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Comment Re:It's not the size (Score -1, Troll) 279

It's the software and OS it runs that matters.

A friend of mine owns a Surface 3, and it doesn't sound that great.

* A somewhat loud, whining fan, that cranks up far too often

* Bad keyboard

* Most of the software it runs is not touch friendly

* Windows 10

It still looks like a combination of a poor laptop and poor tablet to me.

Comment Re:Not the only factor? (Score 1) 324

Actually I see another reason to keep the base model at 16Gb. App development is crucial to the iPhone (and any other smartphone out there), and many developers don't like to do the extra work to keep their application sizes sane. However, as long as the base model is 16Gb, app developers need to keep this in mind when developing their apps.

Thank God this logic has not applied for the last 30 years, or I'd still be using my Commodore 64 with 64k of RAM.

If this encourages even only some developers to keep their applications down to a sensible size (knowing that anyone with a 16Gb device will either avoid their application, or delete it as soon as they run low on space) then I guess it's worth it.

I would like to suggest that iDevices have actually regressed in terms of storage: Retina caused many apps to get much larger, and iOS has grown in size. This means 16 GB doesn't go as far as it used to.

Apple are just being cheap and greedy bastards, because they know they can get away with it and still make obscene profits.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 2) 527

Right click the tile. Uninstall.

When I researched the Office 365 advertisement notifications in Windows, I came across quite a few people saying that Windows Update was reinstalling the "Get Office 365" app and re-enabling the advertisement notifications. They suggested leaving it installed and just turning off notifications for it.

Anyway, my problem is solved, thanks. I'm more worried about Microsoft appearing to go back to their old, obnoxious, anti-competitive, monopolistic behavior.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 3, Interesting) 527

GP probably purchased a pre-built PC from Best Buy, loaded with whatever Bloatware they felt like cramming in there. I have Win10 installed on a PC at home as well, and haven't seen anything obnoxious.

Fresh install of Windows 8.1 after I swapped mechanical hard drive for SSD. I downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft.

The Windows 10 install was the automated one. The Office 365 notification app is well known on the Intarwebz. Google it.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 5, Informative) 527

Citations or screenshots please. I have Win10 on three PCs I use all the time and have not seen any of the bs you're talking about.

You're lucky. For those not so lucky, they can Google how to disable some of the bad behaviors.

As a freebie, here's how you disable the Office 365 advertising in Windows 10:

Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Scroll down to "Show notifications from these apps" > Get Office > Off.

Microsoft knows non-technical people aren't likely to find and disable this kind of obnoxious behavior, so they'll be stuck with obnoxious "Get Office 365!" notifications forever. As well as the other things I mentioned.

Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

I also have an iPad 2 which was bought at the exact same time. Same results, equivalent CPU, same RAM, runs just fine with the latest software from Apple. It will even support iOS9.

I have an iPad 2 as well, and I'm not so sure I'd say it "runs just fine."

It's quite laggy these days. Screen transitions are laggy, the software keyboard is laggy, opening apps is laggy, etc.

All that being said, I think it's super impressive that Apple is still pushing software updates out for it. I think that's great. Way better than most Android manufacturers who release an Android tablet and if you're lucky you get another update or two, then you're abandoned forever.

But still, the performance of Apple's iOS 9 on iPad 2 is kind of a disappointment, but the fact that they keep pushing updates out at all is amazing.

Comment Re:Oh, they're a big company, (Score 5, Interesting) 527

surely they know what they're doing and it's all for a better customer experience.

Oh, absolutely! Windows 10 is great!

So far, Windows 10 has reminded me repeatedly that I should: (1) Consider getting Office 365! (2) Consider installing Skype! (3) Should collect and use Bing Rewards! (4) That I should look into getting an Xbox! (5) That I should buy things from the Microsoft Store!

If I didn't like to play PC games, I'd have gotten a Mac instead. Microsoft is displaying some of the most ballsy behavior I've seen since the 1990's. The outright obnoxious behavior and contempt they're showing for their users astonishes me. I feel like the old anti-competitive, monopolistic Microsoft is back.

So much for Windows 10 being a good release. *sigh*

Comment Re:Effectively removes only reason to own an apple (Score 1) 435

There are some good PC laptops out there. I really like the new Dell XPS 13, for example. But pound for pound, it costs about the same as a comparable Mac, particularly if you go with an SSD, which is standard on all Macs

The less expensive Macs (...which are still expensive...) still come with a paltry amount of SSD storage, though (128 GB? sheesh).

For example, the 13 inch MacBook "Pro" for $1299 (ouch!) only comes with 128 GB of SSD storage (double ouch!).

But I guess you can pay an extra $200 for an extra 128 GB of SSD storage (triple ouch!!!).

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.