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Comment: Yup. That sounds perfect. (Score 1) 352

by BLToday (#47884299) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Yup. That sounds perfect. I'm going to change my phone number now because I don't want to get calls from my relatives about "How do I install the Sims I bought on DVD on my Lumia?" or "How do I get my copy of Word 2013 running on my phone? It says it's running Windows so it should work with my copy of Office 2013, right?"

I actually already got this one: "I bought Windows 8 to make my desktop (Windows 7) into a touchscreen but it's not working. The guy at the Microsoft Store said it would make my screen into a touchscreen." I was never sure if my relative misunderstood what the employee was saying or the employee at the MS Store actually told him that.

Comment: There's more than one use for printed humans (Score 0) 323

by BLToday (#47122015) Attached to: 'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Beyond space exploration, we will need printed humans to fight against the Machines. The biggest problem with fighting AI is that they can reproduce faster than us. With printed humans we will even the odds. Of course, we may end up fighting a two fronts war: AI and printed humans.

Comment: Looks like a great product, (Score 2) 379

by BLToday (#47067825) Attached to: With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Looks like a great product if I only look at the specs and pitch. But unfortunately I already own a Surface with Touch Keyboard, and that has tainted my impression. The original Surface is slow, keyboard is doesn't work well, Surface needs a flat surface to actually work well, and the UX.

* Slow => fixed by using Intel.
* Keyboard => no longer the mostly useless Touch Keyboard
* I'm hoping it's actually usable in my lap

Still issues (general experience with Win8; 1 desktop, 1 Surface RT):
* UX: there's no way getting around it, Win8 is schizo. In theory, on a Surface, I would never need to go to the desktop. But I have to switch to the Desktop to change settings like sleep mode timer and the built in version of Office. Win8 will some time let applications will install tons of random icons to the Start Screen, but not include the important ones such as the actual application link. Weird.

Hover over Flash elements is a serious usability issue. It works maybe 30% of the time in touch interface, the other 70% I would have to reach for the keyboard and hover my mouse over the element to control it.

The color of tiles does not make any sense. The tiles waste too much empty space and the text is too small for quickly identifying applications. I'm not 18 anymore so I don't have eagle eyes.

Trying to restore even the Surface back to "factory" takes 2+ hours. Then at least another 2 hours getting it updated. Why?

Comment: New business model!!! (Score 1) 355

by BLToday (#47060551) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

I have a "new" business for the future, sell things without advertising at a higher price.

"Oh, you don't the Google refrigerator, it doesn't let you open the door for beer until you have watched 30 seconds of beer commercials. You want this model, sure it's a bit more expensive but there's no eye tracking and you'll avoid all the malware associated with the Google model."

"Buy this thermostat, it lets you change the temperature without having to listen to beer commercials."

Comment: Why not Zoidberg? I mean both. (Score 4, Interesting) 659

by BLToday (#47001169) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Why not Zoidberg? I mean both. I can't imagine hydrogen fuel being cheaper than charging at home within the next 20 years. But with hydrogen fuel cell you can have a relatively quick refueling for extended driving. Something like a hydrogen/electric plugin vehicle would be the most appealing to me.

Comment: I still use Firefox...on a Mac, occasionally (Score 2) 688

by BLToday (#46869997) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

I still use Firefox...on a Mac, occasionally. Actually, I don't use it but my wife does once in awhile. Her work requires either IE or Firefox. I miss the original Firefox philosophy: speed, stability, and security. OK, Firefox was never that stable (always leaking memory) and rarely the fastest. But it generally worked well and did the job.

Comment: Re:Why ? (Score 1) 74

Traffic data. There's been times where I would totally pay $5 for 30 minutes worth of good data rate to figure out the traffic. Unfortunately, the reason for that was because ATT network is terrible. I would get full-bars but no data would come through. So this partnership does nothing really because the ATT network can't handle the data they have right now.

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