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Comment: Re:AWESOME (Score 0) 129

by Raistlin77 (#46314581) Attached to: Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

...Granted, the kind of spam you get on the work account of a reasonably sensible employee is probably going to be from more reputable sources on average than most personal accounts, but they weren't all reputable-looking...

There's no such thing as spam from a "reputable source". If it's spam, they're obviously not reputable.

Comment: Re:ben kuchera is an idiot (Score 2) 222

by Raistlin77 (#46295205) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

Idiot indeed. He doesn't even understand the meaning of his main point, "peripheral".

Peripheral (of a device): able to be attached to and used with a computer, although not an integral part of it.

The fact that it's included with every Xbox One doesn't make it any less a peripheral. It can be unplugged and doesn't even have to be connected in the first place.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by Raistlin77 (#45860197) Attached to: Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

This is never the correct response, ever. The "you are free to walk away" assumes you can somehow mitigate the need to occasionally talk to retards who are determined to use facebook, privacy and logic be damned.

You can take yourself outside of the stupid system, but you can't take the stupid out of the system.

That need is mitigated just fine by use of phone, text, email, snail mail, face-to-face contact, etc... "You are free to walk away" is the ONLY correct response, and if enough users would walk away, Facebook would be forced to stop the crap. The problem is that not enough users give a shit about their privacy.

Comment: Re:Stop shotgun approach: Uh, why? (Score 2) 235

by Raistlin77 (#45798035) Attached to: Apple Again Seeks Ban On 20+ Samsung Devices In US

I think you're misunderstanding why this is done this way.
You have multiple devices partly due to having multiple, mutually exclusive carriers.

Apple does the same. Apple makes different versions of the iPhone and iPad to work with all carriers that currently offer and/or support those devices.

In addition, you may have a couple tiers of products, as not everyone is going to go for the Uber-'spensive top end device.

Their approach allows them to hit multiple carriers at multiple price points.

Currently available iPhone models:
iPhone 4s (8GB) (black, white)
iPhone 5c (16GB, 32GB) (white, pink, yellow, blue, green)
iPhone 5s (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) (silver, space gray, gold)

Currently available iPad models:
iPad Mini (16GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad Mini w/ Retina (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad 2 (16GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)
iPad Air (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) (WiFi, WiFi + Cellular)

Total product variations listed above: 41

i-device price ranges:
iPhone: Free-$849 (includes carrier subsidized and unlocked options)
iPad: $299-$929

On top of that, having multiple offerings means they have a better chance of finding the devices people want and then slimming down their offering portfolio later, as they refine the devices that people are buying and abandon the ones that don't sell and finding a way to roll any possible unique/desirable features down into other devices.

Apple has already done this - everything they make sells, and sells good. You mean to bash Apple, but really you're just praising them.

Apple gets away with "You will fit your lifestyle to what we offer you. And LIKE IT!". They get away with it because they're Apple and people know that they're expected to put up with Apple's crazy bullshit for "teh schmexy".

One word: TouchWiz

For people who refuse to be cookie cutter'ed (see "sane people"), there's a plethora of choices and you can pick the one that intersects someplace acceptable along your "needs" and "budget limits" lines.

By your logic, the only "sane people" then are those that create their own phones. You're an idiot if you think Samsung's, or any other electronics maker's products, are any less cookie-cutter influenced than Apple's products.

Comment: Re:What about Russia and U.S.? (Score 4, Informative) 380

by Raistlin77 (#45797537) Attached to: <em>Battlefield 4</em> Banned In China

Voicing an opinion that results in the game developer changing the title of one side of the fight is a far cry from making the game illegal. Medal of Honor was not banned and EA was not forced to remove "Taliban" from the game, they simply did so because they felt it was the right thing to do profitwise after hearing said opinions.

Comment: Re:8 cylinder vs 8 engines - both have one task (Score 1) 526

by Raistlin77 (#44459323) Attached to: Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

If cars only do one thing, then so do computers. Cars move, computers compute. The engine in your car, on the other hand, doesn't only perform one task. It provides power to turn the wheels, power to all of the electrical systems, power for steering, power for shifting, power for braking, power to keep you nice and cool (or warm), the list goes on and on.

An engine could be compared to a CPU. A cylinder could be compared to a core. More/larger cylinders provides more power (generally). More/faster cores provides more processing power. As an 8-cylinder engine is typically more powerful than a 4-cylinder engine, an 8-core CPU is more powerful than a 4-core CPU.

His analogy is flawed, but only because he is comparing one thing's component (a CPU core) to another thing as a whole (lawnmower engine) instead of its component (a cylinder). His analogy actually proves him to be dumb when it used properly.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo