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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MachineShedFred Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (389 comments)

News flash: there is a lot of land between the coasts of North America, and it's priced vastly cheaper than most of the coastal states.

There's also a lot of people between the coasts that enjoy not having the ridiculous cost of living you see in the Northeast, and California.

3 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

MachineShedFred Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (325 comments)

Oh, so just like the Touch ID, which is getting an API in iOS 8.

It's almost like people around here are looking for any reason to bash Apple whatsoever...

3 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

MachineShedFred Re:Nope they are clever (325 comments)

They don't have to interoperate, they just need to co-exist. Much like Visa and MasterCard.

Competition is a good thing.

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

MachineShedFred Re:Well.... (424 comments)

The stores are changing out the PIN pads because if they don't have equipment that can read "chip and PIN" cards next year, the liability for payment card fraud shifts to them instead of the banks.

If you're already replacing the equipment to deal with the new version of the payment cards, might as well add the NFC module necessary to support RFID cards and Google Wallet / Apple Pay at the same time - the major expense isn't with the equipment, it's to get the technician out there to actually do the install.

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

MachineShedFred Re:Where are the links? (424 comments)

Every photo on that link that even would remotely have aspect on the camera, shows the "bulge".

And we're talking about 0.8mm here, which is absolutely retarded anyway.

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

MachineShedFred Re:Well.... (424 comments)

It will be interesting to see if even Apple is able to change user habits. Visa and Mastercard might have signed on, but that's not important. Retailer support is the critical factor.

You clearly don't know the first thing about accepting credit and debit cards. Without the payment networks, NOTHING happens at point-of-sale.

Retail lives and dies by the Payment Card Industry standards and audits. Without Visa / MC / Discover / Amex, you are a cash-only business. Period.

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

MachineShedFred Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (424 comments)

Yeah, because the puck mouse was such a great design, which Jobs was all over back in the day.

The man was hardly infallible.

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

MachineShedFred Parallax. (424 comments)

You always see the button side of the phone. The camera is on the opposite side. 1mm is likely to be obscured simply by the positioning in the photo.

If they cared so much about it to doctor the photos in a completely obvious way, why wouldn't they just make the case 1mm thicker instead of risking the lawsuits?

This whole article is troll bait.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MachineShedFred Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

ignore half a billion relatively satisfied Windows 7 users

So, exactly what Microsoft did when they released Windows 8 / 8.1 / 8.1 "Spring Update" ?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MachineShedFred Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Drivers? The only drivers you'll ever need are graphics drivers, and that's only if you're a gamer; otherwise the default video drivers work just fine.

Horseshit.

6 year old Dell desktop hardware, and Windows didn't have an audio driver that would drive the headphone jack. Had to get a reference driver from Realtek and deploy it to hundreds of machines so that our IP telephone project wasn't derailed by a completely shit default driver that absolutely DID NOT "work just fine."

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MachineShedFred Re:Unified Kernel (352 comments)

Nope. There's still plenty of embedded devices and ruggedized devices for logistics that are running Windows Mobile / Windows Embedded.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

MachineShedFred Re:Expense (444 comments)

He might not be 10x as much as that guy in Hai Phong that keeps burning tires and mattresses for fun.

That guy is a dick!

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

MachineShedFred Not customers. (290 comments)

Nope. We are not Google's customers - those are the advertisers.

We are the product.

about two weeks ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

MachineShedFred Been there, done that. (100 comments)

Why can't they just participate in the International space station, again?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

MachineShedFred Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

If you want to really be fair, if the announcer would have said "Brees isn't watching movies on his surface" about 98% of the audience would have said "WTF is a 'surface'? Did the announcer just have a stroke and use the wrong word?"

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

MachineShedFred Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I watched the stream yesterday (well, as much as anyone could with how bad they fucked the dog on that) and was thinking the same thing - yet another "companion" device that has extremely limited functionality. I then got on my motorcycle and went to run an errand or two, and realized that having maps available on my wrist for a quick look here and there would be incredibly awesome, especially if the turn-by-turn is paired with the bluetooth helmet intercom I already have, and already use for that with my phone.

There's one use case I suppose, even though it's quite limited in scope.

Also, they said nothing about battery life, which can't be good.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

MachineShedFred Re:So, in short... (730 comments)

Yes, the mouse existed before Lisa / Mac. No, nobody outside of a lab in Palo Alto had actually used one, until Apple completely redesigned the thing to cost less than $100.

They introduced the mouse that everyone uses, as in one that is actually attainable by people.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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