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Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 2) 288

by CODiNE (#47960187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Features don't come for free. But really Apple could avoid this whole problem if they didn't block downgrading. Let people try if they think it'll run fast enough on the oldest supported device, then let them change their minds If it doesn't.

But the problem is they want to prevent jail breaking and as a consequence downgrading is rare.

Comment: Anderman is a troll (Score 1) 389

by WindBourne (#47934005) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Seriously, this guy has written about Tesla for a number of years. Yet, he has always been negative on them, and WRONG.

The global EV market will grow from 65,000 units in 2012 to 450,000 in 2020; and yet, pure evs nearly doubled in 2013 to 111K and on-track to double last years sales in 2014. Heck, at the end of 2015, Tesla ALONE will be producing 50K cars / year.
and here, he gripes about Tesla as being a large unknown, and not likely to hit its numbers.

Basically, Anderman is NOT about batteries, but just an industry troll, with lousy ability to make accurate predictions.
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers 97

Posted by samzenpus
from the next-generation dept.
First time accepted submitter Molly McHugh writes Flickr Vice President Bernardo Hernandez explains how the beloved photo platform is targeting a new generation that's addicted to smartphones. “10 or 15 years ago it was expensive and complicated to explore the world of photography,” Hernandez said. "Very few people could afford that—[it is] no surprise the best photographers 20 years ago were older people. We believe all of that is changing with the mobile [photography] revolution."

Comment: Re:No it was Apple, but ... (Score 1) 172

by Farmer Tim (#47924521) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

The article you're probably thinking of is this one. It was effectively Adobe's response to an inquiry into software pricing by the ACCC (Australian equivalent of the FTC) last year (along with claiming that the increased cost was due to language translations...last I checked we speak English here).

Apple's AU tax is 10%, which doesn't make traveling to the US even remotely economic.

Comment: Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 195

by CODiNE (#47902183) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Don't worry I've seen Zardoz. :-)

I feel the idea that immortality = boredom is way off for several reasons.

#1 Death isn't everyone's motivation to do things. Sure it works for some people, but those people should pause before throwing around such blanket statements.

#2 Shades of the "everything has already been invented" thinking. The idea that we'd run out of things to do. That's hubris. Seriously that's "Watch me predict the entire future of humanity right here in 10 seconds" kind of thinking.

#3 Motives? Do people who find this idea attractive enjoy a bit of "see! You can't be right!" schadenfreude when discussing this with religionists? It seems a bit of a reactive secular theology or philosophical trolling.

But really most speculations and predictions tell us more about the people who pronounce them than the future.

Comment: not sure that we want it controlled (Score 1) 119

by WindBourne (#47900877) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
The truth is, that whenever the world has mass die offs due to nature, we do not get wars.
Right now, we have massive numbers of small wars popping up. This has gotten old. In addition, it could lead to a real war with nukes.

But, if the world takes a massive loss of life due to say Ebola going airborne, it would lower the likelihood of a nuke war.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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