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Comment: Re:Best guesses... (Score 2) 255

by s7uar7 (#45978609) Attached to: Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

Google wouldn't intentionally cause discomfort for its userbase without a good reason

A year ago I would have agreed with you, but after having used the now much-crippled Android Google Maps app I can't help thinking there's been a change of leader there to one whose vision for the product doesn't match the users' use of it.

Comment: Re:Another reason not to fly (unless you HAVE to) (Score 1) 466

by s7uar7 (#45168405) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers
Out of interest, how long did it take between arriving at the station and boarding the train? There must be a distance at which it becomes more time effective to use the train instead of a plane, especially considering that many stations are right in the centre of towns and cities.

Comment: What's the problem that the redesign fixes? (Score 2, Interesting) 1191

by s7uar7 (#45008305) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
Most of us here are cynical old(ish) tech guys and gals that value content over form; the content on /. being the comments, not the 2 and 3 day old stories. Has anyone actually complained about a problem with the current design or is this just (another) redesign for the sake of a redesign?

Comment: Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 1) 193

by s7uar7 (#44672569) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

...if you hunt around you will be able to find third party DRM removal plugins, so when your old DRM device dies, or your old format with DRM goes out of use, you can convert to almost any other format and leave the DRM behind.

I would recommend doing this before your device dies or the DRM goes out of use. Some formats require an active DRM server to decode against.

Comment: Re:I've been trying to get permission for 10 years (Score 1) 128

by s7uar7 (#44200867) Attached to: How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear
If it's not there already then there needs to be a 'reasonable endeavour' clause. If you can show that you've gone out of your way to track down a copyright owner without success - and it certainly sounds as if you have - then you should be allowed to publish and have a defence against any action should the copyright holder suddenly appear. I suppose the only difficulty would be defining what constitutes reasonable endeavour.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors