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Comment This is what I'd need to consider buying the XBone (Score 1) 137

Zero-fuss Mouse + Keyboard + Homeworld Deserts of Kharak. That would make me curious.

Basically it goes like this:
Turn the XBox One into an affordable zero-fuss gaming PC and I'm in.

Since that's not happening because it would directly canibalise MSes OEM market - probably the only place they still make money selling Windows - this most probably won't happen.

So, no, I don't think I'm getting an XBone.

Concerning consoles in general: I see their point and I do have the last edition of the XBox 360 (my very first console) + ~30 bargain-bin priced GOTY/Ultimate/Directors-Cut/Platinum Edition gaming titles that each have won multiple awards for being excellent, superb and whatnot. The whole package was dirt-cheap and I have gaming fun for years to come - so no big pressure here to get a new console.

Comment No. I wait a few years. Always. (Score 1) 151

I switched from Snow Leopard to Maveriks roughly 2 years ago, and only because a piece of software - I think it was Kaleidoscope - didn't work with Snow Leopard anymore. Maveriks is staying. Don't see me moving to El Capitan with my 2011 MB Air anytime soon.
As for my Linux Workstation Laptop: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS it still is. I might upgrade within the next 10 months or so.

I stick with tried, true and mature Software for all mission critical stuff. It's annoying enough as it is upgrading from one version to the next. Might aswell be one that is known to work. That and skipiing every odd version at least works for me aswell.

Comment Shame I don't have ... (Score 1) 126

... my old Cyrix 200+ with 75Mhz Motherboard running Windows 3.11 and DOS 5 around anymore. Dang, missed a free laptop. ...

However; I do have my Sharp PC 1403 lying right here, strip-printer, datasette and all. I wonder it that counts. It *is* a PC - as in Pocket Computer - but a PC none-the-less. It's got kick-ass multimedia capabilities too - as you can see here. I'd be impressed if they get Windows 10 running on that.

But I'll also take the free Laptop, thank you.

Comment Re:I hope it goes without bloodshed ... (Score 1) 153

Who the hell are you to decide what's right and wrong for Turkey? That's nobody's business but the Turks. They'll decide for themselves what they want to have, and if Islam is what they want then that's what they get. Erdogan was elected democratically.

So was Hitler. The point about democracy is that even its elected leaders have to follow its rules. Which Erdogan evidently doesn't. He redoes the constitution to suit his whim, cleanses Universities, locks away people not in party line, removes power from the courts, incites witch-hunts, has close to 300 charges for "insulting the president" ongoing including the incarceration of minors, etc. I'm not the guy to ask for military coups and apparently, as news rolls in, this isn't quite the usual coup but some other faction just as backwards as the guy in charge. Also, it didn't go without bloodshed. ~300 people dead. Not what anybody wanted.

But (big BUT): Now that Erdogan apparently has come out on top he'll probably turn turkey into a theo- and autocratic state even more so. I hope he doesn't, but I don't expect anything else from a guy who builds himself a presidential palace with 1000 rooms on tax money desperately needed elsewhere or does the things I mentioned above.

Make no mistake, Turkey is on the downslope and unless Erdogan takes this occasion to take a step back and start repairing the divide between conservative ismalists and kemalists, I see dark times coming up for Turkey. It's under this impression that one might had hoped for a coup that sort of works our for everybody in the end, but I guess those hopes weren't warranted.

My 2 cents.

Comment I hope it goes without bloodshed ... (Score 4, Informative) 153

... and I hope the military wins and reestablishes a working Kemalism.

Erdogan was a huge leap backwards for Turkey. They need to reestablish secularism and seperation of power.
And new rules and a new democratic election.

Keep your fingers crossed.
My thoughts and hopes are with Turkey now. Yours should be too.

My 2 Eurocents.

Comment Truely switching? Once a decade ... roughly. (Score 2) 331

I don't do ActionScript anymore (for Obvious reasons) and I've been doing more serious JavaScript lately (same reasons).

I moved into 'serious' PHP roughly 5 years back and will probably use it for another few years. I do various PLs on the side (C#, Python) but not as a mainstay.

I've been trying to pick up a truly compiled language (C++) for decades and now will probably finally do so. I generally like to pick up languages I expect to use until the day I die. That's why I only use FOSS PLs - ActionScript was a sole exception to that.

My 2 Eurocents.

Comment As a non-US citizen, I'd like to know ... (Score 1) 474

... what's the point about Twinkies?
Who eats these? (That's an honest question!)

Maybe some native USian can explain? ... Mind you, we eat some strange and heavy sweet stuff here in Germany - and those in the Link are seriously borderline and sugary enough to put an elephant into a diabetic coma (think super-soft fluffy marshmallow fluff covered with chocolate) - but I really don't get this Twinkies thing. The cake is basically air barely held together by something remotely resembly french bisquite dough and the filling looks, feels and tastes like something scratched from the bottom of a septic tank.

Once again: Why are Twinkies a thing in the US? Please explain.


Comment Tablets need to move to the next level. (Score 1) 170

Tablets are niche, tablets are useless, bladiblah ... lots of diminishing talk about tablets here.

Let me offer a different perspective:
I happen to be an accidental tablet user turned convinced tablet user. I got the HTC Flyer back when it's price was coming down. For programming and fiddling. I ended up carrying it with me every day pretty quickly. 1,5 years ago I replaced it with a 10" Yoga 2. Awesome device. 18hrs battery time and aside from programming and typing the best computer-stuff consumption device ever.

However, for tablets to gain attention and usage again, they need upgrades:

1.) Pen input. The HTC Flyer was sort of feasible with its pen, but not quite there yet. iPad Pro shows how it needs to be done, but those are way to expensive - an MB Air is cheaper. ... This will take another generation or two, but when we have affordable feasible pen input with that necessary maximum 20 millisecond delay, we can really start ditching paper finally and for real.

2.) Storage. The amount of storage on these devices is a joke. A tablet is also a prime media consumption device and as such should have the appropriate storage. 256 or 500GB minimum IMHO. I'm still waiting for that to happen. My trusty yoga falls short in this dept. just as much as any other old tablet for 99 euros.

3.) Battery time. The Yoga is the only tablet that is truly mobile in that regard and way ahead of anything else on the market. Way over 15hrs of uptime off the grid. Very nice and - IMHO - an absolute minimum must. Any tablet running under 15hrs should be ashamed of itself.

4.) Ruggedness. A tablet has to survive everyday use. Again, the Yoga is one of those rare exceptions, although even it could do better with an all aluminium back for sturdiness and heat dispersion. The flimsy thin apple devices aren't really setting a good example. Given, you do get a bazillion cases for the apple stuff, because Apple, but that bumps the already steep price of those by another 100 - 150 Euros. Meh.

5.) Zero-fuss file handling and transfer. Here's where all tablets, including the recent android ones, fail miserably. They all force you to go through a silly amount of hoops, half of which don't really work that well and reliably, to transfer data and files to and from them. Unacceptable. How am I supposed to accept a tablet as a serious device if this doesn't work??

6.) Repairablility. A tablet device even more than a smartphone lends itself to the idea of being opened for battery or screen replacement or storage upgrade. This needs to come before people use them for really serious stuff, no matter how powerful they are. Sturdy cases with screws and solid repairablity is what's needed.

7.) RAM. 2 gigs of RAM is silly, and that's a lot by tablet standards. 4-8gigs are minimum for a tablet in regular use and with reliable pen processing. This should be a no-brainer aswell, but tablet vendors have yet to deliver (and no, that MS tablet notebook surface thingie for north of 2000 euros doesn't really count as a tablet as an everyday everywhere universal handheld consumption and computing device)

8.) Convergence. Last but not least, tablets need to be fully ready for convergence by the next generation - that's just about a no-brainer. Apple is preparing that already in their slogans and, for once, Ubuntu & Aquaris/BQ and Remix/Jide have actually gone ahead and shown how it's done. This has to be a regular thing, also if mobile OSes are involved. I expect tablets to be way more positioned to lead the convergence revolution than smartphones. I'm sure that's going to happen within the next 3 years.

Bottom line: I love myself a good tablet (as outlined above) and I love the fact that they are basically the upgrade to books, magazines, notebooks and portable TVs/VCRs all wrapped into one. I think they shoudln't go away and have yet to reach their actual potential.

My 2 eurocents.

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