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Comment: Re:Crippleware -- no local file support (Score 1) 69

To be clear, it does also support Sharepoint, which some larger businesses have, so using the cloud is not mandatory. But not supporting local file storage might be OK on an iOS device where the file system is hidden from the user, but not on Android which has decent support for local and SD card storage.

Smacks of Microsoft wanting to own all of their users' data. I'll stick with Kingsoft Office or OpenOffice for Android, thanks very much. I really don't want to upload all of my private data to the Great Fluffy Mothership in Redmond, nor do I intend to pay for a license to run a Sharepoint server.

Comment: Crippleware -- no local file support (Score 1) 69

Shows how blind Microsoft is. Unlike iOS devices, Android comes with decent support for local file storage out of the box. Apparently, Mobile Office only currently supports opening files on SkyDrive/OneDrive. No support for local storage, so that email attachment that you downloaded with the native Android email client won't be readable unless you upload it to the mothership in Redmond first. Same goes with files created with other Android apps.

Nor does it have support for Dropbox, Box.net, or other cloud services that people use for business file sharing.

Comment: Landline replacement and fiber (Score 1) 449

by b0s0z0ku (#46614401) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
If you're running fiber to the premises (as basically all decently fast and non-latent Internet access entails), then it's trivial to include POTS functionality in the endpoint terminal at the home of business. Carriers should be required to maintain the POTS network until they come up with a better, non-wireless solution to replace it. I think that, in general, the network will be maintained IN MOST areas for at least another 10-20 years. Too much legacy equipment that's dependent on it right now. Even in Verizon areas damaged by Sandy (Fire Island), Verizon is changing their mind about providing shitty wireless service only and will be providing FiOS service.

Comment: Workarounds... (Score 1) 194

by b0s0z0ku (#35525180) Attached to: NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan
(1) Split an account with your friends or office (2) 20 free articles -- there's got to be a way to spoof that. Deleting cookies + changing IP #'s would probably do that. (3) Fake referrers from search engines or Facebook, though they may have ways of verifying Also, why doesn't NYT also have a daily option like their dead-tree version? You should be able to buy a copy, download the whole thing to your laptop or tablet, and be able to read it on the plane without being forced to pay for a 4-week period!

+ - Google Groups search ... still broken->

Submitted by b0s0z0ku
b0s0z0ku (752509) writes "For the past month or more, searching for any phrase on the Google Groups website has yielded only the first page of results with no convenient way to navigate to subsequent pages. The page bar on the bottom of the screen has gone missing. Despite this bug being reported to Google by multiple people, Google has not seen fit to fix it in a timely manner. This humble poster wonders if Google Groups is being maintained at all, and by whom?"
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First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - The modern FPS - as seen by the BBC in 1980->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A year before the BBC tried to educate the computer-illiterate with the BBC Micro, it had already inadvertantly predicted the look and feel of the modern hi-res first-person shooter in an episode from the third season of its very low-budget 'Robin Hood in space' SF show 'Blake's 7'. The episode 'Death-Watch' is to videogame FPS prediction what the 'Star Trek' TOS episode 'A Taste Of Armageddon' is to the likes of turn-based strategy games such as .Sid Meier's Civilization'. This article contains a short video excerpt from the episode that will look familiar to fans of 'Gears Of War' and the 'Half-Life' franchise. Ironically, if the BBC had had any real budget to work with, they would have got it wrong..."
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+ - ACLU's Mobile Privacy Developer Challenge->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Privacy groups announced a mobile privacy developer challenge today. The competition, Develop for Privacy, challenges mobile app developers to create tools that help ordinary mobile device users understand and protect their privacy. Its sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Washington, and the Tor Project, with the assistance of the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office. Submission deadline is May 31, 2011. The winner will be announced in August 2011 at an event in Las Vegas, coinciding with the DEFCON and Black Hat security conferences."
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Comment: Re:Not too surprising (Score 1) 406

by b0s0z0ku (#30957120) Attached to: Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective
Fuck mandating self-driving cars - I like driving and riding motos. Fortunately, I live in NYC, so I don't have to commute by car so driving hasn't become a chore. As far as bans having no effect, we've banned many things and people still do them. Perhaps the kind of people who NEED to use their cell phones right now as opposed to glancing at a text or picking up an occasional call will ignore the ban. The casual users who'll follow the ban paid less attention to the phone and more to driving before the ban. -b.

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