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Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 596

Users are also capable of not telling the truth. The logs are almost certainly accurate.

That doesn't entirely rule out a fault - if the system erroneously reads a 100% accelerator pedal depression, then it will record that and act on it; the error then being in the sensor, not the logging or action taken by the car.

But when somebody is parking, they are going to press the brake to stop - and if they find they are not stopping, or accelerating, they'll press it harder. So a 100% depression is also consistent with someone mistakenly pressing the accelerator instead of the brake.

When you make it possible to the blame the car, some people are going to do so instead of taking responsibility. On balance, I'm inclined to believe this was user error.

Comment I have some sympathy... (Score 2) 359

The immediate reaction is to say it is silly that they are not offering a 64-bit version.

But many developers are likely using a number of extensions - which will currently be 32-bit because that's what Visual Studio is, and 64-bit would require all the extensions provide new versions as well.

It probably wouldn't take a huge effort to offer Visual Studio as both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (just like Office). But a more useful - although much longer - use of engineering effort would be to take the full Visual Studio experience on to the CLR.

Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 1) 216

My initial thought was to worry about the safety of the flight - more so than a car, where it's easier for you to get cold feet about the car or driver and change your mind.

And I suppose you can't do much about a lunatic thinking they can book it and then hijack it / blow it up.

But actually, in terms of airworthiness of the plane / pilot - well, you kind of hope that the pilot has a vested interest in making it to their destination safely too.

Comment Re:If they're so smart... (Score 1) 160

The UX is *horrible*

- random jumps of categories, when all you want to do is go to "my list".
- "my list" on the TV app is frequently out of date
- the TV app often shows the wrong image for the entry
- the TV app crashes too frequently
- apps don't always remember that you are logged in / they change the log in procedures
- expiry dates are now completely hidden (used to be easily visible on the "My list" of the website

Add to that, it has always been difficult / impossible to accurately see what has been added recently (thank god for "New on Netflix" - without that site, the service would be completely unusable).

Every single change they've made to the website / apps since I signed up for the service a couple of years ago has made it worse. And there is no sign that they are actually listening to what people need from the service.

Comment scenarios where Launcher Shortcuts make sense (Score 1) 68

None. There are none.

Assuming that this is the same as 3D touch (which it looks to be), that is... well, at best 3D touch is a useless feature that doesn't work reliably and you can ignore. At worst, it's yet another overloaded function on an interface that gets in the way and causes problems.

It's a pity that phone / OS manufacturers are too busy focusing on silly gimmicks, instead of rock solid reliability, responsive UIs that don't require a ton of CPU / GPU power and longer battery life.

Comment What are they smoking? (Score 1) 171

I bought a Kindle Voyage. It was quite expensive, but at the time, the front light and higher resolution was somewhat justifiable. But that's now been eroded by the Paperwhie, and if I was buying now, there isn't much point in the Voyage.

Now they bring out a device that's nearly twice the price of the Voyage. While I appreciate e-ink for reading, that's an awful lot for a one trick pony. And for what added value? An unnecessarily long battery life?

I sure hope they weren't expecting any sales.

Comment People should pay attention (Score 1) 252

I hate April Fools. I don't like the idea the Google did this, and I think there are things they could have done differently in implementing it.

But, it still was an unusual looking send button, in an unusual position. I get that people don't fully understand what the mic drop button is going to do - but still, that's as good a reason to just not use it. And it wasn't that hard to choose not to use it.

This is all rather symptomatic of a larger problem in society - that people just don't pay attention to what they are doing. Whether it's walking into you while they are chatting or texting on a mobile, or walking into and falling down a lift shaft without looking to see if the lift is there.

We all need to slow down a bit, take a breath, and pay attention to what we are doing.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 177

There is a fair bit of misunderstanding in the original post.

At the end of the day, IFTTT provide a service. And they provide a means to provide content to / access content from the service. And from time to time they update it.

If you want to participate, then you need to implement the service, and if you want it to keep working, then you keep it up to date.

It's got nothing to do with anybody else "owing" IFTTT anything - IFTTT are just defining what it takes to provide their service.

Nobody is being forced to support IFTTT, it's a choice. Things don't work by magic - somewhere, somebody has to choose whether they want to work with the other.

Comment Same old arguments, same old nonsense. (Score 2) 301

Lets cut to the chase - the market for tablets will always be smaller than phones. For many people, the phone will do enough, and for others they will have a laptop that the tablet can not completely replace.

But that's not really a problem - tablets are viable as long as they are profitable. They don't have to break sales records. And as they are essentially phones with larger screens and batteries, as long as you are producing phones as well, the marginal cost of developing tablets as well is relatively small.

Ultimately though, we're just doing the wrong thing comparing tablet sales with phone sales, just because they are considered "gadgets". The key difference is the way we purchase them.

So many phones are purchased on contract, with subsidized prices. People aren't faced with a high ticket price, and the contracts are encouraging us to change our phones every 12 - 24 months.

With tablets, we are generally paying that high ticket price, and the performance of the devices and complexity of apps are not increasing quickly enough to drive fast upgrades.

Tablets have a naturally lower sales rate than the devices we are comparing them to, and not making unrealistic sales expectations is not the death knell.

The biggest threat to the iPad may be the success - or lack of - the iPhone 7. Due to the nature of the ecosystems, we're far more likely to own a tablet with an OS that matches our phone, As long as we keep consuming iPhones, the iPad will still take it's share of the tablet market. If people move away from iPhones - maybe because of a possible headphone jack removal - then the tablet sales will likely drift away too.

Comment If GitHub was open source... (Score 2) 84

It might be difficult to charge for the enterprise platform - which is part of what funds the availability of GitHub in the first place.

I am an open source developer - I work on an open source platform - but I'm not a zealot. I *like* the principles of open source, but pragmatically it can't always provide a means to have supported software in all cases. Having an organisation that can keep the lights on at GitHub is more important than the whole of their code being open source - but maybe there is an opportunity to open up parts of it, like the issues.

You can say that people using a free service have no right to complain - but ultimately, you would think that the people paying for a hosted repository, or paying for the enterprise edition, might share similar concerns. So it is a little surprising that the issue tracking features have been as neglected.

Comment Eurgh (Score 1) 400

What a mess - Beijing Summer and Sochi Winter Olympics despite all the human rights problems with China and Russia. Preparations for Athens were a joke.

And now all these problems surrounding Brazil. I don't want to "ban" countries from bidding, but the IOC (FIFA, etc) really need to get their acts together in only awarding major sporting events to countries that have proven how they will host, not just fantasies.

Comment I got 99% problems... (Score 2) 94

The Shine stats show that 99% of the traffic consists of ads, not content. How realistic / consistent that is is up for debate, but clearly when advertisers are intent on pushing intrusive, bandwidth hungry auto-playing videos, it's clearly going to have a major impact on bandwidth.

Every mobile provider really should be fighting back against that, as it has a massive impact on mobile performance, for no user benefit (apart from paying for the content).

If content providers want to deliver to a mobile space, and advertisers want to reach a mobile audience, then they should work together with the mobile industry on better solutions - not simply burden users and networks with a bad experience.

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