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Comment: Re:Apps (Score 1) 170

by bemymonkey (#46480815) Attached to: VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

While I agree with you in theory, this is not the case - mainly because Win8 "apps" suck. The only really usable app is (ironically) Internet Explorer... for non-work stuff (I use my Win8 tablet for things like note-taking with the digitizer and OneNote), I'd take Android any day. The apps are just better through and through :(

Comment: Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (Score 2) 359

by bemymonkey (#46004147) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Why do you people keep buying laptops with tiny cooling systems and dedicated graphics cards with dozens of Watts of TDP? I stopped buying those damned things years ago and haven't had to replace a machine since then.

Reliable onboard Intel graphics > Hot-headed dedicated graphics

Graphically intensive work (and gaming) should be done on desktops.

Comment: Re:Anecdote, data, and all that, but... (Score 1) 331

by bemymonkey (#45546991) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

A good backlit screen, set to the proper brightness and contrast levels, should not be visibly "backlit"! If it is, your screen is too bright and you will strain your eyes.

This is the main issue right here with using backlit devices for reading - most people (including many here on Slashdot) have no idea how to use them properly.

In a normally lit room, my monitors and other LCDs look like a piece of printed paper (provided they're displaying black text on a white background, of course), because that's the way I like it. No eyestrain whatsoever :)

Comment: Re:Branding matters, both for consumers and for (Score 1) 293

by bemymonkey (#45546925) Attached to: Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

So... you've never used a laptop? Subnotebook? Ultrabook? *Gasp* Netbook? Pretty mobile in my book. Of course Windows is mobile.

And for certain use cases, full-blown Windows on a tablet is actually pretty good. OneNote, PDF Annotator... a Windows based tablet with an active digitizer is pretty much the perfect delivery vehicle for these applications.

Comment: Re:Wagging the dog. (Score 1) 292

by bemymonkey (#45523535) Attached to: Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

" Calendering and scheduling is in transition as it is disappearing as a PC or notebook program and shifting to being a smartphone only program, for obvious reasons. "

Is this why smartphone calendar apps still can't set repeat patterns more complex than X weekdays every week? Take Google Calendar, for instance - the Android version only allows about a quarter of the repeat patterns available in the online version.

Yes, the smartphone is increasingly important for calendar use, but any time you're entering a whole bunch of data at once, you're not going to want to do it on your smartphone...

Comment: Re:Don't really see the market (Score 4, Informative) 240

by bemymonkey (#45471503) Attached to: Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

Your Nexus 7 has runaway background processes. Otherwise there's no way it draws more than 500mA in standby - it would be empty after just a few hours. Check your battery stats to find the culprit...

My girlfriend's Nexus 7 charges just fine off of good old 500mA USB2.0 ports when it's in standby...

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