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Comment Interesting post (Score 1, Interesting) 82

I was wondering who still uses an iPad / Android tablet now that the fad has mostly passed and sales have declined.

Mine sits in the drawer in the nightstand most of the time. I only pull it out when I'm doing something on my phone and wish I had a bigger screen.

My first tablet was iPad 2, then Nexus 10, and now a Galaxy Tab S 10.5. I know what I'm taking about, as I've used both iOS and Android. No fanboyism here. I'm definitely now buying a new tablet once the Tab dies.

Between my Nexus 5 and my no-brand 15" gaming notebook, I'm well served as far as my home computing needs go.

Same goes for my decidedly unscientific research goes. My brother gave his tablet to his daughter to play with. My co-workers either sold or ditched theirs. The only exception is my 65-year-old mom, who loves her iPad to death and won't use anything else.

Comment Too bad, sucks to be you (Score 1) 142

If you haven't done your research prior to making the purchase, you only have yourself to blame. This news has been in the rumor mill for a while now. I've decided that I'll buy the PS4 once GT7 releases, PS4K notwithstanding.

Moreover, if you always sit and wait to buy the next big thing, you'll be waiting forever and never buy anything.

Comment Passwords passed around (Score 1) 100

I used one of these passwords services back in the day. Coincidentally, the one I used (Xmarks, which started as a browser plug-in) was later acquired by Last Pass, which's being acquired by another company.

I wonder if my passwords would be safe during all these M&A's when the buyer eventually turns out to be a little less than ethical (what if it gets bought out by a Chinese company?), not to mention all the technical possibilities of data leak while integrating all the infrastructure.

Comment Re:Well, that was quick (Score -1) 181

What led VW to cheating emissions test resuts was PRECISELY too much regulation.

Regulation is always bad, period. But then again, this is left wing dot (might as well be stylized \.) so I fully expect to be modded Troll.

You mean to tell me Americans aren't smart enough to do their own research to find out what the safer cars are?

Oh, that's right, state-funded public education is in the toilet too.

See? Everything government touches turns into shit. Like a Midas touch in reverse.

Comment It's the interface, stupid (Score 2) 417

I'm not surprised one bit by this study.

Interfaces for in-car systems have traditionally been fucking terrible, as manufacturers scramble to cram as many funcions in as few buttons and switches as possible. This was true in the 80s with radios with built cassette players and remains true today.

This is why we need Apple to build a car and give these morons a clue on how to design a proper user interface.

(OT: next we need Apple to teach SAP about UIs too)

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