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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

sottitron Apple complaint from admitted fanboy (281 comments)

Apple does update iPhones and iPads to the point that they are slow. Try closing just about any app and pulling up the keyboard on a 3GS with iOS6 or an original iPad with iOS5. Its painfully slow just to respond to keypresses. I am pretty sure the problem is RAM. Apple was slow to go to 512MB and slow again to go to 1GB. I can see why some people might want the latest features without buying a new piece of hardware, but my two big complaints about Apple's practices are these: (1) Apple would never ship the product with such a slow response and thus a bad user experience and (2) Apple has successfully prevented downgrading so there is no going back - even the hackers can't downgrade your phone.

about a month and a half ago

Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

sottitron Great until ... (47 comments)

Great until you come along a long word or a word you don't know. Try 400 wpm when Tralfamadorian Brokinovski or Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis shows up.

about 6 months ago

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

sottitron Two times recently RS didn't have cables I needed (423 comments)

I went to two different Radio Shacks lately with no luck - once to get a 4-pole 3.5mm minijack to RCA AV cable and another time to get a TOSLink optical cable (again needing a 3.5mm mini-plug on one end.) I realize these are not super common cables, but in each instance the sales people had no idea what I was even talking about. I also don't understand the whole Radio Shack mobile strategy; I can go just about anywhere to find a mobile phone and pay outrageous prices like theirs. With the whole maker movement, I would think they would sell Arduinios and Raspberry Pi boards. I would also think I could go in there and get a small selection of hardware (motherboards, CPUs, Video Cards), but again, I don't think they have stock like this...

about 6 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

sottitron Another type that is interesting... (717 comments) the type that is always *talking* about how much they work, but they are out the door at 4:00 and are never online or responding to emails in the evenings.

about 6 months ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

sottitron How about you tell us the speed limit then? (599 comments)

Why do I need to rely on signs in this day and age? Why doesn't my car display the speed limit wherever I am? Its frustrating to be in an industrial area and find that you are speeding because the limit dropped to 25 for no reason.

about 8 months ago

Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

sottitron Like the 2DS, the Wii Mini has a purpose (147 comments)

Before you complain about the Mini being a butchered Wii, just realize that Nintendo are not going after serious console buyers here or people flush with cash. Those people might have bought a Wii U or are waiting for the XBox One or PS 4. Nintendo is going after people looking for a bargain but who don't want a used machine (these people do exist). They are serving people who don't demand the latest and greatest from a console and who will pay $99 to play the awesome games you could get on Nintendo's old system. The thing Nintendo knows is that when it sells a console, it will sell games for that console. So a Wii Mini probably represents four or five games going out the door as first sales in the next year as well. And I am pretty sure nobody sells more titles for Nintendo consoles than Nintendo itself. This is a play to make some more money on the backend of the Wii's life. Its a smart move to trim the cost of the Wii and keep selling machines and the games that play on them. And some of these people might turn into Wii U buyers when they have more money.

about 10 months ago

A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo

sottitron They were on a burning platform (144 comments)

Just look at RIM. Their platform is literally crashing and burning as you read this. Nokia's best play was to stick with Windows Phone and get bought by Microsoft. Sure they could have made Android phones, but its not like HTC and LG and Sony are moving product. Maybe Nokia could do better, but at least with Microsoft they had a partner to push help push through technical hurdles and to contribute to marketing.

about a year ago

Dark Day In the AWS Cloud: Big Name Sites Go Down

sottitron Re:Running List of Cloud Outages? (182 comments)

You should totally create this. I hear AWS is the way to go to get things online quickly and at scale.

1 year,20 days

Bell Labs Break Record With 31Tbps Via a Single 7200km Optical Fibre

sottitron On reading the headline... (125 comments)

...was I the only one who thought "31 tablespoons of what now?"

about a year ago

Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)

sottitron Re:Glass??? (307 comments)

And I think the subtle thing that Google realized and did absolutely right is that Glass isn't something that needs a new service contract from Verizon or AT&T or TMobile. Everyone in the market for Glass has a smartphone and probably high speed internet at home, so Glass is a peripheral to your smartphone when you are away from home. This is what the iPad should have been - a bluetooth peripheral to your iPhone. Tethering be damned!

about a year ago

Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

sottitron Re:Microsoft doesn't care about PC anymore (786 comments)

A company that makes all its money on PC and Server operating systems and the business applications that run on them can't tell its shareholders it thinks PCs are dying. Microsoft would love to get into the tablet business, but they are so late to the game and they are finding not many people want a Windows tablet. That is their problem; Everything has to be Windows. Their best *ideas* right now are arguably Windows Phone 8, Skydrive, and Azure. What Surface needs to be is a $300 tablet that makes the experience of using the Windows ecosystem somehow better. Why that is really hard is that there are literally millions of iPad users finding that the iPad makes their experiences better. So much so that these people consider buying an Apple as their next computer. Microsoft needs to make a mobile experience so good it generates a Windows halo rather than trying to get the Windows behemoth to force users into a half baked Windows 8 'metro' UI parading as a mobile experience on their laptop/desktop.

about a year ago

Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

sottitron Re:What year is this? (559 comments)

I think a natural equilibrium will be reached. The only reason to manufacture things is for people to buy them. If nobody has money because nobody has a job, then they won't bother to make robots to manufacture things. At some point the 'haves' need the 'have nots' to have money. Filthy rich people don't continue to get filthy rich off of one another.

about a year ago

iOS 6.1 Leads To Battery Life Drain, Overheating For iPhone Users

sottitron Re:No problem here (266 comments)

I upgraded my 4S as soon as 6.1 came out and had no problems... until yesterday when my phone seems to drain it's battery like charge is going out of style.

about a year and a half ago

iPod Engineer Tony Fadell On the Unique Nature of Apple's Design Process

sottitron Re:Say what? (193 comments)

Doesn't matter if anyone got it or not. What matters is that 0.01% of slashdotters RTFA before they post. Like me just now. I sure didn't!

about a year and a half ago

The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

sottitron Re:Facebook IPO (145 comments)

I think that people keep forgetting that Google Maps on the iPhone does turn-by-turn driving directions now. I think this is the #1 reason Apple put their maps on the iPhone. Google wasn't going to put turn by turn directions on the iPhone if they weren't prodded.

about a year and a half ago

Fragmentation Comes To iOS

sottitron He raises some serious concerns I already had... (244 comments)

My new app was going to require you to do face time video chat over cellular while displaying flyover navigation to destinations that you tell siri. The icing on the cake was suppose to be when it created a panoramic image and saved it for you to read later. Upon looking at this useful chart, I realize doing this on iOS is just a bag of hurt. I'm abandoning Apple for Android. I'm downloading the Android SDK right now and I'll see you all on the Play Store where all these features just work on 1.3 million Gingerbread devices they are activating a day.

about 2 years ago

Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing

sottitron Finite and Infinite Games (482 comments)

Reminds me of James P. Carse's book Finite and Infinite Games. It is an axiomatic and brilliant book. Not sure which one Lance Armstrong is is forced to play in anymore...

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. ... A finite game is bounded temporally by time, space, participants, and outcome, and players must freely choose to play it. Also, players must have someone to play against. ... The rules of a finite game are the contractual terms by which the players can agree who has won. ... The agreement of the players to the applicable rules constitutes the ultimate validation of those rules.

contractual terms by which the players can agree who has won

Seems like if you win at something 7 times across 7 years and later they come along and say you didn't win 7 times, shouldn't they have figured out you were cheating after game 2 or maybe even 3?? Seems like people decided they wanted to change the rules for Lance Armstrong after he won. If you can't agree who won, what good is your game?

about 2 years ago

Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

sottitron Signed Code (153 comments)

Its almost as if you'd want a system that only ran signed code...

about 2 years ago

Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

sottitron Re:Cue the lawsuits (424 comments)

I am not sure you can legislate your way out of this in the long run. So I don't know if the 'fight' needs to be an active thing. I mean, piracy aside, maybe Hollywood is doomed to fail because the new platform of games and tablets and phones and social networking and the internet makes it obsolete. Thing is, by the time this happens Hollywood will probably have figured it out and will have used their bankroll to buy the new system, too.

more than 2 years ago



Customers able to oppose a class-action lawsuit?

sottitron sottitron writes  |  about 7 years ago

sottitron (923868) writes "Lawyers are at it again suing Apple . One of their latest arguments is that the fresh round of iPods released this week "confirm Apple's monopoly" in the Music/Video player market. My question is if there is any way for consumers to join class-action lawsuits in support of the company being sued so that you can show your support for them when you think the lawsuit is frivolous. I am guessing no, but I am curious what the good people of /. have to say about the idea and why or why not it could ever work."


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