone who has - an Android phone.

Comment: Re:$100 (Score 1) 50

by Threni (#47908975) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

We're not there yet; some people are going to pay £600+ for the iPhone 6 rather than £150 for the Moto G2. Many people are still on small, silly screens and could do with a larger one now they've got their head around the idea of having a smart phone. They all could do with 2 or 3 gigs of ram instead of 1 or less.

Those $100 phones are designed for india; they're not going to gain any traction outside of there because it's just cutting 2 or 3 corners too many, but certainly I can see £150 being a sweet spot where people who don't want quad core/a huge screen/battery don't pass.

Comment: Apple KNOWS what its users want (Score 3, Funny) 609

They know that ALL their users are U2 fans. Every. Single. One.

And from this point on, if someone says they bought an iPhone you can say to their face that they are U2 fans, even if they deny it. Because Apple SAYS they are U2 fans, and to them that is the word of their god.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Threni (#47888319) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

For some smaller, less financially significant countries it's possible that Google would just have no official presence, forcing users to just use their .com sites.

This sort of thing is the reason why companies launch later in Germany etc than elsewhere. Generally you have a product and you just sell it but some European countries (France is another one) have all these stupid little "we're special...and we don't understand the internet" rules which mean you have tedious unproductive meetings, then set up phone numbers etc before the end users can actually use your products/services.

Comment: Re:define (Score 1) 290

by Threni (#47888299) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

They're agreeing that Google use their personal data, but there's no suggestion they're going to get paid for it. The "payment" is that Google provide them services, without any support. I'm sure people can provide paid support for them but I'm not sure why Google should be the first company in the world to pay people to help other people use their (Google's) services?

Comment: Scrap all the rules (Score 1) 104

All that ham nerd stuff was probably meaningful once, but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want? I mean, sure, stick within allocated frequencies, don't bleed over other ones etc, but check out the rules - they're hilarious. Are we still worried about political subversion and Russian spies?

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins