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Why You Can't Build Your Own Smartphone: Patents

quibbler Re:We, outside U$A, (179 comments)

Funny, I wonder if there's any reason that the iPhone, and nearly every other innovation in the last 200 years is a direct result of the U$A. Probably not. Probably just coincidence. Just think how much more innovative it would be as the USSA!

about 2 years ago
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UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

quibbler Re:Apple committing slow suicide, Tim Cook assisti (217 comments)

The fact that Apple is still selling apple products in UK is testament to Tim Cook's more even keel.

How easily you forget the Steve that swore to use Apple's entire cash cache (ha!) to destroy Google. Steve's solution might well have been to pay applicable fines, pull ALL iOS products from the UK, write an open letter to the judge and let public pressure roast the responsible magistrates alive.

Like it or not, Apple IS the big kid in the playground, and they DO make excellent products that generates enormous public demand. Steve repeatedly used that demand like heavy artillery, I don't think he'd hesitate to do so with the little island off the coast of Europe.

The bottom line is that the UK (through consumer demand) needs Apple far more than Apple needs the UK market.

about 2 years ago
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Web Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran

quibbler Re:In other words, (368 comments)

I shall call you "Mini-#2"

more than 2 years ago
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Web Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran

quibbler Re:In other words, (368 comments)

I respectfully suggest you move to Iran. (Hand your citizenship to one of the millions waiting at the door if you would please.)

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

quibbler Re:So he hasn't learned a thing. (576 comments)

I've got an MBA, it's a very useful degree if you actually learn from it- most holders of the degree don't. The education itself can be gained by learning stats, financial statements, and reading a handful of well-chosen business case studies (avoid those Harvard writes, it's a brand now, no real education).

Generally a (real) MBA is all about minimax efficiency, and making good decisions with imperfect information; values most geeks/engineers hold dear. Poor MBA'ing just like poor engineering is vile.

(I also did half a JD before hating the toxic, simplistic, reductionist thought process so much I couldn't stand it any longer. Disgusting parasites, lawyers.)

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

quibbler Re:So he hasn't learned a thing. (576 comments)

Exactly what I was thinking... The "other clients" are obviously not in the know about this guy... How about finding and spreading a little informative sunshine?

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Reveals Hundred Year Starship Program

quibbler Re:You're going to find that rather difficult. (351 comments)

2001 reference maybe? Put in subject to isolate it?

re: comment: if manned orbital launch capacity were as easy as buying a car, then I wouldn't have made the comment in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Reveals Hundred Year Starship Program

quibbler You're going to find that rather difficult. (351 comments)

...without your manned launch ability.

I think it's funny how much touting of past success and distant future goals the present administration seems to do after dismantling the US manned space program by executive order. (Rushed out days before congress could vote on emergency funding.)

more than 3 years ago
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'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery

quibbler ...and we are go with (594 comments)

operation Barbara Streisand!

more than 3 years ago
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Against Apple, Ballmer Floats Microsoft Merger With Adobe

quibbler End of an era... (520 comments)

As a user of Photoshop since 2.0 on the Mac, a user of most of Adobe's other products since they were owned by other companies I might offer a bit of a different take on this:

Adobe used to be a valued partner both in business and spirit for Apple. Both companies grew. Apple maintained much of its entrepreneurial spirit. Adobe didn't. Since the early days, Apple has transformed numerous times in numerous ways. Apple's newest direction indeed takes it more towards broad consumer 'data ubiquity' devices much like what Ford's did with cars. That doesn't mean they are abandoning the Mac "truck" (to use Steve's analogy) line, but that line is mature.

In the same time, Adobe has done about a millimeter beyond porting their software to different architectures and platforms. I've watched them do nothing year after year. I like the heal brush, and I use it occasionally. I like the increased integration of pdf/illustrator. To be fair, InDesign is nice, but largely unrealized and unpolished. Is that 15 years of development? When Adobe was a bright star, the applications were written by teams in the 2-digit range. Adobe has adopted the Microsoft 4-digit development team strategy, and it shows. Watching Adobe's fit about Apple's (good) decision regarding flash was simply sad to watch, and I knew how bad things must be in SanJose.

Today, I dread launching any Adobe product, especially on anything less than a 8-core Mac Pro. I use it when I must because its the mortar between the bricks.

What Adobe doesn't understand is that today, to write a Photoshop killer, an Illustrator killer, even an InDesign killer is possible and Adobe's monopoly stranglehold on the graphics industry has almost decayed completely from a technical point of view. If the merger happened today, I'm afraid Apple would have (superior) replacements available quickly. I look forward to these. People will migrate easily, and then the inevitable; some Windows-users will actually switch just to get them, and Apple gets stronger. (If this seems like a fanboy fantasy look into the history of Safari/webkit, Final Cut Pro, and Aperture.)

I already miss the old Adobe, I won't miss the current husk that it is now.

Suggestion to Adobe: instead of merging with another bloatware company, consider focusing on efficiency, hiring some imaging-technology innovators and axing the old guard.

more than 3 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

quibbler And thanks to the Strisand Effect... (524 comments)

Thanks to the Streisand Effect, Plane Finder AR will doubtless skyrocket to the top of the charts by the end of the day.

If this were a legitimate security risk, they just did about a thousand times the damage that it would have been had they ignored it. Pathetic. This is why efforts like the Cyber Command is such an obvious failure to anyone with a lick of Internet-savvy before it was ever launched.

more than 3 years ago
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U. Penn Super Quadcopter Learns New Tricks

quibbler Re:IR Lamps show weakness (124 comments)

Point-Picking systems are old-hat at this point, and walking between picked points is equally easy. I'd agree its a training-wheel approach that keeps the processing load much lower, but this is no great hurdle or limitation.

Not coincidentally, this is exactly how a human pilot flies, you are specifically taught to NOT trust your inner ear, but rather only instruments and what you see out the windshield (picked reference points). So what you're calling a weakness is strikingly close to regular old flight school.

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Explains Where HTML5 Video Fails

quibbler closed proprietary system is more proprietary! (426 comments)

Big surprise here, if you use a proprietary, closed plugin to deliver video with no regards to performance or user experience, then yes, you'll be able to deliver exactly within the use limits the media creators have demanded.

If YouTube truly thinks this is best long-term for its success, I'm afraid we'll watch a slow death as competitors nibble away market-share, one obscure platform at a time that lacks a flash player but was created to use open standards out of the box.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Reaches Over One Trillion Electron Volts

quibbler Pathetic (305 comments)

The half-finished, mostly-paid-for SSC was slated at 20 TeV. You'll forgive my shrug at 1 TeV. This is an embarrassing footnote on the state of physics in modern civilization. Thanks Clinton.

more than 4 years ago
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Pentagon Seeks a New Generation of Hackers

quibbler Short answer: No. (mini-rant) (134 comments)

This question/assumption is exactly why this initiative is doomed to fail. Institutions don't get 'hacking' (cracking).

Hacking isn't about computers. Hacking is about a thought process. If you don't have it, you probably never will. Learning to 'think like a hacker' is about saying 'hmmm' when something unexpected happens and letting your mind explore a thousand options instead of shrugging and moving on. The true, scary-smart hacker types do exist, but the average profile is someone without a CS degree (likely no degree at all) very little evening social life (or none that you'd recognize), and they are tickled by finding a goofy little exploit with a piece of technology just because the engineers that created the system never intended it... and they ignore the fact it took them 2 weeks of mercilessly poking at the system to find it. They aren't high-power career types, they don't often look the part. (The few I know are terribly non-stereotypical nerds. One's kind of a gun-nut in fact, one used to work at car-stereo shop during daylight hours, one's married with 2 children.) Music ranges from Bob Dylan to bubblegum rock to hard-core trance.

The 'not quite ripe' profile is the kid who likes to figure out what his christmas presents are before he gets them without opening them, and later the puzzle of trying to read bank statements he gets in the mail through the security envelope without any evidence its been opened... (hint, try different frequencies of light) but doesn't know the first thing about computers.

Put another way, the best 'hacker type' I've seen in fiction recently is Gregory House MD., a man driven by 'the puzzle' above all else. Find a guy like that, sit him with a stack of about 5 O'Reilly books, and *that* is a hacker.

more than 5 years ago
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The Hard Drive Is Inside the Computer

quibbler Re:My hard drive crashed (876 comments)

"Crash" used to refer to a specific failure of a drive where the head (meant to fly micrometers above the platter) collides or 'crashes' into the platter with catastrophic results.

As is the case with many edge-of-understanding terms, people (the media is famous for this) fixate on words they feel cool using and repeat them endlessly. (Examples I remember off-hand include; "hacker" (cracker tyvm), "computer virus" (very few true viri remain- mostly worms and trojans now), "stealth fighter" (its a Nighthawk goddammit), etc..)

When people hear techs using the oh-so-satisfying phrase "hard drive crash" reenforced by gesturing to 'the big box' when mentioning a hard drive in the past, its an unstoppable urge to try their hand at using the words so they can demonstrate their newfound technical prowess when their POS Windows install craters on them.

This hasn't been helped by the fact that M$ persists in making an OS that locks up regularly or that the term 'software crash' is so easily shortened to 'crash' which reenforces the clueless user's feeling that they used their newest definition for the word correctly.

more than 4 years ago
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A Touch Screen With Morphing Buttons

quibbler Clever, you're doing it wrong... (160 comments)

This is one of those "amazing advances" that just isn't either.

I'm sorry for the guy dumping all the effort into this, and maybe its just me, but I have 3 dozen of these ideas a day, I spend a fleeting 15 seconds thinking about implementation, and dismiss each for the types of reasons that are already mentioned here (to which I'll add a couple of my own).

clunky- thicker and less elegant than a glass display

non-durable, repeated use and puncture vulnerable

fixed layout, defeats the purpose of touch-screens

visual bumps, not really tactile buttons

just a rewrap of projector technology

use of projector/cameras cannot be made flat

power consumption and noise

Seriously... Look, if you're so sold on solving this "problem" then do it right: Use a variation of existing braile text displays made with translucent plastic and use tri-color LED as the display technology with force-feedback sensors on each 'bank' of pips. The term 'expensive' comes to mind, but 10x the quality solution as this crap.

more than 5 years ago

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Creepy Flo from Progressive Wants to Monitor Your

quibbler quibbler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quibbler writes "Progressive Insurance now offers "Snapshot" BigBrother monitoring for your car's diagnostic port. It's voluntary (for now), doesn't care where you go (for now), only how you drive (for now), and can only decrease your rates (for now). It's cute technology, but I find the myriad of slippery slopes here as creepy as flo herself (and her sister, the delta girl)."
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