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Comment: Re:Uber's in a completely different market (Score 1) 183

by Bedouin X (#48728337) Attached to: Uber Must Submit CEO Emails

So I live in Downtown Atlanta Ga which is far from suburban. There are plenty of taxi stands around but I prefer to use Uber. Why? Because almost invariably the taxis do not operate "within the law as the state, the counties, and the cities require."

When I walk up to a cab they ask me where I'm going, and if I'm not going very far they almost always refuse to give me a ride. Many also don't turn on their fare meters and make up rates (I've lived Downtown for 16 years, I know what a ride is supposed to cost). My understanding is that both of these actions are in violation of the ordinances that govern the operation of Taxis in the city.

Could I report these people or challenge their bogus practices? Sure. But instead I just take Uber where these issues don't exist and I ALWAYS get excellent customer service - whether in a Town Car or a Hyundai.

The situation in other cities might be different, but here, the cab drivers have dug their own graves.

Comment: Re:It's not about debt (Score 1) 476

by Bedouin X (#43475927) Attached to: Excel Error Contributes To Problems With Austerity Study

That depends. Perfecting that process was not free (R&D, manufacturing ramp up etc.) so chances are the widget will cost more than before. It may even cost more than 12x more. If it doesn't, that extra money would go toward other goods. Or maybe it gets saved.

In either case, that money would not go to the original widget making industry and as a result, money might flow somewhere else causing that sector to contract. Or maybe they end up selling a ton more of their durable widgets and hire more people with the increased revenues.

Comment: Re:what is stopping them from doing the same thing (Score 1) 315

by Bedouin X (#43412217) Attached to: Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

Just a random comment, but if Windows Phone uses the NT Kernel, I would find it hard to imagine it not having low latency recording given the presence of massive amounts of pro-audio apps for Windows. Or is that a function of DirectX or some other add-on which isn't present in the Windows Phone version of the kernel?

Comment: Re:Big drop in quality (Score 1) 271

by Bedouin X (#43230691) Attached to: Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

I have a T420s and while I don't doubt you have experience what you describe, I haven't had most of these problems. I have seen the issue where it doesn't turn off when the lid is closed (maybe four times) and I'm not a huge fan of the screen. The software is weak to me too but I wiped it and installed stock Windows 8 and it works well.

I'll tell you what I do like about it:
- 3.5 lbs weight
- The keyboard (of course)
- The ability to add another battery via UltraBay
- The ability to add another SSD via the mSATA port
- The Ultranav setup is better than most with the larger trackpad. I don't normally use the trackpad but in Windows 8 it has increased utility (opening charms bar, switching apps) that I appreciate.

I just got a 15.4 Retina Macbook Pro and, outside of the screen of course, the T420s outclasses it in every way. I've been a ThinkPad guy since the late 90s myself and I've definitely seen changes that I don't like but, even in the current state of the line, I don't know that there is any other vendor that I would choose.

Comment: Re:Paid for (Score 1) 398

by Bedouin X (#41012527) Attached to: Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

The Start screen will not take up both monitors, it will take up one at most. I've used multiple monitors for at least 10 years (I'm a developer FWIW) and nomally my "off" monitor - which is normally a lower resolution than my main one - is running an app full screen like a web browser or OneNote. In using Windows 8 and Metro I haven't noticed much of a difference in practice but obviously YMMV. Even still, you can have two apps - including a desktop app - running on the Metro screen. It has quirks but I have found it far from frustrating.

Comment: Re:Paid for (Score 2) 398

by Bedouin X (#41010837) Attached to: Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

I'm confused about #3. The Win8 Start screen displays way more apps than the Win7 Start menu. If anything, the Win8 screen greatly increases the chances of the app you want being right there and not requiring a click of All Programs so I don't see how it is any less efficient. From what I have seen, the only advantage the Start menu has over the Start screen is easier location of recently installed applications.

Though I have to also say that in Win7 (and XP and Vista) I start programs either from a taskbar shortcut or by using Window-R to bring up the "Run" dialog which is analagous to the Quake console. Fortunately I can do the same thing in Win8.

Comment: Re:lost? (Score 2) 407

by Bedouin X (#40805277) Attached to: Microsoft's Lost Decade

I am a Mac user, the only true technical reason to upgrade the Mac OS since 2000 or so was when they switched to the x86 platform. They incentivize upgrades more by by outright dropping support for old hardware than the relatively minor features they add in what basically amounts to a yearly service pack. I just upgraded to Mountain Lion for the hell of it and I wouldn't know I had upgraded if I didn't know what to look for.

The majority of what you listed in OS X has been implemented in some fashion in Windows (task bar upgrades, task switcher upgrades, voice dictation), maybe not as an OS release but as a free download (e.g. Skydrive / live as opposed to iCloud).

Also, as far as I can tell, there was not much to "fix" in Vista. Most of Vista's problems were due to terrible drivers which improved over time. Outside of that, the only other real issue I remember was UAC so I doubt much time was spent on that.

As for Windows 98 vs XP, it's like I said. Windows XP was 100x more stable than Windows 98 because it ran on the NT kernel and businesses knew there were huge productivity incentives to upgrade - similar to the OS9 vs OS X update. Neither OS has seen an update that had near the quality impact since.

Finally, I'm on Windows 8 now and I have to disagree about Metro. I don't think it's anything revolutionary but it adds much more value than it takes away. Exponentially more useful than half-hearted stuff like Launchpad.

Comment: Re:They're Concluding Microsoft Wants to Be Apple (Score 1) 164

by Bedouin X (#40805007) Attached to: Microsoft: Surface Tablet May Alienate OEM Partners

Before January of this year my last two laptops were tablets and they were by no means slow compared to full sized laptops. My last one (a Lenovo x220t) had a dual-core i7 processor and ran every bit as fast as a desktop.

The thing is that the Windows tablets were never designed to be full on touch - or even pen - driven devices. You could exclusively use the pen if you wanted, but the real utility is in using the pen digitizer with MS Office. Once you start using it, that one feature justifies the added cost of the device. It's a completely different product from the iPad aimed at a completely different market.

Also, I'm typing this on a Windows 8 machine and I have no problem navigating the Metro Interface with a keyboard and mouse. If you've used Windows in the past, it's pretty easy to get used to.

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