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Apple Releases Basic iPod Touch, Possibly Foreshadowing iPhone Strategy

crossword.bob Re:Mod parent up, Mod GP down. (228 comments)

Facts matter; posts about "fanboys" don't.

about a year ago
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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

crossword.bob Re:Wait, what?? (91 comments)

Wow, yeah—first-of-its-kind tech project running behind schedule. Hold the front pages.

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

crossword.bob Re:Wait, what?? (91 comments)

OSS was never a primary goal of the Raspberry Pi. Education is. They're quite happy for people to be doing what they like with the device (including commercial applications), so long as the Foundation can keep turning their sales into more devices for schools.

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

crossword.bob Re:Wait, what?? (91 comments)

"As if it's something to be proud of"? As if it's something to be ashamed of?

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Embraces Oil Immersion Cooling For Servers

crossword.bob Meh (230 comments)

Been immersing chips in oil for years. Part of the reason I'm the shape I am.

about 2 years ago
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UK Judge: Galaxy Tab "Not Cool" Enough To Infringe iPad

crossword.bob Re:Is the judge a member of Anon? (325 comments)

I buy products based on price and usability, not 'cool'.

So do I. Which is why I bought an iPad. What makes you think they're incompatible with "cool"?

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Shows Off Junior, a Simple Browser Built for iPad

crossword.bob Re:Video (137 comments)

Works fine on mine...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

crossword.bob Re:But she still can... (573 comments)

Apple is better than Android in terms of backwards compatibility.

Really? In the update from Android Honeycomb to ICS, I had a grand total of one app that had a problem. Every minor version update for iOS has killed at least two or three things for me, some of which are never actually fixed by their vendors.

...and your sample size of one user proves what, exactly?

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing

crossword.bob Re:Worrying state of affairs (374 comments)

And then the taxing part is plain and simply dumb. You can't control corporations, but that the government actively deters local production? That's like shooting yourself in the foot and wondering why it hurts.

It's likely a throwback to a (failed) attempt to bolster UK component manufacture that's now backfiring on us.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

crossword.bob Re:Already called out by co-author as hiding resul (776 comments)

Or to put it another way: "Whenever someone says anything I instinctively agree with, the only possible reason for anyone else to disagree with them is because they're corrupt."

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

crossword.bob Re:Well what about this ? (622 comments)

I'm not seeing "one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device."

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Vs. Apple Tit-For-Tat Down Under

crossword.bob Re:Not (primarily) about round-rects (313 comments)

What a lot of people are missing (wilfully in many cases, I suspect) is that Apple aren't claiming any single element of their design, but the amalgamation of most or all aspects of it. They do not claim to own a shape, and there are any number of practical tablet designs incorporating rounded rectangles that Apple would make no claim to.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

crossword.bob Re:Yes. (737 comments)

For the love of all that is sensible, you are maddeningly stupid.

No, you're just massively missing the point. That's your problem, not mine. As is your insistence on acting like a twat while you do it. The point is that science routinely produces non-intuitive results. Historically, innumerable dead-ends have been hit by those tripping over incorrect assumptions based on intuition. And no, science does not advance common sense. It advances learning. Common sense—i.e. that which is common to all—is independent of learning. It is what is all too often cited by those who are ignorant of the salient facts when trying to advance their agendas and beliefs, and what I am saying is that we'd be better off ignoring common sense in favour of actual facts.

That said, some comments on the rest of your response:

An apple will, in fact, fall faster than a leaf from the height of a tree (which is a pretty fucking short distance). See previous.

Sigh. But not because (and solely because) it's heavier. A grain of sand will likely fall faster than a leaf. A cannonball will likely fall at more-or-less the same rate as a pebble. Yet these facts were overlooked for centuries because common sense told us heavier == faster.

And on and on... there is a difference between common sense and religious asshattery. Stop ascribing the results of the latter to the former.

Sorry, but you've got it bass-ackwards. Where did the asshattery come from? Common sense explained the world as it saw it, in terms of gods and monsters, and it took a series of extraordinary people to reveal the less intuitive but more correct truth, with common sense advocates fighting them at every turn.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

crossword.bob Re:Yes. (737 comments)

Wow - you really had to stretch to prove me wrong. And yet you failed nonetheless.

Common sense is what told people the world is flat

Uhm no, what told people the world was flat was a limited perceptive distance beyond which "nobody had ever gone." The Greeks had posited the idea of a round earth as early as the 6th century BC, worked out through observations of polar star movement and altitude differences.

So what; mankind's been around longer than 6th Century BC. And ideas worked out through observations of polar star movement and altitude differences can hardly be called "common sense".

heavy objects fall faster than light objects

Actually, in the resistance of air, "light" objects of sufficient area have a much lower terminal velocity than heavier objects. Thus they do, in fact, fall faster. The idea that gravity is acting on them differently is incorrect, but that's all.

Yes, I know that, I am not a moron. Nonetheless, until the experiments had been done, the notion that over short distances heavier objects would fall faster than light ones was widespread.

time is absolute and particles either go one way or another

For purposes of daily use, treating them as such simplifies the math while remaining useful. In detailed physics, no, but don't underestimate the idea of the useful approximation.

Again, so what? We now know (at least most of us do) that these are useful approximations. But when discovered, they ran counter to what was considered common sense. And to this day, do you really believe that the majority of humans on this planet are aware that they are merely useful approximations? I'll skip a few now...

Common sense tells ME that if it is valid, it can be scientifically tested

No, uncommon sense tells you that.

Common sense tells me also that people like you - who ascribe to "common sense" things that are demonstrably not - are buffoons.

Sorry, but you have not demonstrated that any of the above are not the product of "common sense". You've demonstrated that they are known to be wrong by people who have sufficient learning, but such people are applying that learning, not common sense.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

crossword.bob Re:Yes. (737 comments)

The last thing we need is more common sense; common sense is usually wrong. Common sense is what told people the world is flat, heavy objects fall faster than light objects, time is absolute and particles either go one way or another.

Common sense is what people use to demonstrate that fish can't turn into monkeys, or that you can't evolve an eye. It tells you that if loads of people get better when using homeopathic "remedies", there must be something in it. Common sense is appealed to by those who can't produce any controlled trial basis for their suggested "improvements" to healthcare/whatever but want them implemented anyway, regardless of cost.

Common sense and science are not good friends. And if you still don't believe me, go Google for "agw common sense" and see where it gets you.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

crossword.bob Re:Doesn't make sense (325 comments)

I'm no lawyer, and my understanding of the details of the case come from a Google-powered translation of the filing from German to Legalese, and a layman translation from Legalese to English, but much play was made of the fact that 6 particular design elements were shared by every generation of iPod touch, iPhone and iPad (together with an unusually thin design (compared with pre-existing tablets)), and that these devices have become successful enough to make this particular design well-established (unlike pictures of the crunchpad prototype and other flopped devices). I suspect (but can't claim to know for sure) that Apple's mind-share elevates their claim to a distinctive brand design, legally speaking.

At the end of the day, I'm nowhere near qualified to say who should win here, but the claims that, were Apple to win, they'd hold a monopoly over every reasonable tablet design is pure FUD. There are plenty perfectly good tablet designs left for others to lay claim to.

Regarding the picture frame, I've not seen one up close, but unless it displays a grid of coloured icons when powered up, it doesn't fit the 6 design elements claimed.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

crossword.bob Re:Doesn't make sense (325 comments)

Imagine if they win: They'll have a legally enforced monopoly on tablets!

Not so. They'll have a legally enforced monopoly on a very particular design of tablets.

Like the judge said: “There are a lot of alternative ways to design a tablet device, as the market amply shows.” Doesn't sound like he has any interest in stopping others from making tablets.

more than 2 years ago
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Android On HP TouchPad

crossword.bob Re:"No ecosystem" (280 comments)

[...] I just cannot see what a 'pad can do that a notebook cannot do better.

Ever tried using your notebook in "portrait" mode?

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Tablet Ban Lifted For Most of EU

crossword.bob No contest (137 comments)

Samsung could win this case easily. All they need to do is prove that the iPad's touchscreen works.

about 3 years ago

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Memo reveals Bletchley Park decisive in D-Day push

crossword.bob crossword.bob writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crossword.bob (918209) writes "A deciphered Nazi memo has come to light revealing that the Allies knew with some certainty that Nazi intelligence had been successfully duped into believing false information about the D-Day landings. Having the deciphered message apparently allowed the Allies to push forward with confidence that the enemy would be deployed elsewhere."
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