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Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 355

Saying that an extreme cold temperature is evidence that there's no climate change going on is like saying "how can there be a tsunami coming? there's no water at all on the beach!!"

With extreme highs can come extreme lows.. the whole system is going out of whack. But the overall trend is steadily upwards.

Comment Re:Apple is copying...Lenovo? (Score 1) 238

And that's a fair opinion. I don't pretend to speak for all people -- especially in the realm of ergonomics. I just don't like it when people feel the need to speak for *me*.

Currenly, the machines Apple currently make work really well for me and my team. Could they be better? god yes. They've made some bone-headed decisions over the years.

For example.. why aren't the Mac Pro graphics cards the same? They're actually mirror images of each other which is dumb. Or why isn't there a machine with the form factor somewhere between the Mini and the Pro but the performance of the iMac (ie. a headless machine in the middle)?

But, for all their faults, their hardware and software best fit most of my needs across the board. And when my needs don't align with their offerings I either compromise or I buy something else.

Comment Re:Apple is copying...Lenovo? (Score 2, Interesting) 238

I think your definition of professional is different than mine.

I write software every day on my MBP. It's got a ton of ports and the battery lasts me more than an entire working day. The keyboard is *fantastic*. I used to have a ton of RSI problems with all of the typing I do. I tried many different keyboards over the last 20 years (ergonomic/split keyboards included). It wasn't until I started using the thin aluminum mac keyboards that all of my wrist and finger pain went away for good. The current MBP laptop keyboards are similarly fantastic for me.

I've typed on the new super thin MB keyboard for maybe 10 minutes and at first blush the keys feel fantastic to me. Just enough response and feedback but very low finger strain. The jury is still out on whether I could handle it for 8 hours a day, every day but the indications point to yes. I can spend 5 seconds on a shitty keyboard and I know I don't like it.

I travel sometimes multiple times a month with my laptop. I want the thinnest and lightest I can get while also getting the performance I want (the current crop of MBPs gives me that). 7-10 hours of battery life is way more than enough for me.

I run (and write software for) 3D animation software and rendering software on my MBP. The graphics system is just fine for what I need when I'm travelling. It's not going to compete with my Mac Pro or the thousands of Linux CPUs in my render farm but I don't need it to.

I get a *ton* of work done with and because of my MBP.

This is not to say that everyone does or even should have my same experience or needs.. but neither is the converse true that no professional is like me in finding these machines to be basically perfect for them.

Comment No TV for me.. but not just Netflix (Score 1) 160

Pretty much everything my wife and I watch comes from three sources:

Netflix, shomi (a canada only streaming service similar to Netflix) and the iTunes store. We subscribe to all of the current TV we like (8 or so shows I think) on iTunes. We download and watch them every week whenever we want. The rest comes from streaming services. I haven't done the math but I'm pretty sure that the total cost still comes out to less per month than cable TV. Even if it were more expensive I wouldn't care since the convenience and lack of commercials are worth every penny.

We don't much care about live sports or newscasts so there's really no need for us to have traditional cable/pay TV. It's been more than a decade since I've felt the need for a cable subscription.

Comment Re: Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

Not sure there's much point responding to an AC but what the hell.

re: screenshots
I don't think you're correct about 2.2.. maybe some maker or another skinned it in but by and large this feature wasn't built into Android until 4.0. In either case it was on iOS first.

re: notifications
I didn't say notifications were on iOS first. I said that having notifications on your lock screen were.

re: iOS 1 and 2
Android before iOS emerged bore about as much resemblance to Android 1.0 (nevermind a modern version) as my shoe resembles a teacup.

Comment Re: Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

I don't know how to respond to this other than to say that tethering was a new feature in android 2.2..


I can't know for sure but I suspect your friends were jailbreaking because, even though the OS supported tethering.. some US carriers didn't allow it (AT&T comes to mind, if I'm recalling correctly). But the feature existed on iOS a year before Android 2.2 and if your carrier allowed you to use it then you could (I know I did).

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 2) 242

As for android's back button.. here are the things it can do:


When the previously viewed screen is also the hierarchical parent of the current screen, pressing the Back button has the same result as pressing an Up button -- this is a common occurrence. However, unlike the Up button, which ensures the user remains within your app, the Back button can return the user to the Home screen, or even to a different app


The Back button also supports a few behaviors not directly tied to screen-to-screen navigation:

Dismisses floating windows (dialogs, popups)
Dismisses contextual action bars, and removes the highlight from the selected items
Hides the onscreen keyboard (IME)

None of which you will know what it's going to do until you press it. And the app maker can decide what it will do as they like.

Doesn't sound very consistent to me.

This guy doesn't find the Android back button very consistent:


Picture your phone. You open one app, navigate through a few pages, then jump home, open another app, and navigate through a few more. Then you press the back button. Most expect that this will open the previous screen, then the one before, and so on. In many cases, thats exactly what it does. The back button, with its seemingly straight-forward purpose, implies that pressing it will take you back to the previous screen. In many cases, it does not â" and even in those cases, its inconsistent.

On my Nexus 5 running the stock ROM and default launcher, when I open an app (Gmail, for example), navigate through, do some searches, and read an email, Ill have browsed through several pages. When I press the Home button, even if accidentally, Im take to the home screen -- just like youd expect.

To get back to Gmail, one would expect that Id just press the back button. In my case, youd be wrong. It doesnt work. Im just looking at the home screen, my navigation history is apparently lost. I can press that button a dozen times, and it does absolutely nothing. Why is it even there in that case?

To make matters even more frustrating, when speaking with others on the Pocketnow team, my experience cannot be reliably reproduced. Some devices take you back into the previous app, like youd expect, others leave you on the home screen.

Its frustrating, to say the least.

To add to the confusion, many (but not all) apps have a soft back button in the upper left of many of their screens. This button takes you to the previous screen inside the app, but goes away once you get to the top level. This apparently duplicates -- to a certain degree -- the functionality of the system-wide back button.

Yup.. super duper consistent. No guesswork there.

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 2) 242

No contradiction at all. Here's what you said in your post:

1) it's missing from many apps.
No it's not. It's only valid in certain apps.. but that doesn't mean it's missing any more than a google map is missing from my chess game

2) in the apps that do have one it is in a different location depending on the app
No it's not. It's always in precisely the same place

3) or depending on what screen you're on within the app
Still no. Always in the same place

4) and if it exists at all, it may take you back one level, or exit the app, or do something entirely different, you never know until you click it.
Not even close. The button tells you *precisely* what it's going to do and which app it's going to go to when you tap on it.

So.. like I said.. none of what you wrote is true. I'm not sure why you are revelling in this willful ignorance. You've got a fantastically mistaken view of what the iOS back button does, when it does it and how it does it.. but you're just gonna dig your heels in. It's hilarious and sad.

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 2) 242

On Apple devices it's missing from many apps, in the apps that do have one it is in a different location depending on the app, or depending on what screen you're on within the app, and if it exists at all, it may take you back one level, or exit the app, or do something entirely different, you never know until you click it.

It's becoming obvious that you haven't used an iPhone.

None of this is true.

The back button on iOS is very well defined, always in the same place when it's active, and it (quite explicitly, since it's in the label of the button) takes you to the previous app.

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