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Comment: Re:Messaging? (Score 1) 199

by mwissel (#46302575) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Yes you can uninstall. But I wrote unregister - thus unsubscribe from the service and disappear from everyone's contact list. Last times I unregistered, I still was available as a contact. For others it appeared as if I just never read the message when in fact it was lost. Even after registering again, the messages sent during my absence were not delivered.

As said, they want to keep it simple. They won't provide a desktop client and you can't use one account on multiple devices either. No hopes that will ever change.

Comment: Re:Messaging? (Score 5, Informative) 199

by mwissel (#46291063) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

No, it's more than yet another SMS replacement.

It can do cross-mobile-platform IM, group chats, file sharing (video and audio mostly) and as of recent push to talk communication. Also, the phone number is your user account - everyone of your phone contacts will show up in your WA contact list if they use it. Many agree it is the tidies and simplest messenger for mobile platforms around.

On the downside there is their shitty data protection and blatant security faults in the past. On Android, you can't switch off presence and reading confirmations which is quite unfortunate if your boss or knows your phone number - they will always be able to check when you were last on.

As much as I'd love to dispose WhatsApp, I have given up any attempt to do so. Once you registered, you can't unregister (or rather, the function does nothing) and people will continue to send you things. I resigned and tell everyone to not send any sensible information over this service and I use a modded Android app (WhatsApp+ ... you can find the project page on Google+) which allows me to hide my online status.

Comment: Re:What about all the other worlds? (Score 1) 465

by mwissel (#45857839) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Those are some interesting thoughts. However probable or improbable each interpretation of timetravel appears to me, I cannot help the thought that our perception of time itself is nothing but a mere illusion and that everything that has happened and will happen coexist as we progress at our subjectively experienced pace.

Travelling to the past would then mean to "unlive" your life and undo all actions completely, with the first thing you forget being that you just triggered a time travel.

Comment: Re:"an helicopter"!? (Score 1) 239

by mwissel (#44806623) Attached to: German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

Well, I have two excuses for this 'idiocy':

1) English is not my first language
2) I was writing that text in the middle of the night (local time for me)

Same goes for "A government spokesm_E_n[..]". Blame it on my lack of concentration.

So take this as 'an humble' excuse. I didn't want to cause such a stir amongst the 4-digit IDs - like with you and post #44805843. :-)

+ - German Federal Police helicopter circles US consolute-> 1

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mwissel (869864) writes "The German Federal Police ("Bundespolizei") had sent out an helicopter in late August to fly over the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt and take photos from only 60 meters height — reportedly to search for spy antennae and other espionage related equipment on the building rooftops. A government spokesmen more or less confirmed the purpose of the flight and it is said, that Merkel’s chief of staff Ronald Pofalla himself had been giving the order. This is remarkable, because Pofalla so far stood out with a very US-friendly attitude in the debate around NSA surveillance programs. There was, of course, no word about any findings. It also remains unclear whether this was just plain provocation or a PR-stunt for the upcoming federal elections in Germany on September 22nd."
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Comment: Re:Why another? (Score 1) 223

by mwissel (#44783583) Attached to: Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

Thanks for the hint. I didn't know that.

Personally, I don't use Iron - I have vanilla Chromium and rekonq on my machines. But I do recommend Iron from time to time for non tech-savvy people. For them, even after what I read now, it might still be the better choice because they would never fiddle with config values inside Chrome.

Full ACK - what that guy states there leaves a certain aftertaste. Hmpf.

Comment: Why another? (Score 5, Interesting) 223

by mwissel (#44774793) Attached to: Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

Sounds a lot like SRWare Iron* to me - that's a long existing Chromium-based fork altered for enhanced privacy.

At a first glance, I cannot make out any advantages of Epic over Iron. Aside from the removal of all user tracking which Chrome brings, they only provide a 1-click-proxy functionality. Which, if I used it, would leave me and my privacy at the mercy of an India based startup. Instead, I'd also rather suggest JAP** which is also long and well established.

So what am I missing that makes Epic Browser worth a Slashdot post?


Comment: Re:What if they are predators? (Score 1) 196

by mwissel (#43993355) Attached to: Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens

Enough with those laughable concerns already.

This transmission goes to a star 18 light years away from us. Assuming for a second that "they" - if there were any - needed no preparation time and could travel at almost light speed, it would take them at least half a century to show up (you have to accelerate and decelerate near start and destination). Look at the technological advancements humanity made during that last timespan. It might be more a threat to them to come here than they would be for us.

Let alone the ridiculous amount of energy needed to travel such a distance. All that to "feed" upon us or mine some resources? Fairly arrogant self perception there. When have you ever seen a lion running all the way from South Africa to Sweden to feed off an elk?

And for your side note, what was the last thing YOU have done to support 3rd world? Oh, you haven't? Thought so.

Comment: I used to be Linux enthusiast (Score 1) 1215

by mwissel (#43951205) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

I used to have a dual boot setup for ages, finally switching over to Linux as my main OS with a Gentoo 1.4 RC.

Back then, still being a cheapskate student, I really became a Linux enthusiast, one of those fanatics who literally spent hours in forums after having the gcc manuals for perusal every night to squeeze out the last percent of performance with custom linespanning make arguments. On the GUI side I had KDE (3.x was a real charm at the time!) and Fluxbox and used what seemed the better fit for the day. At that time with my Gentoo stage1 build set up and other fun things like my OpenBSD-powered home router on an old Pentium PC, you would have never convinced me I would ever churn from FOSS. It was also then I gained the invaluable knowledge that helped me great deal to get my first job. Good times.

Fast forward a few years. I'm sitting most of my daytime in front of computers now, in my office and in the afternoon. Tweaking configs and waiting for builds to complete was not the exciting pastime anymore, it became simply hassle. So I went from Gentoo to Kubuntu. I never liked *buntu-based Distros as much as Gentoo, so M$ had me in a weak moment.

Windows 7 with its 30-day-trial was too tempting, and it simply worked. It was sleek. It brought great improvements. And I went to the store and bought it. (Fun fact: the /. quote of the day below my input box right now is "We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.")

Today I'm still sticking with Windows 7 as my only OS on both my desktop and laptop. Linux distros only reside hibernating inside VMs for me to tinker around with sometimes.

Sometimes I ponder whether I should go back, as I'm afraid I'm narrowing down my own IT skills with the way I use computers nowadays. But, to summarize my excessive storrytelling, you have to want to invest time and effort into Linux. And after some life advances I just don't want to invest the time. Windows is as easy to use as ever and it got rid of the better part of its design flaws and downsides.

However, there's still that Debian powered server running ownCloud and some other stuff keeping me attached to Linux. And, of course and without much notice, my Android powered phones.

Comment: Re:ISDN is great! (Score 2) 347

by mwissel (#43891129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

Because nobody wants to pay for the quality so much sought after.

By the way, G.722 wideband calls are the best thing I ever heard on my phone when there is no transcoding in between. We have the infrastructure in our company, it's a treat for the ears ;-).

Naturally, int'l calls with least cost routing and numerous transit providers in between can never lead into good voice quality with VoIP.

Comment: Re:Cable != ISDN / T1 / T3 (Score 3, Insightful) 347

by mwissel (#43891053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

Even in business-class cable and DSL connections, I rarely see synchronous speeds (doesn't mean they don't exist, just means that they seem to be rare).

By any chance you meant to write symmetric instead of synchronous? As in, upstream and downstream bandwidth are the same?

If so, then you need to find the right ISP. You could always order S(symmetric)DSL connections, but they are usually much more expensive than ADSL in both monthly fees and modems, thus they are rare. Most end users either don't need the upsteam provided by SDSL for the given cost or realize this through other technologies because they need even more than DSL's capabilities.

However, it's (at least in my area) not the lack of availability but the lousy cost-performance-ratio that drives customers away from Symmetric DSL.

Comment: Re:Widely adopted? (Score 3, Informative) 61

by mwissel (#43828203) Attached to: Duracell's Powermat Ties the Knot With PowerKiss

I would have agreed with you if I hadn't recently get a hold of my new Galaxy S4. Although it not labelled as Qi anywhere, the wireless charging mat adheres to this standard. Same goes for the other newer Samsung devices. Given the number of sold units by the company, you might well say Qi is widely adopted.

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