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Comment: Tit for tat (Score 3, Insightful) 295

I imagine Beats/Apple isn't too happy with Bose's shenanigans regarding telling NFL players they can't wear their Beats headphones until 90 minutes after the end of the game.

Of course the players do it anyway, and Beats apparently pays the fines for them... but still.

Incidentally, the NFL isn't doing very well with regards to their endorsement deals - first Microsoft, and now Bose.

Comment: Ebola-fighting robots (Score 1) 87

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48177023) Attached to: Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

U.S. robotics researchers from around the country are collaborating on a project to build autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and telepresence robots that could safely decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola

I'm glad to hear the folks at U.S. Robotics have found something useful to work on, given how the dial-up modem business has tanked.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48176873) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Sleeve cases for laptops are nothing new - I had one for my second-generation MacBook Air.

I know there really are people like you who like the Surface - I work with a Windows admin that loves his. But having used the latest Pro 3 with the "good" type cover... I don't get the love. Typing is awful, the trackpad is awful, and having to take one of your hands off that keyboard to touch the screen is slow as hell. I watch my coworker use his, and every time he reaches for the screen it's like whatever he's doing shifts to slow motion. it sure looks like a bad concept from top to bottom.

Comment: Re:How is it creepy? (Score 2) 124

Somehow I doubt Facebook is particularly interested in the personal data of the people signing up for this - they already HAVE that, by definition.

No, it's another way to expand their shadow profiles and collect more data on those people who aren't on Facebook, but are friends with (or related to) people that are.

Comment: Re:How balkanized? (Score 1) 139

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48155237) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

I imagine these companies will probably all think moving to "a la carte" offerings is an opportunity for them to increase their profits - but I doubt cord-cutters are willing to pay, say, ten bucks a month each to HBO, ESPN, Hulu, and so on.

I wouldn't have HBO right now if it weren't rolled into my current lowest-tier cable TV subscription - and I wouldn't even have THAT if Comcast didn't make it pretty much as cheap as going internet-only (the difference is a few bucks a month). When I subscribed to a higher tier, I think the only channels I watched regularly were our local regional sports station, Food Network, and Cartoon Network... but, a la carte, I'd only be willing to pay a buck or two a month for each one. I gave them all up about a year ago, and I can't say it's been particularly hard to live without them.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 1) 139

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48155187) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

It's worse news for Major League Baseball teams - they've pretty much all gotten on the "cable television contracts are a cash cow" bandwagon over the past four or five years, and have been spending accordingly.

Actually, let me amend that. The news is worst for the regional sports networks - they're the ones who've basically promised baseball teams billions and billions of dollars based on their (now shrinking) cable revenue.

I don't feel sorry for them, though. The cable companies made this bed, gouging customers every chance they get. If they were to all go bankrupt tomorrow, it would be an inconvenience... but one that ultimately would benefit all of us.

Comment: Re:Ob (Score 4, Interesting) 229

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48143851) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

You're coding it wrong.

I know you're making a joke (which worked pretty well) - but if he's complaining about forced sandboxing, I think Apple is (sorta) in the right. I can see the argument for allowing some kinds of apps to escape the sandbox, but it should require some hoops be jumped through and it should require specific notification to the user.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.