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Comment Re:If I was Nintendo.... (Score 1) 259

Probably not a "X1", the press releases mentioned it is a 'customized' (translation very stripped down, low cost, low power version) of the Terga.

Nintendo has never been about raw power for their consoles. None of their consoles thus far has even tried to match the competition there. The Wii was underpowered compared to the PS3 an X360, but it didn't need the power. Twilight Princess was still a very pretty game and a hell of a lot of fun. The big N has always been about spinning Mario in a new direction, not showing how many bullets can be simulated in Call of Modern Wargame 2099.

Sony has been pushing the "play anywhere" thing with their playstation streaming tech. Nintendo appears to have taken that a step further with "bring it anywhere". I like the idea of having a console within a car to amuse the kids for those long road trips. That's something Sony and MS don't quite have yet.

Comment Re:But . . . (Score 1) 429

Because studies have shown it's cheaper to repair the damage after a breach than it is to pay for the best people up front to build that security wall. Compare $4million spent to a credit defense agency and maybe a $2m fine against spending $10mil+ (over many years) to build that security wall. If and until that fact changes, businessmen and women will always go the cheaper route.

Comment Re:No. Vendor. Lockin. (Score 1) 265

I still don't understand all the hate toward systemd.

Linux has had a number of de-facto standard implementations for things through the years: (working from memory)
- For sound we had some various odds and ends, then focus started to go toward ALSA, then later we had JACK, and PulseAudio. Now it seems most major distros use PulseAudio.
- For our displays we've had the X window system for ages. Now we're starting to move toward Wayland and there's still some of the old grey/neckbeards that are simply afraid of change and digging their heels in on X.

Your big complaint is that it was once free-as-in-speech *and* free-as-in-beer. Tell me, how is software that you pay no money for and have access to all source code somehow not both definitions of free? Are you not still free to pick a distribution that uses sysvinit? upstart? openrc? Assuming you have the knowledge, ability, and time, couldn't you roll your own distro with all those features you want *and* pick which init system you wanted? Couldn't you get the source of systemd and rip out those things you don't like?

Looking at it another way, one of the biggest complaints about Linux adoption was the fragmentation across different distributions. Now Linux is starting to approach a standard for user space, which would make cross-distro development easier. Isn't that a good thing?

Comment Re:Only $900? (Score 1) 120

"Hey, here's the cost of your phone and a little extra to keep this hush-hush"

Samsung doesn't have the experience that Comcast and Microsoft have in bribing. First, it was only $900, not $50k. Second, it was to a private citizen, not an elected official. Third, it should have been a "campaign contribution" not a "bribe". Though I suppose things do work a little different in China than in the U.S.

Comment A quote comes to mind (Score 3, Insightful) 46

An old boss of mine said "If you had time to do it a second time, you had enough time to do it right the first time".

While not a direct statement to what Samsung is going through, I do hope that the costs of:
  • Lost sales/refunds for the original device
  • Lost sales/refunds for the replacement device
  • R&D for the creation of both devices
  • Loss of reputation and related lost sales
  • Sunk cost in replacement devices (be they samsung or other)
  • Cost of setting up replacement booths and paying technician salaries (and rental space in an airport)

is enough to make them look closer at what design stupidity they tried to get away with and stop with their nonsense. The consensus on Slashdot and other tech sites I visit seems to be "Give me a phone that I'm not afraid is going to break and goes longer than 8 hours between charges", neither of which are easily done with this race to paper-thin.

Samsung, take note. People like replaceable batteries. They like slightly thicker, stronger phones that don't feel like they are going to snap in half when you take them out of your pocket. People like being able to take their phone through an entire day of whatever, without worrying about recharging in the middle. You guys have the 10nm fab going, start getting better batteries and working on energy efficient phones. I don't care if a web site takes 0.05 seconds longer to load, I'd probably blame my cell providers network anyway.

Comment Re:Tomlinson Holman of THX (Score 2) 44

I've had an Onkyo 7.1 surround unit for years that has Audessey built-in. It sound great hooked up to JBL speakers. The setup is actually very simple. You put a microphone in one of three listening areas at ear level and it calibrates all speaker gain such that those areas can hear everything. The only downside is mixing of the center channel is often lower than others, so I have to manually bring the center channel up a little bit to hear people talking.

The home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) setups can have reasonable sound too. For someone that's a pseudo-audiophile it's worth piecing your setup together.

Comment Re:Break them up, then (Score 1) 86

Unless you can cite a statute to base this idea on you're just blowing hot air and as long as all your doing is complaining on Slashdot you may as well not even do that.

I'm no lawyer, so it would take an absurd amount of time to find any sort of legal citation. My guesstimate (yes, guess, see previous statement about not being a lawyer) would be that something along the lines of Comcast hasn't yet occurred and there would not be a lot of legal precedent. First, we are dealing with a single corporation that does not compete with itself and faces minimal competition in multiple markets, some of which have "government-approved monopolies" (even if it's municipal-level last-mile contracts and not anything federal). Second, there is no inherit problem with incorporating all components of a business per se. Samsung owns everything they need to make a phone, washer/dryer, or TV with minimal purchasing from other companies. Nobody really complains about that, but then again we have competition in all markets that Samsung sells items in.

Write you senator and migrate from big party politics or just settle for more of the same.

This is probably one of the more insightful statements I've seen on /. in a while. Unfortunately the public is too busy using change.org to urge the president to declare the Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group, or build a death star.

Comment Break them up, then (Score 5, Insightful) 86

These companies are wireless phone providers, internet service providers, content creators, and cable television companies. When one company owns the full stack of an entertainment channel and can no longer be regulated by a single government agency, then they need to be broken up into their constituent parts. Just like the Ma Bell days of old.

It's nothing more than a different style of monopoly similar to a mafia-run operation. You will buy only their product, from them, at prices they command. They've already killed all real competition, so you don't have a choice.

Comment Re:Marketing opportunity (Score 1) 207

If I want flavored food, i'll choose to eat something actually good - like cooked by a human who cares about the taste - rather than some prepackaged thing that is optimized for long term storage.

So you do a lot of eating at home, then?

Pretty much *every* chain loads things down with butter to make things taste good. Often masking other nonsense they try to pull. You might also be aware that there is often only a handful of food distributors in any metro area, so your choice at a restaurant is the same base products, dressed up a little differently. That chicken fried steak at Chili's is the same as Applebees, plus or minus a couple spices.

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