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Comment You missed the PC, too (Score 1) 245

Which had no commercial impact, though, as soon as your monopoly was big enough, which came pretty quick (and not only by legal means, as we know today). Since then, you can stuff everything you want down users' throats who have nowhere else to go because the applications they need don't run on other platforms.

I still haven't completely given up hope, though, that this will change one day.

Comment Looks vs. functionality, productivity, usability (Score 1) 72

Too bad UI designers seem to have completely forgotten that "UI" shouldn't be primarily about looking cool, but about increasing both functionality and productivity with usability. Looks only come after that. Which is why IBM's Workplace Shell IMHO is still the best "desktop"-metaphor UI implementation there was, so far.

Comment I won't decide before Windows 7 servicing ends (Score 1) 503

There are four Windows machines in active use in the household, all running Windows 7, none being upgraded (one isn't up to it anyway). When MS will stop servicing Windows 7 with security updates, I'll check my options again, independently for each machine. If Microsoft hasn't completely changed its course until then, the top options to be thoroughly checked will be Linux and OS X. Only if it cannot avoided at all for a machine, I'll make the update then. Even a small chance of never having to do it is worth it for me to accept having to pay for it later should all else fail.

Comment You might want to call it 'political correctness' (Score -1, Flamebait) 251

but it's just, like it mostly is when people whine about 'political correctness', that Top Gear was a show that capitalized on having an arsehole as a presenter while being watched by arseholes which were glad to see an arsehole not being sacked for being an arsehole. Until he was, of course.

Comment I wonder what people will really receive (Score 1) 57

... given that (at least in countries other than the US, including, but probably not limited to, UK and Germany) Amazon's search engine doesn't even let you combine two search words with a logical 'and', generating dozens and hundreds of result pages full of the stupidest stuff. Even more funny is that it claims it does, while it has been that way for many years...

Comment Still considering to buy one (Score 2) 92

Because, at least here in Europe, there simply is no other phone with a hardware keyboard. Not even Motorola marketed their Photon Q here. Thing is, I'd always prefer a design like Motorola's to the BlackBerry, with the keyboard on the small side, and I'd prefer a smaller phone, too, but the Priv is still is better than no hardware keyboard at all...

Probably going to buy a used one, though, since new ones are too expensive indeed.

Comment Format vs. content (Score 2) 81

Thing is, there actually are people who choose their reading based on content, not on what format the content comes in. If I want or need a book that's only available electronically with DRM, I surely won't let the digital rights mafia and the restrictions they impose on people keep me from reading what I want or need to read. Stories like the one in TFA simply confirm that my established procedures for downloading purchased e-books and for organizing my electronic library are perfectly appropriate.

Many years ago, there was a law in Germany, and I believe it is still effective, which explicitly allowed people to break the copy protection of a legitimately bought software product (like CD-ROM copy protections or dongle enforcements) if necessary for being able to put that software to its designated use. Unfortunately, as far as I can see there never even was a discussion whether such law should apply to digital content, too, and the current ruling in Germany is, while to make a limited amount of personal copies, e.g. for family and friends, actually is protected by law as a basic consumer's right, it is defined as criminal as soon as copy protection has to be cracked or circumvented to do so...

Comment That, and with contractual agreement not to use th (Score 5, Informative) 127

The information presented here is, indeed, grossly miseading. There is no such thing as an employer's right to monitor private communications in the EU; on the contrary, at leastmin some European countries, like, say, Germany, illegitimately monitoring an employee's private communocation may actually land someone in jail.

Comment Own IMAP server (Score 1) 74

As some others recommended, I use my own IMAP server – both for holding my complete mail archive (I once used the aid4mail tool to transfer my mail client based archive from Thunderbird to the IMAP server) and for continuously receiving (fetching) current e-mail from every active mail account I have. It is the one point of access for my email, whether I'm at home or on the road, from whatever device, and I have access to every single mail I have ever received or written (and not discarded...) from wherever I might be. Personally, I haven't implemented strong safety measures yet, actually I'm running hmailserver on a Windows machine which isn't really what I would call a wise solution, but so far it works perfectly well, as long as the server's internet connection is alive...

Comment Recent events (Score 5, Informative) 728

Maas' statement is to be seen in the light of recent events. Following a larger-than-usual wave of refugees, there has been a major outbreak of racist uproar in (mostly eastern) Germany, not only on the Net, but on the streets, too, with groups of neonazi extremists allied with so-called "concerned citizens" demonstrating, shouting hate and sometimes throwing stones or bottles in front of refugee hostels, and a new arson attack on a refugee hostel every other day (most of them, until now, having been empty at the time of the crime, with no refugees being hurt yet, but I fear that's just a matter of time). German government seems to very, very slowly notice that this comes as a result of a development both their domestic and foreign policies over the last 25 years have some responsibility for.

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