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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

Golias Re:Anger. (764 comments)

Microsoft is still a 2 product company and gets its revenue from the same 2 product lines they started with.

MS-DOS and the microcomputer port of BASIC!?

more than 4 years ago
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Encoding Video For Mobile Devices?

Golias Re:Handbrake (177 comments)

I would counter that format requirements will continue to go up as available tech improves, but the truth is that I ***still*** have not bothered with Blu-Ray at all, and even lossy 1/4 HD rips of Doctor Who look pretty good on my high-def projection system, let alone my tiny iPhone screen. As we already have with audio, we're rapidly reaching a point where most consumers simply aren't going to care about fidelity improvements enough to invest in near-future new technologies.

The screen already looks good to me in 720p or 1080i or even 640p (sometimes less). Spending thousands of dollars on something more impressive isn't going to make my 41-year old eyes see it any better.

more than 4 years ago
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Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

Golias Re:hooray (423 comments)

It's kind of irrelevant, actually.

You can buy an iPhone for $199 with a 2-year contract that locks you into AT&T anyway, or you can spend something like $600 on a PHONE just so you can jailbreak it and use it with a carrier that won't support visual voicemail and might lose you support from the app store, just so you can run a handful of "unapproved" apps which most people don't care about.

Guess which option nearly everybody is going to take?

more than 4 years ago
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Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

Golias Re:Interesting Spin in the Summary (416 comments)

Just like we don't have to pay to watch cable thanks to ads?

We don't. I don't pay a dime for my TV service, but rather get it for free over-the-air (and via Hulu) thanks to ads.

Nobody HAS to pay for cable. Some people CHOOSE to. And they pay less than they would if cable channels had no ads.

If you want to buy ad-free viewing, get a NetFlix account and watch via Instant streaming.

Hooray for consumer choice!

more than 4 years ago
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WSJ's Mossberg Calls For a Tougher Broadband Plan

Golias Re:No, you're just full of shit. (332 comments)

You just wanted to cherry pick your data.

The EU has recently accepted what are considered second and third world countries, many within the last 10 years, including Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, etc.

Yeah, and we've got the Southeastern states. Pretty much makes us even.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia and RIM Respond To Apple's Antenna Claims

Golias Re:Well, SILLY, (514 comments)

Phone calls are nearly obsolete, as far as I'm concerned. I'd say about 75 percent of my voice minutes are occupied by my over-60 parents calling me about stuff. Everybody else in my life usually "talks" to me via texting, e-mail, social networks, etc. when we're not face-to-face.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

Golias Re:No surprise (319 comments)

All customers of everything are purely a source of profit, and the correct price to charge for anything is whatever the market will bear. That is how capitalism works. If you want me to either give something to you or do something for you, you must pay me what I ask in exchange.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

Golias Re:Why not raise the price instead? (319 comments)

I find your ideas intriguing, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 3 years ago
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Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

Golias Re:Not so much (638 comments)

Before DVD's arrived, most people thought it was WEIRD to own a physical copy of a movie.

After all, the vast majority of people do not watch the vast majority of movies more than once. Only the most dedicated of nerds and cinemaphiles maintained large libraries of VHS tapes and/or Laser Disks.

DVD's became cheap enough that people started to feel that they "might as well" go ahead in buy them, especially when $35 at Best Buy allowed you the opportunity to watch stuff like all the episodes of Season 2 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in sequence. But that only recently has been how the market has behaved, and if streaming continues to get better and cheaper, I can see people not caring about owning disks anymore.

Heck, I used to line a wall with disks just like every other movie/TV junkie... but I don't believe I've purchased a new DVD since Spiderman 3, and now I'm wondering why I bothered.

If I want to watch a new release, I can add it to my NetFlix queue and wait a couple days with pretty much no cost beyond what I'm already paying for the service, or I suppose I could shell out a couple bucks to "rent" it off iTunes if I'm in some kind of a hurry. For most old movies (and a growing library of TV shows), I can stream them immediately off NetFlix and/or Hulu.

So it's unlikely that I'll buy another DVD ever, and buying a player for a new format is out of the question.

more than 4 years ago
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Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

Golias Re:Apple may think Blu-Ray is already dead (638 comments)

As more and more stuff shows up on NetFlix, I've been carting more and more of my disks to the used CD store down the block and getting rid of them, as well as dumping files off my hard drives. Why store all that shit when I can watch them whenever I want anyway?

The day just might arrive that NetFlix, Blockbuster, Apple and maybe Amazon will all be in the arena, offering "unlimited" streaming of every DVD ever made.

You'll know that day is about 2 years away when Apple releases some kind of Mac for the home with no optical drive whatsoever.

more than 4 years ago
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Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

Golias Re:Apple TV (638 comments)

I also have an older computer hooked up to the TV that records television off of the analog cable channels (I haven't gotten a digital tuner card yet). The Mac can't do that without yet another box (EyeTV).

If by "another box" you mean "an HD tuner that's about the size of my thumb", then yes that's true.

I've been DVR-ing free over-the-air HDTV on a mini for years now. It works great.

more than 4 years ago
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Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

Golias Re:Apple TV (638 comments)

I have guests over watching 420p sources scaled up to a 720p projector on a 119" screen all the time. Most of those who even give a second thought to video specs simply ASSUME they are watching Blu-Ray disks on a 1080p screen until I inform them otherwise, because they don't notice any pixelation.

And a lot h.264 files out on the Internet are only 360p, and even THOSE look perfectly watchable on my ridiculously-large screen. I seriously doubt anybody watching on their 50" plasma set can even tell the difference without doing a direct A/B comparison test.

more than 4 years ago
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New York Times Bans Use of Word "Tweet"

Golias Re:NYC (426 comments)

I have visited NYC a few times now and I sincerely hope you don't consider the native speech there to be representative of proper American English. It's a weird and extremely grating nasal abomination punctuated by such erudite phrases as "you douchebag, ya scumbag".

Picking that region and main newspaper for some "lesson" in proper speech is weird. It's completely alien to the rest of the nation. It really should be its own city state, I would be thrilled if they removed themselves from the US actually, or they were asked to just leave, and take their newspapers and so called financial "industry"-the white shoe boys gangster mafia-with them.

The New York Times does not publish in the dialect(s) of the common citizens of that New York City. It has been regarded as a "paper of record" for most of its existence and is more formal about adhering to an academic writing style than most other newspapers.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

Golias Re:OK, I'm curious... (1003 comments)

It's very easy to mistake any critical question for raw snark when it's written in text on a forum full of strangers, especially a place like Slashdot. I find that it's *usually* worth the effort to resist that impulse.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

Golias Re:OK, I'm curious... (1003 comments)

You use an iPad in the music studio? I wasn't aware that there were apps that made it useful there.

I think you meant the Mac, which I have seen used extensively in studios due to the high quality of Logic Pro, and I've even seen iPods used as pocket drives, but the form factor of an iPad makes me suspect you got something wrong.

Using an iPad in a music studio feels like mixing paint with a phillips screwdriver: sure, you can do it, but it's not the intended use of the tool and there are other solutions that are much better.

I don't record on the iPad. It's more like a Swiss-Army peripheral device than anything else. When recording, it's a control surface. When rehearsing and learning new material, it saves me the trouble of printing charts on paper. When performing, it runs the board wirelessly, saving me the trouble of a cable snake and allowing the sound tech to sit ANYWHERE while having total control over our road rig. These are just a few of the uses I've found for it, and it seems like every week I find more.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Windows 3.0 Is 20 Years Today

Golias Re:NO NO NO NO NO (307 comments)

Except for the story we're commenting on, you mean.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

Golias Re:MACS???!?! (1003 comments)

Good thinking, but a Mac mini is even safer from spear attacks than a PC tower, especially if you rack-mount it, leaving only a 2" by 5" target made of hard metal.

Although if your machine is at all in danger of getting hit by a fisherman's spear, you probably have even bigger problems due to water damage.

more than 4 years ago

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