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Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 91

by mykro76 (#49741359) Attached to: Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results
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

by mykro76 (#49626399) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer
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

by mykro76 (#49525023) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

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

by mykro76 (#49077907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?
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

by mykro76 (#48622701) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long
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

by mykro76 (#48257357) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
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.

Comment: Beware of the videos!! (Score 1) 97

by mykro76 (#48024699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

I maintain my company's knowledge systems. Multimedia videos have several problems:

- They are not accessible to the hard of hearing or the vision-impaired.You may be breaking the law unless you invest the effort to caption every single video.
- They are hard to search. Unless you create transcripts/captions or extensively meta-tag the videos it's really hard to find specific content.
- They are not easy to update. Generally you have to reshoot and re-edit the entire video.
- They take a lot of time and effort. Generally you can produce a text-based delivery that covers more knowledge in better detail in the same time it takes you to make a video.

I've seen several efforts to "video all the things". All have failed. Corporate videos are good for one thing - delivering "talking head" messages from management. After six months you can quietly drop them from your intranet and nobody notices.

Comment: Take it from a bugtracker maker (Score 2) 159

by mykro76 (#48016825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?
Even Atlassian, makers of the popular commercial JIRA bugtracker, maintain two layers of visibility. You can report and view bugs created by other users, but the decision-making process of Atlassian staff is kept hidden with private comments and private issues, to the point where is very hard to get an answer on whether a particular issue is actively being worked on or not.

As the maintainer of my company's bugtracker I can understand this position. It's all too easy for a developer to inadvertently reveal private intellectual property in a changelog, and I don't want to spend all my time monitoring and sanitising the public's view. It's easier to give the customers a separate space to natter away in.

Comment: Re:Too Late for Aus (Score 1) 336

by mykro76 (#47942357) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
The Paypass/Paywave terminals here do work with essentially any chipped credit card you have. But even after three years of operation Google Wallet still can't be installed on Australian phones and while some banks are running closed trials to have phone-based NFC work with these same terminals, there is no app yet that I know of that is available to the general public here. So while I agree that Apple are making a mistake, they aren't necessarily all that far behind in the phone payments race.

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