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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

samwichse Re:Shows promise (156 comments)

But how do you install them when you can't load the chrome web store?

yesterday
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

samwichse Re:Really good news! (156 comments)

Wow, it's nice.

It's still missing a lot of features, but unlike the "new Opera," they seem to have the intent to add them. Many of the nicer interface touches are there... the nice sidebar layout, the view panel, the ability to put tabs on the bottom, show/hide images (no cached only mode yet) and a nice view panel with zoom slider that zooms all the page content.

Shockingly stable for a tech preview release. I like :)

yesterday
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

samwichse Re:Really good news! (156 comments)

Yep, stopped using it after 12.17 became too crufty with new sites... the new versions had no reason to compel you to use them over Chrome. I mean, you're Chrome-based, and adopt what is essentially the Chrome interface, why would I go out and download you over Chrome?

I hope it has mouse gestures by default and that lovely fit to window width feature of the old Opera.

yesterday
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

samwichse Re:Then there was War Plan Red (299 comments)

"Canadian military officer Lieutenant Colonel James "Buster" Sutherland Brown developed an earlier counterpart to War Plan Red called Defence Scheme No. 1 on April 12, 1921. Maintaining that the best defense was a good offense, "Buster" Brown planned for rapid deployment of flying columns to occupy Seattle, Great Falls, Minneapolis, and Albany. With no hope of holding these objectives, the idea was to divert American troops to the flanks and away from Canada, hopefully long enough for Imperial allies to arrive with reinforcements. Defence Scheme No. 1 was terminated by Chief of the General Staff Andrew McNaughton in 1928, two years prior to the approval of War Plan Red."

From the wikipedia page on war plan red... they did it first :).

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

samwichse Re:its nothing new really. (809 comments)

It's so automatic owners can pretend like they're really driving, not just riding in the car.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

samwichse Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (809 comments)

I've driven plenty of modern automatics. And modern manuals.

I still can get significantly better gas mileage in a MT than an auto (no matter what the EPA ratings say... those are dumb anyway because they mandate shift points).

And I can look ahead and anticipate what gear I want to be in. Even these manumatics with paddle shifters or whatever feel terrible when you say... approach a curve and want to preemptively downshift for engine braking and pulling out of the curve. They simply don't know your intent, and don't seem to have the wherewithal to do it smoothly.

I'm not a race car driver, but I am someone who likes their car to be responsive, and M/T is still the only option for me AFAIC.

Sam

about a week ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

samwichse Re:No (437 comments)

Official release date for Lollipop for all devices was November 3rd. My wife's Nexus 4 got it about 3 weeks later, my Nexus 5 got it in a week. My wife's 2013 Nexus 7 got it the first day of December.

Looks like there was a showstopper bug for the 2012, but it'll be out for OTA soon (or you can install it now manually). It was a 2+ month lag , but that's pretty much the last supported device getting it.

http://phandroid.com/2015/01/2...

Sam

about a week ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

samwichse Re:What's next? (496 comments)

Nailed it.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

samwichse Re:No (437 comments)

Yes, Google.

Nexus whatever... you get updates quickly from Google. No muss, no fuss. They make Samsung look really bad, considering.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

samwichse Re:Cardassian of course (578 comments)

At the rate it's going, it'll be Kardashian.

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

samwichse Re:Nah... (278 comments)

I kind of feel like this whole movement towards vinyl is because of CD overcompression... like people go running to it because it sounds better, but only because the producers want to give it "that vinyl sound" by maintaining the dB range for the pressing. Sort of a weird feedback loop touting quality in an outdated, lower-quality format.

Sam

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

samwichse Re:Dupe (840 comments)

You should see how they mounted the battery on the BMW i3. It's buried behind/under a bunch of stuff up next to the firewall.

Took one look at that and said "NOPE."

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

samwichse Re:Ten years? A lifetime in tech! (332 comments)

Looks like they've more recently followed up with a "new OS" announcement for the machine called Linux++, which one would assume is a modified Linux. That's supposed to be the stopgap to Carbon their ground up new OS:

http://www.extremetech.com/ext...

So still some movement, and 6 months is a bit better than "3 years" or whatever the standard it-will-never-happen date is for computing (for fusion it's 20 years apparently).

Sam

about three weeks ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

samwichse Re: Good news! (227 comments)

Unfortunately, Sony is usually the one doing the thrusting.

Sam

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

samwichse Re:i'm not going to see this (351 comments)

That's why I'm just waiting for the torrent of the fan-cut 2.5 hour synthesis of the three.

The Hobbit is simply not the same amount of material as the entire LOTR series. 3 movies is insane.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

samwichse Player Piano -- Kurt Vonnegut (628 comments)

All these comments, and no one has mentioned Player Piano?

The book was obviously way ahead of the technology, but the picture it paints is a sad one.

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

samwichse Re:One of the statements he made on the matter (235 comments)

If you'd been given a standardized IQ test in English how well would you have scored then?

It's almost impossible to separate education/background from intelligence in these tests, which is the whole point of this thread. And his point was that the illiterate oldest child of subsistence farmers probably IS just as intelligent, and capable of "making it," given the opportunity.

Sam

about a month and a half ago

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