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Comment: Re:Simplification, n. (Score 1) 182

by tepples (#47968495) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

But there's all sorts of simple instructions like "no onions" you can tell a clerk that you can't tell a computer. If you go to Whopper Lab you can see all the options

Doesn't the existence of Whopper Lab mean you can tell a computer?

I generally prefer an expanding/alternate dialog

Until you use a 10" screen. They were common in the netbook era but have since returned on laptops like the Transformer Book by ASUS and Aspire Switch by Acer. Some dialogs don't fit and I have to use the window manager's keyboard shortcuts to move the top of the window above the top of the screen to see the OK button. Or by "alternate" do you mean more tabs?

Comment: Playlists and MTP (Score 1) 57

by tepples (#47968305) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Don't people just drag MP3's from their computer to their phone in Windows Explorer? I don't understand the need for music transferring software.

If you want to transfer only the subset of your MP3 collection contained in a specific set of playlists, then you may need software to construct the copy job, even if it's just a shell script that parses the m3u files. And until very recently, you needed to install software to connect an Android 4.x phone to a PC because some operating systems didn't come with MTP automounting.

Comment: CDMA2000 in the United States (Score 1) 57

by tepples (#47968241) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Then please, please stop buying branded phones from operators.

Good luck getting any service that way if the only cellular carriers with a usable signal in your area are CDMA2000 carriers like Verizon and Sprint. I'm under the impression that they won't just sell you a CSIM for an unbranded CDMA2000 phone.

Comment: Let the Android Market decide (Score 1) 57

by tepples (#47968221) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I'm sure they would prefer to let the market decide that bloatware is bad.

Then why doesn't Google let the Android Market decide by including a line in the CDD stating that if you include X, Y, or Z your phones won't get Google Play Store? Google already does that for certain variants of multi-window mode because Google wants to enforce an all maximized all the time use model even if your 10" tablet is as big as two Nexus 7s or four Nexus 5s.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 546

by budgenator (#47967997) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

His bigging up experiment at the expense of observation is so he can get his AGW denying bit in.

Which "AGW denying bit" would that be? It can't be the part about observation because it hasn't gotten any warmer for the past 18 years, so there would be no warming to be observed.


Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your IPhone In a Microwave 189

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-ideas dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a "household microwave for a minute and a half." Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you. (If you want a full list of things not to place in a microwave, no matter how pretty the flames, check this out.)

Comment: Re:Limits of included browser (Score 1) 474

by tepples (#47964399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

All web browsers in the App Store are either A. wrappers for the same WebKit engine used by Safari with the same limits as Safari, or B. "remote desktop" apps that connect to a browser running on someone else's server such as Opera Mini. Otherwise, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, they can't run JavaScript at all.

"Overrated"? I must have hit an iOS fan's nerve.

Comment: Limits of included browser (Score 0) 474

by tepples (#47960939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Apple includes such an app with iOS and calls it Safari. But Safari has what appear to be deliberate limits in the subset of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript APIs that are supported. Apple refuses to support WebGL in web pages, and last time I checked, it was impossible to upload any data type other than photos or videos to a web form.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 2) 474

by tepples (#47960519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Free software doesn't solve everything if the software isn't free in the first place. Mobile SoC drivers are rarely entirely free software, often for regulatory reasons (to comply with national RF emission requirements on the cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios) or because GPUs are still a patent and trade secret minefield.

People are always available for work in the past tense.