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Comment: Re:I gave up on some Google Apps (Score 4, Insightful) 61 61

Google's on screen keyboard properly displays the case of characters based on the state of the shift key. Apple's keyboard is kind of an unpolished insult to the concept of literacy. There's plenty of stuff I don't like about Google's applications but none of it is as unforgivable as that.

Comment: Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 265 265

Gmail as a mobile app is something I actually find quite problematic, since it has a lot of really terrible defaults. Users can't turn off threaded messaging and have to take positive action to reply inline, for example. I'd far rather use K9 or Kaiten mail on Android, if only because I don't have to put up with Google's backward default settings.

Comment: Re:Not that excited about Fallout (Score 1) 113 113

I loved the first two Fallout games to death and I even enjoyed Tactics but man oh man do I hate most of Fallout 3, especially the DC ruins and metro stations. The whole thing needs about three times more textures and models than it has. I believe it can be improved with mods, but the game is sufficiently crashy and old that I'd rather just go back and play the games I know are good the way they are.

Comment: Re:What is MediaGoblin? (Score 5, Insightful) 32 32

It's a hosting framework for media., so if you want to throw some videos or photos online and for some reason you don't like Youtube/Flickr/Tumblr/Zombo AND you have the disk space, CPU cycles and bandwidth, you can put up a MediaGoblin site and manage everything yourself.

It's a thing that should probably exist, but it's hard for me to get excited about it, either.

I more or less posted this exact same comment the last time we had a thread about Mediagoblin.

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 3, Interesting) 285 285

The new Microsoft CEO is much more comfortable with FOSS software. We're also seeing initiatives to support Docker containers on Windows and apt/yum/ports style software repositories and I don't think we'd have gotten any of that if Ballmer were still in charge.

Comment: Re: Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80 80

I don't really understand why Apple wants to sell iMacs. They're a huge PITA to service, cost a fortune to ship and aren't particularly more capable than Mac Minis.If there were an Apple product line with a definite justification to end, it would be that one.

Comment: Re: Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80 80

You can get an entry-level Mac Mini, sure. It'll be physically larger and it'll be slower. You can also get slower Broadwell NUCs if you're actually price-sensitive enough to make that comparison. Figure that you'll pay $100 for 16GB RAM and $120 for an m.2 SSD + $25 for an Intel or Broadcom wireless card if you think you need one + whatever the barebones box costs ($300 for the Broadwell i3 up to $535 for the Broadwell i7). Apple's pricing on the Haswell Mac Minis is $500, $700, $1000 for an at-best 2.8GHz i5 with 8GB RAM or for a slug-like 1.4GHz ULV i5 with 4GB RAM and a magnetic drive on the low end.
To me it looks like the late 2014 Mac Minis lose out all the way around unless you're THAT hung up on getting OSX preinstalled or think Apple support is magic.

Comment: Re:Pass because the price point is too high (Score 1) 80 80

Any mITX rig with stock Intel cooling, a PicoPSU and an mSATA/m.2 SSD actually has plenty of room for airflow since the bulky metal boxes of hard disk and power supply are out of the way. I also find the Antec NSK150, which has a front-mounted PSU, to work well enough for mainstream desktops.

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 1) 553 553

My read on the "IRS Scandal" is that conservative groups with iffy not for profit status are upset that laws still applied to them in ways that they hadn't under the Bush Administration. I don't believe the matter will be otherwise resolved while the current administration is in office and moreover, I'm not particularly surprised that executive agencies might have differing methods for enforcing their mandate from one executive to another, especially given the free pass given to some groups under a previous administration.

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Insightful) 553 553

Actually, if you were of voting age during the 1992 Presidential elections, you might remember that Bill Clinton was open that he would be working very closely with his wife on the matter. That might have been overshadowed by the spectacle of Ross Perot being a general-purpose sideshow, but it definitely did come up at campaign events and the like.

With regard to scandal or the lack thereof, the closest thing the Obama administration in general has had to one is probably the standard of care for veterans and specifically at Walter Reed. Benghazi has just been an ongoing conservative circle jerk and the Snowden disclosures have really just highlighted the overreach available LEGALLY to the administration.

You might say that the State Department under Obama has allowed relations with Israel to sour in favor of greater ties to other states in the region, but it might also be said that Israel is a big-boy country now that doesn't need the USA to enforce its will. Putin's expansionist aims been an ongoing issue since before Obama took office and the case can certainly be made that the US did not need to intervene on the ground in Iran, Libya or Syria in spite of whatever amount of sabre-rattling conservatives have wanted to do to the contrary.

Bearing that in mind, where do you see scandal in the Obama administration or more specifically in its foreign policy?

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Informative) 553 553

She crafted and presented a workable health care bill that was torpedoed for political reasons and would have avoided the current clusterfuck the USA has now.

She also served successfully as secretary of state in an essentially scandal free administration, no matter how much republicans wish it were otherwise.

I'll probably vote green party regardless (that's as much throwing away my vote in Indiana as voting for a democrat), but I do recognize that she has foreign and domestic policy experience in government.

Comment: Re:Big whoop (Score 1) 45 45

I wouldn't mind moving up to a device with 3GB RAM, as I frequently browse with multiple open tabs and can actually run a 2GB device out of memory. CPU performance isn't a major issue for me and you're right that more or less anything with a Snapdragon 800-series is probably just fine, but extra pixels on screen are great, more RAM is great and support for high capacity microSD is great if you didn't already have it.

The G4 is the only current-generation flashship phone with both a removable battery and a card reader, so if those things are important to you, this device is still a pretty big deal.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer. -- Dean Acheson