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Comment: Re:Why connect EVERYTHING? (Score 1) 131

by bemymonkey (#49681149) Attached to: Beware the Ticking Internet of Things Security Time Bomb

Have you ever been at the store and wondered if there was anything else you needed to replenish in your fridge? Wouldn't it be great to pull up a webcam view of the interior right at that moment? Or how about making sure your oven and stove and iron are off? Or getting a video call on your smartphone when someone rings your doorbell while you're not home?

These are just a few of the things that I personally would find useful or at least interesting - I'm sure other people have entirely different lists of things that would be useful or interesting to them. However, in order to allow all of us to do the things we want, we need to first connect, well, pretty much everything to the internet.

It needs to be well-planned and secure, of course... which is why I won't be installing any of this stuff unless I've vetted it myself first.

Comment: Re:It not very hard (Score 1) 167

by bemymonkey (#49670659) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

$5 per month would be perfect, IMHO. Worth getting rid of the ads...

10€ on the other hand (there's no half-price student package here in Germany) is too much - I have a huge music collection that I'm still actively adding to, so theoretically I don't actually *need* Spotify, especially at home. Sure, I could afford 10€ a month, but I'd prefer to spend that on extra beer...

Comment: Re:Cheap in which universe?! (Score 1) 174

by bemymonkey (#49534703) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

Tablets that run full-blown desktop Windows or Linux? At that price point, I'm assuming Android x86 tablets... prove me wrong with a link (please? If the damned things have at least 2gigs of RAM and run full Win8.1 I'll probably buy one right away, because my Win8.1 tablet is stupid huge at 11.6" - people look at me funny when I take it to the bathroom :p).

Also: this stick is ideal for people who don't want a full-blown HTPC in their living room, but also don't want to fuck around with "app-y" shit a la Chromecast or Fire TV Stick. Full Windows or Linux desktop with a keyboard and a mouse is great for living room usage... no limitations other than processing power, and with full hardware decode support (I'm assuming) for HD video, you're not likely to run into issues there.

Comment: Re:Labor market doesn't accommodate all kids (Score 1) 229

"And in winter, how should a child cope with the neighbor who runs a gasoline-powered snow thrower up and down the whole block for free out of 1. altruism and 2. wanting to walk to the bus stop without having to dodge cars in the street? (I am said neighbor.)"

Just pawn that off on a kid and get the neighbors to chip in a little pocket money for him/her. Unless you truly enjoy running up and down the street with that snowblower.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 2) 229

That's incorrect. I can no longer sell dropped items on the marketplace and I've spent ~$100 on my account over its lifetime. It's something like spend $x in the last y days... The last thing I bought was CS:GO, so I can no longer use the marketplace (I just sell the stuff that drops in CSGO, I'm up to like $50 in Steam credit and I only played like an hour a week for about a year or so) until I buy a new game via Steam.

I think it's a step in the right direction though... towards the end I was also getting a lot of invites purely for trading's sake and it was starting to piss me off.

Comment: Re:You probably could tell looking close up (Score 1) 152

by bemymonkey (#49468561) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

Oh sorry, I just meant that I spent a lot of time in forums and on Slashdot arguing with other neckbeards who, even back then, considered 1080p superfluous :D

Of course font size is different from pixel size - what I'm saying is that when there are enough pixels to smoothly render a font at a size that's unreadable for someone with perfect vision, it's highly unlikely you'll gain anything by upping the pixel density even further.

And why would you want to "upscale" visual elements from older designs intended for lower resolution screens? Unless they're vector graphics you'll need to interpolate and it'll look like shite. If you mean Retina-style rendering, well, meh... a lot of (GPU) work for very little gain.

Comment: Re:You probably could tell looking close up (Score 1) 152

by bemymonkey (#49468443) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

I was one of the biggest advocates for FullHD displays on smartphones. I could and can easily tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 4-5" smartphone screen, and the legibility of small text is greatly improvied on 1080p screens of that size. However, at 1080p, it's most definitely good enough, even for my picky eyes.

There comes a point when text simply becomes too small to read, even if the pixel denisty is still high enough to read it.

As for video/images... I'd happily stick with 720p on a phone for that.

Comment: Re:I must be missing something. (Score 1) 240

by bemymonkey (#49265337) Attached to: Windows 10 Enables Switching Between Desktop and Tablet Modes

Loading apps drains the battery more and wears out memory faster in mobile devices than just leaving them running. Even on an Android device, everything you do is kept running until you manually kill it, and some things just immediately restart. So, there's a sound technical reason for it.

The problem is, this leaves us feeling like we don't have control of our devices, and consumers with intermediate technical skills (read: almost the entire market for Microsoft's shiny new OS) are very uncomfortable with that feeling. Experts disagree, and will point out that it depends upon what exactly is running. Personally, I would have thought that taking control of the machine away from the user was proven bad when Gateway tanked. Also, isn't that why people hated that damned paperclip?.

The problem here is that the OS simply can't know what applications I *want* to have running in the background. Common scenario during multitasking on an Android device, for instance, is having music and navigation apps running in the background. On devices with =1GB of RAM, Android will often decide to kill the navigation app when you switch to the music app to change a track, or kill the music app when you're trying to edit a route in the navigation app. This drives me nuts on a daily basis, and devices with 1GB of RAM are STILL being sold! Sure, all the other crap I don't need right now is kept on RAM running in the background, but for some reason Android chooses to kill the exact apps I DO want to run in the background on a regular basis.

Compare that to desktop Windows - if I run a program and leave it open for three months, minimized to my taskbar,I can be pretty damned sure it'll still be up and running when I open it again.

Fuck automatic application lifetime management.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson