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Comment: Re:clemency? (Score 1) 504

by bdwebb (#45328419) Attached to: Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden
I am part of Feinstein's constituency and she doesn't bring shit home for us. No one that I ever talk to supports her or any of her whack-job policies. As soon as I see a petition for recall, I'm signing.

She used to just be a bunch of blubber spouting out harmless nothings to which the Senate responded 'oh that's just crazy Feinstein' but now she is getting involved in actual policies that have a chance to be pushed through and large sweeping statements like this one that don't reflect how the people of her constituency think and she really has to be stopped.

If my job didn't involve travel and I could beat the pavement hard to get a petition signed by thousands, I would do it myself.

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45124795) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
In that case, I completely agree. The EU has no business interfering with cable compatibility.

I guess the EU is also being a bunch of dicks. You were being a dick and modifying my argument and my statements to fit your argument and then you attacked my statement and said that I lacked credibility and was lame...all because I argued, very reasonably I thought, that Apple fucked up by choosing another proprietary connector over consumers' convenience yet again.

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45124743) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
Also, FYI - I agree with you about the lack of standardization between laptop chargers but you can't disagree that if we did have a vendor agnostic standard, it would be much more convenient. With phones currently, almost all of them do have a single standard connector and this is easy as hell for anyone with any flavor of Android phone whereas you are required to tote a charger with you everywhere you go for an Apple phone.

Also of importance is that we cannot put our laptops in our pockets for use wherever we go...a laptop requires some sort of bag and that bag can also be used to carry the charger. Our phones are much more convenient in that they fit in our pockets and do not require any additional burden to carry 24/7. If you have an iPhone you either only hang out with other 'Apple' people or you will inevitably come across a scenario where you do not have a charger but wish you did as you stare at a bunch of micro USB Android chargers.

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 2) 791

by bdwebb (#45124697) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
If Apple licensed their superior technology to other vendors, sure...I totally agree. To take it a step further, if Apple had engineered their lightning connector to contain the standard micro USB pin-out for charging ONLY and another segment to augment the capabilities and provide the features you're talking about when using a 'lightning' connector, they would still have the new featureset but would have also provided the ability to utilize any cable, anywhere to charge your device. The only thing missing would be the 'positional' connector type but in my opinion that is a useless feature...if it doesn't plug in, turn it over.

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45124597) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
Listen...I'm discussing something here and you're a prick. If that's the way you discuss things, you obviously have no ability to adapt to new ideas or change your opinions so what are you doing here other than trying to get people to recognize how cool you are?

I did not mention legislation so why the fuck do you keep bringing that up? I am talking about the the cable itself and Apple's inability to conform to any sort of standard. I am talking about how this effects convenience for consumers and I'm talking about how pointless it was to take this approach given the availability of bluetooth. The reason was that almost no one has an iPhone charging cable just laying around anymore and with the new iPhone 5 series, almost everyone got rid of their legacy iPhone-only accessories so either iPhone or Android devices can pair and play music the same way.

As I said, the cable incompatibility was ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS....I did not say this was THE primary reason so instead of trying to modify my statements to fit your argument, respond directly to my points. This was not a phantom inconvenience for me...if I didn't bring my charger with me everywhere I went, or if I forgot it, or if something happened and the cable was damaged I was shit out of luck with 3 Android chargers inevitably sitting right in front of me. My point is that there is a FAR greater chance that there will be a micro USB cable available than an iPhone cable (and especially an iPhone 5 cable) and this keeps me from having to carry a cable and charger in my pocket with me everywhere I go like you apparently do. Unless you're using your iPhone charger as a belt so it has a dual purpose, that is an extreme inconvenience in my book and moreover one that is completely unnecessary at this point.

Comment: Re:what's the burning issue here? (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45124485) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
I'm American..not european. Also, I did not reference the EU at all...I'm simply responding to your statements about micro USB. What I'm saying is that I keep one charger cable with me so I do in fact BRING MY CHARGER but if something accidental happens and my charger is lost, damaged, or for some other reason does not work, I have the ability to use almost every other person's charger around me which cannot be argued against for convenience. Also, if I am going somewhere that I won't have a backpack or a vehicle around, I don't bring my charger in my pocket. The likelihood is that if I need to recharge my phone but did not happen to bring my charger that day, someone else will have one I can use. OR, I'm just being lazy and don't want to go out to my truck so I use my friend's which is already plugged in.

The point is that it is significantly less convenient. It is like a smaller scale of the VHS and Betamax wars...yes, Betamax was better but it was also poorly marketed and was not licensed to anyone outside of Sony for use. The result is that VHS got the market share and crushed Betamax. No one wanted to lug their Betamax player everywhere they went so their friends could watch the 'highest quality' movies when everyone has a VHS and it was much more convenient to simply record it in VHS and share it that way. Obviously there is a difference in this circumstance since we are talking about something that fits in a pocket now, but you have to understand what I mean, right? I am totally with you on the point that this is a complete waste of EU resources, though.

Comment: Re:Sure. (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45124115) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
My last 2 Android phones have lasted 1-4 days and I have much more flexibility with my applications and usage than I did with my iPhones. Try any of the new Samsung phones and you're in the 2 day with heavy usage timeframe for charge.

With regard to charge time...I personally would rather have my device charge in 60 minutes instead of 40 minutes and be able to use anyone's charger anywhere I go. Instead, Apple has locked themselves into a proprietary connector again right during the shift to bluetooth as an accessory connectivity standard to allow multi-vendor compatibility. That is why Apple should have switched.

Compatibility and convenience trumps 33% charge time any day in my book. Hell, they could have even made an 'extended' charging port that was capable of using their proprietary 'faster' cable but still allowed a micro USB to be connected for charging only. If their technology is that much faster, they could have even licensed it out to other phone vendors and tried to make their cable the new standard instead of fighting tooth and nail. I think THAT approach would have been the best possible solution...

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 2) 791

by bdwebb (#45124015) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
The relevant part is that the proprietary connector type is the real issue. I can pick up a micro USB cable anywhere and charge my phone and there 90% of all other cell phone manufacturers utilize micro USB as a standard for charging and data connectivity so almost everyone I know and you know has a micro USB cable to charge my phone with. Unless you buy 10 extra iPhone charging cables and leave them at all your friends' houses and everywhere you frequent, or you carry a primary and a backup charging cable with you in your pocket wherever you go, you simply don't have the same convenience as anyone else and that's extremely shortsighted on Apple's part in my opinion.

The only reason they are still sticking with the proprietary connector market is because of all of the accessories developed for the iPhone platform over the years. I think their timing is bad on the switch for connectors with the iPhone 5, however, because more and more often accessories are coming with Bluetooth and are platform agnostic. In other words, the huge advantage they had with all of their previous phones just working on any old or new accessory just went away and they are now in a market that is making accessories that use a single standard (bluetooth) and are compatible with all devices supporting that standard...if Apple had recognized this growing trend, they may have made a more prudent decision to use micro USB and ditch their new connector in favor of investing that time elsewhere.

Comment: Re: what's the burning issue here? (Score 2) 791

by bdwebb (#45123927) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
The point is that Apple provides a cable that is different than the other cable that all other vendors use. It's not like Apple has a cable, Samsung has a cable, HTC has a cable, etc...Apple has a cable and EVERYONE ELSE has a cable that Apple could have used for your convenience, but they don't. Because.

Is that not inconvenient for you? I know that wherever I take my phone there is likely a micro usb cable I can use to charge it without needing to carry a specific cable with me everywhere I go. What if your cable gets damaged? There are a variety of reasons that make a proprietary cable extremely inconvenient...this was one of the primary reasons I switched away from the iPhone.

Comment: Re:what's the burning issue here? (Score 1) 791

by bdwebb (#45123877) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
If you don't have your charger, you can't use a standard micro USB cable to replace it. Developers shouldn't be pushed to the same standard...they should adopt standards to allow their product to be more competitive and for customer convenience. I'm not sure why you're defending Apple's use of a proprietary connector, especially as an iPhone user...they are limiting your adaptability heavily.

Comment: Re:Man i hate this game (Score 1) 288

by bdwebb (#45095667) Attached to: Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem
In Ultima Online years ago, if you committed a murder or criminal action in town, you could be killed by guards. If you committed a criminal action out of town, you could be freely attacked by anyone with zero consequences for ~5 minutes...if you died, anyone could loot your body and take everything you had on you. If you committed a murder and were reported by the victim, you gain a short term and a long term murder count and become a criminal (and therefore can be attacked by anyone) for 5 minutes but you could loot everything they had on them. Once you got 5 long term murder counts, you became a murderer and were freely attackable by anyone at any time for any reason without consequences to them, you could not return to any town, and the only access to your bank was in a lawless town frequented by other murderers or groups of innocents coming to raid.

The only way to get rid of short and long term murder counts was play time. Short term murder counts take 8 hours of play time to drop one and, if you had more than 5 short term murders and died, resurrecting would cause you to incur 'stat loss' whereby you lose 33% of your accumulated skills (which sucks a vast array of many ballsacks). Long term murder counts take 40 HOURS of PLAY TIME to remove ONE. Essentially you had two options; (1) become a murderer and hide out for a day or two while you worked off some short terms and one long term to get below the threshold of 5 and become an 'innocent' again (or at least get below 5 short terms so you're rid of stat loss and you can play, even though everyone can attack you wherever you go) or (2) go balls to the wall and become a straight up pk.

That was probably the best game I have ever played (before it was fucked by Origin and EA) and I haven't seen anything like it since. I think the specific reason for this was the balance of the approach but the fact that you still had the freedom to do what you wanted, as you should in any sandbox style game (especially MMOs). All modern games try to find that balance but fail so miserably because the only drawback to death in subsequent games is a temporary resurrection sickness or having to run all that way again or looking like an idiot. No one really cares about dying because nothing really happens when you die and nothing really happens when you successfully evade pursuit or beat your attacker. Even more importantly was the fact that even people playing as innocents could still have a bad day and rampage a bit without screwing things up forever. That and the fact that if you talked shit, you better plant your ass in town or be able to back yourself up because people with only a couple murder accounts will kill your ass for being a dick.

Living the life of the roving pk required that you were extremely clever, very skilled, and played way more UO than any human should ever have. Ultimately most people had multiple characters and at least one of them was red (murderers were indicated by the normally 'blue' name over your head becoming 'red'). I played initially as an innocent while building my character and getting used to the game but the first time I was chased down by a group of pks I felt that adrenaline rush and, even though I lost everything, it was unlike any experience in any game before or even after. By the time I was done with UO, I had played on several different servers but my favorite was Napa Valley...I had 3200 murders and a 7.5mil gold bounty on my head. 1280 of those were a single 15 day killing spree after GMs had placed rocks in front of my house to let it decay because they didn't like me. I didn't hack, I didn't cheat - I just killed the shit out of everyone I could and the GMs hated the I gave them some work to do. By the end of the spree I had resurrected with stat loss 3 times but that completely fucked my character so I had a friend turn my head in for a bounty, gave him 2.5 mil, and sold the other 5 mil on eBay for $140 bucks (when gold was worth something in the game).

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