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Comment: Not likely (Score 1) 49

by PopeRatzo (#49555595) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

Hell, I won't even use digital thermometers out of concern that they'll upload my body temperature to the internet. I'm not going to be uploading my vitals to some app developer in Mencino.

Honestly, I think we're seeing late-stage Apple at this point. Each new product announcement makes a smaller and smaller blip on the radar, and Apple is entirely a company whose fortunes are tied to the faddish vitality of a brand name. Every year Apple does less and less to differentiate itself, and their older products are starting to whither a bit. The people who were excited about OSX 16 years ago have less and less to be excited about with each passing year and those aren't the same people who are going to get excited over a watch or something that will tell them they need to exercise more.

I'm not saying Apple is going to crash and burn or disappear, but when a company's capitalization is their biggest news don't make the mistake of thinking the future is a foregone conclusion. (see: IBM).

Comment: Re:What could have been (Score 0) 103

Neo-nazi. Why don't you listen to the words of mid-eastern Muslim leaders who still deny the holocaust, while at the same time praising Hitler. Pull your head out of your arse. Islam is a threat to life around the world. It is at least a great a threat as Nazism was, or the Soviet.

Comment: Re:No, it's the SJW Crowd Who Defends Islam (Score 1) 103

The answer to your question is rather simple. Those "SJW's" embrace anything and everything that tends to weaken America. They hate Christians so much, that they will sacrifice anything, anyone to get at them. They hate the nuclear family just as much. If you appear to be somewhat "average" in any way, they regard you as part of the problem, and they'll sacrifice your ass along with all the rest. They HATE AMERICA!

Islam hates America, so the so-called SJW's find common cause with Islam.

Comment: Re:The same as ever: Android (Score 1, Flamebait) 385

by Runaway1956 (#49553521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Holy fuck - who'da thunk of all that shit? Now I'm wondering how in the hell any of us over age 50 managed to grow up at all!

Stupid motherfucker, huh? Think about it. I can accomplish anything that you can, without the telephone. Now who's stupid?

You're at the mall, and want to look up specs? Big fucking deal - you're a spur of the moment shopper. You see some shiny gadget, you feel like you must have one. DUHHHH!! Already you're an idiot. BUT - let's just suppose that the shiny thing really is somehow unique or something. What I do is, I go home and research the damned thing on my DESKTOP WORKSTATION. See? I have the same functionality that you do, it's just sitting on my desktop. I don't need the instant gratification of looking it all up in the store.

Oh - once I''m sitting at home, that "impulse buying" thing is long behind me. I can also shop for similar devices online, locate the best specs, the best price, and order it for delivery right to my door.

You know, AC, I might have had a tiny bit of respect for your post, had you shown any respect at all. But, I'm a stupid motherfucker. Yeah, uh-huh. Here's a Kleenex - wipe some of that drool off your face, alright? Then, you can go sit in front of the window, and watch the dust motes floating in the sunbeam.

Comment: Re:Is it the phone or the stupid stuff installed o (Score 2) 385

by Runaway1956 (#49552951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

A little less blame on the owner, and a little more blame on the carrier? How much genuine crap comes pre-installed on a carrier subsidized phone? I'm talking about genuine worthless crap, that does and gives nothing of value to the end customer, the owner who pays for the phone.

The phone is regarded by the carrier as a tool, with which to keep track of the chattel, or the sheeple. Again and again, the carriers are exposed for their overzealous data collection. And, for the most part, people aren't able to turn these "features" off, unless they are willing to invest some time in research, then risk voiding their so-called warranties.

Yeah, end users are mostly dumb clods, but the carriers are responsible for a lot of the problem.

Comment: Re:Not nerdy enough (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by PopeRatzo (#49552389) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

This shouldn't have been let out of the firehose. WTF is nerdy about this?

You're joking. Liquid mercury? Come on, show of hands: Who among us has not at some point in our lives broken open a thermometer in order to play with the mercury inside? That's a nerd rite of passage.

Hell, I'm old enough to remember when they made little maze puzzles with a blob of mercury inside that you'd try to get from one corner to the other. Those were the days before parents raised kids like veal. We had pocket knives, for chrissake. Can you imagine millennial parents giving their precious offspring pocket knives? I had my own .22 rifle by the time I was 10. All the liquid mercury I handled in my life, it's no wonder I'm half an imbecile.

You can write a small letter to Grandma in the filename. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS, University of Washington