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How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

theun4gven Re:Too soon (385 comments)

My one reason for choosing Borders over B&N: book search kiosks.

I could search and find what I was looking for without having to wait in line or deal with an employee. I could modify searches and explore a bit without having to spell things out to an employee who would just tell me they didn't have it because they couldn't type.

about a year ago

How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

theun4gven Re:Last sentence (420 comments)

Ford was not the first to use the assembly line, nor was he even the first to use it for automobiles (that would be Olds, who even held a patent on it), but he was the first to make it famous.

I'm not sure why you feel the need to spam your pretty argument after a good majority of the posts here as the iPhone was a lot more than just a pretty new phone. The iPhone made doing more than making calls on a phone easy and almost entirely intuitive. If you handed any other phone (pre iPhone) you've mentioned above to nearly anyone on the street along with an iPhone, you'd see pretty quickly how one is in fact usable and the other not nearly as much. As a single point, browsing the internet on any phone before the iPhone was nearly unusable. If a website didn't have a specific stripped down mobile version you probably couldn't even render it. The iPhone brought a lot of technologies together in a way that was easy to use, did what you wanted and didn't take a manual to figure out. And yes, it did all of this while still being pretty.

While Jobs' legacy will include the iPhone, he will be compared to Edison, et al for everything he did in his career, including playing a major role in the emerging home computer market, rebuilding a failing company into not only a leader in its field, but one of the largest in the world, and creating market changing devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. But you keep thinking this is all because he made a phone pretty.

more than 2 years ago

Text Message Brands Quebec Man a Terror Suspect

theun4gven Re:What was it? (451 comments)

This depends entirely upon the costs and likelihoods for each. If the costs to the public are severe and the likelihood of a serious case happening is very small (even if its costs are large), I'd much rather go too far into the leaving serious cases uninvestigated category.

more than 2 years ago

In New Zealand, a System To Watch for Disabled Parking Violators

theun4gven Re:P&T on handicapped parking (551 comments)

If none of those spots were handicap you would probably still be in the same situation. In a 512 space lot, with twelve being close and the rest a half kilometer away, what do you think the chances are of ever finding an open spot up front?

Now technically there would still be a chance, but realistically those spots would be filled nearly all of the time and, in my experience, usually by the people who very rarely ever drive.

The correct solution here, as mentioned above, would be to create a 10-minute unloading zone or similar.

more than 2 years ago

Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

theun4gven Re:Bipartisan support (548 comments)

I just don't think they deserve an advantage over other retailers by not having to collect the sales tax.

Then do you propose that brick and mortars should have to collect tax based upon the the customer's residence as this law will require of online retailers? Why should a brick and mortar in Oregon not have to collect taxes from customers while an online store based out of Oregon does?

This tax already exists in the form of use taxes. Just because most people don't pay them doesn't mean they aren't already taxed for the purchase.

more than 3 years ago

OnStar Terms and Conditions Update Raises Privacy Concerns

theun4gven Re:Disconnecting ? (185 comments)

My car has a box hanging under the rear deck in the trunk. It can be removed without tools and has four connectors that you disconnect to remove the system entirely. The entire system can be removed in under a minute after popping the trunk.

more than 3 years ago

Mars Journal Issue Inspires Hundreds of One-Way Trip Volunteers

theun4gven Re:I don't care how many volunteers you get (475 comments)

The largest difference between Mars colonization and colonizing a new continent is that a Mars colony cannot sustain itself. It is reliant on resources sent from Earth. When colonists reached North America they were not faced with a barren wasteland devoid of sustenance.

more than 3 years ago

French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

theun4gven Re:old news (112 comments)

Sensors are sensors, what is so much harder about were they are buried?

If you have a block on a street that allows parallel parking but has no lines for specific spaces how do you determine if there is enough space available between cars for another car to park? This method allows for that. If you have a space that can fit three small cars or two large trucks you can't have a sensor for each individual spot since the parking situation is dynamic.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Mistrial Because of Wikipedia

theun4gven Re:Would you prefer a completely clueless jury the (558 comments)

Well, in a criminal trial, if you honestly don't know then you have a reasonable doubt and don't convict. Better 10 guilty men go free and all that.

If you have a question or a misunderstanding you ask the bailiff and he will pass on your request to the judge. The judge then has a say as to whether or not you receive said information and in what form. If the prosecution didn't present its case clearly, competently, and completely then it is not your job to do so for them. You are there to judge the facts; if those are not presented it is not your job to go out and find them.

about 4 years ago

Moodle 1.9 For Second Language Teaching

theun4gven Re:Sigh (50 comments)

The willingness of the student to put time and effort into learning is directly related to the interest and ability of the teacher and to a lesser extent the tools used to teach. A poor teacher using the wrong tools will severely tax the willingness of even the most interested student and may even make learning impossible. Any effort spent fighting the tools is effort not spent learning the material.

about 4 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

theun4gven Re:Gir's Analysis: Doom, Doom, Doom (298 comments)

It certainly works fine for Apple. As long as a company makes profit, why should it matter - that's what people say for Apple. If Apple can spend years adding features like 3G, copy/paste, multitasking etc, why the hurry for Microsoft?

So a new car company shouldn't have to worry about including things like air conditioning, radio, anti-lock brakes, etc. because older car companies spent years adding features such as those?

But I find it interesting if the media are now going to criticise Microsoft because their phone lacks these features, when the Iphones got praised for it.

The media are going to criticize Microsoft for lacking these features because they also criticized Apple and because they are now common and expected features on a smartphone. Mentioning that some people defended Apple's choice to initially leave out these features does not mean they weren't criticized by the media. This isn't interesting, it's expected.

more than 4 years ago

Wireless PCIe To Enable Remote Graphics Cards

theun4gven Re:I must admit... (181 comments)

But you couldn't walk around the house with it. You could walk around the same room. Next room, maybe, but certainly not two rooms over nor even another floor.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

theun4gven Re:Hundreds of Tabs? (570 comments)

What I'd really like is some way to categorise tabs

While not a complete solution, I find using a separate window for each category of tabs to be a nice workaround. Alt-tab or expose makes moving between them pretty simple.

more than 4 years ago

Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company

theun4gven Re:Insurance Offerings (406 comments)

Deliberate destruction of property to collect insurance is called "insurance fraud" and is illegal, no matter how cool someone thinks it is to stick it to the man.

I have to disagree; deliberate destruction is a subset of "if phone stops functioning for any reason" and would therefore be covered.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

theun4gven Re:They're artificial limitations. That's the prob (1634 comments)

Conversely, since most computers don't have a choke point at the device, the iPad is much more expensive to develop for than any other computer. If your company and project is big enough the extra cost becomes minimal, but this virtually eliminates any small, independant software operation trying to "make it" in the computer world. I can, and have, written programs that I use on my computer on a regular basis which cost me nothing more than the time it took to write the program. This is not possible with the iPad, period.

Your argument makes sense up until this point. Let's use your own words (changes in bold) to argue how expensive iPad development is: Apple, on the other hand, simply charges a developer's fee ($100) and uses license agreements to get a slice of whatever anybody sells on their system. Anybody who knows XCode(and that's anybody who develops Macintosh/iPhone software, which is a LOT of programmers) can develop an iPad application and sell it.

I'm not sure how a $100 developer fee and small percentage of each sale equates to expensive. Sell even 130 copies of a $1 app and you have completely recouped your initial investment.

more than 4 years ago

Bing To Become Default iPhone Search?

theun4gven Re:Big Battle (463 comments)

I'm still not buying it. I think it's just a kind of naturally reified Googlebomb/Bingbomb. At this point, all you have to do is start typing "Why is" into EITHER search engine and that entire question will appear as an autocomplete, so clearly, you're not getting unadulterated results in either case.

Yet, if I enter "Why is Microsoft Windows so awesome?" as my question, the second result, ON BING, leads to a page explaining why Linux is better than Windows. Google actually gives more favorable results toward Windows.

So what you are saying is that, even though Bing may not be biasing results, in both the "Windows more expensive" and "Windows so awesome" searches Bing returns poor results with Google's being much more relevant?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Not Disabling OS X Atom Support After All

theun4gven Re:WOLF! (275 comments)

Are the released known beforehand? Would he have known there'd be a new version the next day?

No, but I think you are missing his point. Apple released a build that fixed Atom support the day after the report about losing Atom support came out. He's saying that this implies the fix had nothing to do with bad PR since there wasn't enough time for the bad PR to occur, Apple to come up with a fix, implement it, and release it in only one day.

more than 5 years ago

Penny-Sized Nuclear Batteries Developed

theun4gven Re:Cars??? (444 comments)

It would be difficult to fit a battery the size of a car into a car....

No, that would be pretty easy. The difficult part would be fitting anything else.

more than 5 years ago


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