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Comment: Re:Really good news! (Score 2) 158

by samwichse (#48922761) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Wow, it's nice.

It's still missing a lot of features, but unlike the "new Opera," they seem to have the intent to add them. Many of the nicer interface touches are there... the nice sidebar layout, the view panel, the ability to put tabs on the bottom, show/hide images (no cached only mode yet) and a nice view panel with zoom slider that zooms all the page content.

Shockingly stable for a tech preview release. I like :)

Comment: Re:Really good news! (Score 2) 158

by samwichse (#48917835) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Yep, stopped using it after 12.17 became too crufty with new sites... the new versions had no reason to compel you to use them over Chrome. I mean, you're Chrome-based, and adopt what is essentially the Chrome interface, why would I go out and download you over Chrome?

I hope it has mouse gestures by default and that lovely fit to window width feature of the old Opera.

Comment: Re:Then there was War Plan Red (Score 1) 308

"Canadian military officer Lieutenant Colonel James "Buster" Sutherland Brown developed an earlier counterpart to War Plan Red called Defence Scheme No. 1 on April 12, 1921. Maintaining that the best defense was a good offense, "Buster" Brown planned for rapid deployment of flying columns to occupy Seattle, Great Falls, Minneapolis, and Albany. With no hope of holding these objectives, the idea was to divert American troops to the flanks and away from Canada, hopefully long enough for Imperial allies to arrive with reinforcements. Defence Scheme No. 1 was terminated by Chief of the General Staff Andrew McNaughton in 1928, two years prior to the approval of War Plan Red."

From the wikipedia page on war plan red... they did it first :).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 5, Interesting) 820

by samwichse (#48877707) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I've driven plenty of modern automatics. And modern manuals.

I still can get significantly better gas mileage in a MT than an auto (no matter what the EPA ratings say... those are dumb anyway because they mandate shift points).

And I can look ahead and anticipate what gear I want to be in. Even these manumatics with paddle shifters or whatever feel terrible when you say... approach a curve and want to preemptively downshift for engine braking and pulling out of the curve. They simply don't know your intent, and don't seem to have the wherewithal to do it smoothly.

I'm not a race car driver, but I am someone who likes their car to be responsive, and M/T is still the only option for me AFAIC.

Sam

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 437

by samwichse (#48866003) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Official release date for Lollipop for all devices was November 3rd. My wife's Nexus 4 got it about 3 weeks later, my Nexus 5 got it in a week. My wife's 2013 Nexus 7 got it the first day of December.

Looks like there was a showstopper bug for the 2012, but it'll be out for OTA soon (or you can install it now manually). It was a 2+ month lag , but that's pretty much the last supported device getting it.

http://phandroid.com/2015/01/2...

Sam

Comment: Re:Nah... (Score 1) 278

by samwichse (#48749823) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

I kind of feel like this whole movement towards vinyl is because of CD overcompression... like people go running to it because it sounds better, but only because the producers want to give it "that vinyl sound" by maintaining the dB range for the pressing. Sort of a weird feedback loop touting quality in an outdated, lower-quality format.

Sam

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