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Comment: Most customers really do have no idea (Score 1) 233

by sjbe (#47976271) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

He pretty much HAS to start responding to market demand, vs. dictating what he thinks people SHOULD want.

If that were the case then he should start offering thicker phones with a bigger battery. The fact that companies like Mophie actually have a business model strongly indicates there is a demand out there for phones with enough batter to last more than half a day.

Jobs was a big believer in the concept that people don't really know what they need or want.

And he is largely correct. If I were to go around my office and ask people what they would like that would make their job better, I will largely get blank stares or some extremely modest improvement to something they were already doing like a more comfy chair. People are REALLY REALLY bad in general about being technology visionaries. Henry Ford said it best when he said "If I asked customers what they wanted they would answer a faster horse".

Where this viewpoint is most often wrong is when you are talking about incrementally improving an existing product they are already familiar with. People often have well formed and informed opinions in that case. They can tell you that they like a bigger or smaller screen on a device they already know and use. They have NO idea if they will like something totally new (or seemingly new) like ApplePay.

Comment: Prove it (Score 1) 233

by sjbe (#47976151) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

For the price of an iPhone, you could have two decent Android phones and a couple of cheap tablets.

I'll bite. First question is which iPhone are we talking about here? 5, 5S, 6 or 6plus? With what memory capacity? Second, go ahead and prove it. Find me two "decent" (meaning similar specs to the iPhone) Android phones and two "cheap" tablets at unsubsidized prices that cost the same as an iPhone. Only restriction is that it has to be something that is actually useful because I cannot fathom any reason to buy something that will gather dust.

Comment: Ill defined (Score 1) 233

by sjbe (#47976073) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

I've never been convinced it's well defined.

It's not. It's basically an ill defined pejorative for "people who do things I don't like" with a dash of a superiority complex thrown in. They think the other person has a superiority complex so they beat them to the punch with their own. Basically if you call someone a hipster you are probably covering up your own insecurity and couldn't think of a more creative insult.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 2) 358

by hey! (#47975589) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Would you be happy that people associate linux with terrorism ?

Well, I started with Linux by downloading Debian 0.93 by modem onto floppies (because the copyright situation for 386BSD was unclear at the time). I think this was the first official Debian release with dpkg and it was awesome!

So I remember when Linux started to get media attention very well. What people associated Linux with was Communism. My reaction at the time was that people who did that were hysterical idiots, and history has proved me right.

As for Islam, it's not going away. It can't be "defeated", any more than Christianity or atheism can be "defeated". These things will live on no matter what kind or unkind things people say about them. Those who insist on making Islam into the boogeyman are hysterics condemning themselves to permanent worry about what's hiding under their bed.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 358

by hey! (#47975391) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Well, before we candebate a question like "Is ISIL Muslim?" you have to specify what you mean by the question.

The important thing is not to ask a question like that in one context and then use the answer in a different context. For example if you ask someone in a white supremacist "Aryan Nations" church "who is a true Christian?" you can't automatically attribute those same ideas to Quakers. Likewise you can't attribute the answer of a Salafist group like ISIL to the question "Who is a true Muslim?" to your sober, industrious, and peaceful Hanafi Muslim neighbors. Both groups see the other as apostates.

A historian or anthropologist would certainly consider ISIL an "Islamic movement", just as they'd consider the KKK a "Christian movement". And while your local ultra-liberal Sufi imam or Episcopalian minister would disagree strongly, nobody is actually wrong here. They're just using the words in different senses.

Comment: Long battery life (Score 1) 225

by sjbe (#47972877) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

That'll be the next killer "feature" (which is ironic, as phones from 10-15 years ago always had a battery life of 3+ days).

They had great battery life because you couldn't actually do much with them.

That said I REALLY wish the phone manufacturers would get off this thinner=better treadmill and make a phone with a thicker battery that will actually last at least a day. The fact that companies like Mophie have a successful business selling cases with built in batteries is all you need to know to understand that lots of customers actually value battery life over thin and light.

Comment: Marginal differences don't matter (Score 4, Interesting) 225

by sjbe (#47972793) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Do smartphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore?

Generally speaking no they do not. I would argue that they never really did aside from plainly obvious things like screen size or ability to access data. Certain features are basically table stakes (good screen, camera, adequate storage, etc) but it's pointless to pay for features I'm not going to need or use. Sure I'm happy if the phone is faster but I don't really give a crap how many Mhz the processor has or how much RAM it has unless it somehow gets in my way. I want enough performance that I can do the activities I want without the perception that the phone is holding me back. Whether the Samsung or the Apple device has marginally higher screen resolution is not something I care about at all unless the difference is very noticeable.

Personally though I wish the phone makers (Apple I'm looking at you) would get over this obsession with making the phone as thin as possible and put a bigger battery in the damn things. There is a reason companies like Mophie are making a lot of money selling battery cases. Lots of us value longer battery life over thinness and weight.

Comment: Interest != a position (Score 1) 129

by sjbe (#47972351) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

So then you won't participate in a debate, because you don't care at all.

You seem to be having a hard time with this. I explicitly said I have and do participate in debates in where I don't care about the eventual outcome. Scientific debates are often like this. I might not actually care what the outcome is and I often don't have a position of my own (I'm neutral) but I do have an interest in the debate based in curiosity and an interest in the truth. I don't really care if dinosaurs had feathers or not and I am neutral on the subject but I am interested in whatever the answer turns out to be. Even when the issue at hand is solely a matter of opinion then sometimes people will debate the issue because they like to debate - not because they actually have a position of their own. Hang around law school students sometime. They LOVE to debate and don't really give a shit about whatever is being debated all the time.

Ok, so that's still a position.

Yes it is. A neutral one. The argument was that you cannot be simultaneously neutral on an issue and debate it. I'm explaining (for the last time) that that is demonstrably not true. I understand plenty of issues well enough to argue one position or the other while my own opinion on the matter at hand is neutral. I don't care if emacs is better than vi or vice-versa but on occasion in years far past I have taken one side or the other just to point out that someone isn't being factual. I don't actually have a preference between the two and use both but the debate itself I find rather pointless and annoying hence my "position" of "a pox on both your houses".

it's very common for them to not-really be arguing about the thing that they're officially arguing about.

Very true. Most of the time it is something tribal. You see our "leaders" in washington holding or disputing opinions based solely on whether the other side holds that opinion.

If I bother to argue that position, then it must mean that I have some interest

Not necessarily in the position being argued. Sometimes my only interest is in promoting a factual discussion. That means I am neutral on the issue. Scientific debate is often like this. I don't really care about what the outcome of scientific issues actually is (because the nature of the world doesn't care about my opinion of it) and I often don't understand the nuances well enough to have a well formed opinion of my own. But I do care that the debate happens, that it is accurate and that whatever is being debated gets sorted out.

Comment: Re: So many idiots... (Score 1) 196

by aristotle-dude (#47969745) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

They have to do with the fact they are laughing at all the I-sheep .

Enjoy throwing away your android phone once a new one comes out with an incremental improvement because you are not going to have anyone wanting to buy your used Android. iPhones, however, retain a great deal of resale value.

Comment: Re:Quality, not quantity (Score 1) 439

The stuff he scoffs at, exercise, mental puzzles, weird cocktails, have little to do with prolonging life and everything with improving the quality of life, or at least trying to. I wouldn't mind living to 90 in relatively good health, and if there's something I can do when I'm 70 to improve my chances, I'll be doing it.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller