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Comment: Re:I'm sorry officer.. (Score 1) 232

by trawg (#49052009) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

In my country, you can actually drive while not in physical possession of your license - if pulled over by the police, you have a period of time in which to go to a police station to show them the license.

This allows citizens and police to gracefully deal with a wide range of legit issues like people forgetting their wallets, people losing their licenses, etc. I'm sure this could be extended easily to phones.

Comment: Re:"The Next Challenge..." (Score 1) 296

by trawg (#49003025) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Oh jeeze the last thing Thunderbird needs is to be raked over the trendy UX coals the way Firefox has

[author of the article]

Completely agree, and it's what I dislike most about Firefox today (you can look at my history for several +5 comments about FF UI/UX).

I think Thunderbird is in that pre-awesome Firefox stage. It's feature complete but not polished or awesome enough to drive adoption and force other players to respond.

I also do not like random UI/UX spasms that lead to Australis-esque results. I just want a solid client that people can /rely/ on, like Firefox was.

I've used Thunderbird as my sole email client for a few years. It's OK. There are bugs - not crippling bugs, but enough that make it not a solid enough product for me to recommend to the kind of people that like battling beta software to get their shit done.

But it could be so much more. Like Firefox was, when I recommended it for years to people that wanted to browse the web safely using the magic juice that their nerd friends commended.

There are many other battlegrounds. "Social" is part of what Mozilla want to compete in, but until email has been conquered...

+ - Forgetting Firefox->

Submitted by trawg
trawg (308495) writes "It’s been more than 10 years since Mozilla released version 1.0 of Firefox, one of their first steps in their mission to “preserve choice and innovation on the Internet”. Firefox was instrumental in shattering the web monoculture, but the last few years of development have left users uninspired. Perhaps it is time to move on to the next challenge — ensuring there is a strong Thunderbird to help preserve a free and open email ecosystem."
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Comment: Love the XPS 13 series (Score 4, Interesting) 118

I normally avoid hardware review posts but I'm on my 2nd Dell XPS 13" laptop so wanted to check this out.

I have been super happy with these devices. The first one was the XPS M1210, which in all seriousness was one of the best computers I've ever owned. It's a bit dated now - it was pre-Macbook Air, so by comparison looks huge and chunky, but compared to previous lappys it was a joy to travel with.

The first battery piked after a couple years but this is back in the Good Old Days when buying replacement parts was easy.

The screen crapped out after about 4 years - still usable but had weird patterns all over it. I could have replaced it but by then the newer model was out, and the change in weight profile was significant enough to justify the change.

I've had the new one for over two years and have been really happy with it. I basically only use it when I travel, and it's slimline form is great.

The model I have (2012 I think) only has 4GB of RAM, which has been a bit of a hassle, and the CPU is a bit on the slow side compared to my desktop - but this new one with 8GB looks like it would be great.

It has a nice keyboard with broad, easy to press keys, making it as not-terrible as possible to type on for extended periods (if I'm using it for ages I still plug in a real keyboard though).

If you're looking at a slimline laptop and don't want a Mac, then I seriously recommend checking the XPS series out.

Comment: The silver lining (Score 2) 139

The positive side is that hopefully it provides further incentives for companies like Microsoft to work harder to try to mitigate DDoS problems at the source.

Microsoft are in a unique position as their operating system is - it seems - in many cases the base platform for launching these attacks. It'd be great to see a concerted effort along with a company like Google to start actively trying to massively reduce the number of systems that are regularly involved in DDoS attacks.

Comment: Re:they can't. people build it, people break it (Score 1) 54

by trawg (#48405901) Attached to: State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

And now is probably the BEST time to be doing it. Threat of physical retaliation is extremely low for most major powers, but the intelligence that can be gained - both in terms of identifying potential weak points in infrastructure and systems, and ways to improve defence against attacks - must be priceless.

Comment: thanks! (Score 1) 323

by trawg (#48399773) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Just a quick note to say thanks for your comments in this thread. Fascinating to learn some more about the chocolate industry and what the hell chocolate is. As an Australian that recently moved to the US I have been surprised about the weird tasting chocolate that is commonly available (e.g., Hershey bars) and now have a better idea what to look for.

Would love to know what you make so I can look out for it in the stores (... if there's anywhere in Ohio that stocks them!)

Comment: Too late (Score 1) 142

by trawg (#48327963) Attached to: Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

With the Republicans scoring big in the election, the US dollar hit a high (apparently because they're pro business) against the Aussie dollar, which is now the lowest it's been for 4 years after a gradual slide over the last few months.

This would have been fantastic 2 years ago but now we're just facing the original Australia tax - a poor exchange rate. Might still be a few things that you can get a good deal on though.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil