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Comment Re:Activity or productivity (Score 1) 165

It also removes some of the intangible elements of human interaction. Someone may not be as "productive" directly, but they are very good at helping others get their jobs done more effectively -- either through mentoring, improving morale, etc. When we start putting numbers on people instead of thinking of them as actual people with personalities, we lose the real value of the person and interactions of a team. Metrics can be helpful, but they must be kept in context.

Comment Re:School isn't there to enrich lives (Score 1) 246

I'm rather curious where school is starting at 7 AM as that's rather early.

My senior year of high school started somewhere around that time...maybe 7:30 at the latest. There was a shortage of school buses at the time, so start times were staggered with high schools early in the morning, junior high a little bit later, and elementary schools later still.

One advantage to the early start: more time for your after-school job. That's not much of a concern in the current shitty economy, but in the boom times of the late '80s, it was useful.

Comment Re:Surface Pro 4 (Score 1) 283

If I wanted to watch Twitch on my 2013 Nexus 7 without ads, I first had to install the horrible Twitch app, then side-load Adblock Plus (as an app) onto the tablet and set up my internet connection to run through Adblock as a proxy. The problem is that running Adblock as a proxy breaks a bunch of other stuff and so it has to constantly be switched on or off to use different things.

You might want to look into AdAway. It merges adblock lists into /etc/hosts (or wherever Android stores its hosts file). It blocks ads in Chrome (or whatever browser you're using) and in apps without issue. It's been much less of a hassle to use than Adblock Plus.

Comment Re:microSDXC royalties (Score 1) 283

There are SDHC devices that don't read exFAT. By reformatting the SDXC card as FAT32, suddenly they work just fine even though the device doesn't support SDXC cards.

O RLY? I'd think there would be more involved in adding SDXC support to a device than just a filesystem implementation. I would think that trying to read (or worse, write) an SDXC card in a device that only supports SDHC would have the same potentially disastrous effects as trying to read (or write) an SDHC card in a device that only supports SD. I've lost files that way before (nothing that couldn't be replaced, fortunately).

Comment Re:suggestion (Score 1) 283

Why do Apple devices have so little memory?

Because they don't run Java, so they don't have to deal with all that garbage collection crap that massively bloats memory requirements.

They've still come up short from time to time. My first-gen iPad has such a ridiculously small amount of RAM (256 MB) that it's pretty much impossible to keep more than a small handful of browser tabs open. I picked up a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 maybe a year later, and it's been far more usable...still use it nearly daily, with whichever version of CyanogenMod is based on Android 4.4.4.

Comment Re: Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

Bikes are illegal on interstates

Not always. If it's the only road in the area, they might be allowed. While driving down to LA to visit family, I've seen bikes climbing I-15 toward Mountain Pass. They're usually expected to switch to surface streets when passing through town, but out in BFE, the interstate is often the only road available.

Comment Re:kept my Netflix dvd subscription (Score 1) 294

As far as I'm concerned, the DVD subscription has never *not* made sense. I've had a 3-disc-at-a-time subscription since 2002. The streaming service was pretty much useless when it was introduced. That wasn't much of a problem when it was a freebie, but when they started charging $8/month for something I never used, I dropped it pretty quickly.

Don't underestimate the bandwidth of three Blu-rays in your mailbox.

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Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 1) 190

...except that google gets to decide which adverts are played and which aren't.

I'm betting Google's own dancing monkeys will be as annoying as ever.

That's my worry - remember, Google already implemented a workaround for their own Flash ads, auto-converting them into a form which conveniently happens to be immune to this filter. Get back to me when they've bundled an ad-blocker. What they have here is basically a rival ad blocker - which really isn't something any of us should cheer, even if it does happen to knock out some irritating ads for the time being. (Equally, of course, the new ad-blocking facility for Mobile Safari in iOS 9 which just happens to push more ad-funded sites into adopting iOS apps as a format because Apple iAds just happen to bypass that filtering is a little concerning too.) "Big company kneecaps competition." Just like when Microsoft "helpfully" gave away IE for free in order to kill off Netscape and grab a stranglehold of the web browser market, this may not be anything to applaud long-term.

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