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Comment What does this mean for Windows Phone? (Score 1) 61

When Apple wanted to double down on their iPhone platform they kissed Google off and built their own Maps and Advertising solutions. Regardless of whether they were good solutions or not, it's clear the aim was to create a complete ecosystem. Microsoft followed a similar tack for several years, investing heavily in their own Maps and Advertising systems. Now that Microsoft are selling them (or part thereof), this indicates that Microsoft is no longer interested in a complete ecosystem. Therefore this raises questions about their plan for Windows Phone.

Comment use a wiki (Score 1) 203

I've been with my employer for 12 years and have a lot of specialised knowledge. In that time I've diligently shuttled information from various sources including e-mail into a wiki. Anyone in the company can access and edit it but I'm by far the biggest contributor. Time and time again I'm able to send people a link to answer their FAQs, heck I even use it to discover my own (forgotten) memories. Thanks to the wiki I anticipate a straightforward handover should the need arise.

Comment Re:Again? (Score 1) 91

I remember this too. The Google-Twitter collaboration was discontinued in 2011 - it was never explicitly stated why but the general impression was that Twitter wanted users to come to their site & apps to search for content. Now that they're buddying up to Google again it makes me wonder if they're seeing a drop off in user engagement.

Comment Horseshit! (Score 1) 434

Android 2.3 rolled out in Jan 2011, it reached 10% six months later in July 2012.
Android 4.0 rolled out in Jan 2012, it reached 10% six months later in July 2012.
Android 4.1 rolled out in Aug 2012, it reached 10% six months later in Feb 2013.
Android 4.4 rolled out in Dec 2013, it reached 10% six months later in June 2014.

Android 5.0 rolled out in Jan 2015, it reached 10% FOUR months later in May 2015.

And Lucian Armasu of Toms Hardware thinks there's a problem here? This is business as usual. In fact Google have already improved things in recent years by moving more and more features into their Google Play Services app which can be updated from the Market just like any other app. There's very little actual difference in functionality these days between a Kitkat and a Lollipop phone.

Comment IPv6 adoption is now going backwards in fact (Score 1) 390

My Australian ISP (Internode, now iiNet) was one of the leading promoters of IPv6 and was one of the first to offer such connections, years ago. Many customers used IPv6 with no issues for several years. Then Netflix came to Australia. Netflix, in addition to some Australian digital TV channels and a few local mirrors is excluded from the ISP's broadband quotas. But it turns out, quota exclusion only works for IPv4. So people set their account back to a IPv4 connection.

Because of this, valuable momentum in IPv6 adoption has been lost.

Comment Prune, prune, prune (Score 1) 626

Eliminate homophones and heteronyms. Strip back the synonyms. Make antonyms consistent. Remove homophenes that cause confusion for lipreaders.

Re-establish phonetic spelling. Nation and national, ration and rational should NOT have a different sound for their first syllable.

In short, undertake behaviour like Edward Scissorhands on this pile of faeces.

Comment Idea for a noobgit client (Score 1) 343

Just riffing here but what about the idea of a "noobgit" client that checks out a given repository and every 5 minutes in the background it does a git pull, performs a permissive merge with some additional smarts (e.g. for Word docx it just keeps both versions of the conflict section and inserts a Word comment at that point), and then commits the new file? For all intents and purposes it would just function like a multi-user Dropbox. This could even use the same git server as the engineering team (though obviously not the same repositories).

Comment What does this mean for Australia? (Score 1) 116

The Browse Basin is within Australia's 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The cynic in me wonders if Australia signed away a nominal lease on the region while assuming there would be income from the port facilities & import/export taxes. Now instead of pumping the stuff onto shore Shell can load directly onto ocean-going ships. I for one hope the Australian contracts are water-tight (pun intended).

Comment Not interested! (Score 1) 631

I LOVE having all my transactions on one credit card (CC) statement.
I LOVE getting $400 a year in reward points for funneling everything through the CC.
I LOVE incurring zero interest because it gets paid in full every month.
I LOVE the fact that I can contest/reverse bogus transactions through the CC provider.
I LOVE that the CC providers have spent decades getting really good at security.

I will not be supporting any retailer that wants to directly access my bank account.

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