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Comment: Missing the point (Score 1) 284

by blackfeltfedora (#49717917) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
This entire premise is flawed. The purpose of a PC is to do "something", it's purpose is to serve as a delivery system for some form of software. The purpose of a car is to provide transportation. In the first case the hardware is there to provide a platform for the software, in the latter the hardware (the car) is the point. Unless there is some cool new app that will teleport people the car will always be more important than the fancy apps it can run.

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 234

by blackfeltfedora (#48477459) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission
I do not use Uber, but based on everything I have heard on this company's business practices, treatment of it's drivers, threats made to journalist, and now learning that the app is scraping every bit of data possible from people's phones I have to ask "Why are you using this app? Is it really that much better than calling a cab?"

Comment: No more appointment TV (Score 2) 320

by blackfeltfedora (#48067417) Attached to: The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead
Saturday morning cartoons weren't killed by the internet, they were killed by the DVR. My kids only recenlty became aquainted with the concept of "you have to wait for them to show the next episode". Saturday mornings at our house are devoted to binge watching a week's worth of Pokemon, Gravity Falls, and Phineas & Pherb.

Comment: Take Responsibility (Score 1) 137

by blackfeltfedora (#47399381) Attached to: Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine
Every memember of my family has a Kindle. The Free Time app prevents all in-app purchases regardless of what the App Store settings are. If I let the kids turn off Free Time I still get an email almost instantly when any purchase is made. Amazon has done their due dilligence, if people are still having huge bills racked up by their children they need to look in the mirror for the guilty party.

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at a (Score 5, Interesting) 357

by blackfeltfedora (#46252031) Attached to: Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance
I'll listen to the guy who designed the Dutch suits: Bert van der Tuuk, the designer of the Dutch Olympic team's suits, said Thursday he had tried a similar ventilation panel on the back of a prototype three years ago, but it slowed his skaters by letting in air and creating drag. "The suit was blowing itself up," he said.

Comment: Focus on the kids (Score 2) 559

by blackfeltfedora (#46021847) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?
What Nintendo does better than any other system is make games that pre-teen kids want to play. Mario/Kirby/Pokemon are all powerhouses that Xbox and PS4 do not have; if Nintendo can release a QUALITY game from one of those IPs every 6-8 months they will be fine. Fixing the social aspects and tying everything together through the 3DS would take them from "surviving" to "thriving".

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