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Comment Re:So it you watch someone draw the pattern... (Score 1) 147

on the one hand I WANT the notifications of any activity on those accounts immediately notified to me, but the risk of someone getting into my phone (e.g. by observing me enter my PIN, and the stealing it) and being able to take control of those accounts via the linked email and 2FA which is tied to that number... is too great.

It'd be nice though if various cloud service providers would let you register a separate notification email in addition to the admin email. So that I could receive notifications like 'a user has logged in from a new computer to your account..." on my phone without that being the email address being the one that can also be used to retrieve/reset login and password credentials.

I'm sure for each provider there's a trivial pattern you can use and have only the "user has logged in from a new computer to your account..." notifications forwarded to your phone. Don't tell me your "secure email" where you receive the "2FA" mail allows forwarding but without even basic filters.

Comment Microsoft calls now "Windows 10" the phone version (Score 2) 107

... too.

If you don't believe me just visit for example:

So we really have now for a while many Snapdragon products running Windows 10. Is just not the Windows 10 that's hard to run...

I don't know what the marketing apes were thinking.

Comment Re:Same thing being done at other libraries. (Score 1) 258

You can't just scan books and then distribute them electronically even if you try to make it with DRM and to keep "only one copy out". That is without explicit permission from the copyright owner for each [version, translation of each] book. I mean you can but in any place in the "civilized" country you'll get sued into bankruptcy (with or without the nice boys with guns and handcuffs breaking your door at 3AM first).

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 1) 258

1. Why would you limit your library to precisely one and the same room if you obviously have the funds to operate it and buy "put more and more and more books" ? Please distinguish between "we need a bigger library" and "we need an infinite library"! There aren't infinitely many books in the world!

2. "Eventually" is very different from "each time you buy a new book". "Eventually" we might have the books printed on demand (if anybody wants to have a dead-tree version) so it won't make sense to keep piles of them in libraries, except as museum pieces.

Comment Re:you no longer own your devices (Score 1) 193

I don't know why you and your brother post focus so much on phones bought on contract! If you did so then the provider is the seller and the entity with which you have a sale contract and a telecommunications contract or 2-in-one or whatever labels or combinations they come up with. They should be the ones on the hook for making you whole, as opposed to some company from another continent with which you never had a contract to start with.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 239

You are right, but the point still stands: once you step over a zone border (which is what I mentioned from the original post) the ticket is 5+ euro (well, if it doesn't qualify for Kurzstrecke, 1-2 stops which is for U-Bahn for example). YES, you can go a long way with 2.70 (2.80 from Sunday) for a single-zone ticket but once you're outside "the white zone" every time you step on the U-Bahn feels like you've been fined. Again, assuming you have already a car and you need to decide for a one-off trip: do I take the car or public transport.

We aren't talking about suburbs that are tens of km away from city limits, we aren't talking about gated communities for billionaires, we aren't talking about some small village in the woods that's hard to service by public transport.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 239

Well, I don't know where you live, but I have a lot of experience in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Munich - not exactly known as cheap cities -, and spending 5 EUR on any one-way travel in the extended inner city is nearly impossible.

Maybe your experience is outdated. Specifically if you just cross a "circle" for Munich the one-way ticket is 5.40 ... wait just for the next 2 days because then it goes up to 5.60, they were probably thinking it's too cheap...

Note that what they call "Inner District/Munich" is 4 circles and if you go again to the same circle you have to count it again. Like you go 2-1-2 it is 3 circles = 8.40 EUR.

I'm glad if your car does not depreciate, needs neither oil changes nor other service, is untaxed, and the insurance is free.

We're talking about people who already own cars (and how to make them use public transport instead). Extra expenses from driving 5-10km (total) are absolutely marginal while 20+ euros (for example for going 3 U-Bahn stops and back for 2 adults) aren't.

Comment Re:But... (Score 3, Insightful) 239

people having a car don't really care about saving a couple of euros to travel within Paris/suburbs

I don't know about France but in Germany those "few euros" quickly add up to something that looks more like a fine precisely design to discourage the use of public transportation. One-way one person is around 5 euros for anything but the shortest stretch (you can easily pay 4.65 euro even for just one stop if crossing the tariff zones). And there's no cheaper option for a return ticket so you're looking at 20 euros for a return trip for two persons. It just doesn't compare with 1 euro in gas plus 1-1.5 euro parking (if needed).

Plus no matter if there is no inflation, no matter if the prices for energy and gas drop the prices for public transportation go up like 4% each time I check...

The way it is and because of loss aversion many people consider public transport not something cheap that lacks comfort but rather some expense they wouldn't do unless they're forced (like car in the shop or they can't drive because of some medical problem, or they want to drink something, etc).

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

There will be extra effort for sure, you need to install the application, you need to log in with your amazon credentials (or make an account if you don't have one), probably select what you want to sync to amazon cloud, etc. They don't mention any new app developed by Amazon for this so I can only assume the existing (horrid) amazon drive windows software will be used. Also this is just cloud sync, not backup, if you overwrite a file by mistake (or some virus does it) it is good bye and thank you for all the fish.

It really doesn't seem to be more than just giving you a freebie when buying some product, which isn't in any way new. Seagate portable drives and some Samsung phones come with something like 200GB OneDrive space.

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