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Comment: Re:Wonder what microsoft paid for this? (Score 1) 472 472

Consider that the average person is not under the hood of their car every day randomly pulling on things. Consider that the average person is not attempting to perform surgery on themselves. Consider that the average person is not going around banging on all the pipes in their house and randomly turning valves. Consider that the average person doesn't go up to their breaker box with a big pair of scissors saying "What are all these wires doing? Do I need these?"

The average person should probably not even be touching a computer. Let computer people use them, the rest of the plebes can go back to paper where they could at least get work done without Facebook and YouTube.

Comment: Re:Microsoft (Score 3, Insightful) 896 896

My favorite "security threat" found on my PC once was in a keygen. I think it was AVG that "identified" it as "harmful" due to being a keygen. The extended details said that the "threat" to my PC was that it would allow unauthorized use of software. Oooh, scary! Also, VirusTotal is awesome.

Comment: Re:We're all mind readers (Score 1) 441 441

You have to ask? Anybody who has used iTunes knows that it is the very worst example of the type of program it is. Bar none. The interface is the slowest and clunkiest I've ever seen. Did they write it in BASIC or something? That said, I like my iPod Touch, and I like apps, so I need iTunes around to deal with it. And I hate every second I am in that program. The multitude of background services it requires is also laughable, and those stay disabled on my system until I need to make changes. Then they get disabled again immediately afterward. A portion of the apps I use are on the jailbreak side fortunately, so I can use other means to deal with those at least.

Comment: Re:As someone who worked at Best Buy/Geek Squad... (Score 1) 504 504

Because you are incapable of dealing with support issues on your own? That's the only conceivable reason to ignore a potentially lower price. Best Buy doesn't make them, they just sell them. If you trust the brand, and the price is right, why would you pay more for the same piece of hardware somewhere else?

Comment: Re:As someone who worked at Best Buy/Geek Squad... (Score 1) 504 504

It was a laptop apparently. Like you're really going to build your own, AC, or can you simply not read? For the right price, if I needed a laptop, I wouldn't have a problem with getting it at Best Buy. I certainly wouldn't be looking to them for any kind of support, but I also can't remember the last time I needed any.

Comment: Re:Science Fiction? (Score 1) 782 782

It made me think more of Frank Herbert's "The Jesus Incident", "The Lazarus Effect", and "The Ascension Factor". The world is even called Pandora. It's very hostile and everything will kill you, and the kelp in the sea is sentient and interconnected around the whole planet. Alpha Centauri always reminded me of Pandora too. Actually some of it I am certain was directly ripped off from the books I mention.

Comment: Re:Fat chance, but... (Score 1) 56 56

I was initially quite put off by the way they had the character out in front and off to one side, it drove me crazy. I put the game away after about 15 minutes of running into doorways and went off to other things. Then Ghostbusters came out, and forced me to get used to that style because I just couldn't put that game down until it was done. After that, I returned to Dead Space eagerly, and found it was easy to control and that I now actually like it that way. Dead Space 2 will find its way into my computer very easily when the time comes.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331 Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:Touch screens and the like (Score 1) 255 255

The thing about your iPhone is that you are always looking right at it when you use it. When using an actual computer, you are looking at the screen, not your hands. Unless you can't touch-type, in which case, yeah I guess you won't notice any difference. Something that works well on the iPhone is not going to work well on a desktop computer because with a real computer you're not holding the screen in your hands.

The closest iPhone/Computer analog would be MS Surface, but I don't see that working well for day-to-day computing, way too much reaching with the arms.

For the arms to be without strain during long periods of computer use, they must be resting at the desk surface and not up in your field of view. So they need to be able to do things by feel. That's about it.

Comment: Re:Porn and hamburgers (Score 1) 512 512

Agreed that the reality definitely doesn't match the ideal in those pictures. But the reality of the Big Mac is that it is laced with crack or something, because even the non-idealized picture makes me want one. Or it's a Pavlovian response to seeing the name, or something. Big Macs rock.

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