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Comment: Re:Which is more likely (Score 1) 216

by Cronock (#41233675) Attached to: FBI Denies It Held iPhone UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec
There were quite a few apps that were caught collecting UDIDs, if I remember correctly. It's not actually all that far-fetched to believe that somebody, in order to gain some "street cred" actually obtained it in this manner, then released it saying it had come from the FBI to undeservingly inflate their reputation.

Comment: Re:Damn! (Score 1) 1165

by Cronock (#40323787) Attached to: Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

there has to be some other reason they're pushing for this law (perhaps just general harassment of gun owners?).

The underlying motivation is to make it difficult for firearm manufacturers to comply with differing laws all over the place. They need to make one model gun for California, one for New York, one for Massachusetts, and so on... Eventually those makers will just decide to stop selling in that state. This will likely trigger a spike in the price of firearms, so that only the wealthy can afford firearms. This is the intent, but likely all it will do is expand the scope of illegal gun trading in the state, congrats california! Swap one problem for a much worse problem, a bigger black market for firearms.

Comment: Re:Last 12 years were tough (Score 1) 444

by Cronock (#40005883) Attached to: Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Worst CEO
No growth over 12 years while your direct competitors have soared is terrible. You can't blame events that happened to everyone in the field. By not growing, Microsoft is losing. By only copying products and ideas rather than self-innovate they are just doing enough not to drop dead in their tracks. I'm not a fan of their products precisely for this reason. They're knock-offs when I can pay the same or less and get apple or google devices. Forever catching up is not a business strategy, it's a death-by-10,000 cuts strategy.

Comment: Re:Does it work. (Score 1) 212

by Cronock (#39174193) Attached to: Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China
Names are generally applied to products... rarely having anything directly to do with the product itself. The philosophy behind doing that is up for debate, but unrelated here. I'm more curious as to why having Apple's logo on a stove would do anything to increase sales of that stove. It's definitely not an iPhone, or made by Apple. Are they actually fooling people into thinking it's an Apple product or better yet, an actual iPhone? Surely not..

Comment: Bad Idea (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by Cronock (#37383498) Attached to: GameStop's Upcoming Android Tablet
I carry my iPad with me everywhere for business and for entertainment, not to mention browsing Slashdot. I also game more than I care to admit. I've played many a tablet games, and to be honest.. it's NOT a gaming platform, at least not in the current form.

If they could use a controller, absolutely. But multi-touch gaming is just not convenient. A few games can pull it off and last the test of time, but nothing that's in the market that GameStop caters to. The controller is a MUST and it may make the machine a killer device, a portable console that doesn't suck.

Comment: Re:Sadly, I think Apple might win on this one (Score 1) 656

by Cronock (#37261614) Attached to: Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting
Can you clarify the connection here? It seems you are just relating 2 things (one full of bias and one that is absolutely false) that have nothing to do with each other, attempting to make a biased statement. If fox news is hiring, you might want to apply. Apple "gets a pass on DRM" because they did it in a manner which didn't inconvenience a statistically significant number of users, all while fighting to remove DRM. I go and buy a copy of Office at best buy and I can only use it on one system, must repurchase it for every machine I own. Now say I purchase iWork, not endorsing the suite (it's just ok), off the app store. Buy once and I can run on all my machines. Seems fair to me. Certainly it's difficult to pirate it, but that's exactly the point. Anyone who's paying for the product sees a more open system.

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