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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

DevilM Why change it? (2219 comments)

I don't get it. Why change it at all? Sure it could be better, but change for change sake doesn't make a lot of sense.

about 7 months ago

Samsung Retaliates Against Ericsson With Patent Complaint

DevilM queue the patent troll comments... (43 comments)

If you replace the word Samsung with Apple then it would be easy to predict the resulting comments. They would be called patent trolls and should be boycotted. Anyone using a phone from the company would be part of the problem and a fanboy.

Now let's see what happens when it is Samsung doing what Apple does. Or it excuse me, doing what any multinational company with a vast patent portfolio would do...

about a year and a half ago

Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

DevilM I call bullshit (471 comments)

Here you have an article where no statement was included from Apple including the purported response this company got. Then the CEO goes on to call Apple assholes. Who knows what really happened.

I for one wouldn't license my IP to someone who calls me an asshole.

about 2 years ago

Android Hits 73% of Global Smartphone Market

DevilM Re:Suck it! (601 comments)

Maybe you haven't used the S3 enough because everyone I know that has also has a dead battery. The iPhone 5 might be better or worse any number of things, but the thing that matters most to me is that I can actually use it all day.

about 2 years ago

US Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks

DevilM Re:Who started it? (292 comments)

Those are all valid questions. Many of which are asked by American citizens. The problem with such questions is that they are moot. The world has provided no other way to deal with dictators, rouge nations, and terrorist. We are stuck with the whims of the president of the only country with the capabilities to handle all this.

We'd gladly stop sending troops into harms way and cut our defense spending if the rest of the world would take over.

about 2 years ago

Does Crowdfunding Work?

DevilM Re:Kickstarter replaces IPO (70 comments)

Correction: You are not investing via Kickstarter... you get no equity for your money. Real crowd funding will start January 1, 2013 when non-accredited investors can start buying equity in startups.

about 2 years ago

Does Crowdfunding Work?

DevilM wrong question (70 comments)

I don't think the question should be can you raise money for your business (or idea) with crowd funding. I think the question should be, is crowd funding intelligent enough to pick winners and losers? Most popularity contests are won by the superficial as opposed to substance.

about 2 years ago

Has Plant Life Reached Its Limits?

DevilM Re:But are we really trying? (209 comments)

Yea for yield increases! However, you failed to mention that ~80% of all arable land is currently in use. Grain productivity peaked years ago. And, depending on whether you like conservative or liberal estimates, we are going to need anywhere from a 40%-60% increase in productivity to mean the demands of the population in just a few decades.

Did I mention the amount of arable land is also on the decline?

about 2 years ago

Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents

DevilM Re:Huh? (221 comments)

Yeah, the public record showed that Apple didn't owe Samsung anything for those patents because of exhaustion. If someone asked me to pay a licensing fee for a chip I bought from another company I would decline as well.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents

DevilM Re:Huh? (221 comments)

It must be fun just to make things up. Of course, the rest of us who like real information spend the time reading from credible sources. Unfortunately, there is no information available on the situation with Samsung and LTE. However, when looking at court records from Nokia v. Apple on 3G FRAND issues, the record is quite clear. Nokia didn't want more money than Apple was willing to pay. They wanted a cross-license on Apple patents that Apple was unwilling to provide. According to Nokia, Apple was the only phone vendor unwilling to cross-license.

It was all eventually settled with Apple paying Nokia and not licensing their patents. Same thing is likely to happen to Samsung. Apple will not allow anyone to use their patents in a competing product for better or worse. But, Apple doesn't mind paying for standards essential patents.

about 2 years ago

Reports Say Apple Is Shrinking Its Docking Connector With iPhone 5

DevilM Thunderbolt (427 comments)

It would be nice if they made it a Thunderbolt port.

more than 2 years ago

Australian WiMax Pioneer Calls It a Disaster

DevilM Re:Who's fault? (202 comments)

It is probably a combination of many different factors. A reporter should really dig in and learn more. Regardless, WiMAX can and does work. We have a network in Atlanta that sees less than 20ms latency, very little jitter and less than 1% packet loss. We carry real PRIs to demanding enterprises that work flawlessly. Unfortunately, our network is the result of blood, sweat and tears as opposed to some magic technology offered by ours vendors. This stuff is hard, but very doable.

more than 6 years ago


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