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Comment: Cost; exclusive applications (Score 1) 174

by tepples (#48925155) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Why pay $500 for an iPad that can only do a small number of things if you could get a Surfrace Pro that can do so much more

Because the Surface Pro 3 costs even more than an iPad Air, though a Transformer Book or Nextbook is cheaper. And there are plenty of applications that are on iOS but not Windows, such as games and messaging applications. If the game you want to play is exclusive to iOS, or the family member with whom you wish to communicate uses a proprietary instant messaging application that is available only for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, then a Surface Pro isn't going to be the best choice.

Comment: Kindle != Kindle (Score 1) 174

by tepples (#48925103) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Of course, my Nook (and I'm pretty sure Kindle these days) is basically an Android Tablet when all is said and done....

True, Kindle Fire is a tablet running the Fire OS distribution of Android. But I think tlhIngan was contrasting tablets with the e-ink Kindle readers, which are more like the Nook Simple Touch.

Comment: Rent a truck, rent a PC (Score 1) 174

by tepples (#48925073) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

You have a smartphone, you have a tablet, and you have the PC.

Except some people don't have the PC. Instead of engaging in productive activities that work better on a PC, they do without. One user predicted that this would happen in five years, but it's happening now.

the laptop too big and heavy and uncomfortable

Even a 10" laptop like the "netbooks" that were in fashion from 2008 to 2012?

Jobs even did the mandatory car analogy - the PC is a truck - a very versatile vehicle that can do tons of things, but to be honest, there are times when a car is far better.

To complete this analogy, someone who can use a car most of the time and only occasionally needs to do these "tons of things" can rent a truck, such as a moving truck from U-Haul or a pickup truck from The Home Depot. Is there a comparable PC rental ecosystem?

Comment: how did things go before communication over wires? (Score 1) 185

people met on the street and in taverns and in private rooms, completely beyond the ability of anyone to eavesdrop

but enforcement against illegal activity proceeded by infiltrating groups and other methods

it seems the feds are complaining they might have to actually engage in hard work

do your damn job

Comment: Re:First they came for... (Score 1) 124

by circletimessquare (#48924301) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

if the positive influence outweighs the negative

the absence of facebook won't make those problems go away. how do you make those problems go away? with influence. like facebook. a bastardized influence, in order to exist, is still an influence, and better than no influence at all

this is called realism

it trumps ineffectual dogmatic idealism, which is just as authoritarian and extreme as what you are complaining about

compromise always wins

if you want to lose, hold fast to extreme adherence to difficult demands and never budge. there's no better way to make yourself marginalized, ineffectual, and ignored

Comment: if you're not Muslim, then... (Score 1) 124

by dAzED1 (#48924213) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey
If you're not Muslim, why the fark are you saying "the Prophet" Muhammad? Why would you grant that honorific if you don't yourself believe it? How would that be different than saying "Jesus the Messiah" while not Christian? And hey, if you do believe it "soulskill" then hey, why not, but I've been seeing this become more and more common among journalist at (theoretically) real - and thus, presumably impartial - news agencies. You know, ones that wouldn't say "Jesus the Messiah" and "Buddha the Enlightened One"

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 124

by circletimessquare (#48923965) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

they'll start blocking proxies

not possible?

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...

yes, theoretically impossible to be watertight, but the whack-a-mole effort makes for a degraded dangerous existence for those seeking to use proxies

so you effectively banned facebook by forcing users to exert so much effort it's not worth it

culturally and politically, you've also antagonized turkey to go more silo

look at the constant "west is destroying us" ultranationalist bullshit in russia nowadays as an example of how turkey could go

so you let turkey have its way on the lightning rod topic of muhammad's face

then allow the more subtle influence to continue

time plus slow force can erode mountains

geologists should be in charge of topics like this

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 4, Insightful) 124

by circletimessquare (#48923719) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

it's not that simple

if he doesn't follow the laws turkey bans facebook. a facebook clone in turkey pops up instead. now all those connections to the outside world are greatly diminished. turkey becomes a social silo that stagnates

and so all the valuable positive subtle free speech influences that aren't live wire topics like muhammad's face are lost

by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned, facebook remains influential in turkey in a positive way, in more subtle ways

you can't think of these nuanced complex issues in such blockheaded black-or-white "my way or the highway" rigid ways. that makes you something like turkey's authoritarianism actually

Comment: Mobile game control on flat glass (Score 2) 204

by tepples (#48923345) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

without bloating them by a factor of 10 by rendering them to WebM?

Many of the non-interactive videos can be found on Youtube now

That's what I was trying to avoid.

Similarly, most of the game concepts have been replicated in one way or another to various mobile devices.

Many of the mouse-based ones have. But the keyboard-based ones, like the falling object parkour game Tetris'd , wouldn't port very well to an input device that's a flat sheet of glass. I haven't seen a smartphone with a built-in gamepad other than perhaps the outdated, overpriced Xperia Play.

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