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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

aiken_d Re:Ugh, still using a post in the socket? (208 comments)

Damned if you obviously copy Apple, damned if you intentionally go with the inferior solution that Apple rejected.

about 7 months ago

Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

aiken_d Re:Write limits (183 comments)

[citation needed]

about 10 months ago

Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

aiken_d Re:Yet Another Reason (129 comments)

Also, don't go to retail stores because they can tell a lot about you by the way you dress and talk.

about 10 months ago

Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

aiken_d Re:Why all of a sudden? (261 comments)

It's part of the chess match. Samsung creates pretty much identical,perhaps even better UI based on iOS. Apple looks at what will be hard to copy and determines that deep GPU integration in the core OS just isn't going to work in the permutations of CPUs that Samsung has to support. Apple finds a way to use these features to marginally enhance the OS experience, but in a flashy way that can be sold in TV commercials and just looks cool when people are in a phone store.

Now you're Samsung: do you spend a ton of money/effort trying to clone these effects, or do you first see if you can convince people that they are actually a bad thing? I know what I'd do.

1 year,23 days

Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

aiken_d Re:Success (432 comments)

True that Apple goes for one big splash a year. But given that Samsung spends more advertising its mobile phones than Apple, Microsoft, HP, Dell, and Coca Cola *combined* spend advertising *all* of their products... and I'm not sure it's fair to say that hype drives Apple's sales more than other companies'.

1 year,28 days

Company Accidentally Fires Entire Staff Via Email

aiken_d Re:Wrong (333 comments)

Yes, I'm sure plenty of people will leave the company to protest the use of an email form letter.

more than 2 years ago

Florian Mueller Outs Himself As Oracle Employee

aiken_d Re:He's outing himself as a contractor, isn't he? (285 comments)

Also, the implication is that he *has been* an Oracle "employee", when in fact he *just became* a contractor. The story impugns his motives for stuff long before he became a contractor.

It is a pretty good example of how to take a few literally true facts, add a few distortions ("employee" versus "contractor"), and imply a false history... and end up with character assassination that's more or less sort of true, but wildly misleading. Submitter should go into politics.

more than 2 years ago

Why Tech Vendors Fund Patent Trolls

aiken_d Re:Financially backing? (58 comments)

The two are inseparable. Consider that you are Apple, or Google, or Microsoft, or really any big company. A patent troll comes to you and offers a chance to buy in to their patent pool -- you will gain a blanket license to their entire portfolio for only $500m, presented as an equity investment.

Your patent attorneys look through the pool and determine that, if they were to sue you on every patent they have a 50% chance of winning, the expected outcome is $750m. Even if you prevailed in every case, legal costs would be about $100m.

What do you do? Keep in mind that you're publicly traded and shareholders -- the board -- isn't going to look kindly on personal crusades that disregard best outcomes for your company.

more than 2 years ago

150 Gigapixel Sky Image Contains 1 Billion Stars

aiken_d Re:Oh my god (126 comments)

...and it's just inconvenient, not having a word for 10^9. "Six hundred fifty three thousand million" is incredibly awkward to parse. At least, for an American.

more than 2 years ago

Viewfinity CEO Says Many Computer Users Are Overprivileged (Video)

aiken_d Re:Cruising way past sad.... (95 comments)

Nothing wrong with a little brand destruction in the name of increasing short term revenue, especially if you're looking to make an exit.

But yeah, I've noticed my visits to slashdot have gone from twice-daily to daily to weekly over the past few months. I'm not even sure how much to ascribe to the slimy mix of content and advertising and how much reflects the general loss of quality and tendency to be days behind CNN rather than days ahead.

more than 2 years ago

This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China

aiken_d Re:Theater (326 comments)

Too bad Daisy hasn't hit on the "Obama suckered me into making those absurd comments; blame him, not me" response.

more than 2 years ago

iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

aiken_d In another reality... (537 comments)

Our reality: Apple doubles tablet resolution; Slashdot rolls eyes and talks about how unnecessary it is and how it confirms Apple is all about style over substance and is just a distraction from the evil / closed nature of the company and platform.

Somewhere, in an alternate reality: Samsung ships a 250DPI 10" tablet; Slashdot explodes in triumph with talks about how it's the most amazing breakthrough ever, will revolutionize tablet use, and confirms Android's role as an innovation leader and the general superiority of the completely open platform.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

aiken_d I know! (375 comments)

Let's save all of those poor asian wage slaves by boycotting products from asia. That'll help 'em!

more than 2 years ago

Apple-Approved Fair Labor Inspections Begin At Foxconn

aiken_d Re:corporate responsibility (334 comments)

You know that Foxconn makes products for Motorola, right? And that there is a proportional likelihood that any given Foxconn suicide was working on a Motrolla product?

Other Android "manufacturers" that use Foxconn for prodcut assembly and are therefore every bit as culpable as Apple, but never mentioned because it's against the narrative: Acer Inc.,, Asus, Barnes & Noble, Samsung, Sony Ericsson.

more than 2 years ago

What the iPad 3 Looks Like

aiken_d Re:Why does Apple/iPad get so much attention? (471 comments)

The world must be a really confusing place for you, if you actually believe that drivel. And it must be terrifying to see more and more "iSheep", these inferior beings who are sucked in by slick advertising and mindlessly buy crappy products.

On the bright side, with those remarkable powers of self-delusion and reality denial, plus a superiority complex, you may have a promising career in politics.

more than 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

aiken_d Re:Also with regards to Apple (386 comments)

Indeed. It's a shame that companies like Dell, HP, Asus, and HTC have to charge the same price for their "Made in the US" products that Apple charges for their Chinese-produced goods. /facepalm

more than 2 years ago

Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

aiken_d Re:Isn't that anti-science? (1055 comments)

Yes, and that's why high school physics classes should give equal credence to the idea that things fall to the ground because they want to.

That is a pretty remarkable job you've done of conflating incompleteness with incorrectness and what "no scientist should ever question" with what should be taught to kids in school as generally correct. I appreciate the insight into the reasoning.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Sues Samsung In Germany Again

aiken_d Re:Is it legal (172 comments)

Leaving aside the difference between lawsuits and prosecution, that would mean anyone who loses a lawsuit once would have impunity to do those same things over and over again in the future. Probably not a great basis for a legal system.

more than 2 years ago

Syrian Protesters Roll Out New iPhone Apps

aiken_d Re:Why IPhone (105 comments)

Dude, you're comparing manually install via APK to apps downloaded from Apple's App Store? Are you confused or dishonest?

Tell me again how the Carrier IQ problem is baseless? Ignore inconvenient facts much?

+1 for self-righteous, -2 for being wrong.

more than 2 years ago


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