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Comment: Never been better (Score 2, Insightful) 598

by freaktheclown (#48740375) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

I've been a Mac user for 20+ years now and an iPhone user since 2007. Quite frankly, the hardware and software has never been better from my own experience. Go do a Google search and you'll quickly find that every new software release Apple has put out is "the worst ever." Same goes for hardware. Every time Apple has had a keynote, there have been torrents of negative reactions about how they're losing their way and going downhill. "No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame." Remember that?

Those are just a few. The point is, over all Apple's QA is improved dramatically. The problem is that the iPhone is far more popular than anything else Apple has ever made. It's not that the software has gone downhill; it's that there is far more scrutiny on it -- particularly in the media. "It just works" is truer today than it ever has been.

Comment: Not just a watch (Score 1) 415

by freaktheclown (#48274597) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking
If you just think of "smart watches" as watches, then of course it seems absurd to have to charge them regularly. Traditional watches don't need to be charged for years at a time because pretty much all they do is tell time. But smart watches aren't really comparable to traditional watches. The only similarity they have is that they are worn on your wrist (and can tell time). Once you stop thinking "watch" and start thinking "tiny wearable computer", the charging isn't really an issue.

Comment: Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

There is no way to tell these sort of apps apart from some scummy Skinner box which hits you up for cash after you're sufficiently hooked.

Sure there is. On top of "Offers in-app purchases" being displayed right next to the Download button, all of the available in-app purchases are listed on the app's page along with their prices. The App Store rules also require that IAP purchase descriptions must "accurately describe what each item and how the item is used within your app".

Comment: First time? (Score 1) 288

by freaktheclown (#41743563) Attached to: Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time
Apple had live streams for events over 10 years ago. They streamed the Macworld keynotes at least four times and also had a live stream of their event in September 2010.

Macworld 2000 live stream announcement
Macworld 2001 live stream announcement
Macworld 2002 live stream announcement
Macworld 2003 live stream announcement

Comment: FUD! Production will be in the US, not Finland (Score 1) 293

by freaktheclown (#29550485) Attached to: $529M Gov't Loan To Develop $89,000 Hybrid Sports Car
From TFA:

Matt Rogers, who oversees the department's loan programs as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, said Fisker was awarded the loan after a "detailed technical review" that concluded the company could eventually deliver a highly fuel-efficient hybrid car to a mass audience. Fisker said most of its DOE loan will be used to finance U.S. production of a $40,000 family sedan that has yet to be designed.
The Almighty Buck

The Video Game Industry Goes Political 187

Posted by samzenpus
from the president-diablo dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The video game industry is finally forming a PAC by the end of March to get some political clout. A story in The New York Times yesterday reports that the video game industry has finally woken up and realized that in order to stay strong going forward, it can't rely on 13-year-old pimple-faced kids to promote its agenda."
Hardware Hacking

+ - LinuxBios with graphic mode

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An anonymous reader writes "A Brazilian blog about open source is talk about a project of LinuxBios that comes with Matchbox, busybox and Kdrive. The original post is here: co (in portuguese), a video about is here:, and the original post form authors are here: server-completely-in-flash-rom"

Higher Pay for Math and Science Teachers 471

Posted by samzenpus
from the thank-the-union dept.
Coryoth writes "Following up a previous story, it seems that the Kentucky effort to provide increased pay to teachers with qualifications in mathematics, physics, and chemistry has been gutted. Teachers objected to differential pay, and that portion of the bill was removed. At the same time California has just put forward a similar measure, with differential pay for teachers qualified in mathematics and science. Shockingly 40% of mathematics teachers in California are not fully qualified in the subject — a higher percentage of unqualified teachers than any other subject. Is the Californian effort any more likely to succeed, or is it destined to be similarly gutted? Is there a solution to the woeful lack of qualified mathematics teachers that the Teachers' Union will find acceptable?"

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.