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Comment: Re:Problem (Score 1) 355 355

by Eccles (#48165327) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

The free development environment in XCode, and reasonable, inexpensive general-purpose apps in Pages, Numbers, et al, make it fairly easy to set up to do most general computing tasks, without the Windows issues where many people prefer older versions to new, it still has drive letters, etc.

Comment: Re:What's the point anymore? (Score 2) 201 201

by Eccles (#48154605) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Yeah, they just lost me. I hate contracts and have been switching phones fairly regularly, selling the old phone to help pay for the new. So it was perhaps $100 to upgrade each time. Now it's more like $400 to upgrade, and there's lots of quality competition at that price. The only clear advantage it has, assuming you don't absolutely want a phablet, is its version of Android is most up-to-date. I think it's going to lose the Nexus fans, most of whom will stay with the 5, without gaining much of an audience. How unique is the fast charging?

And I'm particularly annoyed because I'm on T-Mobile, which has their new Wi-Fi calling/texting feature, but it's not supported with the 5. (Rumor was the 6 would support it.)

Comment: Re:Outside influences (Score 1) 292 292

by Eccles (#35355764) Attached to: Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US

I think it's more:
1) Will never cheat
2) Will cheat given the opportunity
3) Will cheat in times of stress, depression, weakness (a revenge affair, for ex.) if there is an opportunity.

Social networking makes it more likely group 3 will cheat, as it is more likely they will have an opportunity when they are vulnerable.

It doesn't excuse the affair, and doesn't make the other person feel any better about it; it just makes the 3s statistically more likely to cheat than if they were, say, living on an isolated farm in Montana in the 1880s.

Comment: Re:Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US (Score 1) 292 292

by Eccles (#35351238) Attached to: Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US

You do realize the fellas have to cheat with someone, don't you? And I don't think the closet cases are anywhere near the majority.

I suppose you could claim it's married men and unmarried women, but there are certainly lots of unmarried men who are more than willing to sleep with married women.

Comment: Re:Not just a test benefit (Score 1) 138 138

by Eccles (#33210410) Attached to: Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's

Thank you for your kind thoughts, but I really do think it's too late for him. For my wife's sake, I hope for one for me. For my mother's sake, I hate to think this way, but... well, I won't say it, just think it.

As a general rule, my father doesn't seem scared, just confused, although he's had a strange paranoia about money. This despite a generous retirement pension/savings/etc.

Comment: Not just a test benefit (Score 4, Insightful) 138 138

by Eccles (#33198306) Attached to: Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's

Not only does this give an actual test for Alzheimers, it also means that there's a definitive symptom for it. Wipe out the cause of that symptom and maybe you can stop or reverse the progression of this horrible affliction.

My father is already at the moderate dementia stage of this illness, and it's devastating. Not so much for him as it is for my mother.

Comment: Re:Objectivity? (Score 4, Interesting) 250 250

by Eccles (#32084390) Attached to: Moore's Law Will Die Without GPUs

The industry has moved away from "more horsepower than you'll ever need!" to "uses less power than you can ever imagine!"

As someone who still spends way too much time waiting for computers to finish tasks, I think there's still room for both. What we really want is CPUs that are lightning-fast and likely multi-parallel (and not necessarily low-power) for brief bursts of time, and low-power the rest of the time.

My CPU load (3Ghz Core 2 Duo) is at 60% right now thanks to a build running in the background. More power, Scotty!

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."