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Comment: TOS bans use of third-party clients (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48937141) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I said "clients", which you wrongly inferred to mean getting them from the service provider.

I guess I made this mistake because WhatsApp has been fairly aggressive over the past week at blocking third-party clients, and I seem to remember that Snapchat "expressly prohibits" their use.

Comment: Parents will have to buy PCs (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48937103) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

So what you're saying is that programmers need more than an iPad?

Agreed. And with programming classes becoming more widespread in high schools, a lot of parents will have to upgrade their kids from an iPad to at least a Raspberry Pi if not a full-scale PC.

I wouldn't want to program on a netbook either

This is where my taste differs. During freezing or wet weather, I ride public transit to and from work, and in my satchel I carry a 10" laptop on which to work on hobby programming projects.

Comment: Windows Phone != Windows (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48931775) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows

...Phone. I visited with Windows 8.1 and got these:

You can use the whatsapp web client on your device so long as you have the app on a smartphone to register.

From the Android download page: "Tablet devices are not supported". I have no smartphone. Is a smartphone still a luxury, or has it become a necessity?

And as I said you can run the Android apps in bluestacks.

Is BlueStacks based on Google Play or AOSP? Android distributions based on AOSP lack Google Play Store and thus cannot download Google Play Store-exclusive applications. In any case, it appears that BlueStacks is something that "everyone's gonna have to install" just as Flash Player and Java used to be; did I miss something in my assessment?

Comment: Re:Sticker shock of a new computer (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48931641) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Laying that complaint at the iPad is like whining that you can't carry 4 people on the motorcycle you just purchased...

When you need to haul people, you can take the bus. What's the computing equivalent of public transit? And does it have the same drawback of not operating at night or on Sunday?

Comment: Re:Twice 8:9 (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48931625) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Side by side is pretty useless when your windows are 512x300

An 80-column-wide window with a 6-pixel-wide font is 480xsomething inside the chrome, which means two 80-column-wide windows can comfortably fit side-by-side.

On Windows RT you can split the windows and you don't end up with a bunch of useless chrome.

On Windows RT you also can't run a compiler and its output.

Comment: Twice 8:9 (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48929819) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

The display in my Dell Inspiron mini 1012 is even "worse" at 1024x600, yet 120 dpi doesn't cause a problem for my use cases. If you hate 16:9, think of it as two 8:9 windows side by side. And side by side is something you can do on a netbook or x86 tablet that you can't do on tablets that run a phone OS.

Comment: Let's compare prices (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48929807) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

A Windows laptop starts at $200 (source: hp.com) and should last at least four years if not physically mistreated. You may have to replace the rechargeable battery at the two-year mark, but I don't expect that to cost more than $60. How much does four years of cellular Internet access cost, let alone the EC2 or Azure subscription on top of that?

Comment: Re:Rent a truck, rent a PC (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48929097) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Amazon EC2? Window Azure?

You need more horsepower, you just give them your credit card #.

Both to them and to the cellular carrier. Connecting to them requires a valid subscription to Internet access. Doing so while riding transit requires a separate subscription to cellular Internet access in addition to what you already pay for Internet at home.

Comment: Multi-window and compilers (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48929085) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

What is it you imagine you can do on a 10" netbook laptop that you can't do on a tablet paired with an external bluetooth keyboard?

Anything that requires multiple windows on screen at once. One example is using a calculator that doesn't fill the screen. Another example is putting a source code window on one half of the screen and the output window on the other half.

Or applications that Apple has not approved. One of them is programming for a class or a hobby. Last time I checked, programming on iOS was limited to a small selection of interpreters for dynamically typed scripting languages such as Codea (a Lua interpreter) and Pythonista (a Python interpreter). On a netbook, on the other hand, if I want to use C++, Java, Fortran, 6502 assembly language, or any other language, usable tools are a sudo apt-get install away.

(For the purposes of this post, I'm treating the ASUS Transformer Book, Surface Pro 3, and other Windows x86 tablets as laptops. My objection is not to the tablet form factor but to the restrictions inherent in iOS.)

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