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Comment: Re:...The hell? (Score 1) 291

Well, /. is filled with news of smartphones - announcements, rumours and whatnot. New tech reviews also appear pretty heavily. And this isn't just a smartphone review. It's a piece about how little manufacturers, as a whole, value their customers for low end devices, taking advantage of their historically low expectations. Pretty much every manufacturer sells absolute crap on the low end. The only exceptions I can think of are Apple, since they simply don't deal on the low end spectrum, Motorola, who has been churning out genuinely good products like the E and G, and Microsoft/Nokia, on select devices such as the Lumia 520. This is followed by a brief economical commentary on the failure of the market to provide us with good products.

Given that tech and economy are the two most proeminent topics of conversation here (well, that and indiscriminate flaming), I don't see why it shouldn't be here, even if I didn't particularly like the piece.

Comment: Re:BAD,Bad, Bad! (Score 1) 272

It depends. If you add about 30 mins of cycling to work and back every day, that adds 600 calories to your list, but then you could remove about 25.000 calories that would be used in driving a car. And, since you're talking calories per capita, if enough people did that and less cars were needed, you could subtract the savings from the whole auto industry, which include energy needed to power factories, extract raw materials, build factories and retailers, shipping... I can't really estimate, but it would be pretty significant if you consider it takes about 240.000 calories just for the welding of a single car in the assembly line (source: www.energystar.gov/ia/business/industry/LBNL-54036.pdf ). Now think along these lines about heating, too, and you'll see the enourmous savings we get by adding some manual effort.

Comment: Re:Brain ZAP! (Score 1) 284

by ifiwereasculptor (#47396083) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

On the subject of intrusive government applications, I wonder if it would make prisons more or less humane. No revolts, no issues with control, no angst. Just hook people off of the thing for about three hours a day for feeding and exercising. Can someone sleep while uncounscious like that? (it sounds like a dumb question)

Comment: Re:Car analogy? (Score 1) 142

by ifiwereasculptor (#47282603) Attached to: Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

Could someone explain to me why further refinement of fabrication process is the only way to progress? With a car analogy?

Easy enough. Take a car X driven by a driver Y. One driver can drive one car, so X = Y. If you make the car 50% smaller, then you'll have 2X = Y. If each car has a top speed of V, then the same driver Y can achieve 2V by driving those two smaller cars at once.

Comment: Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (Score 2) 323

by ifiwereasculptor (#47201241) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

AFAIK, you can't see the source for Google apps like Play Store, Maps etc, tough. Maybe not even for the launcher. I don't know what's part of AOSP and what's a Google add-on, these days. My point being that, for reaping the benefits of being able to see the source code, you must be able to see it all. Unless you have root access and can manage permissions on a per-app basis directly via the base, open OS. That's not Android's case, though - at least not by default.

Comment: Re:That's not true and you know it. (Score 1) 221

by ifiwereasculptor (#47138569) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

An anonymous posting on a blog is *not the same thing* as a musical piece that required a lot of talent and upfront costs to produce.

Now why would that be? You're probably inferring that the anonymous posting has no value or hasn't been worked on. But an anonymous posting can be as valuable as music. If you take Slashdot's own sort of news, that's pretty interesting. It amounts to a curated collection of news with commentary, and journalism can be argued to be more socially valuable than music in our current information society. Also, if we're talking about any kind of anonymous posting, yes, it can have value. Including literary value. If Pynchon decided to post Gravity's Rainbow online, would its value as art be diminished? I think I get what you're trying to say, but the way you chose to differentiate data is too arbitrary.

Plus, you seem to be overlooking that fact that "large groups of people agreeing with you" can be made of "individual acts of defiance", and that major economic shifts in point of view take time. We're not going to snap out of the economics of scarcity overnight, but the very existence of Creative Commons is a sign that the opinion you seem to be arguing against is quite widespread. I don't really know if it's on the rise, though I'd wager it is.

Comment: Re:Shoulders of giants (Score 3, Insightful) 131

It's not really pro- or anti-patent, unless you believe the absence of patents would cause most companies to resort to trade secrets, in which case, it's a pro-patent notion.

Trade secrets were a more charming concept. You could see what a competitor was achieving. So you could look into their product and reverse engineer their results - often coming up with a completely different solution. It was based on effort and merit. Whoever implemented it first had a head start, and if it was simple enough to copy quickly, then your invention wasn't so revolutionary anyway.

Comment: Re:No. And there is a precedent. (Score 0, Flamebait) 297

Yeah, that's still pretty fucked up, dude. The major difference in the level of craziness between Mormonism and Scientology isn't quantitative, but qualitative. Mormonism descends from a different brand of crazy, one we are used to. And really, the 1800s were a little late for believing a 15-year-old saying he heard God and is now a prophet. The correct response to that sort of stunt is to either slap him silly for lying badly or properly educating him about the effects of recreational drugs after they wear off.

Sorry if this came out a little blunt. Do consider, though, that a scientologist would be equally offended to be compared to a mormon.

Comment: Re:Shame Google dumped Motorola (Score 3, Informative) 234

by ifiwereasculptor (#47030769) Attached to: Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry

The Moto G is actually a quad-core. I have a Nexus 4, but I envy Moto G owners mostly because the phone is undistinguishably speedy, its battery lasts longer and it's unbelievably cheaper. Lenovo would be crazy not to continue the trend, because what Moto needs now is market and mind share. They attempted to make good phones with good margins (I'm thinking of the RAZRs) and they were doing way, way worse than with the Moto G/E.

And what Google did with Moto was so simple it's laughable. Just remove the cruft (stop wasting resources with kevlar backs or MotoBlur), simplify and optimize the software and you can actually surpass the competition while using cheaper components. They could sell the Moto G for $300 and it would still be a good value if you compared it with the competition. LG's G2 Mini is pretty much the same phone, but priced at $400.

Comment: Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (Score 4, Insightful) 403

If you don't like DRM, don't consume it. But stop trying to take away my freedom to do so, thanks.

Look, I don't care much about ideological debates, but could we stop with the nonsensical wording? How exactly does one "consume" DRM? You can perhaps take advantage of, support, view content which makes use of DRM. That's all fine. But please don't "consume" DRM. You can't, not anymore than you can "consume" highways or the history of Somalia.

On a minor note, I should also point out that being against Mozilla implementing DRM support on Firefox does not "take away your freedom" to view content which makes use of DRM. Unless you're forced by someone or something to use solely Firefox for viewing all your movies or something like that, in which case you should probably reconsider the focus of your digital freedom fighting.

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