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Comment: Re:Python in a Nutshell (Score 2, Informative) 94

by sproingie (#30835938) Attached to: Python Essential Reference 4th Ed.

ORA's own titles have in general become really quite regrettable. Their "Hacks" series is particularly dreadful, but even the animal books are just not what they used to be.

Manning's "In Action" series on the other hand has shown consistently high quality for every title I've picked up, particularly when it comes to Java.

Comment: Re:But unfortunately... (Score 1) 189

by sproingie (#30835762) Attached to: Looking Back At <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em>

What irks me more is that several systems (including, urgh, D&D 4.0) lean away from role-playing back toward pure combat simulation

Tell me how previous editions actually encouraged roleplaying? Did anyone ever actually take the abstraction of minute-long rounds seriously? Those started going down the drain the moment AD&D was published.

Seems to me that offering a streamlined system would demand more roleplaying.

Comment: Re:It's Not Hans (Score 1) 348

by sproingie (#30781618) Attached to: Google Switching To EXT4 Filesystem

Ah I did forget about that default. I do know about the quality of anecdotes (it's why "support horror stories" never move my buying decisions much) but the run time of a full fsck is a well-known problem.

Maybe Reiser4 fixed all that, but now it does go back to the politics of picking a fs with no stable developer base.

Comment: Re:Googles-to-Apples Comparison (Score 1) 445

by sproingie (#30657710) Attached to: Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down

Nor does it come with a mini-usb to phono patch cable. The earphones that come with the phone oddly enough end in actual earphones.

Yes, getting an adapter is not a big deal, but it's a technical hurdle you can't surmount if you don't carry it with you or keep it in your car. My point was that bluetooth is supposed to free us of this nonsense, but I still don't see it making any inroads for home or car stereo equipment.

Comment: Re:I am not surprised (Score 1) 445

by sproingie (#30657470) Attached to: Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down

> The best part is if I select a restaurant it will bring up pertinent info on that restaurant such as its phone number and opening hours.

Actually what's really nice is you can then flip between the map and the Zagat reviews (or whatever you have in Oz) while you listen to some tunes to pass the time, then when you find one you like, call the restaurant, browse their menu on your phone while you're on the phone, quickly put your reservation into a reminder, then flip back to the menu while still on the call.

Minus the background tunes, I did exactly that just the other day, and I'm hardly some kind of tech wizard (I don't even read my email most days).

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