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Comment: Re:Hot Damn! (Score 1) 730

by quacking duck (#47868163) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

However if you want big fast processor. Go with an Android phone. That is their market, you have more choice

Faster in clock frequency, anyway. IIRC the iPhone 5S benchmarked very well against its contemporaries, i.e. Galaxy S4 and HTC One M7, despite having only two cores and only running 1.3 GHz (vs 1.9 and 2+ GHz). And I'm not sure if the benchmarks I saw had adjusted the Samsung and HTC scores down, after they were both caught cheating on benchmark apps.

Comment: Re:Disappointing (Score 1) 730

by quacking duck (#47868123) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

If Apple has any cultural awareness at all in China, they know all about the puns that come from the many similar-sounding characters, and there won't ever be an iPhone 6C.

Because in Cantonese (and I *think* in the predominant Mandarin, too), if 6C is spoken entirely in English (e.g. "iPhone six see") sounds awfully close to the slang/insult for "eat shit."

Comment: When opposing sides agree to something... (Score 1) 2219

by quacking duck (#46182355) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Having gone through all comments ranked 3 and above, and a random sampling of those at score 2, there wasn't one that definitely supported the beta. At best there were a bare handful of lukewarm "wait and see" and "it's not that big a deal," which is not support, merely acceptance.

So close to 99% of comments actively dislike or outright hate it.

There's a cynical adage in politics, which is roughly this: if all parties who normally disagree on everything, suddenly and overwhelmingly unite very passionately on a particular topic, then it's a very, very bad thing. No the analogy doesn't quite hold, but I hope the point is clear.

I tried the beta. It sucks, for all the reasons others have mentioned, but particularly the broken comment thread/thresholds and enormous waste of space. You already drove my visits down 50% when you released the horrible mobile interface (with "filtered due to preferences" often taking up more space than comments themselves, wtf?), take away the current/classic and I'm done with this site. The "disable advertising" option has been unchecked for a long while now, but as of today that box is ticked in protest.

Comment: Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 1) 635

by quacking duck (#46007729) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

I see why there's an 18-year-old cutoff for Michigan's GDL system... GDL and Driver's ed is very different in the Canadian province just north and east of Michigan.

The very first step in getting a G1 (i.e. graduated general licence, level 1) is the written test. You can drive with restrictions for 1 year before you can take your first road test, or 8 months if you take a driver's ed, which was maybe 20-30 hours class/assignments and 10-12 hours behind the wheel with instructor (so . After you get the G2 (less restrictions than G1, e.g. now able to drive without an experienced driver present, and no freeway restrictions), you have the remainder of the 5-year period to do the road test to get a full G licence.

Comment: Re:Driving isn't fun anymore (Score 1) 635

by quacking duck (#46007191) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Another factor - most driving is no longer 'fun' - It's fighting traffic. it's a job.

Indeed, it's almost like flying for most people. Between the hassle of going through security, dealing with delays/rebookings, and sitting in cattle class for the flight, for many people it's no longer fun and instead a chore to grit your teeth and suffer through it. I have childhood memories of visiting the cockpit during a flight, even that's been taken away in the name of security.

Fortunately, as an aviation enthusiast and someone who loves takeoffs, landings, looking down from high up, and can fall asleep to turbulence, just give me a window seat behind the wing and I'm set for the trip (with apologies to those I have to climb over to go use the washroom).

Comment: Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 1) 635

by quacking duck (#46007099) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

That seems like an enormous loophole in Michigan's graduated driver's licensing system, the whole point of which should be to make *all* new drivers go through it. A 30-year old learning to drive for the first time might not be as brash and cocky as a 16- or even 18-year old because they have no illusions of invincibility anymore and/or they have dependents, but they're also probably not learning new skills as well as a younger one.

I have one friend, mid-30s, who just passed her 5-year window to fully graduate, so she'd have to start all over as if she were a new driver. Minimum time to full license is 20 months, if you took a driver's ed course, so it's obvious she really didn't care and just needs the license for ID purposes.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 1) 635

by quacking duck (#46007017) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

When I visited friends and family in the Bay area, LA and San Diego, almost every car trip was at least half an hour (2/3 full speed on freeways + 1/3 stop-and-go city driving) each way. Didn't matter whether it was for food, movie... hell one night just going to the nightclub was 40 minutes of freeway into San Francisco. Sure there were plenty of similar places much closer but they had their preferred places, especially for food.

And yes we did drive two, maybe three counties away for a movie, it was the closest one that was showing what we wanted to see. So I can totally see how outings for some people can regularly be 2 gallons of gas, after less fuel-efficient city driving portions are also included.

Comment: Re:The beta will kill Slashdot if it goes live. (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by quacking duck (#46005627) Attached to: Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

On the whole I don't mind the current "Web 2.0" desktop version, but if beta is half as bad as the mobile version they forced us into a year or so ago, /. is toast.

The day /. pushed out the "updated" mobile version, where all the "Filtered due to preferences" take up more of the page than actual comments, was the day my /. visits dropped by at least half. Seriously, just hide/collapse the damn thing entirely, there isn't even a way to actually view it anyway if I wanted to see what an unfiltered comment was replying to, it's a total waste of space.

On the upside, I'm far more productive and/or social when I'm out of the house.

Comment: Re:Windows keys? (Score 1) 459

by quacking duck (#46000253) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Does anyone actually use the damn Windows Key? I have a Microsoft keyboard (the "split-in-half" one, tilted and all). It has a "Windows" key and another one on the right the is for - menus or something? I never touch either one. Hell, I rarely even hit any of the function keys.

Windows key: all the time at my last work (my home computer has always been Mac). It isn't just a "bring up start menu" key, as part of a keyboard shortcut combo it can do lots of other things.

Examples: as of Win7, Win+R = run prompt, Win+L=lock system, Win+D=show desktop (minimize all other programs), Win+E=new file Explorer window, Win+arrow keys=maximize, restore, window snap-left/right/move to other screen... There's others I forget right now, and there's others I never used but are listed somewhere online.

The context-menu key is far less useful in that you can't do key combos with it (AFAIK), but still handy when navigating or operating by keyboard alone and don't want to waste time moving hand to mouse/trackpad and back again repeatedly.

Comment: Re:PHB's strike again (Score 1) 207

by quacking duck (#45981781) Attached to: Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

This is why every mission after Columbia had an 'Abort to ISS' option that would allow the shuttle to dock with ISS and wait for the relief shuttle (which was sitting at a 48 hour to launch stage IIRC) to return them home.

The remaining shuttles had that option, Columbia could not have. As the first spaceworthy shuttle, its construction included a lot more mass before they figured out they could safely reduce it, so Columbia could never reach the ISS with any payload.

Which raises some interesting, purely hypothetical questions: If a different shuttle (Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour) had been lost, would NASA have continued using Columbia for regular space missions? The contingency option used for the Hubble servicing mission would've been a significant logistical problem, if every time Columbia went up a rescue shuttle had to be on immediate standby. And with the fleet reduced to two ISS-payload-capable shuttles, would the ISS have been merely delayed several years, or simply cancelled?

Comment: Re:Vista/7 (Score 1) 1009

by quacking duck (#45946963) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

You aren't alone. A computer engineering friend bought a Win8 laptop/tablet two weeks ago and despite it detecting almost 100 updates could not for the life of him get them to actually download and install. Didn't help his impression of the machine that apps were crashing left and right, either. He returned it and got an open-box sale Macbook Pro for almost the exact same price he'd paid for the Win8 machine. That's a pretty stinging fail for both Windows 8 and the OEM (Lenovo).

Comment: Re:This is the problem with religious people. (Score 1) 903

by quacking duck (#45838903) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Religious people can't simply leave it well enough alone, and just say "Well if you think contraception is wrong, just don't buy it." Instead, they have to dictate to others what they may or may not do. "We can't allow you to get contraception through our health plan!"

This kind of thinking is wrong and needs to be abolished. Let each person decide what they think is best for themselves. If someone wants to believe a person will "go to hell" if they do something, that's fine. That someone can simply not do it. But don't try to legislate or make it more difficult for others to do what they like to do, provided they're not hurting others.

Absolutely. Until and unless recognized churches and affiliated groups give up their "non-profit" tax-exempt status, the government should tell them to shove their demands for "we believe it's wrong" exemptions where the sun don't shine.

Comment: Re:Jailbreak vs Rooting (Score 2) 210

by quacking duck (#45775313) Attached to: The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

Google gives you (the option) of control, and supplies ample warning before the user chooses to this, it is an option on some phones...even a selling point, mainly used to load none play applications (Android is Eden...with gates).

Basically nothing like each other.

That's for darn sure. Android still doesn't let users override an app's demand for permission to access stuff like GPS, contacts, cell data, photo album, etc.

Sure, you can simply not download an app based on what it says it demands when you try downloading it, but that's beside the point; for all Android's claim to empower the user, why is this of all things not a user option, years after iOS started doing it?

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