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Comment Carrier comparison (Score 2) 195

Many who comment here will have a reason that they chose one carrier over one other carrier. They may have switched carriers. I always found that the latest carrier plan was better than the competition, and that it would go back and forth or be too confusing to come up with one clear answer. I actually have iPhones and aPhones on 5 carriers. I also travel the world quite a bit. Domestically, all the carriers are good for most unless you live in an area not covered by some. I remember times when Verizon was faster but now it seems that AT&T is faster for me, most of the time. I remember when you could buy international data from Verizon that covered 200 countries, while the AT&T list was only about 50 countries. That affected me in places like Russia and South Africa, back then. T-Mobile has incredible data plans for here and away but they don't seem as fast as claimed unless I'm in the store. Sprint has gone far out of their way to help me with issues, including a stolen phone number. Right now I believe that the best carrier I have, for my own needs, is Google Project Fi because the plan works in over 100 countries. You can even order a free data-only SIM for free, without even a shipping charge, to use it on iPads and the like. I would never say that anyone's choice of plan is bad in any way though.

Comment Re:Wondering about IMDB. (Score 5, Insightful) 144

Couldn't happen to a nicer site. They stole that data and took it private anyway - I was contributing to that in good faith when it was still a community project driven from Cardiff University. An early lesson for me, and one I've not forgotten.

See also Gracenotes for CD track listings.

Comment Re:No reason.. (Score 1) 119

Totally agree.

The trick is knowing this before you buy... something like this may be pretty obvious to geeks on a technology-oriented forum, but my guess is that the great majority of users won't really pay attention/ notice, and others won't notice till after the fact.

Personally, I never use the voice search features (Siri, Cortana, whatever this one is) ... I think it's probably because I've been "into computers" for so long that my experiences with speech to text have been colored by years of high promise and low result... and so even though it's likely a lot better now, I'm too busy shouting for the kids to get off my lawn. :)

Comment Re:No. (Score 5, Informative) 198

A whole interview rarely carries over. I was asked if I thought Apple would be around in 100 years. My reply even referred to IBM, along the lines of what you can do and how many restarts you can get when you are that big. I facetiously jabbed at the idea of Trump seeking advice from today's huge internet companies by telling the reporter that they would all ask for lower taxes and become larger yet.

Comment Then chickens would die out (Score 1) 331

Not many wild chickens in the world. If we could make artificial chicken meat, and I'd be all for eating it since it seems less cruel to me, then people would stop breeding chickens for food.

Chicken isn't the most perfect example for this because we also eat eggs. Apply that logic to pigs though - yep, much more of a problem.

Comment Doesn't smell right (Score 2) 513

....and the inflammatory sexist statement, made without any proof, at the end doesn't help. Extrapolating from the timing (we have literally nothing else to go on) it looks to me that he wasn't fired for wanting to take care of his wife. Seems more likely he was let go for either lying (or "sin of omission") at the interview and then asking for special treatment when he turned up.

We don't know what the role was, so we don't know how likely it would be for evening/weekend work etc.. A company may well have a duty of care to its employees, but it does not have a duty of care to people who aren't its employees. Unless this was all nailed down at interview then the company didn't get what they were told they were getting. Sympathy for an employee is one thing and we don't know how the company would have responded to an existing employee suddenly having that need. What we're seeing appears to be a potential employee hiding something until actually employed and then trying to spring it on a company as an obligation.

I am currently at a company that has been extremely generous to me in terms of time needed at home. I would not expect that same generosity if I had turned up at interview asking for the same, and I certainly wouldn't expect it if I turned up without letting them know and then saying "surprise, I'm working like this now".

Comment Re:I realize this is bad for 'purists' but... (Score 1) 184

The sharper image is the problem. You need a multisync that can go down to a resolution as low as 128x128 without issues, at half the rates of VGA (15Khz). The Hantarex repair page gives a small insight into the kind of specs required.

My own MAME machine has a 20" (I think) Hantarex being driven by a 1st gen ArcadeVGA - really old nVidea that has a custom BIOS flashed to guarantee 15Khz scan rates. It is superb. Without this, you're relying on software scaling to try and smooth things out, and it's really not the same.

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 1) 151

Agree except for the iPhone bit (or high-end Android phone , it's not a platform war I'm describing). That has exactly the same rationale as the the high end graphics card - if I'm going to be using something constantly, then I want the best/fastest/most functional/. A high-end phone rather than el cheapo is exactly the kind of choice that getting the high-end graphics card is, if you actually plan on using the capabilities they have.

Comment If it was real, it should be reproducible (Score 1) 278

If they can't replicate it, then was it ever really true?

I mean I'm really quite sure that metallic Hydrogen exists in Jupiter's core and likely other places in the cosmos, and that creating it was truly a feat of science/engineering.

However, if you can't replicate it then maybe you never actually had it the first time?

Comment Oh, is it 4GL time again? (Score 4, Informative) 338

All you have to do is specify the requirements, then you can just graphically draw it and put the app together! That's it! That's all you'll ever need to do. And it will work, just like it did in the 90s.

Actually, it will work exactly like it did in the 90s. Which is to say not at all, and to store up a load of 4GL take-out projects for the early 2000s...

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