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Comment: Acer Chromebox (Score 1) 558 558

I use an Acer Chromebox. I upgraded it to 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and put Linux (first Xubuntu, now Mint, soon to be something else) on it. It's got a Celeron 2957u (Haswell; has Quick Sync in case I ever need it) and that's about it. Interestingly, it's about the same speed as my old Core 2 Duo setup, at a tiny fraction of the volume.

Comment: Re:Dual Shock 3 at pawn shop (Score 1) 249 249

Not quite the same...Onlive controller has Android media buttons so I can use it to play/pause media while it's sitting on the table next to me, not being used to game. Also, DS3 doesn't always work with cheap Android tv boxes, which is what I plan to use it for. Thanks for the tip, though...if PC gaming was my main interest, your suggestion would probably be the way to go.

Comment: Re:WebOS (Score 1) 178 178

Well, first of all, I have to say that I haven't actually used Lollipop yet (Moto X 2013, so it shouldn't be too long a wait), and I am going off of reviews I have read. There are elements of the new Material Design that remind me a lot of WebOS. The biggest thing is the touch ripple, something I have never seen other than on my old WebOS HP Touchpad. The Lollipop lock screen notifications also look very familiar, and the new Overview function, with it's stack of cards, is practically ripped out of WebOS. Check out the screenshots in Ars Technica's Lollipop review, and I think you'll see what I mean.

Comment: Re:Usability is THE killer feature that Linux need (Score 1) 209 209

Why on earth would Linux do any of these things? If you want an OS that looks and works like Windows, USE WINDOWS! If you don't like using the terminal, USE WINDOWS (the fact that Windows treats the command line as a red-headed stepchild is not nearly a good enough reason for Linux to stop using such a powerful interface)! Linux does it's own thing, in it's own way, and it has absolutely no need to become more like Windows in order to be useful.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 1) 282 282

Ah, but there is the devious beauty of it. We are incapable of understanding these new interfaces because we aren't super-powerful AI, thus we perceive them as a trainwreck. But tape two Surface RT's together, screen to screen, and see what kind of awesomeness they do...oh, wait, you can't see anything when they're taped that way.

Comment: Signal (Score 5, Interesting) 251 251

I seem to remember an old jailbreak app for iPhones, called Signal I think, that triangulated positions of the cell towers you were connected to and plotted them on a map. I wonder if something like this could be used in an app, to warn people when a stingray was capturing their signal. If your app "remembers" the positions of towers, and it suddenly sees a new one, or it sees one that is not stationary, seems to me that'd be a good sign that something wasn't right. Is this possible, or am I misremembering?

Even better would be if the app connected with others to create a crowd-sourced database of where and when they are used.

Bitcoin

Expedia To Accept Bitcoin 87 87

An anonymous reader writes With the debacle of Mt. GoX, Bitcoin's future was looking a little murky. But in a significant mainline acceptance, Expedia has said they will begin accepting Bitcoins as a form of payment. At first, they will accept it for hotel bookings only, will accept it only in USA, and also will not be holding Bitcoins for any length of time — converting it to dollars as soon as they can. But, quoting Emily Spaven, managing editor of Bitcoin news site CoinDesk, as told to the BBC, the move was "brilliant news" and it "brings digital currency further into the consciousness of the mainstream." So you can't quite fly to Galt's Gulch to your newly Bitcoiin-purchased real estate without switching currencies.

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