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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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 4 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 4 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

BLToday New business model!!! (355 comments)

I have a "new" business for the future, sell things without advertising at a higher price.

"Oh, you don't the Google refrigerator, it doesn't let you open the door for beer until you have watched 30 seconds of beer commercials. You want this model, sure it's a bit more expensive but there's no eye tracking and you'll avoid all the malware associated with the Google model."

"Buy this thermostat, it lets you change the temperature without having to listen to beer commercials."

about 4 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

BLToday Why not Zoidberg? I mean both. (659 comments)

Why not Zoidberg? I mean both. I can't imagine hydrogen fuel being cheaper than charging at home within the next 20 years. But with hydrogen fuel cell you can have a relatively quick refueling for extended driving. Something like a hydrogen/electric plugin vehicle would be the most appealing to me.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

BLToday I still use Firefox...on a Mac, occasionally (688 comments)

I still use Firefox...on a Mac, occasionally. Actually, I don't use it but my wife does once in awhile. Her work requires either IE or Firefox. I miss the original Firefox philosophy: speed, stability, and security. OK, Firefox was never that stable (always leaking memory) and rarely the fastest. But it generally worked well and did the job.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

BLToday Re:It's a start (294 comments)

"There used to be this thing called Windows Gadgets. But I guess that wasn't cool and trendy enough."

Or useful enough. Remember there was Konfabulator (Yahoo bought them), Google Desktop (widgets, discontinued). Only one left and barely alive is Apple's Dashboard.

about 6 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

BLToday Would be a great recreational drug. (914 comments)

Would be a great recreational drug. There are times in my life where I would total love to feel like it lasted long. (That's what she said)

I could also use a Fast-Forward drug for those parts of the day that just keeps dragging.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

BLToday There's a job, if you're a COBOL programmer (379 comments)

There's a job, if you're a COBOL programmer. In the last few months, I've had friends and relatives wishing they were proficient in COBOL or their company needed someone proficient in COBOL. I hear it pays $100K+.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T, Audi Announce In-Car 4G LTE Plans, Starting At $99 For 6 Months

BLToday Re:Why ? (74 comments)

Traffic data. There's been times where I would totally pay $5 for 30 minutes worth of good data rate to figure out the traffic. Unfortunately, the reason for that was because ATT network is terrible. I would get full-bars but no data would come through. So this partnership does nothing really because the ATT network can't handle the data they have right now.

about 7 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

BLToday Should have bought Here instead (248 comments)

Should have bought Here instead. I don't see what they gained with the Nokia handset business. It's basically a $7B buy for the Lumia line. Here/NavTEQ is really reliable data source. They've been in this mapping business for a long time and know what they're doing.

about 7 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

BLToday Radio Shack, it's like Best Buy (423 comments)

Radio Shack, it's like Best Buy if you don't have a Best Buy around, feel like paying 300% markup for basic items like a cable, and a lot less selection. I can't think of a way out for Radio Shack. Maybe start with changing their name to something not so out-date sounding.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

BLToday Re:This is not really an issue when you switch (179 comments)

I've had iPhones with ATT and Verizon, it has always defaulted to "Send as SMS" on for me. That's usually the first thing I turn off since it annoys people because some messages gets sent twice.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

BLToday This is not really an issue when you switch (179 comments)

This is not really an issue when you switch phones, the problem is the other users has set to always to use iMessage. Normally, if a "message" don't reach an iPhone user in a set amount of time, the system defaults to sending it as a text. That's the default behavior of iOS out of the box. Some users have turn it off in Messages settings therefore the iMessage never delivers the message and continues to wait it out.

Why would someone turn off "Send as SMS"?
Few reasons:
1) they're on Verizon or ATT and it's $10 minimum text plan,
2) the limit before it sends as SMS is really short (something around 5 seconds), and you don't want to annoy everyone with multiple iMessage and SMS for the same message
3) the user like knowing if the message actually arrived

about 7 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

BLToday Re:I was thoroughly impressed with the interior (318 comments)

Probably like me, a married dude that goes shopping with the wife. While she and women like her try on clothes, men like me play on our smartphones and occasionally wander into guy stores like Tesla, Brookstone, Microsoft or See's Candy.

about 7 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

BLToday I was thoroughly impressed with the interior (318 comments)

I haven't driven one but played around with the interior at the mall. The human/car interface is by far the best one I've used. The multitouch screen is responsive and intuitive. The material quality is top of the line. I totally would buy one if I had the money.

about 7 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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