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Comment: I hate Apple packaging! (Score 1) 216

by Radical Moderate (#47956037) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple
Honestly, I don't need every frickin component hermetically sealed in cellophane with custom-molded plastic caps that will be instantly thrown away. I buy dozens of Macs periodically, and getting rid of Apple's foam packaging is a huge PIA. And it goes straight to the landfill. Give me Dell's cardboard any day.

I do like the jewel-box like packaging on their smaller products, it's mostly cardstock, and well implemented.

Comment: The numbers fit my preconceived assumptions... (Score 1) 434

by Radical Moderate (#47951547) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
The methodology of this study is pretty shaky, so the numbers are worthless. The fact that they're what you'd expect them to be is meaningless. I'm not saying there's no harrassment issues in science or field work, or that your conjecture is necessarily wrong. I'm saying the selection bias of this survey makes it impossible to draw any conclusions from it.

Comment: Comes down to surface area (Score 1) 206

by Radical Moderate (#47905075) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports
A larger surface will be more prone to flex, leading to cracks. So a small surface like a watch face won't be subjected to much flexing stress, and the sapphire glass will hold up. A tablet, not so much. Pricing too. On a watch with a square inch of glass, spending ten times more for the sapphire glass isn't a big deal. On a tablet with about 30 square inches, well, do the math.

Comment: Re:Buy a better bus! (Score 1) 486

Yeah, that's pathetic. Proterra is an American company with former Director of Transportation Ray LaHood on its board, so they'll probably be picking up more contracts. According to the article, on a 17-mile route the bus will stop for 10 minutes to recharge. I'm sure customers will be thrilled to hang around for ten minutes while the bus charges.

I think electric buses are a great idea, but Proterra, not so much.

Comment: That's assuming free and convenient parking (Score 1) 486

Remove that form the equation, and buses start looking very attractive. And that doesn't just apply to big cities. I live in a small but pretty dense town, parking is a huge issue. Bus service is pretty crappy. Something needs to be done, whatever it is will be expensive.

Comment: You nailed it (Score 1) 251

by Radical Moderate (#47767727) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?
"There are at least 4 wizards for adding a printer, some are metro-based and some are desktop based. System restore is another one like that, and there are lots more."

Hardly anyone seems to get that. People who claim they never have to look at Metro must not be doing much on their systems. Get under the hood to do any configuration, and you're bouncing back and forth between Metro and Classic and it's annoying as hell.

Comment: yeah. If this doesn't set off your BS alarm: (Score 1) 441

""The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."

....you're brain dead. I wouldn't believe anything coming out of this shill's mouth.

Comment: Re:Not putting up with jerks (Score 1) 257

by Radical Moderate (#47732909) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
I had DSL. YMMV of course, but in our location it was pathetic. And anyone I use will be running over AT&T's equipment, and it took them a week to fix my problem (which was in their data center) the last time I dealt with them. So yes, when it comes to ISPs, I do have to put up with jerks, because my only other option is Comcast. they're incredibly evil, but at least they deliver fast internet.

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