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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

ifiwereasculptor Re:...The hell? (290 comments)

Well, /. is filled with news of smartphones - announcements, rumours and whatnot. New tech reviews also appear pretty heavily. And this isn't just a smartphone review. It's a piece about how little manufacturers, as a whole, value their customers for low end devices, taking advantage of their historically low expectations. Pretty much every manufacturer sells absolute crap on the low end. The only exceptions I can think of are Apple, since they simply don't deal on the low end spectrum, Motorola, who has been churning out genuinely good products like the E and G, and Microsoft/Nokia, on select devices such as the Lumia 520. This is followed by a brief economical commentary on the failure of the market to provide us with good products.

Given that tech and economy are the two most proeminent topics of conversation here (well, that and indiscriminate flaming), I don't see why it shouldn't be here, even if I didn't particularly like the piece.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ifiwereasculptor Re:BAD,Bad, Bad! (272 comments)

It depends. If you add about 30 mins of cycling to work and back every day, that adds 600 calories to your list, but then you could remove about 25.000 calories that would be used in driving a car. And, since you're talking calories per capita, if enough people did that and less cars were needed, you could subtract the savings from the whole auto industry, which include energy needed to power factories, extract raw materials, build factories and retailers, shipping... I can't really estimate, but it would be pretty significant if you consider it takes about 240.000 calories just for the welding of a single car in the assembly line (source: www.energystar.gov/ia/business/industry/LBNL-54036.pdf ). Now think along these lines about heating, too, and you'll see the enourmous savings we get by adding some manual effort.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

ifiwereasculptor Re:About 5 or 6... (272 comments)

I thought, in Microsoft's case, the CEO was the Chairman.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

ifiwereasculptor Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

On the subject of intrusive government applications, I wonder if it would make prisons more or less humane. No revolts, no issues with control, no angst. Just hook people off of the thing for about three hours a day for feeding and exercising. Can someone sleep while uncounscious like that? (it sounds like a dumb question)

about a month ago
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Google I/O 2014 Begins [updated]

ifiwereasculptor Re:metrics? (49 comments)

Probably facial recognition on every image that's uploaded to Google+ (which I believe is done by default on new Androids - I don't know beause I don't use Google+), just like Facebook does.

about a month ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

ifiwereasculptor Re:For a sense of scale (142 comments)

Kind of. Heat dissipation starts being a bigger problem, and thermally limit slock speed. Look at overclocking sandy bridge vs ivy bridge chips.

about a month and a half ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

ifiwereasculptor Re:Car analogy? (142 comments)

Could someone explain to me why further refinement of fabrication process is the only way to progress? With a car analogy?

Easy enough. Take a car X driven by a driver Y. One driver can drive one car, so X = Y. If you make the car 50% smaller, then you'll have 2X = Y. If each car has a top speed of V, then the same driver Y can achieve 2V by driving those two smaller cars at once.

about a month and a half ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

ifiwereasculptor Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

AFAIK, you can't see the source for Google apps like Play Store, Maps etc, tough. Maybe not even for the launcher. I don't know what's part of AOSP and what's a Google add-on, these days. My point being that, for reaping the benefits of being able to see the source code, you must be able to see it all. Unless you have root access and can manage permissions on a per-app basis directly via the base, open OS. That's not Android's case, though - at least not by default.

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

ifiwereasculptor Re:That's not true and you know it. (221 comments)

An anonymous posting on a blog is *not the same thing* as a musical piece that required a lot of talent and upfront costs to produce.

Now why would that be? You're probably inferring that the anonymous posting has no value or hasn't been worked on. But an anonymous posting can be as valuable as music. If you take Slashdot's own sort of news, that's pretty interesting. It amounts to a curated collection of news with commentary, and journalism can be argued to be more socially valuable than music in our current information society. Also, if we're talking about any kind of anonymous posting, yes, it can have value. Including literary value. If Pynchon decided to post Gravity's Rainbow online, would its value as art be diminished? I think I get what you're trying to say, but the way you chose to differentiate data is too arbitrary.

Plus, you seem to be overlooking that fact that "large groups of people agreeing with you" can be made of "individual acts of defiance", and that major economic shifts in point of view take time. We're not going to snap out of the economics of scarcity overnight, but the very existence of Creative Commons is a sign that the opinion you seem to be arguing against is quite widespread. I don't really know if it's on the rise, though I'd wager it is.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

ifiwereasculptor Re:Shoulders of giants (131 comments)

It's not really pro- or anti-patent, unless you believe the absence of patents would cause most companies to resort to trade secrets, in which case, it's a pro-patent notion.

Trade secrets were a more charming concept. You could see what a competitor was achieving. So you could look into their product and reverse engineer their results - often coming up with a completely different solution. It was based on effort and merit. Whoever implemented it first had a head start, and if it was simple enough to copy quickly, then your invention wasn't so revolutionary anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

ifiwereasculptor Re:No. And there is a precedent. (297 comments)

Yeah, that's still pretty fucked up, dude. The major difference in the level of craziness between Mormonism and Scientology isn't quantitative, but qualitative. Mormonism descends from a different brand of crazy, one we are used to. And really, the 1800s were a little late for believing a 15-year-old saying he heard God and is now a prophet. The correct response to that sort of stunt is to either slap him silly for lying badly or properly educating him about the effects of recreational drugs after they wear off.

Sorry if this came out a little blunt. Do consider, though, that a scientologist would be equally offended to be compared to a mormon.

about 2 months ago
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Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry

ifiwereasculptor Re:Shame Google dumped Motorola (234 comments)

The Moto G is actually a quad-core. I have a Nexus 4, but I envy Moto G owners mostly because the phone is undistinguishably speedy, its battery lasts longer and it's unbelievably cheaper. Lenovo would be crazy not to continue the trend, because what Moto needs now is market and mind share. They attempted to make good phones with good margins (I'm thinking of the RAZRs) and they were doing way, way worse than with the Moto G/E.

And what Google did with Moto was so simple it's laughable. Just remove the cruft (stop wasting resources with kevlar backs or MotoBlur), simplify and optimize the software and you can actually surpass the competition while using cheaper components. They could sell the Moto G for $300 and it would still be a good value if you compared it with the competition. LG's G2 Mini is pretty much the same phone, but priced at $400.

about 2 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

ifiwereasculptor Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (403 comments)

If you don't like DRM, don't consume it. But stop trying to take away my freedom to do so, thanks.

Look, I don't care much about ideological debates, but could we stop with the nonsensical wording? How exactly does one "consume" DRM? You can perhaps take advantage of, support, view content which makes use of DRM. That's all fine. But please don't "consume" DRM. You can't, not anymore than you can "consume" highways or the history of Somalia.

On a minor note, I should also point out that being against Mozilla implementing DRM support on Firefox does not "take away your freedom" to view content which makes use of DRM. Unless you're forced by someone or something to use solely Firefox for viewing all your movies or something like that, in which case you should probably reconsider the focus of your digital freedom fighting.

about 2 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

ifiwereasculptor Re:What kind? (115 comments)

It's an acceptable tradeoff for me. Though I have loathed it since its inception, I have warmed up to Steam over the years, mostly because the huge discounts offered through sales have resulted in a vast library of games that the Steam client organizes pretty neatly for me. It also does away with any sort of installation hassle. I do not miss having to hunt one or more patches on a publisher's site to apply to my 1.0 version. I also don't miss physical media being subject to damage, having to search for a CD or no-CD patches or paying more than U$5 for a game.

It's not that I actively like Steam DRM, it's that, in light of the benefits it provides and in how is doesn't affect my usage pattern, I don't mind it. It's only when compared to activation limits, mandatory connection for single player and other aberrations that is shines in a benign light.

about 3 months ago
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BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition For October 7th

ifiwereasculptor Re:Dragon age huh? (79 comments)

Yeah, just remeber Mass Effect was just as bad with its cookie-cutting, but since combat was fun and characters were interesting (compare and contrast: Garrus and Wrex versus Anders and... Fenris), it ended up being a good game. DA2 was so easy and repetitive it was painful. It's not what ruined it for me, though. At least not solely. Terrible dialogue, limited control over the poor plot and needless and jarring redesign (the Qunari and Flemeth, for instance) all contributed to a slightly below mediocre experience.

about 3 months ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

ifiwereasculptor Re:Really? (87 comments)

Some people like to keep their interests neatly divided.

Personally, when I open my music player, I want to see only songs, not videos or what have you. And I want to see them divided by folders, not by artist, by album, genre or whatever. Folders are way easier to organize - at least for those of us that kept a fairly organized selection from the start. So my (admittedly retro) software bundle of choice is Dolphin > Totem. Extremely simple and with a fairly clean interface, just the way I want it. I think I'm in a small niche, though.

about 3 months ago
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Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

ifiwereasculptor Re:No complaints here (28 comments)

I have not heard of Lucas Nussbaum or Neil McGovern before, but if retaining Lucas Nussbaum at the helm means Debian will continue to release what is IMO the best Linux server distribution out there, then there are no complaints from me.

I wholeheartedly agree. Also, McGovern puts the -Mc in Govern, so he's probably the man for the job.

about 4 months ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

ifiwereasculptor Re:Human beings are not born with smartphone attac (184 comments)

Arguably, we have not properly adapted to cars. Traffic accidents are consistently among the top 3 causes of death in a bunch of countries. So, reponding to the OP, we are fucking dumbasses and that's that. Of course, self driving cars seem to be a much better alternative to a phone that enters silent mode when being driven around. Solve "driving" and you atuomatically solve "phone use while driving".

about 4 months ago

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