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Comment ...actually that's kinda cool. (Score 4, Interesting) 86 86

I was going to deride this thing as a pointless combination like a refrigerator/toaster kind of combo. When I saw the phone on the stand I looked at my own monitor. Realized my phone is sitting there with a cable plugged in...

Comment Re:The important details: Slower and over 540$ (Score 1) 75 75

So get a cheaper 4th Gen Core i whatever. Or go with an AMD APU or CPU and get a discrete GPU in the mean time.

Intel Iris Pro graphics might not be great for gaming, but it sure will help with various GPU accelerated tasks like compositing and so forth in non-gaming uses.

Comment Re:Government knows best... (Score 1) 432 432

Complaining about some OSHA guy getting the details wrong doesn't make what OSHA itself is DOING wrong. By having uniform standards of safety set by experts in those fields, we ensure that it's not a race to the bottom where safety is concerned.

Hillary also didn't say she wanted the gig economy to go under, she just said that classifying them as contractors and all sorts of other shenanigans is wrong.

If you're Uber or Lyft or AirBNB, you have to cover people who are providing your service as if they're employees. Because they are the people providing the work, they should be treated like employees.

Comment Re:Government knows best... (Score 3, Insightful) 432 432

you know what's a terrible way to live? Not being sure if you're going to die at work tomorrow because your boss, or your boss's boss decides to skimp on safety gear because it's cheaper.

It's not your decision to work an incredibly hazardous job that's on the line or not, it's the decision for your employer not to give you decent protection from mishaps.

Comment Re:I prefer Google TV! (Score 1) 133 133

Apple TV can accept any video stream coming at it using iTunes and transcoding or using airplay mirroring

Chromecast can mirror anything you want. Android TV sticks can run a variety of player apps that take some of the most common video sources(not to mention more obscure ones!).

Amazon FireTV can also use Plex and other playback apps.

These systems *can* play anything. AppleTV and Chromecast both need an external device, but they can play anything once they're set up.

There are good reasons not to use AppleTV or a Chromecast, but not being able to view your content isn't one of them.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 0) 249 249

Given that Maemo had been in active development for 6 years at that point, I think it's incredibly clear and obvious that Maemo/Meego was DOA. Nokia's internal dysfunction was the biggest stumbling block they had and if they really wanted to stay healthy and in business, a lot of people would've had to have given up their infighting and start working as a coherent company again.

The technical merits of Maemo/Meego are immaterial, Nokia was toast. If they could've had the operational capacity to release a competent Maemo/Meego device, they wouldn't have been in that situation in the first place.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 2) 249 249

Don't blame Elop for OPK's problem.

When Elop got on board at Nokia, Symbian was dead in the water. Sure, the Android was gobbling up most of the market, and by that time even the Finnish didn't care.

They sat on the smart phone and didn't push it because ... ? Reasons? I mean, the Symbian developer program was a huge mess too.

The iPhone shouldn't have upturned the market the way it did, if Nokia was capable of executing from an engineering point of view.

Not to say that they didn't have capable engineers, there are a lot of things that can hamstring engineering teams. In this case, I think it was managerial dysfunction that kept Nokia from being acquired.

Not only that but Nokia's profitability was on the downswing since 2002.

So, I think Nokia was doomed before the smartphone revolution hit.

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