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Comment Re:Old vs. New Apple in one anecdote... (Score 2) 461

That anecdote lacks some power, because just about every other laptop manufacturer uses the 'logo upright when opened' orientation. It's not just an Apple thing, and it has really become an expected part of laptop design.

Huh, I just tested your theory. I just took a look at my Lenovo Thinkpad X220, a laptop I chose for functionality/reliability, not style. Logo upright for the user when closed. Went to check my wife's T410, same.

Although I use a Mac Pro (the last non-cylinder version, I like my multiple internal drive bays thank you very much), I only tried a Macbook once and I found it had quite a lot of shortcomings compared to something like a Thinkpad (the most serious problems where when using it with an external monitor, but it's a long story), so it's mostly Thinkpads since.

Comment I had a N9 (Score 3, Insightful) 46

I had a Nokia N900, a great linux-based phone, especially if you were an advanced user. Then I sacrificed the qwerty keyboard that I liked on the N900 and got a Nokia N9. To this day, I maintain that it was by far the best mobile phone UI I have ever used. Best feature was probably the app switching, so quick and easy to go from one app and the other and at the same time deciding whether the app you are leaving keeps running in the background or terminates. And the hardware and design was great as well. When I first got it, my wife tried it out with its beautiful Super Amoled curved display and told me "hey, next to your iPhone (a brand new 4S if I recall) this one looks like it is from 2030!". In fact when I switched to a Samsung Galaxy S3 (due to some apps I needed and were not available for Maemo/Meego), it was the first time ever I thought my new phone was (much) worse than the previous one. Right now I have an iPhone 6 plus and a Xiaomi Mi4 and I still miss that N9!
So, this was just a side note before saying thanks to the engineers who brought us what was the best mobile OS so far and it should have dominated the market, if only the marketing was as good as the actual product. When I first heard about Jolla I hoped I would be able to get another phone as good as the ol' N9 at some point, so I am sorry to hear about their struggles.

Comment Wait, searches for language tutorials? (Score 3, Interesting) 232

Isn't it kind of a strange metric? It measures people who don't really know the language but want to learn it. But did they learn it in the end? Did they end up using it? Was it actual programmers trying to get into a new language / refreshing one for a new project, or was it complete beginners who heard "python is cool" or something like that and search for a tutorial thinking they will be great programmers?
And not all languages have an equal basis in this metric. For example who would search google for a perl tutorial? I mean it doesn't even support regex for christ sake! Also it is well known that Perl either comes as an Epiphany, or you are taught by Monks, you don't read a tutorial...

Comment Re:So, you are recommending... (Score 1) 285

Would you rather we endanger the quiet solitude of the unspoiled expanses of yet another planet — after messing up our own? Is that, what you are saying? Huh?.. Huh?!.. Didn't think so...

What the hell are you talking about? I said overpopulation is not the reason to spend our money on research & exploration. We are debating about sending the first man on Mars and you are talking about moving significant population there. And even so, you equate spoiling a living ecosystem with colonizing a lifeless planet. Ok, "lifeless" up to debate, but that's my whole point - WE FIRST HAVE TO GO THERE AND FIND OUT.

Comment So, you are recommending... (Score 3, Informative) 285

So, you are recommending to settle populations in Antarctica, endangering the sensitive ecosystems. Pure genius. Hey, I know, let's destroy everything on the planet. If we manage to make it worse than Mars, then we get to do some space traveling! Woohoo!
No "humanity running out of room" is not the reason we would like to get men (or ladies of course) to Mars. As for my tax dollars, yes, I'd rather they go there than where they are going now. But it won't probably be tax dollars that take us to Mars.

Comment Just to note... (Score 5, Informative) 163

This is NOT a proof of concept of stealth ransomware using some 0-day exploit etc. You have to actually download it, choose to run it, close the warning box that is popping up to warn you exactly of this sort of software. That's where I stopped reading, I mean, most competent programmers can write a program that ransom your documents in two days. Heck, I bet there are some who in two days of coding could even manage to bundle in a multi-level FPS game. The hard part is to get ransomware to run without the user explicitly installing it.
Unless I am missing something, in which case you can enlighten me..

Comment Hey great news! (Score 4, Funny) 109

That means I can actually use some sort of extra data, let's call it "meta" data from now on, to manage my photos! Imagine if in the future they could store extensive details like even the temperature of the sensor! I know I am making things up now, but perhaps it would be convenient for example on some sort of futuristic long exposure technique where you would need dark calibration frames.

Can't wait for tomorrows news for nerds, where Mandy George-Shelley after twenty years takes another look at the mouse and discovers a second button which can do so many things, but can be a privacy concern if you right-click the wrong things...

Comment Re:Three things about Amazon reviews (Score 1) 125

I beg to differ. Usually a person "needing" something usually means that he/she has not something similar. A prolific reviewer who has several similar items is in a much much better position to review something by drawing from experience, whether they "need" it or not. I have read many useless reviews from people who are honest and everything, but don't realize something is not good just because it is their first of the kind.

Comment Re:Three things about Amazon reviews (Score 1) 125

1. Generally, I only put stock into the ones from verified purchasers - mainly because of all the people trying to game the reviews.

If you read about the case, Amazon did an investigation and they found that the sellers would send the "reviewers" an empty box so that the review would show up as a verified purchase. So they are trying to combat that.

2. There is a growing, serious problem with reviews submitted people who've been given a product discount and "asked" to write a review. Interestingly, they apparently are required to state that fact in the review itself, which makes it easier for me to flag all such reviews as "unhelpful".

3. Amazon has its own ludicrous program for sending free products to people expressly so they'll review the items ("Vine", I think). These are also well worthy of being flagged as unhelpful, which I try to do whenever I'm exposed to them. Come on, Amazon... I only want to hear the experiences of people who purchased the product because they needed / wanted it. I couldn't care less about the opinion of someone who received the product just because they're considered a good reviewer in general - what a dumb concept!

What is wrong with giving people who YOU and other Amazon customers have voted as writing "useful" reviews a product and ask them to review it fairly. As far as I know there are no strings attached, you don't get into the Vine program if you write "nice" reviews, you get into it if you write many reviews that people find helpful. Yes, I'd rather read the review of someone who did not think about buying the item themselves, but is a good reviewer in general.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.