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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.

Comment: Re:Wireless charging hit mainstream ~ 1-2 years ag (Score 2) 184

by bemymonkey (#49255429) Attached to: Why Apple Won't Adopt a Wireless Charging Standard

Personally, I hate fumbling with MicroUSB cables and my phone. I don't exactly have sausage fingers, but trying to put in that cable when I'm half asleep, the light on my nightstand is off (and I've been reading an eBook) and the end of the cable is loose *somewhere* on the nightstand is really annoying,

With wireless charging, I place the phone on the rather large/hard-to-miss charger pad, get immediate visual confirmation that the phone is in fact charging and therefore properly on the pad, and can go to sleep.

At the work desk, it's similarly practical: Incoming call, grab phone from charger pad, talk, hang up, put phone back on charger pad. Same thing for texts etc... with a cable or docking station, I find myself unplugging and re-plugging about 50x per day (seriously).

Comment: Re:My first SSD died (Score 1) 204

by bemymonkey (#49243817) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

Yeah OCZ had a string of shitty SSDs. Pretty much a thing of the past starting with the Intel G2 Postville, Samsung 470/830 and Crucial M4. Since then it's been smooth sailing if you stuck to the "premium" brands, as well as most cheapo brands. It's about time to give it another shot - go for something like a Samsung 850 Evo or 850 Pro and you'll be fine. Or, if you want to be extra careful, an 840 Pro, as it's been on the market for a while now.

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by bemymonkey (#49231853) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

for hd video, wifi is NO SUBSTITUTE for wired enet.

Agree with the latter part, kinda disagree with the former. Wired will always be better than WiFi, which is why I have both, but I don't think I've had an issue streaming HD video (mostly 1080p MKVs) over WiFi since 5GHz 802.11n came out. Sure, it gets spotty out on the balcony or in the back yard, but inside, close to the APs?

Are you running 2.4GHz WiFi in a densely populated area, by any chance?

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by bemymonkey (#49231837) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Not when it compromises the size, battery-life and/or weight it's not. Especially for people that don't need any of those things.

Correct. However, at which point do you decide a port is compromising weight/battery life/size enough to be let go? I can understand leaving off bulky ports like VGA or Ethernet, but not having a single regular USB port is cutting it kinda close. "Normal consumers" may seldom use external hard drives, audio interfaces, wired printers, USB headphone amps, USB gamepads, wired mice or USB card readers (I'm assuming there's also no SD card reader?)... but what about when their buddy says, "Hey, I brought you the photos from last night on a USB stick - you want 'em?"

That's a scenario I see regularly...

And Ethernet is virtually extinct for laptops these days. The ports are nearly all unused. When you see an old wired office usually the ethernet sockets aren't connected to anything any more, obsoleted by fast wifi.

You're living in the past.

I suppose you don't work anywhere that does serious work on the network. Try running SVN or Git with 300 devs on a WiFi network in a single building... dozens of build servers and test machines over constantly running RDP connections... and what about file transfers? Just the other day I had to pull a 200 gig VHD off a test machine. Had wireless been the only choice, my one large data transfer probably would have destroyed transfer rates for the entire office over a period of hours.

If all your office needs the network for is e-mail and Slashdot, then yeah... wireless is fine.

Comment: Re:I feel like a dope (Score 1) 529

by bemymonkey (#49223515) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

If you bought a MacBook *pro*, why the fuck do you care about the new Retina netbook/tablet-with-a-screen they just released?

1. Low-power fanless device
2. No ports
3. Keyboard with basically 0 travel

Looks like a great device for surfing the web and Skyping, but that MBP you bought is an actual laptop - you can't compare 'em.

Comment: Re:Note that this is a little different from softw (Score 1) 207

by bemymonkey (#49104383) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

Bit of a contradictrion here:

For software, generally speaking the copy is exactly the same as the original. No one collects software (only their medium), and its unlimited.


So being able to tell the originals from the copies apart kind of matters this time around.

If you can't tell the originals from the copies, wouldn't we be in the same situation as with software?

Comment: Re:no offense, but indeed in the 90s (Score 1) 100

by bemymonkey (#49045909) Attached to: Starting This Week, Wireless Carriers Must Unlock Your Phone

Wow, so Finland rocks, apparently. The largest packages you can get here in Germany are 15-20€ per month for 5 gigs, and they limit you to GPRS speeds (64kbps!) when you hit that limit. And you usually can't pay for additional data, you really have to wait until the next month (unless you're on an expensive carrier such as Vodafone, but there you'll usually be paying more than 20€).

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?