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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

SuperKendall It's too big but I bought one (247 comments)

I ordered the Six Monolith, even though I am quite sure it's too large.

I write iOS applications for a living, and I need it for testing, so I will suffer the thing to have the newer form factor to test on.

The one aspect where I'm thinking I'll like the size more and not less is for photography. For a long time I've been wishing they would put larger cameras into the iPad, now they have...

7 hours ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

SuperKendall After the switch: It's faster but sucks (247 comments)

After switching to x86: x86 is awesome!

My feeling at the time was that it was nice to have it be faster, but I still didn't like the mess underneath that was x86 instruction sets... but since I didn't have to deal with it that was OK.

7 hours ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

SuperKendall Re:Sales figures are news now? (202 comments)

"There are more Android devices to choose from."

But there are also other iPhones to choose from. Apple still sells the 5s and 5c...

There are a lot of Android smartphones but not actually that many if you look at the models that sell in large numbers. Basically, there is Samsung.

yesterday
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

SuperKendall Extremes not as extreme (196 comments)

but the extremes get a lot more extreme

The opposite is true, we've had fewer very large storms, less destructive weather of all kinds across the globe.

Gaia is pissed off you are trying to make her dance like a monkey for your own agenda and is sitting ion her hands.

yesterday
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

SuperKendall Opposite Goals (196 comments)

Here's the thing. Whether it's happening... whether it's human caused or not... LET'S STOP POLLUTION FOR IT'S OWN SAKE.

I totally agree.

But all of the Alarmists don't care at all about pollution, they only care about CO2 - which is not pollution, and stopping that does pretty much nothing in terms of stopping real pollution.

When you all get back to caring about the environment and not making people at alternative energy companies (or carbon exchanges) rich please get back to us so we can start trying to protect the environment again.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

SuperKendall You go to the lectures? What an idiot. (178 comments)

They're mostly a waste of time anyway everyone just strokes their own egos and you spend 2 days digesting information in an archaic inefficient way

You're doing it wrong.

The reason to go to the conferences is NOT the lectures (which these days are all on videos anyway) but to spend AS MUCH time as possible talking to either the people working for the company who produces the technology the conference is about, or people working heavily with said technology. You learn a LOT more that way and make great contacts that are really useful in solving problems or finding new jobs.

Going to conferences is also something to mention on a resume in general, it shows a lot more dedication than most people to keeping technically sharp.

yesterday
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

SuperKendall Easier attack angle - kites or pilots (137 comments)

"Send in the drones!" Why not fight drones with drones?

I feel like a way better attack vector would be a computer controlled kite. Between a string reaching all the way to the ground almost invisible to see, and a bunch of long streaming tails from the kite to foul rotors - you could do pretty well, if you can find the drone.

I would think though it would be more effective to hire goons to hang around anywhere open and with a line of sight to the area over the filming. Kind of a different take on the XKCD $5 wrench encryption cracking strategy.

3 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

SuperKendall Not Coincidence, it's the point (232 comments)

Apple double-pinky swearing that they'll never, unh-uh, not ever unlock your iPhone

That's not what they said - they said the've altered it so they CANNOT unlock your iPhone, even if they want to.

Given how the technology works, that is a quite reasonable assertion. iOS devices have had full device encryption for some time, without that key you have nothing.

All this "canary" bullshit begs the question why, if Apple really cared one little bit about their customers, don't they just come out and say what they have to say.

That just shows a misunderstanding of what companies are legally ALLOWED to say. Once you get the order you CANNOT talk about it, thus the device of the canary.

5 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

SuperKendall The Other Stupid (232 comments)

They really think you're stupid.

No, the rest of us that understand encryption think you are.

5 days ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

SuperKendall All that matters on the phone too (97 comments)

Photography on a cell phone does not equate to photography with a digital camera -- knowing what f-stop is, or shutter speed, or focal length, or a LOT of the other of the fine-grain minutiae

1) the technical aspects are not really photography - they are details of a tool. They are not composition nor lighting nor mood nor concept.

2) The iPhone with iOS8, and version of Android for a while I think let you control all of those aspects in advanced camera apps (well focal length you had to add adaptor lenses, but lots of people do use those).

about a week ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

SuperKendall Whoosh (97 comments)

Flickr already missed the boat on being the social media image sharping app of choice.

They are not the social media sharing app of choice.

They ARE the primary choice for sharing images from people who are photographers, and also happen to primarily use smartphones. Yes, even over sites like 500px... Flickr has far more volume.

about a week ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

SuperKendall Is it COBOL or the people? (270 comments)

One of the things I think when I look at something like that is, the $10k difference is illustrating how much more people make that care enough about computer science/programming to take the time to explore many languages - not so much that they are all getting COBOL jobs, they are just more competent.

about a week ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

SuperKendall Was modded up for truth (425 comments)

The six has a flat back, Mr. Always Corrected.

about a week ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

SuperKendall The type-casting is good (182 comments)

Type-casting -oh my lord type casting- is so astoundingly bad in Swift

What don't you like about it?

I like it because it precludes a lot of stuff from going wrong unless you are very explicit in telling swift how you would like to be shot in the foot.

about a week ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

SuperKendall Article shows fundamental lack of understanding (182 comments)

Whoever wrote that article doesn't understand Swift well, or Apple for that matter:

Swift is designed to support a world built bottom up in Objective-C. It's meant to play well with the bazillion lines of existing Objective-C, not supplant it.

This is totally wrong. Apple could not be more clear that Swift is built to supplant Objective-C. It will take a while to re-write the frameworks but they are encouraging everyone now to write new stuff in Swift, and as rapidly as possible making the bridge over to the Objective-C frameworks as Swift friendly as possible.

I think Apple will not open Swift at the moment because they want to have a small core group directing where the language goes, at least at first... and then it will open up more from there. But that also supports the notion that swift is not an auxiliary language, but the primary path going forward.

about a week ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

SuperKendall How does Net Neutrality as proposed solve that? (131 comments)

If I, as a third party, want to offer telephone services that use broadband internet (VoIP), Comcast will be able to make my access to their consumers so crap

Well it's a shame then the FCC rules under discussion would have nothing whatsoever to do with that,.

Gosh, I wonder what you are getting if it's not at all what you thought. I wonder what you are getting from an agency intertwined with the cable companies, when you ask them to provide regulation from same companies... Perhaps utterly the opposite of what you wanted?

about a week ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

SuperKendall What lots of people see (106 comments)

When people read the summary of this story, I'm sure a lot will be like "blah blah blah blah MAGNETS GOOD FOR HEALTH AND CURE EBOLA blah blah blah.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

SuperKendall That's how they did do it (609 comments)

This problem could have been easily avoided. Send iTunes users an announcement that they can go to the store and get the U2 album for free, if they want to.

That's how it worked for everyone that didn't enable auto-downloads of purchases (which is not enabled by default).

I *wanted* the album, and it took me two days to figure out how to get it. It did not appear for me anywhere automatically...

I can't believe people get worked up over being given music for free. Hey guess what, all sorts of free crappy music is in whatever music streaming service you favor also. Why not complain about that?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

SuperKendall Yes, Voyager (268 comments)

They're both still vulnerable to supernovae. You should have at least one backup in another galaxy.

Fun fact, the real reason for the Voyager mission was someone wanted a permanent backup of William Shatner singing "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds". You didn't ever see the back of that record they included with Voyager, did you... now you know why.

about a week ago

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