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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 14, 2016, 18:26 Beamer
 
shiho wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 18:02:
Under Trump, Snowden may in fact get a pardon, because it is thanks to him, that we know about the NSA surveillance program being boosted under Obama. Thus, he hurt Obama's "most transparent administration in history", which works for Trump.

Under Trump he might, as they're both best friends with and subservient to Putin.

I kid. No really, that's 100% a joke. And this isn't sarcastic. Dammit, I am struggling to make sure people know I don't mean this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 14, 2016, 16:30 Beamer
 
MattyC wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 16:14:
I don't have anything that would run it, but OS 9 does have the best version of SimCity 2k which, IMO, is still the best SimCity

I can't speak to the OS9 vs Windows differences, nor did I play any of the subsequent SimCities, but yes, yes I agree, haha.

SimCity seems like such an easy thing to upgrade well. A bit more realism and better AI, but keep it simple without bogging us down spending too much time micromanaging. All we want to do is creatively build something functional and unique, then destroy it with tornadoes and nuclear fallout.
 
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News Comments > Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud
56. Re: Steam Review Changes to Fight Fraud Sep 14, 2016, 14:17 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:48:
bhcompy wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 18:15:
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This has nothing to do with monopolies and everything to do with the same thing that Amazon struggles with, fake/joke/bullshit reviews.

Except that its nothing like what you are saying it is like. This is basically limiting the meta score to users who purchased their games THROUGH Steam. If you purchased your game through GOG for example, your review wont count. I don't see how this has anything to do with fake reviews, beacuse you still need to purchase and play the game just like anyone else except now it has to be done exclusively through Steam.

Valve doesn't know that you bought it through GoG. All they know is:

* You bought it through Steam

* You did not buy it through Steam

People can generate Steam keys easily, if it's their product. So if you were going to give a bunch of codes away in exchange for reviews, or even give codes to employees to spam a bunch of reviews, you wouldn't buy it through Steam. That's a messy process that requires paying several different entities in a way that's slow, cumbersome, and trackable. It's much easier to bulk grab a bunch of keys from Steam, have them invoice you the one time, and then do with them as you please.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 14:12 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 13:57:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 13:13:
Weird that it claims the regular S7 does that. I have one as do like 10 of my friends and family and many of us have joked about how it feels like we are the only ones in our little circles currently not complaining about our phones. As always, personal experience doesn't always represent the global reality. Between all the headaches Apple and Samsung have been giving people recently I was sure I had completely lucked out.

Perhaps its just a batch that uses the same battery supplier?

The supplier is Samsung.

In any case, batteries blow up. It happens. iPhones have blown up, Galaxies have blown up, Blackberries have blown up. We're carrying highly volatile chemicals around in our pockets. A catastrophic failure will make them explode. It's kind of unavoidable.

The difference with the Note is that, like with so many hoverboards prior, these batteries have a manufacturing issue that makes catastrophic failure less a question of if than when. But other Samsung phones? No different than any other phone. Maybe someone mistreated the phone, or the battery somehow got damaged. Maybe it's just a weird charging glitch. But the Note 7 had something like 70 incidents (most just overheating and not yet exploding, but still) in a month or two on a million units sold in the US.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 12:45 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 11:52:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 11:49:
I am glad I went with just the standard Galaxy 7. When my Galaxy 3 died I was going to go with the Note. I liked the idea of the bigger screen and the stylus. Hopefully my 7 will last as long as my 3 and by that time they will have a Note I can get that doesn't double as an incendiary device.
If it is the Edge version, you may want to double up on your life/house/car insurances as those like to blow up too

And you're determining that how? It isn't the same battery.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Adblock Plus now sells ads Sep 14, 2016, 12:40 Beamer
 
Hey there, Mr. Advertiser, those are some nice ads you're running. It'd be a shame if something were to happen to them.


What's that? They're blocked. Oh no! If you'd only paid us instead of our competitors, we could have prevented that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 11:54 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 10:24:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:46:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.

I never mentioned price, nor replied about that specifically. Sounds like a conversation you had with someone else. And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone. I also would consider a laptop of similar speed with essential connectivity to a modern macbook with a single usb port to be better as well, even if it benched slower in different areas. It's a better all-around device when all things are considered. Speed isnt everything, especially now that smartphones generally are pushing 4-8 cores with GPU's that rival consoles. To think that any of this can be completely objective is probably where this whole thought process goes off-the-rails, because it can always be argued that a device that has less in one way or another simply is not objectively better. The iPhone has less convenient connectivity, the androids less power. There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

So you're saying you just followed up with the term "objectively better" on your own, independent of my use?

Curious.

And yes, I guess this does straddle the line between objective and subjective depending on what you consider makes an all-around better phone

You get how "depending on what you consider" makes something subjective, right? Not straddling the line. Subjective. 100% subjective. I mean, the whole difference between objective and subjective is whether it's absolute or "depending." If you use the term "depending," it isn't objective.

There is no clear 100% better for everyone pick.

Indeed, which is why anyone saying "the iPhone is objectively worse" is a fanboy. I think it's an awful phone to use. But that's just my subjective opinion.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 09:46 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 09:06:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2016, 08:20:
I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.

Nope, all of those devices are inferior in one way or another. Comparing MP3 players from 10 years ago to a top tier smartphone isn't even in the ballpark of what we were talking about, it's obviously not just the port alone. Suggesting that *ANY* flagship smartphone out right now is "far inferior" in any way, shape or form to the iPhone7 is laughable, btw. They are all in the same ballpark, give or take a feature here or there, but the main difference is that while still being in the same ballpark, they include the convenience of a headphone jack as well. Easy choice, IMO. I couldn't give two shits about brand/corporate loyalty. If Android makers all decided they wanted to get rid of the headphone port and Apple still had one, I would consider the iPhone7 the superior product, even *if* it had slightly less performance than the Androids. But, given that isn't the case.. it simply is not.

EDIT: I should have stated "flagship device" in my previous post, that is what I had intended by saying "device", not MP3 players and such. I'm guessing that's where the confusion here comes from. I worked for a large mobile carrier for a half a decade, and in that time we simply referred to all cell phones as "devices". Really need to get out of that habit.

You were responding to my original post, which said "objectively better at half the price." Given that no flagship is half the price, I have no clue why you decided to argue the point.

Regardless, saying the S7 Edge is objectively better than the iPhone 7 due to the headphone jack is ridiculous. Or, it's an utter failing to understand what "objective" means.

I've said the decision to drop the headphone jack is utterly ludicrous if not wholly anti-consumer. But to say it makes a device objectively worse? Hardly. I can't even say it makes the device objectively worse from a listening to music with headphones perspective, as some of the advantages of 100% digital music may offset the need for either a dongle or new headphones to some users.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2016, 08:20 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 21:11:
I think many people would agree that a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones is objectively better than one that requires inconvenient, unnecessary dongles, or being locked into Apple's "vision of the future". Sure the processor isn't as fast as Apple's in any Android phones out there, but speed alone does not make for a better device.

Also, the excuse that they need to make it thinner via removing this port is laughable, phones do not need to have the form factor of a piece of cardboard or paper.

I think you're wrong. I have an old iPod Nano over here. It's generation 1 or 2, the really long one with the black and white screen. I think 16GB. Maybe 4GB. I dunno, I got it from a friend who upgraded and I used it for the gym back like 8 years ago. It is a device that allows you to connect basic hardware like headphones.

Would you say it's objectively better than an iPhone 7? Congratulations, you're a fanboy. How about a Windows Phone, a device I owned for years. Are the Windows Phones objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

How about the new midrange Honor 6x, is that objectively better? Congratulations, you're a fanboy.

Again, I hate Apple products. I've never had one I enjoyed. I will never, ever own an iPhone. But the level of "it's objectively better because of this one limited use case that doesn't impact everyone, even though it's far inferior in many, many others" is absolute fanboyism.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
22. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 14, 2016, 08:16 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 18:37:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 18:15:

Yup, I'd say hate. I found the monsters and the weapons to be outright terrible. It's all opinion, but I'd put them in the bottom 10% of shooters I've played.

Congrats! You've become part of a minority!

I mean, ok? I never said it was a bad game, and I used "my opinion" and "I'd" repeatedly.

Should my opinion bow to the majority? Is that how this works? Is this some kind of popularity contest I'm failing because I disliked a game most reviews tended to find average?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 13, 2016, 15:20 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 14:05:
Verge is one of the worst for being a gaggle of apple fanboys. I wouldn't trust them to be very objective on anything they had to say on the iPhone.

And yet, there are some serious anti-Apple fanboys here. Yesterday or the day before someone said you can buy an "objectively better phone for half the price."

Which is seriously fanboyish. Not even equally priced flagships are "objectively better." A phone half the price will have a much weaker processor, much worse battery life, a worse display, and a significantly worse battery.

I have an S7 Edge. I like it. I despise iOS and therefore hate the entire experience of using an iPhone. But I'd be a fanboy to call my phone "objectively better," and to call one half the price? Absurd.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
18. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 18:15 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 17:10:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 16:16:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:45:
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.

I hated Hard Reset too, but really like Shadow Warrior. I'm curious, why didn't you like it?

Honestly, even though I played it in February, and it took me a month to finish, I barely remember it, but:

* Hate...

I think that calling anything in this game terrible is not right... Could they be better? Sure, but everything was good or at least passable. I think that weapons and monsters were better than in most shooters. Do you really think hate is the right word for how you felt about the game? If so, I don't get it. I can definitely say that upgrades mattered though. It was a reason to explore the levels. The game has tons of cool secrets. Also, weapon upgrades made a major difference... I mean you can quadruple the shotgun barrels...

Yup, I'd say hate. I found the monsters and the weapons to be outright terrible. It's all opinion, but I'd put them in the bottom 10% of shooters I've played.
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
16. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 16:16 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2016, 13:45:
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.

I hated Hard Reset too, but really like Shadow Warrior. I'm curious, why didn't you like it?

Honestly, even though I played it in February, and it took me a month to finish, I barely remember it, but:

* Weapons felt terrible to me. Terrible. The Uzi was the only gun I liked, but having to hold down a separate button to do akimbo was frustrating. I'm pretty certain you ran faster than the rockets

* Enemies just weren't fun. The most fun were the human cops, who you fought about twice

* The boss pattern was annoying. Typical, but annoying. Here's a boss. Now he's two of that boss. Now here's two of that boss with other enemies around. Now here's two of them with other bosses around. Now here's everything at once. The bosses just weren't fun and doing that compounded the not-fun

* If I had to fight the guys who were only vulnerable from behind one more time...

* I played through primarily to finish upgrading the kitana. The final form was underwhelming

* Basically, all upgrades struck me as dull. Upgrades to your character were kind of pointless, other than probably the stab. Upgrades to the weapons felt equally pointless

 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
12. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 13:45 Beamer
 
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 10, 2016, 09:26 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 21:15:
Beamer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 10:03:
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.


Stop whining, Beamer. 5300 people who worked for a bank were involved in this shit, so I called them "banker" as in "a person who works for the bank." The fact that they were low level asshats makes it even more ridiculous that they didn't go to fucking jail. You try stealing someone's identity and see if you just get fired.


I agree, but they weren't bankers and claiming that's why they got off, the same way idiot traders do, is not why.

These were jackasses who were being incentivized for signing people up at a cash register, no different than the people that do it to you when you go to... damn, I can't even think of a place I still go that does this. I'm sure Best Buy or Macy's does it.

Sign X people up for a card, get a bonus. So they faked it. They absolutely should be turned over to the authorities.

But they didn't get away with it because they're high powered bankers. This was a retail thing, not a bank think. These were the same people that you find when you go to a Verizon store, not highly educated shitheads making millions a year for fucking people over. The identity theft probably brought some of them up to $40,000 for the year.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year?
158. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year? Sep 9, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
Somehow, this went from the tiring "debate with factual authority about whether the game that's years out will be the best thing ever or a monstrous failure" to the even more tedious "let's join together and shit on the last green label name that still hangs out here."  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 9, 2016, 10:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 9, 2016, 07:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 02:02:
So the ideal TV specs:
- OLED
- 4K resolution
- 120Hz refresh
- 12-bit color
- HDR

?


Personally, I think 4K is somewhat worthless. TVs are typically too small and too far away, and the content is a long ways away. You need new devices for that content, and no one seems particularly interested in giving it to you - even that new 4K PS4 from Sony, a company that makes movies, doesn't do 4K TV. I wouldn't worry about it too much this time around, unless you can get it for next to nothing.

Rather than 4K, I wish content providers focused on getting streaming up to the same clarity as BluRay. A compressed 4K stream and much less compressed 1080p stream must be comparably sized, I'd guess, though I have no clue. Sadly, clarity is much less of a buzzword, but if you put a BluRay side by side with a stream on a good TV the difference is enormous, particularly in dark screens. On BluRay, you see actual details in Game of Thrones.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 8, 2016, 12:42 Beamer
 
HDR is higher contrast and more/brighter colors.

In general, if you put two TVs side by side, people will gravitate towards contrast more than even resolution (e.g., a high contrast 720p image is regularly chosen over a lower contrast 1080p image.)

Deeper blacks, brighter reds, all together on the same screen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
22. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 12:35 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 11:20:
I honestly think their move to remove the headphone jack had to do with a push towards wireless headphones than anything else.
I personally wouldn't buy the Apple wireless headphones, since there are many other far superior choices on the market for less $ like Jaybird X2 for example. Also wireless headphones aren't locked to Apple or Android phones, they are universal between platforms, regardless of the type of phone you're using.

I agree with you Beamer on not much benefit to the consumer with the 3.5mm audio jack removal, however since they include the adapter in the box I don't think it is such a huge deal either for people that wants to use their 3.5mm jack peripherals.

Steve Jobs once famously mocked wireless earphones as "yet another thing to charge."

Steve Jobs was hardly always right, but I'm with him on this. Another thing to charge, another thing to lose. Earphones now are great because I have one on my desk at work, one in my back pocket, one in my drawer, and another 3 at home. I'm rarely not near headphones. I live in a city and walk everywhere, so they come more in handy for me than someone not walking as much, but the disposable quality makes them desirable.

Not to mention, and while it will get better, Apple's headphones won't even last you a full coast-to-coast flight, though I wouldn't want earphones for that unless they're noise canceling (and those I want running on batteries, so I can hot swap [I seem to always hot swap on flights.])
 
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