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Why Apple and Samsung Still Get Along, Behind the Courtroom Battles

devleopard Re:It's because Steve is gone (125 comments)

Samsung's stock took a 6% hit, or $10B in market cap lost, when it was RUMORED they were losing Apple chip contract last year:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/16/us-samsung-chips-idUSBRE84F0BT20120516

Perhaps Samsung doesn't *need* Apple, but they are a major customer and a major source of revenue. Kinda like saying WalMart doesn't *need* to have stores in Texas or California.

about a year ago
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Woz Says iPhone Features Are 'Behind'

devleopard Third-party apps are the kicker for me (587 comments)

I own both a Galaxy SIII and an iPhone 5 (iPhone since iPhone 3 - 2nd Android, HTC Incredible about a month, and SIII is for testing - but I've tested idea of making it my primary phone and relegating iPhone to testing)

I agree that iPhone OS and hardware are inferior to the SIII. Tethering is unstable on the iPhone compared to the SIII. Thing is, I have a few pieces of software that I paid for and are really critical to how I work and live. There are some Android "substitutes", but I've yet to find good solutions. I'd pay $10 or $20 or more if I can find apps that worked, or better still, to buy a ported version.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?

devleopard Re:This article is bullshit! (404 comments)

Pretty sure that's a personal decision by a person and their health, not "Apple". That's like saying that Linus is rude, therefore Linux is a rude operating system.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?

devleopard 404 (404 comments)

Article not's there anymore. Not surre how long it's been gone, but it's cute to see how many comments there are in spite of this.

about a year and a half ago
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The Strange Math of Apple's Alleged Massive iPhone 5 Order Cuts

devleopard Re:so? apple is still selling less product (298 comments)

I'd love to experience the genius of Google's latest Nexus phone, if only they had enough sense to manage their stock and have one for me to buy.

about a year and a half ago
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Former Leader of Film Piracy Group Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

devleopard Re:Outrageous (183 comments)

Prison time for conspiracy, not infringement.

about a year and a half ago
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Former Leader of Film Piracy Group Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

devleopard Re:Overkill much? (183 comments)

Most rapists are convicted at the state level, not the federal level, where this conviction occurred.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Cuts Workforce By 5%, Looks To Probe GM Hires

devleopard Re:So.... (304 comments)

This is all a bit surprising. Texas is a right to work state. (I'm a lifelong Texan, and never seen anything remotely resembling what you described)

Large travel company: Only one I can think of is Travelocity/Sabre in Ft. Worth.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

devleopard Re:Cost of Apps (432 comments)

Should be true of cars and clothes, no?

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

devleopard Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (432 comments)

You clearly misunderstand GPL. It makes no requirement as to charging or not, only source distribution.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell Gives Android the Boot, Boots Up More Windows 8

devleopard Re:Dell is an idiot (408 comments)

I think the Android market share issue is overblown. Most of those devices aren't the quality of product that any American company would sell: they're low end Chinese 2.3 phones. More important, is Dell doesn't have a lot of credibility in the Android space. The fact that Android is popular doesn't mean anything for Dell's bottom line if they can't move the devices. Dell, Samsung, HTC, etc aren't in existence to fight the good fight and help Android rule the world. Their purpose is to profit for their shareholders. I think Dell realizes it's best to be a big fish in a small pond than an underfed fish in an ocean filled with whales like Samsung. And even though the Windows pond is small for mobile, Dell is a big fish in the other Windows pond, and they've had tons of success shipping those devices, for a long freaking time.

about 2 years ago
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Dell Gives Android the Boot, Boots Up More Windows 8

devleopard Android not a good fit for Dell (408 comments)

Keep in mind that Dell is one of the few "mainstream" PC manufacturers that will sell you a top-line laptop with a Linux distro preinstalled and supported:
http://www.dell.com/us/soho/p/xps-13-linux/pd.aspx

So why stop selling Android devices (most popular mobile OS) and move to a platform that many don't think will go anywhere? Dell isn't known for Android; they're a trusted name in Windows machines. I've never seen a Dell Android phone or tablet in the wild. There's a good reason for that. Personally I think their Windows 8 devices will flop too, but they'll probably sell more of them than they do Android devices.

about 2 years ago
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Darling: Run Apple OS X Binaries On Linux

devleopard Re:Android Store just more useful (255 comments)

I own both an S3 and an iPhone 5. I'm having a difficult time finding apps for the S3 that match what the apps I've grown to depend on in iOS. It's easy to quote statistics, but they don't tell me anything. I don't care if there's 700,000 apps if I can't find a good 100% replacement for an app like OmniFocus or Downcast. I've found a crapton of the same types of app on Android: a quick search on Google Play for "flashlight" returned 10,000 results (probably not all 10,000 are the same type of app, but search the first few dozen results so far shows me they are all apps that do the same thing) (To be fair, App Store returned a bunch as well: about 1200, 1/8 of the number as on Android)

about 2 years ago
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iPhone Finally Coming To T-Mobile In 2013

devleopard Re:Should I get an iPhone rather than Android (154 comments)

I actually own both an iPhone 5 and an S3. I've had 4 iPhones, and purchased the S3 b/c I wanted a test phone for mobile development. My plan: I'll make whatever seems the better phone my primary line.

My opinion: the S3 seems to be a superior phone. However, there are some really top notch apps on iOS, and I'm finding poor substitutes so far on Google Play (both free and paid). (TweetBot, Things, Downcast, and OmniFocus come to mind) Some of the "same" apps available on both are very poor on Android. Some of my favorite games aren't on Android (PopCap titles). Even where I've found identical apps, often there's no "Pro" version on Android that I can (re)purchase to get rid of ads.

Bottom line: the S3 is s superior device, and I love Android's features, but it's all about the apps. I'm really cheering for the S3, but I think it'll be at least a year before the ecosystem catches up. :-(

about 2 years ago
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Humans Evolving Faster Than Ever

devleopard Re:This this not evolution (253 comments)

Software engineering does not introduce random mutations into the Software

You obviously haven't worked with some of the developers I've worked with

about 2 years ago
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Stratfor Hacker Could Be Sentenced to Life, Says Judge

devleopard Re:Nullified (388 comments)

See you've been modded up to 5 while remaining an Anonymous COWARD. Hey mods, "Insightful" doesn't mean the same as, "I agree with you! Right on!" (which there is no mod status for)

The arrested who can't bond out (either too expensive or no bond available) commonly site in jail for several months - 8 months isn't unheard of. Add to the fact that most attorneys will advise a waiver of speedy trial in order to prepare their client's case. (Who is in better shape in a speedy trial: a single attorney with a single assistance or the DA's office, with dozens of assistant DAs and paralegals?)

about 2 years ago
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Stratfor Hacker Could Be Sentenced to Life, Says Judge

devleopard Re:Nullified (388 comments)

Does an illegitimate government have to keep writing checks?

There's several million welfare recipients who consider that government very legitimate. About 2 million inmates are also locked up by the states that rely on federal funds. Start taking away the poor's carrots and start releasing murderers and rapists, and I'm pretty sure that the rights of a computer cracker will be the least of your worries.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

devleopard Re:I don't get it. (391 comments)

While there could be the same internals with new sandboxing, the lack of backwards compatibility for old apps along with new development models suggests to me a LOT of rewrite.

about 2 years ago

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Apple Tops Google for No. 1 Image in Poll

devleopard devleopard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

devleopard (317515) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL), burnished by the iPhone’s success and memorials to Steve Jobs, displaced Google Inc. (GOOG) as top company in Harris Interactive (HPOL)’s poll of corporate images. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) and Johnson & Johnson dropped.
Apple earned the highest score in the 13-year history of Harris’ survey of U.S. consumers, buoyed by the Cupertino, California-based company’s financial success and products like last year’s iPhone 4S ..."

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ITC bans U.S. import of multiple HTC devices in Ap

devleopard devleopard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

devleopard (317515) writes "A judge with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled Monday that HTC is guilty of infringing Apple’s patents in several devices. The ITC also ordered a ban on the import of several of HTC’s smartphones although it is unclear which models are affected. The ban will take effect on April 19th."
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Google News slanting via story picking?

devleopard devleopard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

devleopard (317515) writes "Was out and about, and heard about the final escape/release of Capt. Richard Phillips, held hostage by Somalian pirates. My cohort in the car couldn't find more than a summary on his iPhone, so I thought I'd hit up Google News on my Blackberry. Lo and behold: nothing. Get home, look in a full-blown browser: still nothing. On 3 of the biggest news networks (CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC) this story is all over their coverage and above the fold on their home pages. Google News, supposedly a mere aggregator, has no coverage on their home page (Top Stories), instead covering the new dog in the White House. On the US page, 5 of the first ten articles mention various details about the President (more dog news and where his family attended church this morning), but no mention of the Somalian pirates. Click on World, and if you scroll, finally a related headline: "Somali Piracy — An Overstated Threat?" If you click on Most Popular, you *finally* get a link to the rescue/escape. What kind of spin is Google putting on? Does Google really aggregate news, or is there any kind of an ideology that determines what is displayed or not?"

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