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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

supremebob Re:In other words, the service is going to die. (73 comments)

Considering that Lenovo owns Motorola Mobility now, they could probably use those patents in their upcoming litigation battles with Apple.

3 days ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

supremebob The brightest people don't go into CS anymore, duh (144 comments)

I'd like to think that the brightest US high school students would be smart enough to avoid going into a field that is being outsourced overseas and go into something like Medicine that pays better and is more secure.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

supremebob Re:How can you (171 comments)

Perhaps Apple was never interested is using Sapphire glass at all on the iPhone 6, and just planted the rumor in order to get better pricing out of Corning for the Gorilla Glass.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users

supremebob Re:4G is Losing to Wifi (46 comments)

I'd imagine that this problem will eventually resolve itself, as Verizon isn't letting users keep their $30 a month Unlimited data plans when they get a new phone on contract.

Sure, some people are willing to pay $750 for their shiny new iPhone 6 to keep their unlimited plan, but I'll bet that most rather get it for $199 on a new contract and get downgraded to a 2 GB plan.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

supremebob Re: Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

I'll admit that the camera on the new iPhone 6 is nicer, that the display looks slightly better, and that it responds slightly faster.

Is that enough to get me to spend $300 to upgrade? Nope. I'd just be exchanging one large screen 4G smartphone for a slightly newer one. My Samsung Galaxy S3 still has a lot of life left in it, especially considering that I can replace the battery if it goes bad or add additional storage if I run out.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

supremebob Re:Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

Honestly, the iPhone 6 is more like the Samsung Galaxy S3. They both have 1 GB of memory, a 4 3/4 inch screen, and NFC.... which is impressive for the Samsung considering that it was released in 2012.

about a month ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

supremebob Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (249 comments)

Sadly, we've seen these large Linux migration stories play out before several times. Microsoft usually waits until a few months into the transistion pilot process (when users are stil learning the new system and are frustrated), and then comes in with rediciously cheap licensing deal (Like under $50 a seat for Windows and Office) to get the business back.

Microsoft loves it, because it gives their sales teams another story to tell about a "failing" Linux migration. I just hope that Canonical steps in and helps these guys in Turin out if they run into trouble, to prevent this story from happening again.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

supremebob Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

It's a nice convertible tablet, but it still seems too expensive compared to the competition. Once you get it with a decent amount of SSD storage (256 GB), it costs $1,300! For that price, you're not even getting the faster Core i7 processor that comes standard in most laptops in that price range.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

supremebob Re:Comcast Xfinity Wireless Router (427 comments)

I had the misfortune of having their new router for a few months. Not only did I have problems getting it to work with my office VPN connection due to blocked ports, but they decided to turn my house into an XfinityWiFi hotspot without asking my permission first.

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

supremebob About 6 years ago for me (391 comments)

The last desktop that I built for myself was about 6 years ago.

I just got myself a new one about 18 months ago, but Dell had a sale on a shiny new XPS Core i7 desktop with all of the features that I wanted for about $100 less than I could have bought the parts to build it myself. Sometimes you just can't argue with economies of scale.

Besides, I find myself using my laptop more often than my desktop nowadays.

about 3 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

supremebob Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

"Allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence"

That's code for "Allow Jihadists posing as farmers to dig a smuggling tunnel under the fence", right?

about 3 months ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

supremebob Re:Makes sense (152 comments)

I wouldn't totally agree with this. Dell occasionally has some huge markdown sales where you can get a PC for less than it would cost you to buy the parts and OS from Newegg.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

supremebob Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (383 comments)

Actually, they sound like lyrics to that new Weird Al song "Mission Statement".

Amazing piece of music... it's like Weird Al went through my old IBM mail archive and wrote a song from the management newsletters.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

supremebob Re:But ... why? (71 comments)

Perhaps they want to kill off SAP's Sybase division once and for all.

I believe that Micros was one of the last big support contracts that Sybase still had. Now that Oracle owns them, you can be pretty guarantee that new version of Micros ReS will have an Oracle backend.

But, hey, Sybase is a Dead Division Walking already. When was the last time you heard about them getting a NEW Fortune 500 contract?

about 4 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

supremebob Re:Only 22% (377 comments)

I'll bet that my wife is going to be one of those people. She has a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which only gives her an average mileage of 29 MPG.

They don't even MAKE new Ford Escape Hybrids anymore, and for good reason. The new 2014 Escape with the 1.6L "Ecoboost" 4 cylinder gets better highway mileage than her old car did, and it's $7,000 cheaper with a similar option package. We're not a fan of the styling (It looks more like a Crossover than a real SUV now), but I'm sure that we can get something else with the same gas mileage for the similar price.

about 4 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

supremebob Re:bitcoin has to much fluctuation for them to hol (87 comments)

Expedia is using something like Bitpay for their Bitcoin processing, right? If that's the case, they get their payment in cash right away and do not need to worry about any price fluctuations.

about 4 months ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

supremebob Re:$150,000? (220 comments)

Yeah... if this dumbass had half a brain, he would have mined a script based coin like Litecoin or Dogecoin instead. You could mine those profitably with a GPU up until recently.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

supremebob Re:Android phones are also more secure. (711 comments)

The main problem that I see with Android security is that it takes forever to get security patches. It can take over six months for an Android point release to get validated by the carriers and pushed out to all of the phones, and many Android phones that are more than 18 months old aren't getting ANY Android updates anymore.

Combine that with clueless end users (like my poor Mom) who seemingly click on every e-mail and SMS link they receive without thinking twice, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. She switched to an iPhone after her old Android 2.3 phone got hacked and filled with malware.

about 5 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

supremebob Re:Bringing in the Indians!! (288 comments)

I thought that they still relocating entire offices to third world countries, and staffing them with people making $3 an hour to do your tech support calls. You can't get H1B's for that cheap!

What... you still want tech support that can actually understand English and isn't just navigating through a troubleshooting flow chart to "fix" your problem? You better pony up for the Gold level Enterprise support package for $$$$$$ a month.

about 5 months ago
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London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

supremebob Re:Can't turn them off? (152 comments)

Or beating the daylights out of a dark skinned person with their police baton.

about 6 months ago

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Welcome to my journal.

supremebob supremebob writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Welcome to my journal. Since I don't have anything interesting to put in here, I'm planning on leaving it blank.

If I ever get a job that would be of interest to Slashdotters (like a Linux kernel developer or an Open-Source widget designer), I might reconsider.

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