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Comment: Re:What Gives? (Score 1) 48

by captjc (#49120105) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

As I recall, Valve decided that VR hardware was not in their road map and decided to let go of the entire team, including female engineer extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth. They also asked if they could take what they have done with them, and Valve gave them the Greenlight.

So, it appears that was shortsighted and they are now again pursuing VR hardware again? That is one company that just doesn't want to make sense, at least to me anyway.

Comment: Seiki 4K TV (Score 1) 370

by captjc (#49030067) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

I like my 55" Seiki 4K Set. It is dirt cheap (~$800), looks great, and Sounds OK. But the best feature is that it is just a TV. None of that smart crap. No Internet, no Apps, no camera and microphone, just a mid-end 4K TV.

Besides, everything has "Smart-TV" features these days. I can play Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon (if not browse the web outright) on my Wii, Wii U, PS3, 360, and my Media Center PC. Hell, even the cable box can connect to the internet. Why must my TV?

Comment: Re:I thought the goal was... (Score 2) 296

by captjc (#49002481) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

From Wikipedia:

The Firefox project began as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project by Dave Hyatt, Joe Hewitt and Blake Ross. They believed the commercial requirements of Netscape's sponsorship and developer-driven feature creep compromised the utility of the Mozilla browser.[28] To combat what they saw as the Mozilla Suite's software bloat, they created a stand-alone browser, with which they intended to replace the Mozilla Suite.[29] On April 3, 2003, the Mozilla Organization announced that they planned to change their focus from the Mozilla Suite to Firefox and Thunderbird.

In case you didn't know, Mozilla Suite was the open sourced code base of Netscape Communicator. The "Mozilla" name being the original working name of Netscape Navigator.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 198

by captjc (#48949747) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

On one hand, they are partially correct. Every PC, tablet, phone etc. has a damn calculator these days. Hell, anything that can query google can work as a calculator. At a certain point we are better spent learning why and how to use the math rather than forcing to learn time and again how to perform the calculations by hand.

On the other hand, multiplication is at such a low level, any person who can't do rudimentary multiplication in their head probably shouldn't be passed to the next grade much less graduate. If one can't do simple "Home economics"-type problems in their head (like estimating the cost of purchases or the such) they have been failed by their education.

Comment: Re:Sort of like shitposting... (Score 1) 307

by captjc (#48925115) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Too be fair, the media and slashdot in particular has always had a love / hate relationship with the iPad. In one sense, it seems the media is in love with them in that pretty much every journalist and pundit I have ever seen is usually carrying one. On the other hand, most articles not from a Mac fan site, is usually going on and on about "Apple is doomed", "iOS is the worst OS ever and is a failure compared to the greatness of Android", "iPad is just an overpriced toy", "Bill Gates proved time and again that nobody wants tablet computers", etc.

I like my iPads and my computers (2 Windows Desktops and 2 Macs). If you like Android tablets, or Windows laptops, or whatever great, use what makes you happy. However, in the end, Apple just posted record profits which tells me they are at least putting out products that people want.

For a good bit of nostalgia, find the Slashdot post anouncing the iPad and look at the amount of vitriol and nay-saying.

If you analyse anything, you destroy it. -- Arthur Miller