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Steve Ballmer Reveals His Secret Twitter Account

kjart Re:Who would want to follow... (166 comments)

As opposed to Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who are jointly #1?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

kjart Re:Wrong thing to talk about on the d-pad (150 comments)

So really, how is this new d-pad supposed to fix that?

It might be, you know, better? The purely aesthetic change does not rule out functional changes as well.

That being said, the way they are rolling it out (play and charge only, not part of system bundles) doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. I'll wait for some reviews, thank you very much.

more than 3 years ago
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Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

kjart Re:That's how the market is supposed to work. (762 comments)

Stats: I couldn't find a 2010 "Matrix XR". There's a "Matrix XRS". Heck, let's just assume that they mean the most efficient 2010 Matrix, which is a manual base model that gets 26/32mpg. The 2010 Prius gets 51/48mpg.

..........

The average age of a vehicle on the road in the US today is over 9.5 years and rising.

While I agree in large part with your numbers you should keep in mind that this is a Canadian study. As such, the Matrix XR is trivial to find on the Toyota Canada website and stats about US cars may or may not be applicable.

about 4 years ago
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How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?

kjart Re:Hooray Rosetta Stone Kiosk (674 comments)

Rule-of-thumb: If you can partake in a pub discussion with 3 or more reasonably educated native speakers, you're fluent in that language if no one needs to clarify a word or repeat a sentence.

Your rule should probably scale in some fashion with alcohol consumption, especially if it involves a pub.

about 4 years ago
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How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?

kjart Re:Hooray Rosetta Stone Kiosk (674 comments)

You - and I'm not picking on you in particular, but on a number of claims in this thread - almost certainly don't. To speak a language fluently you need to immerse yourself in a world of its speakers regularly, and you will not become fluent in a language if you have to go out of your way to speak it.

.....

It is a fallback when you don't have sufficient immersion in a language to know what something means, and you cannot use it to contradict a majority of speakers. People who think English is something you learn from a dictionary can't really speak English at all.

(Where does this leave French? In denial, as always.)

Just to confirm:
1. Subject is using 'fluently' in a non-textbook way, which is bad.
2. You define 'fluent' as not relying on textbook definitions for things in language.
3. You don't see the contradiction here?

about 4 years ago
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Electronic Arts, THQ Look To Microtransactions

kjart Re:Oh look, we killed it, let's try *squeezing* (83 comments)

Let it die already, fast, the sooner we can all go back to enjoying weird little games in baggies, and maybe find something interesting to play as a result.

I'm not sure why you seem to think that these things are mutually exclusive, but there are plenty of great and/or weird games out there, you just have to look for them.

more than 4 years ago
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Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

kjart Re:Who cares (757 comments)

Someone will find a way around this very quickly

It's not even clear if this information is real. TFA links to a forum post which doesn't seem to actually contain a source of the information (the OP states it's a mix of "hard information" and "conjecture"). Said forum post then links to the eFUSE wikipedia article, which lists Droid X as having an implementation of eFUSE. However, if you look at the Droid X wikipedia page linked to from there, you'll see the original mobilecrunch.com is what is cited for the eFUSE inclusion bit.

I'm not saying there is something fishy going on, but this could easily not be true.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Shows Off 'Milo' Virtual Human

kjart Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (270 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Probably straight prerendered video.

Keep in mind that the video in the article is over a year old (E3 2009). Presumably, the demo that happened at TED this year was more sophisticated - it's unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be video of that yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Says Microsoft Is 'Hardcore' About Tablets

kjart Re:Why do they have to announce these things? (324 comments)

I mean, why not just do them? Or is this more of a move relating to the stock market? Maybe its better phrased "This announcement will make our stock more competitive". I guess I just don't understand the motivation.

The Microsoft mentality is oriented towards the corporate world. These kinds of customers require product roadmaps to plan budgets, purchasing decisions, upgrade paths, etc etc. The Apple mentality, however, is oriented towards the consumer. Consumers don't tend to plan all that well and will buy things compulsively, so new products have to be available to ship as soon as they are announced.

In any case, one of the reasons why MS seems to falter in the consumer device market, or at least when competing with Apple, is that they still seem to announce things as part of a corporate roadmap, rather than impressing people with an Apple-like 'one more thing' reveal.

more than 4 years ago
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Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

kjart Re:Ad-supported? (434 comments)

You mean to tell me you have to wait for an invitation to a paid for product that's ad-supported? What are they thinking?

That they are Apple?

more than 4 years ago
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Schools, Filtering Companies Blocking Google SSL

kjart Re:Amazing ... (308 comments)

Of course it's fine if it's your network. It's amazing how people think they can do whatever they want with something that isn't theirs.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

kjart Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

That certainly helps with the Slurpee sales, but it's not at all uncommon to see people walking around with a "Big Gulp" in the middle of winter - it ends up being almost a machismo thing to head to 7/11 on the coldest days of the year just you can walk around in -40 weather (-50 with the windchill), drinking slushies.

Guilty as charged :)

The reason, though, is because slurpees are delicious. Also, please never say "slushie" again.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces Raft of New Games, 3DS Details

kjart Re:I'll give it to Nintendo (240 comments)

For the rest of us, the adults this is not a problem.

We are secure enough to play with the wii and rich enough to own more than one console.

Huh? I own a 360 and PS3, and enjoy Mario, Zelda et all (I have a DS too), but have no interest in motion control.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces Raft of New Games, 3DS Details

kjart Re:I'll give it to Nintendo (240 comments)

But I would feel a little silly as a grown man playing a Mario or Kirby game with a wiimote.

FTFY

Seriously, in my dream alternate universe, Nintendo didn't make the Wii (I do like the DS though) and instead we had Mario and Zelda for Xbox/PS3. Of course, they make a ton of money on the Wii, so that's not happening anytime soon.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Glasses-Free 3D Display

kjart Re:# of viewiers? (197 comments)

Seconded! Sitting through crappy reality shows about fat people losing weight is neigh torture.

Sounds like those fat people might actually be horses.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details

kjart Re:No blu-ray (277 comments)

I'll admit, I do want an XBox 360, and while it's nice the power supply, wifi, and HDD are all now internal, what I am waiting on is blu-ray. I want it more as a media extender/STB more than anything else, primarily for Hulu and Netflix, and possibly for Rockband 3 once the "real" keyboard comes out.

You want it primarily for Hulu and Netflix, but Blu-ray is a deal breaker? I actually don't really blame them for not having it. The direction is clearly heading more into streaming for media - despite having a ps3 (and a 360), I don't own and have never rented a Blu-ray disc, and don't see that changing anytime soon.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details

kjart Re:nice...mostly (277 comments)

That's all fine and well, except the new revision won't be compatible with external hard drives. Sooo...yeah.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure you can just transfer your profile, saved games, arcade games to a regular old USB flash drive and then transfer all that stuff to a new console.

more than 4 years ago
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The Truth About the Polygraph, According To the NSA

kjart Re:Complete Bullshit (452 comments)

I posted about that earlier in response to this when it had no comments, but my comment has gone walkies..

Based on the test results, you're lying.

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS To Support "Legacy" PC Apps Through Remote Access

kjart Re:Bored with all the Google hype (95 comments)

I'm getting really bored with all the hype flowing from Google lately. What with Chrome OS and Google TV, there seems to be an awful lot of fuss being made over what in both cases is essentially vaporware. Anyone having tried the latest Chromium OS builds (the code base from which Chrome OS will be built) will see that this project has a very long way to go before it is anything like usable.

Agreed. I also don't really understand the appeal of Chrome OS - it's only a browser. If this gets you excited, install the Chrome browser and fullscreen it - tadda!

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Sleep Proxy Lowers PC Energy Use

kjart Re:MS invented here JUST LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO (163 comments)

It's a good thing you're here to call out bullshit on Slashdot! I mean, Microsoft contending it invented all this in such a _cowardly_ way...oh wait, FTFA:

Microsoft's research group isn’t the first to work on a sleep proxy – or even the only one presenting sleep proxy research at Usenix – but Microsoft contends that most previous work has evaluated sleep proxies only in small testbeds or simulations.

Phew, so Microsoft Research is presenting a research paper on this subject. Crisis averted.

more than 4 years ago

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