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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Austerity Empowers Re:Apple REULEZ! (376 comments)

Last I checked blackberries don't allow tethering via bluetooth or wifi, and while they do email real well, they didn't do much else all that well. I'm not sure it makes one a "trend-jumper" to desire new features that are useful. Blackberries didn't evolve, and they died, a lesson Apple had best pay attention to.

I couldn't care less what the apple product LOOKS like, I care what it does and how much trouble I'm likely to have with it. I have been a rabid Apple hater my entire life, until perhaps the past 6 years. Right now they are the best products out there. While I'd rather have a high quality hardware device with higher end processing/graphics capabilities that also has high design and mfg quality and not be paying for bullshit like laser etched holes and other ID related nonsense, they are all low quality shit, and having bought several I refuse to do it again. I would rather have reduced specs and a higher price than buy something cheap, fast and a trash can ornament. You have Apple, or you have cheap chinese shitshop, even if it has a Dell/HP logo. Knowing what I know about computer design, something I did for a living for 15 years, I choose Apple, for now. If HP or Dell or company Q wants to step up their game and start making a computer that is not utter shit, the decision may change in the future.

For the same reason I buy Apple, I buy Honda. I've owned a lot of Fords, they were shit, I won't buy another Ford. My Honda's have been going strong for 10 years, and fuck it, they cost 15-20% more up front but the TCO is far less. If Honda burns me I will start looking again, but as long as they make good stuff they have my loyalty.

2 days ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Austerity Empowers Re:Name (190 comments)

Alibaba is a kind, smart business person

Somehow I keep reading thief.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Austerity Empowers Re:If "they" really want to go after Tor users... (418 comments)

I'm fairly certain you have to establish you know about the crime, or that you're providing a service that could only possibly be used for crime. By definition Tor defies either of those.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Austerity Empowers Re:No. (368 comments)

To some degree it has already happened. With no further updates to bukkit my 6yo is in hell. He has been playing Minecraft since he wasn't even 2yo, his entire youth has been focused on it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Austerity Empowers Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

Would you use the leather strap, the stainless steel or the milanese loop for that?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Austerity Empowers Re:Wrist Heart Rate Monitor (730 comments)

I don't know about wrist but there are some in-ear sensors that do that pretty well (assuming you can tolerate ear buds and they stay in your ear).

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Austerity Empowers Demographic (529 comments)

4/1 is sufficient for my 2 year old daughter, my dead grandmother, and my cat who mostly just wants to chase the mouse around the screen. Pretty much everyone ELSE in the house wants more than that.

AT&T wants to sell the fantasy that people who want more bwidth really just want UVerse TV, not internet bandwidth. Which is false, anti-competitive and in a more rational world would involve lining them up against a wall and allowing "many americans" to stone them.

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Austerity Empowers Re:please (307 comments)

4chan: Art for Fuck's sake.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Austerity Empowers Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (204 comments)

Blu-Ray didn't take off in the sense that it's not driving massive video sales. Imagine that consumers get tired of buying videos that are obsolete in 4 years.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Austerity Empowers Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Per uses eq for string equality checks, making the distinction between that and == for numerics. I'm not sure that one is weird.

Verilog has a nice one though ===, meaning two wires are in exactly equal states, including more abstract states like "don't care" or "high impedance", rather than simple == which is a logical comparison. It has no real physical meaning, it's purely for programming purposes.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Austerity Empowers Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

If I walk down the street in a bad neighborhood with fat baggies of 100 bills taped to my clothes, it's a crime if even a single 100 bill gets stolen. The perpetrator should be thrown in jail and punished to the full extent of the law. But that doesn't make me less of a moron for doing it in the first place.

Don't take nudes of yourself if you can't handle the consequence of them getting out in public. Mom's advice circa 1985, long before our communications devices were either portable or had built in cameras and linked to a world-wide net of perverts. It's not victim blaming or victim hating to point out obvious mistakes. We all know there are bad people out there, we cannot catch every one before they strike, so protect your damned self. Where possible, avoid being the victim in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Austerity Empowers Re:The Future! (613 comments)

THIS is the reason why Linux will never be a mainstream desktop.

No I think it's a strength. When MS forced Me, vista, Win8 on it, we recoiled and puked, but some people were forced to use it because they lacked options.

When Ubuntu forced Unity on us, we all just dropped Ubuntu and carried on. There has definitely been a loss to the community, Ubuntu was a solid distro for a while, but it's gone, and we still have options.

For Mom and the unwashed mashes, the iPad does what they need it to do (i.e. very little). For people getting work done, we need choices, we're willing to suffer a little to avoid suffering a lot.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Austerity Empowers Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

most of the First World countries are going to immediately join forces to invade and permanently occupy Russia

Why do you think that? I have the strong feeling most of the first world looks at this like a bag of poo that's on fire. No one really wants to do anything with it but pretend it's not there.

about three weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Austerity Empowers Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

Wait, you're saying nerds used to have lives, it's just high speed internet that killed it? That alt.sex.pictures.oddly.specific.weirdo.porn was a relatively recent invention?

I'll have you know that TRUE nerds used to have to jerk it to 320x200x256 palletized images. Nipples would be fucking CYAN half the time, but it was that or play wing commander. SuperVGA made the situation oh so much better, we could get 640x480x16bit in 200-300kB files that would take 2 hours to download, but hey, pink nipples! Assuming some family member didn't pick up the phone right before that line was downloaded and ready to rasterize. The cure for THAT were progressive jpeg's, we could jerk it staring at what either was snatch, or a golden retriever, the connection would probably drop before we could find out.

No the only thing that has changed is the quality of porn and the number of viewers.

Or so I'm told, I think I read about all this in a book.

about three weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Austerity Empowers Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

I'll have you know all my illegal downloads are real and the NSA will back me up on this

It's true, it's how we get all our software. And viruses.

But when it comes to Jennifer Lawrence, we choose to go right to the source('s phone). Your stuff is totally boring.

-The NSA

about three weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

Austerity Empowers Re:"More advanced economies?" (146 comments)

Forsooth, art Thou an employee, or out
      unhired; Fie! dost Thou be management?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

I did! I got unlimited internet from their competitor. Also more bandwidth. And I also cheaped out and am paying the same money.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Austerity Empowers Re: maybe (355 comments)

AT&T did not have to use ATM for DSL, that was a bad choice made by some telecom equipment vendors back in the late 90s, as part of an attempt to create a centralized AOL-like internet for the monopolies, rather than succumb to what was already inevitable at that time and force the monopolies to be common carrier bandwidth providers.

The idiotic, long lost battle rages on. Bottom line is that ATM is dead outside the central office, it's not the only way to do this, but it's the one they've chosen to invest in. We should not be paying for it, and in a competitive market it'd have been gone 10 years ago.

about three weeks ago

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ARM Server Start-up Calxeda Closes Up Shop

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about 9 months ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes ""Calxeda, the pioneering maker of low-power microservers using hundreds of ARM central processor cores and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for hardware appliances, has laid off most of its employees and is shutting down operations beyond servicing its existing customers and investments." A sad day for many of us."
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Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Released, but no eBook until April

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "The final entry in the fantasy series that has been released in 14 volumes over the past 20 years has been released . However in a typical money grubbing strategy that consumers have grown accustomed to from publishers, the eBook option will not release until April . We've seen this with movies, delaying streaming releases to try to drive up sales (and failing, with publishers mostly giving up), but now we also see it with books. Loyal fans are irate, giving 1 star reviews for a book they can't even have read ."
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Apple caves to Think Of The Children

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Apparently in an attempt to maintain a good corporate image, apple has yanked the "Baby Shaker" iPhone app from the app store. While I think there is little doubt that shaking a baby is not a socially acceptable behavior, it appears that good taste is one of many parameters required to sell a product on the iPhone. It would seem little has changed in the smart-phone world, except rather than being dominated by apps acceptable to carriers, we are to be dominated by apps acceptable to Apple."
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Civil War - Part Deux, Texas Strikes Back

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Former presidential candidate and Slashdot dark-horse favorite Ron Paul discusses the merits and patriotism associated with secession, after failing to stop bailout politics. While many of us on any side of the political spectrum might hear the message and agree in part, is this possibly the reason why he remains on the outside looking in at the political machine that is the US Government? Not all of our secessions have exactly been crowning achievements."
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Zombies Invade Austin, Natives Still Weird

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Public safety was given a significant boost yesterday, as a clandestine resistance organization changed electronic roadway signs to warn Austinites of a zombie invasion . The local government ministry of information and hired thugs quickly acted to suppress the information, correcting the signs to innocuous traffic reports. I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords."
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