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Comment: I live in Canada (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47347413) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba
We go there for vacation whenever the fuck we want. Americans need to get fucking clue and get over themselves. It's just fucking Cuba. No big deal. America has relations with China, and they've executed WAY more political prisoners than Cuba has, and you;re probably reading this on a Chinese built computer. So bag the anti-communist BS and grow up.

Comment: I don't get the mystery. (Score 2) 147

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47152471) Attached to: Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"
It's a large planet orbiting a star. It has no massive hydrogen/helium atmosphere, and that's a mystery, WHY? Well, let's see, park a planet about 20 million miles from its host star for ELEVEN BILLION YEARS and see how long the atmosphere hangs around, in the face of ELEVEN BILLION YEARS of stellar evolution, coronal mass ejections, and all the rest of it, and they're PUZZLED as to why it's not hte size of Neptune?WTF? I'm surprised it still exists at all...

Comment: Dear Microsoft (Score 1) 187

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47152415) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share
What did we want in Win8? Win 7 that WORKED. That's all, really. Simple stuff, like, maybe automatically calculating the size of folders. That would be nice. And maybe a scheduler that didn't have its head up its ass. Seriously. All this touch this and wooshy that WE DON'T CARE. WE NEVER DID.

we just want a computer that works. Perfectly and easily. Hard to do? Well, you CHARGE for your OS, so it's not like you don't have the green. But, no. You dreamed up Win8 and Metro and it sucks balls. No one wants it. It's bullshit. IF we want a tablet OS, WE'D BUY A FUCKING TABLET. Capeeeesh?

Now, kindly go back to the drawing board, fix Win7,and call it Win9, and we will all be happy and for a little while forget you're a bunch of assholes extracting wealth from a supine audience.

Comment: Sounds like a trip to Hawaii (Score 5, Funny) 40

by Ralph Spoilsport (#47144621) Attached to: NASA's Test Bed For Mars Chute: Kauai
Rather than Ridgecrest, California. I can practically hear the discussion now...

Scientist 1: So, we need to test this thing. I suppose we could talk to the folks at China Lake. It's nearby and cheap. We can stay at the Motel 6 in Ridgecrest.
Scientist 2: Yeah, we could do that, or have the Pacific dudes fire it over HAWAII and we get to hang out in Kawaii!!!!
Scientist 1: But that's expensive.
Scientist 2: Fuck that - it's HAWAII!!! It's in the USA! Good enough!
Scientist 1: Yeah, but...
Scientist 2: But nothin' dude - have you even been to Kawaii?
Scientist 1: No, but....
Scientist 2: but nothin' it's awesome. And it beats the living fuck out of Ridgecrest. You ever been to Ridgecrest?
Scientist 1: Yeah. It's hot. Out in the desert.
Scientist 2: Yeah, AND IT SUCKS! They have earthquakes like every other day out there. It's a miserable hell hole that's only rivaled by Barstow and Needles.
Scientist 1: Well, its not pretty, but it is nearby, and I don't think the test cares if we shoot it over Kawaii or Death Valley, really.
Scientist 2: The test won't but everyone on the team will. Kawaii is fucking AWESOME DUDE!
Scientist 1: We can meet budget.
Scientist 2: We can SURF!
Scientist 1: OK, let's ask another team mate. What do you think?
Scientist 3: What, do I look stupid? Fuck Ridgecrest - YOLO baby - let's go to Hawaii!!!
Scientist 1: Sigh....

Comment: Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (Score 3, Insightful) 190

Agreed. But then all these Internet Addicts would have to actually SIT NEXT TO SOMEONE!!! Eeeew! The KOOTIES!!!!

Public transport is the answer, but the entitled class confused nature of the California Ideology squanders forward movement for the sake of narcissism. The collateral damage is massive. Example: the asshole renting a 2 BR apt at 19th and Valencia for $10,500 a month. That comes out to about $350 a day. Someone who has that kind of dosh isn't going to want to spend time rubbing shoulders with someone who pays $1000 a month to share a flat in the Sunset. It just isn't going to happen. They're both fucking peasants (one is an extremely well paid peasant) but the well paid peasant thinks he's something special. Besides, every racist knows poor people have kooties.

Comment: Re:just another confirmation (Score 1) 147

Some anonymous coward with poor history skills wrote:

Any sane person would argue that the 5 important things they've done are the GUI computer, the laptop, the music player that people actually want, the touchscreen phone, and the tablet that people actually want.

I would also add the iMac. Why? back to a singular design that was very swishy for the times, but more importantly: implementation of USB and Firewire. With this came the arrival of major software development, such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie to support these machines and standards.

GUI Computer: 1984. year 0
laptop: 1991. 6 years
Jobs Returns - 1996
iMac 1998 - 7 years, 2 years post Jobs v2
ipod: 2001. 3 years, 5 years after Jobs v2
iphone: 2007. 6 years
ipad: 2010. 3 years.

Notice how the trend was one of accelleration, especially after Jobs Return (v2). So, no, you can't go totalling up the number of devices and divide them into the total number of years. I would also put the Newton in there as well, but it was a decade or two too soon... so, in short, fuck off Apple Fan Boi.

Comment: just another confirmation (Score 2, Interesting) 147

of Apple's cultural bankruptcy. Jobs died and they haven't come up with ANYTHING of importance. He's been gone for almost 3 years. He wasn't that active the last year or so, so technically he's been out of the picture for almost 5. Apple needs to do something big and smart. I don't see that happening with Cook at the helm. They could do something small and smart, like PUT COVER FLOW BACK INTO ITUNES. But I don't think that will happen. I think they'r just going to minimax themselves into triviality.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles