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ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban

MMInterface Re:Compromise time boys! (255 comments)

They need to go ahead with the ban. The only thing that's ever made the giants in the sandbox ever stop and go "wait a sec..." was MAD.

This is wishful thinking at the least. You're assuming this will make the giants come to the same conclusion as you and react in the way you would. However, if they followed that logic, this wouldn't be happening in the first place. Patterns of behavior indicate that the giants will instead react by putting even more resources into litigation and acquiring patents. Also, this isn't MAD. The legal industry would profit from this without the risk of being whipped out in the crossfire. In contrast, in a real MAD situation, the third party profiteers such as defense manufacturers are wiped out as well.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

MMInterface Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

I was going to say - if I only payed $5.00 a gallon I'd throw a party. Right around $8.50 (give or take based on the exchange rate) a gallon is what I consider normal. Between this and the Americans I heard complaining yesterday that the Raspberry Pi boards didn't look to be available in the US -- I have to say that it comes across as petty whinging to the rest of the world.

Not if that $5.00 a gallon meant that you had no extensive rapid transit in most cities and your geography depended on those prices. You're generally comparing a gas price to a gas price and a tax that pays for other transportation projects that make gas prices more bearable. I like how it becomes okay to defend corporate greed when Americans are complaining about.

more than 2 years ago

Sanctions Or Not, Iranian Competition Yields Successful UAVs

MMInterface Re:X-Prize (147 comments)

Iran IS NOT Iraq or Afghanistan. Right now, American casualties are seen as unacceptable, which is leading our drive towards more drones. If we pick a fight with the Iranians, or let them pick a fight with the US, there will be American casualties. They have the ability to sink U.S. war ships. Granted, they probably didn't ground that RQ-170, but that doesn't mean it isn't feasible in the near future.

Whether we start the fight or they do, it will cause Iran to solidify behind that common dislike of the U.S., and we will have a real fight on our hands.

Iran isn't Iraq. But where exactly are you getting this idea that their armed forces are so much better? Their equipment is equivalent to what the Iraqis had for their time, and they both fought each other to a standstill. Furthermore, the Iraqis had the ability to strike US warships and they did. The Iranians ability to sink warships is irrelevant. During a conflict, US warships aren't going to be in range until most of those threats are neutralized by long range strikes. The only risk is a surprise attack on a US warship before a conflict starts and the Iraqis already did that. Also, it doesn't matter if Iranian people solidify because the US wouldn't go for an occupation. Solidarity doesn't help air defenses.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Kinect SDK Can Track and Listen

MMInterface Re:Translation from tin-foil-hat-speak ... (85 comments)

That's how the tin foil hat crowd will read it.

I really doubt that. Most likely people just don't read carefully and are used to Slashdot's misleading headlines.

more than 3 years ago

Hands On With Apple IPad 2

MMInterface Re:Makes up for all the things lacking in iPad1? (432 comments)

He probably meant a built-in SD card slot and USB port. An external connector cuts down on portability and is often not there when you it. Also, a built-in SD card slot allows you to use the SD card to expand your storage instead of just swapping content.

more than 3 years ago

New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

MMInterface Re:So much for build quality... (531 comments)

Most laptops with a MacBook Pro's feature set also cost about the same amount of money. Compared to those around me, I'd say you get a sexy, sturdy exterior and a high-quality screen.

Maybe 2 years ago or if you don't know what you are doing. Have you seen the PC configurations you get for the price of an MBP? An MBP gets you a nice case and a temporary cpu spec advantage: also gpu for the 15 and 17in models, but that's about it. I get Macs for the OS and build, but features and specs have been a joke for a long time, especially on the 13in. Also, the screens look nice but the screen real estate is bad, expect for the 17in. And what's with the netbook level hard drive configurations?

more than 3 years ago

Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

MMInterface Re:It's ridiculous that SSNs should be sensitive i (391 comments)

The problem isn't with google for collecting social security numbers. The problem is that SSNs are so sensitive in the US.

Sounds like the problem is with both of them. SSNs shouldn't expose so much sensitive data, but Google shouldn't needlessly collect or misuse sensitive personal data regardless of how poorly the system is implemented. Furthermore, if companies like Google support the misuse of SSNs, then it is going to be all the more difficult for the American people to fix the system because corporations will claim that they depend on it (something that marketing companies do all the time).

more than 3 years ago

Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

MMInterface Re:works in linux (218 comments)

That's great that it works well on Linux, but it seems like a trade-off. I prefer watching Netflix on Xbox. Also, I have never been a fan navigating through Amazon's clusterfuck of content. For example, I prefer Kindle apps for ebooks, but I dread going to their site to purchase ebooks. They have a habit of cramming too much content on a page and trying to tie in every section of their business that they possibly can: something I don't have to deal with when I order dvds or update my Netflix que. I think the real bonus here is if it does well, Netflix might provide even better services to compete. I welcome the competition, but I think the service has even more flaws than Netflix.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Considers Its Networks Compromised

MMInterface Re:Open source government? (239 comments)

So, does that mean that you are posting as an anonymous coward because you are up to something evil? Where's the transparency?

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Competitor In the Works

MMInterface Re:Anonymous releases are possible (333 comments)

These are the times; pervasive corruption and public complicity. Wikileaks is a response to them.

Why? Is that something new? History is less corrupt? I think Wkileaks is a response to technology, not corruption. The need has always been there, the real difference here is there is a more efficient platform that is harder to control. Also I think your assessment of the which generation appreciates Wikileaks is anecdotal and inaccurate. I'm actually surprised that so many people have been undecided on the issue instead of picking whatever side they typically identify with.

more than 4 years ago

How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV

MMInterface Re:Take a lesson out of Google's/Facebook playback (338 comments)

Okay NBC, Hulu, etc. our new policy: we won't index sites which decide to arbitrarily support devices due to "incompatible business models" ..

Wouldn't that be more of an inconvenience to Google's customers? I certainly don't want Google interfering with my search results like that regardless of how I feel about this issue, and would probably just use another search engine. Furthermore, it could just perpetuate the problem.

more than 4 years ago

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

MMInterface Re:So, how long before... (577 comments)

Spending 30 billion on NBC does not make it obvious. Google, Netflix, and the customers already pay for this on their end. The problem is the ISPs are wasting it on other shit.

more than 4 years ago

UK's Two Biggest ISPs Rip Up Net Neutrality

MMInterface Re:What's with this app horsedookie? (225 comments)

You know, not every bit of software is an app...

Isn't that why it said "and services"? Although...

Etymologically, yes...but it's used (or at least is supposed to be used) to describe small applications downloadable to phones. I noticed it really take hold with Apple's App Store, although its been around longer than that

That usage of the word apps especially "internet apps", web apps etc predates the mobile phone usage. Your reference is just the more recent trend even it if has been used for a while.

more than 4 years ago

How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

MMInterface Re:WTF? Star Wars is totally nonsensical (495 comments)

- Star Wars uses laser weapons. Any advanced space-race would never use laser weapons as they are readily re-mediated by the use of reflective materials.

Our current understanding of lasers is hardly adequate to apply to the scale and versatility of the laser weaponry used in Star Wars. There are some different mechanics involved in Star Wars blasters, turbo lasers etc that we do not use. Furthermore, the countermeasures you speak of are easily countered and unpractical even by todays standards.

Star Trek uses Phasers (phased energy weapons), which at least sort of makes sense.

Why? Have you been about to demonstrate that there aren't any efficient countermeasures?

- An entire planet existing as a city? This makes no sense from a material logistics point of view, at all.

Neither do many of our cities.

Need I mention the force? Microscopic life forms (midichlorians) giving magical powers to people? It is an interesting plot device, but rooted in any kind of science? No.

It's about as rooted in science as a transporter. The only difference is you dressed up the idea with the phrase magical powers.

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Opens To All

MMInterface Re:WTF (185 comments)

since when US=ALL?

It seems like you are just taking the use of the word out of context. If I say "everyone was at my party", it doesn't really mean everyone in existence, especially if the scope is clarified in the sentence after. I assumed that the word "all" wasn't meant to be taken literally or imply that the "US=ALL", but instead meant that the service was no longer invite only.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp Prison Break

MMInterface Re:mod points (177 comments)

I wanted to mod you up, but there's no option for "drug induced rambling."

No I think he needs an exorcist.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter To Block Third-Party Paid Tweets

MMInterface Re:And nothing of value was lost (83 comments)

go fuck yourself and find an actual business model.

So a paid tweet is what I thought it was. Thanks for clearing that up.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone SDK Agreement Shuts Out HyperCard Clone

MMInterface Re:DRM, restrictions, outcry (610 comments)

Who cares? Pick a different platform folks.

It seems like a lot of people do care. For just about every reason you mentioned. Flash pays some people's bills. iPad meets some people's desires and needs but has some glaring inconveniences, while alternatives might not even com close. Also as a developer you don't want to be strung along only to find that your work is suddenly banned from the platform that you did choose. I'm not saying I disagree with all of Apple's choices but I also wouldn't act like it's of no concern to anyone. Also it's good for consumers and developers alike to let companies like Apple know what they like or at least how their decisions will influence PR. In some rare cases it actually does get them what they want.

more than 4 years ago

LimeWire Likely To Shut Down Soon

MMInterface Re:And nothing of value was lost (264 comments)

You don't use a torrent to grab a three or four meg file: swarming protocols work best for sharing large files.

You don't or you shouldn't? With torrents people generally look for the album many of which are small enough that they aren't even compressed. From there they can download a single track listed in the torrent (bad for the sworm) or just download the whole album and delete the songs they don't want. If the album is well seeded, the benefit of a higher downloads speed and selection is often worth dealing with torrents, even for small files. Then you have the private trackers like jpopsuki that seed singles and package files so you can download them individually.

more than 4 years ago

Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

MMInterface Re:Why?? (753 comments)

And once everyone had a replicator - everyone would replicate the newest, coolest, best car.

And nobody would pay for it.

And the people who design cars wouldn't have money to keep designing cars. And all of the advancement and innovation that we've seen since the first car and now would grind to a halt.

Wouldn't it be the opposite? You can replicated the cars but you can't really replicate a service such as making an original design. In addition the materials and cost of designing the car would be greatly reduced by the replicators. Then factor in that the designers will no longer need money to pay for food clothing etc which also applies to their employer and customers giving them more money pay for services and energy. It seems like the designer is the one that would end up with the real job security here. That's not even factoring in the new industries that would spring up as a result.

more than 4 years ago


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