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Apple Announces iPhone 4

mr_josh Re:One more thing... (1184 comments)

I think -if I can add to part of your point- that Apple plays a really important part in the industry, one that Apple-haters (or maybe, simply, avoiders should really be thankful for.

Apple is a marketing powerhouse, this we all know. And while at their core, Apple's phones aren't hugely more revolutionary than some others (and in some instances, they ARE unfathomably better), competing phones have to have a feature set and level of overall quality and functionality that are amazing, in order just to differentiate themselves from Apple- or maybe, just to get their product out from behind the Apple smokescreen.

Don't get me wrong, I am an iPhone fan (I don't have one because of AT&T and my unwillingness to pay $70/month for a phone), but I think now that several years in iPhone production, the rules of the game are becoming clear: if you're going up against Apple, you've got to bring a product that is better than the iPhone at everything, because its image factors in to its user experience, and that's a tremendous hurdle to overcome.

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses

mr_josh This is nothing new (559 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this isn't anything new and at least a couple of companies already do this exact same thing. Go to Maps on your iPod touch and hit Locate. It'll put you right on the map and it doesn't have anything resembling a GPS chip in it. And let's say that you're standing in a field of 4 "linksys" and 5 "NETGEAR". It knows the MACs that are linked to those SSIDs, so it can look at the signal strength of each and triangulate your position. In fact, access to a service like this is built in to Location Services in Snow Leopard.

more than 4 years ago

The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

mr_josh Re:On Making Its Money (1027 comments)

Questions are spot-on. Would mod + if I had points.

more than 4 years ago

DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch

mr_josh Oh good (295 comments)

This is a really good idea. I just can't say enough good things about this idea and the common sense in which it seems to be rooted.

more than 4 years ago

1977 Star Wars Computer Graphics

mr_josh Ah yes... (271 comments)

... I remember DirectX 7 quite well.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Not Disabling OS X Atom Support After All

mr_josh Re:WOLF! (275 comments)

Well if you tested every scenario, you'd know about all of the bugs and vulnerabilities, now, wouldn't you? ;)

more than 4 years ago

Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

mr_josh Wait... Modern? Basic? (483 comments)

Let's not go crazy here, I mean, there's not a whole lot that's relatively modern about this if the thing was developed in the friggin' '70s and operates without an efficient backup system. If anything, it's an example of how much society would _BENEFIT_ from a modern system.

more than 4 years ago

DHS Wants To Hire 1,000 Cybersecurity Experts

mr_josh Takes one to know one... (222 comments)

I sure hope that DHS knows exactly what a cybersecurity expert is...

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Slams Chrome Frame As "Browser Soup"

mr_josh Two conflicting thoughts (236 comments)

The web developer side of me says, "Yeah, this probably will not add conformity to things."

The shit-disturber side of me says, "Take that, Redmond."

more than 4 years ago

Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

mr_josh Glory is in the eye of those at IT's mercy (623 comments)

Have the self-righteous pricks who made such a mess of IT at the turn of the decade stopped thinking that their unchecked and non-methodical actions are "glorious"?

more than 4 years ago

Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

mr_josh Mine does (835 comments) I realize that page alone doesn't speak toward the everyman experiences of linux users on campus, but I can say, they [comp support services on campus] do a very good job.

about 5 years ago

What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

mr_josh Re:Offer the Ebook for free. (987 comments)

Could not agree more. The people in this thread are hitting it right on the head. I wish we could tag this question as "troll".

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

mr_josh Re:Actually it takes a full 15, 16 hours (1385 comments)

I do realize that, because I grew up in Southern Oregon. Trust me, I lived 180 miles from Portland and most of the people in the state, let alone the country, don't even know it's there. But we have to look at population centers, and I just don't think the population in the more-northern part of the state is large enough to warrant running the line all the way to the Siskiyous.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

mr_josh Re:No (1385 comments)

Everyone here is talking about the northeast and midwest, what about the damned west coast? Linking San Francisco to LA is huge, by itself. Linking Seattle to Eugene or Southern Oregon would be amazing. The commuter possibilities are endless here. Take Portland to Seattle, for example. Many people hop that via plane even though it's only about a 3 hour drive. Turn that in to a 1.5 hour train trip, and guess what? You've linked two cities with amazingly effective public transportation, cut down on the pollution of a plane or many individual autos, and perhaps increased the number of people who are willing to commute between the two large cities and their metro areas.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

mr_josh Re:In a word... (1385 comments)

Someone mod this up, the original parent is completely missing the boat (train?)

Look at California: it takes a full 8 to 9 hours to get from the north end of that state to the south end. If they can connect the Bay Area to Los Angeles and make it a 2 or 2.5 hour trip, it'll be a huge boon (HUGE) to everyone from tourists to commuters to business people.

There are fantastic possibilities here, they're not trying to send little Johnny from NY to California by rail.

more than 5 years ago

Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

mr_josh Deep thoughts (743 comments)

I need to re-evaluate my role in the world. I am 25 and try to consider myself young and relatively on top of things cultural... but this... this changes everything. I do not want to be either fuddy or duddy, but man, I think we need to consider ending the human race after this generation. Just, you know, give up.

Prefer sizzle sounds? O.M.G.

more than 5 years ago

What Has Fox Got Against Its Own Sci-Fi Shows?

mr_josh The "Next Big Thing" = Ad revenue (753 comments)

Fox makes money off of churning its schedule over. It occasionally finds a long-running winner, something that is so wildly popular that they can milk it even after its popularity has waned a bit.

Here's the thing: Fox makes tons of money off of initial ad sales when its found the "next big thing".

"This will be the next Simpsons", "This will be the next 24", "This will be the next Idol".

Phrases like that are what get the ad dollars because companies want their product tied to something big at the very beginning. Fox gets those shows on the air, gets those ad dollars, and gets eyeballs looking at the time slot. Numbers start to wane, another "next big thing" ad opportunity rolls around, and they yank the show and slide in the new one.

Money, people, money money money. They don't give a rat's ass about satisfaction of a small-but-loyal viewer set, they care only about ad revenue.

more than 5 years ago

Living Free With Linux, Round 2

mr_josh Re:Lol (936 comments)

That's the point, man, he doesn't know and it's not obvious.

more than 5 years ago

$2 Billion For Broadband Cut From Stimulus Bill

mr_josh No, it makes perfect sense (658 comments)

Guys, listen, it is genius and it's why the Republicans have it right:

Tax cuts. More tax cuts and tax rebates and tax credits. It really works, I've seen it.

You get your tax cuts, you take your receipts to that little 4x5 H&R Block kiosk in the middle of Walmart, you walk around while they prepare them, they cut you an advance refund check, and you take it over and buy a new flatscreen Vizio TV to hang on the wood panelling in your trailer. And that stimulates the economy.


more than 5 years ago

A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

mr_josh I think the Beastie Boys have your solution... (931 comments)

"My teacher had beef so I gave her a smack" Seriously, and I have worked in schools and am studying to be a teacher... what a gross -disgusting, really- use of power. I respect educators 100% when they make the noble effort, but good-gravy, someone needs to sit that woman down and read her the riot act.

more than 5 years ago



Dell lays off 200 at small-town call center

mr_josh mr_josh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_josh writes "Dell closed its Roseburg, OR call center this morning, giving its employees less than 24 hours notice. FTFA:

"They've already had all of our checks cut," said another employee, Travis Dominguez. "They knew the whole thing was coming and everything."

Roseburg is a small (about 25,000 people) timber town in southern Oregon, and it was a pretty big deal when this call center opened in 2002. They were given huge property tax incentives at the time of their opening, and those incentives are about to run out. Also, some employees from the call center put together a lawsuit several months ago, "claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws."

Coincidence? 0802014"


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