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Comment: Re:Does your carrier charge you for txt? Lolz (Score 1) 199

by coolmadsi (#46293133) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

In a reasonable world everyone's incoming texts would be free, but we do not live in such a world.

I have never paid for incoming texts (in the UK) - I think the rest of the world outside the USA is reasonable as I've only heard of that practice happening in the USA. I used to be pay as you go for years although in January I started a one-month repeating package of unlimited texts and unlimited internet for £12 (which Google tells me is about $20).

Comment: Re:Comment filter (Score 1) 2219

by coolmadsi (#46184123) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.

I think I did this on the beta site by clicking on the gear icon to the left of the "funny" "insightful" etc. filters, which allowed me to select a filter level.

So there is a way to do it (or was, I don't know if it is still the case today). Not an obvious way, but a way.

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

by coolmadsi (#46184073) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

If you were browsing through modern news sites and you stumbled across this, would it not give you pause?

The BBC site from that link looks designed to be viewed on a small monitor so has a fixed width. Current slashdot doesn't have that so it isn't an issue.

The BBC site from that link also looks cluttered and is more like the slashdot beta site (which is cluttered) compared to the current slashdot site. If you are using the BBC site from 2001 as an example of how not to design a news site, why is the new slashdot beta moving more towards it?

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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Comment: Re:Music... (Score 1) 240

by coolmadsi (#46033623) Attached to: Code Is Not Literature

If musicians read sheet music like programmers read code, then why do a lot of programmers insist that everyone else comments their code?

If you're reading sheet music just to play it, then you wouldn't need comments (like a computer doesn't need comments to execute code). I would be surprised if music composition is done exclusively in notation without some text alongside it, particularly if there are a number of composers collaborating (disclaimer: I'm not a composer).

If people could write perfect software first time (and software requirements never changed), code probably wouldn't need comments.

Comment: Re:Google. An Advertising Company. (Score 1) 170

by coolmadsi (#45937715) Attached to: Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer

I have to agree. This is the first time I've ever heard of it! I have no idea what it's for, what it's limitations are, or where it might have gone had it survived. It is, literally, zero loss: it never existed as far as I'm concerned.

I think I have heard of this once before, but it was saying how it sounds nice, but most of the stuff on it was just spam.

+ - Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "In the latest twist to the saga of Google's tracking of Safari users, the giant has asked to have a UK lawsuit dismissed. Google says it is bound by California laws, so plaintiffs will have to come the US and sue there. Law firm Olswang is bringing the suit on behalf of British users whose Safaris browser settings were over-ridden to help Google target ads; it argues that international organisations should respect the laws that apply where their customers live."
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Comment: Re:All or nothing approach is silly (Score 1) 131

by coolmadsi (#45470821) Attached to: 1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

There is App Ops in android >=4.3. Install App Ops Starter and disable the permissions you don't want to grant to an app.

I have that installed (first Nexus 7, Android 4.3) - it looks like there are some permissions that can't be disabled (internet access for example). Otherwise it is quite nice (it also says the last time the app used the permission, and if it has used it)

Comment: Re:Great for CC scammers (Score 1) 222

by coolmadsi (#45431977) Attached to: Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

I don't know where people get this idea that you have to have a chip-and-pin CC to get by in Europe. It's just not true.

I live in the UK, so examples of things you wouldn't be able to buy with a card include:
- train tickets (you'll need cash, or else a long queue if there's a human option)
- car parking (sometimes cash won't be an option, though that's rare)
- occasional smaller businesses (shops, restaurants) who will want cash instead due to the fraud risk
- any other ticket machine (e.g. cinema)

OK, it's more of an inconvenience than a necessity. It's ridiculous that the US has barely started to use the system though -- it's almost 10 years old.

(I don't think Brno is much to brag about...)

I live in the UK and almost always get train tickets using a card, both at the counter and using the machines. This is from train stations an hour or so away from London, so maybe they don't have them further away.

I have seen some smaller businesses in the village near me only accept cash, however that was mainly because there was an ATM across the road and it would cost them to process cards themselves.

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