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Comment: Re:Type C or mini B (Score 1) 101

by Guspaz (#49794771) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

It's possible that the only reason that Lightning made it into phones was because they wanted to get rid of the 30-pin connector, but USB-C was still a few years away. Or that USB-C was too big, since USB-C sockets are a bunch thicker than Lightning sockets and when Lightning was introduced, Apple probably had a decent idea how thick their upcoming iPhone and iPad products were going to be.

Comment: Re:Type C or mini B (Score 1) 101

by Guspaz (#49794749) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

No, you don't. Micro USB 3 connectors are stupid wide (we're talking as wide as a full-sized USB connector), and are not compatible with micro USB 2 ports.

The reverse is sort of true (you can plug a micro 2 cable into a micro 3 port), but since the ports are such different sizes, many consumers probably wouldn't figure that out.

Comment: Does this really need support? (Score 2) 269

by Guspaz (#49786383) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

Isn't the whole point of stuff like SolarCity that you have no up-front cost (because you lease the system) and a negative monthly cost (because the monthly lease is cheaper than the cost of the electricity you saved)?

Why does the government need to give people free solar panels when it costs them zero dollars to get a full solar setup from SolarCity?

Comment: Re:Nobody took the Mac seriously back then (Score 1) 387

by Guspaz (#49764131) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

You're overstating the capabilities of Windows 3.0 (Multi-tasking? Not with most apps) and understanding the capabilities of System 6 and 7 (Hierarchical filesystem? Yeah, but with much longer filenames). Windows 3.x was a usability nightmare, but it didn't really matter, because MacOS didn't see any real improvements for a full decade after that, letting Microsoft catch up and then surpass Apple in the operating system game.

Comment: It was all about the Mac back then (Score 3, Interesting) 387

by Guspaz (#49756553) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Windows was such a huge pain back in those days, while MacOS (which wasn't really called that at the time) blew it out of the water, particularly when it came to multitasking.

Of course, MacOS sat still for years, lacking protected memory or pre-emptive multitasking until they scrapped the whole thing and replaced it with NeXTSTEP to produce OS X, so Windows eventually caught up and then surpassed it. I had enough issues with Win95/98 and the DOS legacy to say that Windows probably didn't catch up (with a consumer OS) until Win2K, which surpassed MacOS, and that ruled the roost for a few years. OS X didn't come out until over a year later, and the early versions of that were super rough.

But once they all evolved to a certain point, I think that the operating system mattered a lot less. They all got good enough that the users don't have to care about the low-level features, and there are utilities to tweak them any way you like, so it's really just down to personal preference at this point. You're going to run most of the same software no matter what OS you pick, and operating systems are increasingly just "the software that runs your web browser".

Comment: Technology evolves. Move on. (Score 1) 313

by Guspaz (#49754277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Wanting a feature phone makes about as much sense as wanting an old wooden phone with a separate earpiece and the cone that you have to shout into. Technology doesn't stand still, and most feature phones are going to have poor reception since they won't support any of the newer networks. For example, Bell Canada's network is HSPA+, and does not support 2G GSM at all.

With smartphones available for forty to fifty bucks (like the Lumia 530), feature phones just don't make sense.

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