Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Re:GPS = Hot! Not something I want. (Score 1) 159

For sports activities, my wife acquired a TomTom GPS watch (including pulse measuring). I regularly wear it for running, and never noticed it getting hot. Same goes for my Samsung android phone, I never noticed it heating up more than usual when GPS is active. I'd guess that implementation on the iPhone is less than optimal, or there's another reason for it getting hot.

I run with an iPhone 6 (and RunKeeper) for about an hour and it doesn't get hot. Sounds like something is broken.

Comment Re:I can buy that (Score 1) 254

And this is where the "learn to code" stuff is going. There are a lot of processes out there ripe for automation. Small and mid sized businesses are still being run by manual processes. I've shown multiple people that Excel can sort. (Yes, they were sorting by hand).

In my old company we used to have secretaries who would email people the day before they had a meeting room booking to check to see if they still needed it. It turned out that a lot of meetings were actually being moved/cancelled and people were forgetting to delete the room booking.

What pained me the most was that with a couple of hours of coding they could have had something which would have automated the vast majority of that work, allowing the secretaries to get on with doing something less mundane.

Comment Overpriced (Score 1) 48

It's probably the best attempt I've seen at increasing the iPhone's available storage (yeah, yeah, we know that Apple should allow microSD - you don't need to say it), but it seems rather overpriced.

Considering that cards from Sandisk are around $12 (32GB), $20 (64GB) and $40 (128GB) and considering $40-$45 for a case, then you should be looking at $55, $65 or $85.

Better yet, it should just have been sold as an empty shell of a case with a microSD slot for you to fill - although I appreciate that the profit margins on such a thing wouldn't have been quite so healthy.

Comment Re:Will they stop going backwards? (Score 1) 115

On the other hand I see QI charging as one of the best things to happen to phones in recent years, no more mucking around vs risking a flat battery. Removing QI from the 6P was a deal breaker for me.

As a counter-point, I think wireless charging (as it currently stands today) is a completely meh feature.

It has plenty of potential, but right now you're paying ten times more than a reversible cable - for pretty much the same limitations and a slower charging time.

This article explains my meh'ness better than I could.

Comment Solution isn't that hard (Score 1) 81

Put Windows onto a USB stick.

Download Double Driver and put on stick.

Back up the drivers using Double Driver onto a folder on the aforementioned stick.

Start the Windows 10 install. Go have dinner.

Copy the drivers to the hard drive.

Reinstall any drivers from the folder on the drive as and when you need them. I tend to find the default wireless one provided by Microsoft to be rather flakey.

Comment Not fully thought out (Score 1) 87

If a wpa_supplicant.conf file is placed into the /boot/ directory, this will be moved to the /etc/wpa_supplicant/ directory the next time the system is booted, overwriting the network settings; this allows a Wifi configuration to be preloaded onto a card from a Windows or other machine that can only see the boot partition.

For people running Windows, there is no /boot/ directory, it's the root of the microSD card. That would have been useful to state.

Secondly it's a shame this isn't documented in a file on the microSD after you've done the image.

Thirdly and even more annoying, is that there is no sample wpa_supplicant.conf file ready for you to modify and rename.

It's a great idea - pity that wasn't fully thought through :(

Comment The real problem explained (Score 3, Insightful) 190

The problem wasn't so much that you could share access to your network with your friends - it was that if you gave your WiFi password to someone (which what the majority of people do when they visit someone elses house) then you had to make sure that they didn't share access to your network with their friends.

The problem is that Microsoft cannot differentiate between someone who has the WiFi password because they own the connection and someone who has the WiFi password because they were told it. Microsoft made the assumption that if you have the password, then you have the right to offer that connection to others - but this is not what happens in the "real world".

Because of this incorrect assumption, the onus was suddenly placed on the owner of the WiFi (who does decide to provide their password) to police the entry of it into Windows 10 devices to ensure that a bunch of random people that they have never met aren't suddenly allowed to use their network.

That was why it was an issue.

Comment Re:What parts of capitalism young people dislike (Score 1) 1080

At a guess I would imagine the part where they don't get a job, can never buy a house, have a huge student debt loaded on them before they start their careers, and if they say anything bad about their situation, get called greedy and lazy by the people who have rigged the system to ensure they and their privaledged offspring own everything.

Capitalism is a bit like starting a game of Monopoly against someone who owns all but one of the properties on the board and 95% of the bank ... and if you don't win, you're considered lazy.

Comment Re:Is there an Emoji for DIAF? (Score 2) 226

Emojis need to go the way of geocities, real media, and flash. The sooner the better.

Actually, I disagree. Emoji support should be everywhere. Why? Because then it means that websites can stop insisting on changing :) into a smiley face.

The result, is that people who want to show a poo with a smiley face can, and those of us who want to show :) (or other such characters) can also do so without fear that it'll be changed into something else.

This is a win for everyone.

Comment AvantSlash (Score 4, Interesting) 166

The only reasonable way to read Slashdot on your mobile is to use the AvantSlash screen-scraper. It was 15 years ago when it was first written ... and still holds true today

Yes, I'm biased - but go to the site below and compare the screen shots and the page sizes, then go download the code and give it a go for yourself.

If you fix anything on the mobile site, please remove the stupid "filtered due to preferences" message. If a comment is below your threshold, the whole thing should not be displayed. Pages upon pages of notifications that -1 rated comments have been hidden isn't remotely helpful.

If you want any advice on the silly things that the Slashdot mobile website does, feel free to email avantslash-dev at the domain name and I'm very sure we'll be glad to point them all out :)

Comment Solution (Score 1) 115

But now that Angolans are causing headaches for Wikipedia editors and the Wikimedia Foundation, no one is sure what to do about it.

Crazy thought but how about limiting uploads to, say, 2MB?

Second crazy thought, how about scanning the files they already have uploaded, identifying the ones that are way too big for what they are (say, over 2MB) and checking each one manually?

Comment Re: They lost me as a customer a while ago. (Score 1) 310

This is what I love about the Internet. Apple discontinues a connector (introduced in 2003) after 11 years for one that is smaller and reversible and the Internet throws a shit fit. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, Android manufactures go from proprietary to mini USB to micro USB and now the new reversible ones and yet no-one bats an eyelid. Double standards.

Comment More a UX issue (Score 1) 151

People double tap on the home button and see this massive list of apps stretching back to the dawn of time and what are they supposed to think?

No-one is going to switch between their current app and one twenty deep in a list like this. It's far quicker to just go and relaunch the app.

I'm not surprised that people think that they need to "kill off" the items on the list. Apple could solve this problem by rethinking the UX - one such solution would be to limit the items on the list and make clear which ones are actually still running in the background vs those which are just a history item.

Slashdot Top Deals

Life is cheap, but the accessories can kill you.