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Comment Replacing USB-A with USB-C != removing USB (Score 4, Informative) 307

Apple may get rid of the USB 3.0 port

I've only heard about plans to replace USB-A with USB-C, not to eliminate USB ports. USB-C is an actual standard that already exists. USB-A to USB-C adapters are easy to come by, and as time goes on, more and more devices will be using USB-C. I have no problem with this. In fact, my cell phone already has a USB-C port.

Comment what about potholes? (Score 1) 168

I'm sure road sensors can be helpful, but they can never tell the whole story about the road. If an autonomous car can't detect potholes, flooding, or other unexpected road conditions, then it's not truly autonomous. And I'm not sure what a car with advanced-enough sensors to detect these things would gain from roadside sensors. Yes, it's important to know where the road's location, but knowing the road's condition is at least as important.

Comment Depends... (Score 1) 157

Do you mean by personality, and appearing to know what he's talking about? Pence won that.
Do you mean being generally truthful, and not not lying about everything you've been challenged about? Kaine won that.
Do you mean who actually convinced me that he has good ideas, and would actually bring something useful to the table? I didn't notice either person doing that - they were too busy talking about their running mates.

Comment ok (Score 1) 474

Astronauts have to be prepared to die. People who sailed to America had to be prepared to die. Explorers in general have to be prepared to die. So what? It would be newsworthy if he said such people would be 100% safe (because that would mean either he had amazing technology, or he turned into a lying jerk).

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 2) 153

Some of us use our phones as phones. I have all of the applications I need installed now, weather, a few other things, and nothing since. Smartphones make for shitty computing devices, shitty game devices. They do okay as phones though.

I very rarely use my phone as a phone. However, I even more rarely download new apps. When I first bought my phone, I installed a bunch of apps that I knew I'd use regularly, and have installed very little since then.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 495

So the 3.5mm jack takes up too much space in a device meant to fit in your pocket. I'm not sure I agree with the decision, but I follow the reasoning. And an RJ-45 port for ethernet would have made Macbooks too thick. Yes, this is true, and I have a thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter plugged into my Macbook at work. What possible reason could there be to eliminate a 3.5mm port on a laptop? Is it too big? Really? My laptop's screen and keyboard don't have to go completely to the edge of the case - I can deal with a small border. I can deal with a few extra cubic centimeters in the computer reserved for various ports if it means I don't have to carry about a special dongle.

While we're at it, how about asking customers how often they use the letter 'x'? Think of how much space could be saved if we just removed that one key! (Don't worry, you can still type 'ks' to get the same phonetic sound.) Now that I think of it, 'c' is redundant too - we kan get by with the letters 'k' and 's' there as well.

If it's really just about size, why not try using a 2.5mm jack instead? At least any converters wouldn't need any proprietary technology. Just because I don't use it all the time doesn't mean I don't need it.

Comment I use it more than any port except the charger (Score 3, Interesting) 495

I own a (older) Macbook Air, an Android phone, and a Sandisk mp3 player. I use the same pair of earphones interchangeably between these devices. (Actually, I have a few pairs for different environments.) I've never needed any kind of special dongle (unless you count the charger, though both my phone and mp3 player charge via micro USB). I really like my Macbook, but if they keep pulling crap like this, my next laptop won't be made by Apple.

Comment Re:Play Permissions (Score 1) 395

You can try to deny Google Play access to your handheld's location by opening the Settings app and digging through Apps -> Google Play Store -> Permissions, and flipping the switch for "location." But you'll be told you can't just shut out Google Play services: you have to switch off location services for all apps if you want to block the store from knowing your whereabouts.

Is this something new in Nougat? (Does anyone even run Nougat on anything yet?)

I'm on Marshmallow (6.0.1), and I can turn off location permissions for the Google Play Store, and wasn't "told" anything when I did. Everything else works just fine. I can even turn on location for games or other apps, and they still work, and Google Play still doesn't have access to location. So I'm not sure what the summary is talking about, here.

I'm running Nougat, and could turn off location for Google Play Store exactly as you describe without issue (actually, it was already off on mine). I suspect the article meant Google Play Service.

Comment What did Tesla get wrong? What did Chevy get right (Score 1) 286

"A lot of things wrong with the Tesla model S are done correctly (my opinion) in this car... It gets down to my product ideas of balance and getting the most from the least. Try to make things simple and affordable but very adequate. This car hits my sweet spot."

That's great, but I'd love some details. I've never driven a Tesla or a Bolt, so I don't know much about them. I'd love to read an engineer's opinion about their strengths and weaknesses, but this vague quote isn't helpful at all.

Comment missing assumptions (Score 1) 990

Yes, the conclusion sounds reasonable, except it seems to overlook:

1. Affordability. This is improving, but even if we want to, most of us can't afford to replace our current non-electric car with an electric.
2. Charging access. This is also improving, but anyone who relies on street parking won't be able to charge their car at home.

It would be equally reasonable to say that riding in a taxi would meet 90% of drivers' needs. A taxi would get people to where they need to go most of the time. But for most people, it would be prohibitively expensive, and require extra time waiting for the taxi to show up in the first place.

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