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Comment: What. A. Doofus (Score 1) 290

by ichthus (#47501129) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
He takes an (1) example of a company with obviously poor QA, and turns it into a critique of the free market. ? Sorry, but to make this argument stick, you'd have to show that ALL (or, at least, most) of the companies selling phones operate under this MO. Additionally, you'd have to show that these same problems wouldn't plague a product line in a regulated market scenario. Good luck.

Comment: Re:Great example (Score 1) 210

by ichthus (#47501035) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45
I certainly agree with you, but I would tend to emphasize the environment of innovation over cold war muscle flexing. We won the race largely due to the developments in computer technology that had already happened -- invention of the integrated circuit being key among them. I think you could make an argument that the IC came as a successor to the tech developed during and after WWII, but (and I'm no historian) I believe Fairchild Semiconductor's work was privately funded.

Comment: Re:Listen up, Japanese. (Score 1) 195

by ichthus (#47298371) Attached to: Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common
I've heard of this, but I was under the impression that it was mostly motivated by power saving -- that it was solely during the hot summer months. If this is, in fact, an effort toward making things more comfortable and more conducive to creativity (and consequently, more sane), more power to them.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik