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Well, I just royally fucked up the spacebar on my Apple wired USB keyboard I've had for literally all of 6 months. I've gone through so many of these now that I'm finally giving up. The first one I had way back in 2009 was a great keyboard and lasted me 3 years. Every subsequent replacement (I'm now on #5) only seems to have gotten worse - the quality control is terrible, the keys are sloppy, and they can very easily be damaged.

I decided if I was going to go in on a keyboard, I'd make it worth my while and get one that will hopefully last. Going to try out this CM Storm board when it arrives tomorrow and see if cherry reds are light enough that my chiclet-adapted fingers won't protest.
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I don't have the CM, but I do have hey BlackWidow Ultimate, and a Das Keyboard Pro. The Das Keyboard is the superior board. Check them out.
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That's actually really creative
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Wait just a minute, I'm going to have to retract our Note 5 S Pen story.

I'm being told I'm holding it wrong.
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Just post the text backwards.
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As I sit here in a hip Los Angeles coffee shop across from the seemingly never-ending whooshes and rumbles of LA traffic on a busy boulevard just outside the door, I wonder if my latte is worth the $4 I have just paid for it.

While not a tiny amount of money, it doesn't seem totally unreasonable. After all, I am availing myself the use of said business's counter, its rather lovely interior inspired by the owner's Taiwanese heritage (well, supposedly), a nice ceramic cup for my beverage, and the generally relaxed atmosphere the place provides. All things considered, $4 isn't so bad for the drink and the hour I'll sit here hashing out emails and responding to comments. At least, that's what I'd normally be doing. Instead, I'm writing.

As I type this post on the Galaxy S6 edge+ in my hands right now, I do not feel as though I am holding an $800+ smartphone. I feel like I'm holding a slippery, warm, glass brick, not particularly dissimilar from other slippery, warm, glass bricks I have held in the past.

This slippery glass brick is, of course, brand new. People have only yet started to receive them, pulling them from their soft-touch cardboard packaging, examining them from edge to edge like well-practiced jewelers before carefully and surgically peeling away the logo and text-emblazoned plastic cover, revealing the almost impossibly clean veneer of a factory-fresh smartphone.

"This," they think proudly, "is what $800 (or more) buys you." They then unceremoniously slap a $12 plastic case ordered on Amazon a week ago over it to protect their newest beloved possession, never really considering again the sleek, purposeful, and thin structure all that amazing technology is somehow packed into, like some prestigious tin of silicon caviar.

2 months later, that phone falls down a flight of stairs, and despite the valiant efforts of that $12 branded plastic tomb to absorb each increasingly brutal impact, the screen develops a spidering crack along the edge of the glass. This renders it as ugly and socially stigmatic as a car that was clearly involved in a serious accident quite some time ago and has yet to be repaired because the owner either lacks the funds or, as we "smart consumers" quietly think to ourselves, because that person isn't careful and considerate with their possessions. No one likes to be "the cracked screen guy," and every time that phone leaves your pocket, there is a brief moment of dread - fleeting as it may be: "What the hell did I do to deserve this?"

Perhaps you have insurance. Oh, for joy: a mail-in process. And a deductible. Maybe a loaner device for good measure, a phone you'll use just long enough to get set up to your satisfaction before it's time to send it back. And suddenly your $800 phone and $12 case have turned into an $800 refurbished phone and a $12 case and two months of $8 insurance premiums (that you will continue paying, because you're responsible) and a $200 deductible and probably a cut finger because what were you supposed to do, stop using your phone? And if you don't have insurance? Time for a repair, with no guarantee that it'll be done right or even that a repair is possible without potentially damaging other parts of the phone.

Take a step back. What if you had bought a $400 phone instead? Or even a $250 one? How much would you miss that $800 "experience"? How much more financially able would you be able to deal with a loss if you opted for the cheaper device? Would you even need a case, or phone insurance?

I really think it is time to take a stand against the expensive smartphone. We've all probably wasted too much time and too much money on at least one electronic gadget in our lives for the sake of being an early adopter or out of a sheer desire for a novel toy. Smartphones have stopped being novelties - they are commodities. The products are so alike even at opposite ends of the price spectrum that consumers can't not notice this much longer.

So, I say down with the $800 phones, the $900 phones, and to hell with anything more than that, either. Let's start treating smartphones for what they are: something that almost everyone needs, and thus that should be made for the needs of everyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go plug in this $800 phone that doesn't last on standby as long as the $200 phone I keep on my desk for occasional app-testing.

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New moto g for the win. My 3x more expensive g4 is now my secondary phone. 
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Sitting pretty in a suite next to ESPN at today's LA Galaxy match with +ALCATEL ONETOUCH​ - exciting game supposedly ahead! 
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That's what we, Europeans, call complete obliteration. 
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The Economist points out the one thing I really don't find very appealing about Bernie Sanders: his positions on free trade.

He was anti-NAFTA, is anti-TTIP, and is anti-TPP. As much as I find his rhetoric inspiring and refreshingly real, a candidate who doesn't see America's role in the world economy as a rising tide that can lift all boats is not a candidate I'm particularly interested in. I would hope Mr. Sanders is open to the notion of free trade being at least potentially beneficial.

There really needs to be compromise on this point, and on the far side of both aisles, left and right, we see protectionist, populist viewpoints gaining momentum in regard to international trade easements. America's economic growth is the strongest it has been in years, and breaking down economic barriers is often the first step in breaking down political and cultural ones.
BERNIE SANDERS is on a roll. His political rallies attract bigger crowds than those of any other contender for the presidency. More than 15,000 showed up to hear him...
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+David G
 I didn't they were synonyms, or that Bernie is a Libertarian, but he certainly shares many libertarian beliefs (is very libertarian) on many issues.  Which is why I choose to support his candidacy in the primaries.
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A site that ostensibly seriously reviews Android phones... comes out with a post that basically says Android phone reviews are silly and pointless.

Makes sense to me.
Year in and year out, Android phones continue to leave us both impressed and wanting more. It's an impossible cycle. For every upgrade, there's another feature that we think could be better. When that feature is improved next year...
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Turning into BuzzVerge
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This is the most awesome sounding engine in the history of ever. A 250cc straight six. 

IT SOUNDS LIKE AN ANGRY BABY RACE CAR 
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That's just bizarre. I'd rather have a British V twin though. 
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Six weeks, six million paid-for copies, self-published, no multiplayer, 15 free DLC items (even if 10/15 of them are worthless), no social integration, no DRM, cross-platform, and all on a home-brewed game engine.

I love these motherfuckers at CDPR so much I'm considering buying a god damn Witcher shirt. I'm on my second playthrough and it literally is no less exciting or fun than the first. Can't wait for the first expansion in October.
You may have seen the news today that The Witcher 3 has sold well over 6 million copies. Impressive! We don’t normally like to talk about raw sales figures here on Kotaku, but I think there’s a lesson to be learned from this particular success.
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+Gabriel buzea did you even play the game? Geralt is very agile with rolls and dodges, and the story is not go from a to b and kill... 
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I think this video sums up most people's thoughts on the Huawei Nexus leak so far. That said I'm still probably going to buy one, even if it looks like... That.
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Ugly can be a theft deterrent...=-) 
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We're going to publish this as a story on AP tomorrow probably (and ignore the first 10 seconds where I smack my lips like I've got serious dry mouth - YouTube is taking forever to process the cut), but I though I'd give a preview to people on G+.

Basically, the S6 Edge+ and Note 5 manage background tasks so aggressively that I'm not even sure why Samsung is putting 4GB of RAM in there. 

Compared to a Nexus 6 on M, a phone with a slower processor, less and slower RAM, and much slower storage (saddled with encryption), the S6 Edge+ in this video is pathetically slow switching between tasks if you've opened more than 3-4 apps since you've opened the app you're going back to.

If Samsung is spending so much money putting fast storage, RAM, and a blazing CPU in your phone, why on earth are they so piss-poor at managing performance in such a clearly noticeable way? It's really disappointing.

Artem's opinion is that this is some poorly-implemented power-saving "feature" (notably, the S6 and S6E exhibit similar issues, as did the Note 4) to account for the smaller batteries in these phones versus last year's Note 4. That sounds pretty plausible to me.
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Your West LA address and location is shown when you open maps. But, you already knew that.
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Personally, I think this is a way better direction for the M3 to go. It's become a luxury high-performance sports car, it has not been the "stripped-down" track machine it was in the late 80s and early 90s for quite a few years now.

I see no reason why the world's most iconic 4-door sports sedan shouldn't evolve with the changing times. If anything, it should show that things like hybrid powertrains and kinetic energy recovery technology can be included in a true driver's car without sacrificing on performance.
With the success of the hybrid electric i3 and i8 models, we know BMW is looking to spread out their newfound knowledge to their entire range. According to one report, it may go to a very unexpected place: the next BMW M3. Think four-door i8, maybe?
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+Steven Ferguson That's actually what I said, that they won't build one (I didn't said the i8 was). On the other hand, I did miss an 'or', I meant 'supercar or R8/SLS-fighter', thanks.

I don't think a hybrid M3 would kill the M division, since there's so much offer in the M range, and believe it or not, the X M cars sell like like cupcakes, as probably will the M2. A hybrid M3 is just the natural evolution, as was the addition of turbos to natural aspirated engines (E60 M5 V10 vs F10 M5 V8 Twin-Turbo). 

Going soft? I don't know, we'll see..

As for the manual transmission, they do have a point (according to Autocar):

"However, manual gearboxes could become a thing of the past for M cars because of declining sales figures.

Van Meel (BMW M boss) said: “From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.

"It’s difficult to say we’ll stick to the manual, but we still have a big fan community for manuals and we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have.”
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Food is extraordinarily overseasoned. Some of it is pretty good, but generally it's all just way too in-your-face with the sauces and such, even for Thai food. Decent bar when it's not crowded, but when the techno and fog machine start, count me out.
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OK bar on the weekends, bartenders pour light and are hard to alert. Food is unique to the Sacramento area, and you can get some authentic Eastern European cuisine, but it'll cost you, and the service is unbelievably slow. Live band in laderhausen, enough said.
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Food was decent, service was even slower than Little Prague. Pricing is beyond the quality of food you're getting. Will not return.
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Best bar in Davis, hands down. Live music half of the year 3-4 nights a week, friendly bar staff, and reasonable prices. Whenever I visit NorCal I will always make a trip to Sophia's. Good Thai food, too, not gourmet but it's definitely tasty.
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