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Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 566

by roachdabug (#36885006) Attached to: 35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

"The polished and (reasonably) well integrated user interface is simple and lets them get on with doing what they want to do without getting in their way. "

For a long time I preferred iOS for that reason, until Apple's app store stupidity started to affect me directly. For a while if you didn't pay attention it was hard to miss, but things like the delayed approval of the G+ app and the fact that convenient features are actually starting to be removed from apps I use because of the greedy in-app purchase policy bring it all out in plain view. Android is looking more and more appealing, even if it seems to lack the ease and polish of iOS.

I'm eligible for discount hardware upgrade in less than four months. The only thing that makes me think twice about moving away from Apple now is the money I've already invested in apps and accessories. Most of the apps I can live without, and the rest can be replaced relatively inexpensively, but my car and portable speaker docks which I use daily will be missed.

A worthy sacrifice, i think.

Comment: Perspective (Score 4, Interesting) 354

by roachdabug (#36307452) Attached to: World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer

According to the report there was a 40% increased chance of glioma among the heaviest cell phone users. According to wikipedia, glioma affects approximately 2-3 in 100,000 people. That's a 0.0025% chance. A 40% increase means cell phone users now have a 0.0035% chance, or 3-4 out of 100,000. You're still 3 times as likely to get hit by lightning and 250 times as likely to die in a fiery car crash.

Comment: My cell phone makes me feel funny (not...) (Score 2) 287

by roachdabug (#35117232) Attached to: Research Finds That Electric Fields Help Neurons Fire

I am hardly a scientist and absolutely not a doctor but if EM fields like the ones emitted from a cell phone had a drastic effect on brain function, wouldn't we notice? I can tell when i'm tired or drunk or otherwise unable to concentrate, and I don't get that feeling when my moms calls to see how I'm doing...

Comment: I no longer fat finger things (Score 1) 47

by roachdabug (#34251756) Attached to: Hitachi Demos a Stylus-Friendly Capacitive Touchscreen

I'll be the first to concede that it was hell at first, but I've learned over the past year or two how to make remarkably precise selections with my stubby sausage fingers on a capacitive touchscreen. It's all a matter of personal preference, but for me it would be more of a hassle to fumble around with a stylus these days than it would be just to poke at the thing until I get it right.

The beer-cooled computer does not harm the ozone layer. -- John M. Ford, a.k.a. Dr. Mike