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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

Camembert Re:Not surprised (86 comments)

Absolutely not the case where I live in HK, and not perceived at all during my trips to Shanghai and Beijing.

about a week ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

Camembert Not surprised (86 comments)

I currently live in Hong Kong, and I do several business trips to Chinese cities. I am not surprised that China is catching up in the space race, based on the general impresson of ambitious, intelligent and thorough workers. Indeed, they have not caught up everywhere (both as in the geography where there is a divide - but closing, and as in product categories), but it is obvious that China will only get more dominant.
A lesson for western countries (I am European btw) may be to increase school quality. Schools in HK and China can be VERY high in quality (perhaps pushing the kids too far), andI learned twice already from chinese expats in the west that their kids found the supposedly excellent local western schools too simple. Eduation is investment in the future, and I notice that China does that well.
Meanwhile, when I go back to Europe every half a year, I am saddened by the general lack of ambition. People tend to wait for th e government to do something for them. Over here, people are much more ambitious and enterprising.

about a week ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

Camembert A good deed will never go unpunished (102 comments)

So much negativity and cynicism here.
Would there be a similar /. backlash if, say, Ubuntu would do a similar effort this week?

about three weeks ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Camembert Re:I don't blame WalMart Employees (287 comments)

It's taking it from WalMart, not the Walmart employees.

Walmart is worth almost $500 billion - I'm sure their bottom line can afford to take a hit.

( I imagine some of these scammers are being total dicks to the poor employees, which is awful of them. But scamming the company? I don't really see a huge problem with that. )

I detest that twisted logic that because a company is rich, it is acceptable to steal from them.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

Camembert Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

If this were an American probe, would the commentor also have dismissed this landing as easily?
I think that it is a fabulous achievement. And even if it will not be possible to drill: look at those awesome pictures. Wonderful.

about a month ago
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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

Camembert Re:Honest question (67 comments)

Correction: Final Cut Pro costs $300 these days. For someone who is serious about their video, that is not too bad. It is good enough for the Coen Brothers after all. But for non professional use, something like Premiere Elements or iMovie may be more than good enough, except of course if you use Linux. Does Pitivi offer more features?

about a month ago
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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

Camembert Re:Tomorrow's news (84 comments)

Their life cannot be complete without the opportunity to whine about the U2 album that appeared on their iphones.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

Camembert Re:Big Transmetropolitan collection (58 comments)

I was looking at my mega compendiums of Invincible and Walking Dead, these have between 1024 and 1088 pages per big volume. Wouldn't Transmetropolitan fit in 2 such big collections?

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

Camembert Big Transmetropolitan collection (58 comments)

Will Transmetropolitan ever be released as a big single collection? Or perhaps 2 books?

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Camembert Re:Terrible (430 comments)

Even so, I wonder if the Samsung CEO toyed with the idea of coming out now that Tim did it.

about a month and a half ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

Camembert Hypercard could have been the internet (299 comments)

Hypercard was incredible back then. If Apple had thought about integrating it with network features from the beginning, the internet might have looked a lot different.

about a month and a half ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Camembert The details are a progression (415 comments)

Yes, it is true that the battery is currently still a pain point, and it will take a few more years to break the 1 week barrier. I don't think it will stop sales though, people are so used to charge their phone daily.
But I also think that the battery is just one of the many elements, and even an Apple hater has to admit that they were thorough and innovative in several areas, most notably in the straps and bracelets. These things have been in status quo since decades inthe traditional watch world, while Apple truly started from scratch. For example you can resize the bracelet without tools. No sales clerk hammering on it. Then you have the straps with the magnetic locks. And the sporty straps wher ethe leftover bit folds under the strap, which is very neat (I expect that this last one comes from designer Mark Newsom who is assisting Apple with the watch design, he had done similar straps for his ikepod brand). Also the lugs of the straps are integrated and can easily be replaced, meaning every strap can have the ideal lug instead of the generic one on traditional watches.
In general the material choice is also more akin quality watches than the Pebble etc, for example the ceramic back.
All in all, while the local Apple hate puts blinders on the eyes of many slashdotters, if you have an open mind you have to admit that they really thought things through.
Will I buy one? Maybe in v2 or v3 when they will have added more sensors. The health focus will be the killer app for commercial success.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Camembert Re: So what? (764 comments)

Somehow, I wonder if the Samsung CEO will now suddenly come out.

about a month and a half ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Camembert Re: It's APPLE. And it's GAY. (415 comments)

Somehow i wonder if the Samsung CEO will now also come out.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

Camembert Re:Let's shit all over the customers (130 comments)

>> The new iOS 8 makes older iPhones slow and dysfunctional. So fuck you Apple.

I waited to upgrade my iPhone 4S until the recent release of IOS8.1. It seems to work pretty well. Indeed, there is a bit of slowdown but it is quite acceptable. For a 3 year old device this is quite good support, I'd say.
I have not yet tried 8.1 on my iPad 2. Does anyone have experience with it?

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Camembert Re: No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

After driving 200 miles it is good practice to stop for a few minutes so this recharching should fit right in.

about 2 months ago
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Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

Camembert Re: The point? (57 comments)

Exactly, it puzzles me why it not left in officially. Performance issues maybe? A non optimal gui? Or a sinister conspiracy?

about 2 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re:Think about the children (261 comments)

Where did I claim or even infer that the US is at fault ? Reading comprehension, young padawan! Global warming and pollution are issues to be handled by every country. Finger pointing is not productive.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re: Think about the children (261 comments)

I am happy that the people I interact with have a more positive attitude to life.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Camembert Re: Think about the children (261 comments)

"Our" wasn't meant literally. I don't have children either.
But I think we have a moral obligation towards the next generation.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft criticises iWork

Camembert Camembert writes  |  about a year ago

Camembert (2891457) writes "Perhaps predictably, Microsoft criticises Apple's free iWork software for the new iPads on the official blog. There are several arguments, some of which sound like sour grapes, including "that Microsoft understands better than others how people work", and that iWork does not get that much traction anyway. It still provides interesting reading for discussion."
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Interesting interview with Jonahan Ive and Craig Federighi

Camembert Camembert writes  |  about a year ago

Camembert (2891457) writes "Over at USA Today there is a brief yet interesting interview with iconic designer Jonathan Ive and Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi. Of course, the occasion is the launch of IOS 7 and the new iphones.
It is interesting, perhaps even inspiring, to read about their approach, priorities and ambitions — and you don't need to be an Apple fanboy to appreciate how they work."

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