127 posts • joined 3 May 2010
Re: Thanks Apple...
I also use a Sansa Clip+. Not the sexiest UI, but it's dirt cheap, good sound quality with EQ, FM radio, voice recording, standard phone charger to charge it, physical controls make it easy to control without looking at it, Rhapsody integration if you want streaming, and a memory card slot for an extra 128GB in storage. Although Sandisk really needs to up the processing power IMO. "Refreshing your media" takes entirely too long.
Yosemite should help stifle that sales boom...
My first real job out of college was porting a large app from OS/2 to WinNT 3.5. After using the two side-by-side for a while, I wanted to cry as M$ continued eating their lunch. Better UI, subsystem, API's, etc.
We were using PVCS for VCS. Anything was better than SourceSafe, which tended to corrupt its internal database as the project grew in size. Yikes.
Enjoy that "security"
NSA can still request the encrypted data, then brute-force the password.
Re: £480 RRP
Same, though I'm also curious to see how battery life holds up once rooted.
Re: Strange description of Chromecast
> I imagine that the Chromecast has a good chance of having more services ported to it, too
Yes. There's a good chance. But like AppleTV, Google maintains tight control over what types of apps are allowed to play in their sandbox. Hence the interest in an "open" alternative, for those too lazy to root their CC.
Re: Stop calling it #@*$ing "coding"
A constructive comment. Rare and welcome :)
In memory, it takes up 130MB, plus two 30MB helpers. Compares nicely with Sublime's 220MB IMO. That's the tradeoff for integrating a ton of 3rd party frameworks I think. Expect this to bloat as more plugins become available.
So, it's like Sublime. Except it's free and open source. And it's got web goo under the hood instead of python. And releases will happen more frequently (how long has ST3 been in beta?) Emacs and vim bindings are already there. I think this is going to be huge.
@JDX, when I first heard of a "github editor" I thought it was going to be web-based as well. Seems like the time is right for something like that, and having it tightly integrated with the Github site (as an option for small tasks, of course) could make for a really interesting workflow.
An apt analogy, given that I've had a very weak signal on THREE different HTC One's, which were on the same network as a friend's GS4 that had full bars. (Why three? There was a cabbage soup incident, and a rocking chair incident).
Also, I thought the M8 had a 5" screen? It's the original model that has a 4.7" screen as the article reports.
I use the remote app all the time as well. Only wish it was a learning remote, so I could aim my current speaker remote at it to set the volume controls. Then I wouldn't mind losing the remotes.
> I want a couple more monitors, but no one sells 1920x1200 at a reasonable price any more.
Here you go. I can vouch for this one. Great display, price, ports, UI, adjustable stand, etc.
Re: Local content?
> As far as I know there isn't anything on the Roku that can look on a network share and play videos, you need a media server of some sort.
True. I use the Plex client via tablet/Chromecast at home, and also set it up on a friends Roku. The Roku Plex client UI sucks, but with Chromecast, my tablet disconnects from the stream a while after it starts playing, meaning you can't pause/skip. Hoping that gets resolved soon.
I've also noticed that not all Plex content can be sent to a Chromecast, even if it can be played via the Plex desktop and tablet clients (example: MSNBC fails with a weird error)
As usual, tradeoffs with both, so pick your fav.
"Prepares convicts for a better life"
Oh... have they worked at a call center before?
It's an elaborate hoax
He'll be back next season
Re: Lazy people to blame, as usual
Yep. Google Authenticator was built just for cases like this. Several services on my phone use it, and no need for SMS.
Started looking at the Xperia after seeing your post. It also has an FM radio, IR with nice TV guide app, NFC, a higher res camera, and is about 20% cheaper. Hm.
Xbox/PS question for the room
"Shooting isn’t entirely convincing either, being too easy with auto-lock on, or too slapdash without."
That's why I'm hoping they'll release a PC version. So much more control with a keyboard, mouse, and joystick. Or is there a way to do this with xbox/ps?
THANK YOU for introducing some sanity into this thread, good sir.
Sony's "we're on the 3rd generation now, so we must be getting better" comment is kind of negated by the Agent kickstarter project. That's a first-gen watch I'd actually be interested in.
Don't be evil, except... terrorists!
I have to wonder if the reason the US isn't making similar noises is because the NSA doesn't want to lose valuable data points.
Re: And that...
Yep. You can access gmail via IMAP, but Fastmail is far, far superior if you care about managing your email.
Re: they already make great phones
I wanted to believe, but the P770 you linked to looks like similar specs to the 2yo HTC Sensation I just traded in. Hopefully they'll come up with a stronger flagship, and give it a proper name. Even then, the tinfoil-hats here in the US will likely label it a commie spy phone, "journalists" will lead with scary headlines to that effect, and the masses will stay away "just in case."
...he could hire someone to help prep him to avoid foibles like this. Or build a protocol bot.
Americans are fairly lax about protocol, though if I'm shaking hands right after sneezing, I wipe the [potentially wet] hand on my jeans first.
Re: Big bezels
Yes. This. Oh, and give both bezels an up/down physical button, a la Nook. No one in their 10,000 reader survey asked for this?
Aside: since there's no audio support, I guess the SD card is only useful for sideloading?
Are one of the more volatile forms of storage.
Re: My Prediction
Define "fail." If they get even a 5% adoption rate, their mobile ad revenue goes thru the roof. That 5% will grow as FB adds features.
I'm sure I'll install it out of morbid curiosity, and then remove it to free up resources. I have enough malware on my phone courtesy the operators already.
Re: That's geeks for you
For that sort of money (at the time), you could have paid for an additional season.
Still, seems like it'd be slightly less impolite to offer to buy the companies for a fraction of their worth:
"Take the offer; you'll be out of business shortly anyway. Asshole."
Did PayPal Just Clone Stripe’s API Documentation?
Well, no, but the layout. And some of the workflow, esp w OAuth and credcard storage.
Imitation, flattery, etc. At least Paypal won't be as painfully hard to work with going forward.
Doesn't add up
"When Sasha came home, I immediately called him and asked him to find the address on the map. When the unfortunate image loaded, Sasha went pale."
How could she tell that he went pale over a phone conversation???
Especially if the Zuck promotes PHP as the preferred learning language. Tantamount to child abuse.
Apple takes a significant cut of music, books, movies, TV shows, in-app purchases, subscription services, etc. That's got to be a ridiculous revenue stream. And yet they jack up the prices of their iOS devices to the point where they get much higher margins than any competitor.
Amazon takes the same cuts for Kindle transactions (with a much lesser audience of course), but then uses that as a means to all but give the Kindles away.
Maybe once they're done suing everyone and run out of ideas, they can start competing on price.
"Would that current Apple CEO Tim Cook could lasso an equally healthy cash cow."
You mean like the HBO content they're trying to negotiate for AppleTV? Could be a win so long as it doesn't still require HBO cable/satellite subscription like HBO-Go does.
Apple was so careful to not break existing iPad apps by quadrupling the pixels for the iPad3 (and then calling it "retina", as if they had a choice). Interesting then that the new iphone is now 16:9, requiring app developers to update their apps. Good on them for recognizing the better aspect ratio and then taking the hit.
And good on them for keeping iPad's at 4:3. The aspect ratio on android tablets is what keeps me away. 4:3 8" screen with no side bezels on the mini was a brilliant choice. For everything except for youtube, 4:3 is a more natural layout.
Aside: not a fanboi; I have an android phone and no iPad. Waiting for them to chop the bezels off of the 10", or up the resolution of the mini first. Or for a properly spec'd android with a 4:3 screen.
Who else wants to see a smoke-filled 787 cockpit worked into the next version of X-Plane?
Re: I loved this bit
Macs have ALWAYS had second and even third mouse buttons; it's just that they're (even more confusingly) located on the keyboard. CTRL-Click = right click, option-click = ...
What the hell...
What the hell is an aluminum falcon?
The crime rate in Cupertino must be 0%
Also missing is a slot to attach a lock to, like every other notebook has (including last-gen macbooks).
How hard would it've been to drill an effing hole? Don't answer that.
Re: Lenovo, read!
...and add a Kensington lock port while you're at it. It's only a few millimeters. You have room.
I'd be more interested in this if LG scissored the phone out, dropped the price, and called it a mini-tablet. Perfect for reading PDF's in landscape mode. That might make me feel better about no removable battery or storage, no jellybean, and LG's slow upgrade cycles.
Re: They still make these ?
Phones are too hard to control in the gym. De-pocket it, unlock it (twice if it's an HTC), navigate back to the playlist, touch the screen to skip a track... That being my primary use case, WTF would I want a touchscreen player that costs nearly as much as my (contract) phone, that I'd still have to unpocket, unlock, and stare at in order to skip tracks?
Much prefer something cheap with physical buttons, like a $40 Clip+. Better specs all around, except you won't be watching movies on it (who cares!)
Sometimes it's hard to tell...
...incompetence from a master plan.
Soft buttons in landscape mode
Wonder how hard it is to accidentally trigger the soft buttons when holding it in landscape mode?
Re: So do we get 2 years in the UK?
Much as I'd like that kind of regulation here in the US, I can't help but wonder if the extended warranty might contribute towards the obvious price disparity. Anyone?
Wonder when we can get an ultrabook with 1440x900 or 1680x1050 in a 13-14" matte screen? (Yes, 16:10).
And 8GB RAM?
And a lock port?
Re: "And as someone who sometimes works out of coffee shops," You're out, you're proud.......
Though I imagine taking a laptop to the can with you is about as sophisticated as rolling up a Playboy, so no, not proud...
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