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Comment Simple interfaces. (Score 1) 180

the car radio is great for simple eye's free interaction. It's also good for discovering new channels both locally and as you travel. It's a great human interface. Cuing up something on my phone to play it tedious, clumsy and I end up laying the same things too often. Even streaming blows as it's just too complex and too many choices.

Someone needs to make a radio dial like interface for streamed music. limited selections so it stays not complex but evolves in with new music and also has things like NPR or BBC or whatever news channels you like.

Comment crap versus quality (Score -1, Redundant) 227

I have a bunch of really nice quality tools, socket sets and squares and digital calipers. I alos have five times as many disposo-tools I get from the $1 bargain bin. Cheap chinese crap. But it's convenient to have spare pares in my car or kitchen tool box and such. they work but they have their limits. Their main use is they are cheap so I can toss them out as they break.

Likewise I have way more android phones in drawers and chromebooks and windows machines than I do nice apple computers, laptops and tablets. But when I'm actually doing anything it's on my apples. THe others I use for my kids when we travel, or as controllers for games or as things I bought for cheap to try and see if I'd like them (chromebook). Their main benefit is they were cheap and disposable. Most have defects now like bad buttons, or bad batteries.

SO yeah here I am a canonical mac user but even I own more crap devices that are not mac. But Mac has 95% of my use-share.

One thing I would never buy is an expensive PC or Android device. They might very well have the same build quality as an apple. But that's not my use case. I only want the others because they are cheap and so I can have lots of them.

it depends on how you count. I'd count what people use.

Comment "As a cost-cutting measure..." (Score 4, Insightful) 32

This is the problem with subscription services; the provider can change their mind at a whim as to what they provide, leaving subscribers in the lurch. We saw it with the disappearing e-books a while back. Cell phone providers are changing plans all the time, as are TV providers. The situation will only get worse with Software-As-A-Service providers. What are you going to do when your budget software service goes under, or is acquired by a bigger provider and is shut down? Or when your backup provider stops supporting your OS?

... and this is on top of all the third party data sharing, affiliate advertising, and security bypass "features" that modern services employ.

I heartily recommend avoiding subscription services like the plague.

Submission + - What Linux word processor do you prefer?

goombah99 writes: I need to settle on a word processor for my Linux machine. Coming from a mac where I can use MS word, or my favorites Pages and Keynote, I am dreading returning to the clunky openOffice derivatives. Last time I used LibreOffice (a few years ago) it seemed unstable. So far I find that google Docs is the easiest and cleanest to use but it's not fully featured.

In terms of easiest to use in terms of human interface and getting the text like you want I have ever found is Pages/Keynote especially the version before the current one (which used the NeXT Inspector.) I'm hoping that since Pages sure looks derived from the NeXT style inspector interfaces that maybe there's some opensource workalike out there.

Anyhow I've read a lot of review of the open source writers but they just list features and don't really say what they like about it. What do you like and why?

Comment And it's steam powered too (Score 5, Informative) 94

Actually launching and retrieving flying vehiclies from massive airships is nothing new. the US Akron and US Macon were blimp aircraft carriers carring multiple planes able to both launch and retrieve.


the russians even built planes that other planes could launch from

and Darpa still wants these:

and both the russians and Lockeed developed concept aircraft based on nuclear powered super planes with runways built into them:
russina surface effects nuclear powered sea skimmer concept:

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