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Comment: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin? (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by Black.Shuck (#48627057) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

...let's see:

Strictly speaking, Ripple isn't the name of the digital currency

So it's not actually a real competitor to Bitcoin. How about a look at the Wikipedia page:

It is not recommended for a user to grant trust to other parties unless the user fully understands the ramifications.

It is not recommended for a user to allow rippling unless they fully understand the ramifications.

At best, it's not competing with BC in the first place, and at worst it sounds too complex for consumers to get their heads around.

So I guess the answer to the original question is a resounding "no", but Betterage could have told you that.

Comment: Perhaps the iWatch market is the iPod market? (Score 4, Interesting) 730

by Black.Shuck (#47864713) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

In a few iterations the Apple Watch will be untethered from the phone, have decent storage, and a slimmer form-factor than the monstrosity that was unveiled today.

In a world of tablets, smartphones and smartwatches, dedicated music-players are starting to look rather "quaint".

Comment: The next generation of MIT? (Score 1) 110

There's another MIT headline further down the front-page: "MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures"

I'm guessing timothy copy-pasted that headline then deleted everything except the first few characters, but forgot to zap the apostrophe. All to save himself the arduous task of typing "MIT".

Well, I'm just speculating, of course.

Comment: How do opinions like this still exist... (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by Black.Shuck (#47212105) Attached to: Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

In the face of the last 17 years of Apple's progress?

Does software write itself? Services? Store-fronts and their employees? How about hedging against future competition or cannibalisation? Against mistakes like MobileMe or exploding batteries? Against patent-wars with similarly well-endowed companies? Will the time come when they don't sell any more kit because everyone is too satisfied to bother upgrading anymore? Was the last WWDC Keynote an absolute firecracker because of the excitement over the new APIs, or a squib because they didn't announce an iWatch or a TV?

You hardware guys are weird.

Comment: Re:In a related trend: (Score 1) 253

... all your Google sites determinedly dumping you onto the wrong language and will simply find months of customer discussions of "it's still not fixed". It's even funnier when it turns out that there is a work around but it's in a different thread started some time after the first but with completely unassociated keywords and an explanation which, while correct is clearly incomprehensible to most of their customers.

Erm... Link please?

Comment: Re:Innovation? (Score 4, Insightful) 264

by Black.Shuck (#46389003) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Innovation != Invention

innovate |nvet|
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
  [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.

So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.

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