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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

N3tRunner Limited by technology (70 comments)

I think it's nice that a consumer device is actually being delayed because technology hasn't caught up with its design yet. It's a good thing (for us) when consumer-grade products are on the leading edge of technology rather than trailing behind industrial grade devices as they commonly do.

about a month ago

The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

N3tRunner Those darn feel-good fields... (279 comments)

Yes, because "feel-good" fields like space exploration have never produced anything for the common good.

about a month ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

N3tRunner But Kansas! (430 comments)

Darn, I'm sure Google was excited by the prospect of providing broadband access to the tens of people who live in municipalities in Kansas.

about 3 months ago

Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

N3tRunner This is what 60 Minutes does (117 comments)

60 Minutes quite often uses lies and half-truths to enrage their viewing audience and trick them into feeling like they've had the wool pulled from over their eyes to reveal some secret, evil truth about the world. Then next week or the week after they will have a 15-second "retraction" that nobody even listens to talking about what they knowingly lied about.

about 3 months ago

Syrian Electronic Army Defaces Skype's Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and Blog

N3tRunner Selling the data to governments? (86 comments)

Why would the governments pay for the data when they are already getting it for free?

about 4 months ago

Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

N3tRunner Build-it-yourself (182 comments)

I look forward to our factory-free future, despite its many inherent dangers.

about 4 months ago

Ted Nelson's Passionate Eulogy for Douglas Engelbart

N3tRunner Engerlbart's Greatness (110 comments)

Engelbart created a lot of the things that we associate with modern PCs, such as the mouse, graphical word processing, and hypertext links, but from what I've read it seemed like he was running out of steam and having trouble managing his projects by the time the funding dropped away from him. He had a great chance to contribute to the history of computing, and he definitely exceeded all expectations. I guess we'll never know what else he would have come up with if given another 40 years to work, or if he had already run out of ideas.

about 4 months ago

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

N3tRunner Waste of Time (606 comments)

No delays to deliveries? Less than 5% of the current workforce participating in the strike? What a waste of time.

about 4 months ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

N3tRunner I prefer e-books, but... (331 comments)

I prefer e-books to print books in most cases, however their cost is the main issue for me. I can usually find a used copy of a book of a book that I want to read for $4 or less, but the electronic version is almost universally $10 and up. If all I'm concerned about is the content of the book (which is all that you get when you buy an e-book) then why should I care if a book has been used or not? It's frustrating, because I'd really prefer to consume the content through my Kindle.

about 5 months ago

Casting a Jaundiced Eye On AnTuTu Benchmark Claims Favoring Intel

N3tRunner Re:Benchmarks, trustworthy? (82 comments)

This is why you should use more than one benchmark when testing newly released hardware, especially if you're going to write an article on your findings.

about 9 months ago

Multiple Studies Show Used Electronics Exports To Third World Mostly Good

N3tRunner Mostly good except for electronics counterfeiting (93 comments)

A lot of those "recycled" parts are remarked and sold on the market as either more expensive or newer parts. Keeping up with counterfeit electronics is becoming more of an issue every day for dealers and manufacturers as the third world sells our trash back to us masquerading as brand new technology.

about a year ago

Salesforce.com's Benioff Disses Windows 8, Oracle

N3tRunner Re:Another moron CEO (182 comments)

The idea of BYOD may kill Windows 10, but it's nowhere near the level of acceptance necessary to kill Windows 8. My business won't let *any* outside devices connect to their network for security reasons, and I suspect that they're not at all alone in that respect. Chained-down PCs running whatever the company's acceptable suite of apps may be are still the norm.

about a year and a half ago

Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns

N3tRunner Selective Video Game Memories (254 comments)

'When I was a kid, games were more beautiful and magical and immersed you in fantastical, peaceful and enjoyable landscape.'

Yeah, I hear that Contra and Ninja Gaiden were all about peace and love. I guess this guy only played Mario when he was a kid.

about a year and a half ago

The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

N3tRunner Pointless "Kids These Days" Article (525 comments)

I'm 29 and I can repair things around the house just fine, thank you. I guess this article is talking about people younger than me, but I doubt many of them own houses...

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Apologizes For Inserting Naughty Phrase Into Linux Kernel

N3tRunner Humor (897 comments)

I think it's a shame that on this rare occasion when Microsoft displays a sense of humor they get punished for it.

about 2 years ago

The Hivemind Singularity

N3tRunner Sounds familiar... (277 comments)

This doesn't sound like a utopian future, this sounds like terrorist cells. Are you sure that you're not talking about Al Qaeda?

about 2 years ago

Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

N3tRunner Re:Simple is not ugly. (370 comments)

Agreed. Opinion article is opinion. There's nothing wrong with the simplicity of Wikipedia's interface.

Additionally, I'm not certain that I would want the submission process simplified. It's already simple enough that there's plenty of faulty information on the site from uninformed or spiteful editors. What would happen if every assclown in the universe could edit entries without learning a bit of markup code first?

about 2 years ago

News Corp. and Apple Unveil The Daily

N3tRunner Evil reaches the iPad (249 comments)

I'm not sure why Apple would want to get involved in this manner with the greatest evil in our world today, News Corp. If they want to make an app for the iPad, that's fine, but I don't see why Apple would want to publicize this new app as forging some kind of relationship between the two companies.

more than 3 years ago

Real Settles Lawsuits, Will Stop Selling RealDVD

N3tRunner Oh no, we're screwed! (139 comments)

Because there's no other way to possibly make copies of DVDs now that RealDVD is gone!

more than 4 years ago

Hedge Fund Offers $2 Billion For Novell

N3tRunner Re:Already Under Investigation (144 comments)

Yeah, the offer isn't ripping anyone off. Novell is worth practically nothing as a company, they don't really have products that anyone is interested in purchasing anymore. Maybe for headhunting purposes their programmers are worth something?

That lawsuit seems way off base though. I've owned Novell stock for years and this buyout is a real blessing.

more than 4 years ago



Class Action Lawsuit Against Netflix

N3tRunner N3tRunner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

N3tRunner (164483) writes "The Motley Fool reports:

A Manhattan woman is filing a class action lawsuit in federal court against Netflix. She says the deal between the DVD-rental service and Warner Home Video is a "scheme to restrain trade."

Time Warner has inked deals with Netflix and Coinstar's Redbox to hold back on new releases for 28 days after their retail debut. Time Warner claims that 75% of its DVD purchases come from the first four weeks that a new title is on the market, and eliminating availability from $1 Redbox kiosks and Netflix's value-altering unlimited plans should stir up more sales and full-priced rentals. The deals pave the way for similar arrangements by studios including 20th Century Fox and General Electric's majority-owned Universal that have bellyached in the past."

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What products keep Microsoft awash with cash

N3tRunner N3tRunner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

N3tRunner (164483) writes "Microsoft's more exciting products like the Xbox and Zune barely break even, and all of their online products taken as a whole are a constant drain on their finances. Office and Windows still combine to provide a majority of their profits, despite the fact that they aren't nearly as exciting to the general public. It's hard to say that Microsoft doesn't have a strong hand in the entertainment business with the Xbox and some of its other items, but it doesn't actually end up being a big moneymaker for them."
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