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AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

Raistlin77 Re:lame (33 comments)

It has axles, they are just hard to see from a distance. You can seen them in the unveiling photos on AT's website.

about two weeks ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Raistlin77 Re:AWESOME (129 comments)

...Granted, the kind of spam you get on the work account of a reasonably sensible employee is probably going to be from more reputable sources on average than most personal accounts, but they weren't all reputable-looking...

There's no such thing as spam from a "reputable source". If it's spam, they're obviously not reputable.

about 2 months ago
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Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

Raistlin77 Re:ben kuchera is an idiot (222 comments)

Idiot indeed. He doesn't even understand the meaning of his main point, "peripheral".

Peripheral (of a device): able to be attached to and used with a computer, although not an integral part of it.

The fact that it's included with every Xbox One doesn't make it any less a peripheral. It can be unplugged and doesn't even have to be connected in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

Raistlin77 Re:Really? (170 comments)

This is never the correct response, ever. The "you are free to walk away" assumes you can somehow mitigate the need to occasionally talk to retards who are determined to use facebook, privacy and logic be damned.

You can take yourself outside of the stupid system, but you can't take the stupid out of the system.

That need is mitigated just fine by use of phone, text, email, snail mail, face-to-face contact, etc... "You are free to walk away" is the ONLY correct response, and if enough users would walk away, Facebook would be forced to stop the crap. The problem is that not enough users give a shit about their privacy.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Again Seeks Ban On 20+ Samsung Devices In US

Raistlin77 Re:Stop shotgun approach: Uh, why? (235 comments)

I think you're misunderstanding why this is done this way.
You have multiple devices partly due to having multiple, mutually exclusive carriers.

Apple does the same. Apple makes different versions of the iPhone and iPad to work with all carriers that currently offer and/or support those devices.

In addition, you may have a couple tiers of products, as not everyone is going to go for the Uber-'spensive top end device.

Their approach allows them to hit multiple carriers at multiple price points.

Currently available iPhone models:
iPhone 4s (8GB) (black, white)
iPhone 5c (16GB, 32GB) (white, pink, yellow, blue, green)
iPhone 5s (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) (silver, space gray, gold)

Currently available iPad models:
iPad Mini (16GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad Mini w/ Retina (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad 2 (16GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad Air (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)

Total product variations listed above: 41

i-device price ranges:
iPhone: Free-$849 (includes carrier subsidized and unlocked options)
iPad: $299-$929

On top of that, having multiple offerings means they have a better chance of finding the devices people want and then slimming down their offering portfolio later, as they refine the devices that people are buying and abandon the ones that don't sell and finding a way to roll any possible unique/desirable features down into other devices.

Apple has already done this - everything they make sells, and sells good. You mean to bash Apple, but really you're just praising them.

Apple gets away with "You will fit your lifestyle to what we offer you. And LIKE IT!". They get away with it because they're Apple and people know that they're expected to put up with Apple's crazy bullshit for "teh schmexy".

One word: TouchWiz

For people who refuse to be cookie cutter'ed (see "sane people"), there's a plethora of choices and you can pick the one that intersects someplace acceptable along your "needs" and "budget limits" lines.

By your logic, the only "sane people" then are those that create their own phones. You're an idiot if you think Samsung's, or any other electronics maker's products, are any less cookie-cutter influenced than Apple's products.

about 4 months ago
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

Raistlin77 Re:What about Russia and U.S.? (380 comments)

Voicing an opinion that results in the game developer changing the title of one side of the fight is a far cry from making the game illegal. Medal of Honor was not banned and EA was not forced to remove "Taliban" from the game, they simply did so because they felt it was the right thing to do profitwise after hearing said opinions.

about 4 months ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

Raistlin77 Re:From old data, Ignores texting (418 comments)

Well I guess it's a good thing they weren't studying texting then, hmm...

about 8 months ago
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Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Raistlin77 Re:8 cylinder vs 8 engines - both have one task (526 comments)

If cars only do one thing, then so do computers. Cars move, computers compute. The engine in your car, on the other hand, doesn't only perform one task. It provides power to turn the wheels, power to all of the electrical systems, power for steering, power for shifting, power for braking, power to keep you nice and cool (or warm), the list goes on and on.

An engine could be compared to a CPU. A cylinder could be compared to a core. More/larger cylinders provides more power (generally). More/faster cores provides more processing power. As an 8-cylinder engine is typically more powerful than a 4-cylinder engine, an 8-core CPU is more powerful than a 4-core CPU.

His analogy is flawed, but only because he is comparing one thing's component (a CPU core) to another thing as a whole (lawnmower engine) instead of its component (a cylinder). His analogy actually proves him to be dumb when it used properly.

about 9 months ago
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Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Raistlin77 Re:8-core owner (526 comments)

Your example of pitiful uses doesn't make him right. Sure, there are few things that can take advantage of 8 cores right now. But if there were not 8 cores to take advantage of, there would never be anything made to take advantage of them.

about 9 months ago
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Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

Raistlin77 Dumb analogy (526 comments)

Hey Qualcomm, if you're going to use an analogy to show how your competition is dumb, you may want to make sure the analogy you choose doesn't make you look even dumber. Of course you don't throw 8 engines together to make an 8-cylinder engine. You throw 8 cylinders together within a single engine. You don't throw 8 single-core cpus together to make an 8-core cpu. You throw 8 cores together within a single cpu.

about 9 months ago
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Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

Raistlin77 Re:bits and bytes (269 comments)

It's Soulskill, what the fuck do you expect?

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

Raistlin77 Re:How can that be? (550 comments)

My Touchpad is nowhere near retirement. It runs JellyBean just fine. But I would still be all over a Surface at Touchpad fire sale prices.

about 9 months ago
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W3C Rejects Ad Industry's Do-Not-Track Proposal

Raistlin77 Re:Trust (162 comments)

...if the advertiser is trustable?

Therein lies the problem.

There is no such thing as a trustworthy advertiser. Their profit is directly tied to ad views and they have repeatedly demonstrated that they have no respect for privacy or one's desire to not be force-fed their crap.

about 9 months ago
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Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

Raistlin77 Re:meh! (158 comments)

Exactly. They cannot legally bind you to their terms unless you explicitly indicate your acceptance of said terms. Simply opening the email does not legally bind you to their terms, just like viewing a website does not legally bind you to some terms of service hidden in the site footer.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

Raistlin77 Re:Prior art (282 comments)

Aside from Apple I can't see anybody caring to do this anyways, most port combos are for related purposes not just trying to minimize space, which I also don't see an issue because it would be thinner to put SD and USB beside each other rather than over top. I'd assume you still want to be able to use both slots and not just one or the other.

Anyways, whatever.

Actually, their design appears to use the larger empty side of a typical USB slot for the SD card. Little is added to the height of the USB port while the width is increased since SD cards are wider than USB plugs. The drawings make it obvious that you won't be able to use both SD and USB at the same time.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Faces Tough Regulatory Hurdle From State Dealership Laws

Raistlin77 Re:Now there's a petition on whitehouse.gov... (309 comments)

Regulation is good when it forces other people to do what I want/support... Regulation is bad when it lets other people force me to do things I don't want/support.

I do love the hypocrisy of Slashdot.

Indeed. It scores right up there with off-topic replies.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Faces Tough Regulatory Hurdle From State Dealership Laws

Raistlin77 Now there's a petition on whitehouse.gov... (309 comments)

Now? The petition has been up since June 5th. I guess this is a last ditch effort to get signatures as it's over 44K short.

about 10 months ago
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Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

Raistlin77 Not really sharing... (509 comments)

In the video, note that the "sharer" never let go of the game.

about 10 months ago

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Raistlin77 Raistlin77 writes  |  about 6 years ago

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