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Comment I switched long ago (Score -1, Troll) 112

I had no interest in Android and then a buddy showed me his phone and he pulled down this amazing notification slide and right there, RIGHT THERE he could turn on or off wifi, change brightness, turn on or off data - it was amazing.

The same functionality I had to hack to get SBSettings on my iphone was in, as default on Android. As far as I was concerned, Android is /literally easier to use/ - I didn't have to hunt and peck through settings to do these things.

Then there was the menu button! - it was in a consistent location! Always menu, always one spot, always back, always one spot - not anywhere on the goddamned screen that the dev wants, nope! Always in one location! This is incredible.
Sold my iphone 4, got a HTC HD2 (with Android) and moved from there since.

Never going back and anecdotally, I literally know of dozens of people who have switched and not a single one has gone back.
Apple isn't going anywhere, the iphone will always be around, but it's about to become the "tried and true" Nokia of the late 90's and 00's - just a reliable dumbphone - but if you want anything advanced or fancy, you go elsewhere.

Apple, no thanks.

Comment Mind boggling (Score 4, Insightful) 798

I've heard stories as described in the subject previously from Americans and it's /fully completely mind boggingly insane/
I can't even contemplate how it's legal in any possible way. I know you guys get shafted on terrible policies / regulations and I guess 'social norms' of how things are meant to be with cell phone usage but err yeah this takes the cake.

In Australia what's described in the subject, simply wouldn't occur, at all.
I have a BlackBerry Bold 9000 as my spare phone and use it purely as a voice only 2g phone, no data at all. My provider has no issue with this at all. If I put that same SIM inside an iphone or my Galaxy S3 - I simply end up with no data, my tough luck - if I want it, I need to call them and add a data plan to my account.

You can also get phones unlocked here, you can buy phones outright and you get different priced plans - so purchasing an outright high end smartphone can be paired with a fairly minimal data and voice plan if you just use it for casual browsing / twitter / facebook and you're near wifi all the time.

I realise getting angry isn't really a solution for you guys - but based on the article? I would be angry, extremely goddamned angry. It simply shouldn't be legal.

Comment Re:Did he do it at work or at home? (Score 1) 210

It's incredible just how often 'phone jobs' make their staff fucking miserable. If you're doodling / drawing you must be either not busy enough or not engaged in the conversations well enough to do your work properly.

Now I don't entirely agree with that, as someone who passes work out to the other staff, I can understand a small aspect of wanting the staff to look busy but I'd rather they were happy than miserable, often happy employees are more productive or at least easier to manage.

Any phone jobs I've had have been IT based, so my web browsing was traditionally, incredibly excessive but I've mostly got away with it throughout my career. None the less I can sympathise for sure. (There was a time when older women were welcome to do knitting during phone jobs, those days seem gone too as well)

Comment Serious answer you won't like (besides don't!) (Score 1) 550

Your taste in games is frankly,.... well it's what I'd expect guys to play, it's sports and MMO's for goodness sakes, while yes some girls play and love these games - the odds are WELL against you.

It's time evaluate yourself and your gaming future if you genuinely want your wife to get into it. My recommendation, which I hold in high regard no less! Is that you look at picking up a PS3 and actually just 'making' (letting?) her watch you play some vastly more story focused single player interesting games. Uncharted 1,2, 3 and Heavy Rain are absoloutely and utterly perfect examples of games which could at least convince a non gamer "hey,... golly.. maybe games aren't completely fucking stupid childish crap" because to be honest, that's what a lot of people STILL think about gaming.

  Well you could consider letting her play for a bit on those games while you play. Pass her the controller for a bit while you grab a drink in the kitchen or go to the bathroom, or just say 'here you try'
As for the games you should play once you've got her interested? I can't recommend Pixel Junk Monsters enough, it's an incredible game, the demo is free and coop works on it - try it.

Finally as someone who has dated several non gamers, the simpler games often are the best at the start, Mario Kart, Mario Golf worked for a fun afternoon also.
You need to focus on a fun and easy experience to make it easy initially.

Do not even consider MMO's for a very long time and try subject matter which is likely to interest her, some sports games might be ok in coop (I don't know) but I imagine the brain would switch off the second you pull out a sports game in most cases.
Embrace storyline focused single player gaming in general, it's good for you.

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