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Comment Podcasts app (Score 1) 460

The Podcasts app on iOS 9 is unusable (hard to navigate, no full screen video). I bought one other app before buying Pocket Casts, which works a lot like the older, better Podcasts app used to work. I know fewer people are using podcasts, but there is no reason for Apple to redesign the app to turn people away from it.

Comment Re:Austin? (Score 1) 464

I went to MotoGP in Austin a few years back, and stayed a few extra days to check the place out. I doubt I will ever go back. They have a great foodie scene, but a lot of cities do these days. Traffic was terrible the entire time I was there. Worse than Chicago, Atlanta, or Miami. Every 20 minute trip took well over an hour. GPS with traffic data was no help. I went to some state or national park, way out of town, and got held up for 20 minutes in stop and go traffic at some sort of Podunk Festival in a tiny town along the way.

I also made a day trip to San Antonio, which I liked a lot better. I wouldn't touch Austin with a ten foot pole.

Comment Re:Nothing (Score 1) 169

$15/month here with TWC's Everyday Low Price. I'm sure this plan will disappear when they merge with Charter and Brighthouse and they will only offer cheap internet to households with verifiable low income.

Anyway, it's 2 megabits down and 1 megabit up. I wouldn't mind more bandwidth, but you can't beat the price. I don't have a cable TV package. Netflix streams just fine so long as you're not doing anything else at the same time. I bought my own modem and don't pay a rental fee. Downloading OS updates or Garmin map updates is painfully slow, but other than that, it works very well in practice. The service has been very reliable over the past year that I've been here.

Comment Re:suggestion (Score 2) 283

Or wait until the iPad Air 3 comes out, and get one of those. You want as much RAM as possible in these devices. I have a first-gen iPad mini (512 MB of RAM) and you can't even have multiple browser tabs open without it dropping the inactive tabs from the cache so it has to reload when you go to one of the other tabs. It's maddening. The on screen keyboard frequently has delays, and using a Bluetooth keyboard is no better. It is much slower than my Nexus 4 phone.

I like my Android phone but also prefer iOS on a tablet. The newer iPads are better and faster than mine. Now that the full-size iPad is thinner and lighter than it was at the time I got the mini, I think I might go with that instead. We'll see what happens on Tuesday.

Comment Re: Google blocks their own Flash content (Score 1) 92

I got the latest Chrome update (45.0.2454.85). The default new tab page shows a Google search box at the top and my frequently viewed sites at the bottom. The Google search box at the top is partially opaque and you have to click a "play" button to show the cute little Google search animation. I can only conclude that Google Chrome has blocked Google's own content.

Comment Re:Hyundai did something similar (Score 1) 406

From viewing the disclaimer on Hyundai's video, it appears that their system is designed to disengage if it believes the driver is not present/not paying attention/dead. It says: "Lane keeping assist system - modified not to turn off." Also, did they use a Porsche Cayenne as one of their camera vehicles instead of a Hyundai? Weird.

Comment Slashdot is dying (Score 2) 136

I've said this before and I'll say it here again, since it's on-topic: Slashdot is dying. It began its death spiral before Malda left. Once he quit, its fate became certain.

A bunch of shit has happened over the years, from FIRST POST!, Natalie Portman, and hot grits in the early days; to Roland Piquepaille's story spamming in more recent history. Eventually, ZDnet or Gizmodo or some other tech site will buy Slashdot and begin integrating it into their own website. Eventually, Slashdot's URL will be only a redirect to the website of its corporate overlords.

Comment Did the article author actually attempt to apply? (Score 4, Interesting) 333

Because I'm on my fourth online application and kynect had me in some sort of infinite loop purgatory (in which I wasn't allowed to complete the application process) for the past three weeks. This morning, I finally got a message asking me to upload additional documentation.

For what it's worth, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is in charge of Kentucky's exchange. The same Cabinet which is responsible for child welfare and has a history of hiding information about child fatalities which occur under their watch.

Comment Re:First we get browser shortcuts (Score 1) 282

I've said this many times before, but when CmdrTaco left, it was the beginning of the end for Slashdot. The writing was on the wall for a long time before that, but Malda's departure was a very clear demarcation of where the site was headed. We're witnessing a slow death spiral. Within 10-20 years, Slashdot will no longer exist in its current form. It will be gobbled up by Gizmodo, Techcrunch, CNet, or the likes, and eventually merged into their conglomerate and redirected to the parent company's site.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.