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Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola

hahn Re:But Apple is still DOOOOMED (208 comments)

"Samsung doing better than Apple..."

What exactly does this mean? Profits? Samsung beat Apple in *one quarter* (barely) when the S4 just came out and the iPhone 5 was more than 6 months old. In any 4 quarters, Apple still beats Samsung in smartphone profits and the gap will likely widen this quarter.

And keep in mind that Samsung has churned out dozens of phone models (including cheap models that help them shore up profits by sheer volume) and released them in many more markets than Apple. It's like bragging that you beat Usain Bolt in a 100 meter dash while he had two broken ankles. Does that really prove how fast you run? It certainly doesn't mean you're slow, but are you really faster than Usain Bolt?

Hyundai and Kia make more cars than BMW. They're also "catching up" in profits: . And yet, how many people draw comparisons between the two companies saying that Hyundai is "doing better" than BMW? By making the comparison, you are implying that the success of one company is going to hurt the success of the other.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

hahn Re:Netflix (215 comments)

>Whoever pays $22.99 for half a season, or any other TV show, when it is available on Netflix is beyond me. Don't get me started on bluray box sets.

Presumably, he purchased it last year and thought it was good for the *entire* season. Then probably became upset at the start of the second half of the season when he discovered that he had to pay another $22.99. The most recent episodes of BB aren't on Netflix until several months later.

I paid for both half seasons because BB is one show I don't want to wait to watch. Unlike the whiny guy who sued Apple though, I did a little math and realized that $22.99 was only getting me 8 episodes.

about 10 months ago
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Japanese Gov't Accidentally Shares Internal Email Over Google Groups

hahn It's okay... (25 comments)

The only person who cares is the person who accidentally posted it.

1 year,17 days
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China Says Serious Polluters Will Get the Death Penalty

hahn Re:Thou hast angered thy King (260 comments)

And how would you assess this? Saudi Arabia has the death penalty for drugs. They have a VERY low rate of drug trafficking.

about a year ago
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Samsung Launches 3200x1800 Pixel ATIV Book 9 Plus Laptop

hahn Price? (397 comments)

When they announce a price of $1299, we can start comparing this to the Macbook Air, okay?

about a year ago
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Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple

hahn Re:Vaporware... (315 comments)

You're missing the point. Even if you don't use Airplay, iOS devices have a lot of games on there already that are "good enough" for the vast majority of people. They fill a gaming need that no longer requires a console. And it's vastly easier and simpler to pick up an iOS device and simply tap an app to start playing. Plus, you can game almost *anywhere*. There's only a certain number of hours you can play video games. So if you get your fill playing a game on a bus or a train, you're a lot less likely to want to play even more games once you get home.

about a year ago
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Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple

hahn Re:Vaporware... (315 comments)

It doesn't need to be as powerful as a console level graphics. This same argument was applied to how iPhone cameras couldn't compete with full frame sensor DSLR's. It didn't need to: http://www.flickr.com/cameras Hardcore gamers make the mistake in assuming that everyone who buys a console has the same requirement for graphics power as they do. It's quite the contrary. I know at least 7 friends as well as myself who have PS3's that sit there and collect dust. We originally bought it for FIFA 2010. Then we started to use it a lot more for Netflix when that became available. And now that all the TV's have Netflix built in (and 4 of us have Apple TV's), the PS3 never gets touched. We were all just talking about this a couple of weeks ago - none of us have plans to get any of the new consoles. They're simply not worth it for us. And I somehow doubt our situation is unique, or even rare.

about a year ago
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Graphene-Based Image Sensor To Enhance Low-Light Photography

hahn Graphene again?? (103 comments)

Next thing you know, there's going to be announcement that the kitchen sink is going to be made out of graphene.

about a year ago
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QuakeFinder: Is It Possible To Reliably Predict Earthquakes?

hahn Unwise ideas... (59 comments)

The Italian government is convinced you can.

I wouldn't ever claim to be able to accurately predict earthquakes even if I knew I could. To do so is to also claim responsibility.

about a year ago
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Virgin Launches Glass-Bottomed Plane

hahn Re:Comment prediction (91 comments)

Okay, so you don't find it funny. But why does it make you angry? Jeez people, relax. If April Fool's jokes give you this much stress, perhaps you should take a day off from the Internet?

about a year ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

hahn Re:Who else? (144 comments)

Straight from the USPTO letter:

...The term “IPAD” is descriptive when applied to applicant’s goods because the prefix “I” denotes“internet.” According to the attached evidence, the letter “i” or “I” used as a prefix and would beunderstood by the purchasing public to refer to the Internet when used in relation to Internet-relatedproducts or services. Applicant’s goods are identified as “capable of providing access to the Internet”. When a mark consists of this prefix coupled with a descriptive word or term for Internet-related goodsand/or services, then the entire mark may be considered merely descriptive...

...The term “PAD” is also descriptive of the applied for goods. The term “pad” refers to a “pad computer”or “internet pad device”, terms used synonymously to refer to tablet computers, or “a complete computercontained in a touch screen.” Please see the attached dictionary definition. In addition, the attachedexcerpts from third party websites show descriptive use of the term “pad” in connection with tabletcomputers. This marketplace evidence shows that the term “pad” would be perceived by consumers asdescriptive of “pad computers” with internet and interactive capability. Applicant’s goods are identifiedas “a handheld digital mobile electronic device comprising tablet computer”...

and the kicker...

...In this case, both the individual components and the composite result are descriptive of applicant’s goods and do not create a unique, incongruous, or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing internet access. Therefore, the mark is merely descriptive of a feature or characteristic of the goods and registration is refused under Section 2(e)(1) of the Trademark Act.

The rationale specifically points out that "i" and "Pad" (not just "Mini") are descriptive and NOT unique. At best, it's a poorly worded ruling. At worst, the USPTO didn't bother to check the previous valid trademarking of "iPad".

about a year ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

hahn Re:Who else? (144 comments)

Read the USPTO letter. It breaks down the name and claims that each part of the name is merely descriptive - "i" stands for internet, "pad" describes a class of pad computers, and "mini" describes a size that is smaller than the typical size in this class of computers.

So while Samsung might not be able to name a product "iPad", they *CAN* name a product "iPad Mini".

Yes, our legal system is run by idiots.

about a year ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

hahn Who else? (144 comments)

Who else is actually going to name their product iPad Mini hoping that it will confuse buyers looking for Apple's iPad Mini? Oh, I see you there Samsung...

about a year ago
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HBO Says Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"

hahn One step too far (447 comments)

I would pay to watch the show. I would pay for an HBO subscription to watch the show. I WON'T pay for a cable subscription just to get an HBO subscription just to watch the show.

about a year ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

hahn Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

Except then you can only access your password protected websites from one device.

about a year and a half ago
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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

hahn Re:Bhumibol Adulyadej must be a giant (325 comments)

And if you and everyone else do the same, some Thai factories may get shutdown and workers may be fired. How does this affect the king?

When you get mad at your boss, do you go home and kick your dog?

about a year and a half ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

hahn Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

You have to cite the Akihabara incident as proof that you can kill people with a knife? Holy fuck you are a massive moron.

about a year and a half ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

hahn Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

Perhaps you should consider the Akihabara massacre.

To quote Penn and Teller, "You can stop insane people from doing insane things with insane laws. It's insane!"

No one is saying you can't kill people without guns. It's just harder to do so. Even in the Akhihabara incident, if he had a gun, you really don't believe there would be more than just the 7 dead?

Yes, actually, someone said exactly that, making your statement a straw man. I refuted the claim that no one had died in a mass murder without a gun. But if we are going to imagine things, then imagine what could have happened had there been one trained individual there with a gun - perhaps the body count would have been one (the attacker) rather than seven? We can engage in what-if scenarios all day long - the point is getting rid of guns doesn't stop mass murder (the school was a "gun free zone", as was Virginia Tech), but identifying and helping crazy people will.

Nope. Re-read it. Perhaps you didn't read about the concurrent knife attack on schoolchildren in China. He was saying that no one died in that particular example of a knife attack. The reasonable "imagined" alternative scenario is if that attacker had a gun. The reasonable supposition would be that there would have been a greater likelihood of fatalities, and a larger number of them. It was most certainly not a generalization about it being impossible to kill people without a gun. You're the one making a straw man based on an incorrect reading of the post you replied to.

about a year and a half ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

hahn Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

Perhaps you should consider the Akihabara massacre.

To quote Penn and Teller, "You can stop insane people from doing insane things with insane laws. It's insane!"

No one is saying you can't kill people without guns. It's just harder to do so. Even in the Akhihabara incident, if he had a gun, you really don't believe there would be more than just the 7 dead?

about a year and a half ago

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