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Comment Re:Do we really want Google... (Score 1) 179

"Flash gets special treatment due to its market share, but make no mistake, the browser manufacturers are looking to kill it as soon as reasonably possible, too."

If this is true, it's only because they've found more obtrusive and abusive ways to advertise to us that are more difficult to block.

Comment A perfect mouse should not require a CLOUD... (Score 1) 199

So definitely not my Razer Naga 2014 edition -- or anything Razer now. It required I log in just to get to the button config screen and the option to go into off-line mode. If I had not had an internet connection, I would have not been able to config my new mouse, a problem I have not had with the prior two Razer mice I own.

Comment Re:Boy that will win more users.... (Score 1) 415

10.9 was the first free version of OS X and it was released in Oct 2013 -- so about a 'year' ago. Not sure where you're getting years?

Prior to these new free updates, I've always paid about the same for each new version of OS X -- which I've been using since version 1, and about the same for each new version of System OS.

And given how much Apple charges for upgrades on their hardware -- which are now soldered on in most cases -- and for their Macs in general, which now have a shorter support life than before, I can't see how they're loosing money on their OS...

Comment Re:Charge whatever, man (Score 1) 415

Free OS X upgrades "now" is the least Apple can do, since they charge a developer fee and require you be absolutely current with their OS if you want to access their latest SDKs. 10.8 and sooner were not free. I preferred it when they did not upgrade their OS on such short turn around, as these updates tend to break things. My version of Logic is completely hosed on Yosemite -- I skipped Maverick. If I want a working version of Logic, it's going to cost me $199.

I'm not feeling the free part with OS X.

Comment Re:who cares? (Score 1) 101

Wacom lowered the price of the Companion. I agree that originally it was overpriced, but now I think it's fair, which is why I bought the 256Gb model. It's the same price as a SPro 3. And before I ramble about the Companion, I agree with your assessment of the SPro 3 over the iPad.

Anyways, with the Companion it not only has support for tilt, but rotation via the Art Pen, 2048 levels pressure, and no need for batteries. There's also the option for of other pens, like the mentioned Art Pen -- which I bought; and each new stylus has its own unique ID, so in programs like Painter each one can be a completely different art-tool. The Companion also has programmable thumb buttons, which are really useful.

And for programs like Painter, tilt is absolutely essential and the same goes for rotation with some brushes. But I guess that depends on one's art style and preference of tools.

For my own needs, the Companion was worth every penny. It's more than met my needs and completely replaced my MacBook Pro + Cintiq 12wx. If it had not been made available though, I would have bought a Surface Pro.

Comment Re: Seems obvious (Score 3, Informative) 103

I'm on the flip side. I absolutely prefer the 16:10 aspect of my Android tablets over my iPad. Especially for apps that take advantage of 2 columns, like email and Firefox's browser -- which puts new windows down the left side. I'm the same for my desktops and absolutely prefer my MacBook Pro's- and Apple 30"'s 16:10 screen over any of my any 4:3 screen I've owned in the past.

So much content is optimized for widescreen these days and I hope Apple's next iPads finally makes move to 16:10(9)... I really don't want to support 4:3 anymore for any of my development work -- call me selfish.

Comment Re:Just make it fast (Score 1) 77

You can easily replace the Launcher -- which is like the Finder on a Mac -- so the UI; 3rd party Launchers can even be downloaded from GooglePlay's store. You can also change out any Android's default components and use a 3rd party options. So a few examples, maps, browser, mail, of course keyboards, etc... You can even completely get rid of Google's options. Android does not force you to conform and even provides the tools for free that work on pretty much any computer so that you can change what you don't like -- given you have the know how.

And with Android, you can downgrade to an older OS and still be supported by Google's services, or pick and choose from the tons of 3rd party options if you don't want to use anything Google.

Android is easy to customize for most. Now for the person who thinks there child is a genius because they know how to launch an app, probably not, and they especially would not be able to downgrade an OS.

And experience always trumps assumptions -- which are generally based on bias -- so why not actually give Android a try and experience it for yourself?

Comment Re:Still being made... (Score 1) 304

You're calling him nuts, then go on to express your 'radical' opinion about how Apple's created some kind of GOD keyboard, since according to you it has now equal. If you want my internet-opinion -- so you'll get it regardless -- you're the one that's coming off as nuts.

I personally dislike Apple's Chicklet keyboards. IMO, their keyboards are just as much shit when compared to a good mechanical-keyboard as any other chicklet-option. When I work remotely all day and need my Mac, I carry along one of my mechanical keyboards. Apple has not made a good keyboard or mouse since the nineties IMO. I completely agree with the parent post.

Comment Re:Still being made... (Score 1) 304

I use Corsairs options on my current Mac and PC. You can use any Windows keyboard on a Mac now days. I use my Corsair K90 is on my MacBook Pro. The "windows-key" just becomes the "command-key" and the "alt-key" becomes the "option-key."

I won't touch any newer Razer product -- especially their keyboards -- with a 10-foot-pole, not until they "truly" make their bullshit-cloud-based-drivers optional where as absolutely no log-in or online connection is needed; the offline mode is a joke, since you're forced to log-in just to even setup the mouse on any computer. My past 3 mice were Razers and my latest one is a Naga 2013, which is why I have such a sour taste about Razer. It caused installation problems with my PC at first, and then boot hanging problems with my Mac when I tried it on that system.

Comment Re:HTC One (M8) (Score 1) 304

I don't know why I'm responding to an AC that is in absolute denial and would like to blindly insult others, but this video disproves your claims:

The HTC One M8 does bend a bit, but does not break, where as an iPhone 6+ breaks and warps under less pressure.

Here's the iPhone 6+ bending under little pressure.

Comment Re:Mobile OS market shares? (Score 1) 58

Android accounts for about 80% of China's mobile, with Samsung having the largest chunk of about 24%. So, iOS's mobile internet use would be less than the remainder. BTW, Samsung's default browser reports itself as iOS when not in desktop mode.

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