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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

snookerdoodle Re:It's All About The Data Plan (243 comments)

That just makes you a wanna-be. You're trying to pretend you understand why a tube amp is used ... and then not using it and trying to synthesis it. You've been conned into buying something you don't understand for reasons you don't understand. Just use a normal solid state amp, I seriously doubt you can tell the difference.

Using a tube amp doesn't make you a luddite, and the word isn't capitalized, its not a name. You might want to actually lookup the definition of the word, it doesn't just mean you 'prefer older technolgoies'

Well, the "wanna-be" accusation plus the fact that you clearly don't yourself know that Luddite is capitalized gave you away as a troll and I won't take your bait other than to correct some other misinformation that user puto didn't already correct. I'd hate for some other person to read your post and perhaps write off modelers on the word of someone like yourself who clearly does not know what they are talking about.

Whether or not I understand why a tube amp is used is irrelevant. The modeler was recommended to me by several people including a professional session guitarist. The particular model I use does a damn fine job of modeling not just my amp of choice, but also several others, if I so desire. Moreover, setup is a simple cable to the snake vs an amp plus cab (though, TBH, both of my amps are single cab/amp combos) plus mike plus stand. You are allowed to disagree, but it's not just me you're disagreeing with.

about 4 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

snookerdoodle Re:It's All About The Data Plan (243 comments)

We actually still have a land line - mostly because the math worked us towards DSL and it's really cheap with truly unlimited minutes.

I am impressed with no car in L.A. - I've only heard that the options there aren't great. I certainly see people texting. OTOH, I lived in NJ for many years and used to see people reading the newspaper, shaving, or putting on makeup while flying down the Garden State Parkway at 75 mph...

Even with our dumb phones, we forbade texting at the dinner table with two teenagers. With one about to go to college, I'm prepared to have to change my thinking about smart phones.

about 4 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

snookerdoodle Re:It's All About The Data Plan (243 comments)

Thanks for the thoughtful reply!

We've stuck with Verizon because they still have a signal in places nobody else does. But, just as you noted about the data plans, even this is beginning to change as people start putting up cells out in the country. So, as our contract end gets near, I will take your advice and look elsewhere.

about 4 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

snookerdoodle It's All About The Data Plan (243 comments)

Speaking as someone the rest of you might consider a Luddite because I have a feature phone (it's a Samsung with a touchscreen, I don't know the model), the devil's in the details of what the carriers require of you to connect the phone to their network.

Verizon requires you to have a data plan to even use (e.g.) an iPhone. Even if you never use the data service. If Verizon considers your phone a "Smart Phone", they require you to have and pay for a data plan to use it. My understanding is that the other carriers have the same policy. The people that are buying these phones are paying these monthly fees.

If you knew me, you'd know I'm not really a Luddite. For example, when I play my guitar, I don't play with a tube amp, but use a device that models a tube amp that is then plugged directly into a P.A. I pay for said device (a Line 6 HD 500) with the money I save by not paying for a data plan. I prefer to say I'm frugal.

Also, what others have noted: It's Gartner. Seriously?

about 4 months ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

snookerdoodle Re:One Kernel? What Does That Mean? (270 comments)

'Not sure why you felt the need to be snarky.

I asked if it was "honest" as opposed to asking if it was "true." I wonder if they intend for people to infer that my statement is true. That is all.

about 5 months ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

snookerdoodle One Kernel? What Does That Mean? (270 comments)

"No longer are there different kernels for Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows RT"

Umm, is this honest? If I buy any tablet running Windows 8 now, I can now run any Windows application on it?

about 5 months ago

White House "Privacy Tour" a Flop On Its First Leg At MIT

snookerdoodle Re:Media leaks legislation (83 comments)

Bullshit Politician-speak: "reporters lack the ability to properly analyze"

Bullshit Politician-speak: "We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen!"

about 6 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

snookerdoodle Re:Wow (664 comments)

I have to admit, that was my first thought as well. :)

about 7 months ago

FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

snookerdoodle Re:NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (218 comments)

Meant to add: It *may* let them get of the A/D D/A business, pushing digital into the home. I.e.: While the network itself is digital, it's analog to your house.

OTOH, they may still leave this leg analog, but I can't imagine why. Vonage et al certainly do IP/DSL for you.

about 7 months ago

FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

snookerdoodle NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (218 comments)

I don't think there have been any analog phone networks in any developed countries for many years. Nice Reuters. You should know better.

I believe they mean to change from a switched (digital) telephone network to an IP network. The telephones in your office are probably IP phones.

about 7 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

snookerdoodle OP Has It (249 comments)

"shielding developers and systems engineers from political nonsense and red tape"

Yup, plus shielding users and clients from those of us whose interpersonal skills aren't as great as we think they are.

Sometimes, though, this same role can be filled by a Team Leader who actually does have great people skills.

ObAnecdote: I had a coworker and friend who was a great developer but who always managed to get people mad at him. He was so oblivious to this fact that he'd occasionally comment about how well he got along with users and customers. One day, he came in laughing about the previous night's Big Bang Theory, telling us how clueless Sheldon was because he pissed everyone off and had no idea he was doing it. Yeah, he was that oblivious. And our manager protected many users from him.

about 8 months ago

The Software Inferno

snookerdoodle Re:Rob Bell is missing a few things (109 comments)

Which hell did you have in mind that is so plainly spoken of as a "real place"? Sheol (Hebrew for the grave)? Hades (Greek for the grave)? Tartarus (not forever, not for people)? Gehenna (trash heap outside Jerusalem)?

Yes, those are all spoken of as "real places". None of them are plainly a "place where people go to live forever while they're being tortured", which is what "...much of what modern Christendom believes about hell..." and which is derived from Dante et al and not from the Bible.

about 9 months ago

The Software Inferno

snookerdoodle Re:Always a little creepy (109 comments)

A possibly interesting tangent:

It may surprise /. folks to learn that much of what modern Christendom believes about hell is actually from this man and not from Moses, Jesus, Paul, Peter, et al. I.e.: The Bible doesn't really teach the version of hell everyone seems to believe in. Rob Bell has an easy to read book ("Love Wins", to which Francis Chan's "Erasing Hell" is a somewhat non sequitor of a response) and Edward Fudge has some somewhat more in depth treatises on this for people who want to exercise their Google-fu.

And yes, it's more complicated than "Dante Created Hell", with ideas from philosophers and other religions entering the mix. Dante just gave preachers a nice manipulative tool to scare the ignorant into toeing whatever line they drew. And, perhaps, give us some feeling of justice for truly evil people.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

snookerdoodle Re:Shooting Itself in the Foot (293 comments)

I don't think this has anything to do with consumers risking money on new products. This is a case of Really Bad Branding. Many consumers are not even aware that their new Windows tablet won't run Windows applications (if it's Windows RT). Not only so, but deciphering whether a tablet had "Real" Windows or Windows RT isn't always clear when looking at products even if you do know the difference.

I also don't think there's room for a "me too" tablet OS that has nothing compelling over iOS or Android.

OTOH, I really think Microsoft should be tooting their horns a little louder about tablets running real Windows 8.1 that can run any Windows application.

about 10 months ago

Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

snookerdoodle Re:profile = evidence? (545 comments)

Questions of entrapment aside, let alone questions of intent, I'd think the obvious defense to this would be, "I thought it was an interesting chat program and was testing it's capabilities and responses."

If any of these go to trial, then they may certainly present that as their defense at their trial.

It will be up to the judge and/or jury to decide if they believe them. A variation of your defense could also be used in attempted rape or murder cases. "I was just trying to see how hard (s)he would fight. I'd never have actually gone through with it."

Oh, and Clinton didn't inhale, either.

about 10 months ago

The Case Against Gmail

snookerdoodle Why Is This News? (435 comments)

I am serious. Why does /. consider an article by a Microsoft shill bashing Google and recommending Microsoft's product to be worthy of our time?

Thank you in advance for any serious answers.

about a year ago

Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

snookerdoodle Re:Apparently, applets only (282 comments)


OP doesn't seem to know anything about Java.

This will not affect standalone Java programs, only applets.

It could be argued that they should have done this a long time ago.


about a year ago

NYT Publisher Says Not Focusing on Engineering Was A Serious Mistake

snookerdoodle A True Consultant (148 comments)

From the second fine article: "It's the nature of employees to want to do the things outsiders might do for you. And it's not just money it's costing you. People coming from outside your organization are free to think without the encumbrances of insiders."

No, it's not. It's the nature of consultants to want to separate you as a company from your money. It is the nature of consultants to attempt to sell their services by any means possible, including questioning the work ethic and intelligence of employees.

"People coming from outside your organization are free to think without the encumbrances of insiders."

Yup. Instead, they are completely shackled by the encumbrances of outsiders: Not being truly invested in a company's well-being at the top.

I've been at this awhile now. I've been a consultant (and liked it) and an employee (and liked that, too). I've seen organizations go through the outsource-insource-outsource cycle enough to know it makes little difference.

BREAKING NEWS: Consultant Thinks You Should Hire Consultants.

about a year ago

Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

snookerdoodle Re:Current programming tools suck, that's why. (207 comments)

You do know this is a True Holy Grail that people have been trying to build for a long, long time, right? Object orientation was, at least partially, supposed to be a step in this direction.

I think Smalltalk had promise (and still does), but it seems I'm the only person who actually likes it. :)

I think LOGO kinda sparks people's imaginations. I remember a product called "Object Center" on our Sparcs in the 80s or 90s that was really just a class browser. Then I saw Interface Builder on a NeXT and thought that was gonna be it. But it has turned out to be really, really hard.

You would be a hero if you developed a working, practical, usable graphical (which I think you mean by "symbolic") programming language.


1 year,3 days

First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

snookerdoodle Re:Meh? Really? (151 comments)

I think the fact that it has Windows (and not RT/iOS/Android) makes it different. If it ran OS-X, I'd be just as interested. There is software I (and, I believe, others) use that only runs on OS-X and Windows. That would be a reason for some to get this. I've wanted a tablet. There isn't an OS-X one and the other ones that run Windows (again, RT is not Windows) are much more expensive than this. Of course, if Apple ever comes out with an OS-X tablet, it's probably going to cost at least $1,500.

1 year,4 days


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