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Comment Re:Oh, I totally agree... (Score 1) 791

I completely agree. The number of times I have had a micro-USB connector fail is shameful.

Micro-USB is designed to be the early point of failure on hardware -- it is the "planned obsolescence" for consumer devices.

I've seen both the connector in the device simply break-off for no good reason and the cable-side connector mysteriously stop working with no visible defect.

Micro-USB is trash.

Apple was right to re-imagine this connector.

Comment Finger prints everywhere (Score 1) 303

This guy makes one huge mistake in his reasoning. He assumes that we aren't constantly littering the world with our finger prints for anyone to retrieve. Dude. Finger prints are as easily obtained as taking out the garbage.

Finger prints are not something that we need to protect from being proliferated, because we proliferate them ALL THE TIME.


Comment Glass is glass.. (Score 4, Insightful) 127

No news here people. The fact that existing fiber optic cable can be reused with new terminating equipment to increase transmission speed is not anything new.

MCI was doing this throughout the 1990s.

The inherent properties of the fiber optic cable have always meant that their potential "max speed" was much higher than the current terminating equipment of the time.

This is as interesting as someone saying "Hey, I bought a new sports car and drove it faster on this old road today than I did on my motor scooter yesterday!"

Comment History will repeat itself. (Score 2) 286

Remember those great Intel software-based modems back in 1993 that Intel had for Windows 3.1 that weren't supported by any operating system afterwards?

Remember how Intel sold that line of business and left us all hanging? Yeah.

Software based hardware like this is destined to be a one-trick pony. Use it in one system, and then it's stuck on that operating system for the duration. You'll be left in the lurch when the next version of you OS is released.

Go ahead and line-up to get screwed by WD and Intel. I'll skip this round of fleecing.

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley