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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

yodleboy Re:Here's what troubles me about Apple and the med (266 comments)

"Innovation is always built on the back of others"

But when it's Apple, it's just a logical progression of technology. When it's some other company, it's all rape and pillage. double standards are fun.

about a week ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

yodleboy Re:Moo (469 comments)

"If that were the case, then you'd expect them to think the older, more valuable one sounded better right away, not the newer, less special one; so this seems to be a statement against confirmation bias."

Nahhhh. after spending a million bucks and being underwhelmed they do what anyone with buyers remorse does...they start imagining things.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

yodleboy Re:Ah, antimatter (393 comments)

dark matter is the aether! they were right all along, take that Einstein!!!!

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

yodleboy Re:Ah, antimatter (393 comments)

HA! Funny to think that somehow there was 1 extra atom of matter and that made all the difference in which one dominated.

about two weeks ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

yodleboy Re:Predictions? (183 comments)

nah... probably Celcius...

about a month ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

yodleboy yeahhhh... (742 comments)

Yes... get over it, please. Will we have another 20 years of this crap on /.? The only difference between MS and Apple is that MS took the 800lb gorilla approach. Apple is just as much of a litigious, strongarmed, asshole of a company. They just manage to be smarter about it, and to hide behind the 'we're so cool, trust us' image they've cultivated.

Not that it matters on /.. MS will be vilified for all eternity, while the flavor of the month companies will always get a pass because they take the time to lube up first.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

yodleboy Re:Change (742 comments)

"The thing I hate the most about their products they do not have a monopoly on: selling managers framework systems whose major purpose seems to be to coax the customer into a situation where buying more stuff is the easiest solution. "

Are you talking about Microsoft? or IBM? or Oracle? or Cisco? or everyone?

about 2 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

yodleboy Re:2nd amendment means military weapons (934 comments)

"Overthrowing an oppressive government (what the second amendment is about) requires modern military hardware. In this age, that means tanks, RPGs and military aircraft."

You mean like those guys in Afghanistan that have basically fought with limited means against 2 major superpowers until said superpowers had enough and left?

Personally, I don't think it would ever go as far as armed uprising. The federal government would rather see secession right and left rather than face the reality of another Civil War with modern weapons. The limp noodle backbone of Washington DC may come home to roost one day...

about 3 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

yodleboy Re:People Actually Pirated The Hobbit??? (193 comments)

what would have made you happy? Michael Bay directing The Hobbit as a two hour explosion fest? You want to see shitting all over a beloved short novel? Try the Starship Troopers movie. Now, maybe 3 movies is a bit long, but at least it's being done by someone that cares about the source material. Did you ever think that sometimes the only way to sell this stuff to those sleazy execs is to give them a way to milk it?

It's incredible that people will sit around and bitch about getting too much entertainment at a time when most studios would be happy to give you a 90 min stinker like the latest Conan remake for the same price.

about 4 months ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

yodleboy Well played Slatibartfast! (420 comments)

OBVIOUSLY, the Magratheans are staging the backup copy of Earth in anticipation of the Mayan apocalypse. To the best of my knowledge all of my friends are from where they claim to be from, so it looks like I'll be stuck here.

about a year ago
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Huge Pumice Rock 'Island' Seen Floating In South Pacific

yodleboy Spidermonkey Island? (104 comments)

I thought Dr. Doolittle took care of that floating mess.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA

yodleboy Thanks UBISOFT! (270 comments)

You can probably lay this one at the feet of crap companies like UBISOFT. An actual Valve game will likely never be cause for a class action suit. What this is, is an attempt to protect themselves from being the scapegoat for OTHER publishers' stupidity. I'm pointing to the recent announcement that UBIPLAY or whatever it's called has been installing rootkits on users computers. It's not Valve's fault that Ubisoft slipped some crap like this into their installer and they are rightly concerned about being sued for it, even though they are just the delivery boy in this case. With this move, greedy class action lawyers will just bypass Valve and go after Ubi, which is the correct thing to do anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November

yodleboy Re:Are people still playing this? (135 comments)

This is a good point. These new MMO's seem to be so dead set on being NOT WOW that they end up making mistakes Blizzard made years ago. If nothing else, WoW can show them what NOT to do, ever. No one expects 7 years of content like WoW at release. What's disappointing with most other MMO's is you've got 7 years of WoW to study, 7 years of failed WoW killers to study and they STILL can't get mechanics, interfaces and quality of life items right.

It's not like they are being tasked with inventing the MMO genre from scratch. It's really a pretty well defined game type. Imagine if someone said they were building the latest wonder car and then proceeded to ignore the last 30 years or so of automotive history. Recipe for failure.

about a year and a half ago
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November

yodleboy Re:Are people still playing this? (135 comments)

i wanted to play. Didn't get in the beta, and when it was released, there was no free trial. Even a couple of days would have been enough. I've got room in my schedule for ONE MMO, and I will not pay full retail on the unlikely chance it's going to replace WoW. Later on I believe they had trials, first where you could get invited by a friend, and now I THINK they have a free trial. Too bad. At this point after reading complaints and all the missed opportunities I think I'll pass.

about a year and a half ago
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How Will Steam on GNU/Linux Affect Software Freedom?

yodleboy Re:I dont have to be a free software advocate (580 comments)

That's a pretty naive statement. Your complaint should be against intrusive DRM, abuse of legal system, persecution of randomly selected people to make an example. None of which have jack shit to do with Steam which has a DRM so transparent as to be unnoticeable MOST of the time, and is developed by a company that has never been accused of the other things I mentioned. If all DRM were like Steam and all media companies like Valve, most people would have damn little to complain about. It must be sad to walk around thinking that even the guys that try to do things the right way are just as bad as the bastards. You're in for a lifetime of disappointment, stay away from computers and try knitting.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

yodleboy Re:recent FIOS developments... (263 comments)

current statement shows $39.99 for 35/35, $30 for landline, 100 for TV and $20 in taxes and fees. Now when i first moved here, i had Dish, no landline and FIOS internet. FIOS internet ONLY was $69/mo for 35/35. Bundle saved me about $25 a month, plus I got landline, more channels and 3 movie channel packages. So, wasn't a bad deal.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

yodleboy recent FIOS developments... (263 comments)

You might want to check with FIOS. I was pulling my bill online yesterday and was hit with an ad for FIOS Quantum. Speeds up to 300/65 in some places. The best I can do is 75/35, but it's a hell of an upgrade from 35/35. My bill goes up $20 a month, so I'm paying $59/mo for 75/35 (part of a bundle of course). ANyway, if you haven't logged into your VZ account lately you might want to check. I didn't get any emails or hear a peep about it until I logged in.

about a year and a half ago
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New Coating Technology Promises Self-Cleaning Cars

yodleboy Cue the lobbys... (88 comments)

In the coming weeks lobbyists from the car wash industry, every organization that does a fund raiser car wash and probably from that guy on the street corner that will wash your entire car with Windex for $2 will be decrying this terrible innovation in auto paint. This stuff will lead to nano apocalypse, lost revenue and general dissatisfaction with life. Someone think of the children too!

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Resurrect 500-Million-Year-Old Gene Inside Modern Organism

yodleboy Re:Genius! (135 comments)

why take chances with ancient specimens? Couldn't they have learned the exact same things using more modern and better understood strains? Don't get me wrong. I love science and discovery and all that jazz. I just wonder about the playing with fire mentality of some researchers sometimes. "Hey we're gonna do this cool experiment, let's do it with something really COOL!"

about 2 years ago

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The End is Nigh! Which end is up to you though

yodleboy yodleboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yodleboy (982200) writes "CNN offers a nice sampling of various apocalyptic theories and terminology in How To Speak Apocalypse. With 2012 now underway, what will the end actually look like? Pole shifts or the Rapture? Has the end already happened and maybe we just haven't gotten the memo (Galactic Superwave)? What do you think fellow slashdotters, time to dust off the bucket list?"
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