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Comment Re: Phill Schill (Score 1) 675

Never said anything about gear as high end as Hasselblad or medium format backs. The Nikon D5 and D810(a) both use compact flash (with SDXD also available on the 810), the same goes for the Canon 1D series, 5D series and 7D series (again, SD also, but CF is the better option). These are Pro cameras.

And we could debate whether or not your typical wedding photographer is a "professional". Certainly many are, but it seems like every new mom who spent too much on camera gear she doesn't know how to use to photograph her newborn is suddenly a wedding and/or portrait photographer (in full auto mode).

The truck driver example doesn't hold water because you don't see "every day" people daily driving a box truck around as an "enthusiast". They're a work truck, plain and simple.

So based on that a TRUE "Pro" laptop argument people are making it should have a CF reader, not an enthusiast grade SD card reader. I'm what you could call a "prosumer" photographer. I have a lower end (by todays standards) DSLR with some higher end glass that uses SD cards and I shoot photos in my free time (not for money). Sure, the loss of the SD card reader isn't great. Would I prefer there to be one? Sure. Am I up in arms decrying it as not a "Pro" machine because it lacks an SD card reader? No, that's silly.

Comment Re:Bag of Dongles (Score 1) 675

Except that MOST of the dongles people describe aren't dongles. They're just different USB cables. I already have to have USB-A to mini-USB-B, USB-A to micro-USB, a USB-A to micro-USB-B-superspeed for one of my external hard drives. I think USB-B plugs are still standard on printers.

So for most use cases you're going to need display adapter dongles (needed since... 08? I think they had a normal DVI back then, still needed VGA adapters), an ethernet dongle (needed since 2012) and a USB-C to USB-A dongle fallback for random devices you cant use a USB-whatever to USB-C cable for (flash drives I guess? people still use those?). These are the ones I can think of for most common use cases and what would be my use case. This was an addition of 1 dongle for older port compatibility. That a single USB-A superspeed port would have been nice to throw people a bone on this transition, but it's not the apocalypse people are making this all out to be IMO.

Removal of the SD card reader is slightly annoying, I have historically used mine for unloading photos. But I can also do this via USB and my Ultrasharp display at home has a card reader built in as well. It was never a requirement for me in a laptop though. SD cards are common on low end and mid range cameras, but compact flash tends to be more standard on the high end. I can't really recall there ever being this sort of outcry about not having a CF reader on a "Pro" machine.

The phone requiring a dongle is a whole different silly issue. If they wanted to go that route they should have just used USB-C instead of lightning, or not done it at all.

Comment Re:Bag of Dongles (Score 1) 675

So where'd the USB option go? Getting a USB-C to mini-USB-B or whatever plug type they're using these days is about as hard as getting a USB-A to mini-USB-B cable... or are we just wanting to complain about wifi.

Also, generally if you have a professional Nikon camera, it probably has a CF card slot (or both and you should be using CF). If you have an mid-range prosumer/enthusiast level Nikon camera it has an SD card slot. Same goes for Canon as far as I'm aware.

Comment I don't... (Score 1) 507

I don't. Thats's why I bought one of the Samsung dumb plasmas before they stopped selling them and started forcing everyone over to LED "Smart" TVs. At the time we were using a dedicated HTPC, but these days we just use an AppleTV and a Plex server. External boxes are generally updated more frequently, faster and easier to replace than a "Smart" TV.

Comment Re:It's beginning to feel dated (Score 1) 523

For me a very big part was #1 (death of world pvp). They pretty much destroyed any means for players to make their own content. You run what blizzard thinks you should run or you do their battlegrounds and you queue and teleport to all of them. None of the dynamic skirmishes and battles that raged in various parts of the world or at instance gates that vanilla (and TBC somewhat) had.

The other major thing they did that killed the game is all of the cross realm queuing and interaction. Previous to them you built up a community on your server. People were aware of was a massive tool or who to watch out for in the world. Players knew who they were playing with or against and the game was better for it. Now you just queue up with a bunch of anonymous people which encourages poor behavior and little respect between players.

All thats left now is the endgame which pretty much means (if you expect to progress well and not deal with pickup groups) that you've got to block off multiple nights a week for raiding or your arena / battleground team. I'm not in college anymore, I don't care for or have time for that.

Comment Re:Dell U2412M (Score 1) 375

I would have to agree also on the U2412m. I'm running one of those along side a U2410 and have been very pleased with the quality of the display. Was a little wary at first because I'd heard some negatives about the newer E-IPS panels but once I had them side by side Im no longer worried. Much cheaper than the U2410/2413 and worth it if you don't need the large color gamut and better color accuracy.

Comment Re:Pricepoint fail (Score 1) 343

Worth pointing out in this comparison is that that 27" iMac is also going to include a 27" IPS display (~$1000 separately from about any vendor I've seen). Not that I'm saying it's the better option because of this, just factoring that into the price comparison here.

Now what Apple charges for RAM/Drive upgrades is a different (very ludicrous) story... anyone who buys into them is silly.

Comment Re:I doubt it (Score 1) 413

I agree with the above reasons but the two biggest ones for me were:

1) The death of community. They started cross-realming everything and this ruined any community that existed on a server. Now joining battlegrounds or dungeons removes all accountability and respect. People have no reason to be nice or care how they treat anyone else. See here: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/3/19/ There were this kind of people before, but they were known based on their reputation. There was the other end of the spectrum as well, you could generate a good reputation for yourself, and you knew other people on your realm besides your own guild. There was a much bigger sense of community.

2) The death of world pvp. BG/Dungeon queues mean no one leaves a city unless they're doing a small subset of daily quests or leveling. They seem to be doing all they can to cut this out of the game. Battlegrounds are an OK substitute but they've forced them to be even more of a point grind. Half the people in there when I was still playing weren't there to win or even for pvp. They were just there for the easy purples. Probably on one of their alts. This also goes back to my previous point about community. There is none in BGs anymore and you get the same sort of trolls, but people try even less because they can get their gear without winning if they lose long enough.

There are plenty of other reasons but these were the root of my lost interest in the game. I enjoyed raiding and battlegrounds, but I enjoyed them with friends or in a community of people I knew had a common goal.

Comment Re:For me, and many of my fellow college students. (Score 1) 697

I guess it depends on what shows you actually watch, but we went the rout of an HTPC with tuner cards. It turned out that most of the shows my wife and I watch are either on local channels or available on Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming sources. We were paying $80 a month ($960 a year) for cable, I turned around and spend around $400 on an HTPC. It streams in HD on netflix which looks about the same as our cable did, local HD broadcast recordings look better than cable. Our monthly cost is our Netflix account or maybe a trip or two to Redbox, though we were also already using both when we had cable.

I agree that the cable TV industry as it stands is doomed. Our ISP (AT&T Uverse) is instituting caps next month. They give the usual bandwidth hogs line but it's very obviously to protect their cable TV business. We've already set up our cancellation date and scheduled the install of TWC. It's sad really because when we got AT&T they were (SHOCK!) excellent. They still were until the cap announcement, and we're sad to leave. I'd much rather be giving them my money than TWC, but caps are unacceptable to me personally, especially when being used for anti-competative measures. It's possible we'll be back... if TWC caps we'll be moving to Uverse Business class next. It's expensive but not as expensive as Cable.

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