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Comment: Why do I need an aggregator? (Score 4, Insightful) 335

by MichaelJ (#43973497) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?
An application on my desktop, or "app" on a tablet or smartphone, is all the aggregation I need in order to read the RSS feeds to which I'm subscribed. The only functionality that Google Reader ever provided that I needed was syncing unread/read information across those applications. Of course, under the covers the applications were letting Google do all the heavy lifting, even the RSS feed checking. Going forward, though, all I need is an RSS reader application that's multiplatform with read/unread syncing.

Comment: Re:I like it! It is a brillant design. (Score 1) 464

I have two additional expansion cards in my current Mac Pro: FW800 ports and USB ports. I use them all. Seriously, only 4 USB ports on the new Mac Pro and all of them are in the back? That makes plugging in a camera a pain unless I pre-fill all those ports with cables and leave them dangling in the front of the machine. And only 4? I have 8 devices plugged in right now, and most of them say "Do not try to use with a hub." They definitely won't work plugged into the keyboard; they *might* work plugged into the ports on a Cinema Thunderbolt display, but who knows. Which interface will the almost-mandatory-in-a/v-work DVD drive plug into? If you're going to force me to go all-external, fine, but give me enough ports! Don't even start with me about "swivel," that's useless once the power cord is plugged in.

Comment: Re:simple (Score 2) 262

by MichaelJ (#43945477) Attached to: What Features Does iOS 7 Need?

No, but there's no reason why Airprint can't work with any shared printer on your Mac. When AirPrint was first announced Apple were going to support this - then they signed an exclusive with HP and disappeared the feature. There's third-party software to do this (e.g. Printopia). At one point, I found instructions for adding the appropriate zeroconf and CUPS settings to my Linux box so I could print to it (but a later iOS update borked that).

On a Mac, handyPrint works wonderfully. I have a networked HP laserjet that predates AirPrint. It's set up as a shared printer on my Mac, and then handyPrint adds the appropriate Bonjour advertising and any other necessary tidbits. Printing from my and my wife's iPhones and iPads works great. I have no connection to the company, just a very satisifed user.

Comment: Screw whitespace, it's about maintainability (Score 1) 430

by MichaelJ (#42365887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?
I'll give you a coding standard that's worth having: use a prefix to clearly identify your module statics and globals. If in an OO language, your class statics and member variables, too. If I'm looking at your code and I see an assignment to a nonlocal variable, I shouldn't have to go off analyzing the entire source tree to find out what it is.

Comment: HelveticaNeue is awful (Score 1) 295

by MichaelJ (#42164281) Attached to: Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade
The change of font is horrible. On both my 11" MacBook air and my big 1920x1200 cinema display it looks blurry, hard to read, and is too large. I've read that it looks nice on a retina display, but for the rest of us it's illegible crap with no way to correct it except by manually editing the plist file and crossing your fingers you don't screw it up.

Comment: Re:Do Not Want (Score 3, Informative) 376

by MichaelJ (#41664309) Attached to: FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels
It's not just the cable company. It's the production company, too. I have Verizon Fios, and on my TiVo, an hour of a 1080i AMC show like The Walking Dead is 3.25GB, while an hour of the ABC show Once Upon a Time is 5.86GB. It's very obvious, too, The Walking Dead looks blotchy, full of glitches and artifacts.

Comment: Re:Fuck Apple. (Score 1) 543

by MichaelJ (#41342627) Attached to: iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission
iPod Out was a special feature that allowed the iPod to generate a display on, say, a car's video screen. It has nothing to do with the audio stream or with being able to control song play. It goes away because the analog video out signal goes away. I think only BMW and Mini actually used the feature.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.