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Comment: Re:Give me a break (Score 2) 542

by YamiYaiba (#38505626) Attached to: Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott
Alright, time to dissect. Full disclosure: I own multiple Android devices. My girlfriend owns an Apple laptop. I don't like Apple (for their business practices) or their products (mostly for treating end users like morons, though this had a place with the older crowd). That said, I'm all for competition. I want to see Apple thrive and surpass Google in the mobile market, forcing Google to evolve their product to surpass again. I honestly hope that neither company stays on top for more than a year at a time, if that long.

In EU stores, the Samsung tablets are advertised by the floor sales people as "The Samsung iPad, it's better because it has flash" - part of the Samsung sales training. Seen it in multiple places in a couple of countries.

I'd never heard of this, and I would love to see evidence. Assuming it is true, which I can believe, that's a big problem and they deserve to have their butts in hot water.

Yeah, yeah. This one, honestly, I don't care about. Tell you what, let me go put a Samsung, Sony, Westinghouse, Vizio, Sanyo, and LG HDTV next to one another, stand you and a distance, and see if you can tell me which is which. I maintain that screen and black bezel (with or without rounded corners) is not copyright/trademark/patentable. Can you differentiate between a Dell, IBM, or HP keyboard? Most likely not. Depending on the model, all are liable to be black, have lettered/numberd keys, be rectangular, etc. A standardized shape isn't something you should be able to sue over. Almost any TV, laptop, tablet, and smartphone released in the last 5-10 years has had that same shape. Congratulations, Apple, on being the first company to nail a commercially successful, full featured, comsumer-friendly smartphone and tablet. I applaud you for it. Seriously, no sarcasm. Thank you for revolutionizing the landscape. Now, kindly keep up instead of maintaining a weakening course. Spend less time suing and more time developing. In a tangentially related comment, I would like to request that no one use the word "innovate" in these comments ever again. I'm tired of it ^_~

Comment: Re:100% in agreement (Score 1) 487

by YamiYaiba (#35950466) Attached to: Reform the PhD System or Close It Down
That percentage you seem to think is so insignificant puts it as the 10th leading cause of death in the US among all ages according to the preliminary numbers from the 2008 report. For youth (15-24) this is the third leading cause of death. This doesn't seem particularly insignificant to me. Your line of thinking is also one of my biggest complaints about the state of our PhD programs. Call me naive, but science shouldn't be about who can bring in the most grant money.

Comment: 100% in agreement (Score 2) 487

by YamiYaiba (#35939928) Attached to: Reform the PhD System or Close It Down
I'd like to speak on this matter as a graduating Psychology undergraduate struggling to get into a PhD program. Professor (Doctor?) Taylor raises an excellent general point. I'm not sure I agree with his entire view, as I am admittedly too short on time at the moment to read his entire article. That aside, I just wrapped up my Honors Thesis. It was an in-depth look at the state of youth suicide treatments, preventions, and interventions. My research conclusively led to one point: academia knows insane (pardon the pun) amounts about suicide itself. It has been so focused on the quest for knowledge that the focus of the science has been lost. There are few, if any, empirically supported treatments/preventions/interventions much less supported by longitudinal data. Perhaps I'm overgeneralizing, but I feel this issue has overtaken the sciences as a whole. Academia has become a self-contained system. We dig and dig and dig, research every aspect of every subject, publish it in dusty old journals that get crammed into a library shelf, and it never actually gets USED. We don't apply what we know to anything practical. Certainly this isn't universally true, or we wouldn't have seen any innovation, but I feel that it is a growing problem within academia. I look at the researchers in my department and I see loads of statistics and data produced on a daily basis. It gets crunched and analyzed, applied to a hypothesis, printed onto a poster or in a journal....and that's the end of it. It isn't actually used. My department recently churned out a rather impressive study on tattoo stigma. Long story short? It exists. Woo. Published. The data was recycled for a couple other studies, which were in turn made into posters, won a conference award, and.....then what? The data isn't used for anything! Why are Psychologists not working with advertisers or equal rights groups to implement a program to alleviate the stigma? This is just one example in a sea of millions. Anyone else feel the same?

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