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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

BLToday That's not what she said. (297 comments)

My wife loves her iPad. She doesn't get on her laptop now unless she needs Firefox to access her work's website. For everything else, she uses the iPad. Shopping, watching movies, trip planning, and so on.

My parents can only use their iPads because they've never use a computer in their life. My mother will try to pinch and zoom on my computer monitor to make pictures bigger.

Do they need the latest iPad every time Apple comes out with a new one? Hell no. My father is perfectly happy on his iPad 3, he gets his news, Netflix, and DirecTV app. My mother is happy on her iPad 4 because she can watch Youtube, music, and looking up new recipes. My wife is fine with her iPad Air, and she's not getting a new one because I just bought that last year.

Only person without an iPad is me. I have no need for them, I get things done on my laptop or desktop. I don't need trimmed down apps, I do need full applications and a real keyboard.

2 days ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

BLToday Business model (314 comments)

As far as I can tell, the RadioShack business model is to royally rape anyone walking through its door. A couple of years ago, I was helping a friend out in the middle of nowhere and we needed a network cable. RadioShack was close by but they wanted to charge $12 for a 6ft cable. We had to buy it since there wasn't any other store close by and couldn't wait for deliveries. Maybe, just maybe terrible customer experience had something to do with RadioShack dying.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

BLToday Bifurcated market (130 comments)

There's always going to be market for "professionals" that require full blown PCs. The "casual" market is better served by tablets and Chromebooks, or anything that people basically can't screw up. Unfortunately that means "professionals" will pay more because there "casual" users aren't there to subsidized development of the latest CPU/GPU. My friend was shocked a couple weeks ago while customizing his ThinkCentre SFF, ended up being near $1,000 (w/SSD). To quote him "Damn for this kind of price, I could hook up a MacBook Air and call it day. Except I don't buy Apple."

about two weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

BLToday Sounds like good marketing (220 comments)

Sounds like good marketing by the EFF. They throw a hissy fit, gets people to notice that they have an app.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

BLToday I'll take a driverless car now, if (386 comments)

I'll take a driverless car now, if the law changes and allow me to sleep during the drive.

about 1 month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

BLToday Re:Actually.. (227 comments)

I've spent more on worse movies. Took two nieces and a nephew to see "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (in 3D) after about 30 minutes they wanted to leave because it was so terrible. Even little kids know some time it's just not worth your time to sit through horrible movies.

I expect "The Interview" to be on the level of "This is the End". Bad and completely forgettable instead of so bad it's scarring. I've seen some really bad movies this year (in no particular order): Lucy, Transformers 4, Transcendence, 300: RoaE (even Eva Green's breasts couldn't help this movie), and Divergent.

about a month ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

BLToday from experience, SSD failures not from wear (125 comments)

From my experiences, most of SSD failures come from dead controllers and not wear. Or bad firmware, I'm looking at you Crucial and your 5000 hour bug. Also your weird incompatibles on your MX100 series.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

BLToday That makes my decision easier. (112 comments)

I was going to an LTE iPad and go as needed on the cellular plan, now which carrier to not select.

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

BLToday Re:Rain and snow? (287 comments)

That's not true. I've lived in the Bay Area, there's a lot of rain and fog. SoCal is completely different: no rain, occasional fog.

about 3 months ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

BLToday About time (347 comments)

The Control Panel's organization has been terrible. I can't think of a time when it was actually good, but it's just getting worse with each Windows release. Use to be Add/Remove Programs, then it's Program and Features but does the exact same thing. Printers got moved to Devices and Printers. Here's the thing, printers and ability to remove programs are fairly important, why make it less descriptive? While at the same time, there are applets/control panel applications that doesn't deserve their own icon at the top level: Windows Cardspace, Notification Area Icons, Indexing Options, Getting Started (really?), Folder Options, Default Programs (should be within Program and Features),

about 3 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

BLToday Still some funky bugs, but not bad. (305 comments)

Been using it since yesterday. Yeah, I live dangerously. So far, mostly a good upgrade. I like the new look, modern with a reasonable level of skeuomorphism so I can still feature out the functions of the icons.

Tested: MBP 2012 (16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) and iPhone 5s

Some features are just not working for me:
* AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. I can AirDrop from Mac to iPhone, but my iPhone can't see the Mac.
* Placing a cellular call from the Mac, I can't hearing the ringing. But it works just fine otherwise.
* it took iCloud Drive awhile (1+ hour) to show up properly on the Mac
* still doesn't show my network transfer speed. Occasionally, I'm moving 5+ GB files between my computer and NAS, I would like to know if there's a bottleneck somewhere.

Too smart for its own good:
* short-hand/text expansion you set up on your iPhone will automatically transfer over to Mac OS X

about 3 months ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

BLToday Re: Make it less ugly (147 comments)

Yeah, I just Googled for the solution to moving applications between desktop. Good gosh that's a non-obvious method. No wonder I never discovered it while using Win 10.

Can't they just copy Apple in this case? Right click on the icon "Assign to: Desktop x"/"Display on all desktops" or drag and drop the applications between virtual desktop when I'm in the expanded view.

about 3 months ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

BLToday Re:Make it less ugly (147 comments)

"ModernUI is all about flat, there's no more 3D, so colors help you to identify different controls and areas on the screen."

That's the major problem. The colors don't make an sense so you can't use it to navigate. You what you end up with is reading white text on randomly selected color backgrounds.

about 3 months ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

BLToday Make it less ugly (147 comments)

* Windows 10 looks fine in pictures, but using it gives me a headache. I can't find a theme that's acceptable. UI is too colorful and the tile background colors still don't make sense.

* Why can't I move applications between virtual desktops? You had it in PowerToys for Windows 95.

about 3 months ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

BLToday Pilot episode was unwatchable (193 comments)

Pilot episode was unwatchable. Characters were annoying caricature of "nerds". I wanted to punch people at CBS after about 15 minutes.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

BLToday Re:Yup. That sounds perfect. (352 comments)

Probably it's because Microsoft's issue is their confusing message. Do you really expect normal people to understand that Windows on a phone won't be available to run Windows application for desktop? To a normal person "Windows" is "Windows".

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

BLToday Yup. That sounds perfect. (352 comments)

Yup. That sounds perfect. I'm going to change my phone number now because I don't want to get calls from my relatives about "How do I install the Sims I bought on DVD on my Lumia?" or "How do I get my copy of Word 2013 running on my phone? It says it's running Windows so it should work with my copy of Office 2013, right?"

I actually already got this one: "I bought Windows 8 to make my desktop (Windows 7) into a touchscreen but it's not working. The guy at the Microsoft Store said it would make my screen into a touchscreen." I was never sure if my relative misunderstood what the employee was saying or the employee at the MS Store actually told him that.

about 5 months ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

BLToday That will go nicely with the new 8TB drive (126 comments)

I was planning on filling that 8TB drive with documentaries on the female body but I guess DRM-free 1080p will work too.

about 5 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

BLToday There's more than one use for printed humans (323 comments)

Beyond space exploration, we will need printed humans to fight against the Machines. The biggest problem with fighting AI is that they can reproduce faster than us. With printed humans we will even the odds. Of course, we may end up fighting a two fronts war: AI and printed humans.

about 8 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

BLToday Looks like a great product, (379 comments)

Looks like a great product if I only look at the specs and pitch. But unfortunately I already own a Surface with Touch Keyboard, and that has tainted my impression. The original Surface is slow, keyboard is doesn't work well, Surface needs a flat surface to actually work well, and the UX.

Improvements:
* Slow => fixed by using Intel.
* Keyboard => no longer the mostly useless Touch Keyboard
* I'm hoping it's actually usable in my lap

Still issues (general experience with Win8; 1 desktop, 1 Surface RT):
* UX: there's no way getting around it, Win8 is schizo. In theory, on a Surface, I would never need to go to the desktop. But I have to switch to the Desktop to change settings like sleep mode timer and the built in version of Office. Win8 will some time let applications will install tons of random icons to the Start Screen, but not include the important ones such as the actual application link. Weird.

Hover over Flash elements is a serious usability issue. It works maybe 30% of the time in touch interface, the other 70% I would have to reach for the keyboard and hover my mouse over the element to control it.

The color of tiles does not make any sense. The tiles waste too much empty space and the text is too small for quickly identifying applications. I'm not 18 anymore so I don't have eagle eyes.

Trying to restore even the Surface back to "factory" takes 2+ hours. Then at least another 2 hours getting it updated. Why?

about 8 months ago

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Piracy vs pre-owned games

BLToday BLToday writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BLToday (1777712) writes "Lionhead developer, Mike West, of Fable III says that pre-owned games on console hurt developers more than piracy on the PC.
"But, as I say, second-hand sales cost us more in the long-run than piracy these days.""

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