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Comment Re:Where have I heard that before (Score 3, Interesting) 609

And the UK has a majority government with only a third of the votes cast, only a quarter of the total electorate.

The thing with governments, prime ministers and presidents though is that you have to have someone doing the job. There are some checks and balances to potentially limit what they can do, and you have to have another vote on them in a few years.

Leaving the EU isn't like that. Theoretically we could choose to reapply after we have left, but the terms would be different, and there is no guarantee that we would be welcomed. There is no fixed term to say we will re-evaluate it in four years, or four years after that, etc. It's not an absolutely permanent position, but it's a fundamentally more rigid.

Comment Re:Complainers gonna complain (Score 1) 675

I'm not going to buy it.

Then again, I only bought a laptop last year, so I wasn't in the market anyway - but if I was, I wouldn't buy it.

But, as laptops usually have an average of 3 - 5 years life, then you might say up to 80% of the future market for upgrades weren't ready to buy one now anyway.

Surely that 80% should be allowed to be vocal that the changes are heading in the wrong direction, otherwise there is no chance of Apple listening to feedback in even the medium term.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 596

Users are also capable of not telling the truth. The logs are almost certainly accurate.

That doesn't entirely rule out a fault - if the system erroneously reads a 100% accelerator pedal depression, then it will record that and act on it; the error then being in the sensor, not the logging or action taken by the car.

But when somebody is parking, they are going to press the brake to stop - and if they find they are not stopping, or accelerating, they'll press it harder. So a 100% depression is also consistent with someone mistakenly pressing the accelerator instead of the brake.

When you make it possible to the blame the car, some people are going to do so instead of taking responsibility. On balance, I'm inclined to believe this was user error.

Comment I have some sympathy... (Score 2) 359

The immediate reaction is to say it is silly that they are not offering a 64-bit version.

But many developers are likely using a number of extensions - which will currently be 32-bit because that's what Visual Studio is, and 64-bit would require all the extensions provide new versions as well.

It probably wouldn't take a huge effort to offer Visual Studio as both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (just like Office). But a more useful - although much longer - use of engineering effort would be to take the full Visual Studio experience on to the CLR.

Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 1) 216

My initial thought was to worry about the safety of the flight - more so than a car, where it's easier for you to get cold feet about the car or driver and change your mind.

And I suppose you can't do much about a lunatic thinking they can book it and then hijack it / blow it up.

But actually, in terms of airworthiness of the plane / pilot - well, you kind of hope that the pilot has a vested interest in making it to their destination safely too.

Comment Re:If they're so smart... (Score 1) 160

The UX is *horrible*

- random jumps of categories, when all you want to do is go to "my list".
- "my list" on the TV app is frequently out of date
- the TV app often shows the wrong image for the entry
- the TV app crashes too frequently
- apps don't always remember that you are logged in / they change the log in procedures
- expiry dates are now completely hidden (used to be easily visible on the "My list" of the website

Add to that, it has always been difficult / impossible to accurately see what has been added recently (thank god for "New on Netflix" - without that site, the service would be completely unusable).

Every single change they've made to the website / apps since I signed up for the service a couple of years ago has made it worse. And there is no sign that they are actually listening to what people need from the service.

Comment scenarios where Launcher Shortcuts make sense (Score 1) 68

None. There are none.

Assuming that this is the same as 3D touch (which it looks to be), that is... well, at best 3D touch is a useless feature that doesn't work reliably and you can ignore. At worst, it's yet another overloaded function on an interface that gets in the way and causes problems.

It's a pity that phone / OS manufacturers are too busy focusing on silly gimmicks, instead of rock solid reliability, responsive UIs that don't require a ton of CPU / GPU power and longer battery life.

Comment What are they smoking? (Score 1) 171

I bought a Kindle Voyage. It was quite expensive, but at the time, the front light and higher resolution was somewhat justifiable. But that's now been eroded by the Paperwhie, and if I was buying now, there isn't much point in the Voyage.

Now they bring out a device that's nearly twice the price of the Voyage. While I appreciate e-ink for reading, that's an awful lot for a one trick pony. And for what added value? An unnecessarily long battery life?

I sure hope they weren't expecting any sales.

Comment People should pay attention (Score 1) 252

I hate April Fools. I don't like the idea the Google did this, and I think there are things they could have done differently in implementing it.

But, it still was an unusual looking send button, in an unusual position. I get that people don't fully understand what the mic drop button is going to do - but still, that's as good a reason to just not use it. And it wasn't that hard to choose not to use it.

This is all rather symptomatic of a larger problem in society - that people just don't pay attention to what they are doing. Whether it's walking into you while they are chatting or texting on a mobile, or walking into and falling down a lift shaft without looking to see if the lift is there.

We all need to slow down a bit, take a breath, and pay attention to what we are doing.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 177

There is a fair bit of misunderstanding in the original post.

At the end of the day, IFTTT provide a service. And they provide a means to provide content to / access content from the service. And from time to time they update it.

If you want to participate, then you need to implement the service, and if you want it to keep working, then you keep it up to date.

It's got nothing to do with anybody else "owing" IFTTT anything - IFTTT are just defining what it takes to provide their service.

Nobody is being forced to support IFTTT, it's a choice. Things don't work by magic - somewhere, somebody has to choose whether they want to work with the other.

Comment Same old arguments, same old nonsense. (Score 2) 301

Lets cut to the chase - the market for tablets will always be smaller than phones. For many people, the phone will do enough, and for others they will have a laptop that the tablet can not completely replace.

But that's not really a problem - tablets are viable as long as they are profitable. They don't have to break sales records. And as they are essentially phones with larger screens and batteries, as long as you are producing phones as well, the marginal cost of developing tablets as well is relatively small.

Ultimately though, we're just doing the wrong thing comparing tablet sales with phone sales, just because they are considered "gadgets". The key difference is the way we purchase them.

So many phones are purchased on contract, with subsidized prices. People aren't faced with a high ticket price, and the contracts are encouraging us to change our phones every 12 - 24 months.

With tablets, we are generally paying that high ticket price, and the performance of the devices and complexity of apps are not increasing quickly enough to drive fast upgrades.

Tablets have a naturally lower sales rate than the devices we are comparing them to, and not making unrealistic sales expectations is not the death knell.

The biggest threat to the iPad may be the success - or lack of - the iPhone 7. Due to the nature of the ecosystems, we're far more likely to own a tablet with an OS that matches our phone, As long as we keep consuming iPhones, the iPad will still take it's share of the tablet market. If people move away from iPhones - maybe because of a possible headphone jack removal - then the tablet sales will likely drift away too.

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