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Comment Word: being bought by google actually sucks. (Score 3, Insightful) 48

Pretty much everybody and everything Google has acquired, they've pretty much killed off. They bought Picasa, and are finally killing it with a product that has FAR fewer features (and nothing to replace the capabilities of the desktop app at all).

They bought picnik a few years ago, made it the online editor for Picasa and google+ photos for a while, but then over time ditched ALL of it in favor of a handful of crappy instagram filters.

So all of the features, all of the tech, all of the MONEY in Picasa and Picnik is gone. Utterly gone. No legacy left. Google, once the most functional of photo online services out there, is now a second-hand copy of Apple's iCloud...just as everybody was basically complaining that Apple's online/mobile photo approach is damned annoying and nobody wants it and they're all out looking for something better.

At least Flickr has actually *added* functionality (as well as performance) in the last few years. I just hope whomever they get sold to will be able to keep it alive.

Comment Re:That's a shame (Score 1) 48

oh, it is easy: it is just like Apple's photos app. strictly chronological on date-taken (unless there's no exif data, in which case it is by date created or last update or, well, whatever, who cares). Plus albums. Unlike Picasa (but like Flickr) you can put a photo into multiple albums without it making copies of it.

And unlike the Android, the web version doesn't mix-n-match your online photos with the ones on your phone as if there was no difference between them.

Beyond is one hell of a step backwards as far as features go.

Comment Re:I hope they keep the Picasa desktop app around. (Score 2) 48

It is on the slate to be removed. Existing copies still work, but 1) no updates (so an O/S or library change that breaks it is permanent), and 2) no promises that it will still be able to upload files after the transition.

Yes, very frustrating, as it is my primary post-processing tool.

Comment They can still be useful (Score 1) 178

Pagers tend to have better reception than cell phones, at least fairly recently when I last looked this up for my own curiosity. Also, many paging companies have "TAP" servers that you can dial into with a modem to send pages. This is could make a nice last-resort fallback for when a data center has lost network access and you can still provide outbound alerting via a backup landline.

Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 1) 178

Why not buy one of those easy-to-find extra battery USB-charger things and carry that with you instead?

This is a much better solution than having to give all the contacts another number to try you at if your phone's dead.
If you're going to carry an extra device, might has well make it 99% battery/device ratio.

Also -- should have been a better shopper when picking your phone. I recommend the phone finder at GSMArena to narrow down requirements (including talk/standby time for the battery).

Comment Why is the splash screen cyan? (Score 1) 88

It seems like emulated old versions of Windows end up with cyan where they're supposed to be white, and it's been this way for ages. I used to run Win 3.1 under PC-Task on my Amiga to handle one specific business app, and the splash screens even back then were cyan instead of white. That's still true in my browser just now when I launched a couple of the article's emulators. Why would that be? Is there some bug in ancient VGA hardware that Windows exploited to render white instead of greenish-blue?

Comment Re:Oh dear balls. (Score 2) 66

"So this is no different than downloading a torrent from an untrustworthy source... assuming anyone using The Pirate Bay cares about trustworthy sources. To execute the malicious code, you'd need to exploit the media player used by the application/browser."

Actually, I think it is a bit different. Maybe they can exploit media player, or vlc or whatever *IF* it's not updated/patched -- but that's from a maliciously created media file. What bothers me is that there's a browser layer on TOP of that AND a different media player. The exploit doesn't necessarily NEED to be in the media stream.

It's one thing if I run a torjan'd AVI or something -- it's another if the browser sends a trojan'd AVI I didn't request. I'm sorry, but sketchy ads at a number of torrent sites (including KAT) do enough damage now to people who aren't diligent. How much more damage could those do ALONE and how many other ways can a browser interact with the media player to "break" things in a bad way? What if a malicious ad ends up at legitimate sites (it happens quite a bit)?

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 188

Exactly! After the fall of the wall, what was East Germany became a huge drag on the economy. Yes, there is strength in numbers when it comes to productive and trade. However, if you have a huge imbalance, that takes time to (pardon the pun) work itself out.

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