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Comment: Re:It's not taking over "the human brain" (Score 4, Informative) 224

by ReeceTarbert (#46692029) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

The really scary part is that these Twitter minds lack the ability to see outside themselves. If it happens to me, then it happens to all of humanity.

Worse yet, the article uses the plural "researchers" but quotes none except Mrs Wolf who, in turn, is just relating her own experience rather than any factual research. Examples:

Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences [...]

Before the Internet, the brain read mostly in linear ways [...] researchers said.

Some researchers believe that for many people [...]

Researchers say that the differences between text and screen reading should be studied more thoroughly [...]

But, hey, who needs to refer to any research when you can fill an article with anecdotal evidence from Claire Handscombe, Brandon Ambrose, and Ramesh Kurup? I mean, that should plenty to convince anyone, no? ;-)

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Comment: Re:Why not upgrade to Chromebooks? (Score 4, Informative) 341

The UK government should follow the example of the London Council and upgrade to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Let's see: the summary mentions that "last September 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP" which translates to 680,000 computers. A Chromebook is like $200 a pop, so migrating all of them would cost $136,000,000. Not such a big saving, is it?

Not to mention that being tied hands and feet to [insert any company here] is no better than being tied hands and feet to Microsoft, you'd have a ridiculous amount of local storage and no control whatsoever over how (and where) your other data is stored. And I can easily imagine that they also have lots of custom-made applications that wouldn't run in Chrome OS anyway.

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Comment: Re:It's not free (Score 2) 212

by ReeceTarbert (#46407115) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

The "race to zero" has done nothing but create a wasteland of crappy "freemium" games. Dungeon Keeper is the culmination of developers' efforts to move the pricing model away from initial purchase and into in-app purchases. The practice has absolutely decimated gaming. I don't necessarily see Steam's move as a good thing.

Speaking of Dungeon Keeper and the flood of "freemium" games I'd like to see less and less of, here's a much a more sane (as in opposite) take on the subject: How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

And now, I don't think that what's good good for Apple or Valve is going to be necessarily good for gamers and game developers.

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Comment: Re:one obvious update is available.. (Score 1) 241

by ReeceTarbert (#46363025) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

A lot of people hate Windows 8... but Microsoft is still justified in terminating support for XP in a couple months.

Except for the fact that Microsoft has extended support for Windows XP until July 2015 -- and let's not forget that in August Windows XP will be 13 years old and OS X Snow Leopard just 5.

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Comment: Re:False (Score 3, Informative) 241

by ReeceTarbert (#46358383) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

This update had one security fix. The fix for the recent SSL bug. This bug did not affect OSX Snow Leopard or earlier, therefore this update is not needed.

Right so far...

It's not at all a sign that Apple no longer supports Snow Leopard.

But very wrong about this one. This table says that OS X Mavericks is indeed a security update for OS X v10.6.8 and later (18th row in the table). Also, the issue has been discussed before

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Comment: Re:Some possible ways (Score 2) 745

by ReeceTarbert (#46266971) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

John 4:8 tells us God is love

The Hittites (among many others) would have beg to differ:

Deuteronomy 20:17: But thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee;

Deuteronomy 7:1: When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

Exodus 32:2: And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

Love, you say? Well, if there is one thing that I love is how people cherry-pick quotes (from the very same source, no less) to prove the others wrong which, incidentally, it's exactly what I did here -- and no, the irony is not lost on me.

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Comment: Re:Your call (Score 0) 244

by ReeceTarbert (#45593153) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

That the artists are being robbed by streaming. I don't know

As I see it, the whole concept is wrong. Why should a song played on the radio or streamed by services like Pandora be considered a performance? And why should royalties be payed for every listener? I mean, there's been EXACTLY ONE performance and that performance has been recorded ONCE. The fact that is being played over and over again should be irrelevant. And yes, of course writers don't expect money if I read a novel again, actors and directors get absolutely ZERO if I watch a movie more than once, etc.

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Comment: Re:Phoney issue (Score 1) 106

by ReeceTarbert (#45430911) Attached to: EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

Apparently rules against phones being on during flight isn't an FAA thing, it's an FCC thing. You pass from cell tower to cell tower so fast it confuses and stresses the system.

More to the point: Not only is the summary wrong, the TFA is wrong too. A different (and somewhat contrasting) Press Release from the European Aviation Safety Agency clearly states:

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will publish by the end of November 2013 guidance which will extend to all phases of flight the possibility to use personal electronic devices (PED) such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players as long as the devices are in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Airplane Mode’. [...] In the long term, the Agency is looking at new ways to certify the use of mobile phones on-board aircraft to make phone calls.

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Comment: Re:Sony Vaio Pro (Windows) vs. 2013 Macbook Air (Score 1) 558

by ReeceTarbert (#45311103) Attached to: Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

The battery life per Watt-Hour of the Sony Vaio Pro 13 (Haswell, Windows 8) vs. 2013 Macbook Air (Haswell, OS X) are pretty similar, according to Anand's own tests

This morning I spotted an interesting update: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life:

Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states. I spoke with Microsoft after the update went live and immediately re-ran both of our battery life benchmarks on the Surface Pro 2. The improvement is significant.

Also, and not to defend Microsoft here, but benchmarks of Windows running on a Mac, especially those about battery life, should always been taken with a grain of salt: the drivers provided by BootCamp are neither the latest, nor the better optimized. And don't get me started on the futility of comparing entirely different CPU architectures. Battery life on the Surface Pro 2 still lags far behind Android and iOS tablets?!? Quick, stop the press! ;-)

Last but not least: I'm a bit sad to see that Mr. Coding Horror himself has resorted to write something I've come to expect from less reputable authors.

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Comment: Re:YOLD! (Score 4, Insightful) 410

The main reason is that the other two main contenders seem to be moving towards a more 'controlled' sort of environment where they get a cut of all software sold and can allow or disallow whatever they want.

How is that any different from Valve's business model?

That 30% cut looks pretty good to them.

You mean that Valve let games in the store just because they're a bunch of nice guys?

Valve can see what's happening and wants to get ahead of the pack.

Call me jaded but, as I see it, this is just Valve's pushing for more control and a bigger slice of the pie -- just like any other company. The fact that they say Linux (but mostly SteamOS, really) might make us feel all warm inside, but it doesn't change that.

Oh, and let's not forget for a moment that STEAM is, in fact, a subscription service. Try to not to accept the next change to their ToS and see how many of those games you'll be to play.

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Comment: Re:Does it do anything at all? (Score 1) 178

by ReeceTarbert (#43125895) Attached to: Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

Things that take fifteen seconds in Interface Builder can take hours or even days to do correctly with HTML/CSS, assuming you're designing to accommodate variably sized browser windows.

Not really a fair comparison, considering that there are no authoring tools worth mentioning for HTML5/CCS. Or, to rephrase that: would it still take 15 seconds to do the same things if you'd have to code everything yourself?

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Comment: Re:Full of microsoft (Score 1) 471

by ReeceTarbert (#41907697) Attached to: Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

ms fail. for ipad, 32 GB advertised storage = ~29.7 GB available storage (just checked on my ipad)

Wow! I had no idea the iPad came with a copy of Microsoft Office preinstalled! Also, the available space could be expanded via SD card or external USB storage. What are your options again? ;-)

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