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Comment: Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 351

Drivers? The only drivers you'll ever need are graphics drivers, and that's only if you're a gamer; otherwise the default video drivers work just fine.


6 year old Dell desktop hardware, and Windows didn't have an audio driver that would drive the headphone jack. Had to get a reference driver from Realtek and deploy it to hundreds of machines so that our IP telephone project wasn't derailed by a completely shit default driver that absolutely DID NOT "work just fine."

Comment: Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 1) 729

by MachineShedFred (#47870037) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

I watched the stream yesterday (well, as much as anyone could with how bad they fucked the dog on that) and was thinking the same thing - yet another "companion" device that has extremely limited functionality. I then got on my motorcycle and went to run an errand or two, and realized that having maps available on my wrist for a quick look here and there would be incredibly awesome, especially if the turn-by-turn is paired with the bluetooth helmet intercom I already have, and already use for that with my phone.

There's one use case I suppose, even though it's quite limited in scope.

Also, they said nothing about battery life, which can't be good.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 1) 729

by MachineShedFred (#47865893) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

How is someone going to get you to put your thumb on the TouchID sensor while snooping the NFC radio from 10 feet away?

I'm pretty sure that if a payment screen randomly pops up while you're walking down the sidewalk, you'd have to be a complete fucking retard to put your thumb on the sensor instead of hitting cancel.

You can't just request cash from an iPhone and have it do it's thing - it uses confirmation through TouchID.

Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 1) 130

by MachineShedFred (#47805637) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

I'm sure that the mining companies dynamite the entrances to the mine just as soon as they decide it's no longer profitable, and only mine Uranium and nothing else.

No, actually they just leave a hole in the ground that they can come back to any time they want to, or continue mining all the other ore in the same dirt, and just keep the Uranium around for when it's needed.

OS/2 must die!