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Comment: Re:Nook e-reader (Score 1) 51

by damnbunni (#47322491) Attached to: Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

Except you can't get it any more. The only e-ink Nook left is the Nook GlowLight, which removed both the MicroSD card slot AND the physical page-turn buttons.

Me, I'm hanging onto my Bookeen Cybook Opus. It actually has buttons instead of a touchscreen. I don't need gestures, swipes, and text entry. I need 'push here for next page' and 'push here for previous page' and a D-pad for selecting books and working menus.

I've tried the Nook and Kindle touch readers, and they drive me absolutely batshit insane. Touch.. touch... I want the next page. TOUCH. *pagepage* no that was TWO pages. Damnit.

(My Opus can also handle both MobiPocket and ePub, though not both at the same time; it's a firmware flash to switch it. Annoying, but when I started with ebooks MobiPocket was the dominant format.)

That said, the Nook HD+ tablets are actually pretty good hardware, and very simple to reflash with CyanogenMod.

I wonder if anyone makes an e-ink reader with a frontlight AND page-turn buttons? Bookeen lists one, but I can't actually find it for sale anywhere.

Comment: Re:Save blackberry? (Score 1) 76

by damnbunni (#47265051) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

I read an interview with a high-up at Sprint that said the reason Android keyboard phones have died is that people no longer go to the phone store and go 'I want an Android phone' and look at features.

They walk in and go 'I want a Galaxy S5' or 'I want an HTC One' or other heavily-advertised halo phone, and never even consider other options. Not even things like non-name-brand phones which might have almost the same specs for a lot less money.

Comment: Re:Save blackberry? (Score 1) 76

by damnbunni (#47264995) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

It's probably worth noting that the Z10 is a replaced model. Previous-gen flagship phones often get insane promos when the newer one's been out for a while, and the Z30 came out last November.

And actually, if AT&T was going to charge $100 per iPhone, they may have actually made more money by giving you Z10s - retail price on the Z10 is $300 now (direct from BB), which is a lot less than an iPhone.

Comment: Re:I'm sorry, could you repeat the question? (Score 1) 76

by damnbunni (#47264903) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

I bought a Q10 because I wanted a keyboard. I'd never used a BB before.

I love the thing. Trying to use an Android or iPhone now drives me batty. Losing the Hub is the worst part.

Android apps on the Q10 are problematic, though. Even apps that work on the Z10 often fail on the Q10. Apparently the apps can't handle 'Is the phone in landscape or portrait?' 'Yes'. (The Q10 has a perfectly square screen.)

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 4, Insightful) 377

by damnbunni (#47250257) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I hear this from people who drive a stick all the time, and I've never understood it.

When I drive a stick, if I'm starting on a hill I pull the parking brake with my hand, keeping the button held in so it didn't latch, and not release it till I had enough traction with the engine to support the car so it didn't roll backwards.

Doesn't anyone else do this?

And as far as wanting a transmission that doesn't shift, you can get CVTs on non-hybrids, too. Most of them, however, are programmed to mimic an automatic's shift pattern because it's what people expect.

Comment: Re:Fed Up with useless security (Score 2) 288

by damnbunni (#46919163) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

So set your computer to not require a password at login, and not require unlocking when you wake the screen.

And tell your email client to remember your password. Every one I've ever used (going back to the '80s) has been able to do that. If by some miracle yours isn't, get another one.

Your web browser should be able to remember most of the other passwords for you.

You're out of luck with the MMOs, however.

Comment: Re:Innovation vs rent-seeking (Score 1) 166

by damnbunni (#46890463) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

They don't want the government to tilt the playing field their way.

They want to be allowed onto the field at all.

The contract in question was no-compete. There was no bid. The USAF just said 'We're gonna buy some rockets from these guys over here. We're not even considering anyone else.' And SpaceX said 'WTF? Hey judge, shouldn't people be able to compete for this contract?'

And the judge apparently thinks that idea has enough merit to block the no-compete sale while it's thoroughly investigated.

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