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Comment Re:Warranty Support? (Score 4, Informative) 186

The original "Pebble" was "assigned" to an "Assignee" corporation, which sounds a lot like a bankruptcy trustee. It appears this is the way it's done in California. (I would be happy to hear from someone who knows more about this.) So, no, Fitbit is not obligated to do anything. They bought _some_ IP from the assignee which allows the assignee to pay off some of the creditors.

Comment Re:HP Envy x360 15 (Score 1) 284

I won't buy a laptop *without* a number pad.

How often do you actually use the keypad, and is it worth the annoyance of having the entire keyboard shifted to the left? You can also forget about anything with a 13- or 14-inch screen if you insist on a built-in keypad.

For the few occasions where I might need to enter lots of numeric data, there are USB keypads.

Comment Re:same as it ever was (Score 1) 284

To be fair the machines with soldered on RAM are often that way because they already have the maximum that the chipset supports.

The thinnest notebooks out there use soldered-on RAM more than likely because sockets would make them thicker. It's not just Apple that's following this approach, either; I have a Dell Latitude 7370 that's fixed at 8 GB RAM. I wouldn't be surprised if a fair number of other "ultrabook" models took the same approach.

(Apparently the entire bottom panel is still removable with some screws, and the SSD is an M.2 (?) unit that can be replaced with something of larger capacity. Nobody's figured out a sufficiently low-profile method for accomodating RAM upgrades, though.)

Comment Re:teeny little screens (Score 2) 105

The point on a mobile device is pretty dubious, actually. Who in the world would like to watch a move on the tiny little screen?

When it's hanging off the seat in front of you, the average cellphone or tablet screen is big enough. Pop it into an Airhook and it'll just about be at eyeball height. I caught up on a couple of shows that way flying home this past weekend.

Comment I used to work for an "Idea Man" and it sucked (Score 2) 332

I used to work for a (bigger than small but smaller than medium) family owned business doing web development.

The CEO and President were brothers, they were the sons of the owner.

One of the two was the idea man. He'd see something on a competitor's website or he'd read about it somewhere and call a meeting to find out what would be needed for us to do it too. We'd discus it, start developing a plan and get to it and three days later, there'd be another newer, shinier thing that he wanted us to work on. It was soul-crushing because we never got to follow through on anything. I was very happy to leave that place.

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