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Comment D&D and Tech Don't Mix (Score 1) 76

I'm not a fan of mixing D&D and tech. I don't want to play virtually, and I don't want a bunch of phones and tablets and laptops at the gaming table. I want to get out my AD&D books (1e, of course), papers, pencils, and dice and sit around a table with my friends. No checking facebook or getting text messages or browsing the web. No distractions. Maybe some low-volume Sabbath or Yes on the turntable, but that's about it...

Comment Meh (Score 1) 65

I wear a Roamer mechanical watch (Swiss made, 1955, 17 jewel MST movement) and don't see the appeal of a watch with an operating system. Even if I were part of the target market for smart watches, I'd want tight integration with my cell phone and its apps, and I'd expect Apple or Google to be able to implement that better than a third-party OS. Guess we'll see, but I'm not expecting great things from this.

Comment Re:we know what vs is - did anything change? (Score 1) 195

VS is not my first choice when developing software (it's not terrible, but feels bloated and heavy), but I need to use it for some of my work development tasks (lots of Windows-focused .NET stuff). The things I'm most interested in, at the moment, are the improvements in support for ES2015, JSX, and node.js integration.

Comment Re:Long time Mac user will defect on next purchase (Score 2) 230

Yeah, I pretty much already jumped ship. Used Macs and iPhones for years, but my current phone is an Android (Cyanogenmod) and my current main computer is a custom-built desktop running Linux (Arch). I still have a Mac laptop, but as things stand, my next laptop purchase won't be another Mac.

Comment Varies by device (Score 1) 319

For my laptop (Mac OS X): update as soon as updates are available, unless it's a major update (i.e. a new OS version, not just a patch). If it's major, I'll usually wait a bit and see how it goes in the wild with early adopters, first. For my desktop (Arch Linux): Arch uses a rolling release model, so I do a daily check on what's available and then decide if I want to apply those updates immediately or wait. This depends on what is being updated. If it's the kernel or Xorg I might wait a bit. For minor stuff I usually go ahead and update right away. For my phone (Android): At the moment I'm running Cyanogenmod. I don't flash new nightlies very often; I tend to stick with one I find stable. I do like to keep fairly current, though. I apply app updates as soon as they're available. For my tablet (Android): It's a Nexus version and I never bothered rooting it or anything, I just get the updates as they come.

Comment Re:Real Money (Score 1) 346

Not much different than putting your money into an account at a bank, then. Those "demand deposits" aren't legally your money, either, they're the bank's (which is essentially why the bank can do things with "your money" -- like loaning it out or investing it -- without being accused of theft or fraud). They've just agreed that they'll pay you back on demand.

Comment Re:Hack it to disable it (Score 1) 199

A quick look at the android source suggests that one could disable these by changing the default return value of the switch statement in com.android.cellbroadcastreceiver.CellBroadcastAlertService.isMessageEnabledByUser() to false rather than true. There are better approaches (e.g., adding a toggle switch to the settings), but at first glance that looks like a quick and easy way to do it (assuming you're able to build and install your ROM from source code -- but this *is* Slashdot...). I guess that doesn't help if one is an iOS user, though.

Comment Re:Really object to emergency information ? (Score 1) 199

Seriously? In a large scale disaster (hurricane, earthquake, etc) you would be irritated by getting a free text telling you...[whatever]

Why should he need to explain his reasons to you (or to anyone)? If he doesn't want to receive such a message on his phone, why shouldn't he be able to block or reject it? You'd rather force the message on him because you think it's a good idea, even if he doesn't?

Comment Reasons I'll Boot Into Windows (Score 1) 1215

For work and day-to-day use, I prefer a Unixy OS. My main workstation runs Fedora, and my laptop is a Macbook Pro. I find Windows to be clunky and limited and weird, and its command line is just plain awful. That said, I do sometimes boot into Windows for two reasons: 1. Dota 2 2. Netflix I know I could probably solve #2, but I haven't felt it's worth the effort since I still would have Windows around just for #1. If Steam ports Dota 2 over to Linux then I'll probably kiss Windows goodbye, completely. And I won't miss it.

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