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Comment Re:NOT getting a new tv UNTIL ATSC 3.0 tuners avai (Score 1) 238

Better not hold your breath too long my friend. ATSC 2.0 never even made it out the door and 3.0 will go the same way or be obsolete the moment it hits the market. ATSC is scrambling furiously to keep up with Netflix & co, and the internet tubes are only going to get faster and fatter every year.

Comment These systems need a mood engine (Score 1) 38

It doesn't matter how much material is programmed in, after a few days the user will have exhausted it. A mood engine will let the system respond to external events and behave accordingly; chirpy on sunny days, grumpy on cloudy days, encouraging and pushy when your calendar is busy, and lazy on weekends.

Comment Proof (Score 1) 982

I have been fending off the update

I find myself wondering if Windows 10 is actually that bad.

I'm wondering if it's time to take the leap

You have just proven to Microsoft that their strategy is working. Just keep wearing people down with update notifications.

There are other operating systems, by the way.

Comment Re:bad for standardization... (Score 3, Interesting) 243

The difference there being that Chromium is FOSS. IE was not.

To me the difference between Mozilla and Google today is their approach to privacy and user's data. Rendering is a "solved problem". If Mozilla are using Electron just for rendering, while still building a user experience that follows their core standards on privacy and data, I don't see a problem here.

Comment Youtube (Score 5, Interesting) 403

I'm not opposed to the videos per se, but Youtube has a much better video ecosystem than anything you could build. Quality, performance, indexing, subtitling, the list goes on. Why not make a Slashdot channel there to host the videos, embed them here and retain the Slashdot comment thread for each one?

Comment Re:What's it for in Windows/VMWare environment? (Score 1) 50

Is this just for the *nix folks?

In crude Windows-speak, Docker is equivalent to just one instance of C:\Windows (the kernel) running on your host computer. On top of that you run multiple lightweight containers each having their own C:\Program Files and C:\Users. So container A and container B run simultaneously, share the same kernel, but can't see each other's apps & data.Right now you would have dozens of Windows services running as 'system' in both your host and your VM. This avoids having two lots of all that stuff.

To answer your question - Linux has always had its kernel separate from the user-space hence container evolution naturally started there. But it appears Windows may be working to catch up.

Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 1) 180

the Nexus line fails by not including such an essential feature.

With respect, that's just your opinion. I started out in the beginning with the HTC Magic on which I never used the microSD slot, and have since had a Nexus S, Nexus 4 and now a Nexus 5X - never once missing the lack of a microSD slot. I keep all my data in the cloud which is the Google way. I think Google have made the right choices in their design.

Comment Reminds me of the Prolific USB-serial converters (Score 2) 206

A decade or so ago the company I worked at had to repeatedly advise customers to use FTDI or Silicon Labs based USB-serial converters with our products. It got to the point that it was the first question on the tech support script. The cheaper converters based on Prolific chipsets were incredibly unreliable but customers kept buying them because on ebay one converter appears much the same as another.

Comment Re:The car is great to drive, but... (Score 1) 222

Not to wholly defend the touchscreen design approach - you make a lot of very good points. But you do also make the assumption that touch is the primary input. In many of the new systems voice control is designed to be the primary input, PARTICULARLY when the car is in motion. Now whether they've been successful with that yet is another story, but I would argue we are going to see a little more evolution in this relatively new type of control mechanism.

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