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Comment: Re:network config (Score 1) 127

by Maxx169 (#47609797) Attached to: T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models
True enough. Just out-and-out assuming that they arrived at a legitimate result is a rookie mistake. The comment in the article "receiving at least 3 bars of service" makes me pretty worried that they didn't control for constant UeTx power particularly well (some tests might have 3 bars, some 4, some 5 - and yeah, reported bars are based on DL measurements, but there is a good correlation between RSRP (or RSCP) and UeTx Power)... So, another meaningless result due to failed experimental design.

Comment: Re:the return of the Start button (Score 2) 505

by Maxx169 (#44117735) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Exciting times we live in, when I can have 2 apps running at the same time, side by side on my desktop, and even resize them! C'mon, this is ground-breaking. Though I guess it's not entirely novel, since I could do this with EMACS (and presumably VI), but it's pretty cool to see in a GUI.

True, that said - EMACS is still pretty much the most advanced OS on the planet.

Comment: Re:Wrinkle (Score 1) 295

by Maxx169 (#43588467) Attached to: Politician Wants Sci-fi To Be Mandatory In School
Meh - to each their own. The first three (Ender's Game, Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead) were entirely readable and even enjoyable. I personally thought Ender's Game was the most entertaining (the implication that any of them were cerebral is laughable) but could happily entertain the idea that other people might have enjoyed either of the other two just as much. The remaining ten books (with the exception of a couple of the short stories) I personally thought had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but hey - that's what makes subjective opinions so much fun, hey? I should probably throw them at my daughter to read so that I can work out whether I've just got terrible taste in books :)

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354