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Comment: Re:Goldman Sachs and possible GPL Violations? (Score 3, Insightful) 74

Considering the guy has been convicted of "unlawful duplication", it sounds like Goldman Sachs did not distribute the software in question. They are therefore entitled to incorporate GPL'd code into their software without making the rest of their code public.

Comment: Re:None (Score 1) 484

by timmyf2371 (#49555177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

You should try some different types instead of allowing your experience with one particular model to define your outlook on smartphones.

Looking at my current smartphone for example, I can:-

- Make phone calls which go via the cellular network or wifi depending on where I am
- Send picture messages to people from any country without having to pay extortionate messaging charges
- Take quick, spur of the moment, photos or videos of situations which arise when I didn't take my DSLR with me
- Surf the web anywhere without having to carry a big tower case and monitor
- Receive and respond to emails which might require a timely response (e.g. time limited offers)
- Listen to music from a wide variety of sources
- Interact with social media from anywhere

And I can do all of these things, and more, without having to carry a suitcase with 10-15 different devices.

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 2) 516

by timmyf2371 (#49140141) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

The old fashioned menu UI is hardly efficient and intuitive. For a start, it doesn't allow in-line changes to things such as cell formatting or easy selection of graph/table design options.

And as for why some settings are under a completely unintuitive menu name, I have no idea.

However, that's my opinion. Yours differs. :)

Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 1) 65

by timmyf2371 (#48893477) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

The internet simply changes the impulse buying method.

Instead of catalogues and shelves full of impulse buy items, we now have recommended purchases which other users bought, the ability to buy things without even taking out your debit/credit card and flash sales.

Comment: Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 1) 148

I remember the joys of Microsoft Office 2003 (and earlier).

It was great being able to select Paste Special from the Edit Menu and painstakingly selecting the options I wanted. It was so much more intuitive than clicking on the arrow under the paste and quickly selecting the appropriate option.

Or how it was easier to go into the formatting box when all you wanted to do was to increase or decrease the number of decimal places, compared to the modern way of simply using the correct button on the home tab.

If you had never used Office prior to 2003, would you instinctively know where to find the option to hide gridlines in Excel? Or that the option to group and outline was under the Data Menu and not the View Menu? I think not.

If you feel that the ribbon UI is a "click and hope funfest", perhaps you need to spend more time using Microsoft Office and learning where things are. It took me a few weeks back in 2010 and now I fly through the ribbons far quicker than I could hope to find the correct menu.

Comment: Perspective of an iOS user (Score 2) 598

by timmyf2371 (#48739989) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

First of all, iTunes.

I dislike it and refuse to install it on my PC. It's bloated and not user friendly. It clearly epitomises Apple's philosophy of making the user do things Apple's way. It's well overdue for a rethink and I expect to see that come soon.

With regards to iOS, it is on the cusp of greatness. It has some very nice features, it's user interface is fluid and easy to use and the design works well.

However, they need to take some time to make everything work well together and make the OS and apps more integrated.

For example:

- If users want to access my music stored in Dropbox or Google Drive or even a samba share, facilitate a method of saving that into the music library.
- Let users backup photos to Dropbox or Onedrive in the background as with iCloud backup. It's a real waste of time having to keep the app open and the screen unlocked.
- Similarly, let users sync music and videos in third party apps which permit it. Like Spotify and Plex.
- Third party app defaults would be pretty cool. Like being able to select Chrome or Gmail as default apps.
- Allow a bit more customisation such as changing control centre quick options.

It's really frustrating as Apple could come out with the best features in the world, but as long as they impose these arbitrary restrictions, iOS will always feel hamstrung.

Comment: Price needs to be realistic (low) (Score 3, Interesting) 225

by timmyf2371 (#48263989) Attached to: YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

For this to work and reach a mass market, the price needs to be (i) realistic and (ii) generate an impulse purchase.

There are too many subscription services out there; everyone wants their £5 per month or £7.99 per month or £9.99 per month, and it all adds up. I think an ad-free YouTube at £1.99 per month would entice a lot of people. Any more would probably not be worth it.

BTW, Adblock is great and I love it. But it doesn't stop the adverts which sometimes play before a video when I'm using the YouTube app on my iPhone.

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