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Comment: Re:they know they're watching (Score 1) 160

by DerekLyons (#48947755) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

I know loads of people who have anti-authoritarian spirit who take great care about where they say things, and try to clean up any record of what they've said.

Ah... the old "the .0000000001% of the population I know behave like x, therefore x is representative of the whole population" fallacy.

Comment: Noob (Score -1, Troll) 280

by mozumder (#48946183) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Uh. They most certainly did NOT create the smartphone sector.

There was NO smartphones before the iPhone. Speaking as a guy that used them all, everything else was utter garbage compared to the iPhone. They were garbagephones, not smartphones.

And they sure as fuck didn't do it out of "nothing".

Are you fucking kidding? Things like momentum scroll and pinch-to-zoom were made out of thin air by Apple. There was nothing like it. The audience literally gasped when Steve Jobs first demoed those things in the iPhone introduction.

Apple defined the new device, and created this market.. from scratch. They threw out every other smartphone idea, because they were incorrect and complete garbage.

THIS is the REAL mobile market that Apple created from scratch. There was absolutely nothing like it, no matter how hard the Android/MS fangirls try to rewrite history to claim that Apple didn't invent the modern smartphone industry.

If you don't believe me, then explain why Google had to REDESIGN Android after seeing the iPhone introduction? Because they knew they had a terrible design, sorta like how Google Glass is a terrible design, and how MS HoloLens is going to lose as well.

Sorry, but you are, right now, living in the world created by Apple. You AREN'T living in the world created by Google or Microsoft.

Also, you're going to REALLY hate it when I let you know that the PC itself was defined and created by Steve Jobs. Nobody but Steve Jobs thought PCs were anything more than Industrial Appliances. He was the only one that thought they would be usable by normal people - kids, grandmas, etc.. And so he defined that market to cater to kids and grandmas, and built the product to match it. Other PC vendors were strictly thinking about PCs in terms of industrial/office products. Even a company like Xerox, who should have figured it out, didn't. Steve Jobs was the ONE guy that thought you should be able to use a PC at home by untrained people, instead of at the office by experts.

So, not only did he create the modern smartphone, but he created the entire PC industry itself.

Perhaps in the next life, you nerds would have been born with a better sense of taste that would allow you to create interesting and useful products for society, But, alas, you were stuck without any talent, and so you have to live in a computing defined by Steve Jobs.

Comment: Re:Overpriced (Score -1) 298

by mozumder (#48946073) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Just saw this incomplete wording. It should along the lines of: "Why do the poor think they matter to the market?"

In general, the market isn't defined by low price: people don't buy bad products, no matter how cheap they are. If you can't afford a quality product, the market just ignores you and doesn't sell to you. The price doesn't go down if you can't afford it.

This should be obvious.

Comment: Re:Stop rape in India? (Score 1) 195

by Rei (#48945731) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

Right, so women are supposed to walk around at all times with a gun in their hand, never setting it down for anything, and have a proximity radar to warn them if anyone is approaching them where they can't see so that she can pump them full of lead?

Why, I bet the gun will just shoot the rohipnol right out of drinks too!

The percent of rape cases in which having a gun could have helped is probably in in the single digits. And with it of course carries the risk of escalating the risk of getting you seriously injured or killed.

Comment: Re:The crime happened to an Indian in India. (Score 1) 195

by Rei (#48945635) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

I should add that the Strauss-Kahn red meat is getting old. First off, most of the descriptions of the case are way off, partially inspired by the prosecutors switching from overplaying the case against him to overplaying the case for him. To be clear:

1) If an accusation is made, and the accused is convicted, the legal system has been determined that the person is guilty.
2) If an accusation is made, the accused is not charged, and the accuser is convicted of making a false accusation, then the legal system has determined that it was a false charge.
3) If an accusation is made, the accused is not charged, but neither is the accuser, then the legal system has made no finding in any direction due to insufficient evidence to match the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard in either direction.

This should be obvious, but for some reason, many people are always fixated on interpreting #3 (by far the most common scenario) as #2.

As for Kahn? Since then he's been caught up in one sex related charge after another - and has admitted to parts of them. He's currently out on bail awaiting trial for running a prostitution ring; the trial begins a couple days from now.

Comment: Which he needn't do (Score 1) 155

If you choose not to use the tools available, well don't expect anyone to have sympathy for you or marvel at how hard you had it. You've only yourself to blame. When I wish to mount something in my house I get out a laser level, cordless electric drill with titanium bits, and so on. As such things get put up easily, quickly, and dead level. You could do the same with a rock and sharpened metal pieces, but don't expect me to be impressed with how long it took you or the problems with the results. You could use modern tools, if you chose.

Comment: Is anyone surprised? (Score 4, Insightful) 155

I think some forget, or never knew, that his first book was published 1996. This guy is not a fast writer.

Personally doesn't bother me, since I stopped reading after the third book because the quality tanked so hard. The original Game of Thrones is my all time favourite fantasy novel and I will recommend it all the time. A Clash of Kings was good, but a major step down. I enjoyed it though. A Storm of Swords wasn't very good at all.When A Feast for Crows I asked some people and the answer I universally got was "don't bother" so I didn't. It was also a bit harder to maintain the "givashit" with 5 years intervening instead of 2.

It seems like he more or less ran out of ideas and has bogged things down in to a whole bunch of characters nobody cares about. Ok, he can do as he pleases, but I'll keep my money thanks.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 0) 372

by Creepy (#48943337) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Well conservatives downright hate the poor - cuts to SNAP and food stamps tucked into the farm bill? Hell yeah! (yes, that is sarcasm)

My problem with liberals usually has more to do with the money. They want all these fancy social programs but don't want to pay for them, so the programs are doomed to go belly-up starting in about the next decade likely with Medicaid. If you want these fancy programs, either increase taxes, fix the broken corporate tax system so corporations pay taxes (most pay zero tax, 94% of US corporations pay less than 5%, and yes the tax rate is 35%), or make cuts (military spending would make sense, since we're not actively in any wars, yet Obama is asking for more spending here) to pay for them. I miss Clinton in this regard, but also hate him for burying the actual debt numbers that show money needed to be able to keep social programs running, mainly to garner favor of older voters (and every president since has continued this).

Comment: Re:Vast... Tracts of Land (Score 1) 203

by jfengel (#48942585) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

I'd be interested in reading the source to see what the argument is. Off the top of my head, the Irish Potato Famine strikes me as a pretty real famine. It was certainly exacerbated by political pressures, and they were growing monocultures in the first place because of the pressure for productivity. But it was a real crop failure, and they learned to reduce their dependence on a single crop.

Certainly it could have been handled better, and far fewer people would have died. But I still think the death toll would have counted as a famine, or at best a famine barely averted by aid. I'd put it in a different category from starvation caused by war or corruption. Even the Great Chinese Famine could be chalked up to politics without too much of a stretch, but there are still crop failures due to drought and disease.

Since the agricultural revolutions of the past few centuries and especially the last few decades, we're so awash in food that aid will always be stymied by people rather than lack of calories. But I'd put the tipping close closer to 40 years than 400.

Comment: Re:More ambiguous cruft (Score 1) 473

by jfengel (#48942065) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

The terminator gene solves the gene-spreading problem, but it introduces the problem of leaving farmers permanently at the hands of Monsanto. They are forced to buy new seeds every year.

They can, of course, opt out, but then they miss out on Monsanto's improvements. So we've got a conflict of expectations not entirely unlike Slashdot's frequent outrage about EULAs that effectively mean you don't own your own software, or even hardware.

As I understand it, most farmers buy seeds anyway, because the plants don't breed true to type. But there was particular worry about poor nations, where the farmers are closer to being completely broke, and this looked suspiciously like indentured servitude.

I'm not taking a position on the argument here, just clarifying what it's about.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 2) 258

by Rei (#48938615) Attached to: FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

My point was all about what happens when the mosquitos are not as infertile as planned.

If some offspring survive that means that they didn't get the gene to kill them for some reason. Aka, they're just like wild populations. So.....?

If chemical companies are going to dump something into my backyard, I will scream and shout just as loud

Your back yard is full of the intentional products of chemical companies. Here we're talking about the intentional products of genetic engineering. You're trying to change the situation by comparing waste products with intentional products.

You seem to claim that people should just trust experts. I claim that experts should attempt to inform the public better, thereby earning their trust...

Sorry, but Joe Blow GED is never going to become an expert on genetic engineering. Ever. Period. And the same goes for the vast majority of the public.

So, rabbits that got released in Australia are the top predator? The Pampas grass in California is the top predator? I can make a long list of invasive species that are not the top predator and still influenced their ecosystem a lot


Got any examples that aren't introduced species? We're talking about reducing or eliminating species within an ecosystem, not adding new ones from totally different ecosystem. And part of the reason rabbits were so uncontrolled in Australia anyway was because settlers had killed off almost all of the top predators. One could easily imagine that, for example, tasmanian tigers would have quite enjoyed a rabbit feast. Dingo numbers were also shaply culled in the areas with the highest rabbit populations.

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