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Comment: The question is complicated (Score 1) 50

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48217361) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

At least for me it is.

I was perfectly happy with the old iPhone 3GS screen size (3.5"), for a phone - you can easily reach everything with your thumb, and texting is a breeze. Then, for a tablet, I think the 8" is just about perfect... but that means I have two devices. Most of the time that's not a problem, but an iPad Mini can only fit in some of my cargo pants pockets and not others.

So now I'm wondering - do I want to go to a ginormous phone, and just forgo the tablet altogether? When I've played with friends' big Android phones, they seem too big for a phone while being smaller than optimal for things like web browsing. BUT carrying only one "good enough" device has a definite appeal. So the decision is, is it enough of an advantage for me to willingly compromise on the size equation at both ends of the spectrum?

So it's a complicated question - and a potentially expensive experiment.

Comment: Re:Give it another decade - the problem will solve (Score 1) 129

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48199701) Attached to: The Future of Stamps

Just because you don't send physical objects anymore does not mean everyone else does not.

That's a straw man. I send physical objects several times a year. When I do, I use UPS or FedEx because the Postal Service sucks at it. My expectation that the USPS will die does not mean package delivery has to die with it.

USPS's bread and butter has historically always been letters and bills. Nowadays that is rapidly drying up, so their bread and butter has become delivering advertisements to our houses. We don't really need to maintain a government funded agency for advertisement delivery.

Comment: Give it another decade - the problem will solve it (Score 0) 129

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48199393) Attached to: The Future of Stamps

I'm not sure why we should invest much time moving "stamps" into the digital age. Does anyone expect the Post Office to even exist, ten years from now?

No one sends physical letters anymore. Almost all of my bills can come electronically, directly to my bank. Doctors offices and medical clinics seem to be one of the few holdouts... and even they seem to be moving online now.

Comment: Tit for tat (Score 3, Insightful) 328

I imagine Beats/Apple isn't too happy with Bose's shenanigans regarding telling NFL players they can't wear their Beats headphones until 90 minutes after the end of the game.

Of course the players do it anyway, and Beats apparently pays the fines for them... but still.

Incidentally, the NFL isn't doing very well with regards to their endorsement deals - first Microsoft, and now Bose.

Comment: Ebola-fighting robots (Score 1) 87

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48177023) Attached to: Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

U.S. robotics researchers from around the country are collaborating on a project to build autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and telepresence robots that could safely decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola

I'm glad to hear the folks at U.S. Robotics have found something useful to work on, given how the dial-up modem business has tanked.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48176873) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Sleeve cases for laptops are nothing new - I had one for my second-generation MacBook Air.

I know there really are people like you who like the Surface - I work with a Windows admin that loves his. But having used the latest Pro 3 with the "good" type cover... I don't get the love. Typing is awful, the trackpad is awful, and having to take one of your hands off that keyboard to touch the screen is slow as hell. I watch my coworker use his, and every time he reaches for the screen it's like whatever he's doing shifts to slow motion. it sure looks like a bad concept from top to bottom.

Comment: Re:How is it creepy? (Score 2) 130

Somehow I doubt Facebook is particularly interested in the personal data of the people signing up for this - they already HAVE that, by definition.

No, it's another way to expand their shadow profiles and collect more data on those people who aren't on Facebook, but are friends with (or related to) people that are.

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