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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 245

I vehemently disagree about the praise for the 3.5mm headphone jack. The same problems it had in the '80s are still with us today.

The problem has always been, like every connector ever devised by humankind, "Good ones are good and cheap ones suck". I've got a Sangean portable radio that I've had at least 20 years, and I've never had sound cut out or had to mess with moving the plug around to get it to work. My Gen One iPod still works fine. My old brown Zune 30gig with the mechanical drive inside has never had any problem with the headphone jack, and I've plugged and unplugged my phones tens of times a day.

I've thrown away a bunch of clever little low-cost devices where the headphone jack is just shit.

You really think that USB-C isn't going to have the exact same problems? I've got an ASUS tablet over here that I use to read out on the back porch and I've got to do all sorts of jiggery-pokery to get the thing to charge because the USB-mini (or micro, I can't remember which is which) jack has gotten looser than the Octomom's hoohah. All jacks go bum. I don't care if it's Thunderbolt or USB or firewire or eSATA or whatever.

Comment What makes you think I'm trolling? Losing the arg? (Score 1) 33

It's a fact that over and over again device-specific add-ons are ignored. They wind up in bargain bins whether it's tablet-specific keyboard docks or R.O.B. for the N.E.S. Ignore the lessons of history at your peril. Moto G 2nd owner here, in case you think I'm in love with Samsung or something. Anybody else notice they're now stooping to infomercials?

Comment Re: Bluetooth simply doesn't work in most metro ar (Score 1) 246

I take transit (or occasionally drive) from 40 miles south of Seattle, back and forth to UW. My old Sony DR-BT101 Bluetooth headphones work very reliably with my iPhone for the entire trip, including in downtown and at the U.

However those headphones are "old" Bluetooth... when I've tried out various Bluetooth 4 devices, I've run into frequent problems (usually audio that's noticeably lagging the source - not so much disconnections). I'm not particularly enamoured with what I've experienced from newer revisions of the spec.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 246

I've never had that problem in 40+ years of using headphone jacks and plugs.

Actually, I have had this problem before - but not for the past 20-30 years. Back in the days when cheap transistor radios were a thing, I semi-regularly had earphone/headphone jacks break on me. Usually you could easily re-solder them, unless the manufacturer did something evil like encase it in rubber.

But with computers, iPods, and smartphones? Never had an issue.

Comment Re:VISA program is GOOD. H1B is NOT. It is a joke (Score 1) 234

I work for Google and there are constantly great Ph.D. theses where we hire the inventor to integrate their thesis work into our products. Here's an example of an area that can have major impact on our products and at the same time there is typically one person out there (the Ph.D. student) who knows the topic well and understands all small nuances of it.

Google has offices all over the world, so this is a ridiculous argument at best. Even if you did need them to be face to face, there's no need for anything more than a temporary work visa for that purpose. Got any better explanations than that one?

Comment Re:You can load them even faster... (Score 1) 61

content creators

If you want me to care about "content creators", you're going to have to call them something other than "content creators". I find that appellation irritating in the extreme. It says absolutely nothing about what they've done to deserve my money.

I mean, I work very hard on adding value to Slashdot with my shitty comments, so I am also a "content creator". So pay me my money, motherfucker. GIVE ME MY GODDAMN MONEY.

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