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Comment No innovation? I wish! (Score 1) 342

My local theater has been innovating in recent years, contrary to Hastings' claims. Some of the changes have been good, such as the ease in buying tickets before arriving at the theater and ability to pick out assigned seats when purchasing tickets.

But most of the "innovations" are horrible. I don't mind (and would often partake) in food and drink at the theater. But unfortunately it comes paired with in-seat delivery during the movie. Waitstaff walking around the theater is a great way to ruin a movie. Always-on lighting ensure people can read menus, but they also completely defeat the purpose of having a dark room to show the movie. Why even bother turning the house lights down, if there's going to be a light on at every seat?

In case I've managed to get any enjoyment out of the theater experience up to that point, staff circulate to drop off the check about 10 minutes before final credits. AKA, during the climatic scene of most movies.

I'd be more likely to go to the theater more often if there hadn't been these innovations in recent years. As is it, I went out to see Cap'n America, and I'll likely get out for Dr Strange, and that will make this year an exception. Most recent years I go the movies once, if it at all.

Comment Re:My old phone had a replaceable battery (Score 5, Interesting) 210

People complained about the bulk and weight of having a removable cover and another layer of hard plastic around the battery.

No, they didn't. I've never heard one actual person using a cell phone in the real world make that complaint. It's strictly an issue for the gadget review press. And besides, what are you talking about? Extra plastic? A non-removable battery is still covered by the phone case. There's no extra layer of hard plastic, just the small tabs or whatever mechanism keeps the cover attached.

Not too long ago, people would replace their phone every 18 months.

Again, who are these people? I've never met them. When phones were tied to mobile plan subsidies, most (all?) were tied to 2-year plans. I've never heard of subsidized replacements on a regular 18-month schedule. The hardcore gadget folks paying full price would upgrade more on 12-month rotations. If you've waited 18 months, you might as well wait 6 more and get it subsidized when you renew your contract.

So how about this...get off the thinner, less features treadmill that seems to impress the reviewers, but is being requested by no actual real person who uses a phone as a tool and not a profession. Instead of shaving off every last mm, just give us a bigger battery.

This is important, a battery that's usually kept at a charge between 20% and 80% of its capacity is much healthier -- it's going to the extremes that wears it out at a faster rate. This is important, a battery that's usually kept at a charge between 20% and 80% of its capacity is much healthier - it's going to the extremes that wears it out at a faster rate.

Okay, Jimmy Two-times. Just give us a bigger battery or the ability to easily replace the battery.

Comment Finally! (Score 5, Interesting) 211

Policies that require frequent password changes lead me to:
- pick easy to remember (and therefor easy to guess) passwords
- restrict the character space I use in passwords, e.g. when special characters are required I pick from only 2 special chars.
- Reuse passwords. I have about 20 different password-protected accounts for work, all are changed every 90 days, except the one system where the requirement is 60 days. That's over 80 passwords per year. As a result I use 1 password internal systems and 1 for external, so at any time there are only 2 passwords I need to remember.
- Write down passwords. Sometimes it seems as if just as I'm getting to the point where a password is really ingrained, where I can get it on the first try even before caffeine, it's time to replace it with a new password. So you better believe I write them down.

Frequently changing passwords exclude adherence to most other security good practices.

Comment Re:2 bad choices; Trump may excel (Score 1) 993

In case that comment was too vague, check this out:

When asked about Putin, he literally said "I have a relationship."

So please tell us how the words are twisted. Or just admit, in at least this one case, Trump has given contradictory statements that can't all be true.

Comment Re:2 bad choices; Trump may excel (Score 1) 993

His claims to both have a relationship with Putin and to not have a relationship with Putin. Which is true, and which the lie?

He claims to be a king of debt and to have almost no debt. Which is true, and which is the lie?

He claimed to have planned the RNC himself, with help with his children. After it turned out to be a disappointment compared to the DNC, he now claims he had nothing to do with planning the RNC and just showed up when told. Which is true, and which the lie?

Calling Trump a liar is easy because he's contradicted himself so many times.

Comment Re:Just goes to show why more will vote Trump (Score 1) 993

Your message is just another example of how the Democrats are full of gay-hating bigots while the Republican party has grown as the party of real tolerance.

I have to call BS on Republicans being the party of tolerance.

Come back when the republican governor of North Carolina starts the process to repeal HB2, republicans reverse their initiatives to make voting less accessible, and they distance themselves from religious extremists like Kim Davis who would put religious tests on government services.

The most basic American belief is all citizens should be equal before the law and have equal access to the government. Until the Republican party supports that, they aren't a party of tolerance.

Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 5, Funny) 729

IRQ, DMA, address ranges. I'd like to see the author trying to install a modem and two sound cards into an old 286-era computer.

You didn't even mention dip switches and jumpers. Seesh.

Someone complaining about the difficulty assembling a PC today is like someone complaining about making cookies from a roll of pillsbury cookie dough.

Seriously. The author is "building" a PC the same way I "build" a pair of shoes because I have to lace them up myself.

(For the author: "laces" are things used to "tie" shoes for those of use who have progressed beyond velcro.)

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