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  • frytup commented on Adam Interviews John Cleese

    Is he demonstrating his basketball technique?

  • frytup commented on Why NASA's Orion Mission is So Important

    @exnasaguy said:

    I've already been called out on my failure to mention the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), which could put astronauts in American rocket seats as early as 2017. They're still rented seats, but American seats nonetheless. I'm guilty as charged. Here's hoping that CCP stays on course and gets us back in the game a bit sooner.

    Terry

    But that begs the question... why? Why is NASA developing SLS while SpaceX is working on a heavy lift rocket in parallel?

  • frytup commented on Why Android Tablets are Finally Moving to 4:3 Screen Aspect Ratios

    @kerrle said:

    A widescreen device, by contrast, is ungainly and awkwardly tall in portrait mode.

    I never personally found that to be true. And it's a better fit for quite a bit of content - I read digital comics on my Nexus 10 and they fill that taller screen far better than they would a 4/3.

    Yep. Comics and video are 85% of what I use my tablet for. I stopped using it for books when the Kindle Paperwhite came out, and for pretty much anything else I prefer a laptop.

  • frytup commented on President Obama's Announces Net Neutrality Plan

    Now sit back and watch the big ISP propaganda start rolling in.

    I'd love to think this has a chance in hell but, sadly, few people who understand why this is necessary bothered to vote last week. The new Congress will make sure Comcast et al. get exactly what they want.

  • frytup commented on Tested In-Depth: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    @Regal said:

    @frytup said:

    @Jensonb said:

    I don't think I will ever understand people who want the browser cluttered up with nonsense like the full URL showing at all times. Frankly, unless I'm specifically interacting with the chrome, I want as little as possible of it to show onscreen. Fortunately for me, Apple seems to agree...Safari on my iPad as I type this is showing nothing but the system info bar and a single line of text that says "tested.com".

    Philosophical differences. I hate the "clean" look. The more information the better.

    Example - my favorite OS X add-on is iStat Menus.

    If he who likes to see the url is the same kind of person who would use all those 'system monitoring' graphs, then the aesthetic divide is indeed a wide one.

    I don't think it's as much about ‘clean’ as it is about focus. The reduction of the chrome, and the translucency of it, is made to bring forth the content as the object of attention. And I think it works. Do you really need to know the temperature of your CPU, or how fast the fans are spinning? I thought modern technology was supposed to be able to calibrate and adjust that by itself, and never have to intrude it upon you, the user.

    You don't "need" to do anything, of course. I just like to know what kind of network transfer speed I'm getting, which processes are spiking the CPU/using memory, why the fans are screaming at me, why my lap is on fire, etc.

    You see it as an annoyance. I see it as valuable and interesting information. As I said, philosophical differences. You're in luck, though. You're the ideal Apple customer, whereas I'm constantly trying to fight Apple's burning desire to hide low-level information from users.

  • frytup commented on Tested In-Depth: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    @Jensonb said:

    I don't think I will ever understand people who want the browser cluttered up with nonsense like the full URL showing at all times. Frankly, unless I'm specifically interacting with the chrome, I want as little as possible of it to show onscreen. Fortunately for me, Apple seems to agree...Safari on my iPad as I type this is showing nothing but the system info bar and a single line of text that says "tested.com".

    Philosophical differences. I hate the "clean" look. The more information the better.

    Example - my favorite OS X add-on is iStat Menus.

  • frytup commented on Apple Announces New iPads, Retina iMac, and Mac Mini

    @RemoveBeforeFlight said:

    iMacs seem pointless at this point since they're just using laptop components anyway.

    You might as well just get a MacBook Pro. It's portable and can still be used with a display if needed.

    Kinda depends how much you want that display. A MBP plus equivalent monitor (assuming you can even find it) would be almost double the price.

  • frytup commented on Tested In-Depth: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    OS X 10.11 : Drought

  • frytup commented on Apple Announces New iPads, Retina iMac, and Mac Mini

    So, no gaming on this thing at native resolution then.

  • frytup commented on Amazon Announces Kindle Voyage, Updates to Kindle Family

    Nice to see forward & back page turn buttons on both sides of the bezel. About time they brought that back.

  • frytup commented on Norm Drinks Soylent, Day 1

    From what I've read, you might not want to share close quarters with Norm for awhile. Soylent tends to be an impressive natural gas producer... if you know what I mean.

  • frytup commented on Tested Builds: LEGO Sandcrawlers, Part 4

    Norm's watch is driving me nuts. Unless set to 24-hour time, why would you want a zero in front of a single-digit hour??

    So annoying.

  • frytup commented on Tested Builds: LEGO Sandcrawler, Part 1

    This might end up rivaling the Octoberkast Euro Truck Sim bit for deepest depths of Norm suffering.

  • frytup commented on The Best Blu-ray Player Today

    I finally got sick of the racket my fat PS3 makes when playing BDs... or doing anything. Decision time. Get a dedicated BD player or just buy a PS4?

    I went with the PS4. Yah, there isn't much in the way of games yet, but there will be eventually. In the mean time, I'm enjoying a whisper quiet player.

  • frytup commented on Episode 261 - What Does a Panda Feel Like? - 6/12/2014

    Ok, this is totally unimportant, but Norm's "no one in the Baye Area has air conditioning" comment made me lol and lol and lol.

    You need to get out of the city some time, dude.

  • frytup commented on How To Get Into Hobby RC: The Phantom Menace

    I'm curious if manufacturers like DFI provide basic aviation rules information with their products. I know they build flight restrictions into the firmware of some of the newer models, but it only seems to cover the big international airports. Considering the SF Bay Area alone has at least 20 airfields of various kinds, just making sure you're not bumping into 747s isn't really adequate awareness of aircraft traffic.

  • frytup commented on Quadcopter Fun Flight Fridays #1

    Er... what's the max altitude of these things? From a pilot's perspective, a bunch of amateurs flying around with zero communications or awareness of aircraft traffic is scary as hell.

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    @blather.more said:

    @frytup: The US doesn't have a central bank. So, I assume you keep your rubles or yen elsewhere.

    http://www.federalreserve.gov/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    @blather.more: I fear Bitcoin true believers are mostly fundamentalist libertarian types who don't understand the realities of a global economy, but I think it's fascinating as a social and economic experiment. And I hope government regulators mostly leave it alone to see where it goes.

    When it comes to my personal finances, I prefer a currency backed by a central bank, an army, and trillions in federal assets.

  • frytup commented on Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!

    Something tells me "Bitcoin: .99" will soon be showing up on a BermanBraun expense report.