Re: Reloadable payment cards?
You'll still be able to use such cards while you travel in the USA, you'll be there to swipe it in person.
156 posts • joined 20 Jun 2013
Agreed. Most users needs are quite modest compared to the power of today's CPU & GPUs. The average user's biggest power need is probably editing a movie they took with their webcam or cellphone. A modern cellphone or tablet can do basic video editing these days. Streaming media isn't too big a load for today's hardware nor is farting around on Facebook or other websites. Gamers are power users, but that segment is small comparatively, and even then, a good chuck is on a console and not a PC.
My 2009 laptop is still perfectly capable for 99% of my needs. I just bought a new one with SSD drives and larger screen as my eyes aren't as young as they used to be. ;) Did I "need" an upgrade? No, I could of gotten another year or maybe two our of my old system if I needed to delay a purchase.
The breathless (masturbatory-like) articles about how the latest Apple babble is selling faster than the last one. Soon will be flood of "unboxing" videos, then the "My first Day/Week/Month with the Apple Watch".
Personally, I'm waiting for the "This man proposed to his girlfriend using Apple Watch heartbeat share".
False dichotomy to assume only one can be chosen. Tim has more control of A than B or C since those are at the discretion of the corporation. Sure, he's got power within Apple to push for B & C (and we don't know if he has) but I doubt could just make it happen alone.
Now, this rich guy talking up his philanthropy reminds me of the gilded age robber barons similar actions.
The Hololens is a interesting tech but I don't see it over-taking smartwatches for a bit yet. Mostly since it's not released and second it'll take time for it to grow into it's own. As for Apple's watch, the Apple fans will make it a big success, it's not called the Apple Cult for nothing. Android Wear will likely grow but slower.
I could see Google Glass 2.0 and MS Hololens being the next big things in wearables. I don't doubt that Apple has some secret project like it too.
I'm with you that Windows 10 is too "cloud first, mobile first" in that it's being so tied to MS cloud offerings and I too can just see the pop-ups for their "cloud/Bing/advertisement" every time I boot. Plus it begs the question, How soon before the subscription costs come into play?
Touchscreens are getting more popular, so I'm not opposed to Windows 10, or any OS, having a touch UI design instead of bolted-on as an afterthought.
An all EV trip across the US? Possible but not really practical, Tesla is building charging stations along the major freeways to make it work. A more realistic approach is, like the Chevy Volt, to have a small ICE (or other generator tech) to extend the range. Not a perfect solution, but a practical one with today's technology. Emissions would still be much lower than an traditional ICE car for the same trip.
About a year ago IIRC, I read an article about a fuel-cell that used Propane (or other LP gas) fuel, that had lower emissions than traditional gas engines. Also another article about a group that was developing a small CO2 scrubber to lower greenhouse gas emissions too. Wonder if both could be combined into a greener hybrid platform.
"...Of course, when Metro got universally panned in beta, it was apparent. And apparently ignored too."
Oh MS knew full well that people didn't like the Metro interface, they went out-of-their-way in Beta to disable the Registry Keys and other ways beta users made to boot direct to desktop. They ignored multiple calls for an option to enable the start-menu, etc. MS earned the whopping it got from the Win8 launch fiasco.
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