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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

DCstewieG Re:Vibration messaging on the Apple Watch (471 comments)

Just to confirm...you're upset that they implemented exactly the feature you wanted?

And while I think your post was forward looking, I'm going to take a wild guess and say it wasn't the design document for the Apple Watch. And if it was, well, I'm glad they didn't take your suggestion of a lightning connector.

about 3 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

DCstewieG Re:Why bother? (215 comments)

I got a Chromebook for my dad with the prime advantages being simplicity and no maintenance. I don't have to worry about keeping him updated, installing anti-virus, or even handing him Ubuntu. All he wants is a browser so why give him more? He loves it!

about 4 months ago
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Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies At 88

DCstewieG When We Left Earth (81 comments)

If you have Netflix streaming (or want to go through some hassle), check out When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions. Absolutely fantastic documentary on the space race and the way I recently learned about his landing. For reasons outside my control, I was not alive until many years later.

I totally get the conspiracy theories about a fake moon landing. I know we did it. But looking up at the moon, it's hard to believe it.

about a year ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

DCstewieG Re:Apple makes money either way... (348 comments)

The point of the 5C was to break into markets where the 5S is too expensive to gain big market share.

According to who? That's what pundits wanted and assumed but it should now be obvious that it's not what Apple wanted. For the time being, they're still happy with their premium device strategy. You only have to look as far back as the iPod and iPod mini to see what they're doing.

It should be noted the iPhone 4 is still being sold in China.

about a year ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

DCstewieG Re:Apple makes money either way... (348 comments)

Not the bits themselves, but changing the architecture gave ARM a chance to clean up the instruction set and double the registers. And that IS an advantage. It's very similar to what AMD did with x86-64.

about a year ago
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Windfarm Sickness Spreads By Word of Mouth

DCstewieG Re:They make me sick (482 comments)

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Federal_coal_subsidies#External_Costs_of_Coal_Plants

The study concluded: "Our comprehensive review finds that the best estimate for the total economically quantifiable costs, based on a conservative weighting of many of the study findings, amount to some $345.3 billion, adding close to 17.8/kWh of electricity generated from coal. The low estimate is $175 billion, or over 9/kWh, while the true monetizable costs could be as much as the upper bounds of $523.3 billion, adding close to 26.89/kWh. These and the more difficult to quantify externalities are borne by the general public." The average residential price of electricity at the time of the report is 12/kWh.

about 2 years ago
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Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

DCstewieG Re:OS that doesn't do anything isn't cracked.. (178 comments)

You say that like it's a bad thing. A glorified web browser with incredible security is exactly what a good amount of people should be using. Hell, I know someone who would get along fine if their computer did nothing but Facebook, let alone the rest of the web.

I find it hard to believe (though it's getting easier) that even geeks who have trouble seeing the world outside their little techy bubble can complain about this. I've seen the idea of an internet "driver's license" come up on these boards but then something that protects people from themselves is shit all over. Well done.

about 2 years ago
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Why Facebook Is Stressing You Out

DCstewieG Re:Google+ and Circles (227 comments)

Facebook copied this feature a while ago with "Lists". For example, I have a Gamers list that's self-explanatory. You can post to lists or everyone excluding certain lists, like Coworkers.

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

DCstewieG Re:iOS maps should have started as an App (561 comments)

As I understand it, the old Maps app used Google's data but was still made by Apple. Google now needs to make their own app from scratch.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Smartphones Vulnerable To Remote Wipe Hack

DCstewieG Re:Manufacturer's Android (151 comments)

Some people might not like voiding their warranty the day they buy their phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

DCstewieG Re:Obvious troll is obvious (466 comments)

That's an old, old policy. Now there are many alternative browsers, mail clients, calendars, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Most Torrent Downloaders Are Monitored, Study Finds

DCstewieG Re:Better products (309 comments)

I was stunned when I watched the Hunger Games Blu-ray this weekend as what I thought was the lead up to the main menu in fact lead to a large message: "Previews for Your Mandatory Viewing". This was a purchased copy mind you, not a rental version. Of course now the Main Menu button was disabled, fortunately the chapter skip button was not (it must not be able to or it would have been).

This button disabling shit is unbelievable, even the Stop button. Yes, the Stop button.

To paraphrase John Siracusa, everything about Blu-ray sucks, except the AV quality, which you can't get anywhere else (legally).

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

DCstewieG Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

I think it's a bigger deal for battery life. Faster processing, less power use.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

DCstewieG Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

No, he's right. GDI+ does not make effective use of the GPU.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gdigdi_move_over_microsoft_introduces_direct2d

[Microsoft's Thomas Olson] points out that GDI/GDI+ use software rendering for tasks that modern GPUs can now perform...

Quartz Extreme has supported GPU acceleration since OS X 10.2, released in 2002.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_Compositor

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?

DCstewieG Re:I don't even see the code (342 comments)

No, I mean HTML. Obviously the CSS has to be known and you'll see the class names but for me at least, it's the HTML structure that I "see" the page in.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?

DCstewieG I don't even see the code (342 comments)

I think of it like the falling green code in The Matrix. Once you really know what you're doing, you can look at HTML and see the page itself. I don't even see the DIVs, all I see is...blonde, brunette, red-head...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

DCstewieG Re:A patent troll public shaming. Interesting (278 comments)

I may come off as an Apple apologist here but they aren't a patent troll. They have products that implement the patents in question as opposed to true trolls who produce nothing but lawsuits. At worst you could call them patent abusers, at best they're just playing the game.

Wikipedia:

Patent troll is a term used for a person or company who enforces patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered aggressive or opportunistic with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention.

more than 2 years ago

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