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Comment Dial? (Score 1) 172

The hardware is neat, though of course the price is high. The dial, however, looks like a solution in search of a problem. I don't think it does anything you couldn't do with a gesture -- say, three fingers on the screen in a triangle, and then move them in the same way that you'd turn a dial. Like in Minority Report.

Comment Re:I've said it before, without Jobs they're toast (Score 1) 209

Yes, because Apple would have simply gone up forever if Steve Jobs were still around. No other company has ever done that in history, but you can bet it would have happened here.

Personally, I like Jason Snell's take:

There's a lot of angst about Apple's growth, and that makes sense from certain financial perspectives. If you're an investor, you care. If you're someone who is more concerned with the general health and well being of Apple, well: In a year where it received financial scrutiny the likes of which it hadn't seen since the earliest days of the second Steve Jobs era, Apple had its second-best year ever, threw off nearly $46 billion in profit, and now sits on a $237.6 billion cash pile. Yeah... as bad years go, it was pretty okay.

Comment It can always get worse! (Score 1) 197

Just in case regular cubes aren't bad enough, a new high-level manager joined my company a couple years ago and decided to go with short-walled cubes so everyone can SEE each other and REALLY collaborate. Luckily that plague has not yet descended upon my location, and it looks like it won't. If it did, I'd just work from home 100% of the time. (Luckily my company is pretty good about that.) Besides the noise, I don't want to feel like everyone is staring at me all day long. Did I mention no one else on my team is in my city? (Or state, for that matter.) There's no collaboration to be had, in my case.

Noise sucks. Usually I work from home in the mornings when I (and all my neighbors at work) have calls, then I go in after lunch because my office is close and I don't want to be in the house every day, all day.

Different people like different things. Unfortunately, it seems that the people who rise to management are more often than not outgoing, and think fratboy bullpens are awesome.

Plus there's the little matter of physics. What do you have if there are 90 noisy people and 10 quiet people? A noisy environment. What do you have if there are 10 noisy people and 90 quiet people? A noisy environment.

Like the old joke: If you have a barrel of sewage and you add a cup of wine, you still have a barrel of sewage. If you have a barrel of wine and you add a cup of sewage, you now have a barrel of sewage.

Comment Re: Great way to kill the competition by making it (Score 3, Insightful) 305

Customer -> Uber -> Driver -> Tesla -> Self-driving Software -> local, state, national laws about self-driving cars -> local, state, national laws about ride sharing -> Insurance companies... figuring out who to sue and who pays in case of an accident would be like legal Inception.

Comment Sly (Score 1) 552

Nice backhanded compliment: "There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

The age-old question: if you claim to be inclusive, do you have to include people who exclude others?

Similar to "what happens to 'alternative' when it becomes mainstream?"

Comment Fuck security, I give up. (Score 1) 146

I've long held onto a naïve dream that we might achieve SOME level of security by teaching users how to read domain names, enabling status bars (note: FUCK ALL CURRENT BROWSER MAKERS that turn them off by default) so users can look at URLs before clicking on them, and NOT blindly trusting that little green padlock (oh look! I'm securely connected to but for that to happen, domain names MUST be human-parseable. I don't expect everyone to become a cybersecurity expert, but if you can learn and follow a basic rules of traffic safety, you can learn follow a few basic rules of online safety.* Oh well. Now I guess I can spend my time dreaming of riding ponies and winning the lottery.

No sense mentioning how much harder it will make it for everyone who writes make-this-FQDN-a-link code. Lots of systems will make clickable but I doubt anyone BUT google will do the same for Or we can just render EVERYTHING with a dot as a link. :-/

* Please spare me the obvious jokes about OMG EVERYONE IS TEH WORST DRIVERS!!!!!11

Comment More to it than simply "frustration" (Score 1) 310

I think a major issue is that it's easy and common to have contacts in your phone with addresses. People send you contacts that are fully populated with info, you can search in Maps and 'create new contact' from a result and it includes the address, etc. And you have it with you all the time so you can easily update it at your convenience. As opposed to a GPS built into a car, where you have to sit there in the car and punch the info in on the screen. You can only update it when you're sitting in the car and doing nothing else. And the UI to choose an existing location usually isn't that great.

On top of that, many (most?) car GPSs don't have Internet connections to show live traffic info, which is almost as important as knowing where you're going in the first place. In fact, more often than not, I use my phone to check traffic on the way to a known destination, which means the traffic info is MORE important than the actual directions 90% of the time. On top of worrying about out-of-date info and potentially expensive updates, it's pretty obvious why people prefer their phones.

I only ever use a standalone GPS when I'm going on a long trip (over an hour) to a new place and when traffic isn't a concern -- i.e., there's nothing else to do but stay on the highway and make my exit. THEN it's worth the time it takes to punch in the address because I get a screen that can stay on without tying up my phone. And even then I'll have the address ready in my phone, too, so I can check traffic as I get closer.

So it's not entirely that car GPS systems are totally bad -- they're just way worse (in practical terms) than phones.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 78

Luckily, not all companies choose Option B. (Or at least, not all at once.) This is the #1 reason I moved from AT&T to T-Mobile 3 years ago. On AT&T, if I went over, they charged a TON for the next small clump of data. I think my plan was $30/mo for X GB, and if I went over, it was about $15 or $20 for two-tenths of X GB more -- something ridiculous like that. And it wasn't optional -- if you went over, you paid.

On T-M, besides giving me more data for less money in the first place AND including tethering for free (which was also $15-20/mo on AT&T), they have no overage charges. If you go over your allotment, you get throttled to 2G speeds for the rest of the month. (Not sure if that is still how they work for new accounts, but I still have the deal that I signed up for.)

AND they were one of the first companies to make it easy to buy phones outright and not subsidize them, so if you can stand to use a phone for more than 2 years, you save money. AND they aren't jerks when you ask to unlock your phone. Etc etc etc.

Other than the fact that actual phone calls get dropped a lot more (like, weekly or more, versus almost never on AT&T), I've been totally happy with T-M and I've saved a lot of money with them over AT&T in the last 3 years.

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