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Comment Re: $300 or $400 for map update (Score 1) 310

I love my Garmin LMT too, but holy hell are the maps expensive if you want a map not from the region you bought it in. I'm regularly in three different countries so no matter where I bought it, I'd be screwed. Fricken almost 200 bucks for a map of Australia + NZ? That's barely less than the unit itself was!

Comment Re:Enforcement (Score 1) 67

No, they're going to rely on the fact that the majority of people will abide by the guideline, even though a few won't. It's risk reduction, nothing more. You already have people who don't turn their phone to flight mode in contravention of the rules, but they don't go around checking everyone's phone for that either.

Comment Re:Surprise (Score 1) 67

In many aspects of life, Australia is a mid-point between the US and Europe ... it's kinda a hybrid of them. Speed of life and attitude towards customer service is one of them, language is another (an accent closer to the UK than the US, but uses plenty of US words rather than the UK equivalents, e.g. truck vs lorry, eggplant vs. aubergine, etc.)

It also varies drastically by where you are in the country. Some states are known to have a slower pace of life than others (true in both Australia and the US).

Comment Re:Courage, it didn't come, doesn't matter (Score 1) 551

I kind of agree with you, but I think a lot of people don't really care about huge innovations in the smartphone space anymore. The smartphone market is mature, stable and relatively saturated now. Every man and his dog owns one. In the first few years of iOS and Android devices, obviously huge innovations and gains were being made every year. But the phones on the market are all damn good. I struggle to think of anything that would be a massive life-changing improvement these days. So I'm fine with just seeing incremental improvements each year. It's a bit like cars - this year's Toyota is not radically different to last year's, but no-one really expects otherwise.

I think if someone is going to have to come up with an entirely new product category before we see huge innovations again. Apple tried with the Watch, and it's been modestly successful, but let's face it, a lot of people just don't wear watches.

Comment No, not really (Score 1) 385

I haven't really used optical media at all in at least five years, now that I think about it. For general 'moving data about' purposes, cloud services (Google Drive/Dropbox etc.) or USB sticks work well. For backups, external hard drives (or internal hard drives placed into a NAS) are cheap and large enough now to be the best option, even though they too might fail (so don't have only one backup!)

I think the only time I ever use an optical drive now is when reformatting a machine or setting a new one up - on occasion I might want to DBAN the drive or use some other kind of recovery utility on a bootable CD/DVD that I burnt years ago and can't be bothered making a bootable USB for.

Comment Re:Famous words... (Score 4, Insightful) 264

IMO best combination is PC plus whatever Nintendo console is out at the time. Obviously Nintendo games are never going to come out on another platform, so you need that console for your Marios and your Zeldas etc. But most (maybe 75-80%) of games that come out for one or both of the other two consoles tend to come out on PC as well. So I think if you are restricting yourself to two devices total, PC+Nintendo casts the widest net in terms of 'having the most games available to me'.

Comment Re:Famous words... (Score 1) 264

This is kind of a middle ground between traditional consoles and PCs. The advantage for developing for console is that you have a known, fixed hardware and software environment to target, rather than the thousands of combinations of OS/firmware/hardware/drivers on the PC platform. The advantage of consoles for consumers have traditionally been that they are (1) easier to setup and use (especially if you aren't particularly 'good with computers') and guaranteed to run the games that you buy; and (2) can be played on your big TV with nice comfy couch.

Advantage (2) is being eroded recently since TVs can all accept PC input these days (via HDMI) and the availability of cheap devices like Steamlink that allow you to run the game on powerful PC hardware elsewhere in the home and stream gameplay to the living room TV with minimal lag. Pre-built Steam boxes are also a threat. So an approach like this allows Microsoft to compete in the "I want an easy to use device that allows me to play while sitting on my couch" console market while also having a range of products that vary in price and performance, so you can still get PC-like cutting edge performance if you want. And it's still easier for devs too - sure they might now have to target and test three or four different 'Xbox' variants, but each one of those is a known quantity and it's a far cry from the multitude of possible PC configurations.

Comment Re:DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more. (Score 1) 104

Yeah, pretty much. Unless they put big money into large-scale VDSL2 rollouts (which needs short line lengths and even then barely matches cable in terms of throughput), copper phone line methods of delivery are fast becoming obsolete. Cable still has some life left in it. But eventually we will need proper fibre rollouts.

Comment Re:How many of those... (Score 1) 126

I have a 4, 4S and 5 sitting in the cupboard all still fully functional. I keep some cheap pre-paid SIMs with long credit expiry in them for lending to family and friends visiting from overseas (who don't want pay for global roaming or bother to set up their own pre-paid account). Also make good GPS logging devices for going biking/hiking etc without having to drain the battery on your main phone. Even without a SIM they still connect to Wifi and are thus useful in the same way that an iPad or iPod Touch are.

Comment Re:I hate Apple... (Score 1) 126

Might have been in the US but elsewhere there was no exclusivity to it. It was just a much better phone than existing smart phones on the market, primarily because the software was stable and functional (having used a pre-iPhone-era smartphone, it was truly awful - terrible UI and crashed all the time).

Comment Re:Sheep. (Score 1) 126

Yep, both my iPhone 5 and 4 are still in perfect working order, even though I've moved to the 6S now. The former I handed down to a family member and the latter I still use as a glorified iPod Touch and take it jogging/biking etc for GPS logging purposes (rather than take my newer phone which I'd care about more if it got dropped/dented/scratched).

Comment Re:Sheep. (Score 1) 126

Factor of 10 might be pushing it a bit. I've used an iPhone as my main phone since the start and have only upgraded twice. Most people only bother once the old phone starts getting frustratingly slow running newer apps, which seems to take at least 4 generations or so. I doubt there's many people who have upgraded every single year since the beginning.

Comment Re:I have a twitter account (Score 1) 106

It's useful as a glorified RSS feed and to get company's attention when you have an issue with them that needs addressing. For a lot of businesses (airlines, phone companies etc.), tweeting at them or DMing them your case ID seems to be the quickest way to get real action happening. Why that is I'm not sure, but the few times I've been caught in a circle trying to get some problem resolved with a company via phone or email, I've tweeted at them and very quickly I've got someone senior that knows what they are doing on the case and my problem fixed. Maybe its the threat of bad publicity or something...

Comment Re:Simple = Mass Communication (Score 3, Interesting) 106

Well for me and many others who don't really tweet anything ourselves, Twitter is effectively just a replacement for RSS. I follow a bunch of news and tech sites etc. and when they post an article, they tweet it, and I click to take a look. I rarely use it to see people's textual tweets/opinions ... it's basically just a feed of interesting URLs brought together into one list that I can browse and click if I want.

Why not just use RSS? No real reason ... this just seems to work well for me, particularly on mobile.

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