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Comment: Re:Apple REULEZ! (Score 1) 230

by Austerity Empowers (#47955737) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Last I checked blackberries don't allow tethering via bluetooth or wifi, and while they do email real well, they didn't do much else all that well. I'm not sure it makes one a "trend-jumper" to desire new features that are useful. Blackberries didn't evolve, and they died, a lesson Apple had best pay attention to.

I couldn't care less what the apple product LOOKS like, I care what it does and how much trouble I'm likely to have with it. I have been a rabid Apple hater my entire life, until perhaps the past 6 years. Right now they are the best products out there. While I'd rather have a high quality hardware device with higher end processing/graphics capabilities that also has high design and mfg quality and not be paying for bullshit like laser etched holes and other ID related nonsense, they are all low quality shit, and having bought several I refuse to do it again. I would rather have reduced specs and a higher price than buy something cheap, fast and a trash can ornament. You have Apple, or you have cheap chinese shitshop, even if it has a Dell/HP logo. Knowing what I know about computer design, something I did for a living for 15 years, I choose Apple, for now. If HP or Dell or company Q wants to step up their game and start making a computer that is not utter shit, the decision may change in the future.

For the same reason I buy Apple, I buy Honda. I've owned a lot of Fords, they were shit, I won't buy another Ford. My Honda's have been going strong for 10 years, and fuck it, they cost 15-20% more up front but the TCO is far less. If Honda burns me I will start looking again, but as long as they make good stuff they have my loyalty.

Comment: Demographic (Score 4, Interesting) 528

4/1 is sufficient for my 2 year old daughter, my dead grandmother, and my cat who mostly just wants to chase the mouse around the screen. Pretty much everyone ELSE in the house wants more than that.

AT&T wants to sell the fantasy that people who want more bwidth really just want UVerse TV, not internet bandwidth. Which is false, anti-competitive and in a more rational world would involve lining them up against a wall and allowing "many americans" to stone them.

Comment: Re:Powershell (Score 1) 729

Per uses eq for string equality checks, making the distinction between that and == for numerics. I'm not sure that one is weird.

Verilog has a nice one though ===, meaning two wires are in exactly equal states, including more abstract states like "don't care" or "high impedance", rather than simple == which is a logical comparison. It has no real physical meaning, it's purely for programming purposes.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by Austerity Empowers (#47819159) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

If I walk down the street in a bad neighborhood with fat baggies of 100 bills taped to my clothes, it's a crime if even a single 100 bill gets stolen. The perpetrator should be thrown in jail and punished to the full extent of the law. But that doesn't make me less of a moron for doing it in the first place.

Don't take nudes of yourself if you can't handle the consequence of them getting out in public. Mom's advice circa 1985, long before our communications devices were either portable or had built in cameras and linked to a world-wide net of perverts. It's not victim blaming or victim hating to point out obvious mistakes. We all know there are bad people out there, we cannot catch every one before they strike, so protect your damned self. Where possible, avoid being the victim in the first place.

Comment: Re:The Future! (Score 2) 613

by Austerity Empowers (#47812405) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

THIS is the reason why Linux will never be a mainstream desktop.

No I think it's a strength. When MS forced Me, vista, Win8 on it, we recoiled and puked, but some people were forced to use it because they lacked options.

When Ubuntu forced Unity on us, we all just dropped Ubuntu and carried on. There has definitely been a loss to the community, Ubuntu was a solid distro for a while, but it's gone, and we still have options.

For Mom and the unwashed mashes, the iPad does what they need it to do (i.e. very little). For people getting work done, we need choices, we're willing to suffer a little to avoid suffering a lot.

Comment: Re:Put it this way (Score 1) 789

most of the First World countries are going to immediately join forces to invade and permanently occupy Russia

Why do you think that? I have the strong feeling most of the first world looks at this like a bag of poo that's on fire. No one really wants to do anything with it but pretend it's not there.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 5, Funny) 542

Wait, you're saying nerds used to have lives, it's just high speed internet that killed it? That alt.sex.pictures.oddly.specific.weirdo.porn was a relatively recent invention?

I'll have you know that TRUE nerds used to have to jerk it to 320x200x256 palletized images. Nipples would be fucking CYAN half the time, but it was that or play wing commander. SuperVGA made the situation oh so much better, we could get 640x480x16bit in 200-300kB files that would take 2 hours to download, but hey, pink nipples! Assuming some family member didn't pick up the phone right before that line was downloaded and ready to rasterize. The cure for THAT were progressive jpeg's, we could jerk it staring at what either was snatch, or a golden retriever, the connection would probably drop before we could find out.

No the only thing that has changed is the quality of porn and the number of viewers.

Or so I'm told, I think I read about all this in a book.

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