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Comment With Line Breaks... (Score 1) 306

The clue is in this part:

>That makes them an interruption, not a notification.
>And interruptions are a bag of hurt when you have things to do. I for one turn off as many notifications as possible.

If i get a new email i dont mind a tray icon appearing that looks like an envelope but i DO NOT want a notification, or the taskbar button to flash, and i certainly do not want it to leap to the front of the screen. I would like to get on with doing whatever it was i was doing and check that tray icon once every hour or three to see if any emails have arrived.

On a slightly side rant this is somewhat related to the way my mobile phone OS (Sony Erricson) annoys me. I leave my phone on silent 98% of the time - unless i'm expecting a call basically, and if i get a missed call i'll phone that person back, or sms them or email them at MY convenience. But my mobile shows a red icon and a splash screen saying basically "OMG YOU MISSED A CALL!!" and i have to open an option menu, scroll down three items and select "Dismiss" to make the splash and icon go away, it then says "ARE YOU INSANE!? IF YOU DON'T RING THEM BACK RIGHT NOW CIVILISATION MIGHT END!!?!?".

And I click "Yes, Fuck Off"

There's a Ray Bradbury short story about this, it's a good few decades old so muses about intercoms, fax machines and telephones but it ends with a guy sitting at his desk not getting any actual work done because he's constantly switching between them, all to the background of muzak. Sound familiar?

Comment Re:WT...? (Score 1) 306

The clue is in this part: >That makes them an interruption, not a notification. >And interruptions are a bag of hurt when you have things to do. I for one turn off as many notifications as possible. If i get a new email i dont mind a tray icon appearing that looks like an envelope but i DO NOT want a notification, or the taskbar button to flash, and i certainly do not want it to leap to the front of the screen. I would like to get on with doing whatever it was i was doing and check that tray icon once every hour or three to see if any emails have arrived. On a slightly side rant this is somewhat related to the way my mobile phone OS (Sony Erricson) annoys me. I leave my phone on silent 98% of the time - unless i'm expecting a call basically, and if i get a missed call i'll phone that person back, or sms them or email them at MY convenience. But my mobile shows a red icon and a splash screen saying basically "OMG YOU MISSED A CALL!!" and i have to open an option menu, scroll down three items and select "Dismiss" to make the splash and icon go away, it then says "ARE YOU INSANE!? IF YOU DON'T RING THEM BACK RIGHT NOW CIVILISATION MIGHT END!!?!?". And I click "Yes, Fuck Off" There's a Ray Bradbury short story about this, it's a good few decades old so muses about intercoms, fax machines and telephones but it ends with a guy sitting at his desk not getting any actual work done because he's constantly switching between them, all to the background of muzak. Sound familiar?

Comment No .. Concentrate on the medium (Score 1) 95

In true Build-It-And-They will come if we just get something like MRSS going where a "Feed" is known as a "Channel" and can link to other Channels, as well as slideshows (Channel full of png links), movies (some freeish codec), tv shows (a series would just be a Channel full of consecutive episoses) and music (an albumn would just be a Channel of consecutive songs) with nice png thumbnail support, the ability to add links to "buy plastic disc edition" and the whole thing very easy to mashup and deep link (Jimbo's saturday night sci-fi feed - a Channel containing links to other host's offerings) and then just let it grow into its own sprawling Media-WWW two things will happen:

1. Any old set top box, or pc/mac piece of software will be able to be written to let you surf it, inc XBMC native support
2. Once it becomes a major source of quality content (Star Trek New Adventures, etc.) the media cartels will jump on board, and overcome the lack of DRM by embedding ads in the media directly safe in the knowledge that Joe Sixpack will watch their content using his STB remote from the sofa rather than track down a non-advert-embedded edition and mess about torrenting it

Essentially the Media-WWW will be just like Web 1.0 - links all over the place, but video and audio instead of text and the odd gif

Security

Submission + - Blocking "phone home" software at the fire 1

cyclomedia writes: "Seems that over the past couple of years more and more software is found to be phoning home on it's users, whether it's the innocent looking "checking for new versions" thread now found in most apps or good ole MS WGA. So, having a NATing router between me and the interweb what ports and addresses could/should I be blocking? Googling has so far brought up few clues but ultimately I'm not shy of killing *.microsoft.com to every windows box if absolutely necessary."

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