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Comment: Because nobody wanted the crummy battery life?? (Score 1) 33

by Maltheus (#46762561) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

While I love my Nexus 4 and especially the, now discontinued, Nexus 10, the 7 is a piece of junk, IMO. I run the same software on all of them (actually, less on the 7), and I have to charge it as often as the 4, which I use far more and is also receiving a cell signal.

The 10 is pretty sweet though. I can get almost two weeks, as compared to one/two days from the 7, with similar usage. I've wanted to throw the thing away myself. I don't blame Ubisoft.

Comment: Re:Yes and No (Score 1) 96

by Maltheus (#46667685) Attached to: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

After playing with this a bit more tonight on a projector, I'm noticing a lot more issues with it, when it comes to getting the Netflix stream up to full quality. Sometimes, it's as good as anything else, but much of the time, it looks like an interlaced DVD. On the flip side, the Roku 3 apparently auto-plays shows that aren't even on your watch list (despite having a much nicer interface), and I don't think I could live with that. It's bad enough when they jump to the next episode of a show I'm watching, without my input.

Long story short, the only reason to get a FireTV is if you already have Amazon Prime, as it's the only usable interface for that service. Otherwise, I'd return it in a heartbeat. Even the HDMI handshaking is wonky. I'll stick with my Roku 2, HDTV or built-in interfaces for everything else (absurd, I know). I may get a Chromecast to handle my Youtube decently, for crying out loud. At least until Miracast gets going on the FireTV later this year.

Comment: Yes and No (Score 2) 96

by Maltheus (#46666509) Attached to: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

I was very disappointed that Voice Search didn't include Netflix, especially as I had returned a Roku 3, precisely for this "cross-search" feature.

That being said, I never used Amazon Prime Video much because every interface for it is so abysmal. And FireTV finally gets the Prime interface right. For instance, they now finally tell me where I left off in an episode, and which one is next. Now I can finally start using Prime for more than just shipping. And they seem to have a lot that Netflix doesn't.

I hestiate to call it a mess, because it works just as good as the Roku for me, and seems better at buffering Netflix (I can rewind a bit, without it having to rebuffer). I'm hoping it will improve over time, to do a fraction of what they claimed it would, but until Roku 4 comes out, this is the best streamer out there right now.

Comment: What's with the surprise announcements? (Score 1) 180

by Maltheus (#46642899) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Bought a Roku 3 Sunday, set it up last night, woke up to this on sale, never knew it was coming. What's the point of a surprise announcement? Why not build up some hype in advance? I probably would have waited for this instead (for the voice search and extra ram).

Oh well, probably best not to get stuck in Amazon's ecosystem anyway.

Comment: When will Lurker's Guide have its IPO? (Score 1) 67

by Maltheus (#46641447) Attached to: Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

In the early days of the web, the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 was among a handful of sites I visited regularly (along with this one). Probably my first "wiki"-experience.

I'm not sure the show would have done as well as it did, if internet growth hadn't started exploding right along the same time. Net activists pulled that show back from the brink of cancellation several times.

Comment: Give me homebrew anyday. (Score 1) 452

by Maltheus (#46486107) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

The biggest lie developers tell themselves is, "why reinvent the wheel when we just save time by using some off-the-shelf framework"? I've never seen any time saved, in these circumstances. Everything works great until you inevitably encounter the one thing you can't do with it and you end up spending even more time adapting it, than you would have just writing your own framework in the first place.

And then there's the insanity that comes with trying to upgrade a mix of off-the-shelf frameworks at the same time. While I'm not a big fan of most developers' homebrew approaches, at least I'm not working with a black box, and I at least have the option of improving it over time.

Comment: I've permenantly disabled chrome. (Score 2) 295

Not having flash in chromium was one of the many straws. This doesn't help.

I used to use a Chrome/Firefox combo to segregate my browsing/cookies. Just switched to multiple firefox profiles and added a "Close Tabs to the Right" plugin (to restore the one thing I missed about chrome). Much happier and I doubt I'll ever go back.

Comment: Soon to be Peggy the Project Manager (Score 1) 333

by Maltheus (#46352869) Attached to: Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Most women I've encountered in IT usually go into middle management. At pretty much every job I've ever had, most of the managers are women, they all claim to have come from a programming background, but there are hardly any female programmers (maybe one of two among the testers) who stick with it.

Comment: Terrorists More Incompetent than Emo Teenagers (Score 4, Insightful) 510

by Maltheus (#46015509) Attached to: Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

So which is it? Is our police state so incomptent that it can't stop disturbed teens from shooting up schools, or are the terrorists so incompetent that they can't manage similar (or worse) carnage? And other than 9/11, it's not like we were swimming in attacks before they went all Stasi on us.

The Constitution is the law here, and the only criminals we need to be focused on are the ones in our own government. They gave away the freedoms that Al Qaeda could never take from us and that makes them worse in my book.

Comment: What's happened to google? (Score 1) 255

by Maltheus (#45979397) Attached to: Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

Pretty much everything Google has done over the last couple of years has been for the worse. Every interface has been dumbed down. Many useful features have been removed, even from their basic search engine. The android navigation app, is now an accident waiting to happen, with each basic function require a half a dozen tiny button clicks all over the screen. They've made it impossible to comment on anything or leave a review, without a dummy account (and then why bother), and don't even get my started on the Google+ kool-aid. I liked it in sips until they decided to waterboard me with it.

I use Google products less these days and will continue that trend. I was fine with them raping my data, back when they were providing ever increasing utility, but whoever is running the show over there now has replaced the goose that laid the golden eggs, with your ordinary shit dropping variety.

"Just Say No." - Nancy Reagan "No." - Ronald Reagan