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Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 136 136

Micro-USB adapters follow a sort of buttered-toast physics for me: no matter which way I try to plug them in, it's the wrong way until I have sufficient light to see what I'm doing. It's a two-hand, lights-on operation every. single. time.

If only someone would create a USB plug that can be plugged in either way. And if only such a plug was included with the new phone being discussed. Oh, wait, both of those things have happened!

Comment Re:Title capitalization need to die! (Score 1) 134 134

Goodness I'll never understand why in english all the first letter in an article title sentence are capitalized. I was reading the title and kept wondering why the heck Horizons new phones were "home" after the Pluto flyby.

Changes in capitalization would not fix your problem. "Phones" can be a noun or verb, whether the P is capital or lower case. The real problem is that titles frequently use ambiguous wording.

P.S. It is customary to capitalize "English".

Comment Re:Public transport *IS* free for me! (Score 1) 654 654

As I'm a university student, my school ID counts as a free bus pass.

I've actually considered enrolling in the local university for the bus pass. The amount of money I'd pay for tuition would actually be lower than it'd cost for a similar bus pass to what the university gives away.

Comment Re:Article conclusion is quite a stretch (Score 2) 172 172

Indeed -- if I had to buy some version of Windows today, I'd buy Windows 7. It works, and the UI is pretty reasonable. XP is old and no longer supported. 8 is ugly and I don't want to learn a new UI. I would make the same decision regardless of whether I was planning to upgrade at some future date.

Comment Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318 318

As long as the answer to that is "Fossil Fuels" (and particularly, coal), then we are doing nothing but trading one smoke-plume for another.

One thing electric cars are accomplishing is adding a layer of abstraction to the power. Sure, lots of electricity comes from fossil fuels, but that can change. The same car that can be charged by electricity produced by fossil fuels can also be charged by the solar panel on my roof.

Comment Re:The best workable text-input for wearables: (Score 1) 144 144

Take out your smartphone and type it there. If you're trying to do something that takes more than a couple clicks on a smartwatch, you're doing it wrong.

Exactly! I was an early adopter of the Pebble. Now people are asking me when I'm getting an Apple Watch. Why should I replace my Pebble when it already does everything I need? It provides me notifications. If I want to do anything more complicated, I'll take my phone out of my pocket.

Comment Re:Number of actual TV subscribers is probably low (Score 1) 140 140

Comcast offers me $1 less per month if I bundle Internet with basic cable. I never use the basic cable. So I'm counted as a TV subscriber even though I don't need or want it. So I suspect the count of TV subscribers is inflated.

I had a similar deal for quite a while. They changed their pricing scheme last year, so it's finally cheaper to get internet without cable. So I guess that means I just recently cut the cord, even though I haven't actually had a TV plugged into the cable for several years now.

Comment Re:Why do they not have the paper as backup? (Score 1) 263 263

Umm, that would defeat the whole purpose of using them. Reduced weight of not carrying paper means less fuel, more savings.
If you carry the paper as a backup, then why bother as there will be no savings in fuel or paper.

So before the iPad, did they have a single paper copy? Or did they have more than one, for backup purposes? If they had multiple copies, then replacing all except one with an iPad would be a valid way to save weight, but still have a reliable backup.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263 263

This is a fail because they could have continued to carry the physical copy of everything needed as a Plan B.

I did not see any information about whether or not the still carry a physical copy as a backup. If it were up to me, I would do just that. And since the physical copy is the backup, not the primary, I would not begin a flight unless I knew that both my primary (iPad) and backup (paper) were both available and working.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 4, Insightful) 52 52

If there was any chance that the victim didn't believe that you would return all the data, then they would not pay.

I'm not so sure of that. As a victim, you are aware that you have about 0% chance of getting your data back if you don't pay the ransom (unless you had a good backup setup somewhere). So you pay because you believe your data is important enough to justify the risk. This is similar (though nowhere near the same level) as someone demanding a random because they kidnapped your child. You already are well-aware that they are not trustworthy, but you really don't see an alternative.

Now, I do agree with your other point. If news was out that people paying the random did not get their data back, then I'm sure a smaller percentage of victims would be paying. But some would still pay, because their data is important enough to them that they hold on to that small hope that they might get it back.

Comment Re:ESPN can go eff themselves. (Score 1) 329 329

The 80's predicted cable would expand to thousands of channels. Hyper specific channels so at any one time you could find the exact programming you desire and keep your eyeballs glued to the screen.

I think all this packaging is exactly why we don't have such channels (on TV). If all channels were ala carte, then there would be motivation to produce the sort of content that each group of people want. Instead, everything is grouped into packages. This prevents individuals from making their preferences known with their wallets, thus the programming we see is the drab sort of thing that appeals to as wide an audience as possible.

Comment Re:Have we solved all human rights issues? (Score 2) 336 336

Have we solved all human rights issues so we now moved on to grant animals personhood?

While I'm not disagreeing with you, I really dislike this question. Have we solved all problems on Earth that we should start exploring space? Have we solved all problems in America so we should start developing a foreign policy? Have we solved all problems in physics that we can now move on to chemistry?

Simply put, we don't have a clear queue of problems, and probably never will. And even if we did, not all problems can be solved faster by having more people work on them, so it will always make sense to be working on multiple problems at a time.

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