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Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 495

Mod parent up.

As a longtime Mac user, one of the things I *loved* about my old 12" Powerbook G4 was that it had *everything* in a small, portable computer in a footprint that'd fit on an Economy-class airliner tray: USB, Firewire, Ethernet, video out, audio jack, separate power socket. Even a DVD burner! Also, a good (non-Chiclet) keyboard. It was so refreshing to use, coming from a thin-&-light Toshiba Portege that required the use of dongles & expansion docks for almost everything.

Of course, it wasn't *thin*, which is apparently The Only Important Thing these days. :-(

Comment Re:Great News! (Score 1) 289

Mod parent up.

I frequently have to work in radio quiet zones. I also frequently fly on airliners, which don't allow the use of personal digital radio transmitters (e.g. Bluetooth sources) during flight. In addition, I have a pretty nice set of wired Bose noise-cancelling headphones for use during said flights. All of these are good reasons for me to spurn a wireless-only solution. And I'm not the world's only frequent flier that's also a frequent Apple user.

Also, as others have already noted: using the charging port for a wired headphone connection is only inviting an increased risk of critical failure in the charging system, rendering the whole device useless.

Ditching the option of a separate audio port completely would be a stupid idea. Apple didn't even dare to try that one (yet) with the new-style MacBooks.

Comment Re:So it's our fault (Score 1) 564

"It's 2020 and Windows 7 will no longer have updates? Oh, I have disabled them 4 years ago, so I don't care"

Fortunately for me, the MS Updates system on the only Windows machine that I still own (W7) borked itself well before the release of Windows 10, so I've apparently been rendered immune to forced Windows 10 upgrades by Microsoft's own code. It's just one more way in which Windows 7 is more efficient! :-)

Comment Good CGI is good, bad CGI is bad... (Score 1) 232

As noted by a lot of the other posters, it depends on whether the CGI is done well or not. There are two examples that particularly stand out for me:

1. I saw a breakdown of the Tyrannosaurus Rex attack sequence from the original "Jurassic Park", which captioned which shots used CGI and which used animatronics, and I really wouldn't have been able to tell without the captions.

2. In a recent documentary about ILM, there was part of an interview with the director of "Iron Man", Jon Favreau. He said that he'd been very emphatic about using physical effects wherever possible, but that there was one scene which was a close-up of the suit, and he wanted to be very specific about how the studio lights reflected off it as the camera &/or the suit moved. They iterated on the shot a whole bunch of times, and in the end, the shot was also rendered digitally, and even he really couldn't tell which was which any more. And this is someone who obviously lived & breathed the imagery of that film for months.

On the other end of ILM's CGI scale, there's the end of "The Mummy Returns"...

Comment Escape From New York's Apple Store (Score 2) 353

"In 2016, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don't buy an iPhone."

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