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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

SuperKendall Go T-Mo (85 comments)

T-Mobile that is.

I had Verizon, before that AT&T. So far I've been happier with T-Mobile than any of them...

T-Mobile I think gives you a free 200mb/month no matter what, so if you use cell network lightly that can be fantastic.

If you do pay for a plan, T-Mobile has free international data. It's not LTE unless you pay more but 3G is fine for most needs.

It's only been a month so I may be in the honeymoon phase but the very fact there is a honeymoon phase instead of a gnawing fear in the pit of my stomach that I've attached myself to a monster speaks volumes about T-Mobile I think.

13 hours ago

Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

SuperKendall Re:Being a computer scientist (160 comments)

Reading the entirely of the responses to your post I think it's pretty clear why he left the alligators in that particular swamp the hell alone.


Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

SuperKendall That's how we CS people roll (160 comments)

You can tell it was a REAL computer scientist because there was no "test first", just pure perfect action.


Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

SuperKendall Re:First World, First World Problems (289 comments)

I'm sorry, did you say something?

I just said everything that was actually important.

It's no wonder you can't even understand the real issues when you can't read for two minutes. Perhaps medication can help your ADD? But sadly they don't make medication for the real disease you have.

2 days ago

Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

SuperKendall First World, First World Problems (289 comments)

This is another symptom that the US is sliding out of the first world and into the third world. It goes along with our creaky unmaintained road, water and sewage infrastructure, along with our badly out of date airports and crappy passenger rail system.

You have OBVIOUSLY never been to a real third world country, or anywhere even close. What you call an unmaintained road is like a forty lane superhighway in some places.

And then there's our overpriced and underperforming health delivery system. (Note: ACA/Obamacare is a part of the solution


Oh man, that was hysterical! The very force that is dramatically raising healthcare costs, by pouring "free" government money into the system! God that was funny.

And our failing K-12 education, which is severely underfunded

OMG!!! Just as I thought you couldn't get any more hilarious, you claim the nation spending more than any other country in the world per student is "underfunded". And pretending the problem with U.S. schools has anything to do with money whatsoever! HA HA HO HOE HO HA HA HA HA HA HA HE HO HA HO HA HA HA HAH AH....

But it's all OK, because the upper 10%, and mostly the upper .01% and above are doing really good

I hope you smile when you stare at the mirror that hard.

You are just a walking platitude, aren't you. Thanks for the laugh!

2 days ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

SuperKendall Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (396 comments)

What are possible situations that a manned mission to Mars would need strength?

Infinite given you'd be in a delicate habitat on Mars with no idea what to expect.

4 days ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

SuperKendall Compelling, but a mix still better... (396 comments)

That is a pretty compelling reason to have most of the crew women.

However I'd argue in a truly remote environment where no external help is to be had, that the raw strength a few very fit males could provide could be useful in an emergency.

Some women can also be very strong, but then would there be any metabolism benefit?

4 days ago

Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

SuperKendall Floor In Building (79 comments)

One of the things Apple is using the barometer for is to determine what floor you may be in within a building.

It could be that with central heating/cooling in most buildings running almost all the time, perhaps a barometric reading could be constant between floors from day to day, even as weather changed...

Or perhaps just using the change along with accelerometer data to detect shifting between floors.

4 days ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SuperKendall Re: The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

Your comment on the crown makes no sense - it's somewhat off-center by a few mm, not really any harder to reach than any other crown. And because the watch is reverseable it can be on either side.

4 days ago

Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

SuperKendall Say what now? (128 comments)

However, it is highly relevant that GED holders and/or high school or college graduates with degrees completely unrelated to computer science tend to be better programmers.

Where do you get that from?

I have indeed met a lot of great programmers that did not have CS degrees. But I've met even MORE programmers that were not great or even coming close to it, that did not have CS degrees...

I would say that overall a CS major has a base level of competence above non-CS holders. But I've never seen a study or in decades of practical experience seen anything to back up the claim you are making...

For what it's worth I have both a GED *and* a CS degree.

5 days ago

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

SuperKendall Yoesemite Helvetica Neu is tuned for small size (369 comments)

Although it can be, also note that the Helvetica Nueu that Apple uses in Yosemite is heavily edited to look OK on LCD displays - just like other screen tuned fonts.

They also were trying to get the average size of sentences between the old and new fonts closers so programmers didn't have as much work to adjust for text changing sizes.

5 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall Re:it is perfectly timed (251 comments)

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus.

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof,

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor,

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

no disabled NFC here

Fully operational and utterly useless.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Apple are late to the party once again,

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

about a week ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

What's wrong with using the iPad as a second screen, as some third party software lets you do?

Then you get touch and a traditional laptop.

All of the compelling uses I read about for something like the Surface have boiled down to pretty niche uses that are really not sustainable. It's nice that you like your Surface now, because it's not going to be around for many more years. Hopefully it will last you a while.

about a week ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall it is perfectly timed (251 comments)

The market starting using more and more large but mediocre phones, just as demand is really starting to grow Apple introduces a model that doesn't sacrifice performance or battery life to have a larger device.

By waiting Apple also gave device makers a lot of rope to hang themselves with in going to screens with absurd DPI. Now the poor bastards (Note4, etc) are hamstrung changing and powering so many wasted pixels, and the companies cannot back off the resolution they have chained around their own necks.

Apple as usual simply makes a good idea work better than anyone else.

about a week ago

Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

SuperKendall Re:yeah, going with not creepy. (130 comments)

They can roast the pigeons after throttling them and feed people who are homeless because of the disaster!

Yes, already planned for, that's called the Exponential Bakeoff algorithm.

about a week ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

SuperKendall Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (303 comments)

These Ars OSX reviews have always been really impressive things, full of technical examination and as you can see, very long to write...

It made more sense to me back when you had to pay for an upgrade though, so you could see if it was worth getting. Now that it's free, the need for long technical examination seems to diminish...

That said I hope they keep doing them because it is nice to have a deep technical examination of what is new.

about a week ago

Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

SuperKendall Men Without Faith (48 comments)

A) Is a damn good name for a rock & roll band.

B) Are apparently people who stay OUTDOORS during a thunderstorm and thus prone to being struck my lightning, or brought down by fevers from standing outside in the rain like some of the dumbest animals on the planet?

I guess this would explain how religion has done so well and science has struggled overall.

about a week ago

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

SuperKendall Slight difference (381 comments)

"if any one of Thomas Eric Duncan's contacts shows symptoms, that person will be immediately isolated and tested."

Well, after a quick plane flight to Dallas anyway...

(the nurse had a fever before she flew).

about a week ago

Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

SuperKendall Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (114 comments)

Just answer me one thing: are you religious?

Not at all, and I FULLY support gay marriage (as in I have been a part in a ceremony of a gay friend to his partner). I just don't support witch-hunts in any form.

The fact you want be to qualify that is pathetic.

Even if I WERE, why would you bring that up - it just proves my point on the dangers of intolerance. You have chosen to demonize an entire group of people simply because of how they want to live, which makes you no better than any religious evangelist preaching against gay marriage that ever lived. You just have a different religion, a different reason to hate...

How about trying NO HATE? You ever think about that?

about two weeks ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperKendall Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

the emergency landing on the Hudson is a likely candidate. No idea if the order was given or not.

I had thought of that one, but had thought I remembered that one sliding off the runway into the Husdon... but you are right, it was a purposeful landing with plenty of time to prepare passengers for a crash.

It's still the case though that n most crashes it doesn't seem like there's any time to take positions.

about two weeks ago


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