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Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 282

by Lord Apathy (#48933097) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Why pay $500 for an iPad that can only do a small number of things if you could get a Surfrace Pro that can do so much more, while not actually increasing the weight or size of the device

Actually there are several reasons. I have both a android tablet and a Surface Pro. I also have a android phone too. The Surface Pro is nice, it can serve as both a tablet and a laptop, but it has limitations where it can't perform ether goal as well as a dedicated machine of that type can. Still as good as the Surface Pro is there are simply several things that pads are better suited for.

There is cost. A Surface Pro can set you back between $900 and $1200 depending on features and accessories. A good pad can be had for as little as $150. A excellent pad can set you back around $500. Mine cost me right at 300 bucks.

Then there is battery life. A Surface has a battery life of around 4 hours. This is good for normal daily use for purposes that its best suited for. With 4 hours I can get in a several meetings worth of notes and power point presentations. I can even get some good office work done before I have to recharge. But when watching movies or reading a books 4 hours is pretty poor.

My android is rated at about 10 hours. Which means almost a full day of reading and watching movies without recharging. Normal use for my Surface requires me to recharge it daily, where with normal use of my android I can get between 2 and 3 days out of one charge.

Touch screen applications are generally better on the android than on the Surface. Application written for pads are written with touch screen interface in mind. Where lots of touch screen apps for the Surface seem to have touch screen added as an after thought. Most of the real powerful programs that you use on the Surface have no touch screen support even added.

While I'm on the subject of apps. There are simply some better applications for certain subject on the pads than there are on the Surface. Ebook readers for one. I have several ebook reads on my pad, nook, amazon, and some 3rd party apps. Without a doubt they are all better for reading ebooks than anything I have found on the Surface.

Same can be said about most small time apps like calendars and calculators. The fact that a great deal of the apps on my phone can also be used on my pad also is a good feature.

Then there is convenience. For certain tasks a pad, or a phone, is clearly more convenient than a Surface. If I want to listen to music on the go, most of the music apps for the phone and pad are much better designed for these purposes. For quick tasks like checking email, the weather, or the news a pad is clearly better. I can check any of these processes in a few seconds on a pad and be done before the Surface has even fully booted. I keep widgets on my lock screen for weather and news. I want to check, I pick it up and push the power button. The screen comes on instantly.

Finally there is weight. While the Surface pro is light compared to a laptop is down right heavy next to my pad. My pad weights next to nothing. The extra weight of the Surface doesn't matter when you're doing laptop work with it but it matters if you are trying to use it for a tablet. After a few minutes of holding it like I would when reading a book my hand gets tired. I've held my android pad for hours with out the same issue because it is light.

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 282

by Lord Apathy (#48931993) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I carry a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga for work, and it's so useful that my wife bought one to be her next 5+ year portable computer.

I bought a surface pro for work for the same reasons you bought your Thinkpad. When I need to do real work, I need a real computer. But at the same time I wanted the convenience of a tablet for when I needed it. The Surface has the power to be a real computer when I need it and uses standard office applications like microsoft office and has a real keyboard. Its great for taking notes in a meeting.

I tried to use a andoid tablet for this but found it next to useless for when I needed a real computer. I still use my android more than my Surface but now it has been mostly regulated to the role of a data display device. I use it to read ebooks and magazines on. Surf webpages and check email.

Tablets are good tools and have their place but we should never expect them to take the place of a âoereal computerâ when one is needed.

Comment: Re:When everyone is guilty... (Score 1) 416

This goes back to my ideal of a responsibility and repercussions for prosecutors and attorneys if they are found to be on the losing side of a case. If they are going to accuse someone of breaking law or bring some civil suite then they should be held accountable if they lose the case.

Right now as it stands if prosecutor loses a case then its just âoeoh well, we didn't get this one.â They get to go home every night and enjoy their freedom and family. Whereas the person they are accusing maybe found to be innocent their lives are pretty much ruined.

If a trial lawyer brings a civil case, like for the RIAA, against someone and loses, they to just get to walk away. While person they where suing has had to spend time and money to defend themselves. At the most they might get awarded some reverse damages, but they are still out time.

If a prosecutor is going to charge someone's with a crime that could potentially take 20 years away from him, then that prosecutor better be prepared to spend the next 20 years locked up if they lose. Same for the trial lawyer. If he sues someone and loses he has to pay out-of-pocket the cost of the trial and what the judgment would have been if he won.

May seem a little drastic but if there where repercussions to failed cases then there would be a lot less of them.

Comment: Re:Rent seeking (Score 1) 570

by Lord Apathy (#48869485) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

No thanks. Just like with Adobe CS, it looks like it's time to buy up some licenses before they dissapear. I have no interest in renting my software.

Why not? If the license fee is cheap enough for a year, I have no problems paying for it. Personally I would prefer this method of up dating over every 3 years having to run out and pay for a fat ass new edition where things might or might not work.

And your not really renting the software, your paying for updates and support. You shit isn't going to stop working if you decide not to pay, you just don't get up dates. Eventually I expect your shit to stop working but its not like they are going to flip a swtich on your ass and turn you off.

Is this really much different than how many linux distros do their enterprise level support? The OS is free but the support you will have to pay for.

Comment: Re:Please do (Score 1) 382

by Lord Apathy (#48857303) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Good luck with that. I don't know if you watched Skyfall one too many times, but all of those centers are disconnected from the internet and run on their own network, precisely for this reason.

Fairly close. Where those networks need to cross over they are protected by what the military had labeled the 10 digit interface. Some poor SOB has to read what is on screen A and type it in on screen B.

Comment: Re: Clearly (Score 1) 391

by Lord Apathy (#48748771) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

halfway-decent headphones there is a

This is one more layer that people need to think about if they use bluetooth headphones. That bluetooth audio stream isn't coming across as pure lossless audio. Depending on the profile and quality of the headphones you are using the encoding of the audio stream for bluetooth can be worse than a 128K mp3. But not matter what head set you buy, if it uses bluetooth the audio is compress and not lossless.

Comment: Re: Clearly (Score 1) 391

by Lord Apathy (#48748359) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

128kbps is enough for practically everyone, and even those who are able to tell the difference between it and 256 are only going to notice if you compare the same track side by side.

128K is plenty for casual listening, well hell its good for just plan listening. I spend most of the day listening to 128K mp3 streams from shoutcast. And the music I listen too, smooth jazz, is very sensitive to compression artifacts. You would notice them more there than you would say heavy metal or most rock.

Where I use greater than 128K, flac is better, would be for archiving music. So that as technology advances and you need to recode to a new format you have the best quality source for that recode.

Comment: Re:Better way? (Score 1) 289

by Lord Apathy (#48747969) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Sure, use/write software which correctly handles time. Leap seconds with their current, well defined behavior, have been around for over 40 years.

This is what I was thinking but with OS and hardware. The "slowdown" rate is a known factor. I don't see why modern system that have to be so precise don't already have this factored in. Just have them compensate for the need all the time instead of having to force the issue every few years.

Problem solved.

Comment: Re:Tablet? (Score 1) 328

by Lord Apathy (#48714289) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

You're wrong. You can get tablets with 64 bit processors and 2GB of memory and a 2560x resolution screen with a GPU powerful enough for smooth gameplay at that resolution and the better ones also have have high speed storage. Just a few years ago that was more powerful than most workstations.

I suppose I could be wrong but from what I've seen around me I'm not. Most people, including myself, do not fire up our android tablets to do "real work." We tend to use the best tool for the job. When I'm in a meeting taking notes, reading emails, and doing power point presentations, I tend to use my surface pro or my dell laptop. I suppose I could do it on the android if I had too, but it would be painful to carry out.

My nexis 7 has a 1.5 ghz quad core, a 1920x1200 screen, and a rather impressive gpu for what it does. I've ran asphalt 7 on it and was pleased by it. I don't know how powerful the gpu is in it but I'm not for a moment going to believe its more powerful than my playstation 3, 4, or the nvidia 770 that I have in my main desktop. When I want to game I land in front of one of those.

With that being said I still tend to use my android tablet more than those other devices. I use it what is best for, a display device for news, websites, and looking up cheats on grand theft auto.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 234

by Lord Apathy (#48704037) Attached to: NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

To what end should slashdot secure itself?

Because all sites should be secure. All the way from your bank to that page you tossed up on some old slackware box where to post pictures of your dog. Just as all email should be sent private key/public key now.

Think of it like this. If only the important shit is encrypted then that data steam stands out as important on the internet. If all the shit is encrypted then nothing stands out as "decrypt me, I'm important." Its the herd principal.

Comment: Re:Tablet? (Score 3, Insightful) 328

by Lord Apathy (#48697189) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Also, tablets have a longer lifespan than your average smartphone. The tablet market could probably be called Mature now. Explosive growth is over, at least in the original Western Markets. You are looking at incremental growth and replacements.

I would imagine that you are correct. While they are technically computers I classify tablets as data display devices. You use them to display web pages, read ebooks, and pay bills with online banking. You really don't use them for general purpose computers.

While they have different processor speeds, screen sizes and run different OS, basically they all do the same thing. And its hard to improve on what they do. Once you find one that you are happy with, it should serve for years doing its job.

Comment: Re:I find this amusing... (Score 2) 250

by Lord Apathy (#48603651) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Well, you know Sony. Shit in one hand and wish in the other and see what fills up first. The press will crawl through these documents looking for juicy tidbits are in there. Now that you have issued demands like this, they will crawl through with even more zest. It makes you look like you have something to hide.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"