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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Scot Seese Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

One of the drivers behind Android L was improving performance on low to mid range Android devices. Google is interested in improving the Android experience for those customers with the 1 cent contract phones, and other flotsam at the bottom of the product menu.

Android L allegedly will perform smoothly, even on devices with 512mb RAM. Which should be a win for those customers with 1gb and 2gb handsets made within the last 2-3 years, as they will be lightning fast.

2 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Scot Seese Re:Bad idea (248 comments)

Sharp observers would notice the phrase "Desktop Class" used in Apple keynotes the last year or two, when describing the power of their A# mobile processors.

I for one would not be surprised if Apple released a 12" "WorkBook" that is essentially a 12" iPad with full keyboard & touchpad, running iOS w/2gb RAM. Their entire "office" suite - iWork - is already a complete feature copy of the OS X version - all that's missing from making it truly useful on the iPad is .. a quality keyboard.

2 days ago

Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Scot Seese Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (186 comments)


Actually, patrons are mentally bankrupt. Hollywood puts original content in front of audiences every now and then, and it underwhelms at the box office.

Brand familiarity and the powerful psychological pull it has on consumers are just as responsible for you wanting to see the next Star Trek movie as you are likely to keep buying the same laundry detergent.

4 days ago

Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Scot Seese Absolute Estate Tax Solves Problem (832 comments)

If estate size > $N millions then tax = 75%.

I have no problem with intelligent, insanely hard working entrepreneurs amassing a fortune and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
When that person passes away, take a swipe at that Scrooge McDuck sized pile of gold coins and redistribute it to primary schools and skills training programs for unemployed / underemployed adults.

The decedents survivors still get millions - and keep real property - and society gets massive cash infusions into education and skills programs designed to keep society employed, productive, fulfilled and vibrant.

Leave the whales alone, stop hassling them with nickel and dime taxes every time they turn around, let them enjoy their 200 foot yachts, Ibiza birthday bashes with P Diddy and Ukrainian supermodel girlfriends, annnnd when they pass away, a whole lot of single moms working 3 jobs waiting tables get converted into dental hygienists and LPNs with professional livable incomes and personal fulfillment & satisfaction.

You know nearly every wealthy person says they don't want their children to be burdened with extreme wealth or have everything given to them? Well, buddy, have I got a solution for you...

4 days ago

HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Scot Seese HBO, Hit Your Marks: (139 comments)

Episodes ala-carte $2.49
SD / $2.99 720HD / $3.49 1080HD
Within 12 hours of air

Step 3: Profit.

5 days ago

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Scot Seese Re:Meh (201 comments)

Why couldn't they have hit the sweet spot - 5", 1080p, and focused on camera quality & battery life?

Google doesn't understand hardware.

5 days ago

Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Scot Seese ID For Cash Transactions (314 comments)

Or, they could.. you know - require photo I.D. for large cash purchases, much like the U.S. post-911.

Try going to Sears and paying $1500 for a new stove in 2002. Drivers license sir? We have to record your name and address.

about a week ago

Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Scot Seese Now Wanted - Better GelCaps (135 comments)


Now we need better gelatin capsules that don't get caught and dissolve in the back of your throat.

Because.. I just don't want to think about that.


about a week ago

Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Scot Seese Airborne Mutation Remains Greatest Fear! (480 comments)

Probably the biggest concern is the possibility of a mutation occurring that would allow the virus to go airborne.

Were that to happen, you are then looking at every SciFi/Fantasy end-of-days horror movie fan's highlight reel. The Stand meets Outbreak with a dash of The Walking Dead minus the zombies. The government bombing population centers in a vain attempt to contain th...

No, wait that's what CNN wants you to believe to drive click traffic and Geico commercial video pre-rolls.

Disinfectant hand washing and passenger screening will stop this. But that doesn't boost web traffic CPM, so let's sell the worst case scenarios. It's crucially important for everyone in the sound of my voice to believe we're all going to die from a horrible wasting hemorrhagic fever, melting like the wax nazis at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Give us dirty laundry.

about two weeks ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Scot Seese Citizens Vs Shareholders (346 comments)

Government owned utilities using tax dollars to massively build out last-mile solutions do not have a "..Fiduciary responsibility to maximize shareholder value."

The Swedish internet model used taxpayer money to build out a massive national network providing excellent last-mile broadband, which all private competitors are now entitled to ride over.

I remember the first time I visited Gothenburg in 2001, and people had full Video On Demand, digital cable and bundled services. Thirteen years ago.

about two weeks ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Scot Seese Evolutionary Psychology Says: "Duh." (482 comments)


Attractive women get more replies, implying that they have an advantage in that they have a larger pool of prospective partners to choose from, allowing them to be much more highly selective, and they are complaining about.. having options? That must be so terrible for them.

Everyone has a "type", and physical attraction will always matter, to a degree.

I absolutely guarantee the women who may be tempted to use the dating website referenced in this thread have a "type", as well - 5'10" or taller, height/weight proportionate, no thinning receding hairline, attractive facial features, car no more than 4 years old, and any and all photos taken at home will have the background scrutinized with the skill of a CIA photo interpreter to determine your relative level of career and personal success.

A Redditor conducted a little experiment on Tinder a while back. He constructed three fake male profiles. One "ugly" guy, one "average looking guy", and one "underwear model." .. Would you care to guess the resul.. oh wait, you already did! The top 10% of Tinders' users get 90% of the attention, and if you aren't moderately to extremely attractive, you are all but invisible.

The women mentioned in the parent article need to simply hit the "block" or "report" buttons on whatever dating site they're on, and get over themselves already, because they're just as bad if not worse than the men in the "chasing looks" department.

about three weeks ago

Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scot Seese Failure of Imagination; Utilities Could Sell Solar (488 comments)

This is simply a failure of imagination.

Utilities are in the business of sinking money into power generating and distribution capability, amortized over decades against customers' utility payments.

Nothing is preventing the utility company from building solar thermal or solar pv facilities for the purpose of selling the power. Nothing is preventing the utility company from purchasing rooftop pv systems and reselling them to homeowners, along with skilled installation.

Instead, they want to coast on coal plants and grid they built out, much of it long ago - and keep slamming your checks.

about three weeks ago

Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Scot Seese Unboxy Therapy Bent 2nd iPhone 6+ w/Witnesses (304 comments)

The guy from Unbox Therapy, angry at the accusations that his original video was somehow staged, just posted a new video yesterday. In the new video, he unwraps a brand new iPhone 6+ on the street in Toronto with a handful of random witnesses watching, and again - by placing his thumbs on the back of the phone and applying moderate pressure- IMMEDIATELY produces a 25-30 degree bend in the unit, with the crease forming again at the bottom of the volume control cutouts.

In the new video, the iPhone deformed so badly the screen separated from the body.

He then attempted to bend a Moto X (2014 model) with visibly considerable force applied to it, and couldn't.

Is this really important? You decide. A lot of people - men, particularly - have carried their smartphones in the pockets of their jeans. If you're a big guy, and you have a tiny iPhone 5S in your back pocket and sit down in your car on a 3 hour road trip, the iPhone 5S won't deform because it's thicker, and much shorter in length, therefore providing a much shorter lever for your rump to apply force to. The iPhone 6+ however, being both thinner and significantly taller, provides a much longer lever for your 200+ pounds of man ass to press against the back of the car seat, making it quite conceivable that the iPhone 6+ WOULD have a bending problem in actual consumer use.

This issue has gotten enough viral traction and major media attention that it isn't going to go away. Worse yet for Apple is that unlike Antennagate, this problem won't be solved with a rubber bumper case costing Apple 20 cents manufacturing cost - NO, bent iPhone 6+ units still within their return period or covered by AppleCare are going to cost the company $200+ per unit, according to recent teardown parts costing estimates.

When, as educated tech consumers, are people going to stop confusing "smaller and thinner" as being "more advanced" ? All we are doing here, people, is sacrificing durability and battery life.

about three weeks ago

Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Scot Seese Deep Throat & Investigative Journalism (224 comments)

The machinations employed by government agencies and powerful corporations to punish whistle blowers clearly emphasizes the need for powerful investigative journalism, news organizations with the balls to stand up to steep fines and possible jail time to protect sources, and the absolute requirement that whistle blowers employ intelligence tradecraft to protect their anonymity at all costs.

It took several decades for FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt to be named as Deep Throat, and was only "outed" when Felt - then 91 and riddled with dementia - was named in a 2005 Vanity Fair article, largely only because Woodward confirmed his identity due to Felts' family having solved the mystery.

If you can't trust a journalist to sit in prison to protect your identity, and you are sitting on a time bomb of corporate or government malfeasance that needs to be made public, you had god damned better be sure to have that information delivered using methods that scrubs your identity from both the documents and the delivery.

about three weeks ago

Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Scot Seese Re:Memory doesn't cost that much. (264 comments)

I had this discussion with a coworker the other day. He and his wife have three children, which - as new parents, causes them to generate photos at approximately the firing rate of an MG42 installed inside a pillbox at Normandy.

So, Apple wants $20/month for their 1 TB iCloud plan.
DropBox wants $99/year for the same 1 TB.

Flickr will cheerfully store 1TB FOR FREE.

I told him this yesterday during a coffee chat - *blink* ... *blink* .. "I'm going to talk to (wifesname) about Flickr tonight."

Even though I myself am fully in Apple's hardware ecosystem (rMBP, iPhone 5S, AppleTV, Apple Time Capsule, iPad Air, yaddayadda) I prefer to use quality third-party solutions for apps and cloud storage. One of the ways Apple hooks you is with the burden of inconvenience should you ever decide to try something different. What if I wake up tomorrow and want to purchase a nice new LG G3 Android phone?

- All my photos are privately stored on Flickr, zero inconvenience
- All my iTunes library is duplicated on Google Play Music, thanks to the awesome Mac desktop toolbar app that constantly monitors your iTunes library, and duplicates it in your Google Play account, up to 20,000 songs FOR FREE.

For people who shoot tons of photos, those 1 megabyte JPGs are really whats gobbling up most of your cloud storage. iWork documents tend to be very small. Shove those photos onto Flickr and suddenly that free 5gb iCloud Drive storage is more than you'll ever use.

about 1 month ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scot Seese Like An Episode of Stargate SG-1 (981 comments)

.. Where one half of the planets' population lives in floating cities with force fields, flourishing populations, and beam weapons while the other half of the planets' population lives in comparative squalor choked by food scarcity, overpopulation, pollution, health problems and cyclical, endless cycles of warfare and violence, all because an alien parasite in their bloodstream has blunted their intellectual development and retarded human development.

Sorry, replace "alien parasite" with "Radical Extremist Religion."

about a month ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Scot Seese Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (425 comments)

So they had a choice:

Make the phone the thickness of the camera module, adding another 300 mAH to the internal battery and pushing run time another 3 hours,

- OR -

Make the phone 1mm thinner, because in the Braun electric shaver inspired design world inhabited by Jony Ive, making a product 1mm thinner than last years' model automatically implies some kind of year 2635 level of futuristic improvement.

Well, that and rounding the edges to match the design of a 4 year old iPod.

The Footure!

about a month ago

Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Scot Seese Re:Slightly pro-Intel reviews (152 comments)

Said it before, saying it again -

AMD is a budget chip for gaming enthusiasts who only want to drop a $200 motherboard + APU upgrade into their tower to play current gen games. I thought it was fairly well understood by now that AMD is marketed to guys living in the midwest running $60 towers with neon accent piping visible through the plexiglas side windows.

about 1 month ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

Scot Seese Mexico? (233 comments)

Given the cost of labor, geographical proximity and ease of distribution thanks to NAFTA, I'm surprised more companies aren't setting up manufacturing in Mexico. In one of the more stable states, not the heads-in-a-duffel-bag / threatening to collapse the government states.

Oh wait, I just answered my own question.

about a month ago


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