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Comment: Re:And all this without Jobs (Score 1) 429

by DigiShaman (#48922671) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever


Jobs had many products and ideas already in the pipeline prior to his death. To my knowledge, the only thing new is iPhone+. There's nothing magical about that decision. By the numbers, the market was clear in that people wanted a phablet. So they took an iPhone and increased the size; BFD.

I'm convinced the Apple Watch will be a flop. But then again, the R&D spent can be applicable in other future products. That's part of the cost of doing business; absorbing and learning from failures and moving on.

Comment: Re: Or maybe it's because (Score 2, Interesting) 210

by DigiShaman (#48920161) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Interestingly, I oftened wondered if it was in the interests of intelligent life to focus their "expansion" inward to cyberspace vs. outerspace; transcending their evolution via forgoing the flesh bodies to machines of silicon based computers (or some such). Meaning, we're looking in the wrong places.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 330

by DigiShaman (#48913067) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Doesn't matter. Look at Mexico (and rest of South America). Noticed how the rich live in gated communities with 24h guards? Real power is in wealth disparity, and fuck the entire population and its future to get to the top. It's a parasitic mindset from, well, a parasite. Why have two maids when four can be had for the same price? As for that "price"?? Just a number, and numbers are meaning less if you can jet half-way around the world to purchase your luxuries when in necessary; perceived or otherwise.

Comment: Re: I use Kaspersky (Score 1) 467

by DigiShaman (#48890179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Kaspersky is good, but I'm not sure that I would trust them to be state sponsored free these days; if you know what mean.

Vipre Antivirus has been real good these last few years (will be using for personal use once my Kaspersky subscription runs out). Norton has also improved vastly too (lighter engine). Can't go wrong with either.

Comment: Re:But then don't some have to go FASTER than ligh (Score 1) 139

by DigiShaman (#48888093) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

So um, is the speed of light 299,792,458 m / s - (minus) infinity? Meaning, at C, both the creation and discretion of the universe is instantaneous. C, being a reference for all things happening/happened simultaneously?. Thus, Time being an illusion in the disparity between the two??

Comment: Re:Noise (Score 1) 808

by DigiShaman (#48878463) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

The worst offenders are those that use blue headlight bulbs. It started out as a cheap imitation of incandescence bulbs to looks like HID lights, but then took on a culture of el-cheap-o to make them as Smurf blue as possible. And bright! All very fucking annoying.

I'll stick with my stock Sylvania bulbs. They last longer, and the human eye sees better in warmer lighting (yellows) conditions anyways; it's more safe for all drivers on the road.

Comment: Re:Those trucks are the best (Score 1) 808

by DigiShaman (#48878203) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

You won't find many old rice burners in Houston, TX. That's because in Harris (and surrounding) counties, cars that are 1995 and older (pre-OBD2) are subjected to the Accelerated Simulation Mode (ASM) test. Basically, the car is put under load via dynamometer to measure the exhaust as though it was driving under normal conditions on the road. This test has failed countless modded imports and domestics. The only time you see casual drag racing is with either an expensive sports car, or a teenager goofing off with a car that's pure stock. All other mods one older cars are just for show. The Type-R stockers alone provide more HP.

  Accelerated Simulation Mode

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 2) 808

by DigiShaman (#48877887) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Yeah well, that's because a turbo dampens the sound as the turbine pulls energy form the exhaust pressure (by design). So these kids are opening up the backend to make it "fart" a lot louder.

From an exhaust note perspective, a NA engine sounds much better if it's tuned right. It's also important to take advantage of the scavenging effect for increase performance too.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.