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Comment: Re:Do you honestly believe.... (Score 4, Interesting) 209

by AndreR (#43226539) Attached to: Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Destroyer of iPhones

Everyone's replying in agreement to you, but that is not the reason why people are concerned.

The reason is that this guy wasn't an employee, he was CTO. As CTO, he had the power to influence decisions.

He didn't have to follow the company's lead, he was the one dictating what that was.
And he sucked at that.

Comment: Re:I HATE this (Score 1) 473

by AndreR (#42742137) Attached to: Hacker Faces 105 Years In Prison After Blackmailing 350+ Women

Sure, this set of crimes in particular doesn't justify life in prison. I meant to argue, for the OP, that accumulation of minor crimes should not have 'one murder or less' as the sentence cap. I believe that causing misery to substantial numbers of people should not see "oh well at least it wasn't murder" as an argument.

Regarding the definition of crime, this one in particular has intent, malice, and a direct impact on the lives of the affected.
What about uploading a million songs? Not really comparable, IMO.

Comment: Re:I HATE this (Score 1) 473

by AndreR (#42741551) Attached to: Hacker Faces 105 Years In Prison After Blackmailing 350+ Women

I have to agree. Is it okay to say that ruining the lives of 350 women is not as bad as 1 murder? Perhaps.

How about a thousand women?
How about a million people?
Would ruining the lives of a million people still be less punishable than one murder?

It's not that we're trying to compare both crimes. If given the choice between taking one life or ruining a million lives, I don't think it'd be an easy choice for anyone. They're not comparable.

But let's not say that just because it wasn't murder, it doesn't deserve a harsher sentence than murder.

(we're talking serious crimes here, not the 'steal a thousand songs be a thousand times guilty' crap that record labels are pulling)

Science

Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey? 447

Posted by samzenpus
from the robot-chef dept.
First time accepted submitter almostadnsguy writes "There seem to be a lot of ways to cook a turkey the geekiest ones are probably out of the realm of possibility for normal geeks. However, Within the limits of normal society (or outside if you wish) what is the geekiest way to do it? Do you use a special brine, cook it in an inventive way, or raise genetically modified turkeys with extra legs?"

Comment: Re:Meg, Carly (Score 4, Informative) 237

by AndreR (#42044879) Attached to: Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

Example: PayPal lets you open an account with minimal information, and lets you send money to that account no limits.

Now suppose you're a European citizen. The second you receive more than 2500 euros in your account, they're going to lock it and ask you to provide extra information to prove who you are.

They do this *after* they let you open the account, and *after* the money is in said account.

Then, if you can't or won't provide the information they ask (passport, proof of address), they'll lock your account with your funds in it. They'll only allow you to get the funds after 180 days, and you must initiate the process, or they'll just keep the money.

A bank would never be allowed to do such a thing. They'd have to verify who you were *before* they gave you an account, and they would never be allowed to lock your funds for half a year _after_ you received said funds. Unless you were part of a criminal investigation, of course.

Comment: Re:Normal users shouldn't install just any program (Score 5, Insightful) 658

by AndreR (#39060343) Attached to: An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

Here's my experience maintaining a couple of friend's and family's Macs:

- .dmg files in the Applications folder.
- Apps in the dock that refer to the .app inside the .dmg, which is still inside the Downloads folder.
- "My application stopped working after I emptied the Downloads folder".
- People who actually opened the .dmg and then the app inside it every time they wanted to use it.
- Every single .dmg ever opened since last rebook still mounted, icon showing on the Desktop and in Finder.

Here, we're the 1%. Apple wants to make life easier to the 99%. Can't blame them.

Comment: Re:This is unlikely to be true/correct (Score 1) 591

by AndreR (#35714748) Attached to: Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

In Treatment, good show from HBO, 43 episodes per season. http://www.hbo.com/in-treatment/ . Just saying that although unlikely, it is possible and we don't even have to go look for obscure shows outside the US.

Regarding price, I have to disagree, there is a psychological price perception, based on what you feel that you're getting. I would never buy a single tvshow season for $100, as I would never buy a music album for $50.

From the producer's point of view, producing a tvshow episode is expensive, therefore it must be priced accordingly.
From the consumer's point of view, watching an episode is an ephemeral experience that is rarely repeated.

So, in the consumer's mind, an episode shouldn't cost three times more than a $1 audio track, when the track will get tens of listens and the episode will get one or two viewings.

In the end, the consumers would be right, but producers are fighting very hard to defeat the "the customer is always right" theory.

Comment: Re:Like it or not (Score 1) 239

by AndreR (#33358256) Attached to: Apple Patent Points To iMac Touch Running OS X and iOS
Yet, many of the top grossing apps on the App Store are also significantly above that price point. See Things, 1Password Pro, Papers, Documents To Go, and most of the GPS apps around.

Don't fool yourself, there is a market for quality at the right price (not talking about the GPS apps here). The App Store just re-defined the concept of 'right price' due to economies of scale, by getting your app in front of a much larger audience, and under much much tougher competition.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.

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