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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

Do average users want to, and are they capable of, properly administering an OS like Windows?

Yes. Turn it on. Done. Administered.

Microsoft has dumbed it down to that point for us. Updates? It'll work itself out. Viruses? Just hit the refresh button if it goes tits up and windows defender can't fix it. Backups? You mean your files weren't on Onedrive?

Seriously if you're "administering" a windows machine without being paid a salary to do so then you're doing it very wrong.

We'll have to agree with disagree. My non-technical Windows-using and macOS-using friends get themselves into trouble all the time because taking care of their Windows and macOS systems is far too hard for non-technical users.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

why does it have to be windows?

I didn't say it had to be Windows. That's why I said an OS like Windows. For what it's worth, I don't think your average user is even remotely capable of safely and effectively administering Windows, OS X, or desktop Linux.

what is wrong with Linux or chrome if you don't like windows?

I didn't say anything was wrong with ChromeOS. In fact, I think Chromebooks are probably the ideal solution for 95% of average users.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 125

I mean seriously at this point a laptop with similar levels of performance as your phone is a fraction of the price. If you are going to carry around a laptop shell you may as well make it a real laptop that won't have the shit ton of limitations that this is going to have.

Do average users want to, and are they capable of, properly administering an OS like Windows?

Comment Re:What do you gain from this? (Score 1) 125

The only problem with that is my laptop that is around 7 years old is still massively more powerful than the best modern smartphone, hell even my 10 year old one would be preferrable. why would I want such restrictive performance of a phone without the form factor benefits?

How much power does the average user need for their web browsing, email, music, and videos? Is your typical smartphone fast enough for that use case?

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 161

I doubt that his mom gave him over a million dollars to build a Star Trek themed theater in the basement of her house, but if that actually happened I'd look up to him with envy instead of scoffing. Even that scenario is far more likely to get moist panties thrown at him than anonymously making fun of him on Slashdot.

Comment Re:DOS's built-in BASIC system? (Score 1) 211

You could sort of do it in EGA mode if you used the PCopy command. My memory is fuzzy on the exact implementation of it but you could draw pictures into one of 8 'pages' of memory and use pcopy to dump that data into an invisible page, then make that page visible... double-buffering I think it was called.

I did a few experiments where some scrolling and even a bit of sprite animation could be done. It didn't have the performance to be mistaken for an NES, but it could have been in the ballpark of Commander Keen.

I apologize for not being able to get into grittier detail, but I did quite a bit of graphic experimentation with QBasic and was surprised about how far I got with it.

Comment Re:Uttery Unethical (Score 1) 129

How's about we name and shame (with evidence in the form of links) media outlets doing this? If they're getting a kickback, there's no way I'm trusting their review on anything.

First in line with a pitchfork!!

http://deals.kinja.com/todays-...

Oh.. wait... it's not a review, it's just a list of offers complete with several easily-visible disclaimers that read "Gawker Media may get a commission"... And... well it was Gawker that even showed me the offer so I have no particular reason to not want them to get a commission.. erm... I need to put my torch out.

Comment Re:PARENTING ISSUE, not Government control issue. (Score 1) 167

These are PARENTING issues, not GOVERNMENT censorship issues.

The government is not doing this. Sky is a private company.

Off-topic rant coming up:

This is exactly why I have a pet peeve about everyone throwing the word 'censorship' like they do. The usage of the term may technically be correct, but the incorrect picture is being painted by many who read it. Of course this is intentional, but as you can see, it's cheapening the metaphor.

Oh and just for clarification, this is really directed at those morons that are trying to equate moderation with censorship. If not for them I would not have brought this up in this thread. As a US citizen I'm actually surprised this is a story about a private company for once. That's why I'm calling my post off-topic.

Comment Re:Non-dominant hand (Score 2) 105

I use a wrist rest, and I use my fingers to reach the keys, and moving my wrist is only when using numbers or symbols.

It's just a big game of deduction. The watch can distinguish between the five elevations your hand has to turn to determine which row you're on just from its tilt. The microphone on it could probably distinguish which finger is striking the key just by volume. Heck, just the mere fact that some of the sound of the keys directly under your hand will be slightly muffled is enough to categorize them.

To me the bigger issue isn't in working out a process to do this, rather it's the calibration process. Can you get your victim to wear a watch while he or she types something predictable for a while?

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 2) 235

They used to offer 4GB and 8GB models too, the 16GB was actually the highend model a few years back.
Storage capacities increase, not really news...

I think the news is that it took Apple so long to increase the storage on their entry level iPhones to something resembling reasonable.

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