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Comment: CENSORED (Score -1, Offtopic) 218

by baptiste (#38736886) Attached to: Research In Motion To Be Sold, Possibly To Samsung
If Slashdot won't do anything to speak out against SOPA/PIPA, we users have to matters into our own hands, so instead of reading this extremely insightful comment about this old news story (its censored!), please take action and speak out against these terrible bills: http://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem at all! Am I just dumb? (Score 1) 186

by baptiste (#38661924) Attached to: Twitter Comes Out Swinging Against Google's Personalized Search
Not if the competitors are blocking Google from crawling their data. Twitter won't stand a chance of making a case when Google can just say 'stop using rel=nofollow and your info will get indexed for Personal Search too'. Same with Facebook.Twitter and Facebook want $$$ for Google to index their content. Google chose not to pay and so now Google coverage of Twitter is significantly less.

Comment: Re:Intruiged (Score 1) 274

by baptiste (#38011472) Attached to: Asus Unveils Quad-Core Transformer Prime Tablet
I have the Transformer as well and it's been an interesting fight between my trusty Acer Netbook and the Transformer... Short story? I still have and use both and still haven't really migrated to one or the other. My Netbook is great. 2GB mem upgrade makes it usable for my tons of tabs, occasional Google Doc or LibreOffice runs - even can manage to edit the occasional Picasa photo without too much pain. It's a great form factor, the 9 Cell battery means long run times, and the screen is crazy bright (LED) - at night the dimmest setting can seem to bright. I may throw an SSD into it for fun. This has and continues to be my main 'away from the desktop' computer. I take it with me everywhere, bouncing WiFi off my phone when needed. The tablet is interesting. First - the keyboard is not perfect. The keys are too far apart and I find myself having a lot of trouble typing on it, but that may be me. Either they require too much travel to 'tick' or my hands just don't fit it well. The touchpad is RIGHT under the space bar and I found myself clicking with my thumb ALL the time - I turned it off the first week or two and haven't turned it on since. All that said, I leave it in the keyboard almost all the time. I hate touch typing on the screen. But when I need the tablet mode, it's SO easy to just pop out and keep going. The biggest adjustment (at first) was how many apps had no keyboard shortcuts. I'm a shortcut type - the less I need to touch a mouse the better. Simple Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V were foreign to many apps, which makes sense for an OS rooted in phones with no keyboard. The lack of support for some Google apps and other big ones on Honeycomb was criminal (No google voice? No netflix?) But to their credit the apps have gradually gotten better and better. More and more adding keyboard shortcuts they always should have had, battery life improving, and overall unlike most 'upgrades' anytime apps get updated you often notice the improvement. To me the tablet is fun. LOVE watching full length movies and not seeing the battery meter drop in realtime or have the device almost too hot to touch. Playing Angry Birds is, of course, much more fun using your finger vs a touchpad. Email is just fine using the GMail client and web browsing with Dolphin is decent (too many other browsers default to mobile mode which is crazy with a 10" screen) Google Docs on Android is an abomination, but hopefully will improve. So the tablet can take the place of my netbook for the basic email/web stuff and media viewing. Beyond that though? Not seeing it. At all. I'm just more efficient on my NetBook. Maybe that will change, but for now, I still find myself picking a device based on what I expect to do after work. Not sure that's bad, but seems inefficient.
Google

Google Adds Games To Google+ 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the tic-tac-toe-better-have-an-i'm-feeling-lucky-button dept.
derGoldstein writes with this quote from the official Google blog: "Today we're adding games to Google+. ... We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life ... When you're ready to play, the Games page is waiting — click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you've received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score — your circles will only see the updates when they're interested in playing games too."

Comment: Re:Spam filtering (Score 5, Insightful) 554

by baptiste (#37015682) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?
I think the whole exercise is short sighted. I've been there, done that. The amount of effort to keep everything running, updated, configured, etc is a PITA. Setting up a solid spam filter is a huge undertaking because it's a multi layered approach. SA or equiv, various milters, and more and you still won't come close to GMail. When I finally gave in and decided to switch to Google Apps I was floored by the improvement in Spam filtering. Are there quirks with Google' stuff. Sure. But they are improving it. I finally today got most of my stuff tied to my personal count migrated to my Apps account. The family enjoy using their apps accounts too compared to what we used to have. We've used IMP, Squirrel Mail, ROundcube, and others. Roundcube is the best in that group interface wise, but is still very buggy. Was Horde fun to play with way back before Google's services existed? Yup - because they were something not easily done elsewhere. But now? So good luck - it certainly can be done, but to be done right requires a lot of effort that's only worth it if you have nothign better to do or are a internet services admin at work and like to tinker at home. And even then... I can spend all that time spent screwing with my internet 'stack' and apply it to better things now that Google just handles the day to day stuff. Am I concerned about them 'owning' me - maybe a little. But so far, they've not done evil to me. Plus even if I wanted to migrate all my stuff back to a personal server again, Google Voice is the deal breaker for me. Can't live without it.
GNOME

Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce 835

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-else-don't-you-like? dept.
kai_hiwatari writes "In Google+, Torvalds criticized the direction that GNOME has taken with GNOME 3. He called GNOME 3 an 'unholy mess' and said that the user experience is unacceptable, adding that because of GNOME 3, he has ditched GNOME for Xfce. He said that Xfce is a step down from GNOME 2 — but a huge step up from GNOME 3."
Microsoft

Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces" 209

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the better-than-methane dept.
Some anonymous masochist submitted a story that makes me cringe from inside a heatwave. "With a temperature of around 40-50C (104-122F), the exhaust from a rack of cloud servers could be a very cost-effective way of heating your house, according to researchers from Microsoft and the University of Virginia. Dubbed the 'Data Furnace,' these racks would be hot enough to completely replace the heating and hot water system in a house or office. Instead of building mega data centers, Data Furnaces would be micro data furnaces in residential areas, providing free heating and ultra-low-latency cloud services to nearby web surfers. Microsoft Research thinks that with remote sensor networks, encryption, and other safety measures, lack of physical security won't be an issue."
Media

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase 722

Posted by timothy
from the let-them-drink-cappuccino dept.
oxide7 writes "Netflix provoked an unprecedented outpouring of backlash across the Internet as the company unveiled plans to raise prices on its movie-rental services. The company said it would raise the Internet-plus-DVDs-in-the-mail plan from $9.99 per month to $15.98 per month late Tuesday sparking protests and rage across the subscriber base. Netflix brushed off the criticism however. 'We knew there would be some people who would be upset,' company spokesman Steve Swasey said. 'To most people, it's a latte or two,' he added."

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 4, Insightful) 538

by baptiste (#36474158) Attached to: Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
Exactly - because if the IT department explains the risks, but goes ahead anyway because 'they said so' and then it blows up - who gets blamed? The brain dead manager that wouldn't listen or the IT department because it was an 'IT project'. Even if you have extensive documentation backing up the warnings you gave, it's too technical' and at the high mgmt level all they hear is 'IT screwed up' and it was an IT project. One of the main reasons I got out of corporate IT management - chronic lack of funding and not being listened to when you gave realistic cost and time projections for what was asked for and you never could achieve 'success' only 'not failing'. Nobody cheers for the power company because they keep the lights on day in and day out, but when the power goes out, they're public enemy #1.
Google

Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist? 561

Posted by samzenpus
from the won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-children? dept.
theodp writes "Slate's Michael Agger wishes there was a website his 6-year-old son could visit on his own to watch amateur Star Wars Lego movies and other stuff he's curious about. 'But I don't leave him alone on YouTube,' he laments, 'because I never know if some strange-ass video will appear in the 'Related Videos' section.' Agger suggests that Google should create Google Kids, a search engine that filters the Web for children. 'Think back to when you were a kid and your parents dropped you off at the library,' explains Agger. 'In the children's section, the only "inappropriate" stuff to be found was Judy Blume's Forever, which someone's older sister had usually already checked out anyway. Similarly, Google Kids would be a sort of children's section of the Web, focused on providing high-quality results based on age.'"

Comment: Don't knock it before you've tried it (Score 1) 75

by baptiste (#36336864) Attached to: Beta For Thunderbird 5.0 Released
I've used TB forever. Every once in a while it would bug me and I'd switch to something else, then find myself coming back to it. Even after moving to Google Apps - I stuck with TBird on my desktop. Feels more natural - I can't get used to GMails concept of tagging everything - I end up deleting sent mail all the time trashing a conversation (yeah I know PEBKAC). So I've generally stuck with TBird and though 3.x was a decent upgrade and has worked well with multiple IMAP accounts tied to it. I use GMail's web interface on teh netbook and in a pinch elsewhere and it's fine too. 5.x is intriguing. If you've tried Opera's browser based email client, you'll see some similarities. It feels like a web browser more than ever, and not in a bad way. That said - I wish I could hide the menu bar and drop down to just the buttons and tabs. Beyond that - whoever suggested the Conversations plugin above - great suggestion. Give it a try - it does some cool things inspired by Mac Mail like unified inboxes and more (At least I *think* that's conversations - might be TBird 5) Whichever - you can flip between folder views - All Folders, Unread Folders, Unified Folders, and much more. Try it if you haven't. It's pretty sweet. Took a while for it to sort through the gobs of email in various accounts - but this is like a whole new email client. Tbird 5 and Conversations 2,0 is absolutely worth a look.

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