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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

steve_bryan Solution (243 comments)

Since WB doesn't seem like they care enough to provide according to their promise, it sounds like a job for 'Popcorn Time'!

about a month ago
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Why Bob Mansfield Was Cut From Apple's Executive Team

steve_bryan Re:Apple just buy out Intel (100 comments)

Apple cash : 10,746,000

Intel's market cap: 115,690,000,000

I didn't post this to prove you wrong - I was sincerely interested. You wouldn't believe the crazy things I've heard on the internet that turned out to make me money!

But, I posted my results just to boost my own ego is all.

Carry on....I have a pathetic little life....

Maybe everyone else is crazy who reports it but I know I've read Apple has over $140 billion in cash. Much of it is overseas and would be subject to taxation if brought back to US but that is a whole lot more than the $10+ billion you mention. In fact it is much more than the market cap for Intel you mention but I have doubts about that since it is from the same source.

about 9 months ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

steve_bryan Re: Hrmmm (263 comments)

Gamma rays are stopped by 1/4 inches of aluminum? I can see it messing with radio waves, but gamma radiation? Requiring all passenger planes to include a radiation dosimeter for a while (include it with the black box recorder) and we would have a practical answer.

1 year,8 days
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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

steve_bryan Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

I don't know enough about the details of cloud computing infrastructure to have a strong opinion one way or the other but it seems like a dull but useful market with many competitors but not much potential for a meteoric success like an iPhone or iPad. If Microsoft proves unsatisfactory for some reason, then like in the case of Samsung, I would expect Apple to move to a competitor or start their own (cf Apple Store vs big box disasters like Best Buy). Regardless of the details you can rest assured that there will be an Apple for which you can predict decline and disaster.

about a year ago
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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

steve_bryan Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

Gosh, I didn't think I would have any more to add but this just begs. Bill Gates quite rationally propped up what he considered a harmless adversary to try to satisfy those who objected to his use of monopoly power to subvert the market elsewhere. But Apple was saved by Steve Jobs and built to make Microsoft relatively irrelevant to the future of computing. They (MS) still matter and probably 'always' will but this isn't the future Mr Gates had in mind when he made his very profitable investment in Apple (but they sold those shares many years ago).

about a year ago
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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

steve_bryan Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

This sort of disagreement is not one that can be settled by words. It will be settled by results which will take years to play out. The song you sing of Apple's doom has been sung many times for many decades. If one worships at the temple of market share, predictions are simple and often wrong. Please note how many Commodore computers are relevant today. On a day to day basis we see the drama of Dell and HP, marketshare champions, both dealing with 'interesting times'.

But enough of prognostication. What I was objecting to strenuously was the absurdity of how you characterized that Apple was trying to sneak their failed product, the iPhone, into Brazil using the good name and technical excellence of the locally produced legitimate 'iPhone'. The absurdity of the statement is beyond redemption. It's just absurd.

about a year ago
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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

steve_bryan Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

You really haven't bothered to look at any numbers, have you? Apple makes more money based just on the iPhone than Microsoft does on everything. Soon it is projected to be more than Microsoft and Google combined. We can differ on what we consider a good or better product but successful is rather easily numerically determined and Apple's iPhone is a monster. You are entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own facts.

about a year ago
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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

steve_bryan Re:This is what trademarks are for (263 comments)

"There was not nefarious trademark squatting"

That is exactly what is being alleged. If it were like the Cisco case where an actual product was developed and sold, then one can quite objectively expect Apple to address the issue and rectify the situation (i.e. pay up). In the Brazilian case, like the Chinese case, it appears to be a mugging of opportunity. They saw their opportunity for a payday and made the requisite minimal moves so a home court judge could put his compromised seal on the tawdry affair.

"Yes, I can say exactly that. Look at it like this: A local company creates a successful product and a huge american company with massive lawyers come in and sell an inferior product under the same name. Does the US company deserve to peddle its inferior product to consumers pretending it is the locally produced quality product?"

Successful product? Successful product? Are you blind? Apple's iPhone, whatever else could be said about it, is arguably the most successful product in the history of the world! (No, I don't own or intend to buy an Apple iPhone. I vastly prefer the iPod touch, especially in its most recent version). There is simply no way in the world that Apple intends "to peddle its inferior product" using the reputation of the local product.

"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."

about a year ago
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Intel's Rumored TV Plans Would Compete With Apple, Google

steve_bryan Re:the specs will make you cream your shorts (82 comments)

Has the Plex app on Roku improved recently? The last time I used it the experience had a definite flimsy, underpowered feel. I find the Air Video Server and corresponding iOS app much nicer. I use AirPlay and Apple TV, of course, to view on a big screen TV. A rather peculiar feature is that Apple TV works on my home network, which is not connected to the internet, while Roku simply fails to function if it cannot connect to the internet.

about a year ago
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OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Won't Support Some 64-bit Macs With Older GPUs

steve_bryan Re:Just buy new hardware! (NOT) (417 comments)

Isn't this mainly just the dark side of Moore's Law? I'm right on the cusp now for Mountain Lion so I am not unfamiliar with the frustration that I will need a new MBP for future updates but I also know how much technology has progressed since I got my classic 15" MBP that runs so well. On the other hand Macs tend to hold their value so you should be able to sell your model to someone who doesn't need the latest update for a good price. Try that with a 5 year old Toshiba (or a 1 year old model).

about 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

steve_bryan Re:Disagree (307 comments)

Oh please, bitch. The Mach microkernel was pioneered by Avie Tevanian and his colleagues at CMU. He left CMU to join a new company called NeXT which had as its CEO Steve Jobs after he left Apple. NeXTStep was developed but did not reach critical mass. When Jobs returned to Apple he brought Tevanian and Jon Rubenstein (previously head of hardware engineering at NeXT) to head Software and Hardware respectively at the 'new' Apple. The software for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, and iPod touch is all developed from the foundation of NeXTStep and the mach microkernel.

What is it with you guys? Apple introduces the first consumer friendly PC in the Apple ][, then the first mass market gui PC in the Mac (after the failed and distinctly not mass market Lisa), the first mp3 player that did not suck too much in the iPod, the first cell phone that often delights rather than inspire you to smash it: iPhone, and finally a pad format device that people actually want to use. But you aren't impressed. Wow. Mit der dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens. That's as much /. as I can take for today.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

steve_bryan Re:Disagree (307 comments)

The world still has TNT and tactical weapons yet the Nobel Prizes are what are popularly associated with Alfred Nobel.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

steve_bryan Re:Apple practically invented patent trolling (307 comments)

Youngin's today have no idea how limited processing power and memory were in those days. For years when a user moved a window around the screen a ghostly outline of the boundary of the window is all you got for feedback. When you let go of the window the old one was erased and the window was redrawn in its new position. And we had to walk to school uphill and into the wind both ways, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

steve_bryan Re:Apple practically invented patent trolling (307 comments)

Current value of those shares if held to the present day would be 8,000,000 x $500 = $4 Billion and still climbing (of course that would have required nerves of steel). Even Doctor Evil would be impressed. (N.B. Apple stock has split three times).

By the way anyone who accuses Apple (or any other company that actually creates and sells products based on their patents) a patent troll indicates gross ignorance on the part of the accuser. The only definition I've heard of that term is a company that has no products of its own so that cross licensing is never an option for negotiation. Patent trolls are "purely abstract" companies that game the patent system to change it from an attempt to encourage innovation to one that kills innovation (cf. Intellectual Ventures and its vile ilk).

more than 2 years ago
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Your Next TV Interface Will Be a Tablet

steve_bryan Re:That's pretty presumpyuous. (210 comments)

Also in the smaller form factor there is the iPod touch which is essentially an iPhone without the monthly bill. It also runs a Plex client which can throw the video to an Apple TV connected big screen.

more than 2 years ago
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Your Next TV Interface Will Be a Tablet

steve_bryan Re:It's called an idiot box for a reason ... (210 comments)

I know there is some turmoil going on, but last time I checked Portugal was still considered to be in Europe. So that is not really a counter-example.

more than 2 years ago
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Library.nu and Ifile.it Shut Down

steve_bryan Re:Taking the heat off torrents (336 comments)

Have you heard of VPN? It is widely used by business and government so trying to prevent its use is very problematic. As long as there are locations on the net that are not 'owned' by the copyright cartel the darknet will continue to flourish. Ironically a side effect of this development is that all other internet activity of an individual using VPN becomes much less vulnerable to surveillance. Positive efforts to encourage people to safeguard privacy have been fairly ineffective but this sort of activity is doing that job rather well.

more than 2 years ago
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File Sharing In the Post MegaUpload Era

steve_bryan Re:Blame Napster (334 comments)

...
Are sites containing strictly Magnet URIs, which I assume provide no resources for locating the tracker nor "piers" that would provide file, illegal or legal in the US? ...

To stop people from smirking you should refer to "peers" rather than "piers". Although the nautical image it conjures up is entertaining.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

steve_bryan Re:so i guess. (761 comments)

I understand your point about leverage. What I think you are trying to ignore is the wealth of products Apple makes and will continue to sell. The Mac (at least in name) goes back to '84. That is almost 30 years. Apple has never sold more or made more money on the Mac than in the most recent quarter. There is a huge amount of growth potential from the multitudes who are not satisfied with their current choice and are willing to try an Apple product because of their experience with the iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod. This is even more true of the iPhone and iPad. They insures an enormous amount of time (decades) before an improbable absence of a new successul product is felt. Finally there is the $100 billion that Apple (and by extension The Apple Store) has in cash or cash equivalents that could sustain them if they decided to nothing but sail around in yachts. Anyone waiting for Apple to fail because of the Apple Store needs to be very young and very patient.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

steve_bryan Re:so i guess. (761 comments)

That is a better explanation of your position than other critics have presented (mindless zealots who are unable to control their impulse to purchase). I still think it suffers from a time scale perspective. I don't see how Apple can continue to introduce products that experience exponential growth (I mean that in the mathematical sense, not the uneducated hyperbolic sense). But they still have four categories (laptops, handheld media players/internet devices, cellphone capable internet devices, and tablets) that will continue to grow for as far as the eye can see (except maybe iPods and they remain a huge market). A few non-revolutionary products will do little to dampen the desire to buy always improved, hit products from a tech store that doesn't suck.

When and if those products become irrelevant, assuming nothing new and significant ever appears, Apple would have to adjust its Apple Store strategy but it would do so as a huge incumbent. This would be some twenty or thirty years in the future judging from the wintel life cycle. This suggests geopolitical forces that would apply to the US and West generally are more likely to matter than commercial forces. That is what I mean by time scale. Your speculation would better apply to an Apple that prospered greatly from the iPod but never ventured into new territory. Simple media players become commodities and Apple Stores whither on the vine. But that is not what happened. In any case betting that Apple will not produce a new hit product has already become a fools game.

more than 2 years ago

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