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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

mozumder Re:Overpriced (286 comments)

> They just recorded the largest public corprorate profit... in history.

Indeed, and creating a high-quality product is the reason.

The poor (as well as many in the middle-class) generally do not understand that demand comes from the intrinsic desire to be rich and powerful. A high quality is associated with that.

You don't sell a product by saying it's for the poor. You sell it by saying it's for the rich, and this causes draws in the rest of the classes.

There is no advantage to marketing yourself as being towards the poor. The poor generally cannot create demand, because absolutely no one desires to be poor. Marketing yourself as for the poor is more likely to hurt a brand than to help it.

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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

mozumder Re:Overpriced (286 comments)

maintain this luxury image will kill them.

Why do poor people think they matter?

yesterday
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

mozumder No (124 comments)

that's a star shade to improve contrast.

This focuses based on diffraction, an entirely different concept.

meanwhile, something like thermal expansion would probably ruin it. most diffraction lenses need to be mechanically accurate to within a wavelength of light.

2 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

mozumder Still doesn't make sense (171 comments)

You really need a use case for it for it to catch on. All the demos MS was showing were unnecessary sugar. There's no real use case that a monitor with a 3-D graphics card can't already do. People do 3-D modeling just fine on a computer.

And then you have the problem of being required to actually wear it. That already limits your market. No one is going to want to wear a headset all day, because fashion supersedes everything in life, so that makes things like Skype out of the question. Besides, Skype works just fine on your mobile phone.

This is going to go the way of the Kinect. Nice technology and concept, but very little use. And nothing necessary. Kinect has had many years of development behind it already, but really no new concepts for it.

I'd like to see something that shows you NEED this.

about a week ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

mozumder Re:Good luck getting theaters on board (92 comments)

> In case the incumbants haven't noticed by now, the millenial generation of moviegoers is perfectly willing to watch a new-release movie on a damn 3" cell phone screen with earbuds

No, they DON'T watch movies on their cell phones. That's why movies are enjoying record revenue numbers over the last few years.

Only the nerdiest of nerds watch movies on their phones, and they aren't a market that matters.

You don't cater your business model around these dorks.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

mozumder Good luck getting theaters on board (92 comments)

Theater owners want exclusivity in releases. They don't want to show a movie that can be seen elsewhere in the same local market.

This is how the businesses work.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

mozumder Re:DOCUMENTS? (250 comments)

The idiots at TechDirt have no idea what they're talking about. None of that is illegal. They're talking about campaign contributions (which they have a legal right to do) or buying legal services from their client to support the Attorney General's cases. They're not saying "Let's pay bribe money to the Attorney Generals hurrrr-durrr".

These companies are very wary of what's legal and what's not, and they tread carefully.

Meanwhile, Sony, as a private entity, has every right to interact with government officials privately, perhaps with legal support for their pet causes. Just because they're interacting with government officials doesn't mean it should be public. Your social security # comes from interaction with government, do you want that public too? How about your tax returns?

Sorry, but if you want privacy rights, and if you're against the NSA, you better make sure that EVERYONE gets their privacy rights, including people you don't like.

Privacy rights isn't just for nice people.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

mozumder Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

What about the 'wrong' things that Sony has done that the documents show?

So what? Who cares? None of those are actually illegal (the VFX salary wasn't a "collusion", but based on an industry survey), and had no public interests. The public doesn't have the right to know these things. They were all legitimate private discussions that any private entity has the right to have. Some of these discussions are with government officials, but you are allowed to have private interactions with government. (Your SS# comes from government, should that be published? How about your tax returns?)

Privacy rights aren't only for nice people.

If you want privacy rights, and if you're against the NSA, you better make sure that mean people also get their privacy rights, too. Honestly, this is worse than the NSA, because the NSA only keeps their data to themselves, whereas these hackers publish the data for everyone to see. This will only encourage more hackers to violate people's privacy, and anyone defending these guys are saying they don't believe people should be allowed privacy rights, which is horrible.

Be vigilant about privacy rights. Don't be lazy about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

mozumder Processors take 4-5 years to design. (114 comments)

So they better have already been working on their next-gen chips by now.

A11 chips should already be on HDL level by now.

about a month and a half ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

mozumder Re:Good. (190 comments)

I don't want the money, I just want to make sure Madison Ave doesn't have it either.

This isn't a Madison Ave. problem. Those guys really only deal with measured and demographically aligned CPM, usually on major media outlets. It involves taking clients out to dinner to close on 7-figure deals.

This is a problem for random midwest mom-n-pop businesses with no marketing department trying to use a cheap new advertising tech startup's website widget.

about a month and a half ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

mozumder Please don't try to make your girl a boy (584 comments)

Boys and girls are different physically. This defines everything about them. You can't have them equal because of that. Society conditions girls to give birth to and raise kids. Everything derives from that little fact.

You can get your daughter interested in science and engineering and all, but it's not going to change the fact that men are going to judge her by her appearance foremost and her ability to raise a kid. (equivalent to how men are judged by their wealth and power status)

Do you really want your daughter unprepared for a society that has different values for women than what you would like them to be valued for?

about 2 months ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

mozumder Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (433 comments)

Alaska Barbie wasn't "extremely bright". She had the IQ of a rock. You know this already. The rule to determine if someone is smart is if they did something that you could say was genius.And you can't name a single thing she did that anyone has ever called genius.

So please don't look up to her.

Look up to us liberal elite statists instead. We are the ones that actually control you while allowing you to think you have "freedom" (lol). After all, we were able to get you to pay for someone else's health care.

about 2 months ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

mozumder Django won the web, Node trying to win apps (291 comments)

It's ORM is much better than anything in Node, which is why so many content/e-commerce sites are using it.

Node is only good for apps, which is a much smaller market than content & e-commerce sites. But Node really doesn't have a chance against native apps, especially when its competing against something like Swift on iOS.

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

mozumder Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

Vehicles and the "free" (as in freedom to move around)

And nobody cares about "freedom". They only care what they do with their freedom. If people can achieve your same goals with some other system, they'll be just as happy with that, and they don't complain.

The only reason people like cars is because they don't have any other option. The automotive industry made sure of that, by preventing any transportation choice.

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

mozumder Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

not sure where the downside is.

Actually having to drive, like a manual laborer, is the downside of cars.

Driving is such an economic drain, since it takes up person's time. That in itself is most costly aspect of owning a car, the fact that you pay for it with your time. You can't sleep, you can't read a book, you can't work on a computer, because you have to drive.

Driving is really only for the poors. In fact, in many countries, driving is left to the servants. India's middle class never drives their own cars, they have their servants drive them around for them.

about 2 months ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

mozumder Long-term health effects (236 comments)

You're not going to be able to do what you want without long-term studies on biology in space.

There's still a lot of long-term biological effects on humans and all animals/plants to be understood. This includes everything from zero-G effects on the body to psychological issues to comfort/oxygen/logistics/food-supply issues, etc..

This should eventually lead to long-term space exploration capabilities - mars travel, etc..

The Shuttle only stayed up for a couple of weeks at a time.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

mozumder Re:Cost per wafer? (91 comments)

Intel are a process node ahead of the competition so presumably they can fit more transistors on a given wafer,

that's actually under dispute.

A 16nm Intel part can be just as big as a 20nm TSMC part. It all depends on the device structures, and what's being measured as "16nm" and "20nm". Different vendors use different standards now - a transistor today isn't the same as a transistor from 20 years ago. So, this number doesn't necessarily indicate exact technological capability.

about 3 months ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

mozumder Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

I type a comment here, and it goes into your brain.

This comment is now about steak.

You are now picturing a juicy steak inside your brain.

about 3 months ago

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler Does Not Think the NSA Can Listen to U.S. Phone Calls

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mozumder (178398) writes "Sorry Slashdot, but your faith in your high-school dropout IT support Jesus is undermined once again, as the bombshell story on Rep. Jerrold Nadler was apparently false. Looks like he just misunderstood the initial briefing.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on this as well, saying: "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world."

It is now time to relearn everything about the NSA programs. Sometimes you actually do need more than a GED to understand systems designs."
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Your IT guy is your biggest security risk

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mozumder (178398) writes "Just a reminder on how important it is to treat Dell repairmen IT guys as a security risk, as the NSA leaker shows. Apparently Edward Snowden snooped in on some PowerPoint and decided "ZOMG TYRANNY!" because that's what overzealous libertarian activist pure believers tend to do. It looks like he had no idea what the presentation was about, but went ahead and told the press that it spies on EVERY AMERICANS phone calls, when an actual engineer would tell you it could do no such thing. How would you prevent your IT guys from being too smart for their own good, to prevent damage to your organization? Is it possible to limit the information the gatekeepers themselves keep?"
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Electronics Arts CEO ousted in wake of SimCity launch disaster

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about 2 years ago

mozumder (178398) writes "The disastrous launch of SimCity took it's first major toll, with EA CEO John Riccitiello being fired from his position and removed from the Board of Directors. It is unknown what effect this may have on the SimCity franchise or any future DRM of EA games, but clearly someone didn't think their cunning plan all the way through when they decided to implement always-on connections for single-player gaming."
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Virginia Republicans propose taxing hybrids while eliminating gas tax

mozumder mozumder writes  |  about 2 years ago

mozumder (178398) writes "This one is odd. Republicans in Virginia are attempting to bring a surcharge tax on hybrid cars in a misguided attempt to raise transportation funds. Hybrids reduced gas usage cuts into the gasoline tax revenue per miles driven. But, at the same time, the Republicans are proposing eliminating the gas tax altogether, so that it only becomes a tax for having a hybrid.

Can any of our freedom-loving Republicans that make up the bulk of our Slashdot audience explain this one? If this is "freedom", let's make sure never to have "freedom" ever again."

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