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Comment: I like my Surface (Score 1) 610

by Jeff Hornby (#42496345) Attached to: 'Gorilla Arm' Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

So I've been using a Microsoft Surface as my primary machine (everything except software development) for almost two months now and I'm not having any problem with "gorilla arm". And I don't think most people will. The reason being that the only time that I need to touch the screen a lot is when I'm consuming content (reading blogs, watching videos, etc.) For that I ditch the keyboard and hold it like a tablet. When I'm creating things, i.e., e-mail, writing proposals and documentation, my hands don't really leave the keyboard very much. I'm typing this on my Surface and I'm not having any problems because there's no need to touch the screen when creating content.

Comment: Re:There is a huge positive bias (Score 1) 364

by Jeff Hornby (#39660767) Attached to: Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

But the real question is why did you buy a new TV? Was it because your old one wore out and it was time to replace it or was it because some advertising convinced you that without the new whiz-bang 1000000p display with 4D something-or-other you life would be a meaningless shell and you would never get laid and probably get cancer?

Comment: Re:There is a huge positive bias (Score 3, Informative) 364

by Jeff Hornby (#39653719) Attached to: Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

Of course Facebook (and Google) sell your information. The only difference between them and other companies that are gathering and selling information about you is that Facebook and Google are selling your information retail instead of wholesale. The information is still being used to do the same thing: target advertising at you to convince you to act in ways that you would not have otherwise and might well be detrimental to your own interests.

Comment: We can write off Tennessee (Score 3, Interesting) 672

by Jeff Hornby (#39646939) Attached to: Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

According to Wikipedia, Tennessee is 41st in median household income in the US. How long are they going to hold on to even that position when all of the educated people in the state (doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.) start moving elsewhere so that their children will get a proper education? I think we can write off Tennessee for the near future.

Maybe the AMA and various other professional bodies should start reviewing the status of education in Tennessee to see if a child educated in such a system will ever qualify for med school. I'm pretty sure that I don't want a doctor who doesn't understand basic biology

Comment: Re:No, its still an expensive toy. (Score 2) 185

by Jeff Hornby (#39367115) Attached to: VisiCalc's Dan Bricklin On the Tablet Revolution

The assumption that tablets will outsell PCs within a decade is based on current growth rates remaining steady. That's a pretty big assumption.

Because tablets are a relatively new device they are currently in a growth market phase of their life cycle. Once the market has reached a saturation point (and we don't know where that saturation point is), then it will enter the same type of market that PCs are in: where people are buying replacements when their old one wears out.

Of course you might be right in that all you have to do with a tablet is hook it up to a keyboard and mouse (whether bluetooth or something else) and you've got a useful, but if that's the case why not just hook up your phone to a bluetooth keyboard, mouse and display and have something even more portable?

Comment: Re:Please tell me why.... (Score 1) 300

But is getting rid of the problems in D.C. (assuming that it's not just another empty promise by a self proclaimed non-politician whose been in politics for 36 years) really worth the collateral damage that Ron Paul would do to the economy and foreign relations?

Comment: Community (Score 1) 516

by Jeff Hornby (#38004958) Attached to: How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

I don't know what it's like where you are or in whatever technology you work in, but when I was feeling like you are a few years ago I started getting involved in the local programmer community. There are a lot of user groups out there that get together, usually about once a month, to talk about technology. I've found that a couple nights out a month with motivated peers does wonders for my morale. The format of most of the meetings I've been to is a lecture by someone knowledgeable about a specific topic preceded and followed by opportunities to network. The later networking is usually done at a nearby pub.

HINT: make sure to go to the pub afterwards: that's usually the best place to talk about whatever technology you're really passionate about.

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