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Comment: Re:[meta] Yes, thank you (Score 1) 52

I'll go one step further. Forget video except as a link to the YouTube source of the transcript. I don't need my screen filled with ugly people trying to be "relevant". I don't need a big part of my browser occupied by a video that I really don't want to watch. I really don't.

Comment: Re:Polls on the Front page are stupid (Score 2) 71

by Archangel Michael (#49823513) Attached to: Enter the Polls! Now On the Front Page

So far, the overwhelming response is "Are you insane?"

Here is an idea SLASHDOT Designers ... why don't you ask before you implement new "features", you might get valuable feedback and avoid looking stupid. Or in this case MORONIC!

To be honest, if you want to kill Polls, because you're bored or whatever, just kill them. This is just stupid.

Did I mention, it was a LAME idea?

Comment: Re: Nokia is a post it note in tech history (Score 2) 38

by Stormwatch (#49820499) Attached to: Nokia Shifts To Selling Back-End Systems To Mobile Networks

Nokia didn't miss the smartphone market, they owned it with Symbian, and there was an upgrade path ahead with MeeGo. Their downfall came from the very top -- if it wasn't for M$-plant Stephen Elop and the suicidal move to Windows Phone, there's a good chance Nokia would still be the top handset maker.

Comment: Until the non-compete clause runs out (Score 1) 38

by Stormwatch (#49820409) Attached to: Nokia Shifts To Selling Back-End Systems To Mobile Networks

As part of their deal with the devil, aka Microsoft, there's a non-compete clause -- Nokia can't make cell phones until 2016. Rumors are strong -- even thought they have to keep quiet for now -- that Nokia fully intends to come back to the handset business; the N1 tablet and Z Launcher are a solid hint of what's to come.

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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Your First "Real" Job? 532

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-I-was-younger dept.
itwbennett writes: ITworld's Josh Fruhlinger asked seasoned (and some not-so-seasoned) tech professionals what they wished they knew back when they were newly minted graduates entering the workforce. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the best advice has more to do with soft skills than with tech skills. To wit: 'When [managers] say they are suggesting you do something, it's not really a suggestion — it is an order disguised as a suggestion. Plain-speaking is a lost art at big companies and corporate double talk is the name of the game.' What's your best piece of advice for the newest among you?

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49794143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Not just a mobile game, a Massively Multiplayer Game using GPS, Data and lots of screen time. You actually have to get up off your ass and explore your world around you. In five hours of playing, I'll have walked over 10km.

So yeah, I play five hours without stopping. I've even played 24 hours without stopping.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment: Re:The Carriers (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49793343) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers

This is absolutely only partially correct. It is both Carrier, and Manufacturer that hold that responsibility, jointly. Carriers have no desire to update older phones, they want you to buy a new one, ON CONTRACT! The manufacturers are too willing to bend over for the Carriers.

Phones like Nexus and OnePlus are starting to break that mold though, and I suspect that if enough people stop buying HTC/Samsung/LG ... phones they (both) will start to take notice. The best thing consumers can do, is be fully aware how awful the carriers actually are, and how complicit the manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Danger Will Robinson (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49792761) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

CM was fine when it was a bunch of geeks playing with Android. The moment it went Public, pressure to turn a profit increased. The problem is, the that they have made enemies already, and many of them were their own champions. These actions have caused their support in the community to diminish. Can they recover? Perhaps. But I don't see them actually doing the things to keep their supporters happy.

Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791051) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Cyanogen is wanting to actually get more or less a complete breakup with Google. You need to read their public statements regarding how they want to wrest Android from Google. They have the following to perhaps pull it off. Either that or they will implode making boneheaded mistakes by alienating their fan base (as they did with OnePlus users).

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791023) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices...

No it isn't. My current phone,($350 new) runs circles around any iDevice in that price range. Hell, it competes with the $899 version, with more ram, and storage. You can pay more for the same thing (or not as good), but that is a choice. Calling it "High end" is a marketing ploy itself.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49790981) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Battery life test is a game called Ingress. Available on both iPhone and Android, from Google company Niantic. When actually playing the game, most iPhones can only play a couple hours without an external battery. My Android can go almost 5 hours without that need. Battery life is fine on Android.

My take on it is, that iPhone users only THINK they use their phone a lot, while Android users use their phones more than they think they do.

I have no doubt that resting (not in use) iPhones may have better battery life, due to the very specific optimizations possible. However I don't count that as real life experience.

None of this is empirical, just from my observation.

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