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Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 5, Insightful) 559

Not to mention it's bottled by the same companies like Pepsico and Coke that make soda. So if people keep drinking water these companies have nothing to worry about.

We should make them worry and stop buying bottled water. Not only are you flushing your money down the toilet, but getting all those empty bottles out of our waste stream would be a great benefit for all of us.

Comment Re:Not everyone wants a gigantic phone (Score 1) 208

>I recommend getting a holster.

I got mine at!

Seriously, while I do wear one at work, a holster doesn't win you a lot of points in the looks department when you're out socially. It took me a while to recognize this fact ten years ago, and had a couple friends point out to me just how dorky they look. :)

I like to be able to have my phone in my pocket when out and about, anywhere other than work, where holsters fit right in with the standard polo shirt and khaki pants IT uniform.

Comment Re:I really like this feature. (Score 2) 182

The sad thing is the feature is based solely on signal strength.

I did a test where I just yanked the ethernet cable out of the back of my Wifi access point, effectively creating a "wifi island" with no internet access.

Everything stopped working and the phone did NOT switch to cellular without turning Wifi off.

I think this situation, a wifi network with a broken or overloaded uplink, is more common than a weak signal, and should have been anticipated as well when implementing this feature.

Comment Re:NOPE (Score 2) 208

As an iPhone user I've occasionally envied my Android-using friends for their removable batteries and SD slots.

Now that major phone makers are taking those features away, Android phones are losing two of their biggest advantages over iPhones. I even know at least one Android-using person who is thinking of switching to the iPhone because "What's the point without being able to swap batteries and SD cards?"

Big mistake. And I say this as an iPhone user who still wants Android to succeed because I shudder at what Apple would do without real competition.

Comment Why does this API exist? (Score 4, Insightful) 106

Why is there an API for sending a text message from a web page? Why does this need to exist at all?

You'd think someone at Apple, when they came up for this idea for this, would be shot down by someone else saying "Sorry dude, this is a feature that can be abused."

Same deal with javascript being able to open the App Store. WHY??

Comment Re:Reminds me of story about a graphics chip compa (Score 1) 67

>One dumb decision was to try to save money by limiting the personnel to one new floppy disk per month

Wow, this has got to be one of the most hilarious cases of "penny-wise, pound-foolish" I've ever heard.

Floppy disks were cheap, even back then! They were practically a drop in the ocean when it comes to the budget of even small companies. What were these managers thinking?

Comment Don't press the stupid empathy button. (Score 5, Insightful) 127

Is it that hard to just leave a comment?

Even "My condolences. :(" is better than hitting a stupid button. We've become a culture that needs a button for everything; I've made posts that get dozens of Likes or +1s or whatever, and have only one or two commments. People don't want to take the time to say how they really feel.

That's one thing I liked about Livejournal, and miss now. There is no "Like", so people left comments more. Even a simple "way to go!" is better than hitting "Like".

Comment 65 years old (Score 1) 46

That's around the age when I hope to retire.

Of course I'll probably be screwed out of that, but still.. It's amazing to see someone taking a job with that much stress and responsibility at that age. When I get there I'll be thinking "I've given enough to society. Time to get mine" and find somewhere pretty to relax.

Comment It's mind blowing (Score 5, Insightful) 142

It's been twelve years since it was coined, and yet it's unbelievable that people STILL haven't heard of the Streisand effect.

Trying to shut someone up in this age just makes the information spread much faster and wider. I wouldn't have heard of this at all if the lawsuit wasn't threatened.

Comment Re:I worked for a print shop (Score 4, Insightful) 141

I find it hard to believe a software company with the talent to make software so robust and well written that it never needs updates couldn't come up with another blockbuster product to continue making money.

Also, if the product never requires updates, wouldn't that mean that if you're paying a subscription fee you're basically flushing money down the toilet? The money's not being used to fund new versions of the software, you're just paying the developer for something you already own for eternity.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 2) 123

The ideal location for a wireless base station is up high, centrally located in the home. This is usually not where your desk area is that has a lot of the stuff that plugs into wired ports.

So a single port makes sense. Put the router up high somewhere, then run a single cable back to a switch located in your home office. Plug everything in there.

Still, this is not for me. I prefer using a full-fledged Linux server as a router. There's just so much more you can do, and you fully control everything it does.

Comment Re:One thing I'd pay a lot of money for: (Score 2) 223

This is why I believe in buying ONLY Postscript printers.

A Postscript printer will never lose operating system support. It's standardized, and universally supported on every operating system. Hell, all the printers at work are added on my Mac as "Generic Postscript Printer" and work flawlessly with that driver.

Postscript or nothing.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith