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Comment: Re:Keyboard (Score 1) 41

by CastrTroy (#47929607) Attached to: iOS 8 Review
I know there's a lot of hate for Windows 8, but the onscreen keyboard for my Surface 2 (RT) is probably the best on screen keyboard I've ever used. I simply can't stand my Android phone keyboard anymore. I don't have an iDevice, but whenever I go to use my wife's iPad, I cringe at how bad that keyboard is. Always showing the keys in capitals so you can never figure out if you are typing in capitals is probably the most annoying part. Having left and right arrow buttons on the default keyboard for the Surface helps out so much. Also, having Ctrl key is extremely nice because I can use Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+Z, just like I would on a regular keyboard.Tab needs 2 clicks, but it's still much easier than clicking on the next form field. You can switch to the full keyboard for those times when you really want access to all the keys, although I don't use it all the time. The iOS and Android keyboards might work OK on small screen 4-5 phones, but on a 10 inch tablet, where you have the extra room, there really should be some extended functionality. The iPad keyboard really needs to be different than the iPhone keyboard.

Comment: ISIS propaganda (Score 1) 402

by bussdriver (#47929573) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

ISIS seem like the perfect fit for US propaganda... Given history, one can assume a portion of what we hear is simply US propaganda. We could just ignore them, if they can't learn MATH they will become poor, broke and weak... How about we find an STD we can infect their goats with?

Perhaps for their American cousins, it should be "Fat Ignorance with Feet."

What has always baffled me is the inability to realize similarities. Change a few traits and somehow you can make a pig into a rabbit by adding bunny ears and a puffball tail.

Comment: Re:iTunes? one step? (Score 1) 296

by bussdriver (#47929273) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

No, a filesystem is actually complicated for many people. The metaphor is rock solid-- but haven't you known people who can't even manage their few real-world filing cabinets? If they can't handle the real world one, they are going to have trouble with the metaphorical one in the computer with relatively unlimited space.

iTunes started out less complicated. I don't know about iTunes leaking RAM on windows but it does include all the mac frameworks which make it take up more RAM. It's built-in browser can expand RAM use significantly, but it's not like they could have used Windows browser library... with IE being so broken. It's still a classic monolithic app (like most are) and doesn't learn from the unix it is designed to run upon.

Part of the problem is that they know there are millions of users who can't learn so they've shoehorned everything into their 1 app --- just like Flash had to do because getting people to use another plugin/app is a huge huge barrier, even if it works exactly the same-- getting it installed is the primary problem.

Personally, I've been looking for replacements since they started to bloat it up. I've not found any yet. Nothing compares so far. WinAmp doesn't either (plus I wouldn't go to anything that doesn't have a linux port.)

Comment: So, to be considered "normal", people should play (Score 1) 36

by morgauxo (#47929257) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

"So, to be considered "normal", people should play sports?"

Maybe in the 70s. I think today normal is to weigh 300+lbs and spend most of your free time sitting in front of a television (sometimes watching sports) and eating crappy food.

Occasionaly 'normal' people get lonely and tone out the tv for a few minutes to look for a mate... on the internet.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 402

by Lumpy (#47929085) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

"if we won't do something about these ISIS people, they will not stop until they reach the borders of the western world, and by then it will be too late. "

Only if dipshits vote for and pass laws disarming the american citizens.

You want to know why Japan never tried an attack on the US mainland? They knew the citizens outgunned their army 40 to 1.

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - Soroku Yamamoto.

Comment: Rocket Science (Score 1) 167

What was that expression?? oh yeah, "It isn't rocket science" which is used to convey that everything is relatively easy compared to rocket science.

It's not an iPhone... even the iPhone is an example of the pinnacle of human manufacturing (note the use of "an" not "the.) A mass produced wireless super computer that fits in a pocket and understands the spoken word better than a congressman.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 402

by Lumpy (#47929001) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Actually technically he is right if we kill them all very fast.

nuke 80% of the middle east, full on carpet bomb every square mile with overlapping bursts and you will not have 2 more spring up. you will actually wipe them all out for good and not have any problems with middle eastern terrorisim.

The problem is surviving the 60 year nuclear winter afterwards.

Comment: Re:Stupid luxuries? (Score 1) 90

by CastrTroy (#47928651) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Eggs and milk have a pretty long expiry date. Worst case scenario is I buy eggs/milk that I wouldn't have needed until next week. Or I don't buy them and then I have to do without, or I decide I really need milk now, and I go out to the store again. Sure it's a "problem" but I'm not sure if I'd qualify that as a "first world problem". Maybe it's a "zeroth world problem".

The only reason I could see it being truly useful is if the fridge knew I was low on milk, and watched the sales prices at the stores so that I could always take advantage of the sales price, and it would order the milk from the store for me, and it would be delivered for free, and there would be a robot in my house to receive the order and put the milk in the fridge and I'd never have to think about whether there was enough milk in the house. That would be true home automation. My fridge telling me how much milk is in the house is kind of step in the right direction, but it's kind of useless on it's own.

Comment: Is that a serious question? (Score 2) 402

by Sycraft-fu (#47928601) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Because if it is, you need to pull your head out of your ass and go and do some extremely basic, cursory, research on the situation in the US. There are for sure some loud fundy Christian that like to whine about science, evolution in particular. However they have had little and less success in pushing their agenda and the US remains a powerful center of scientific research.

Trying to equate the US to ISIS is beyond stupid.

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