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Comment Re:IPhone 7 still 32 and 64GB (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Apple anti-consumer design of their phones has now infected their desktops and laptops as well. Apple has given the middle-finger to 30+ years of standard personal computer design practice. Want to upgrade anything? Buy a whole new computer. Any part breaks? Buy a whole new computer.

Any single reason they give for it is utter BS. Anyone who buys into it is a gullible blind sheep. I'm sorry, but I've seen too many companies do exactly what Apple says they can't for me to give an ounce of credibility to their pathetic excuses. Computers smaller and thinner than Apple devices, with removable/upgradable components. Epoxied-in batteries, that are made part of the chassis along with they keyboard? Soldered-in RAM and SSD storage in computers twice as thick as other devices I own where the RAM and SSD are removable (and expandable). Keyboard spill = $360 part + tons of labor. At the end of the day, Apple does it for one reason and one reason alone: it gets more of their brainwashed cult of customers to buy more overpriced shiny devices more frequently.

Comment Mozilla has no clue how to version software (Score 2) 172

This isn't Firefox 39. This is Firefox 4.39

The idiots have totally jumped the track and lost all sanity and reason when it comes to proper practices in versioning. I haven't seen anything that warranted a +1 on the major version in ages, yet every time they integrate some stupid new advertising/social gimmick that should've been left as an extension, they bump the major version number. Or if no one has offered them cash recently to whore themselves out, they just bump it because they're bored out of some version-penis envy with Chrome.

And this coming from one of the historically biggest Firefox fans amongst my friends, family and colleagues. I've been promoting it since Phoenix, being a longtime Netscape and Mozilla user for many years before that.

Comment Re:I had the same problem (Score 1) 179

I replaced my Nexus 5 with a Samsung Galaxy S5 -- I really like the S5 (and removable SIM), but I hate Samsung's Touchwiz interface.

Which is one of the reasons I bought a T-Mobile S5 even though I'm on AT&T. Unlocked it, rooted it, installed Lollipop months before AT&T or T-Mobile released it. Been happy ever since.

I only had to suffer through Touchwiz and bloatware for a few days.

Comment Samsung has lost its way (Score 2) 235

No MicroSD slot and no removable battery means no sale for me. And from the posts on this forum, I'm far from alone.

When my S2 died a couple weeks ago I had already read the rumors that the S6 would lack these critical, basic features. So I went ahead and bought an S5. So glad I didn't wait for the anti-consumer S6.

Removable batteries are both about getting through a full day of hardcore usage without ever being tethered to a charging wire, as well as increasing the overal longevity of the phone by being able to replace it 2-3 years in when it no longer holds a decent charge.

Expandable storage isn't just about having more storage in the device. It's about being able to have safe storage independent of the device that can survive the device failing. Every night my phone does an automatic backup of all my apps and data to my MicroSD card. I can't tell you how many times this has saved me over the years, on multiple phones. More than once on my Samsung Captivate (original Galaxy S). More than once on my S2... including this most-recent time 2 weeks ago. I moved my MicroSD card over to my new S5, restored my data and I was right back where I left off.

And don't give me that crap about backing up to the "cloud". The "cloud" is a joke, and those of us in the Real World don't have data, let alone wifi access 24/7. Just because I don't have wireless signal doesn't mean I don't want my data backed up that night.

Every cell phone I've ever owned has had a removable battery, and every smartphone I've ever had has had a MicroSD card... including some non-smartphones from back when they were called TransFlash. There's no way in hell I'm going to start giving up these basic, core features of owning a phone. If Samsung doesn't get its head out of its ass, stop being stupid and stop being anti-consumer then the S5 could easily be the last Samsung phone I ever buy. I'll miss the OLED screen but they won't deserve my money at that point. I'll vote with my money and give it to a company that isn't into the business of screwing the user and forced-obsolescence.

Comment Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 115

Also, there's no reason cellular 911 service shouldn't be ultra-reliable.

http://www.mychamplainvalley.c...

What are the odds that all 4 of them will have ALL their overlapping cell towers in an area knocked-out?

What are the odds your family isn't all on a single cellular carrier, making you unable to take advantage of such redundancy?

Comment Re:backup for 911 (Score 0) 115

What is this land line you speak of?

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

Comment Re:backup for 911 (Score 0) 115

whats a landline.

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

Comment Re:backup for 911 (Score 2) 115

What landline?

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

Comment Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 1) 345

Wake me up when there's a Nexus device with a MicroSD slot. Until then, I couldn't care less about Nexus devices as apparently they don't care about me or all the other countless users who have learned and conditioned their usage of their smartphone around what used to be a standard, logical feature.

Comment Re:Microsoft Natural Keyboard, before they fschked (Score 1) 635

My old Northgate Omnikey keyboard had the keycap letterings not printed in paint, but as plastic molded throughout the entire thickness of the key. There was no possible way to wear it off. It was also full-mechanical with a metal base. Could be switched to Dvorak layout in 2 presses.

I miss that keyboard.

Anything cut to length will be too short.

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