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No Love From Ars For Samsung's New Smart Watch

MisterMidi Re: What if Apple.. (236 comments)

"They didn't invent the concept of the PC"

Oh quite the opposite. They did exactly that. The Apple ][ was the very first PC. What you think of a PC was scrambled together by IBM with leftovers in a hurry when they saw the wild success of the Apple ][. Apple ][ was released in 1977. 3 years before the IBM PC.

Olivetti beat Apple by 13 years with their Programma 101 in 1964.

", nor did they invent the GUI. "

They did indeed invent the modern, working GUI. The concept they bought from Xerox was not completely developed and lacked many key features. It was not really usable. The first usable GUI computer was indeed the Macintosh in 1984 when all others used CLI.

You're contradicting yourself here. The PARC user interface was invented by Xerox. All Apple did was innovate.

"Truth be told, Apple has never created a completely new and untested product from scratch and been successful with it. "

Wrong. Just plain wrong. Your bias and lack of knowledge is showing.

I hate to bring it to you, but he's right. Every single successful Apple product was an innovation of an already existing product, not an invention. If you're so sure, I'm sure you can name one Apple invention that has been successful.

"Also, marketing. They have really good marketing."

Their marketing budget is tiny compared to MS or Samsung.

He was talking quality, not quantity. It was a compliment.

about a year ago
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German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

MisterMidi Re:Mythbusters busted, (303 comments)

If thieves have access to your finger, they don't even need to chop it off, they just have to press it against your iPhone to unlock it and then register their own fingerprint. So no, it will not protect you from thieves, it will just let you keep your fingers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Devices For Luggage?

MisterMidi Re: Don't fly (at least in US) (293 comments)

12 Human Resources? That's pretty expensive.

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi vs. Cheap Android Dongle: Embarrassment of (Cheap) Riches

MisterMidi Re:hardware vs software (233 comments)

Well, yes... Of course you could use your favorite editor and build/upload from the command line, or set up your favorite IDE. After all, those IDEs are just fancy frontends for CLI binaries...

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi vs. Cheap Android Dongle: Embarrassment of (Cheap) Riches

MisterMidi Re:hardware vs software (233 comments)

Most, but not all Arduino's are 8 bit. The newest, the Due is 32 bit. You don't have to use the Arduino "IDE", you can also use Eclipse or NetBeans.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel To Get Massive Countrywide Optical Upgrade

MisterMidi Re:Nice! Wonder if the illegal settlements get it (157 comments)

Here's a citation:

Israel dismantled 18 settlements in the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, and all 21 in the Gaza Strip and 4 in the West Bank in 2005, but continues to both expand its settlements and settle new areas in the West Bank in spite of the Oslo Accords, which specified in article 31 that neither side would take any step that would change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations. However, Israeli settlement expansion has continued unabated.The international community considers the settlements in occupied territory to be illegal. Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and communities in the Golan Heights, areas which have been annexed by Israel, are also considered settlements by the international community, which does not recognise Israel's annexations of these territories. The United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel's construction of settlements constitutes violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The International Court of Justice also says these settlements are illegal, and no foreign government supports Israel's settlements.

about a year and a half ago
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Richard Stallman: 'Apple Has Tightest Digital Handcuffs In History'

MisterMidi Re:People who have iOS devices actually use them (515 comments)

There's an easy explanation for that: either iDevices have more spyware or the spyware on Android devices is more efficient.

about a year and a half ago
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How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

MisterMidi Re:No loop? (438 comments)

You're confusing lines and statements. The colon isn't a line separator, it's a statement separator. In (early) BASIC every line had its own number. In this oneliner there's just one.

about a year and a half ago
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HTC Losing Ground Faster Than RIM or Nokia

MisterMidi Re:European-style negative percentages (280 comments)

It means the same here in Europe. It's just that we have stupid people too, who'll blindly copy other people's mistakes. If you do an image search for "korting", "Rabatt", "rabat", "soldes" or "réduction" (discount in various European languages), you'll see the vast majority doing it right.

about 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many Liberals "Like" Mitt Romney On Facebook?

MisterMidi Re:Not Just Romney (376 comments)

You can buy Facebook likes, Google +1s or Twitter followers by the thousands, and this is probably what the campaign teams have been doing. I don't know how the sellers get their likes though. It could be a lot of fake accounts, it could be worms hidden in games or maybe Facebook itself selling likes.

about 2 years ago
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Can Foursquare Data Predict Where You Live?

MisterMidi Re:colour me uninpressed (55 comments)

21 megameter? Wow, that's actually pretty accurate from data coming from your butt!

about 2 years ago
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Toyota Unveils Helpful Human Support Robot

MisterMidi Re:Hybrid only? (64 comments)

I know about carbon monoxide. But I think you're confusing hybrid cars and hybrid robots. Hybrid cars have a combustion engine and an electric engine, while hybrid robots have a part electronic, part biological brain.

about 2 years ago
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Toyota Unveils Helpful Human Support Robot

MisterMidi Re:Hybrid only? (64 comments)

Carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide. And given the size of the brains, I doubt it will be much.

about 2 years ago
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Black Death Discovered In Oregon

MisterMidi Re:Darwin in action. (404 comments)

I'm curious, how exactly does brain damage cause football? And how does one grow evidence of it?

more than 2 years ago
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Leave Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Alone!

MisterMidi Re:It's the hypocricy (319 comments)

High salary means that I have a very high expectation of your morals.

That's funny, with me it's the other way around.

more than 2 years ago
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KegDroid: Combining Arduino, Android, and NFC to Dispense Beer

MisterMidi Re:what a lazy project (48 comments)

To be fair, all it does is open and close the valve to control whether it should or shouldn't give beer. The guy is doing the rest of the work and it looks like he's never poured a keg before.

  • He doesn't use a clean glass. He should first rinse the glass in cold water to clean and cool it.
  • He opens the tap just a bit, this guarantees to create a lot of foam. He should open and close it completely and quickly.
  • The angle is wrong; he should start at about 45 degrees and then gradually move it towards a vertical position. Holding the glass at a too small angle like he does will generate too much foam.

more than 2 years ago

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