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Comment: Depends (Score 1) 734

by BLToday (#49192717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Yes, if they (or you) were to live and work in the US in the future. I have friends and relatives in just this situation. They worked outside the US, met someone, lived there for a really long time, lost their job and moved back to the US. If the children had not been US citizens this would have been a lot more difficult.

No, for all other cases. It's just not worth the tax nightmare.

Comment: That's not what she said. (Score 4, Interesting) 307

by BLToday (#48925397) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

My wife loves her iPad. She doesn't get on her laptop now unless she needs Firefox to access her work's website. For everything else, she uses the iPad. Shopping, watching movies, trip planning, and so on.

My parents can only use their iPads because they've never use a computer in their life. My mother will try to pinch and zoom on my computer monitor to make pictures bigger.

Do they need the latest iPad every time Apple comes out with a new one? Hell no. My father is perfectly happy on his iPad 3, he gets his news, Netflix, and DirecTV app. My mother is happy on her iPad 4 because she can watch Youtube, music, and looking up new recipes. My wife is fine with her iPad Air, and she's not getting a new one because I just bought that last year.

Only person without an iPad is me. I have no need for them, I get things done on my laptop or desktop. I don't need trimmed down apps, I do need full applications and a real keyboard.

Comment: Business model (Score 1) 314

by BLToday (#48822137) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

As far as I can tell, the RadioShack business model is to royally rape anyone walking through its door. A couple of years ago, I was helping a friend out in the middle of nowhere and we needed a network cable. RadioShack was close by but they wanted to charge $12 for a 6ft cable. We had to buy it since there wasn't any other store close by and couldn't wait for deliveries. Maybe, just maybe terrible customer experience had something to do with RadioShack dying.

Comment: Bifurcated market (Score 1) 130

by BLToday (#48807321) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

There's always going to be market for "professionals" that require full blown PCs. The "casual" market is better served by tablets and Chromebooks, or anything that people basically can't screw up. Unfortunately that means "professionals" will pay more because there "casual" users aren't there to subsidized development of the latest CPU/GPU. My friend was shocked a couple weeks ago while customizing his ThinkCentre SFF, ended up being near $1,000 (w/SSD). To quote him "Damn for this kind of price, I could hook up a MacBook Air and call it day. Except I don't buy Apple."

Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1, Interesting) 227

by BLToday (#48668867) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

I've spent more on worse movies. Took two nieces and a nephew to see "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (in 3D) after about 30 minutes they wanted to leave because it was so terrible. Even little kids know some time it's just not worth your time to sit through horrible movies.

I expect "The Interview" to be on the level of "This is the End". Bad and completely forgettable instead of so bad it's scarring. I've seen some really bad movies this year (in no particular order): Lucy, Transformers 4, Transcendence, 300: RoaE (even Eva Green's breasts couldn't help this movie), and Divergent.