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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

BlueStraggler Re:They are in such demand (330 comments)

The #1 reason cited by MS fanboys is "apple is too expensive for what you get".

In the 1990s, maybe. And that's because Microsoft commoditized the hardware, thereby transferring the PC industry profits to themselves as the only company left in the stack that could still charge a significant margin. Apple lost that war, was forced to switch to the hardware platform that Microsoft commoditized, and now that things are pretty much even on that score, now it's Microsoft that is too expensive for what you get.

about a year ago
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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

BlueStraggler Re:No issue with my Lumia 920 (391 comments)

Android is probably the most user friendly, but tries to be too similar to a desktop system, and feels slightly clunkly.

So, it is the most user-friendly for people who expect their phones to behave like clunky desktop systems, then?

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

BlueStraggler Re:Fix Maps, only? (286 comments)

Oh, bullshit. Sorry, but a first hand review of "nu-uh, works great!" isn't a meaningful comment. It may not be a troll, but it's not adding anything to the conversation.

So let me get this straight. We know iOS maps suck because we read it somewhere on the internet, not because we have actually used them. And when we talk to someone who has actually used them, their opinion is not adding anything to the conversation. Because everybody knows, comments are not supposed to be used for communicating personal experiences and knowledge, only trolls do that. Please confine all comments to hysterical opinions heard somewhere else.

Okay, got it. Thanks for your input. Keep up the good work keeping the Internet free of bullshit.

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

BlueStraggler Re:Fix Maps, only? (286 comments)

The plural of "anecdote" isn't "data." So one guy got lucky with Apple Maps, good for him. There have been a ton of stories - with examples - demonstrating just how large a disaster Apple Maps have been.

Way to miss the point, which was that first-hand reviews that have something nice to say should never be moderated "troll". Look up the meaning of the word. It says a lot about the state of the Slashdot community that (A) this got moderated troll in the first place, and (B) that some people feel a need to defend this moderation.

But since you want more data points, I downloaded iOS6 just to see how much of a colossal clusterfuck Apple maps really were. I was kinda disappointed -- they were actually way better than Google Maps in my area. More accurate, more current satellite imagery, cooler features, better technology, and much lower data usage. I was not able to post any screen caps of ridiculous mapping disasters or otherwise participate in the witch burning, which was kind of a bummer, because I love Internet mobs just as much as the next guy. I even installed the recommended work-around by putting the web-based Google Maps back on my phone, but I don't actually use it because it's kinda sucky by comparison. Count me with the "troll". The maps themselves are pretty fucking good for a 1.0 release, although I'm sure your mileage will vary depending on the data quality in your region.

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

BlueStraggler Re:Fix Maps, only? (286 comments)

Oh dear, Slashdot, look what you've done. You moderated the only nice comment in the entire thread as "Troll". Hundreds and hundreds of comments talking about mapping "disasters", fucking over Microsoft, patent trolling, ass-fucking Google, the unspeakable incompetence of Tim Cook, the creepy toadyism of Elop, and other bits of nasty, bitter, unfocused nerd rage.

And then some guy comes along and says "you know, those apple maps are pretty good, if you, like, actually use them", which may be the only bit of actual first-hand knowledge offered in the entire thread.

TROLL! TROLL! BURN HIM!

about 2 years ago
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iOS 6 Adoption Tops 25% After Just 48 Hours

BlueStraggler Re:Good luck with those new map service. (513 comments)

I upgraded just to see what all the maps bitching was all about, and was surprised to discover that the Apple maps were actually quite superior for my area. Google maps actually got street names wrong, where Apple had them right, and the Google satellite views were 3 years old, showing construction zones where Apple showed fully occupied developments. And I'm in Canada where I would have expected them to skimp on data quality for first release.

And the 3D map view with compass turned on is beyond sweet - it's like bird's-eye augmented reality.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

BlueStraggler Re:Because (639 comments)

It's not an inlaid mahogany chest lined with velvet, mirror balls, and Steve Jobs air fresheners.

We're talking about a small cardboard box. The lid slides off. There's your gadget. It's the opposite of fancy.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

BlueStraggler Re:Because (639 comments)

Wondered how far I'd have to search for the logic that because Apple puts way more thought into packaging, it is therefore stupid. Slashdot, you never dissapoint.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise

BlueStraggler Re:Survival (565 comments)

Making a console with a disastrously high return rate has trained Microsoft in how to manage hordes of angry hardware customers.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

BlueStraggler Re:[Stupid] move (400 comments)

He was a big name, and he broke the law to the point he used his influence to do things that would get other men arrested too. And then instead of answering the charges, he fled the country.

Ahem... what charges?

more than 2 years ago
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Wozniak's Original System Description of the Apple ][

BlueStraggler Re:Almost, Apple... (170 comments)

Cool, you're in 1996. Buy Yahoo stock, then sell it in 2000. In fact, start giving up all your tired opinions in 2000, as they will start to become invalid around then. By 2012, the entire industry will struggle for years to compete with Apple on price, and fail.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

BlueStraggler Re:Barring? (416 comments)

Wouldn't it look bad if a Microsoft employee came to your company to demo a new product, and they whipped-out their Apple Macbook to give the presentation?

If the presentation was on Keynote on OS X, it would look fantastic!

The presentation, that is. Microsoft, not so much.

If it was PowerPoint on Windows 7, it would look like ass. The presentation, that is. But kinda cool for Microsoft. "Look, we are everywhere! Resistance is futile!"

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox Javascript Engine Becomes Single Threaded

BlueStraggler Re:You had me at.. (346 comments)

So...can we put this cliche to bed now?

Considering how appalling the memory leaks were for YEARS while the moz folks insisted there weren't any problems, it will probably take at least as many years before any of us believe anything they say about memory usage.

I for one, won't believe they have any competence in memory management until I have spent 5 years without having to restart Firefox every other day.

more than 2 years ago
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The Coming Tech Battle Over 'Smart TVs'

BlueStraggler Re:TV will get smart, next tech war in living room (314 comments)

It's just a computer with a tv card attached to an HDTV.

No, it's a super-sized iPad. You won't watch channels any more, you'll watch apps. Some apps will be for regular TV channels (eg. NBC, ESPN), some will be for specific shows, some will be for shows you can't get on regular TV (vintage, foreign, etc.), some will be for internet video services like YouTube, some will access your PC's media libraries, and some will have nothing to do with video content (games, email, web, etc.). It will all be controlled by voice (eg. Siri) with iPad, iPod, or iPhone remotes. There will, of course, be an Android version, but it will be all over the place in terms of quality and app completeness, as different set manufacturers try to differentiate from each other.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Dell Dismisses Tablet Threat To the PC Market

BlueStraggler Re:He's probably right. (352 comments)

Sorry, why are you adding a mouse?

more than 2 years ago
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JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose

BlueStraggler Re:Tolkien's prose (505 comments)

If you're talking about the Hobbit, you must be the biggest sourpuss who ever lived, so you must be talking about The Lord of the Rings. And it's entire first chapter is nothing but hobbit humour. Granted, they are just a bunch of half-drunk, weed-smoking, cabbage farmers whose sense of humour might not be up to your sophisticated standards, but they seem to be having a pretty good time without you.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers

BlueStraggler Re:Real issue....locked doors (485 comments)

Apple made a closed system that allowed all profits to funnel through it.

Oh, and here I thought we were talking about HTML5, WebKit, and open web standards. Fuckin' Apple, ruining it for everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Lawyer Fails To Differentiate iPad and Galaxy Tab In Court

BlueStraggler Re:Big whoop (495 comments)

They were announced a year before the iPad, you mean. And they looked like this. By the time they got around to shipping, the iPad had been announced, and the JooJoo had changed to look like this. Kinda like how Android phones were announced before iPhones, but suddenly stopped looking like Blackberries as soon as the iPhone was announced.

But I'll allow that the Crunchpad had a simpler design than other tablets even in its clunky prototype form. But that's also because it wasn't really a tablet - it was a web-based e-reader. It's easier to make a clean design when your gadget has only one function.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Lawyer Fails To Differentiate iPad and Galaxy Tab In Court

BlueStraggler Re:Big whoop (495 comments)

Yeah, that could only have been done by an utter design genius.

Why the dripping sarcasm? This is true. Good industrial design has always been about stripping a thing down to its essentials and making it as simple and focussed to its task as possible. And that does take an utter design genius.

Before the iPad, tablet design was like this and this and this.

The hallmark of good design is that after we see it, it seems "obvious", and design illiterates think there's absolutely nothing special about it. But they can't explain why nobody thought of it before then.

more than 2 years ago
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The (Mostly) Sad Fates of 32 First-Generation iPad Rivals

BlueStraggler Re:Asus Transformer TF101 (270 comments)

Honeycomb 3.2.1 IPS widescreen docking dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 1GB RAM SDHC miniHDMI dual USB Flash Android no rooting quad-core Kal-El Tegra 3

This post explains everything you need to know about why Slashdot simply doesn't get tablet computing, and probably never will.

more than 2 years ago

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iPad as a Linux developer workstation?

BlueStraggler BlueStraggler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BlueStraggler (765543) writes "Mark O'Connor writes "On September 19th, I said goodbye to my trusty MacBook Pro and started developing exclusively on an iPad + Linode 512. This is the surprising story of a month spent working in the cloud." Thanks to the magic of vim and GNU screen, the iPad apparently makes for a sweet and surprisingly productive developer system."
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BlueStraggler BlueStraggler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BlueStraggler (765543) writes "Everybody knows that Apple is a bit player in the computer market. Except, it seems, for people who have been buying computers this past holiday season. Amazon's top sellers list is dominated by Apple, who claims the top 3 spots, and 10 of the top 25. The #1 computer sold by Amazon? The 13" MacBook 2Ghz Core 2 Duo. And #2 is the same computer again, in its previous rev (Core Duo), which implies that the MacBook holds top position by a serious margin. If holiday buying shows what people really want, rather than what they must put up with, what will happen to Apple's ranking once we go back to normal purchasing patterns?"

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