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Comment Re:But the requirements (Score 1) 329

Right? I've been working on my current project for a little over 2 years, and I'm not entirely certain I've seen anything resembling requirements, and we've delivered several working versions of the product used in production. Then someone walks by and says "But why doesn't it do X..." and we start the whole process over again.

Comment Re:Always wait for the S version (Score 1) 112

The way Verizon currently handles the iPhone and the Galaxy S line is on a yearly upgrade cycle now exactly as you described. I pre-ordered the 7 Plus to replace my strangely behaving Note Edge, and I'll be able to get the new iPhone when it is released, without having to go straight to Apple.

Comment Still a bit much (Score 1) 238

That's still a bit much for an impulse buy. I can see if you're in the market for a new TV, and have the disposable income, where it would be enticing. I don't think it would seem that great a deal to most uninformed consumers standing in their local big box store trying to figure out the difference between these and a standard LCD TV, not understanding, and making the decision based on price.

Also, has LG kicked in some money for advertising here lately? First their threatening to include wifi on everything, now a point by point presentation about their OLED sets.

Comment LTE (Score 2) 58

I thought the whole point of LTE was Long Term Evolution (says it right there on the tin). 5G seems to be built around millimeter wave, which has some pretty severe distance limitations, meaning it is feasible for networks to deploy this technology in highly dense population areas primarily. What's the point?

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

I like living in WV. Low personal and property taxes, low population density, and varying temperatures throughout the year. And this area really is gorgeous in the fall when the leaves start to change. Plus we are close enough to reach some very nice vacation spots within a reasonable drive (anything under 12 hours is reasonable to me, results may vary.)

The downside is there really isn't any kind of night life to be had, but I'm basically a hermit, so it doesn't bother me all that much. Annoys the family a bit, though.

Comment Re:Six of one.... (Score 1) 67

I get your point about subscription services still having advertisements. Amazon Prime stuff has started popping ads at the beginning of shows when I watch them, but they're relatively short and not inserted into the middle of the stream so they do not bother me.

I'm not entirely sure SlingTV or Playstation Vue could go ad free though, given their model is just to live stream the actual broadcast channel.

Comment Re:Slashdot is officially worse than breitbart now (Score 1) 191

As a resident of West Virginia I find this...completely accurate. Even for those of us physically in the state that just wanted to be left alone it was damn near impossible to get away from the constant screaming.

For me the arguments in comments are the entertaining part of /. anymore. Gives me something to distract myself with while I'm at work.

Comment Re: Microsoft office is for Cars which lock you in (Score 1) 196

The usefulness of buttons on the wheel should be maximized in controlling the interface to avoid having to "peck touchscreens or distant buttons with fingers", and multiple types of feedback - visual, tactile, auditory, etc - should reinforce the driver's sense of what actions he's taking in what context.

Microsoft and Ford are already close to this in existing cars with the Sync system. My 2015 Fusion, using the controls on the steering wheel, is actually very intuitive, and the voice control features aren't terribly implemented either. The menu affecting the vehicle itself is front and center in the instrument cluster, and is easy enough to glance at without completely distracting yourself from the road.

They do need to work on the feedback, though. If you're not using the voice controls, there almost isn't any outside of the tactile feel of pressing the button. Overall, what they're talking about here seems to be a good step in the right direction from existing technology.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's convinced me (Score 2) 152

A home computer in 1980 could do way more than any cheap piece of plastic one of these printers will ever produce. Those kids would be better off with VIC-20's and Sinclairs, and they would be a lot cheaper.

I have to agree with this one.

My youngest daughter is now in middle school, 7th grade. Her school did not get a Makerbot donated to them, but they did purchase one for the computer lab. I have issue with this, but not because they have a 3D printer. It's because they spend money like this constantly (this isn't the only purchase they've made that I have issue with) and yet they do not even have the proper course materials available for students.

She has a total of one textbook. And it's of the dead tree variety. I don't believe that they need to make the immediate move to digital, though I think it would be beneficial. I have issue with the fact that they just do not have textbooks for all but one of her classes. So if she is having issues with the material that her teacher feels the need to send home with her, there is nothing for her to turn to for assistance.

Thankfully her mother and I are capable of helping her, but what about the students that don't have the family resources available to them for help? We also help tutor one of my daughter's friends, as her parents are either not capable or not willing to make themselves available to do so, but we cannot take on every student that needs help. We do not have that kind of time.

For students in her age range, this is nothing more than a toy. And a waste of money.

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