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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

rjstanford Re:Is this why they call them "smart" phones? (222 comments)

Thanks, that's a useful summary/contrast between the two models, especially the second page.

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

rjstanford Re: I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

Its a pity that we have to rely on one guy changing out all of that hardware and can't scale the changeover with the population as we do the user base.

I mean, really?

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

rjstanford Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

That's missing the biggest piece of the ApplePay announcement; in-app purchase support at below-card-present rates for the merchant, without having Apple as a direct participant in the payment chain. That's absolutely massive and has far more potential to be a game changer.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

rjstanford Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

Its the same reason that when you go to a shopping mall, even though presence in the mall lends an air of "respectability" to the stores within the mall, even if you bought and then used a mall-wide gift card, the property management company isn't under any responsibility to make sure that an individual store ships you your purchases.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

rjstanford Re:Credit System (444 comments)

If only the Gigafactory could figure out some way to store electrical energy until its needed. That'd be awesome! Not really something they're equipped for though, I guess...

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

rjstanford Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

This is really nothing more than Google Wallet but for the iPhone. That is a good thing IMHO since it means more stores will start taking NFC. The folks at the 7/11 where so impressed when I paid with my phone 2 years ago.

Not at all. Google - like Paypal - actually inserts itself into the midst of the payment flow. Apple does not. They may be getting a couple of points on the backend, but that's a completely different technical and financial relationship than Google and the others have been trying to get.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

rjstanford Re:Ignorance is self-righteous posturing (536 comments)

Sure, I just read about a deaf kid that wasn't allowed to sign his own name at school because the sign language gesture for his name included something that looked like a gun, and the school had a strict "no guns" policy. It lasted about two weeks. That's both more significant and longer in duration because this embargo (and any embargo) isn't a human rights violation. It's the equivalent of a store saying, "No, you threw rocks at our window last year, and you were given a lifetime ban. We refuse to do business with you ever again."

Or rather, "Your uncle through rocks at our window 50 years ago, and you and your family were given lifetime bans." Which begins to trend much closer to institutionalized racism than any kind of even theoretically reasonable policy.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

rjstanford Re:RT.com? (536 comments)

Cuba has maintained unfriendly to the US ties. This has not changed. Thus the embargo status has remained.

Of course, right now with the US not putting any kind of friendly relations on the table, Cuba doesn't really have much of a choice, do they?

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

rjstanford Re:RT.com? (536 comments)

The BBC is a good bet. The international site of CNN is fairly solid. And actually, MSNBC - while they're far more left-leaning than Fox - would be considered neutral by most of the rest of the West and fair far better on fact checking than you might expect. The "liberal media" generally leans right (as happens when consolidation allows it to be mostly owned by a few billionaires), so it ends up looking far more "biased" than it actually is.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

rjstanford Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Its a very different proposition to have an "always on" proximity-activtated chip (such as those embedded into your credit cards) and one that's only active for a single transaction based on a physical finger-swipe. The whole point is that even when (not if) the communication is intercepted, what you end up with is like sniffing SSL traffic - you could replay the "Please pay Target $20 to fulfill exactly this invoice" conversation, certainly, but that's not particularly useful to a thief. Having the physical TouchID in the middle also ensures that the phone isn't chatting to just anyone at random times.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

rjstanford Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Actually, they're not - they're storing a newly created token that represents the combination of the card and your phone's "fingerprint" (pun intended). Due to the way that the NFC card payment handshaking works, its useless without the phone (or an emulator for the phone) and can be trivially marked as invalid.

To put it bluntly, while it isn't perfect its an order of magnitude better than an unchanging magstripe is, which is why Apple is rumored to have convinced Visa et al to approve "card present" rates for Apple Pay transactions which will greatly increase adoption - especially with the combination of app purchases and card-present rates. That's huge.

Once again, its not about the technology, its about combining the technology with a smashingly good business relationship.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

rjstanford Re:ITT... (312 comments)

Uber is really two different service providers. There's "Uber Black" that provides usually very nice black car services with professional drivers at 20-40% higher rates than a taxi - I love this personally and use it a ton when I travel. Then there's UberX which tries to do the same with random individuals who own a car for 20-40% lower rates than a taxi. These two services have almost nothing to do with each other, and its the second one that everyone basically has a problem with.

about three weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

rjstanford Re:Sitting on the floor? (181 comments)

I have both MIUI and iOS devices and can confidently say they are very different to use. MIUI is incredibly clever and intuitive, truly thoughtful touches like a zoom bubble when you're editing text pervade the whole UI. iOS feels quite dated and primitive by comparison.

Only on /. does one of the few on-topic posts in a thread get modded -1, Offtopic.

about a month ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

rjstanford IVR Features (181 comments)

Maybe I've missed them domestically, but I think that the IVR synchronization may be as useful and as game-changing in some ways as Visual Voicemail was for the original iPhone. Its a great way to mirror digital presentment with traditional capabilities.

Having said that, yeah the overall theme is totally iOS derived.

about a month ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

rjstanford Re:Automate it (228 comments)

I don't need to maintain my scripts, they work the first time. No fires to put out. No one offs.
I am not lazy or incompetent. My stuff actually works too well.
I do fear automating myself out of work.

Wow, it must be interesting to work in an environment where your inputs, outputs, environment, and processing requirements never change.

about a month and a half ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

rjstanford Re:1080 is 1080 (286 comments)

That's arguable. Pretty much all AAA games render some stuff (shadows, particle effects, etc...) at half or quarter resolution. Where do you draw the line between what's native resolution or not?

Well, having 0% of the content as native resolution being "not" might be a good place to start that most people could agree on.

about a month and a half ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

rjstanford Re:Corporate Cops, eh? (133 comments)

In fairness its been that way in one form or another since the 17th century.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

rjstanford Re: Libertarians, discuss! (183 comments)

So don't post the review until you've received your deposit back. Problem solved.

Of course you can also argue that a "bad" review is different from a "fair" review, even if the fair review described goods and service that other people may not want to pay for.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

rjstanford Re:FaceTime (194 comments)

Mainly because FaceTime "just works" whereas Google Hangouts still to this day has "issues" wherein there'll be audio without video, weird disconnects, etc. For non-technical users FaceTime is a simple one-click solution that's the closest thing we have to the "video phone" of the future as shown in the past.

about a month and a half ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

rjstanford Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

There's no need to spend that much. A lot of motherboards have S/PDIF outputs, and with a good coax/TOSLINK DAC (like the ~$40 FiiO D3), pristine noise-free stereo sound is both easier and cheaper than buying an expensive sound card.

Or even with a cheap shitty coax cable like the one that you got for free in your wheaties 20 years ago to connect your VCR to your TV. Its a digital signal after all - communication either works or it doesn't.

about 2 months ago

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