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Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 298

Some of this is the fault of HDMI - the HDMI consortium demands that all HDMI cables should have male ends and that's it.

You can buy HDMI cables that are male on one end and female on the other.

And I believe they demand that you can't convert HDMI into anything else.

I use an HDMI to DVI-D cable all the time.

It makes it a huge pain in the ass. HDMI should just be quarantined to home video, and computing should move ahead with DisplayPort. It's better in just about every way, as well as being an open standard.

How is DisplayPort better than HDMI? Cables seem to cost the same. The picture is still 100% digital (should be identical). Can you elaborate on what you're talking about?

I get the feeling you must be confusing HDMI with something else.

Comment Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 131

Apple customers want whatever Apple execs tell them to want.

That might be true of some Apple customers, but I can tell you that I'm an Apple customer, and I assure you that I chose iPhone over Android because, based on my research, I think iPhone has a better security, reliability, and longevity story. When I'm ready to upgrade, I'll reevaluate the smartphone landscape again.

Apple tells them "thin is in!" and Apple customers believe that thinness is the most important thing ever.

Actually, one of the reasons I bought an OtterBox for my iPhone was to fatten it up and make it easier to hold. The other reason being, of course, protection, since the phone was pretty expensive.

You seem kind of unthinking and religious in your hatred of people who choose to buy and use Apple products.

Comment Re:Opera is NOT sane. (Score 1) 766

Opera was sane: it did not reload a tab unless you asked for it. It just reopened everything from cache

No. That is NOT sane, normal, or desired. Webpages are live. ...

Not always. For example, I've been experimenting with portables to see how usable they are for displaying music. (Not playing music; I'm talking about readable "sheet" music".) Scenario: I'm going to an event like a jam session, my phone/tablet/whatever may not have Web access there, so I'd like to pre-load a lot of likely pages that I and a lot of other musical friends have put online.

But when I get there and wake up my gadget, most of the browsers instantly attempt to reload all those pages, find they can't, and display their "not available" message instead of the page they were showing. The buttons showing never include a "show the previous version from cache" choice; the info is just gone. I do a lot of web testing, so I have at least a dozen of the most "popular" browsers loaded on each. So far, the only browser I've found that doesn't fail this way has been Firefox, which just simply wakes up and continues where it was. So it's the only one I use to pre-load things for an event.

I've found it fairly easy to demo this at home. I just load up a few pages into a few browsers, show people that they all work when I switch between the browsers, etc. I suggest that others do the same on their cell phones. Then I invite people to join me on a short walk. When I get about a block away from home, my home wifi is out of range, all the other wifis have passwords, and I show them the screen, which shows an error message rather than the music it had a few seconds earlier. As we walk, the others also show the same thing happening in the browsers on their screens.

The vendors (especially Apple) reply that we should just use their apps, which can be set to not screw up that way. But to test my stuff on all those apps, I'd have to get a whole pile of cell phones and tablets, and also pay for service for all of them, which would cost me more money than I have. So I only test with browsers, which the vendors have (knowingly and with malice aforethought .-) set up to fail this way.

It's weird that Opera also fails this way. You'd think they'd be different. And maybe Opera and/or other browsers have a setting to turn off this automatic reloading. If so, I've never found it. Or, in a couple of cases, I found it in an early release, but it was gone after an upgrade.

Anyone know a general way to turn off this automatic reloading? I do suspect that it's possible with some browsers, but they do a good job of hiding it or renaming it so it isn't very recognizable.

In any case, notice that none of the "pages" I'm talking about are "live". They're just pages of sheet music, that stay the same until edited by a human. So there's no need to reload them at all. And discarding a page because there's no wifi service is inexcusable in any case. It's just pure user-hostility on the part of the vendors.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

We're just being bossed around by someone else now.

I agree with that. The problem seems to be that we are either getting bossed around by one group of people or another.

This is why I'm thinking more and more that we should leave more up to the individuals states and less to the federal government.

It's an imperfect solution, but it does give like minded people the opportunity to live together and govern themselves. Maybe then we would have less animosity.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

That is democracy isn't it? Better than two wolves and three sheep deciding the wolves should get to decide.

I think that's called "the tyranny of the majority".

This is why I'm increasingly in favor of states' rights. Urban areas shouldn't necessarily get to decide how rural folk should live, and rural folk shouldn't necessarily get to decide how urbanites should live.

It's admittedly an imperfect solution, but I think like minded people should have the right to live together and govern themselves.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 4, Insightful) 1069

Yes, only in America can you win by 3 million votes and still somehow lose. Thanks, Electoral College!

I think that's actually the Electoral College working as designed and intended.

Would it really be fair if the population of New York City alone got to boss around the 10 lowest population states? Without the Electoral College, would politicians even bother courting anyone except cities with Population Density Disorder?

I'm starting to become a believer in states' rights and a more limited federal government so that like minded people can live together and govern themselves, rather than urbanites getting to dictate how everyone should be forced to live.

Comment Re:Full Employment Act for Comedians (Score 1) 1069

Trump is ... an embarrassment, at best, but the overheated histrionics of the Left wore very very thin a long time ago.

The histrionics have been happening for a while now. In 2000 and 2004, when George W. Bush was elected, the left insisted the world was practically coming to an end.

In 2008 and 2012, when Barack Obama was elected, the right insisted the world was practically coming to an end.

And now that Donald Trump has been elected in 2016, the left is insisting the world is practically coming to an end.

The real problem, in my opinion, is that people are seemingly no longer capable of critical thinking. They've chosen their religion -- oops, excuse me, political party -- and have turned off their brains.

I consider myself 1/3 liberal, 1/3 conservative, and 1/3 other, because that's just how I see the issues. It's kind of lonely.

Meanwhile, both major political parties are busy bending us over and fucking us good and hard. Sigh.

Comment Re:Reaction to recall: (Score 1) 202

Someone should *REALLY* call child protection service over this one. If the (grand-)parents are *THAT* stupid, chances are high that the kid is exposed to other risks due to the irresponsibility and stupidity of close family.

A lot of people don't watch or read the news -- and I don't blame them, as it's 99% hyped up garbage.

I can easily imagine a lot of affected Note 7 owners -- approximately 2.5 million of them -- weren't exposed to the recall message for some reason.

Sitting in such harsh judgment is pretty immature.

Comment Re:As an EE and amateur aircraft manufacturer (Score 1) 202

As an EE I would also try to point my finger at some firmware guys, at some semiconductor guys and some chemical engineers. There's a lot involved in these sorts of batteries in consumer devices, plenty of blame to share.

Samsung/Samsung SDI have already admitted it's a manufacturing defect.

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