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Comment: Electricity is Complex (Score 1) 430

by Nom du Keyboard (#47690371) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

So ignorant.
He probably doesn't even understand Power Factor -- let alone any real complexities in electrical generation and distribution.
He seems like a guy who added up all generation and all consumption, said that those numbers are essentially equal, meaning that this is just a question of distributing the power to where it's needed. It it were only so simple.

+ - Netflix Stealthy Reduces Service, Keeps Prices the Same

Submitted by Nom du Keyboard
Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After seeing a drop in my DVD service from Netflix I got a customer service representative tonight to confirm that Netflix has ceased processing DVD returns on Saturdays nationwide. And that they did this without either notifying their customers, nor reducing prices to compensate for the reduced service. Given that the DVD selection still far outstrips their streaming selection, this may be news to others like myself who don't find streaming an adequate replacement for plastic discs. My experience up until recently, unlike Netflix's promise of a 1-3 day turnaround at their end which gives them lots of wiggle room to degrade service even further, had been of mailing in a DVD on day one, having them receive it and mail out my next selection on day two, and receiving it on day three. Now with them only working 5 days and many US Post Office holidays, they're still getting the same money for significantly less. Is Netflix still the good guy here?"

Comment: Re:Remind my why they are being sued (Score 1) 484

by Nom du Keyboard (#47315253) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Because when (I think it was) CBS was in a dispute with the cable companies they didn't let their content be carried over the cable as leverage for insanely higher re-transmission fees. Some desirable sports are only shown on CBS. People got around the CBS action by receiving over-the-air broadcasts. Aereo let everybody in the country who wanted to put it to CBS. CBS didn't like that.

Comment: Just Your Friendly Ultra-Liberal Democrat (Score 1, Interesting) 157

by Nom du Keyboard (#47072043) Attached to: Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

Who still buys into that garbage that only Republicans protect big business that the nice and friendly, warm and fuzzy, Democrats are the party of the People?
(Hint: They're the party of the Union bosses and every corporate lobbyist with a checkbook. At least the Republicans don't lie about it.)

Comment: Totally Flawed Premise (Score 1) 189

by Nom du Keyboard (#47026905) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale

Just because computers can send and receive data very fast doesn't at all mean that they would necessarily comprehend it at a conscious level any faster than we can without hour own highly parallel human brains.
Nor is there any reason to believe that an AI would experience boredom. That's projecting human quirks on non-human intelligences, which the author has no basis to validly do.

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 1) 195

by Nom du Keyboard (#46826153) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Also, there is some speculation on several different sites that Apple may not intend to use sapphire for the screen, but instead for the camera lens. They currently use it on the camera lens and the home button. I wonder if it's something they could use in other things that don't currently use Gorilla Glass, like macbook screens?

That's an awful lot of sapphire that they'll be making if it's just for camera lenses and the Home button.
And if the MacBook isn't already using GG, then why does it need sapphire?
Not making sense here.

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 1) 195

by Nom du Keyboard (#46826073) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

If Gorilla Glass is so superior to sapphire, then why is Apple going to such expense for an inferior material?
Is it just that people will buy sapphire iPhones over GG iPhones? I doubt that.
I expect that there are advantages to sapphire that you're missing.
I know of a lot of GG iPhones with cracked/shattered displays, so there must be some room for improvement.

Comment: Maybe Not So Good For Apple (Score 1, Interesting) 219

by Nom du Keyboard (#45486281) Attached to: Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

Apple claims that Samsung hurts the market for iPhones.
If you want IOS and the Apple App Store you have to buy an iPhone today every bit as much as you ever had to do so.
The Samsung phone is a different creature in a different environment.
Apple couldn't even make enough smartphones to supply the whole world provided that the did have a monopoly on them.
Aside from the fact that Apple never should have been granted these patents, I mean really, how long before Samsung -- who still supplies a lot of the iPhone and iPad components because nobody else can -- announces a sudden price increase that more than pays for this judgement out of Apple's own pockets?
I hope real soon.
And I'm left to wonder if this is taxable income in the USA for the famously tax-avoiding Apple? If not, then they just laundered a giga-buck into the good 'ol USA.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor