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Comment: They don't seem to care... (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by Ecuador (#48476445) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle
They don't seem to care about losing customers. Perhaps they know that their customers are mostly fans who will always buy whatever overpriced gadget they throw at them, as long as the new product carries a new buzzword or two. That's what the sapphire screen was, a buzzword, and that is made clear by the fact that instead of switching to something about as effective like Gorilla glass, they shipped a scratch-able glass screen instead. It was not about using the best material for their screen, it was just about using the most marketable material. When the plan failed, their response was to change the marketing campaign.
In the meantime, at the office, all iphones without protectors are full of scratches, while the Samsungs have mostly pristine screens...

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by Ecuador (#48469075) Attached to: Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case
Every slashdot reader and their mother, to say nothing of the dog, hate reading these inane Haselton blog posts, why do they keep being posted? I mean most of the posts on these "stories" are about how stupid the "story" is, showing it is probably the only Slashdot feature that is more annoying than the beta, and yet they keep on coming... Is there some sort of strong affiliation? Is slashdot simply paid by this Bennett guy? If it is, I would probably be more understanding - I know how the world works - just tell us it is so and we will move on...

Comment: Re:Easy! Fraud.. (Score 5, Insightful) 96

by Ecuador (#48204281) Attached to: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Eh, PayPal was among the first revolutionary online-payment services that enabled the rapid expansion of e-commerce. What you know now as the "evil PayPal" is what happened after Ebay bought it.

I still can't believe it is legal, in so many ways. I mean, I don't think anybody could argue ebay is not a monopoly in the online auction space, and yet they are allowed to only permit their own payment service (so they take a percentage on top of their commission).
Then, they hold your money like a bank account and even extend credit, and yet, unlike banks, they can freeze your money with no explanation.

The PayPal situation boggles the mind, but it is not related to Musk's X.com/PayPal.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 399

by Ecuador (#48189607) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

That's what I was thinking. A similarly sized male with similar fitness and muscle mass would probably burn the same calories. Sex has nothing to do with it.

I am pretty sure that depending the frequency and the intensity it might have a great effect on calorie requirements. Obviously I can't be sure since there is no first hand experience on these matters on /., but that's what bibliography indicates. Hmm, of course now that I think about it maybe the last statement was not accurate, as "first hand" does come into mind when thinking about the relevant experience of the average /.er...

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