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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Brannon You still aren't getting it. (179 comments)

It's not that "at least the original iPhone had the Gorilla Glass"--it's that "Gorilla Glass exists *because of* the original iPhone". Other phones have Gorilla Glass because they copied the iPhone. Every single iPhone version has had the latest and greatest version of Gorilla Glass (of which there have been several iterations). This is all pretty common knowledge.

I have no idea why your personal experience is different. Possibly it's because in your area there are a lot more iPhone users than Samsung Galaxy users (e.g., in the US there are 1.5x as many iPhone users as Samsung Galaxy users).

I've carried an iPhone for 7 years and have never scratched the screen--by your scientific method I guess that proves that iPhones are unscratchable.

1 hour ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Brannon iPhones do use Gorilla glass (179 comments)

They always have. The original iPhone was the first smartphone to use Gorilla glass, created by Corning at Apple's prompting. iPhones have continued to use the best available Gorilla glass continually on every single iPhone since. The screen on a Samsung is no more scratch resistant than the iPhone--your anecdotes are either coincidence or just you making shit up. Guess where my money is.

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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Brannon How many gas stations were there... (194 comments)

when the first ICE cars rolled off the assembly line?

It is truly remarkable how short-sighted people on a tech site can be.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Brannon 99.8% of all mobile malware is on platforms (178 comments)

which have a "well buried switch"--basically 0% of all malware is on iOS. It looks like the iOS strategy works pretty well and it looks like, thus far, you have been proven to be completely wrong that "one platform can provide both".

It's almost as if the company that's worth $600B understands what their customers want better than you do. Weird.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Brannon You are a whiney little brat. (258 comments)

There has been no President who has been more consistently progressive in the last 70 years. The health care overall is a *big* deal; probably the greatest legislative accomplishment since the New Deal. No, you didn't get everything you want--that's not the way the world works. You think you would have gotten more if Obama had stamped his feet like a petulant child and demanded more?

It's morons like you that are going to lead to another Bush as President with a GOP House & Senate.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Brannon If that matters to you then don't buy an iDevice. (178 comments)

The manufacturer of my microwave actively prevents people from creating and running programs on it--that doesn't stop me from eating popcorn.

There are reasonable reasons to want a walled garden device (do a Google image search for a pie chart of the percent of mobile malware out there by platform, iOS doesn't even show up) and there are reasonable reasons to want something you can tinker with. Guess what? the market provides both choices and you get to pick one. Isn't this supposed to be about choice?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Brannon The Model S is a high-end luxury sedan. (111 comments)

It competes against $70K+ cars from Mercedes and BMW, and it's doing very well in that segment. Sure, that's a niche market.

Tesla has plans to work their way down into more volume markets. Lots of automotive technology started out initially in luxury segments (because those segments can tolerate high capital costs associated with new technology) and then trickled down to the volume markets as the technology matured (air conditioning, automatic transmissions, fuel-injection, etc.). Tesla is following that curve and all indications are pretty good--that's what people are excited about.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Brannon They've sold 50,000 of them so far (111 comments)

At an average price of >$80K, that's >$4B dollars

At one point everything you are saying was true of gasoline automobiles. There are lots of places in the country which have a good supercharger & showroom infrastructure now, and more chargers & showrooms are showing up every month. You can drive cross-country in a Tesla right now. Obviously they are focusing on the parts of the country where people have a lot of money and don't have an irrational hatred of anything new or different--so it will be a bit of a wait for you.

If change is so unsettling for you then why do you cruise technology sites? maybe just go sit in your Ford F150 and listen to AM radio?

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

Brannon By that logic then oceans also don't exist. (111 comments)

Objects can exist even if they aren't in your direct view, it's called object permanence.

Every company that has ever dramatically changed an industry was at one point a niche company--and I'm sure in each of those cases some jackass from a red state went out of his way to point that out.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon There's no mess (739 comments)

Obamacare is the greatest legislative achievement in the last 50 years. I'm certainly not trying to pin it on the GOP--they fought against it tooth and nail every step of the way..,for the most part because it was proposed by an African-American democratic President.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon There was no scam. (739 comments)

Your side lost an election and elections have consequences. Democrats had a majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate and a very popular new president. They passed sweeping health care reform which by any reasonable measure has been successful. You feel like you got the raw end of the deal and maybe you did--but that doesn't mean that there was anything nefarious going on.

Rate increases are essentially public right now and they look very reasonable. All this data is out there. ACA has been a godsend for many people, including people I know personally. The macro-economic effects are stunning.

You are just wildly lying about people losing their insurance. That *is not* happening. Look at the curves, millions and millions more people have insurance now than had it before--that's not a matter of opinion and not something I'm interested in debating because it can easily be resolved using Google. Sure, some people are paying more than they did before--generally people who had crap insurance before but were lucky enough to not have noticed it.

You hate the president and democrats and that has nothing to do with your health care costs. Let's be completely honest, if Mitt Romney had passed the exact same plan then you wouldn't have any problem with it.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon So you're in Maryland. (739 comments)

You're over 55, self-employed. Two people. Fairly expensive area, probably on some sort of a Bronze plan. Given all that, your health care costs look pretty reasonable to me. I can understand if you feel screwed, but in all likelihood your previous insurance was crap and [thank god] you never had to use it enough to learn that. You are getting to an age where health problems are unpredictable and costs are high--perhaps you've been lucky until now but statistically this is what it costs to insure someone in your area at your age.

I think you have this vision that your rates have been jacked up to pay for welfare queens or something; that's just not true--most of your increase is due to the new requirements blocking predatory plans (low caps on lifetime expenses, exclusions for pre-existing conditions, etc.).

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Brannon I just think Libertarianism is stupid. (551 comments)

And I like to screw with stupid people.

It's not hard to find 10 people who call themselves 'Libertarians' in that they all agree the government should be smaller and pay for less. It's impossible to find 10 Libertarians who agree on which parts of the government should be cut. And that's the fundamental conceit of Libertarianism, it's just another way of saying "I don't want my tax dollars to pay for anything other than the stuff I personally need, but I want everyone's tax dollars to pay for the stuff I need." I'll give them this, Libertarians generally don't want to be associated with the shrill social conservatives and for that they should be commended.

Communism is also stupid, as far as that goes. I've yet to encounter anyone arguing for communism in my life, but if I do then I promise I will mock them, too.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon The problem is that I don't believe you. (739 comments)

Approximately 100% of these Obamacare horror stories have collapsed on deeper inspection. It's possible that you fall into some gap that is disproportionately worse off if the planets aligned just right. That would require a number of conspiring factors (too high income to qualify for rebates, replacing junk insurance, not covered by an employer plan, no chronic medical problems, etc.). It's certainly possible, but factor in your irrational ranting about Obama and Pelosi and drug addicts and it smells very much to me like someone who has just read a lot of conservative blogs and has constructed a faux martyr persona.

> (which now requires us to buy things like no-deductible comprehensive child-bearing services despite no longer young enough to even have kids, and comprehensive no-deductible drug treatment coverage for addictions we don't have)

You also don't have Ebola, but your insurance covers that. That's the way insurance works. It covers you for things you don't have yet and things you might never need--that's how risk pools work.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Brannon Everything you said is a fabrication. (739 comments)

Costs haven't tripled, deductibles haven't quadrupled--that's completely absurd. You are just a stone-cold liar. Every study shows that Obamacare has bent the cost curve, dramatically.

Liar.

about three weeks ago

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