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iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

Mazin07 Re:Prices aren't close to right. (282 comments)

I was referring to the article linked in the summary, where a good portion of the article talks about how Apple's margins are "low" compared to the $199 retail price. For a comparison, look at Canada's Apple Store website:

more than 4 years ago

iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

Mazin07 Re:Prices aren't close to right. (282 comments)

It's not fair to assume that the consumer is already being shafted and thus discount the base cost. I'm using an unlocked iPhone without data plan for about $15/month but it doesn't make sense to say that, for only $25/month more, I can get a subsidized AT&T iPhone.

more than 4 years ago

iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

Mazin07 Prices aren't close to right. (282 comments)

Do these people still not know how cellphones are priced? A 8GB iPhone 3GS is about $530, and prices for the iPhone 4 are expected to be $600 to $700. The $199 price quoted in TFA is only after you agree to a ~$2000 contract.

more than 4 years ago

Road To Riches Doesn't Run Through the App Store

Mazin07 Re:This is news? (305 comments)

Sounds a bit like Google Sky for Android: You just hold the phone up against the night sky, and it labels the stars in the sky based on your location (via GPS!) and time (sync'd with the cell network). Should you need to find something, the screen will tell you which way to turn.

more than 4 years ago

11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

Mazin07 Re:And was never heard from again. . . (648 comments)

Or maybe you didn't have the gift of exploiting your "giftedness". Some people start a business or invent things or go into research. Maybe it's not that the world didn't know what to do with gifted people, but that these "gifted" people didn't figure out what to do with themselves.

Or blame the world. I'm sure that falls under some high-brow philosophical school of thinking.

more than 5 years ago

Hacker Destroys, Along With Its Backups

Mazin07 Re:overwritten once CAN be recovered (780 comments)

That can be a dangerous way of thinking. Suppose that several years ago, you designed a system that relied on the MD5 algorithm for life-critical security on several fronts. After all, since there were no techniques at the time to compromise MD5, you didn't believe it could be done so it was perfectly safe.

Fast forward to 2005. MD5 is broken. Updating your system to use SHA1 is either impossible or would take far too long. Hackers exploit your high-profile system. Santa Claus falls down your chimney.

more than 5 years ago

Music Copyright In EU Extended To 70 Years

Mazin07 Re:Potatoes and patents (395 comments)

It's because that we expect that anybody can create new artistic works, so if a particular song you want is under copyright, then you can always create a new one. On the other hand, patents can be critical to industrial and technological progress, and nobody would tell you to simply make your own transistor to work around the original patent. When artistic copyrights start severely holding society back, then this will change. Until then, when was the last time society was severely hurt by a work being under copyright? This isn't an issue of entitlement because nobody will ever agree who's entitled to earn what.

more than 5 years ago

Lose Your Amazon Account and Your Kindle Dies

Mazin07 Re:iKindle (419 comments)

Just name it the ReadsForSure.

more than 5 years ago

Pinning Down the Spread of Cell Phone Viruses

Mazin07 Re:We haven't seen an outbreak yet (53 comments)

You'd be surprised at how much you can do in a tiny amount of memory, and even cheap cellphones have a relatively huge amount of memory. Virus writers who know enough to exploit cellphones could code rings around your average cellphone app programmer. Just take a moment and compare your average cellphone's processing power to nineties-era computers and you'll see that memory-usage is the last thing a cellphone-virus writer needs to worry about.

more than 5 years ago

Workings of Ancient Calculating Device Deciphered

Mazin07 Re:Yeah but... (268 comments)

Congratulations for first post consistency.

Before it's repeated...

"It was designed by the famous Roman programmer Linicus Torivicus."

"Netcraft confirms it... Antikythera Mechanisms are dying!"

"Somewhat hard, given that it predates Beowulf by at least 600 years."

"Correct. Back then, they were called Hydra clusters, for obvious reasons."

"The Antikythera mechanism is *not* user friendly, and until it is Antikythera will stay with >1% marketshare..."

more than 6 years ago


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