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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

What are you talking about? Do your research, iAd has been a huge failure for Apple, and accounts for a minuscule fraction of their revenue and the mobile ad market as a whole.

http://www.businessinsider.com...
http://www.businessinsider.com...
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/20...

Probably part of the reason it's not nearly as successful as Google is the very fact that they don't read all of your emails, messages, posts, pictures, etc. to target you.

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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

Oh give me a break with the semantic bullshit. I'm not even making a judgment call here, I'm just stating facts that companies who's business model is based on ads (Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and many thousands of other companies are the same) consider their user base (eyeballs, whatever you want to call it) their product. And, yes, they are sitting around in meetings discussing this fact and figuring out how to monetize it.

Are you or have you ever even been in this industry? I have, and I have no problem with the model, but I'm not going to pretend that's not the way it is, and if I did I wouldn't be very good at my job. I assume you aren't or wouldn't be making these silly posts.

yesterday
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

Well obviously they don't put it on billboards. But their employees freely admit it's true. And why shouldn't they? It's been the cornerstone of advertising-based business for a LONG time. Denying it to themselves would not be in the best interest of maximizing revenue and profit, the primary goal of a public company.

yesterday
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

Come on, you can do better than ad hominem. You have made three posts with zero content so far. Explain it to the rest of us reading the thread, then, I'm curious.

Especially since Google and all other ad-based businesses freely admit the advertisers are their customer and the users their product. That's the whole way ad-supported companies work.

If you were going to argue the OP's point, you quoted the wrong line. "They [Apple] see you as a customer, not as a product" is completely correct. But that doesn't necessarily make it better, just a different business model.

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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

That has nothing to do with the very valid original point that Apple's hardware buyers are their customers and the phones are their product, while Google's advertisers are their customers and the users are their product. In fact you pretty much restated that in your post.

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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dahamma Re:Parallax. (388 comments)

Except it is better in the only way that matters: many people prefer it - especially those who can afford the premium over Android phones. The fact is, convenience and ease of use most definitely IS a feature, and for many it's the most important one. Calling 500M+ people worldwide "zealots" is something only a zealot would do.

Perfect example: Apple Pay. Google has had NFC payments via Google Wallet in Android for years. They could have built a huge business there, but they completely fucked it up. They put out the feature with almost no retailer support, minimal bank support, even worse CE vendor support, only in the US, and a half-assed marketing effort even for Google's usually low standards.

Apple waited until the feature was relevant (secure credit cards are coming to the US this year), they could design a much more convenient UI (iTunes/Passbook/Thumb ID), launched their solution with dozens of major retailers, bank deals, service beyond the US, and the usual insane Apple marketing hype. Rumor has it they even negotiated a small transaction fee from banks - that alone could make it a multi-billion dollar business very quickly.

Technical innovation is not everything, and it's often not the most important thing. Timing and execution are often the difference.

yesterday
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Dahamma Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (287 comments)

Of course it's who they approve of - because the point of carpool lanes is to effectively remove significant traffic and air pollution, and they felt that Uber doesn't qualify.

Also, "ride-sharing" is such a bogus term for Uber, since "ride-sharing" = carpooling = picking up passengers to go where you are already going. Uber is 99% a taxi service with the drivers specifically going to pick people up and transport them, not some guy splitting gas money while commuting to work.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Dahamma Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (287 comments)

Sure it does. Even with the new rules that for-profit "ridesharing" (i.e. independent taxi service) can't use the carpool lane, ANYONE with more than one person in a car not charging the passenger gets to use the lane, which makes it pretty silly to pretend it's some "protected class".

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Dahamma Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

Sorry, but that makes no sense whatsoever. You are now speaking for all computer users? That only takes one counter example to prove false.

And it's easy to provide an example that affects a lot more than 1 person: iTunes. As crappy as it is, it's used by several hundred million people - and it doesn't run on Linux. (And please don't try to start explaining how you can do it with Wine, because that already goes WAY beyond everything you just said about "able to the things they know how to do")

And it you are talking some philosophical "if people can't tell what OS it is they don't care" - sure, but that will never be the reality, and is about as useful and practical an argument as hypothesizing we are all living in The Matrix...

I use Linux on a workstation for many things at work, and as a server at home. I also use a Mac (with OSX, Linux, and Windows installed) because their hardware is really nice and Parallels works well. And I also have a Windows machine because I do like the occasional PC game, and Windows is the only OS that supports all of the mainstream games. I absolutely care which OS I am using for each because the reality is, they all have their strengths and will never be 100% interchangeable.

3 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Dahamma Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (287 comments)

Wait, so anyone who has more than one person in their car and doesn't charge them for it is part of the "protected class"?

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Dahamma Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (287 comments)

Your post is absurd, though I guess I should get it from your username.

This is about someone getting paid to drive someone else somewhere for a profit (a significant portion of which is taken by a large company), and that person not being able to use the HOV lane. That's it.

And what's wrong with that? It's not a carpool, it's a business. And in fact it often doesn't even get any cars off the street, anyway, so why should they get to use the HOV lane?

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Dahamma Re:California Supports Pollution (287 comments)

That's silly. If you are just driving someone somewhere because they paid you, you are not removing any cars off the street.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Dahamma Re:Answer: They mostly can, but is it economical? (444 comments)

The point is it answers the question that is the title of the article: "If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?"

If everyone did the same thing as Tesla, there would be so much excess generation in the day much of it would be wasted, and you'd still have the same non-solar requirements at night so you could never offset that with solar. Without storing all of the excess capacity in the day it's never going to be possible for *everyone* to run "neutral".

4 days ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

Dahamma Re:forest (100 comments)

Yeah, this.

If this is all about an excited atom causing other atoms around it to move in a chain reaction (which is what we already know eventually causes our ear drums to vibrate, get converted to neurological signals to the brain and perceive "sound") then it pretty much seems like the most ridiculous waste of time and money in an experiment of which everyone knew the outcome I have heard of in a long while. So they built a super-sensitive electronic ear drum - big deal. This is not physics research, it's engineering a cool sensor.

5 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Dahamma Re:Answer: They mostly can, but is it economical? (444 comments)

It's a lot more economical when you get a couple billion in grants and tax breaks from the government!

But anyway - net metering is the "creative accounting" of the green energy industry. It lets companies like Tesla pretend they are "100% renewable energy" when in reality they are using electricity from the same non-renewable plants after dark as anyone else.

Now, if they did actually STORE that solar energy produced in the day time to use later that would be impressive, and they should receive proper credit. Since one of the uses of the batteries they produce will be (high end) industrial storage, it's possible they could make this happen... probably way too expensive for them to be profitable, but who knows...

5 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Dahamma Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

No, it's really not, and neither is the Tesla plant. Self contained != net metering positive. Especially for Germany, which has invested a crapload into solar power that does absolutely nothing for a "net average" of almost 1/2 of the year.

Not saying it's not a good initiative, but it's definitely not 100% renewable energy without very "creative math".

5 days ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Dahamma Re:That was the start (266 comments)

386's were relatively ancient by 1993. I got a 486 in late 1992 to replace the 386 I bought in 1989 and was already jealous of the new Pentiums. Moore's law was in hyperdrive back then and the cutting edge games always relied on that.

UU2 still ran in 1/3 the screen size with slower average frame rate, awful navigation/controls and (intentionally) slower paced gameplay compared to DOOM. Face it, it was a great game but a different game, and it was NOT a fast action FPS by any stretch.

5 days ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Dahamma Re:That was the start (266 comments)

No, sorry, flight sims don't count. Flight sims in 1993 were either one awful ground texture with 1-2 objects on the screen (or in the case of X-Wing no ground textures). Some were good games, but not even remotely similar.

Beyrayal at Krondor used 1/2 the screen, could do maybe 1-2 FPS max in the world with *turn* based combat, and the graphics were awful compared to DOOM (though it was a fun game, just not competitive in gfx).

UU/UUII has been discussed already, they used 1/3 size screen and had single digit frame rates anyway. Felt very claustrophobic, really. But again great games, just not FPS. With FPS it is and always has been about the full screen immersive experience and the frame rate.

And AFAIK 3DO didn't have any decent 3D games in 1993. Later they did, and one of the better ones was - wait for it - DOOM (unfortunately in using real 3D effects it sacrificed one of its biggest strengths over the other games at the time - frame rate...)

I said *superior*, and - graphics wise - none of those came close.

5 days ago

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