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Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 160

by MMC Monster (#48222717) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

Agree over here. I'm not a particularly big guy. An iPhone 5/5S is fairly comfortable for me. The 6 just feels big and the 6+ is ridiculous.

I am interested in going with a stock Android phone, but it looks like Google stopped making the small size Nexus (the 5?).

Any thoughts of where to go for a powerful phone which runs stock Android?

Comment: Re:Because wallpaper is what matters most (Score 2) 109

by MMC Monster (#48215693) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

OSs should be about refinement, not about throwing everything out to get ready for the new release. Things should be fairly familiar, even if the last update was a year or so ago. So why bother changing the wallpaper, if it was 'good enough' last time. Spend the time adjusting the icons to make them look good at different screen sizes or something else that needs to be tweaked in the UI.

That being said, I'm skipping updating OSs for a bit. I'm on an LTE of a downstream OS and things are good enough that I'll stay where I am for a while. Got real work to do. ;-)

Comment: Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (Score 1, Interesting) 110

by MMC Monster (#48188225) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 10

Ubuntu 10.04 had a lot of problems, but that's because the software it was based on was not mature, and Ubuntu took to rolling their own UI rather than working with upstream. That being said, upstream Gnome was busy committing suicide, so it wasn't too bad for Ubuntu to look in another direction.

A lot of users (including myself) jumped soon after to Linux Mint with Cinnamon UI and that's why it's the top at distrowatch now.

Only time will tell if Linux Mint Cinnamon is going to self-destruct. I think the next step for them would be to partner with a hardware manufacturer such as System76.

Comment: Re:Happy Birthday (Score 2) 110

by MMC Monster (#48188193) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 10

Ubuntu 5.04 was my first exposure to Linux. I chose it because even in those early days of the distribution, Ubuntu was known for fixing the dependency issues in the repositories. That was their claim to fame.

I moved on a couple years ago (to Linux Mint, of course), but the Ubuntu base is great, since I know I can get just about any linux app packaged for it.

Happy Birthday!

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 251

by MMC Monster (#48176843) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

You don't necessarily need a new OS which is a blend between OS X and iOS.

It's conceivable that you run a single application which can switch UI depending on how the device is being used. If the device is motionless, use a desktop/laptop UI. If the device is in motion, use the mobile UI.

At that point, the actual OS is only needed for file manipulation and management of background tasks (and can be either OS X or iOS).

Either way, the OS has to be able to interact with applications on either the desktop or the palm.

I'm betting that the Apple folks have been moving in this direction for quite some time.

Comment: Re:Value (Score 1) 158

The Tesla has a different powertrain and by the nature of being an EV powertrain it has better infotainment systems.

Actually, I disagree with this part. What does the EV powertrain have to do with the infotainment system? For one thing, the Tesla (all electric) Roadster didn't have a particularly good infotainment system. Other electric cars don't have the large customizable screens. Also, other luxury cars have LCD displays that show more than the map. Internal combustion engine cars are coming out now with iOS integration.

Tesla just does better than the rest (for now).

Comment: Re:Value (Score 5, Informative) 158

No. The question was 'what is Tesla bringing to the table that you think makes it more than "nicer trim and a few extra parts"?'.

And, frankly, if you need to ask what Tesla brings to the table, you haven't been reading much /. lately. A week doesn't go by without 5 Tesla articles.

What Tesla brings to the table are:
A complete electric drive train
Performance to rival a sports car/supercar (depending which options you get)
Free charging at their superchargers for the life of the vehicle
Battery sizes that are considered best in class, if not best in any class
A modern UI on the dashboard with free updates both to the UI as well as the mapping system (so far)
A good warranty (8 year, unlimited mile?)
Handling that's adjustable, from as smooth as a Lexus to as stiff as a sports car
[I'm sure there's more that I can't think of currently]

As for what makes it a luxury car, I'm not really sure. Probably it's price.
The leather quality isn't as good as other luxury cars I've been in
Ditto the stitching

Other than that, I can't think of anything that's considered standard in a luxury car that the Tesla doesn't have.

Comment: Re:Just upgraded, lost cookies (Score 3, Interesting) 114

by MMC Monster (#48144119) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

I just like applications to go along with the UI guidelines set by the OS. Chrome breaks that, and so does the new Firefox UI.

Simple things:
1 - Menu items visible right under the title bar
2 - A title bar that can be double-clicked to maximize or restore the screen
3 - Minimize/Maximize/Restore buttons where the OS says they should be. (Chrome hard-codes them to the right side of the top of the window.)
4 - If you allow customization of the top of the screen, as Firefox does, why can't I hide the Open Menu widget when I'm showing the menu items otherwise?

Cobol programmers are down in the dumps.