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Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 2) 275

And it wasn't just the manure: In 1880, New York City removed 15,000 dead horses from the street. Chicago removed 9,202 horse carcasses as late as 1916! Moving the 1,300 pound carcasses was no easy task "“ special trucks that hung low to avoid excessive lift had to be made. Think today's traffic is bad? An 1886 article in the Atlantic Monthly described Broadway as congested with "dead horses and vehicular entanglement."

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs' culture (Score 1) 266

by Plumpaquatsch (#46745511) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Of course, the reason I know is because I get interested in learning more about why people are assholes ... And in this particular case, I found out that he wasn't nearly as bad as the haters want to make it out.

Of course for most here the actual issue is "why can't I get away with being an asshole".

Comment: Re:Yes, because of your selection bias (Score 1) 266

by Plumpaquatsch (#46745459) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

They stopped in 1997 when Jobs came back, one of his first acts was to kill any donations, including to all non-tech charities. Jobs was a cunt.

Because he stopped a money losing company from spending money? Hey, whoever gave money to Apple back than can demand money from Apple now - all others may politely ask.

Comment: Re:Bizzare Plots (Score 1) 137

by Plumpaquatsch (#46712733) Attached to: Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

"bizarre plots over the years"...Yes, the CIA has tried many stupid ideas to get the "radical leader"...exploding cigars, poison diving suits given as a gift, cancer virus, to name a few. Can't we all just get along, smoke wonderful cigars, drink rum and lay on the beach?

I don't know what is more worrisome: that the CIA actually tried these things - or that each one failed.

Comment: Re:Misleading map (Score 1) 161

by Plumpaquatsch (#46699827) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

If you look at the heatmap of downtown San Francisco and you click off Apple you'll see that there are plenty of android users in wealthy areas. The apple red just blocks you from seeing the android blue underneath. So IMHO, Android has a lot of wealthy users but Apple only has wealthy users.

Well, somebody with an Android has to mow the lawn.

Comment: Re:Screenshots are built into Android (Score 1) 161

by Plumpaquatsch (#46696123) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Simple answer: It didn't. Many Android devices had screen capture included in the carrier-ware, or in a custom rom that you would use to remove the carrier-ware. So very, very few people even realized that Android did not have native screen capture capability until version 3, which was the tablet only version.

Yeah, all they had to do was Google for "my Android phone model + my provider + screenshot" - nothing could be more obvious.

Comment: Re:Screenshots are built into Android (Score 1) 161

by Plumpaquatsch (#46696075) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

The thing I took away from this is that Apple users are just stupid. They will pay extra for a 3rd party item that does something the base product already does.

You take that away from an Android guy looking for a third party app for his Android, and one iPhone user saying it was in the OS from the start. Gee, what am I supposed to take away from your post?

Comment: Re:No kidding (Score 1) 161

by Plumpaquatsch (#46695943) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Yep, it's an abuse of statistics. The fact is that the Android market is so much drastically larger than that of the iOS market (nearly at 80% marketshare now with Apple down below 15% IIRC?)

No honey, pretending that the theoretical market based on marketshare (and that's even ignoring phone isn use) is more important than the actual measurable market, that is an abuse of statistics.

Comment: Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 144

by Plumpaquatsch (#46660899) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

I don't think you're familiar with European budget airlines. You can choose your seat when booking if you're willing to pay extra. Maybe a dozen people per flight have reserved seats, and the rest work on the basis of first come, first served.

Sure, but they will always check if there's an extra passenger on board, because else they may run out of fuel.

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