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Comment Re:Adventures in Vendor Lockin (Score 1) 111

Apple tries, but they aren't nearly restrictive as Amazon. If you want to use your iPad to read your Kindle books or watch Amazon Prime movies, for example, there are apps for that.

You're not going to use any of the Google Play apps on a Fire tablet without a fight, though, even though the tablet is based on Android.

Comment Adventures in Vendor Lockin (Score 1, Interesting) 111

I guess that I could make sense for Amazon to undercut the price of their competitors for their tablet since they can configure Fire OS to only allow purchases from Amazon.

Want an movie? Buy it and download it from Amazon! Want a book? Buy it and download it from Amazon! Want some music? You get the idea.

Did we mention that you get a discount and some "free" downloads if you sign up for Prime? Come on, it's only $99 a year!

I'm sure that they'll make it difficult as hell to sideload apps and download content to the tablet via USB as well. No thanks, I'll pass on this one.

Comment Re:Unlimited for one year (Score 5, Funny) 418

I never understood why they give you all of this parental time off during the first year, when the baby spends a lot of time sleeping and is mostly stationary. In parenting terms, that year isn't the hardest one to handle unless the baby is colicky and can't sleep well.

They should REALLY give you the extra time off when the kid is two years old and is trying to break anything that isn't either locked up or three feet off the ground every time you turn your back on them.

Forget Maternity and Paternity Leave... Give me Toddler Leave, dammit!

Comment Re:I Wish (Score 2) 99

Yeah, I would love to see a real high end enthusiast processor with 8 cores, hyperthreading, a 4+ GHz clock speed, and no integrated graphics.

I'm thinking THAT processor would have more than a puny 30% performance increase over a 4 year old Sandy Bridge part.

Maybe they could brand it with something new like "Core i9 Extreme Edition" to make it sound even more badass to the l33t gamer types.

Comment Re:The Firefox OS project needs to be terminated. (Score 1) 128

Wow, that phone review was really sad.

It's particularly depressing considering that you can now get a $20 Android phone from your local Family Dollar or Dollar General without a contract that will outperform it in practically every performance and feature category.

Comment Re:Can the new buyer be worse than DICE? (Score 1) 552

Well... I guess that they could get bought out by someone like Microsoft or Oracle.

If you think that the stealth sponsored Dice posts are annoying now, just wait for the "10 reasons why you should upgrade to ProductX today! Number 7 will SHOCK you!" type product promo posts.

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 317

Yeah, it's usually been a bad idea to let Windows update it's own drivers. They have a bad habit of downgrading things like Video drivers with older "Microsoft Certified" versions, and break/remove a bunch of features in the process.

Almost every other Windows version treats driver downloads as "optional" so they aren't automatically installed even if Automatic updates are on. Has this changed with Windows 10?

Comment Re:I find it intersting this article exist: (Score 3, Informative) 405

I have that Acer Aspire One with the same system specs as well. It's running Windows 7 fairly well, but even doing something simple like watching a Youtube or CNN video on it will bring the entire system to it's knees. It just doesn't have either the memory or the processing power to decode video with a decent framerate.

I guess that it would be fine if you used it for word processing with an old version of Word, but it simply cannot handle a modern web browser.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle