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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

True

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

I don't think you're getting ripped off; I get why you make your purchase. No side is wrong or right and it's not wrong BECAUSE Apple are making money. I expect them to and I expect them to make as much as they can.

What I'm talking about the somewhat bizarre phenomenon that's (almost) unique to Apple fans where by Apple's profit margin is recorded as some kind of "win" for Apple against Android's market share "win" - but fans see this as a win for them - the Apple fan themselves, instead of for Apple. It's not. No matter how you present it, it's not. It's a win for Apple. It's one thing to expect a company to make a profit but it's a whole different thing to be proud of a company, that you don't work for or own shares in, making money out of you.

Now you can enjoy your phone all you like - there's lots to enjoy about it. And it's good your provider is profitable and stable; those are good indicators for the future of your product's support (but don't kid yourself that you're not being tracked - I promise you that you are. If you read slashdot and you don't think iCloud stores your IP address, then I'm a little shocked).

However, Apple's profit margins being high is not something for Apple's customers to be proud of, when they're funding them. Can you imagine people being ecstatic - and I really mean ecstatic, if you've ever read Daring Fireball or watched an iPhone keynote - that Walmart or MacDonalds had huge profit margins?? (Note: we don't have Walmart in my country, so I'm trying to pick a company that will resonate with most readers. Hopefully it's a good example). It's such an odd thing to be proud of!

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

Thanks for the info. Hopefully we'll see them here in Australia sometime before they're superseded but it seems Google and Microsoft are going out of their way to forget we exist, down here, lately.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

See, I understand the mentality that drives someone to spend more for a product, so they don't look like a "poor person". I even understand that people are happy to pay more for status or premium, etc.

The point I'm trying to make is that Apple fans go one step (or more maybe?) further than simply justifying the higher price - they go to the point of claiming that Apple's higher profit margin = a win for them, the Apple consumer. It doesn't. It equals a win for Apple.

Unless they own Apple shares, Apple's profits are not a reason for Apple's consumers to be proud, yet somehow, at every iPhone launch, Tim Cook (or Steve Jobs) gets up and says "we made x billion profit this year" and the crowd goes berserk. The Daring Fireballs of the world cheer *Apple's* profits as somehow *their own personal* victory over other people's consumer choices. "Apple made more money than Samsung so I am correct for buying an iPhone and you are foolish for buying a Galaxy".

That aside, how is the Nexus 6? I have been seriously considering buying one, if Google ever remember to release them in Australia but I've heard they suffer from lag and poor battery, due to the quad-hd screen?

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

Oh I get it - I'm just saying it doesn't make sense. Despite what you say, I am not really young anymore, though I wish I was! I remember Apple being on the ropes and I've been around long enough to fully understand the Apple phenomenon. I've owned Apple computers (currently none because work has surprisingly lead me down a very Microsoft centric path in the last couple of years and I found all my Macs just bootcamped to Windows, so it was kind of a waste).

I even get the bit about paying more for what you love. That's all fine and good. Perfect reasons to spend more. I drive an overpriced car, I am sure.

What I don't get is people who are outright happy that Apple makes a larger profit margin per unit - and they are the people funding that unit. That makes _no sense_. I'm not talking about people who are happy to pay a premium for a "better product" - I am talking about people who are actually happy that some company is over charging them and have turned this into a "win" for themselves. So *Apple* charges more for a product that costs less to make - and the consumer who buys it is *proud* of this?? That is completely bonkers. Unless you own shares in Apple, this should piss you off, not make you feel like "the winner". The winner, here, is Apple, not the consumer.

The fact that their RDF or cult or marketing or whatever you want to call it has produced people who will even perform the necessary internal mental gymnastics required to not just justify the higher profit margin but actually internalise it as a "win" for themselves, speaks volumes about how good Apple has become at this.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gumbercules!! Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

I've never understood the true-Apple-fanboi approach to these figures, which is always joy and pride, like they've somehow "won"? The amount of times I've heard people proudly tell me how Apple has the highest profit margin on their phones - a phone which the person who is telling me this is holding - truly makes me shake my head. I can't think of many other scenarios where people are proud that they paid more for their device and the people who sold it to them paid less to make it.

When did "I win because I got ripped off the most!" become a sane argument?? By all means, be happy the company is stable and will stick around to make more devices for you or will money to invest in future devices but for goodness sakes, people, stop being proud that you're being ripped off!?

2 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

Gumbercules!! Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

According to a referenced article on the link above, he got a lot of help from a Comp Sci friend, in setting up the site - but the guy doing it wasn't fully involved - just giving bits of code and advice. So it's conceivable he knew enough and had enough help to get the site running - but didn't think through all the elements of what he was doing, properly.

It seems he told his GF, who later broke up with him and told her friends... one of whom posted on his Facebook page: "I’m sure the authorities would be interested in your drug-running site". http://motherboard.vice.com/re...

about a week ago
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Rackspace Restored After DDOS Takes Out DNS

Gumbercules!! Re:How to mitigate similar UDP port DDOS attack (49 comments)

I don't see how throttling works in a UDP reflection attack, from the perspective of the intended target? Sure you can throttle the number of requests per minute you answer from your DNS server - but if someone is requesting DNS packets from you, you're not likely the target (so it works for you, the DNS server owner but doesn't help the attack victim, in short, unless every DNS server does it - and there's a hell of a lot of IPs in the open resolver project).

What's far more likely is that they'd be using one of the multitudes of locations that allows spoofed IP addresses, and then requesting a 50x amplified DNS dump from you back to a spoofed address - and that address it the real target. Plus they'd be hitting up 100 other DNS servers at the same time.

Collectively, that spoofed IP address can be made to cop a 100gbps attack with virtually no effort and then those poor bastards basically can't do a thing about it. They can throttle or firewall anything they like but unless their router and pipe can handle 100gbps - and chances are it can't - they're screwed.

about a month ago
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Rackspace Restored After DDOS Takes Out DNS

Gumbercules!! Re:How to mitigate similar UDP port DDOS attack (49 comments)

People generally use UDP because it doesn't require a handshake and the amplification attacks are generally UDP (time server or DNS server amplification attacks can go as high as 200x - i.e. you can send 1mb outbound and get 200mb back; so with address spoofing, it's easy to overwhelm someone with such an attack).

What can you do about it to protect yourself? Stuff all, I am afraid. At the end of the day, if you cop a 100gbps attack on a 100mbps pipe, it's game over, no matter what you try to pull. All you can do is beg for help upstream, where someone can handle that traffic.

If you're talking about websites, I guess CloudFlare would help - and it's basically free (and no, I don't work for them or have any association with them) but that pretty much only works for websites, I think - not other services.

about a month ago
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US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

Gumbercules!! Meanwhile, in Western Australia (110 comments)

...we just write out the individual bits on a post it note, throw it out the window and let the wind blow it to the nearest exchange, where trained koalas use 1800's era telegraph equipment to re-encode the traffic onto the Internet, for us. Because that's faster than the best Internet most of us will ever see.

about a month ago
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US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

Gumbercules!! Re:The wireless router is the bottleneck. (110 comments)

I think many consumer grade spinning platter disks would actually struggle to perform at 10gbps. SSD would be ok but the ol' 5400RPM disks wouldn't keep up.

about a month ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Gumbercules!! Re:I can see it coming . . . (176 comments)

Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Bing will, though.

Ok, true - so about 6 people will still be able to find their stuff. ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gumbercules!! Re:LOTRO clone, but with more bugs (91 comments)

^^ This.

The interface is terrible. It's a very clear console port. For the first time in a BioWare game, the interface with kb+mouse is completely different and pretty universally regarded as worse. I can live with it, though. The constant crashing, on the other hand...

about 2 months ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gumbercules!! Re:Slashvertisment (91 comments)

I have say, I've only played the game for say 12 -14 hours so far but the gameplay is very different to anything I've played for that long, before. For example, most other games I play don't involve constant freezing, crash to desktop and full reboots every hours or so, to allow gameplay to continue. Judging by the hundreds and hundreds of people complaining of the same thing, on their own forums, I know I am not alone. A very different direction to take games in, indeed!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Gumbercules!! Skipping version 9 and going straight to ten (644 comments)

I assume they saw how well skipping version numbers and going straight to ten worked out for Blackberry and wanted in on that action!

about 4 months ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Gumbercules!! Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

Which is exactly what I thought, the second I read it. A perfect way to insert yourself in the middle of other people's privileged communications. There is no way in fuck this can't be exploited. Fake certs, sslsniff and I guarantee you we're going to find a whole new realm of exploits, with this.

I wonder what it says about people like you and me that everyone else posting sees a wonderful opportunity for better networks and we see an obvious security risk? :-P

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Gumbercules!! Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I actually have one - and (feel free to check my comment history on this) - I'm a long time Android fan (including running a pro-Android blog). I just got a bit bored and wanted to play with something else - also I finally cracked the shits at the lag on my Android.

Will my next phone be Windows Phone (or Windows or whatever)? Probably not - I'll probably go back to Android - but I won't rule out staying on Windows. I've promised myself to give it a genuine go. So far, it's only been a month and it's been not bad. Not great but not bad, either. The phone is like 85% of the way there - but that final 15% matters and it's a nuisance. Apps are poorly covered and there's lots of stupid querks, such as all the eBook readers need the eBooks in One Drive, not the local disk, which is annoying when you're on a slow link. And you absolutely cannot download from the store if a file is bigger than 50mb unless you're on wifi. This is a hard coded OS fact - not an option. But my wifi is hooked up to my DSL and in Australia, DSL is slow as hell and 4g is fast. So that's annoying as shit, too. Lots of things like that are annoying but overall, I am working on it (it's a Nokia 930 btw). The camera is beautiful and the build quality is great (I'm used to Samsung, mind you). Still... those Moto X's are looking pretty nice and I'm really missing my Google Maps.

We'll see where I go in a few months time.

about 5 months ago

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Australian's premier group, CSIRO, apologises for lack of research into dragons

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  1 year,21 days

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "The Australian federally funded research group, the CSIRO (the people who brought you wifi, among many other inventions) has apologised on their blog for the lack of research into dragons, after a seven year old girl wrote to them, asking for a pet dragon for Christmas.

While this is obviously a tongue in check response, it's still pretty nice to see a serious scientific research organisation making time to brighten people's worlds in small ways and being able to have a little fun."

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Microsoft bought Nokia to stop Android based Lumias

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about a year ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "It’s long been assumed that Nokia was on its last legs in any case, although there was some positive news of late, with strong growth in the last quarter and positive sales figures for the first time in years. None the less, a Microsoft take-over was always a definite option on the horizon – something probably only held off this long because Microsoft didn’t want to scare off other OEMs. Given the waning desire from the Asian OEMs, however, Microsoft’s options were becoming very limited.

However new information has come to light, indicating that Nokia was very close to moving to Android – so close, in fact, that Microsoft seemingly had to buy them out or lose virtually their entire market share (currently around 5%) overnight. According to the New York Times, development and testing of Android on the Lumia range of handsets was so advanced that the team responsible for it already had stable and ready to go units."

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Samsung testing 5G phones with 1gbps download speed

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "While many smartphone users are still on 3G and are still waiting for 4G to be available, Samsung is now testing 5G networks, capable of getting speeds up to 1gbps. Obviously, we're years away from seeing these in the wild but it's still an amazing improvement over what many people are experiencing now. Even 4G networks tend to max out around 30mbps (with a theoretical maximum of about 75mbps).

What do you think the key uses for these kinds of speed would be, in a hand held device?"

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Blackberry sells 1 million units to a single buyer

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "At the end of each quarter, investors eagerly await the sales figures for the last three months and probably no company (with the possible exception of Nokia) will be so closely watched this quarter as Blackberry. This quarter has seen the release of what many consider to be their last throw of the dice – the Blackberry 10 range introductory range of handsets and poor sales figures could portent a very difficult time ahead.

So with that in mind, it’s “odd”, in the least, that suddenly someone would suddenly step forward and buy a full and exact million handsets – and Blackberry won’t tell us who. Blackberry is touting this as a huge vote of confidence in their brand – however if someone is so amazingly confident in Blackberry, why do they need to remain secret?"

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Why the Chromebook Pixel and the Nexus 7 have Apple scared

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Google is getting good at what Apple does much faster than Apple is getting good at what Google does — and a lot of people are starting to notice it. The Chromebook Pixel's build quality and design aspect is just another recent example of this: comparing the popularity and reviews of the latest ranges of Nexus devices to Apple's forays into web services like Maps or Siri (vs Google Now) are just further examples. The reason is simple: you can't catch up with Google's back catalogue of information anywhere near as quickly as you can hire a couple of Johnny Ive-like designers."
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The hypocrisy behind Microsoft's Scroogled campaign

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "Microsoft has spent an significant amount of effort in recent years "playing the man and not the ball", so to speak. From FUD about Linux to Gmail-Man and now Scroogled, Microsoft seems more intent on finding fault in more popular services than in competing on their own merits. However with the latest attack on Google's Gmail, www.scroogled.com, Microsoft should perhaps be looking in their own backyard first. With it recently coming to light that Microsoft are doing the exact same thing they accuse Gmail of (reading your private information to serve ads), with voice calls in Skype."
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Nokia and RIM might be close to making their last stands

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "As RIM & Nokia burn through cash reserves, sell assets and lay off staff, how much longer until one or both fall?

RIM, like Nokia, was far too slow to notice the mobile marketplace changing around them. Both companies were dominant in their space and this lead to complacency and arrogance about the impact the iPhone would have on their world.

With both Google and Apple using strong and propriety ecosystems to keep customers engaged, existing customers will be hesitant to jump ship to a new and largely unproven app ecosystem."

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Is the HTC – Apple deal a good thing for Android?

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "On the face of things, this does appear to be good news – Apple has actually agreed to step down from DEFCON 1 with an Android vendor. The more you look at this situation, however, the more likely it appears to be a move by both companies, HTC and Apple, on Samsung and by extension, Google and Android itself. Overall, this move is a massive win for Apple and more than likely quite a loss for Android."
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Why Eric Schmidt is wrong about Microsoft not mattering anymore

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a “Gang of Four” technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. Here's an article I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses."
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Almost 50% of US smartphones Android

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Android's phenomenal rise continues, with 49% of the US market and 35% of the World phone market (200% year on year growth — meaning they're now well ahead of iPhone and growing much faster, as well). How long before developers start to put more emphases on Android than iOS?"
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SEO Challenge is on at Rustylime

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 5 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Rustylime is running a challenge for Web Experts to prove their mettle in an SEO challenge. The idea is that "RL SEO Challenge offers budding (and professional) web developers, coders and enthusiasts the chance to show the whole World just how good they are, by getting a website ranked higher than anyone else's, on Google's search results". The site provides a fictitious product to be advertised and more detailed rules in the parent article."
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Interview with Uwe Boll

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "In the wake of Uwe Boll's announcement that he will quite the business forever, if 1 million people sign a petition asking him to do so, RustyLime has scored a short (he only allowed 5 questions) interview with the man.
In it, Uwe Boll says his greatest mistake was using Tara Reid in "Alone in the Dark" and that people shouldn't judge him as a director until they see Postal, his latest movie. Uwe also explains why he has chosen to make movie about computer games, and discusses the pitfalls for anyone else who plans to do the same."

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Genuine offer to hack my computer

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "This is a genuine, most definitely one time only offer to attempt to tell me the root password to my own computer. You see, I am shutting down my ADSL account in a day and a half and before it goes, I thought it would be fun to see if the box that's kept me online since 2001 is really all that secure. The full story is located at http://www.rustylime.com/show_article.php?id=945. Unfortunately, you only have until the 1st of November 2007 to break the password before the account is terminated."
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