Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 142

I personally would never want to be saddled with a desktop again. I used to build fancy gaming rigs with side windows/lights/many fans, but now I have a laptop that does all I could want anywhere and I can take it with me. I mainly do development/compiling work on it as well as graphics/photo editing and high end gaming. It has an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and 1TB spinning drive, nVidia graphics, and a 15.6" full HD touchscreen. I also have 24" monitors at the 3 main locations I use it but I can also use it in any old hotel room as well and most have flat screen TVs I hook up to.

As for the actual topic, it has 3 USB ports, I usually have a Logitech Unifying Receiver for wireless Mouse and Keyboard when traveling and a 4 port USB 3.0 hub plugged into it at home with external HD, gaming keyboard and mouse, and web cam.

Comment: Re:Just Happened To My Nexus 7!!!!!! Smoke=Fire (Score 1) 153

by nevermore94 (#49563491) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

Although those are impressively scary looking pictures, I just thought it should be clarified that was the 2012 Nexus 7 and not the 2013 Nexus 7 the article is talking about. It looks like it had a catastrophic Lithium battery pack failure which has been documented with many different devices made back in that time frame.

Comment: Nexus 7 (2013) Best All Around Tablet Ever(so far) (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by nevermore94 (#49562379) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

I know that many will disagree with me, but I still think that the Nexus 7 (2013) was the best all around tablet ever made. I have owned 5 tablets (3 different 7", 2 different 10") and my Nexus 7 (2013) is the only one that I still use on a daily basis and I would recommend it to anyone to buy (if they still can). I just bought my mom one last month. It has been the perfect size for me, just small enough that I can easily throw it in a jacket pocket or palm it while walking down the hall to a meeting, and big enough that I can show a coworker some information on the screen during the meeting or a watch a movie on a plane. The price/performance ratio has been unmatched by any other tablet that I have ever encountered. Nice wide full HD high resolution screen and stereo speakers for movies, 2GB of RAM, plenty fast processor, and no unnecessary bloated custom software. My only complaint ever has been the lack of a MicroSD slot that 3 of my other tablets had. Due to the 4:3 resolution the Nexus 9 never interested me.
I really hope that Google will be announcing a suitable successor at I/O this year.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 2) 171

by nevermore94 (#49547493) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

I don't know what the Apple Watch can do for you, but I have loved my Moto 360 watch since I got it last year. I can quickly view/dismiss notifications, appointments, and calls without taking out my phone, Track my steps and heart rate throughout the day, and many others things, plus it is an attractive timepiece with an infinitely customizable face that is far more useful than my previous watch which cost a lot more.

Comment: Re:They needed a freakin lawsuite ! (Score 2) 279

by nevermore94 (#49529841) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Apparently, and the other thing that they don't seem to understand is that if I am the type of person who would take the time and effort to install an ad blocker, I am probably not going to look at or click on their ads anyway even if I could not block them, so in essence I am doing them a favor and saving them bandwidth.
If they don't want me seeing their content without also seeing their ads, then they can just block my ad blocking browser and I will go elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Go Dell (Score 1) 385

by nevermore94 (#49286773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

People who aren't cheap I guess? My current laptop is an ASUS with an aluminum body, a 15.6" FHD touch screen, nVidia graphics, Intel i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD main drive and 1TB 7200 rpm secondary drive. I paid around $1800 for it on 10/1/2013 and it will still trounce any cheap laptop. The only compromise I made was on the drives. My next one will have at least 1TB of SSD. I usually buy a new one every few years or so and consider it a minimum 3 year investment. If it is still useful after that time, then bonus!

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 118

by nevermore94 (#49089555) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

It all comes to your choice in phones and if they have a locked boot loader (or an unlockable one) or not. Phones without one like Nexus devices, Google Play Editions, or my personal favorite the Moto X Developer Edition are simple to root and don't even require ROMing. My Verizon Moto X Dev has even stayed rooted through 3 Over The Air updates without having to do anything special.

Comment: I love my Moto 360. (Score 1) 232

by nevermore94 (#48629025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

By default I get texts and emails on my watch, can set reminders and alarms and text by voice, and of course answer and dismiss calls which is surprising useful with a BT ear piece. But with some good apps like Coffee I can easily send texts, with a custom face I can see my steps and weather outside at a glance (important where I live in the winter). I hardly take out my phone a fraction as much as I used to except to type long texts or emails or occasional web browsing.

Comment: Re:Unlimited = No Sharing (Score 1) 209

FoxFi has long been the defacto standard for non-root tether apps but whether it works varies by phone. But, I honestly haven't used it in ages as I always just root my phones (last 4). It was so easy to root my Moto X Dev that I have never looked back. But, even having the ability, I rarely use it. I just occasionally connect to my phone with my Android tablet, but never with a PC.

"Thank heaven for startups; without them we'd never have any advances." -- Seymour Cray