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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Re:Maybe a Mini (350 comments)

Supposedly the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard. I've heard mix-messages, but the Apple person on CHAT confirmed it. However he could be wrong too.

I guess we'll find out soon.

If it is soldered, that is a sad day indeed.

4 hours ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Re:Maybe a Mini (350 comments)

There is a meager i7 option when "Built to order"

BUT!!!! No Quad Core i7. Still just a dual core.

That, combined with the soldered RAM has a bunch of people upset.

4 hours ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Re:Why fear the iMac? (350 comments)

Sorry, my "Follow the thread" statement wasn't meant to sound like a jerk. Meant to say something nicer but clicked "Post" before I thought of something

4 hours ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Re:Why fear the iMac? (350 comments)

Follow the thread.

This was about the 27" Retina iMac they are releasing. My concern is their Revision A products tend to have issues.

When they redesigned the 27" screen on the iMac last time, it had a number of issues. Likewise they changed something around with the Retinas on their laptops and they ran into a number of issues.

Ghosting, splotchy screens, bad glue-jobs, etc.

Meanwhile they've been doing Retina for a while and 27" for a while and just recently had problems changing both. Combining the two is probably going to have issues as well.

9 hours ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Re:Why fear the iMac? (350 comments)

Because this is their first REALLY BIG Retina display? Apple's first attempt at something unique often has issues, hence the mantra of "avoid any Revision A Apple product."

Recall the various screen issues and defects they had 1-2 years ago with smaller Retina displays? Recall a bunch of issues they had with the 27" iMac (non-Retina) redesigned screen? Things looking blotchy, bad glue jobs, etc. Apple had done retina a bunch before those issues, and 27" Macs a lot too. But a large enough redesign and all of a sudden they realize "oops, there's a manufacturing issue"

Apple isn't any worse than any other company, and I tend to think they're slightly better than most. But first generation products, while trying something new, tend to have some quirks to roll out.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kannibal_klown Maybe a Mini (350 comments)

I've been thinking about giving the OSX another try... I've been messing around with it at work.

The mini wouldn't be a bad way to go... it's not that expensive and I can still use my 27" monitor.

The iMac Retina... no. Besides not wanting to spend that much now, I'd hold off on a first generation rig like that.

4 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

kannibal_klown Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

Thanks. Yeh, it seemed like the perfect phone. Decent build quality, nice size, great price... I was thrilled.

Until I had to make calls :-(

And when the replacement had it too :-(

It was a shame. But enough to turn me off of Nexus for a version or so.

4 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

kannibal_klown Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

I assume you had it replaced free-of-charge under warranty, and ended up with a perfectly good replacement? Google are very good with replacing Nexus phones bought through the play store -- you get sent a replacement phone before you ship your old phone off.

And if you didn't, you're still at least two weeks within the warranty period ... it's not too late :)

Yup, replaced it and got another defective unit. This was around March or April. The person on Google Play's support line knew what I was talking about when I called about it too.

It was a common / known issue, and others had bad replacements as well. A Google search will show it.

Perhaps a bad batch, or a bad software update was pushed or something.

So I did a full return / refund on the second unit.

I could tolerate a common-crash or some Internet based issue that might "eventually" get fixed in a patch. Heck maybe the Mic issue was eventually fixed, but a Google search shows people still complaining about it in June.

But being unable to use my phone as an actual PHONE made it a no-brainer... I had to move on.

4 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

kannibal_klown Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

So... you had a defective unit and, instead of doing the logical consumer thing and sending it in for a warranty-covered repair, you decided to keep it, problems and all, and then complain about it on internet forums.

That sounds smart.

Did that, got another bad one. Didn't matter who used it or tried it. Same thing. Even brought it to a couple AT&T dealers to see if they could figure it out... none of us were blocking the mic with our fingers or anything.

Others on the support forums had similar "replaced with yet another bad one" situations.

It was a known problem... perhaps with a batch? If you Google Nexus 5 microphone bug you'll find a lot of hits from around the same time.

I would have been OK with the occasional crash or some other unstable bug that would eventually be fixed by software. But being unable to use it as an actual PHONE until it was fixed was not an option.

4 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

kannibal_klown Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

Funny.

Obviously the rumor is LG isn't making it. That wasn't my issue. My last sentence summed it up

If Google wants to promote their Nexus line as THE official TEMPLATE for their phones... and misses such a HUGE design flaw that impacts the core aspect of the device (being a phone) then I'm not going to trust future Nexus versions for a while either. Because either they didn't care enough to notice it, or didn't care enough to do something drastic to delay the release or AT THE LEAST put out a press release. I'll go with something else instead (HTC, Samsung Galaxy, etc.)

Apple was kind of in the same boat with the whole "You're holding it wrong" situation. That was a big bug that impacts day-to-day use of the core aspect of the phone. They missed it, presumably because they tried to test the phones with camoflauged cases.

Though I find the Nexus 5 MICROPHONE issue worse than hand-gate (and bend-gate) because the mic issue completely prevents me from using the phone as a phone. While Hand-Gate was just a signal reduction issue resolved with a bumper, and bend-gate doesn't affect me. And I still skipped iPhone for a generation.

5 days ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

kannibal_klown Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

I decided to give the Nexus 5 Google Play Edition a chance. It was a (relatively) decent price, decent kit, and a nice screen. It didn't have as many features as the latest Galaxy but it was still quite good. And I was digging the latest Android screenshots so I got it shortly after release.

It had a major Microphone bug.

It didn't matter where I held it, but the mic would sometimes die out and nobody could hear me. At all. I eventually left myself a voicemail at work and could BARELY hear myself.

I wasn't the only one with the issue.

So... was NOT a fan LG after that. And I don't know how much faith I'm willing to put in a Nexus phone if it released with that big of a bug.

5 days ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

kannibal_klown Re:Would Google-DNS / OpenDNS "Hurt" my speeds now (204 comments)

DNS does not handle routing...at least not directly.

It's job is to take a human readable address and convert it to an ip address.

How to talk to this IP is a router's job to figure it out.

Just keep in mind that some addresses might be more popular than others....

I understand that.

But I don't know how they setup this "fix"

Did they just put local mirrors of NetFlix content in their server farm? And have stream2775.netflix.com point to a local node instead of the "real" stream2775.netflix.com out on the Internet?

In which case, Google DNS would point to the real one on the Internet while the FIOS one points to the local node inside their server-room.

about a week ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

kannibal_klown Re:Would Google-DNS / OpenDNS "Hurt" my speeds now (204 comments)

I should clarify... by "acting up" I mean regular webpage browsing... not Netflix.

It was acting funny -- slow speeds, page not found's, etc.

So I switched it. As mentioned it was probably a short-term issue for a few hours or a day or something and I just happened to catch it at the beginning. But I didn't bother switching back.

Obviously the answer is: switch back. But my concern is if it becomes an ongoing issue... will I have to choose between Netflix and the rest of the web.

about a week ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

kannibal_klown Would Google-DNS / OpenDNS "Hurt" my speeds now? (204 comments)

Long-time FIOS user.

Would using Google's DNS or Open DNS negate any benefits from however they set things up now post-deal?

I toggle Google DNS because a couple months back, for whatever reason, my FIOS was acting up and I tracked it down to that. Used FIOS DNS and it was cruddy, switched to Google DNS and it was fine, back to FIOS it was cruddy... so I left it as Google DNS. It might have been a short-term problem for a day or so but I haven't bothered switching back.

The thing is, someone was saying that now... FIOS's DNS might redirect me to the good/fast route or internal server setup for Netflix while Google DNS (or Open DNS) might take the "unoptimized route"

Anyone know for sure?

about a week ago
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Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

kannibal_klown Oh my god, I would have been dead at 5-10 yo (139 comments)

I either NEVER had a sense of smell, or at least not since I was 5 years old. So I should have died over 25 years ago.

It is a minor inconvenience... I have to be careful about gas leaks and such.

As for food, I have a good enough sense of taste to distinguish most foods so it's not like I feel like I'm eating sawdust like some people assume.

A for the rest, just minor stuff:
Visually check to make sure I didn't step in dog poo
Don't use any fragrance or cologne... I'll never get it right
Make sure I'm always clean, and have deoderant on
etc

about two weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

kannibal_klown Re:Windows 9x (399 comments)

This is probably the closest to a real answer I've seen so far.

Don't get me wrong, I laughed at the announcement and immediately thought of the XBox -> XBox 360 -> XBox One scenario.

But Windows Nine might be too synonymous with Windows Ninety-X

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

kannibal_klown Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

Shape DOES help. The top and bottom of the soda can turn what would be a very very weak bag-of-liquid into something a bit more rigid.

However in the case of the HTC One (M8) it's fairly thicker than the iPhone as well. The middle of the back bulges out quite a fair bit, and the edges dont' come close to the iPhone6. That probably means a lot more material in general: thicker metal, more "stuff" inside the case, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

kannibal_klown Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

I'm not standing up for Apple... this was a stupid mistake. Didn't any of their beta-testers wear skinny jeans and keep it in the pocket? They should have realized the potential issue.

However... your comparisons are silly. Keys are solid bricks of metal, and usually hard metal so they don't deform and become useless. They must be very strong and very rigid; it's their entire purpose.

Phones are hollow metal shells with mostly air inside, with some silicone wafers and bits of copper wires.

If you make a hollow shell out of metal and thin enough... OR COURSE it's going to bend. Even if it's flippin steel. In this case they chose aluminum, presumably because it was easier to shape into that wedge design.

Now... MOST companies when making thin metal shells purposely don't make them too thin just for reasons like this. And this is where Apple's form-over-function failed.

about a month ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

kannibal_klown Not Surprised - I bent a 5 (421 comments)

I managed to bend a company iPhone 5 very slightly last year; I don't know when or how. So I'm not surprised something even thinner and completely aluminum can bend.

I have the regular iPhone 6 right now and I tend to be careful with it. I have it in a soft-case for now but I'll probably put it in a more rigid case once a nice one comes out. Supposedly people are still bending the regular 6, but nowhere near as easily as the 6 Plus.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

kannibal_klown Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (280 comments)

Yeah, the CDC says it's possible, and I trust their judgement more than my own.

But, in spite of that, I have a question: How can something with a 90% fatality rate really become endemic? It'd imply a near complete depopulation of the affected areas.

Epidemic makes sense. People hide out, move around, spread the disease, huge, rapid expansion into new populations occurs. I don't know how they'd model a endemic ebola.

Because it doesn't just kill you in a day. It takes a while. Symptoms don't appear from 2-21 days; once the symptoms appear you're contagious. Granted that's a wide margin of error.

In the meantime, you have people that try to "get away" because they either don't realize they're already infected or are simply in denial. Said person just has to cross a certain threshold and now it's in a whole other region. You can get pretty far in 21 days, and depending on our knowledge of the area and motivation, it's "possible" to get somewhere else. After all, you might have weeks until you start to show.

That's not counting the doctors / nurses / guards / etc. that can accidentally get exposed and unknowingly pass it on.

about a month ago

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