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Comment: Re:iPhone iPT + phone? Please elaborate. (Score 1) 334

by JakeD409 (#36440988) Attached to: Unlocked iPhones in US For $649
I think he's referring to the experience of having Internet access almost anywhere you go. For me, the #1 use case of a smart phone is the ability to get walking directions. I am terrible at figuring out where I'm going, and being able to pull out Maps.app without WiFi and get directions is awesome.

Comment: Facebook Classmate Finder (Score 1) 662

by JakeD409 (#36259156) Attached to: Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
The original Facebook had this incredible classmate finder feature. I could input all the courses I was taking, and it would tell me who else was in them. Definitely one of the most useful features Facebook has ever had. Once they added 3rd-party app support, they dropped the classmate finder feature, explaining that they expected someone else to create a better one (the logic doesn't make sense to me, but whatever). Of course, with multiple non-ubiquitous classmate finders competing, no one could ever find more than a couple of their classmates, so they were all useless.
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New Houses Killing Wi-Fi 358

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the break-out-the-cat-5 dept.
Barence writes "Poor Wi-Fi or mobile reception is one of the banes of modern living — and modern building techniques could be making things worse. PC Pro has photos of a new-build being covered from floorboards to rafters in a tin-foil like material. The "highly reflective" material could have unpredictable results for radio signals, potentially bouncing mobile signals away from the house or preventing Wi-Fi signals from reaching the garden. And the new householder is likely to be none the wiser."
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Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read 185 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the your-brain-wants-a-challenge dept.
New research suggests that the clear screens and easily read fonts of e-readers makes your brain "lazy." According to Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer, using electronic books like the Kindle and Sony Reader makes you less likely to remember what you have read because the devices are so easy on the eyes. From the article: "Rather than making things clearer, e-readers and computers prevent us from absorbing information because their crisp screens and fonts tell our subconscious that the words they convey are not important, it is claimed. In contrast, handwriting and fonts that are more challenging to read signal to the brain that the content of the message is important and worth remembering, experts say."

Comment: Re:It's not about "convergence". The cloud is dyin (Score 1) 349

by JakeD409 (#34593446) Attached to: Gmail Creator Says Chrome OS Is As Good As Dead
Those are some pretty strong words to use without backup, specifically with regards to Rails. Last I checked, Rails was more popular than ever, with loads of high-profile web apps and increasing enterprise adoption rates. If you'd like to provide some evidence of people "going back to proven technologies" in significant numbers, I would love to see it.

Comment: Stupid phrasing (Score 2, Informative) 116

by JakeD409 (#32610214) Attached to: Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away
companies such as Google should allow the data to degrade over time

Phrasing like this pisses me off. If Google's data degraded over time, it's not that they'd be "allowing" it to degrade, they'd have to do extra work and write extra code to force it to degrade. Saying "allow" implies that degrading is what data do naturally, and that Google is somehow artificially preserving it.
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment: I'd prefer higher contrast (Score 5, Interesting) 199

by JakeD409 (#30719880) Attached to: New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance
A color eBook reader is something that will really appeal to my girlfriend (who has many art books and comic books). I, on the other hand, use my Kindle to read novels and programming books. There might be a little colored syntax highlighting in my programming books, but that's the extent that color would affect my eBook-reading experience. I'd much prefer a higher-contrast greyscale eBook reader. Currently, the contrast on my Kindle (and, from what I understand, the Nook and the Sony readers) is about the same as that of a dirty newspaper (about 8:1 I believe). It doesn't bother me, but I'd buy one that has paperback book contrast (about 50:1) in a heartbeat.

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