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Comment: From nothing... (Score 1) 338

by SuperKendall (#48947713) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Perhaps your problem is the definition of nothing, but to me that part is accurate since Apple did not sell any kind of phone or touchscreen device up until that point... and it really was a dramatically different device than any smartphone sold at the time.

From the standpoint of what Apple had done until then, it was from nothing. Resource wise, they had some money coming in from the iPod at that point, but they were tiny compared to all other companies making smartphones at the time. Lots of people dismissed the chances of Apple's making any kind of dent in the market based on that alone...

Comment: Why did everyone else miss a small change (Score 1) 338

by SuperKendall (#48947129) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

From an engineering perspective, it's not that big of a change

Well that certainly begs the question as to how Blackberry, Palm, Motorola, and Microsoft all missed such a small change...

If Apple did something that was a tiny change then you are inferring every single one of those companies is run by gibbering idiots.

Personally, I think better of people in those other companies - even Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Is anyone surprised? (Score 1) 162

I've read several of the Wheel Of Time books, and all of the GoT books so far - even though the reading gets harder in parts of the later GoT books I still could easily read through them in a sitting, where I just cold not face any more WoT books after three or four. I find the GoT stuff vastly more interesting.

Comment: It does fly, because it works better (Score 2) 215

by SuperKendall (#48945347) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

What flies with me is systems that work better than old corrupt systems.

Plainly Uber does a better job overall than cabs, or people would not use them.

If you are so hidebound to rules that you must follow them to your detriment, then there is no help for you I fear.

When regulations do nothing to help real people, and only restrict compassion with an old failed system - it is morally wrong to follow those regulations. I few Uber (and other companies like them) as the ultimate form of civil disobedience, and feel it is my duty as a citizen who wants to see a better world to make use of them and promote them when possible.

I have NO connection to Uber. Just a lifetime of experience with the world of Cabs that you are trying to keep us all mired in, a lifetime of poor to horrific experiences.

Comment: Uber does as well, or better (Score 1) 215

by SuperKendall (#48945215) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

If they refuse to play by the same rules,

Uber is doing background checks on drivers - at least as well as cab companies. Probably better because who can say how many cab drivers make it in via political favors? Uber is far newer, and thus far less corrupt than decades old cab companies at this point.

When it is a group that is in ongoing violation of the regulations,

*cough*Cab Companies*cough*

It's for instance regulation to charge a certain rate from the port to the airport in Miami. Guess what really happens? You get extra fees added on when it's time to pay. Who are you going to complain to, really? The fact is that cab companies break far more regulations every day than Uber follows in spirit, even though not technically bound to them.

Comment: Cab drivers rape also (Score 1) 215

by SuperKendall (#48945019) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

Cab drivers rape people occasionally also; if they can't be stopped from doing so after being in business for decades why should Uber be able to spot someone any better? The problem is that some people just fly under the radar of screening.

I had a cab driver who was borderline pscho, and almost refused to take money from my wife while I went around back to collect the bags.

Comment: Reversal of Fortune (Score 1) 72

by SuperKendall (#48941281) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

Good god man, with the protocol fully in the hands of hackers they can reverse the bluetooth polarity flow - either shifting it to red through acceleration to burn your wrist, or even worse with the reversed flow affecting the heart rate monitor the hackers have full control of your heart rate!

Think everyone wearing a FuelBand as now living either a Logan's Run or Running Man scenario...

Comment: I wonder if Google has made themselves vulnerable (Score 1) 275

by SuperKendall (#48937311) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Google had problems with getting updates out to devices, so they decided to move many functions of Android the OS, into a Google Services library that could be upgraded when the core OS could not...

But doesn't that leave Google kind of vulnerable? In theory a different company could create their own variant of that library, take things the way they want...

I'm surprised Samsung at least has not done that, perhaps Microsoft is considering it.

Comment: Define "Crappy" (Score 4, Insightful) 470

This is exactly the reason why Internet access in the U.S. is so expensive and so crappy relative to other first-world nations.

I'm sorry, but to my mind any definition of "crappy" must include the freedom to access any website, which many other first world nations (like the UK) do not enjoy.

To label it a slower is fine, but just to say "crappy" is ignoring the tradeoff from one kind of crap to another.

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