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Comment Re:Radios? (Score 1) 242

Good question. I don't know exactly how many radios we have around Mars right now- but yeah, the book does describe how the initial "abort" sequence (that leads to his stranding) damages all the radio equipment they have with them to talk to earth. All the suits, vehicles, etc are only designed to talk to other (ie- local/near) and not long haul to earth. Not sure how realistic that is, but that's what I got from the book.

Comment Re:Option to use the old UI? (Score 1) 190

I understand, preferences are preferences, but tabs on top always made the most sense to me. The address bar is an attribute of the current tab that you looking at. Going back and forth in history, all are functions within the context of the tab- so it makes sense that the address bar isn't global. ...but like I said, preferences are preferences.

Comment Re:We stopped using TiVo (Score 1) 490

I had the same same setup. Plus, I had the first generation models that still had commercial advance built into it. Those were the days. I dumped it because I was tired of the hacked IR/remote solution and just went with cable provided PVR, which I regret now, although I did have an experience with Moxi DVR via my cable provider that I did enjoy. That was a decent UI

Comment Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 346

Why repair what is not broken?


As for a browser in a smart phone, I am not convinced either. The screen is too small. Netbook maybe, a netbook with a flexible screen may work too. Or a smart phone with a flexible attachable screen in a roll. But how to work on a mobile phone screen? It is just too small.

I don't do much work on my mobile phone anyway, but browsing the web, and doing quick queries, I do ALL THE TIME and I have my phone in my pocket all the time too. It's a natural fit- I only use my laptop a couple times a week nowadays.

Comment Re:chrome is werid (Score 1) 346

I do usability for a living, and know that consistency and 'expected" behavior/locations are very important. I'm at odds though on things like this- the reason I use Opera is because I like that the UI is a little different. I like that Chrome and Opera are willing to try something different in their UIs- frankly, that's one of the things I really like about Chrome is the absent menu bar. I've turned it off of my Opera installs for as long as I've been able to, (and I have a FF plugin as well doing the same)

Comment Re:Lone Wolf (Score 1) 346

I paid for Opera back in those days. Sure a free browser is nice, but I'm willing to by software, particularly software I use 99.0% of the time I'm on my computer. I always viewed it as: what's it worth to me to have a browser with mouse gestures and tabbed browsing et al? Certainly the price of a couple of meals at TGI/Applebees/Shenanigans

Free and crappy/boring wasn't as good a deal as the 20 or 30 bucks I paid for the best UI out there at the time.

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