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Comment: Hear hear! The view out a plane window is unique (Score 1) 286

by Phil Urich (#48257745) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows
There's no other time and place I get to look down on cities from above, soaring past, or gaze out at a landscape composed of clouds. I wouldn't want to give that up. I can sit around with my laptop or smartphone or e-reader anytime; I can only see such a view during a plane flight, and I wouldn't want to give that up. If airlines started introducing such planes, i'd go rather far out of my way to avoid them.

Comment: Re:Gabe Newell is perhaps the biggest driver of th (Score 1) 77

by Phil Urich (#48225797) Attached to: PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

Linux has had 20 years to prove itself, clearly it is not the right solution, or it would have made some traction at this point...

Yes . . . and it has. Hell, even demonstrated by the article in question here, or does "a big enough audience to justify day-one releases of AAA games" not count somehow?

Comment: Re: Why (Score 0) 529

by Phil Urich (#48205519) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament
The best part is, one of the few things we *could* do better is keeping track of guns like that which was used in this incident, but the present administration not only discontinued the long gun registry, but ordered all the records destroyed. Last I had heard, that was being fought in court; it'd be interesting to see if those records still exist and have bearing on this case.

Comment: I actually really like my smartwatch (Score 0) 181

by Phil Urich (#47695963) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS
I have a Pebble Steel, and it lets me choose between a lot of cool looking watchfaces (or write my own fairly easily, although I've lazily failed to get around to that), shows me the current weather on my wrist if I want rather than having to launch an app on my phone, and being e-ink it works perfectly fine in the brightest of sunlight.

Now, convincing me that an LCD touchscreen watch makes any sort of sense, that's another story. The Pebble is, generally, just everything a normal watch is with a little bit of extra on top. Anything that sacrifices outdoor legibility or battery life, however? Yeah, that's just companies desperately hunting around for the next big boom market because our insane society has decided that profits must always increase, and stability is somehow death.

Comment: There was a brief, shining moment... (Score 1) 259

by Phil Urich (#47160213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Alas, electronics have not yet advanced to the point where it is reasonable to have one phone with support for all combinations of bands and technologies.

Right before LTE started rolling out, and before Nokia was forced to adopt chipsets approved for Windows Phone rather than using their own, the high-end Nokia devices developed had pentaband 3G and quadband 2G, which covered nearly everything (sure, some rural places in very few countries were CDMA, but this was already rare). It seemed then like other manufacturers might catch up. Unfortunately, with LTE we've re-fragmented, and manufacturers have used it as an excuse to go back to selling different models for different markets/carriers.

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