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Comment: Re:Tablet with keyboard vs. a 10" laptop (Score 1) 328

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48698959) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes
Mostly it's due to convenience. I have a nice little satchel where my tablet lives. My work provided laptops are powerhouses, but weigh several kilograms. My 8 inch tablet weighs a little over 300 grams and its heft is barely noticeable. But again, for most of my work I simply need an SSH client and at worst, a Python interpreter.

Comment: Re:The tablet future is Surface-like (Score 0) 328

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48697119) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes
You can call tablets 'toys' all that you want. The undeniable truth is that for some of us they are essential business tools. When I'm on vacation or out-of-the-office, I am still contractually obligated to maintain SLAs. Having a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard is far more reasonable when I'm overseas than lugging a laptop around. I'm not writing novels, I'm not writing much code, but I am doing a ton of server maintenance.

Our programmers have recently been porting our business apps for 8" Android tablets for our engineers to use in the field. They're far cheaper to replace than a laptop, they can be locked down by IT, and they give us a nice target to hit development-wise. I've always bristled when people claim that tablets are just toys, they can be quite useful for those with a little imagination.

Comment: Re:Pebble? (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48628557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
I'll second the Pebble. The latest update gives it most of the same abilities as Android Wear devices. It's nice being able to archive or spamify emails the second that I get them. You can setup tasker for automation. I also use Pushover and Pushbullet a ton. If one of my servers goes down, a backup fails, or I get a hack attempt noticed by fail2ban, I get notified at an instant. I live in a pretty cold climate and it's nice to be able to dismiss messages without digging my phone out through multiple layers and taking my gloves off to get to the notifications bar.

Comment: Re: Slashdot, once again... (Score 5, Insightful) 289

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48485243) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way
And this (extremely insightful) explanation is why so many United Statsians are so terrified of our own country. We are seemingly just a few votes away from a tyranny of the vocal religious minority. Give a fundamentalist a few thousand nuclear missiles and the most expensive army the world has ever known, and brown people around the world start to get nervous. But we have to do it, because terrorists, or freedom, or something!

To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.