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Comment: Re:Square to hexagon conversion (Score 1) 142

Somehow, I just can not get excited about this feature at all: Why would I want to play old Civ4 map in brand new Civ 5 instead of starting new game?

Hopefully we can ignore this feature and never talk about it. It's not that bad, I guess, some people may be interested.

Comment: Re:It's easy to feel good about Apple's policies.. (Score 2, Interesting) 422

by English French Man (#32599912) Attached to: Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic

Suppose I own a device, and I purchase/obtain an application, technically compatible with that device.

This is my property, only people that have an authority, either legal, social or moral, that I accept can forbid me to install the application on the device.

So, yeah, a court order can forbid me to use an application, a mentor can too, (though he will probably provide only counsel in this matter), because I would willingly accept his authority and guidance, for youngsters, a parent can play that role. Apple is neither the law nor a trusted moral authority figure (as far as I'm concerned), so it doesn't have a right to prevent me from using their device the way I want to.

This may not be a constitutional right, but I consider it fundamental enough to defend it and to consider Apple's behaviour as wrong.

Comment: Re:Real Ratina Display (Score 1) 476

by English French Man (#32523816) Attached to: iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

When a company targets high-end users, I, as a high-end user, expect to be pleased.

For instance, the sound of a mobile device is horrible. Industry doesn't know how to build decent sound cards without big capacitors, so sound cards in all smartphones are not very good. 90% of the population doesn't make any difference between sound on their $10.000 HiFi monster and their iPod nano, So what, I can advertise it as the same?

It would be false advertising for the other 10%...

I take sound as an example because I know a little about it, and I can make a difference between HiFi CD player and 72 kbps MP3 played on $3 speakers, while I know next to nothing about picture resolution and screens in general; the problem is the same though. For those who can see the difference, it is false advertising, and those people are targeted by Apple.

Comment: Re:Apple versus Microsoft (Score 3, Insightful) 670

by English French Man (#32430430) Attached to: iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

By your failed logic, Apple would disallow tethering outside of the USA, which of course is not the case. This is simply AT&T dictating the use of their network.

This isn't exactly true. iPhone doesn't have tethering either here in France for instance; of course, I am not aware of every place in the world, but as tethering is available on android phones, and it doesn't seem to bother network operators, I wouldn't say that Apple is completely unblamable.

Comment: Re:Great. :( (Score 1) 484

by English French Man (#32334988) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Keynote WWDC iPhone Announcement
I've never had any problems with my three succeeding Nokia phones used as alarm clock myself. In 9 years And I relied exclusively on that. Android does the trick now, with virtually no problems in sight, except when I erroneously set the volume of the alarm to 0 (that was my bad actually). It has not been long enough for me to "rely" on it, so my Nokia phone without a sim sits near my bed "just in case", I would be doing that too if I had an iPhone for just a few months.

Comment: Re:Double Bastard (Score 1) 379

by English French Man (#32162132) Attached to: Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

You apparently do not understand how an EMP works.

You apparently have no sense of scale.

From the article:

Beyond a certain altitude a nuclear weapon will not produce any EMP, as the gamma rays will have had sufficient distance to disperse. In deep space or on worlds with no magnetic field (the moon or Mars for example) there will be little or no EMP.

The altitude in question is not given, unfortunately. But altitudes given as examples are 300 miles at their maximum, geosynchronous satellites are 20,000 miles high. That's more than 60 times the height.

Power varies with 1/(x^2) where x is the distance of the blast. 60 times the distance means 60^2 times less power to reach upper atmosphere where the EMP is emitted. That's 3,600. I'm pretty sure it won't do anything.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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