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Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Everyone wins. (424 comments)

Are all app preferences, SMS conversations, non-Google Calendar alarms, browsing history, wifi network passwords, wallpaper, brightness, etc, etc transferred as well? He said clone, and he really means it. I was surprised when I first did it, too. Now, if Android does that too for different devices from different handset makers using different OS versions, then I'll be happily surprised.

more than 3 years ago
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Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:And when they go to realize those ideas ... (239 comments)

Doesn't really happen that often, from what I've seen. More often, mature students returning to school are returning because they realize the value of an education on account of having a hard time without it. Additionally, university gives students something that is hard to come by in the working world: an appreciation of how many diverse perspectives there are in the world. Don't get me wrong - success stories happen. But for every Steve Jobs and Peter Thiel, I bet you there are a hundred or more drop-outs (stop-outs?) with nothing to show for their sacrifice. I think it's irresponsible of him to take the highest achieving students and encourage them to leave university.

more than 3 years ago
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Of 1.2 Billion Twitter Posts, 71% Are Ignored

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Surprised the percentage is that LOW (192 comments)

If we're defining "ignored" to mean "no replied to in the medium of the original message", then 99% of newspaper articles are "ignored" as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Of 1.2 Billion Twitter Posts, 71% Are Ignored

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Fallacious Title (192 comments)

They're not "ignored" - they just aren't replied to online.

Only a small number of users actually have the ability to engage on Twitter in a significant way

Define "significant", please. You don't get RT'd or @replied to on three quarters of tweets? Not surprising. Your friends read your tweets and know what you wrote, that's still significant (as happens to me all the time). I love being able to keep up to date on the goings on of my friends across the country. It helps me feel connected to them. I don't necessarily @reply or RT each of the ones I read.

more than 3 years ago
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Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Android (403 comments)

END USERS DON'T GIVE A DAMN

they'll end up having to chose the platform the developers adopt.

I think it's adorable how self-important you are.

more than 3 years ago
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Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:They collected $75,000... (650 comments)

They were already employing those gov't employees anyways, I bet, so the cost was already there. At least now they're starting to get some revenue. I bet this started out as one employee bored on Google Earth one afternoon ...

more than 3 years ago
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US Senate Passes 'Libel Tourism' Bill

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Good, sensible decision (467 comments)

Or Marc Emery, for that matter. It seems a little stupid to send a man to jail for 20+ years for doing something in his own country that would cost him a $250 fine.

about 4 years ago
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The Android Gets Its HyperCard

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:lawl (256 comments)

Apple only got where it's at by copycating.

Hmm ... it appears that only step 1 is actually copycating. The rest of those steps are SOP for businesses.

about 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Who cares about the power brick (365 comments)

But that's my point - no one upgrades laptops. Or shouldn't, imo.

about 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Who cares about the power brick (365 comments)

Aren't laptops lifespans something like only 2-3 years? I think the idea of standardizing an external interface to a laptop, in this case it's power, has merit and should be looked into. However, different laptop manufacturers have different specs for products they want to create. If we standardize them, I feel that the laptop industry would homogenize and nothing would be unique. which means no one could innovate.

about 4 years ago
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The State of iPad Satisfaction

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:I doubt their stats-gathering methods (443 comments)

I really doubt that anyone would run an iPad emulator to get to iPad apps. They don't translate well to the desktop paradigm (or vice-versa, which is why tablets haven't been successful until recently). People may be aware of the approval process, blocking out adult apps, but they do actually exist. So I don't see anyone being dissatisfied by this unless they're involved with the industry. Also, notice how a significant proportion of the respondents have had their iPad since launch day. Yeah, right. Like an average use was lined up to get an iPad.

more than 4 years ago
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The State of iPad Satisfaction

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe I doubt their stats-gathering methods (443 comments)

How many users even know about the App Store *approval process*. Hmm? I'm an iPhone developer, and it bugs me to no end. But how the hell would an end user know? They have no way of interacting with the App Store's approval process, just the "storefront", so to speak. If a large enough number of respondents were dissatisfied with that, then I question who they solicited.

more than 4 years ago
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Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:haha (319 comments)

I'm not sure he was implying any causation, but the GP used the same tactic, and you didn't seem to have any problem with those stats.

more than 4 years ago
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Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Where do I begin (582 comments)

I wish the traditional/typically employee felt more like you (and I). In a true open market economy - that's exactly what we're doing. The Household sector sells it's factors of production to the Business Sector. It's a transaction just like any other. If you're not getting your dues, then you aren't participating correctly. It falls apart when 1) you're expendable and 2) all workers seem to be in the current mindset that the employer is all-powerful. I agree with a previous poster that the wealthy have tricked the middle-class that they're on the same side. We're not; I work for you, so you pay me. If one of these conditions isn't met, then the other fails as well.

more than 4 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Mod Parent Up (756 comments)

That's fucking hilarious!

more than 4 years ago
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Teen Killed At Chinese Internet Addiction Camp

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:er...uh...okay (334 comments)

A larger tragedy doesn't make this one any less important. It is more relatable, too: ./ers probably feel more in common with this kid that 3 year olds dying in Somalia, so it's news here. I think the shocking thing is *why* he died - someone killed him. He didn't just starve or get malaria or something - he was murdered.

more than 4 years ago
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In Canada, No Expectation of Privacy On the Net

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Re:Conservative government (206 comments)

Mmm - I agree completely. Don't blame me, I didn't vote for him (whiny rat)

more than 5 years ago

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Canadians weary over "Enhanced Drivers Licence

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe (1055918) writes "'Enhanced' driver's licences such as those to be issued in B.C. will lay the groundwork for a national identity card, federal privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said yesterday. Stoddart said the licences, touted as an alternative to a passport for the purpose of crossing the U.S. border, closely resemble the Read ID program in the United States. She characterized that program as a way of introducing a "type of national identity card" for Americans. I wish our Canadian journalists would've gotten it right — it's "REAL ID". How embarrassing."
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