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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

While very cool, and I want one..... I can't justify buying the rMBP's... A cheap dual-core atom Thinkpad Tablet 2 running Win8 and a docking station meet most business desktop/mobile needs dirt cheap. While *I* would notice and make use of it, I can't justify it for my users.

I'd hate to be one of your users. The advantages of faster CPUs or fancy SSDs isn't in maximizing performance all the time, but rather day to day life with the machine gets nicer overall. A dual core Atom would be an awful day to day experience. Things will run, but not very well. Besides, how cheap is your company if you can't afford nice things for them? I'd hate to see what your bathrooms look like.

"Sure, a toilet would be nice, but a hole in the ground works just as well!"

As integrated video chipsets get faster and the displays get cheaper, it'll be mainstream. Like I said, I love the displays personally but I can't justify the additional cost. If the screen can do at least 720p then it's good enough in most use cases.

As of Ivy Bridge, integrated video is already good enough. OEMs are trapped on two sides. First, margins are slim enough already, trying to add decent components is a hit they can't afford to take. Second, does Windows 7 or 8 even support actual high DPI screens? Or is it stuck in 72 DPI hell?

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Everyone I know who has worked at an apple retail store who has sold a computer to someone who was looking for a machine with just that use case in mind has either directed them to a MacBook Air or an iPad. You're talking about people with more money than sense.

Though you're wrong about high res screens. The screen in the retina pros generally are taken advantage of by anyone who has eyes. The resolution is doubled but the OS interprets it as one point made up of a block of 4 pixels. So doing things like sub pixel manipulation makes everything look crisp and beautiful. I can't wait until this kind of thing is main stream. Going to even higher DPIs still has gains for the same reason, iirc. You can't see the pixel lines anymore, but that doesn't mean fonts get sharper or images look nicer. There's a point of diminishing returns, definitely, but I don't know if we are there yet.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Time Shifting? (314 comments)

My reading of it is that the functionality of the software on the recorder is a DARD, but, the AHRA doesn't make the distinction between software and hardware. Given that the AHRA was from a time before that was even a problem...

I still pretty much agree with the consensus that GM and Ford are going to knock this out of the park. However, I do see ways that it could be ruled against them and that has some interesting effects elsewhere.

2 days ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:im happy google took this on (45 comments)

I think this kind of thinking is pretty detrimental to mobile.

When you put a "better" camera on, will it have new optics? Will it jut out of the case like a sore thumb? What about new SoCs? Will heat and battery become problems?

I'm pretty skeptical. I think mobile has been a huge hit because of the trend away from desktop modes of thinking. Holistic integrated things are more than the sums of their parts than generic gizmos that are just a random slathering of parts.

Take for example the iPhone 5s. The finger print sensor has been amazing, but it wouldn't work with out the A7's secure enclave. To do that in Ara you'd have to ship a replacement button or have a sensor on the module itself.

2 days ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (241 comments)

The problem is when you have no access to data, then your website solution's useless to me.

For example, the Ultra Street Fighter 4 Framedata app for tablets would be useless to me if I had to have data to access it. the data's rarely going to get updated, and the structure of the data doesn't fit nicely into ebook format either.

This also isn't the biggest problem either. The biggest problem is the amount of apps. For example, there's a ton of twitter apps in the store, which one do you use? Also what reason is there to pay for say, Tweetbot when the official app is free? Also do you get gun-shy because you've bought a few apps and they suck?

Some of this isn't being touched upon by TFA, so. Take that for what it's worth.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I'm just spitballing from the power usage specs when looking at monitors. I might be entirely wrong about the precise amount of wattage.

How it could draw more current than a 47" is easy, it's pushing four times as many pixels.

Still, a 3840x2160 display is going to use more power than a 1920x1080 screen, any which way you slice it.

Add to the fact they also haven't been selling well, and the price would be well over 3 or 4 grand...

Apple likes healthy profit margins but a 3 grand notebook on their product line isn't going to move. I'm shocked they sell 15" rMBPs.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Time Shifting? (314 comments)

When the AHRA was talking about DARDs, they were thinking DAT and to a lesser extent MiniDisc, not CDs or MP3s. So, the RIAA's gamble was that they were trying to get the Rio PMP300 treated like a DAT device, which failed because it's not an audio recorder. You couldn't use a line-in jack to record MP3s to that thing.

What boggles me is that the parallel out jack on the PMP300 doesn't constitute transmission. Eh, wtf.

The Letter of the law though, on what is a DARD is quite clear:

(3) A "digital audio recording device" is any machine or device of a type commonly distributed to individuals for use by individuals, whether or not included with or as part of some other machine or device, the digital recording function of which is designed or marketed for the primary purpose of, and that is capable of, making a digital audio copied recording for private use, except forâ"

source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/...:

So the fact that Ford and GM advertise you can rip CDs into this thing makes it a DARD.

I think what may be a crippling blow here to the plaintiffs is that CDs do NOT implement any copy protection and this thing doesn't *record* audio.

However, the court or the jury may see otherwise.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Time Shifting? (314 comments)

Wrong.

This isn't what this is about. This is about the legality of CD audio ripping.

Which is odd, considering iTunes, Windows Media Player and even Xbox 360 and PS3 will rip CDs.

Either they've paid royalties or someone's about to lose big in court.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

A nice 17" panel draws something like 120W of power at maximum, ~95W for a crappier panel.

The problem isn't just the battery, but also the power brick needed to refill that battery too.

But man alive what I wouldn't do for a 17" rMBP. :(

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Probably never.

Half the problem is that they're focusing entirely on "Retina" for their high end, which is basically just a doubling of the screen res. 3840x2160 panels are NOT cheap, they suck a lot of power, and/or they have crappy ancillary specs. Slow response times, crappy contrast ratios and awful refresh rates. You can do MUCH better on all those notes if you were willing to shell out a lot more money, but...

The other half is that they didn't sell very well. Everyone I know who's worked Apple retail has basically said they've never even *seen* a 17" sold.

As a fellow 17"-er myself, I share the pain. :(

3 days ago
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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:The Facebook Helmet? (54 comments)

You mean like you have to for WhatsApp or Instagram?

Oh wait, you don't. What's shocking is that despite their main product being a privacy sink to whoever's willing to buy, Facebook themselves seem to be really good stewards of other tech companies.

4 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:I wonder who is doing the actual posting. (165 comments)

Given the scope of some of the edits...

Probably a lot of bored congressional staffers. One of my favorite edits was this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/inde...

However, other topics of interest have been Wendy's, Choco Taco, the current home town of Orly Taitz, a rant about gender identity on both the GID and Mediate pages(I'm in agreement with this anonymous person here), various pot shots at conspiracy nut bags...

There's a LOT of white washing going on here, don't get me wrong, but it's being buried under a lot of noise of bored staffers.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:I still can't for the life of me (285 comments)

No one's saying it's going to be *the* silver bullet, it's going to be *a* part of several overall solutions to various problems.

Parental engagement(Read the article, even the parents are using the kids' iPads to get feedback and know what's going on), access to the internet, etc. etc. etc.

Shockingly, when kids are given the things they need to adapt, they adapt.

about two weeks ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Isn't this Apple's entire shtick ? (290 comments)

For the price, you can buy a Nexus 5 and get vastly superior software from a stock ROM.

The boggling thing is that from a development perspective, it takes way more effort to have one crappy codebase and have a good codebase. Why not just have one *good* codebase? These problems don't seem to hamper the G3.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Need a EULA for video (67 comments)

http://youtu.be/a4uC2H10uIo

Actually, not new.

The aereo case isn't about user redirection but rather if a company can redirect OTA broadcasts. Shockingly the legal answer is no.

about two weeks ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:So when will we see a new Mac Pro version? (42 comments)

They might do a refresh with the new part, but upgrade kit? Not likely. Not first party anyway. I wouldn't be shocked if owc figures out the secret sauce to make it work.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:I'm shocked! (278 comments)

I'm not.

This isn't McCarthyism, this is the what you get when you're "tough on crime."

Ironically, being "tough on crime" means having a lot of counter productive law enforcement policies and having the law enforcement organizations themselves turn into basically rogue agencies with zero accountability.

It's the effect of the Willie Horton ad to hyperbolic degrees.

No one wants to be known as the Guy Who Let Bad Things Happen.

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:No. (502 comments)

Which is why I couched my comment with YMMV.

Some onboard sound aren't rigged to do digital audio. In which case, sure, spend a few bucks and get a cheap 30 dollar USB or Firewire sound card and get a digital audio out.

For most people who listen to some music, maybe watch some(or a lot) of netflix/YouTube, etc.? Most on board solutions will be fine.

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:No. (502 comments)

If you don't care about audiophile level audio quality, and if you're not a DJ, audio engineer or other professional who relies on excellent sound support, then yes, onboard audio is Good Enough*. Most people won't even notice odd lag or drops. They just want to listen to music or watch Netflix or YouTube and get on with their days.

* Again, YMMV. Crappy drivers not withstanding though; that's an extremely good point. However, I haven't lived in the Windows world in almost 10 years so, I really don't know what that's like anymore. </smugMacBastard>

about three weeks ago

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Steve Jobs reportedly angry over Android.

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "MacRumors shares a snippet from AP's coverage here of Steve Jobs' biography in which it is said that, "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." He was also reported as telling Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.""
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Marvel vs Capcom 2 announced for PS3, 360

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "According to Kotaku, Marvel vs Capcom 2 is making it's way to the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Based on the Dreamcast code base, includes Online play and widescreen support. Demo is available Thursday and full game will retail for $15 bucks at the respective online services. Curly moustache not included."
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CPS-3 Broken

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "Maybe not Classic according to the Classic Gaming Expo crowd, but, the long wait is over! The CPS 3 System has been emulated! All three revisions of Street Fighter 3(New Generation, 2nd Impact, Third Strike), the two Jojo's Bizzare Adventure games and the original, obscure game, Warzard/Red Earth are now playable. The problem never was the motherboard itself, but that the games were all heavily encrypted. Thanks to work done by Haze and Andreas, this encryption has been broken!"
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RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "It looks like SixApart.com's data center took a massive dive. Currently at LiveJournal.com, the message "Sorry, there was a power interruption at our datacenter. at our datacenter. We're working as fast as we can to get it back pronto!" is displayed instead. SixApart.com is still up and active though."

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