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Comment: Anybody but me who noticed... (Score 5, Insightful) 350

by internetcommie (#38879489) Attached to: WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?
... that this story came from FAUX News???? Nothing about it makes any sense at all. Apart from that moving the servers to Sealand would be illogical and stupid, it would take more than one boat as they already are in many different locations. And investors who might consider buying a boat for the purpose must have so much money that it is likely they already own at least one boat that could do the job. In addition, of course, boat can be hired or rented. Somebody are trying to drum up hysteria about Wikileaks again; probably to cover up something that is really happening. NOT news, but normal operational practice for media.

Comment: Re:What happened to the constitution? (Score 1) 578

by internetcommie (#37785812) Attached to: TSA Doing Random Truck Searches On Tennessee Highway
I have a totally different way of dealing with them. Ride a big, noisy Harley. Can't hear a word over the engine, and to be sure I keep revving it up, making excuses about my motor occasionally quitting on me. And of course my starter has problems so there's no way I'll shut it down! In reality the bike is as healthy as can be, and if it wasn't I wouldn't be that far from home on it, but smarts was never a requirement for that department... Not that they stop motorcyclists very often anyway; can't smuggle much on them and no room for illegals.

Comment: Re:Wrong question (Score 1) 312

by internetcommie (#37199144) Attached to: What HP's TouchPad Fire Sale Teaches iPad Rivals
I would say, in general, that all Android phones, and the Android operating system itself, are fantastic ideas. It is just that so far, Android is just an alternative to iOS, and the main selling point is that it is NOT iOS. Most people just don't care (or even understand) about open systems. They just either buy a shiny gadget.

When somebody comes up with a phone or tablet that in some way is really different from the Apple gadgets they compete against, AND is somehow brilliant in its own right, then Apple has real competition. That would be good both for Apple and consumers.

Comment: And my first reaction was ... (Score 1) 1027

by internetcommie (#37198682) Attached to: Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO
... that this will trigger a huge blowout sale of Apple stock, which will enable me to buy a pile and get rich when it quadruples in value the next few months.

Then I remembered that the stock marked already has crapped out so I don't have any money to buy Apple stock with. Crap!

Anyway, just shows what the tech world has come to; even us engineers are greedy bastards who think of nothing but money. Sad news, indeed.

Comment: Re:Wrong question (Score 0) 312

by internetcommie (#37197740) Attached to: What HP's TouchPad Fire Sale Teaches iPad Rivals
I think the problem (and it is a problem) is that Apple seem to blind everybody with every new, shiny gadget they introduce. And everybody who are blinded by Apple's shiny gadgets either want one really, really badly (call them fanbois if you like; they are just consumers like all of us) or they really, really badly wishes they came up with this shiny gadget first. So they simply try to make their own version of the same shiny gadget, with some unimportant twist like Flash or an open operating system, but no real innovation. To compete with Apple, companies would need to either sell their similar products considerably cheaper than the shiny Apple gadgets, or they would have to offer something different and useful, or at least desirable. In short, they need to innovate, not just copy what Apple did and put a different label on it. So far I've seen very little innovation, and that means Apple wins.

Comment: Re:Signal strength: [Y__] (Score 1) 615

by internetcommie (#32366346) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones
Not true. Just ask the many foreign exchange students and tourists who are using cell phones from their home countries in the US, with service plans from their home countries as well. They often get more bars than I do with my US cell phone. And they pay less than what my contract costs too.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.