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Comment: Re:Ghandi said... (Score 4, Interesting) 239

by R3d M3rcury (#46783489) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Exactly. This is basically Mercedes FUD.

"Well, yeah, I suppose the Teslas are nice cars and all but what if they break down? What if Tesla goes out of business? Who will you find to fix your $80,000 car then? If you're in the market for an electric car, you should probably wait until next year when we'll have our electric cars out and you can take it to your trusted Mercedes mechanic rather than having to deal with some fly-by-night company..."

By the way, I took a look at the B-class Mercedes. It may just be me, but I'm not a big fan of the Tesla Model S' styling. That said, the Mercedes B class is just plain ugly.

Comment: Re:Easy Peasy (Score 1) 44

by R3d M3rcury (#46728159) Attached to: NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

I was thinking of the line from the summary "into orbit." They didn't say which orbit. Mars? Earth? Sun?

Step 1: Drop Atomic Bomb on Mars.
Step 2: Collect money when pieces of Mars enter into Mars orbit or Solar orbit.

I dunno if you could get a nuclear bomb to Mars for under $250,000, so I'm not sure there's a "Step 3: Profit!" here.

Comment: Re:So, copying is stealing after all? (Score 2) 126

by R3d M3rcury (#46721467) Attached to: Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

I know what surprised me is the implied attribution.

So I grab a pretty picture of people eating cookies and put it on my website where I advertise my home-made cookies. We can debate whether that is theft or not.

What's surprising is that the person in question is a photographer and, therefore, it's implied that the pictures on the website advertising his photography business are pictures that he took.

Personally, that's where I have the issue. Not so much in the "stealing" of images but "stealing" the credit for those images.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1109

by R3d M3rcury (#46702307) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Regardless of what some advocacy organization says [...]

Like The Washington Post and ABC News?

Actually, as of late, they haven't been passing. Again, you have to stay up to date. There are a bunch of legacy laws that need to be overturned, granted, but you're not seeing any new laws banning gay marriage in the last year or two--the last ban was back in 2012.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1109

by R3d M3rcury (#46701467) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

But the reality is that the majority of US residents are still somewhat negative about gay marriage.

Nope. Gotta stay up on the news...

That said, I agree with you about splitting the two. In an ideal world, that would be the way to go. Unfortunately, I could imagine a lot of people suddenly being upset that their government sanctioned "marriage" suddenly has become a government sanctioned "civil union."

Comment: Re:Utterly gutless (Score 1) 141

This is not a question over whether or not what the NSA was doing in the past violated the constitution, but that what they are doing right now violates the constitution.

The question is whether or not there is a reason that a final ruling has to be given right now.

How is what the NSA is doing affecting you right now, such that they have to stop immediately? How will a, say, 1 year delay affect you? During that year, are you likely to be deprived of your life? Liberty? A large amount of money?

No? Then it's probably worthwhile to let the system work the way it was intended.

Comment: Re:Tracking` (Score 3, Insightful) 233

by R3d M3rcury (#46666945) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

First, I don't imagine that Malaysia Air is paying that $50,000,000. Malaysia Air is out the cost of a Boeing 777 and probably some death benefits. But I'm sure those things are insured. On the other hand, Malaysia Air would have to pay for this tracking system.

Second, I'd point out that the last big "disappearance" (i.e., nobody immediately knew where it crashed) was in 2009--five years ago. And it's not like it's that common that airplanes crash and are not found within a few days. So you're spending money on the off chance that an airplane of yours crashes somewhere difficult to find. You'll probably spend that money for 50 years before you ever take advantage of the system. So, yeah, it's not really worth it to Malaysia Air.

Third, let's say you add the trackers. You spend the money year in and year out and, eventually, it comes in handy. So what? You can look and say, "Yup! The plane just crashed in the middle of the Indian Ocean!" Now what? You're still out the plane. You're probably not going to have much for survivors on a plane that crashes in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It's not going to make a difference in your insurance premiums. You're adding costs for basically no benefit.

Comment: Re:You pick a platform based on market size. (Score 1) 161

by R3d M3rcury (#46666855) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

You pick a platform based on market size.

It's not quite so simple, as you point out.

If you target one platform, you target PC's, unless the market for your application is graphic artists, musicians, etc., then you target Macs.

This is the important part. You don't target based on the number of devices sold--the market share--you target based on the platform that your intended audience is using. It is the rare application that will force people to forgo the newest things or switch platforms. There were plenty of DOS developers who eschewed Windows. Where are they now? There were some Mac developers who ignored Mac OS X for as long as they could as well. Eventually, they either updated or disappeared.

Also, as an aside, it can depend on what you're trying to accomplish. Take Bungie, for example, who made a name for themselves on the Mac platform before going to Windows and eventually getting bought up by Microsoft. It was a heck of a lot easier for Bungie to make a name for themselves on the Mac platform than it would have been for them to do it on the Windows platform because there's a lot more competition and it can be tough to shout over the cacophony of other developers. So if I were developing games for Xbox live, for example, I'd be looking at Windows mobile to try to make a name for myself.

I can't buy an android device and get "The Android Experience" - unless you call a balkanized chaos "The Experience".

While I agree, I'd argue that I can get "The Android Experience" from Google's Nexus line of phones. I can get a "Motorola Experience" from Motorola, a "Samsung Experience" from Samsung, etc. This is different from the PC world where everybody has the same "Windows Experience." The problem is that it leads to a commodity environment where all you can really compete on is price in a race to the bottom that nobody wins. Needless to say, Samsung and Motorola don't really want to be in a market like that.

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