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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.

http://avantslash.org/

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 Re: MS beat Google to it! (Score 2) 35

Even the greybeards in my office don't want to use Windows 10 - they don't trust why Microsoft is do determined and hell-bent on getting Windows 10 on every computer system and then install updates willy-nilly along with calling home all the time. Now, there is this incredible pressure to have everything integrated into a network based system accessible from a smartphone or tablet. Even the little gadgets that cyclists or hanglglider pilots use. Everything can be recorded, saved, logged and played back.

Visual Studio is still used for console game development (PS4 and XBox). But that was VS 2012. I've used all the different versions and it is "mutating". It used to be a simple code and compile environment like Turbo C++. Now, there is all the enterprise level code development, cross-compilation. There were always options to use third party compilers, so it has become more of a framework GUI than a compiler.

Comment Re:MS beat Google to it! (Score 1) 35

Companies like Sun, Google, Facebook wanted to get people off the desktop because it helped Microsoft and Linux. Get everyone onto smartphones, that helps push Java, kills off the desktop (X-windows/Windows along with C++ development and those horrible pointers), Once applications are on the browser, they are cross-platform on everything.

Now, Microsoft wants to push a development environment that allows cross-platform applications development (Xamarin) using the desktop. That's their way of fighting back.

Comment Re:Huh.... (Score 1) 121

There is the H-R diagram - it's a graph of luminosity vs. temperature in Kelvin

http://www.universetoday.com/5...

A white dwarf is anywhere between 1/10,000th the size of our Sun and the size of the Sun. It can also be the same temperature or five times hotter.

Astronomers do look at the electromagnetic spectrum of the star, but only certain elements show up at different temperatures:

http://www.pic2fly.com/viewima...

Oxygen only shows up at 7000K and below 3000K

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