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Comment: Well that was informative (Score 1) 189

by goldcd (#48629105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
From the "I commonly work in a clean-room (CR.)" I knew we were onto a winner here.

What you actually want to do is not put your phone on the 'inside' of your "CR" gear.

If that's not an option, then I suspect neither is farting around with a wrist-computer.

Being serious. I'm a Pebble user and the main service it provides is putting your phone notifications on your wrist - it lets you break the pavlovian response of looking at your phone everytime it goes 'buzz'
However, it pretty much assumes that when you glance at your wrist and determine it's important, you get out your phone to resolve whatever.
Depending on your watch of choice, your interaction scope may vary - but they all assume if you need to offer a proper response to whatever, you get out your phone - a smartwatch isn't for you sir.

Comment: Re:Think that's bad (Score 1) 234

by goldcd (#48494719) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission
You misunderstand.
Worx doesn't actually *give* you any functionality - e.g. I just use my regular mail program to connect to exchange, attach files etc etc. All Worx does, is tell my employer my handset's allowed to use exchange.
I'm guessing it can probably be used in a slightly more intrusive way to 'brand' my handset (install corporate wallpaper, stick corporate apps of choice on the handset etc) - but..

Comment: Think that's bad (Score 4, Informative) 234

by goldcd (#48475339) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission
Have a look what Citrix Worx asks for (certifier of your phone, so you can look at your work email). Device & app history
retrieve running apps
read sensitive log data
Mobile data settings
change/intercept network settings and traffic
Location
precise location (GPS and network-based)
Photos / Media / Files
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
test access to protected storage
Camera / Microphone
record audio
Wi-Fi connection information
view Wi-Fi connections
Device ID & call information
read phone status and identity
Other
press keys and control buttons
read frame buffer
close other apps
update component usage statistics
force-stop other apps
modify secure system settings
view network connections
connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
full network access
run at startup
read battery statistics
control vibration
close other apps
set wallpaper
install shortcuts
uninstall shortcuts
modify system settings
pair with Bluetooth devices
draw over other apps

Comment: Aw, bless (Score 1) 164

by goldcd (#48296433) Attached to: Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine
I suspect some numpty within Disney has just walked away with a somewhat cheap-looking 'patent plaque'

The point of a search engine, to the user, is to give them what they were looking for.
Anything that detracts from this ideal, makes it a 'bad search engine'

If they'd got their head screwed on, in addition to hiding copyright infringing material, they'd have also extended the patent to remove anything that was sold by a Disney competitor (surely users contributing to the coffers of a rival, is much worse than contributing to nobody).
Oh - but then it might have been noticed that they've just patented their own app-store..

Comment: Because it all seems to be 'flowing' the wrong way (Score 0) 252

by goldcd (#48177243) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone
I have a desktop and a laptop or two running Windows. I have for decades. These are 'my machines'
I've ploughed through the odd iOS and quite a few Android devices for phones and tablets as well. Once you've hacked the life out of them, you can actually get stuff working that previously you could only do on my 'real machines'
Over the generations, what I could do has increased - I loved it. Then I saw the Surface2. It just sort of snuck up on me. Scales from my eyes and all that, but it can do whatever any other tablet I have could do, what I wanted my next tablet to do, and - well basically I'm not sure what advantage any tablet of today or the near future could offer me, that this couldn't.

Comment: To be fair though (Score 2) 338

Consoles just have to render at 1080, not 1440 or the 4k you can easily pick up for your PC.
*re-reads*
Oh..

For the last couple of gens it's usually been possible to get a PC that 'looked better' - but you ended up paying a whole wedge more for the privilege. This is the first gen of consoles that have come out and I've immediately written off (and I'm reasonably sure could build a better PC for near enough the same money).
PC monitors have got better, and it's never been easier to plug your PC into a TV if you care. My old 360 controller is happily working wirelessly with my PC, despite the rest of the rig going to the charity shop. I'm really a little bemused as to what the point of non-portable consoles is any more.
Even the industry seems a little bemused and is resorting to 'dirty-tricks' - deliberately screwing up the graphics on Watch Dogs, 'consoles as a whole' getting a timed exclusive of GTA etc.
Only console I've any interest in is the WiiU (and even then just for the game exclusives I know will never come to my PC - and for some reason can mentally give Nintendo a pass on this).

Comment: Indeed (Score 1) 126

by goldcd (#48085947) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program
With a 'normal' car you get to see the mileage and whether "it looks OK at a glance" but that's about all you can tell about what kind of life it had previously.
With a Tesla I don't see why you couldn't theoretically pull the entire black-box history.
I'd like to buy a Tesla that never exceeded the speed limit and was only driven to church on a Sunday etc etc.

Comment: That is rubbish (Score 1) 107

by goldcd (#48064309) Attached to: Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation
Google are trying to protect their Android brand, from the reasonable accusations that hardware vendors leave their customers high-and-dry and stop supporting the handset when they have a new one to sell.
I don't want an iOS phone - *but* buying an Android phone for a similar chunk of cash, it never comes with any guarantee of a future update.
Google recognized this and released the 'google edition' versions of some of the high-end popular handsets. That ticks the box for the users of these phones - you're likely to get your updates for a good few more years, whatever your vendor does - but for most of these high-end phones the vendor provides upgrades anyway.
Surely what google want go do is provide some kind of ongoing support to their users of phones from the lower tier suppliers. Cyanogen is pretty good at bridging the gap between the huge numbers of phones out there, and google's latest and greatest OS.
The bit that niggles me is that I'm not quite sure what Cyanogen brings apart from providing a focus for the unpaid people actually doing the work.
If I were in Google's position I'd just pick up the community myself, and put bounties against phone/android version combos, and pay the devs directly.

Comment: If I had points, I'd give them to you (Score 1) 474

by goldcd (#47950527) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
I'm reasonably proud of my little island and a bit we refer to as the UK.
Punched above our weight for a couple of hundred years, and made out mark on the planet. Generally I think we've done more good than harm - but definitely not perfect and plenty of room for improvement.
Personally glad that Scotland didn't leave us - but would have happily accepted any decision they made.
Hopefully this is just tacit acceptance it's a bit shit for all of us at the moment, and we all need to ride this out together. It'll get better, it'll get worse again, we'll bitch and we'll whine about the unfairness of it all - but at least we're not France.

Comment: Get a better router? (Score 3, Informative) 238

by goldcd (#47890765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I picked up an Asus ac66u last year (there are later models and I suspect cheaper ones in the range that are similar) - and it supports VPN (amongst all manner of other stuff).
Just have an extra page on the GUI to allow you to generate an openVPN cert and account privs. Pretty useful as means when I'm travelling I can just seamlessly add my phone to the home network.
I'd thought about buying something dedicated (well was more a NAS project, I thought I could add this to) - but unless you've got some complex needs or high volume - I strongly suspect I'd make more of a mess (both function and security) trying to set it up myself.

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