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Comment: Re:Weird niche products (Score 1) 102

Ok, I'll bite. I have a laptop in the living room that can, and occassionally still does get plugged into the TV for multimedia use; yet the chromecaste gets several orders of magnitude more use.

Form factor. I don't need or want another box sitting in front of my TV.
Quiteness. I am well aware that a PC can be silent, but it costs money and effort to accomplish. Less so these days with low power micro boards granted.
Power draw. To get into entertainment of choice is significantly faster with the chromecast unless you leave the PC always on.
Phone vs physical keyboard and mouse. Maybe it's just me but I've never liked using a keyboard/mouse on the couch. With a laptop sure, but even a wireless keyboard is a literal balancing act. Even if you have a nice setup with a remote, I can honestly say I know where my phone is more often than I know where the living room remote is.
Portability. The small advantage of being able to take a show with you when you leave the house, I don't use it much, but my kid sure does. If we need to leave they can pull the show at it's exact current point in playback to the phone in a matter of seconds.

Many of those advantages similarly carry over to consoles and smart TVs, but by far the largest is the user interface. Netflix, Hulu, Youtube... they've all put far, far more effort into their mobile offerings than they have their console and smart TV apps and it shows. It is much faster and easier to find and pick a show with your phone than the laggy, disjointed messes that some of those console apps are. Add in the fact that multiple people can be looking for something to watch at once, including across multiple services and it can make a big difference.

Aw crap, all that and I forgot the obvious one.
Price! You can get 4 of these for less than even a cheap HTPC.

Comment: Re:Summary missing punchline (Score 1) 107

by MozeeToby (#48004793) Attached to: How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Resistant would probably be a more accurate description than immune, with significant exposure even people with the mutation would still get infected eventually. Originally it was speculated that the mutation could have been selected for during the black death, but I believe that turned out to be largely bogus.

Comment: Re:Credit System (Score 2) 444

by MozeeToby (#47888883) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Alternatively, there will always be some number of batteries that are functional but don't meet the stated specs for whatever reason. Producing 10s of thousands of batteries a year, that could easily leave you with several hundred mostly functional batteries that are otherwise worthless to you.

Comment: Re:The drugs are terrible (Score 1) 200

by MozeeToby (#47681441) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

What you're describing is not insomnia, it sounds much more like a circadian rhythm disorder. I'm not just being pedantic, it's important to understand the differences between the two because the treatments can be significantly different. For instance, it's generally not wise with circadian disorders to medicate to sleep, the sleep you get won't be restful because your body is pretty much convinced that 1AM is a good time to be wide awake.

A small dose of melatonin taken at the right time of day (some experimentation is necessary, it could be as early as first thing in the morning) helps some people get their natural melatonin production on the right track. Bright sunlight first thing in the morning can also be effective. Of course, for many there is no effective treatment and you just have to learn how to deal with it best you can.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 220

by MozeeToby (#47663143) Attached to: Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

I'm clumsy, you could argue downright abusive with my phones. I have a toddler who loves to play games and watch movies with it. I used to go through phones every 12 months, minimum, due to damage and destruction.

My 14 month old Note 3 has a single nick on the metal outer frame. It's been dropped at least a couple dozen times including at least a few onto ceramic tile and a few more onto cement. Basically the same thing (both in drops and damage) on the Galaxy Nexus I had before this phone (over 30 months of use). Modern phones are extremely durable. And that's with what was basically the largest glass available for both (at time of purchase anyway).

Comment: Performance (Score 4, Insightful) 183

If SSD's had come first we'd be talking about how HDD's finally broke the 3ms latency barrier or the or the 1 Gb/s barrier. SSDs' aren't about capacity, that's just not what they're for. While it's certainly nice that you can have a usable amount of space for a decent price, 120GB is enough SSD space to see 95% of the benefits for 60% of users. If laptop manufacturers would make 2 bay laptops standard that 60% would jump to 95%.

Comment: Re: People steal WIRE (Score 1) 102

by MozeeToby (#47626267) Attached to: Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

Probably yes, because "someone" will replace it "soon" and there will be little or no apparent hard done to the medical facilities. Of course, the reality is the harm is substantial, but it isn't readily visible to the perpetrators so it's quite easy for people to rationalize their behavior.

Comment: Re:Your missing two (Score 1) 267

by MozeeToby (#47626263) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:

can see polarized light (rare)

This depends on what you mean by "see". Almost anyone can learn detect if a light source is polarized by looking for a (very very) faint rainbow effect around the focus of where you're looking. Put flat white on an LCD monitor and stare at it for a bit and you'll probably be able to see it yourself if you're looking for it.

Comment: What's changed? (Score 1) 190

Your two primary worries are vote selling and voter secrecy, neither of which are guaranteed by mail in ballots. The real concern is wholesale fraud: no paper trail means a "miscount" is undetectable and untraceable. The fact that your municipality is almost certainly using COTS software is actually a plus in this case, even more so if the software is being operated by an outside third party; they're unlikely to have a horse in the race and be tempted to sway the results.

Comment: Re:SWIFT Key (Score 2) 544

I'd pay most for a phone with a slide out game controller... only one was ever made that I know of and it was about 18 months behind spec-wise (on a gaming device... what were they thinking?) There are some clip on solutions, but it wouldn't be the same as having it built into the phone.

Comment: Re:I'll believe it when it actually happens. (Score 1) 116

by MozeeToby (#47533191) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

There's enough overlap from one game to another that it doesn't take a fresh 10,000 hours to master the next game that comes along. A surprising amount of the pro level skill is in fact mechanics (as in physically moving quickly and accurately enough to play the game at high level). There are several SC2 professionals that started their careers playing twitch FPS games for example. Within a genre... well there's not that much difference between SC2 and Command and Conquer, let alone Brood War and SC2.

Another aspect: This is probably one of the reasons Blizzard has stretched the SC2 release out over 6 years (that and making a dumptruck full of money). Every few years there's a new expansion which adds new elements but uses the same basic structure. Freshens up the game without forcing high level players to start from scratch.

Comment: Re:surpising (Score 4, Interesting) 168

by MozeeToby (#47531361) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

That's nice. Now for a thought. Let's imagine Amazon runs a script and raises all their prices, every single one of them, by 1% Would anyone notice? Would anyone care? Is 1% even enough to justify looking elsewhere for a product? They'd still be cheapest on 90% of things, why would anyone bother?

Guess what, they just boosted their profits by $700,000,000. Ok, lets say some people do shop elsewhere, so call it $600,000,000. Not just their revenues, their actual profits. And investors are running away

Comment: Mods, read the parent please! (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by MozeeToby (#47518623) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

This is the real problem. We have no knowledge of who and what are on these lists, nor do we have any way of obtaining that knowledge. Every single person on them could be someone who trained in Pakistan with known terrorists or every single one of them could be regular people who have done absolutely nothing to warrant surveillance (which is what a "watch" list is, if you didn't gather by the name). We don't know, we can't know. The system is entirely and completely opaque to anyone outside it (and probably the vast majority of those tasked with updating it).

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins