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Comment: Yes! They've become pointless (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by stemarcoh (#43218829) Attached to: Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?
They used to be known for the keyboards - precise and firm with Insert/Delete/Home/End/PgUp/PgDown keys in a 3x2 layout. They used to have good trackpad button that worked perfectly with the red nav stylist thingy. The need to be distinct. They need to be the best. They need higher resolution; 1440x900 is an absolute minimum in my book. They need a solid keyboard. They need the 3x2 layout. They need a differentiating, defensible position. They've lost it. Sad.

Comment: Best keyboards - but alas, no more! (Score 3, Insightful) 347

by stemarcoh (#42525313) Attached to: Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die
Lenovo was one of the few vendors to retain the standard 2x3 key configuration for the Insert/Delete/Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys. This made it very easy to feel your way to these keys rather than a very unhelpful linear layout. It seems the newer models no longer retain this intuitive and most basic configuration. That was enough to hold my attention in the past even if it meant less CPU or other features that, in the end, don't matter that much to 95% of users (please don't yell at me, I know there are plenty who want the fastest, biggest, etc) But now, I can get any old laptop. They're all the same.

Comment: Re:You're a lazy excuse for a parent (Score 0) 311

by stemarcoh (#42391763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?
Just for the record, I've had two screaming toddlers on my lap, now super 12 and 8 year olds. Smart, well-adjusted, good in school, polite. And believe it or not, they don't have TVs in their rooms, we limit their screen time and they, wait for it.... READ! They have conversations. Yes, now that they're older, they play video games, have mobile devices. But I never would have given a toddler something that would soak up their attention from the real world. Call my post flamebait if you will, but I stand by my old-school ways (I'm not that old in fact) and believe human interactions and real-world experiences will always prove better than immitation alternatives.

Comment: You're a lazy excuse for a parent (Score 1, Insightful) 311

by stemarcoh (#42387919) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?
You've GOT to be kidding me! Are you serious? What the hell is wrong with you? Children that young need to experience THE WORLD not steer wide-eyed, slack jawed at a screen. You might as well put the poor thing up for adoption because you've already proven yourself to be a completely incompetent parent. This is so sad, so very very sad. I'll pray for your poor little child. (And I'm a devout atheist.) Let them play with blocks, with stuffed animals. Or, hey, has a novel concept - how about you, you lazy disinterested excuse for a real parent. Read them a freakin book. Bring them outside. Get a g*d d*mn puppy or kitten. The REAL WORLD people. The REAL WORLD is just on the other side of that plastic light emitting panel that your eyeballs are so hopelessly stuck to! GET A LIFE!! 6 months old. Oh my g*d!

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe