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Comment Re:I've been trying feedly (Score 1) 335

I'm suspicious too, but hopeful at least. In the meantime, I've downloaded my reader subscription list ... if Feedly doesn't pan out after July 1, then I will start to look at other options. Personally, I'll be able to live without my feeds for some time, but for me they are largely in the "recreational" side of things, and I can always resort/revert to bookmarking the essentials for the time being.

Comment Re:I've been trying feedly (Score 5, Informative) 335

I've been using Feedly since about 1-2 days after the announcement of Reader's cancellation, and although it took a while to get used to it I've found it to be a pretty solid replacement. The iOS app works well for me, and I appreciate that there are a few alternative views available for scrolling through your feed. I hope that it continues to work well once the Reader "tap" is shut off for good - Feedly has said the transition will be "seamless", I have my fingers crossed.

Comment Re:To me (Score 1) 417

It already sounds like you made your choice, so why are you posting a question that is trying to convince us to agree with you?

Here's the OP's question: "What are other Slashdotter's experiences using tablets without a separate desktop computer?" I'm not sure how one can agree or disagree with that question.


Submission + - TDK areal density breakthrough paves way for 6TB hard drives (

An anonymous reader writes: SSDs may be leading the way on performance storage, but they still can’t compete with hard drives on price or level of storage per drive. And now TDK has pushed the bar even higher by increasing the areal density of its hard drives by 50%.

What TDK did was to employ a new magnetic head that uses thermal assist recording and a near-light field. Where as previously TDK had maxed out areal density at 1Tbit/inch2, this new head and associated tech increases that density to 1.5Tbits/inch2. In real terms that means TDK can offer 1TB of storage per platter in a 2.5-inch hard drive, and 2TB of storage per platter in a 3.5-inch drive. That means we will see 1, 2, and 3 platter 3.5-inch hard drives offering 2TB, 4TB, and 6TB of storage respectively. 2.5-inch hard drives and the Ultrabook-friendly 7mm drives will also benefit from a stroage increase.


Submission + - $1 Billiion Dollar Mission to Reach the Earths Mantle ( 1

black6host writes: Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to reach the Earth's mantle — a 3000 km-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core which makes up the majority of our planet — and bring back the first ever fresh samples.

Comment Re:Missing Moka pot / italian coffee maker (Score 1) 584

THE best! I bought one (for $20 brand new) because my wife stopped drinking coffee and I wanted to reduce my intake from a full french press, so I bought the little two-shot Moka. Unfortunately, it got forgotten on the stove once, which resulted in the rubber handle completely melting away ... otherwise I'd still be on that first one, which lasted 10+ years in any case. I can't see any other reason I'll ever need to replace the current one in my lifetime.

Comment Re:Only -20C?? (Score 1) 484

I was just a little surprised, as -20 C is not really much of an extreme temperature for much of my country during the winter. -40 yes, but not -20. I often travel by bus with my laptop in a backpack, and it's not unusual to be outside in lower temperatures than that for periods of time waiting for the bus. So far, low temperatures have never been a cause for concern as far as electronics are concerned - laptops, audio devices, cell phones, cameras etc.

Comment Only -20C?? (Score 5, Interesting) 484

Wow - why do they even sell them here in Canada, then? Am I not supposed to take it outside below -20C? That's almost every night for half the winter! In fact, though, I've had my iPod Touch (1st Gen) for about 3 years, and I take and *use* it outdoors in -30 to -20 temperatures all the time - no problem. It's actually survived a dunking in the bathtub, too.

Comment Re:Periods and commas. (Score 1) 420

Ummmm... shouldn't you include the rest of the world in this comparison? Africa alone has more than Europe and the U.S. put together... not to even mention Asia. Are there major countries outside of Europe that use the European system? I'm not advocating for one over the other here, just trying to follow your argument.

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