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Comment I hate auto climate control! (Score 1) 406

I've only had one car that had it, and yes, temp sensor troubles wacked it. Even when it worked it sucked...set temp for 70 degrees, fan blows at FULL SPEED until cabin temp hits that point. Unless I'm freezing or dripping with sweat, I really don't want to hear the fan that badly.

I have a great temp sensor--I call it "me"--and adjusting the temp takes all of two seconds to move my hand the 10 inches from the steering wheel to the temp knob. Honestly, auto climate is an expensive, buggy solution in search of a problem.

Comment TFA is right: Mobile phones suck (Score 3, Interesting) 145

Look, I love my iMobilePersonalComputingDevice, it does an unbelievable number of things pretty darn well. But as a phone, it sucks. The sound is terrible, the form factor is less than ideal for a phone conversation, the connection can be spotty. For a 5-minute quick check in it's fine, but I had a friend call me yesterday for what turned out to be a 2-hour heart-to-heart about the meaning of life, and it was excruciating.

Yes, texts and other media are often superior to voice. But part of the reason millenials don't like to call is that the phones are terrible. Given the design constraints inherent in mobile devices, that's probably not going to change.

Comment I don't mind ads, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 519

Being a slashdotter in good standing, I have the option to turn off ads here, but I don't, because I find Slashdot's ads harmless and unobtrusive. But lordy, some sites I go to they're insane, causing the page to constantly reload, while my CPU and hard drive churn away full-bore. How can they expect people won't want to block ads like that? Seems like it's grown worse in the last few months, these stupid advertisers are driving me to block their ads.

Comment I spent a few days biking around Munich in the 80s (Score 4, Insightful) 163

...even then it was pretty bike friendly. It's interesting that in the article about the Copenhagen skyway, they cite pedestrians slowing bike traffic on the ground as an impetus for building the skyway. And the photo accompanying the article shows...a couple pedestrians walking down the center of the skyway *sigh*.

Comment Wow. From a recipe that even a shark won't touch (Score 4, Funny) 41

...to one of the most famous chefs on the planet. That's quite a journey. Hopefully she didn't keep her shark-repellent ingredients in the kitchen, could make for some...interesting meals:

"Ooops, looks like I grabbed the copper acetate instead of the cumin again, I really need to separate those better! Save the liver!"

Comment Re:I hope it's better than the last preview (Score 5, Insightful) 189

This. Apple is bad enough at trying to shoe horn new releases into a set schedule, but for MS to pull that off, given their track record, would take a Parting-the-Red-Sea miracle. Hey MS, here's a crazy idea:
1. Come up with a list of cool features your users and best developers want to see.
2. Implement them.
3. Test them.
4. Bake them into a new OS and release it when it's ready. If it takes 14 months instead of 12, THAT'S OK!!! Really. The number of people jonesing for a new Windows release, even if it's half-baked and buggy, is incredibly close to zero.
5. Profit!

BTW, if any of this is too complicated I'm available to consult at very reasonable rates.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein

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