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Comment Some context (Score 1) 55

I bought one of these at launch, as I was looking for a cheap Android tablet that wasn't total garbage. Since B&N seems to be willing to take a hit or sell it at break-even in order to promote their Nook ecosystem, it's actually a really good tablet considering the price. It's basically a stock Android 6.0 tablet with Nook apps installed and Google Play, unlike Amazon's entry which is stuck with FireOS.

That said, to be clear, this is basically a relabeled off-brand tablet. In adb it shows up as "Southerntelecom". I'm willing to bet this same basic tablet is available for a few dollars more without the Nook logo on the back.

All of this to say that it's maybe less likely that B&N wanted to pinch pennies on the charger and more that the charger was a cheap POS to begin with because the whole gimmick with this tablet is that it's cheap. It may be why that issue with ADUPS showed up a while back (they have since patched it out). B&N sells cases for it at $22.99, nearly half the cost of the tablet itself.

Comment Re:Any insight into language design choices? (Score 1) 339

Well I think what he's saying is that right now you have

var someVariable:Int = 3
let someConstant:Int = 4

and you could have done

var someVariable:Int = 3
someConstant:Int = 4

so you just don't have to have a keyword make it be a constant.

And I'm curious to know too. I think it was probably just a style choice, or perhaps lessening the odds of accidental declarations, but it would be interesting if there was some technical reason for it.

Comment Re:Congrats! Apple screwed you to sell more headho (Score 2, Informative) 252

Fast forward a year or so and now Apple ONLY sells devices that can use wireless headphones in their most popular product.

You can plug in your old headphones using the adapter they include in the box (and sell replacements for $9), or you can use the wired Lightning Cable EarPods they also... include in the box. Heck, they sell replacements for those too.

I get that you're mad but your assertion that you can ONLY use wireless headphones is false in more ways than one.

And as for being mad that they bought a wireless headphone company and then did something to encourage usage of wireless headphones? That just says you don't understand how hardware companies work. Especially if you don't think every other phone manufacturer isn't about to do the same.

Comment Re:Twitter as a protocol (Score 1) 284

I think one of the differences between, say, twitter and email is that twitter's thing is that it's the one place where everything lives. As in, everyone can see Trump's tweets, you don't have to find the particular server that houses Trump's tweets. Email is decentralized - my email server houses my emails but it doesn't house yours. The protocols of email make it possible for email from your server to get to my server but while I can search my email, I can't search yours. With twitter though, I can search everything. I can see everything everyone's ever said, in theory.

As for being an open protocol, well there is the SDK for it and all but Twitter-the-company has been doing a lot lately to try and put the cat back in the bag on that one, being restrictive with keys and basically telling client authors to please just stop, after buying up each platform's best client.

Comment The summary is naive (Score 1) 341

From TFS:

...and also it needs to be pointed out that several movie companies have discarded these ideas before because they know that by offering you new titles so early they are going to lose on all the overpriced cold drinks, and snacks they sell you at the theatre...

OK first, "the movie companies" is hilariously vague - are you talking about the studios that make movies or are you talking about the theaters? They're not the same companies, pretty much ever.

Second, assuming you mean the studios - they see none of the revenue from the sales of concessions. None. They take the majority of the ticket price in most cases, usually on a sliding scale downwards from the week of release. A theater playing The Force Awakens on day one actually makes very little money on people seeing the movie. Maybe a dollar a person. They barely make enough to cover the costs of the janitors at the end of the night. This is also why they hate long movies - you can't have as many showings which cuts down the take further.

The theaters make their money on the concessions. That's why they're so expensive. That's why you can't bring your own. That's why the "dinner and a movie" chains like Alamo Drafthouse or Studio Movie Grill are thriving. That's just how the business works.

It's also why ideas like this generally fail because the major theater chains will usually refuse to carry movies that undercut them like this. There was a movie years ago called Bubble which released day one on PPV and DVD. You've never heard of it because theaters refused to carry it.

This is also why ideas like The Screening Room will include the cost of a ticket to your favorite theater in your rental price - so that the theater chains won't get mad.

Comment Re:It might be agile, but it's not Agile (Score 1) 332

You're doing it again - when someone points out the flaws in Agile, you say no that's not really Agile. I reckon Ray Morris has taken courses, read books, and comes to these conclusions.

I have to say, if Agile is so brittle that not even books and training courses can get it right, then why is anyone using it?

Comment Re:Disclaimer certainty (Score 1) 133

You didn't really expect us to write quality software for a competing OS that didn't eventually drive you over to Windows, did you? Silly user...

I think it's probably more that anything which isn't .NET or in any way cross platform already isn't coming along for the ride. Don't expect to compile anything that needs Win32 or COM or DirectX (which is also COM), etc. You would assume the decently savvy developer would already know or guess this but you can't be too sure, plus there's bound to be some executive somewhere that's thinking "alright, now we'll be able to get our Windows app on the Mac in no time!" not understanding anything about the underlying technology stack,

Also I would imagine what gets released this week is essentially going to be a free preview that's unfinished so naturally some stuff just isn't going to work right.

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