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Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

SultanCemil Obvious? (278 comments)

I'll venture a guess that in 10 years, RIM's fall from grace will probably be a great case study in business schools around the world.

How a successful company managed, through horrible fore-sight, atrocious product management and lousy business management, to squander an insurmountable lead in the enterprise market is amazing.

On to the story at hand: there is no doubt that the wider handset market is in all kinds of trouble. Apple clearly makes most of the profit, and Samsung picks off what is left. What does this leave the other players? Nothing. Clearly there is no competition in the iOS market, and Samsung has a huge lead (and massive fab capabilities). Unless one of the other players steps up and makes a handset that, you know, you'd actually want, then they're dead.

End of story - this isn't that complex. Make a product people want. The competition has showed you the way....

more than 2 years ago
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Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

SultanCemil About time common sense prevailed! (292 comments)

Obviously, electronic devices can't bring down a plane. Millions of fliers every week "forget" to turn off their devices, and nary a plane goes down. Can common sense finally prevail? Arbitrary rules reduce respect for the necessary ones. For example: No headphones during take-off? Makes perfect sense - take-off is one of the most sensitive times of the flight. If someone needs to yell directions, you need to hear them. Reading a book on your Kindle? Not so much.

Having said that, of course, if my plane is going down, I'd probably take off my headphones. YMMV.

more than 2 years ago
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Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

SultanCemil Re:Fascinating! (234 comments)

My apologies. These fossils were clearly placed (rather cleverly) to fool us & test our faith.

more than 2 years ago
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Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

SultanCemil Re:Fascinating! (234 comments)

You're right, of course. The ethical questions are staggering. I guess the geek side of me went "cool, I want to talk to these guys". Wouldn't it be cool to see if they were really like us? Haven't you always wondered if Neanderthals would see you as a fellow (albeit weird) "person"?

more than 2 years ago
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Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

SultanCemil Fascinating! (234 comments)

I, for one, think this is absolutely fascinating! The thought that, as recently as 10k years ago, there were other species of human is amazing - that's not far off of written history!

I wonder if we could think about cloning these people - is the DNA "fresh" enough?

more than 2 years ago
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Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

SultanCemil Typical (217 comments)

Some cynical people might even suspect a plot here - our right wing party would love to bury the NBN and have been claiming that it'll be more expensive than ADSL services - perhaps Telstra wants to give them more ammunition, and muddy the waters at the same time?

about 2 years ago
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300k Organic Farmers To Sue Monsanto For Seed Patent Claims

SultanCemil Re:I hate to defend Monsanto somewhat, but (617 comments)

I'm not entirely sure how this is a "contradiciton". Would you disagree with the following statement:

Yes, I have no doubt that some innocent people are being caught up unfairly in the process. But I also can't blame New York for having these much-malinged "police".

As much fun as it is to bash Monsanto, if we want to change the patent regime, we must do it ourselves. Monsanto is only doing what is best for their shareholders - protecting their patents. I'm not saying that is good or bad, but not expecting them to do so is silly. Having said that, innocent farmers should obviously not fall prey to this.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Pull Location Data From Encrypted Google Maps Sessions

SultanCemil Very cool! (28 comments)

So perhaps I'm new to this game - but this is a pretty cool hack. Using the sizes of PNG files over an encrypted channel to locate someone is pretty nifty.

For those who know more: is SSL encryption predictable (size-wise)? If I have the same size payload, will it always generate the same size encrypted result?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

SultanCemil Re:Not a troll but.... (708 comments)

Your username implies a bias :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

SultanCemil Not a troll but.... (708 comments)

Honestly, wouldn't a MacBook of some description be the best choice? You "like the Unix/BSD aspect...", hardware working, good battery life, AppleCare-type support, etc. Why switch? Are you looking for cheaper hardware? Philosophical leaning towards Linux?

more than 3 years ago
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Chip Allows Blind People To See

SultanCemil Appropriate? (231 comments)

So is it wrong to goatse someone within a day of them being able to see for the first time, ever, in their whole life? They said they can see shapes after all.....

about 4 years ago
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Chip Allows Blind People To See

SultanCemil Appropriate? (231 comments)

So is it wrong to goatse someone within a day of them being able to see for the first time, ever, in their whole life? They said they can see shapes.....

about 4 years ago
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Chip Allows Blind People To See

SultanCemil Appropriate? (231 comments)

So is it wrong to goatse someone within a day of the operation?

about 4 years ago
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New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off

SultanCemil Re:Congratulations... (239 comments)

My kingdom for some mod points. This might be the funniest thing I see this week. Kudos, good sir, kudos.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Testing Breakthrough In Water Safety

SultanCemil Water Safety? (60 comments)

How does checking for iodine and silver check for water safety? Also - proofreading would be nice - "which are to used kill..."? My god what do we pay editors for?

more than 5 years ago
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Radiation-Resistant Plants Could Be Used In Space

SultanCemil Re:Public Perceptions (132 comments)

Yeah it does seem a little strange that people worry so much about dirty bombs. Surely the toxins in the environment (or hell, diet coke) do more damage to more people....

more than 5 years ago
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Radiation-Resistant Plants Could Be Used In Space

SultanCemil Life goes on? (132 comments)

Realistically, how was this not blindingly obvious?
If you put a bunch of life forms into a high stress environment, evolution is going to happen quickly. Clearly, the gene for radiation resistance is going to quickly become prevalent in a population exposed to large amounts of radiation....

Somewhere, Darwin smiles quietly.

more than 5 years ago
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Oracle Won't Abandon SPARC, Says Ellison

SultanCemil Of course (280 comments)

Well, of course he's going to say that - he's not just going to say "well, we're planning on axing 20,000 jobs and kissing bye-bye to the SPARC line". He has to at least maintain the *illusion* that they're going to keep producing SPARC chips.

I love the line about "even Apple" is designing its own chips. One could say "even Sun" sells Intel.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Large Dinosaurs Survived the K-T Extinction

SultanCemil Cavemen? (269 comments)

So does that mean skimpily clad cavewomen really *did* ride around on dinosaurs? mmmm...

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Shifts iTunes Pricing; $0.69 Tracks MIA

SultanCemil Re:Surprise? (429 comments)

I'm not sure that your example matches how people buy songs though.

If you go to the bakery and buy, for example, whole grain bread - you can go somewhere else and buy very similar whole grain bread for the same price (or cheaper) for almost the same product (minor differences in quality/taste).

For songs, if you want Song X by Artist Y, no other label sells a product that is the same. No amount of fudging makes them the same. As a result, there really is no competition. Everyone I know (biased sample, etc etc) seems to say "I want song X, let me go buy it" rather than "I want to buy some music, hmmmm, what shall I buy". YMMV.

As a result, I would argue that older songs will probably be even more expensive. If you actually go looking for some song from some obscure 60s band, odds are you really want that song from that band, and are probably less price sensitive as a result.

Thoughts?

more than 5 years ago

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SultanCemil SultanCemil writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SultanCemil (722533) writes "I am out and about a lot on computers that I don't personally own. I often have to log on to various websites, download attachments, etc. Usually, these computers run stock Windows installations — including using only IE, WMP, etc. I'd love to have a one-click way to clear all of the private data off of these computers when I walk away. All temporary files, recently accessed documents, history, everything. I know this is also a problem for many non-techie friends of mine. My question is simple: Is there a tool to clear all private data from a windows profile (basically everything except "My Documents")? Any suggestions?"

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