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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 a week 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

BLToday I hope the fix the other problems. (314 comments)

I rented a Ford Taurus and I hated SYNC. It was slow, counterintuitive, and the screen was low-res.

about 2 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

BLToday No longer the DeathStars? (444 comments)

I guess Hitachi fixed the DeathStar issues. I remember those old IBM Deskstar having horrible failure rates, then Hitachi bought the division.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

BLToday Oh goodie. (731 comments)

I don't mind ads if they're non-intrusive. Slashdot gives me the option to not have ads, but I let them through anyway. Gizmodo and Yahoo (mobile) have painfully annoying ads. I block them when possible. But in Yahoo (mobile) when I can't block I just go somewhere else. Has anyone look at the recent Google search result page? Fill with so much advertising. I've done a lot more of my searches over at DuckDuckGo. I don't mind a little banner ad or side ads, but don't try to take over my screen or play sound.

about 3 months ago
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SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

BLToday I'm there!!! (211 comments)

No, seriously. I can totally justify spending around $350 for a HTPC with gaming to experiment with. Cheaper than my wife's purse.
$150 - AMD A10-6800K (with mobo over at Microcenter). Yes, I know Intel is faster and it's not the fastest GPU either but for $150 it's hard to beat the combo.
$80 - 8GB of RAM
$100 - 3TB hard drive
and I have a bunch of old ATX cases and power supply.

It's Linux, if I don't like it I can always put something else on like Mint.

about 4 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

BLToday Cool, but my head hurts (433 comments)

Cool, but my head hurts trying to understand the theory.

about 4 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

BLToday Re:If you can read Chinese you pay twice in China (333 comments)

I found I could not change the language from Chinese. Some research showed I was expected to pay for an upgrade to get Windows, that I paid for, to actual be usable.

Yeah, that changed in Windows 7. Previous versions of Windows had language pack supports at Home and above editions but MSFT made that into an "enterprise" or "ultimate" feature in Windows 7. Very annoying for a lot of people I know that speak and write multiple languages, some of them have switched to Mac OS X for just that one reason.

about 4 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

BLToday Re:Microsoft is running out of milk cows (333 comments)

I like the feel of the Microsoft keyboard and mice, but durability was definitely not their strength. I've had plenty MSFT curve keyboard and laser mice die on me within 2 years. Logitech products, until recently, have been extreme durable. Recently, I've had a VX nano and MX Revolution (original version) die on me within 18 months too.

about 4 months ago

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Piracy vs pre-owned games

BLToday BLToday writes  |  more than 2 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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