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New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

wile_e8 Re:Why... (55 comments)

The best reason I can think of is portability. Visiting your parents and using their computer? No need to install a native app, just open the web page (hopefully in the future at least, this says you still need to install a plug-in). Want to use it on Linux? No need to wait for Microsoft to update the Linux app (if they ever bother to update it), just use a standard-compatible browser to open the web page. Microsoft wants to add features? No need to make sure it works on a bunch of different OSes and versions, just make sure the web page is still compliant with the standards (you still need to make sure the browsers handle the standards correctly, but this should be an easier target).

Not that this is perfect by any means. But nowadays computers perform well enough that most users won't even notice the problems you mention, and the other advantages more than make up for the problems.

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

wile_e8 Re:Third option (421 comments)

If the goal of your design is to provide a thin phone made out of a material that provides a premium look and feel, but then users need to put the phone in a giant rubber case to prevent it from breaking, you failed at all the goals of your design.

about 3 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

wile_e8 Re:Battery life seems to be a killer (87 comments)

That's true, but that's a smartwatch problem, not a Moto 360 problem. And a smartphone problem. And a tablet problem. If you're already traveling with electronic devices (and the Moto 360 is useless without at least one), it's just one more charger to pack.

about 4 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

wile_e8 Re:Battery life seems to be a killer (87 comments)

That means you can't have any sleep-monitoring functionality in the watch, and health tracking is the only thing that will get many of us to strap something to our wrists, since watches have been made obsolete by our phones. A 24 hour charge, with a very fast charger or easily replaceable battery is the only way to make this work. Charging one battery while you're using the other, and making a quick swap is probably the best solution with current technology.

I suspect the number of people wanting to strap a device to their wrists for sleep monitoring are a very small subset of the potential smartwatch market. The changes you suggest would hurt the already struggling battery life of this thing, and make it bigger to boot. Given the small number of people that would take advantage of those things for sleep monitoring and the number of sales that would be lost due to the battery and size changes, it wouldn't be worth it.

about 4 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

wile_e8 Battery life seems to be a killer (87 comments)

I've seen a lot of people on this site bash smartwatches if they have less than a week of battery life, and that always seemed like overkill to me. I suspect a lot of people (most?) are like me and take off their watches at night anyways. As such, placing it on a wireless charger dock at night doesn't seem like a problem - as long as the watch has enough battery life to get through the day until I take it off at night. Which is doesn't, according to these reviews. I don't know if I like the look of one enough to buy one anyways, but that would keep me from buying one even if it was better looking.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

wile_e8 Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

He never said "not evil". He said "typical big company evil", which is still evil, just not as bad as "phone company evil". Besides, as others as mentioned, he's talking about the American T-Mobile, which is a good bit different from the European version.

about 7 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

wile_e8 Curved Computer Screens (261 comments)

The slight curvature also reduces visual geometric distortion. When you watch a perfectly flat TV screen, Soneira explained, the corners of the screen are farther away than the center so they appear smaller.

I have a 30" computer monitor at work, and while I like it better than my old dual-screen setup, I've noticed this issue with windows placed close to the edges. I wonder if there are curved computer monitors in the works, or if this is just for huge TVs. The main problem mentioned with curved TVs (distorted view for anyone off-center) would rarely be a problem with a screen that usually only has one viewer, and it would fix the edge distortion problem.

about 7 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

wile_e8 Oops (361 comments)

Or I could have just kept reading to the next line where they say pretty much the same thing.

about 7 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

wile_e8 Translation: (361 comments)

Mozilla would have preferred to see the content industry move away from locking content to a specific device (so called node-locking), and worked to provide alternatives.

Instead, this approach has now been enshrined in the W3C EME specification. With Google and Microsoft shipping W3C EME and content providers moving over their content from plugins to W3C EME Firefox users are at risk of not being able to access DRM restricted content (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu), which can make up more than 30% of the downstream traffic in North America.

Translation: We don't like this, but if we boycott it we are going to lose users to browsers run by companies more concerned about keeping media companies happy so they can keep licensing content.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

wile_e8 Re:Privacy only works when it's in your own hands (300 comments)

This is why I've never bothered with do-not-track settings. Not only is it wholly unenforceable, but it seems like a giant "Look at me!" sign. Given that the vast majority of people don't even know do-not-track exists and never change the default settings on any program, surfing with the do-not-track flag on seemed like a great way to tell the people I really don't want tracking me that I'm technically literate enough that they should pay closer attention to me.

about 8 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

wile_e8 Re:Wanted (336 comments)

The surrounding metro areas may not have the dirt cheap rent like the city, but it is still going to be *much* cheaper than places like San Francisco. And if don't want an hour commute into the city, try living some place closer to the city than Troy.

about 8 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

wile_e8 Re:Wanted (336 comments)

Note that this article is about "metro Detroit", not "Detroit". Plenty of safe places to live in the Detroit metro area, especially on a tech worker salary, they're just outside the city proper. And even if the jobs were in actual Detroit, it's still possible to commute from outside the city. But whatever, it's an article mentioning Detroit, let's just bash Detroit.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

Well, the key word in my original post was *eventually*. Stuff like ESPN3, MLB.tv, and March Madness on Demand work already, I don't think it's too far out there to either increase bandwidth or develop more efficient protocols to handle more customers in the not to distant future.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

I'm not familiar enough with the inner workings of a CDN to say specifically, but I'm pretty sure something similar can be set up for live events. Instead of sending a single copy of an old show to a CDN to be distributed to all the downstream end users, a single live stream could be sent to a CDN equivalent and that could be forwarded to all the end users. Of course, I'm just a lowly end user spitballing here, so maybe I'm missing a huge hang up that would prevent this from happening.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

Not now, no. But eventually, once we all get hooked up to Google Fiber or equivalents and CDNs are beefed up, maybe.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

I'm not surprised that the cable and satellite TV companies want to their branding and interface in front of Amazon and the like. But I thought the point of these boxes was so that eventually you don't need the cable and satellite TV companies and get everything steamed over the internet to the set-top box. Cable and satellite TV companies can't control the interface if you don't use their services.

about 8 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

We could go back and forth forever, but if you are basing this all on smartphones being too unreliable and fidgety maybe you need a new smartphone. Or a tablet. Because we never have any issues using our Chromecast with our phones and tablets.

about 8 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

People are plugging the smartphones and tablets into the wall regularly due to regular use already, very rarely will you want to use it and have it be dead. And if you already have and use a smartphone or tablet, another remote is just another thing to get lost. And given my experience with the first generation Roku, I'll take a multitouch screen over arrow keys at least until the remote comes with a keyboard.

about 9 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

Good lord what a moronic piece of drivel. It screams "I have no idea how this product works, but I won't let that stop me from bashing it!"

  • Are you the only person in the world without a charger in your house? If the battery on you phone or tablet gets that low, you can charge it while watching the show.
  • It is possible to share smartphones and tablets. Somehow multiple people can control a TV despite only one remote control.
  • Any device can control any Chromecast connected to the same wifi network. And can stop, pause, or rewind a program started by another device.
  • And the worst, most blatant example that you have no idea how the product you are bashing works. When it comes to streaming shows from the internet like on Netflix or HBOGo or whatever, Chromecast doesn't actually stream from the device that started the program. The device gives the Chromecast the location of the stream, and the Chromecast accesses it directly. If you need to run to the grocery store, it keeps playing even if you take your phone with you.

A someone that easily uses a Chromecast with my wife and children, you need to shut up until you learn about what you are bashing.

about 9 months ago

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