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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by krake -
How about a Presidential Bureau of Tweeting the Truth?
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Software of Potential Interest
Last post by Frenzie -
If Skype wants to really improve, it would be in the area of video calls and screen-sharing rather than the messaging. I'm putting my hopes on improvements of video calls and screen-sharing because the thing that I really hope for - ability to make searches in the message history - is evidently never going to improve.
You used to have these excellent plain-text archives. I'm sure they had some ridiculous performance excuse, but they only ever showed you a week or something of history anyway, and I think they show even less now.

Iirc Skype also used to have a pretty decent history search functionality all built in. Or at least much better than what it has now.

particularly when Facebook Messenger manifestly destroys photo and video quality in the process of transfer
So does WhatsApp btw. I understand that to send a proper quality photo, you need to use "send file" instead.

I may wish to count as one of those who appreciates the "productivity focus" (really: just ease of typing-and-sending and of making a video call) but really I am just left behind. I have no clue what Snapchat is or does - anything different from Instagram? - and my attempts at connecting to Whatsapp have been unsuccessful. And from what I know, it is the exact clone of Skype except that you have to give away your phone number instead of it being optional.
I don't understand WhatsApp period. It's the exactly the same as every IM program ever, except more limited! That it'd be limited to Android and Windows is one thing, but phone only with some weird desktop feature that requires your phone to be on?

It must probably be because WhasApp has those easy group chats.

My wife and I switched to Discord years ago. I use Skype to talk to my parents, and last week even a business call (because "Skype for Business"/Lync crapped out, and the quality on Skype was actually noticeably better).
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ensbb3 -
We need a Bureau of Presidential Tweets, or somesuch.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by ersi -

US official confirms that Trump tweeted out a picture from a classified intelligence briefing


A US official told CNBC on Friday that a photo of an Iranian launchpad that President Donald Trump tweeted out in the afternoon came from an intelligence briefing Trump received earlier in the day.

[...]

"I think I just got flexed on by the president," David Schmerler, a leading expert on open-source imagery analysis, told Business Insider of the image. Schmerler had spent hours the night before analyzing the widely available pictures of the failed launch but was blown away by the quality of Trump's image."

So, Trump is still getting briefed with classified intelligence materials. Dear officials, where is your sense of responsibility?
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One of the most useful of the new features is support for Message Drafts.

Similar to email, any message you type up in Skype but don't yet send is saved within the conversation with a "draft" tag attached. That way you can return to the message to finish it and send it later.
As I have understood, all our keypresses along with backspacings get recorded on Skype servers anyway, so indeed why not present drafts to users.

However, I may want my notes and drafts organised the way I want, not the way Skype wants. I very much prefer a method that the article acknowledges,
Some people even type up their texts in Notepad, waiting for the right time to send them.
This allows me to save and keep track of my drafts my own way and also presents me with the typing interface that is preferable to whatever Skype has inbuilt.

On the old Opera forums I kept requesting for an option to get some text editor embedded or plugged in to web form fields and the email component. As far as I know, no messaging or multimedia app does it. And now when phablets (devices that tend to not use a hardware keyboard) rule the planet, my request is obsolete. So the Notepad way remains the only sensible solution.

In another email-inspired addition, Skype is also introducing the ability to bookmark important messages. To access this option, you just have to long-press a message (on mobile) or right-click (on desktop), then tap or click "Add Bookmark." This will add the message to your Bookmarks screen for easy retrieval.
Yes, this would be awesomely useful, if I ever send or receive
Skype messages with high value content. But I don't, ever.

A more interesting idea would be to create a calendar or a todo-note from a message, but here again the more appropriate solution is to copy and paste the message in the more appropriate calendar app, which is again the Notepad way, the only sensible solution.

And if you're sharing a bunch of photos or videos all at once, Skype will now organize them neatly. Instead of overwhelming recipients with a large set of photos, the photos are grouped in a way that's more common to what you'd see on social media. That is, only a few are displayed while the rest hide behind a "+" button you have to click in order to see more.
This is about as meaningful as hiding the ending of a long text message behind a plus. It is unfortunate that messaging apps like Skype and Facebook Messenger get used for file sharing, particularly when Facebook Messenger manifestly destroys photo and video quality in the process of transfer, but the files have to be shared somehow and when those apps offer video calls too, it makes sense for them to be able to share photo and video, but exactly share, not to hide them behind a plus as if you were good at organising. You are not.

If Skype wants to really improve, it would be in the area of video calls and screen-sharing rather than the messaging. I'm putting my hopes on improvements of video calls and screen-sharing because the thing that I really hope for - ability to make searches in the message history - is evidently never going to improve.

As one of the older messaging apps still in use, Skype is no longer the largest or most popular, claiming only 300 million monthly active users compared to WhatsApp's 1.5 billion, for example.

However, it's good to see its team getting back to solving real consumer pain points rather than trying to clone Snapchat as it mistakenly tried to do not too long ago. (Thankfully, those changes were rolled back.) What Skype's remaining users appreciate is the app's ease-of-use and its productivity focus, and these changes are focused on that direction.
I may wish to count as one of those who appreciates the "productivity focus" (really: just ease of typing-and-sending and of making a video call) but really I am just left behind. I have no clue what Snapchat is or does - anything different from Instagram? - and my attempts at connecting to Whatsapp have been unsuccessful. And from what I know, it is the exact clone of Skype except that you have to give away your phone number instead of it being optional.
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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by ersi -
China has many industrial policies and other measures that disadvantage if not outright discriminate against foreign companies, poor protection of intellectual property, and cheap financing and subsidies for state-owned firms. These are definitely breaches of WTO regulations. Forbes seems to be downplaying that rather much...
Are you saying Trump weighed all this and decided, after careful consideration, to start the trade war? No, Trump has been cancelling international agreements and escalating trade wars in every direction, including with Europe.

And the China that we have is the China Kissinger chose when he started diplomatic relations with the mainland, blindsiding Taiwan. US always picks their partners at will and at random. The partners' qualifications or features or character does not matter in the least. E.g. Saudi Arabia is good friends...
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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by Frenzie -
China has many industrial policies and other measures that disadvantage if not outright discriminate against foreign companies, poor protection of intellectual property, and cheap financing and subsidies for state-owned firms. These are definitely breaches of WTO regulations. Forbes seems to be downplaying that rather much, even if I agree that to quit doing business is just stupid, and that there doesn't seem to be much if any rhyme or reason to what the Trump administration is doing.

http://eeas.europa.eu/archives/docs/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf
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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by ersi -
That made me wonder how many Trump had used so far, apparently 120:
I suspect they are not counting his tweets.

Here's the opinion of the business elite:

Did Trump Just Act Like Britain's King Just Before The 1776 Revolution?
Ordering U.S. companies out of a country it a weird thing to do in peacetime unless the move involves sanctions for perceived or actual breaches of international law.

This instance was neither of those and is especially strange given that the U.S. revolution was in large part propelled by the desire of colonial Americans to freely do trade with whomever they desired.
That Trump would be bad for diplomacy was of course obvious throughout the campaign. But now let's hope it is clear for everyone that he is bad for business on every scale.

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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by Frenzie -
That made me wonder how many Trump had used so far, apparently 120: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order#Table_of_U.S._presidents_using_executive_orders
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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Last post by ersi -
Hereby ordered?
Presidential decree is a thing. Under Trump, presidential decrees are a thing on Twitter.