If you don't care to know then you trust the provider to make the decisions for you. The fact that you found out you don't agree with a decision they made shouldn't really surprise you. It is unlikely that you agree with every decision they made.
Bad jobs play an important role in an economy. They provide a high turn-over, relatively easy to acquire job that you can get when you have trouble finding proper work. So you can provide for yourself while looking for a good job. If the job didn't suck it wouldn't have the turn-over and availability.
Once we eliminate the need for employment to provide the basics then shitty jobs will go away. Until then they have a place.
True, but there will always be tons of "inherently bad" jobs (smelly, sweaty, monotonous).
It is unnecessary to make these jobs MORE shitty by bad management.
For example, the worst thing IMO that Walmart does (IDK about Amazon), is to mandate that employees be on call 24x7 to be ready to come in for a shift on short notice (3 hours). This cripples the worker from taking on a 2nd job, school, or anything else. This traps them into the Walmart job & makes this not an entry level job.
Sure, however in the US there are already huge number of terrible low paid jobs. The balance of jobs is not right as it stands. I believe that Amazon has the resources to provide better jobs and should do so.
This seems pretty obvious to me. When you are working to build a positive reputation online you use your real name. When you are taking part in things you don't want associated with your reputation you use an alias.
You don't want to never use your real name. You want to be googleable, but you want it to be mostly positive.
I go by epochwolf online and I very much care about the reputation I have under this name. Somewhat by accident there is an entire group of people that only know me as "epoch" in real life. My reputation among those people is just as important as my reputation among people that know me professionally under my real name.
I do try to keep my professional and personal relationships separate which part of the reason I have a pseudonym. In a bit of irony my company uses github and I use my epochwolf account at work. The seperation is less important than it used to be but I will always be epochwolf online.
Sadly that's still not enough to completely replace cable (the HBO series don't show up there). And even with Netflix and a cable TV subscription, I still find myself torrenting certain things. Sadly, torrenting is just so much easier than most of the legit ways to get shows.
I had a play with a whole bunch of small to mid-size Android phones and concluded that the S4 mini is quite nice. It isn't as anemic relative to the S4 as the S3 mini was to the S3, and it looks and feels good. It's about the size of a Galaxy S2 for reference (seems weird that that's now a small to medium size phone, when I owned one I hated how big it was).
The Nexus 5 is also a high-end phone that's spec-comparable to the iPhone 5S. For me, and I think a lot of other people, the Nexus brand has come to mean high specs, stock software, future upgrades and low price. Those asking for an iPhone-size Nexus are asking for a device under $400.
I think apple, google and amazon are in a unique position because they can sell hardware at or below cost. These companies have other ways in which to make money off the userbase. Its hard to expect hardware companies to be able to cope with this. What this means in the long term I dont know, but I think its going to become increasingly harder for pure hardware companies to beat ecosystem companies on cost.
In a way, it's kind of a relief that they're taking the bloat road.
With many tech products, I find myself lusting after stuff I really don't need, but with phones these days, it's more like "OMG! That looks so cool! I gotta ... oh wait it's the size of a kitchen table."
What I'm going to do when my current phone dies, though, I dunno... TT
Haha, I had the same conclusion when I upgraded this past January. I was looking at the top-end phones, and every single one was at least 4.7 inches, and most of them larger. I ended up with a mid-spec HTC Incredible 4G which is 4 inches, and I refuse to go larger than that.
That's what I was thinking when I was rather sorely disappointed by the measurements. I still use a Nexus One (AMOLED) and am generally very happy with it, though I would like to get Android 4.* (which I can't without repartitioning my already rooted phone and then running a system that was never meant to support this hardware). I like the older 3.7" form factor. The Nexus 5 is about 1cm wider and 2cm longer, which is a lot... Guess I will skip yet another generation of modern Android device and just keep on rocking an ancient CM7 "nightly".
Honestly, I recommend the HTC First. I have one, it's the perfect size, 720p screen, solid specs. You can get one for a song these days and FB home turns off with a couple taps. You probably won't get 4.4, though...
My first foray into Android was with a Motorola Defy. It was actually a really good little phone. 3.7" with a x800 resolution.
Unfortunately it bricked and I fell back to my spare Nokia N95 which is taped together. Having a taped-together phone (with water damage which affects call quality) isn't really where I want to be but I refuse to purchase any of these huge new phones. I just want something that fits in my pocket, has a >= x800 resolution and can act as a wifi hotspot. My tablet can take care of the rest.
I'd convinced myself that it was significantly bigger to avoid being tempted by it, and maintaining this disillusionment through sheer laziness. Seeing those numbers has me checking my bank account. You are a very bad man.
Thanks for posting this. I was worried about the phone growing too large; I think it's safe to say I won't notice the extra half-millimeter of width (for something I hold in one hand, width is the "usability" dimension).
The 5200 GPU and 90W AC adapter were good hints for what a search turned up -- a 4 hour or less battery life despite a big, heavy 52WH battery (compared to 8 hours for a 5100 and smaller battery). This is one of those "gaming monstrosities" I mentioned. For a couple percent speed bump over a 3-year-old 2nd-gen computer, and relatively unappealing styling, I agree with the reviews which seem to be "avoid". I can only imagine how hot it gets that it needs venting around both sides and the entire rear of the case.
I have one. Doesn't get hot. CPU clocks down a lot when on battery, so "gaming monstrosity" only more or less valid when on AC. Battery perf in general not great, 3-4 hours in my experience. As a mobile workstation pretty good, only real bummer is that the keyboard is crap - not a good option if you plan to type tons on it (but you might get used to it; I for one just use an external ergonomic keyboard).
Lenovo just released the Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro, for the $1,149 model you get a 13" 3200 x 1800 touch screen display, core i5 haswell, 256Gb SSD and 8Gb of RAM.
They will also release a Thinkpad Yoga in november, with less attractive specs unfortunately - it'll be a 12.5" 1920 x 1080 display. (Which is unfortunate for me since I can't live without a Trackpoint on a laptop and only the Thinkpad model offers it)
I don't understand systems like this -- much like most of what's been in stores since 2011. It's got a nice, high resolution screen, and the absolute slowest integrated graphics they can match with it. An HD 4400 can barely keep up with its own panel and a small external monitor let alone run a 5-year-old game on it.
For just a little more money they could've put at least an HD 5100 part in it. While the TDP would be higher, the higher-TDP Haswell parts still idle at very low wattages, so when you're not using the extra power they get similar battery life, but it's there when you want it.
The performance difference between the 4400 and 5100 is huge. It's on par with an older discrete Radeon/GeForce chip.
Thing is their IdeaPad Yoga isn't an X220 replacement. X220 offers two full-speed cores (2x3.2 GHz) with higher TDP, 16GByte RAM, ExpressCard 54 slot, optional WWAN, matte display, TrackPoint, ThinkVantage system update, replaceable batteries up to 95Wh, yada yada yada.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the X240 to not become an Ultrabook. So far it looks like a downgrade, or at most like Lenovo managed to put in FullHD over a course of two years.