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ah well Europe can't keep all the good things forever I guess.
 
+Rick Spencer made an incredible announcement about the #ubuntuphone  in the US today

#ubuntu   #ubuntutouch  
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So this is a rather odd article. Wild promotion of an assortment of offensive stereotypes obviously, but that isn't particularly odd.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/31/decline-bandq-lesbians-bad-news-diy
Twice it mentions mentioning "two-by-four", as a badge of instant knowledgeability and respect when said in B&Q. My understanding as a chap of the world, is that this was a term used in the olden days and America to indicate the dimensions of a beam or joist in units known as "inches" which were related to the dimensions of some King's body part.
Go to B&Q and ask for some two-by-four and you will instantly be recognised as someone who has no clue whatsoever. Maybe some planed timber with a 70mm x 43mm profile might be what you are after, but whatever it is you want, it doesn't come in inches. http://www.diy.com/departments/building-supplies/timber-woodwork/DIY763398.cat/category-27004=DIY570361?pageSize=12&categoryToFilter=DIY570361
The DIY chain has long been integral to lesbian culture. The closure of 60 of its stores may spell the end for many a Sapphic romance in its aisles
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We have one Chromebook at home, and I think there is a very good chance that there will be more, perhaps some of these things too.
 
Chromebit, anyone? 
Take the guts of a Chromebox and squeeze it in to a dongle not that much bigger than the Chromecast and you get the Chromebit.
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yeah, but it is a good OS :) don't want an android stick.
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I have just played pac man in Farnham. I love living in the future. Or the past. Whatever.
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6178227?hl=en
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Oh that is impressive; that's got to be pretty damn clever to use arbitrary maps, especially when it comes to making sensible wraparounds happen when he goes off one edge.
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I just used the webapp generator to make a click package, and uploaded it to the store, which is cool and all, but at no stage did I see anything prompting me to test it on the device, and I didn't, and I have zero clue how to test a click package on the device without uploading it to the store and installing it.
This does seem like a recipe for crap in the store, is it just a few irresponsible mavericks like me who don't put the effort in to figure out testing, or is this a more general problem? How do you put a click thingie on the phone without putting it in the store?
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Am wondering at the logic of a webform being able to publish a webapp - I'm willing to reserve judgement, but think there may be problems with useless/untestes webapps. There are already too many of them. I love that I can create useful webapps using the sdk, (I'm not a programmer), but drop the bar too low and the whole store geta dragged down. At the very least, there needs to be some quality control in the store - useless apps should be able to be reported and removed.
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anyone got any working instructions on how to run some kind of web server on the phone? lighttpd or any of these https://gist.github.com/willurd/5720255 or anything really.
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+Andy Partington well, I am going to try vtiger for certain, but my main interest is getting themes to work. I have this plan that remote web applications should respect the current device theme, so it all looks like Ambiance. If I tell my phone I want a "my little pony, glitter and sparkles" theme then I get that in the dialler and core apps and all other apps and remote websites. I could then flip to a more accessible readable theme like https://bootswatch.com/readable/ and everything would start using it. I want to prototype this concept, and I need a local webserver to do that.
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I have just gone through the 8 random webapps stuffed in the Universal Access/Accessibility department in the store and given them a one star review because they have nothing to do with accessibility. It would be great to have some accessibility related features on the phone (bit disappointed that something like voiceover wasn't baked into the core design from the start to be honest) but if we have nothing we shouldn't just stick random stuff in there. Apparently there is no review process or way of fixing this apart from app submitters resubmitting with the right department, I don't really want to give one star reviews to things, but I don't see that there is another way to provide the feedback.
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Oh, and I've had people tell me they selected the correct department when uploading, before, when I told them they should move their app to the correct place from another. Maybe there is a bug in the dev portal with respect to the departments? +Martin Albisetti any idea about that?
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we do need to re-fit the downstairs loo, however I think today might not be the best day ever to go fixture shopping.
 
Meet the Meizu mBoom! It's time to revolutionize your bathroom experience once and for all. Available on Meizumart soon!
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I think it doesn't support it. The mx4 probably will :)
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I now have an app in the app store
https://appstore.bhdouglass.com/app/magicradio.libertus
just a webapp wrapping a radio player, I wanted to start simple. It has been an interesting process, I found out that testing your app between generating it and uploading it wasn't, lets say, a sufficiently encouraged step, so that will be documented better soon
http://askubuntu.com/questions/603068/having-generated-a-webapp-with-the-generator-how-do-i-test-my-click-on-the-devi
the audio only plays when it is the foreground app and it only plays when the device is fully awake with the screen on, which I wasn't expecting. I think it really needs a QML app that gets the underlying shoutcast stream and plays it through content hub, but that is moving beyond my abilities and motivation.
I do think there is a problem with webapps in general, anyone can do any webapp wrapping any website. I checked the terms and conditions of the magic website and they do encourage deep linking, so I am interpreting it as a deep link and I think they won't be cross.
I see in the store there are online banking webapps - I am sure they are all sweet and innocent at the moment, but there doesn't appear to be any process reason to stop them doing evil. I think I would be more comfortable with the whole thing if you had to do something to prove you control the domain being wrapped. This would cut a whole heap of webapps from the store (including mine), but meh, they were probably not worth having anyway.
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+Alan Pope you've convinced me, I'll accept your patch :)
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Want to know about the cost of the monarchy in terms of their impact on Chromebook pricing? Never fear, the comments section has the answer for you http://www.omgchrome.com/acer-chromebook-15-amazon-uk-preorder/
The 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon.
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Great video with more details. Royal family are net contributors to the British economy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhyYgnhhKFw
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what is it that gives names to things in lsusb? Surely the Ubuntu phone should be a bit more recognised as a thing in Ubuntu?
alan@alanlaptop:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 019: ID 2a47:0c02  
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I tried it on mako out of curiosity and I see this:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 18d1:4ee2 Google Inc. Nexus 4 (debug).

Someone has filed a bug for the bq device with some information in it: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/usbutils/+bug/1421740
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