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Comment: Wow (Score 1) 342

by Simulant (#49155101) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?
Ya'll must be lonely.

It's painfully obvious from the comments that few people actually looked at the picture with along someone else. The camera doesn't matter. Nor does the quality of the picture. Two people looking at the same (admittedly crappy but that's beside the point) picture on the same device can see different colors. What you see may also change when you look again. I usually see white & gold but on two occasions it's been blue and black.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 215

by Simulant (#49147369) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
Sequels to old movies are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

I really didn't think Crystal Skull was that bad but I didn't expect much, especially after the Star Wars prequels.

We the viewers have changed... the novelty has worn off. You can't recapture the same thrill you had as a kid no matter what the director does.
The best you can hope for is a pleasant surprise and a lot of that has to do with adjusting your own expectations.

Shouldn't be that hard for an audience who seemingly never tire of big, dumb, super hero movies....

Comment: Similar experience (Score 2) 237

by Simulant (#49101791) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan
I was on T-Mo's $30/mo Unlimited text & data + 100 Voice minutes plan. If I used up the 100 voice minutes, and I regularly would by a phone call or two, additional minutes would cost $0.10/min so I kept 20 bucks in the account just for insurance. Yet... ever time I went over 100 minutes I was cut off from voice. In some cases data was cut off too. My buffer never kicked in. I would end up having to renew early or at least manually. Auto-renew did not work. This went on for nearly a year before I got sick of it.

So then I looked at my data usage (on the T-mo website) and it was always un 5 GB/month. Well under. So I decided to switch to the $30/month unlimited Voice + 5GB data plan. This should work... but it didn't. My data was cut off after two weeks. I had somehow exceeded my limit even though I NEVER had before. And guess what? Under this plan they don't let you see your stats. You can't even see how much data you've used when you log into your account.

So I gave up on the bargain basement plans and went for the 40/mo unlimited voice/5GB data w/throttle instead of cut off. I consoled myself by thinking that I'd at least have unlimited music streaming & international data but... NO. That only kicks in at the 50/mo level. Found that out the hard way.

So now I'm paying for $50/month unlimited talk/text/data (only 1GB at 4g) plan, mostly for the privilege of no monthly billing hassle. This is really only slightly cheaper than Sprint, last I looked. I am abusing the free music streaming though and I have two international trips planed where I intend to use data.

It's still not a bad deal but my take away is this.... T-mobile will still nickle & dime you to death as well as the others and their low end plans aren't worth it unless you are patient and diligent. I'm also pretty sure they are playing games with your data stats.

Comment: If you are well off, you can afford the fantasy? (Score 1) 480

by Simulant (#49037029) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Justify your purchase however you like but ultimately state lotteries are a highly hypocritical tax on the poor & middle class who don't do math well.
I know people making minimum wage who purchase a ticket or two every single day of their lives. It's kind of sad. The only thing sadder is that my kid's school now depends on these people for funding.

If we are ok with allowing the state to promote vice, I'd rather my government just sold me recreational drugs.

Comment: Re:Yes meanwhile.. (Score 4, Interesting) 167

by Simulant (#48987727) Attached to: Google Quietly Unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop

I'd lay much of the blame at Google's feet. 5.01 remains pretty broken on my Nexus 4. The carriers are wise not to jump on it.
For two months now I've lived with a dialer that takes 3-4 seconds to respond to screen touches and random, complete phone lockups (about 1 every few days)
I'm not the only one: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=81593... and NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT from Google.

I have a phone that can't reliably perform the most basic function of a phone and I'm fairly pissed off about it at this point... Windows phone is looking like a real possibility now. And you can forget about converting my iphone using wife. She's laughing her ass off.

Comment: Re:Charms Bar vs Action Center (Score 1) 378

by Simulant (#48908677) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops
I've always found the Action Center to be an unwanted middle-man. If it's going to be central now, please make it quicker to get to. Right now I have to aim, click, aim again, and click again. I'm sure there's a hot key but the extra aim/click can go, IMO. Or add a double-click option.

Comment: Re:Fact: Free Trade doesn't work (Score 1) 484

by Simulant (#48818531) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

If you condemn free trade without condemning capitalism in general, all you are doing is redrawing the lines so they suit you. Capitalism, in the long term, seems fundamentally incompatible with basic human decency (and most religious morality) and will eventually produce gross inequalities. As Americans, possibly as humans, this usually doesn't bother us as long as we perceive ourselves to be ahead or at least believe we have a path to get ahead.

Comment: Lollipop is broken for many. (Score 1) 437

by Simulant (#48763281) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Very broken. The dialer isn't even reliable. (https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=81593)
Not to mention that the interface is more inconsistent than ever.

OEMs are wise to wait a bit and I now fully realize that as a Nexus owner, I'm a beta tester. I might reconsider my next purchase.

Comment: Re:Well understood technologies ... (Score 1) 252

by Simulant (#48729475) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks
<quote><p>She complains of having to use a laptop from 2013? WTF? The same goes for the Blackberry, if it's doing it's job - what's the problem that it's not "cutting edge"?</p><p>The problem here isn't the technology the White House is using, the problem is a manager without a clue. (Which shouldn't come as a real surprise, as she doesn't appear to have any actual qualifications for the job other than having worked at Google.)</p></quote>

Is she complaining or the NYT? I couldn't tell.

Comment: Why leave home? (Score 1) 400

by Simulant (#48724061) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
There are only 1 or 2 movies a year which I feel are worth a trip to the cinema. Anything else can wait to be watched on my home system which, like most these days, delivers a very nice viewing experience. I still feel like most of what I watch is crap though and wouldn't cry if there were less of it.

Sometimes I feel we are all "fiddling" while "Rome" burns. And while I know I'm getting old, watching people do horrible things to each other is not as fun as it used to be... it's just more explicit. Extreme violence seems to be the lowest common denominator in TV & cinema.

Counting in octal is just like counting in decimal--if you don't use your thumbs. -- Tom Lehrer