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Comment: Re:By design (but not the way you think)? (Score 1) 371

by kheldan (#47955053) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

We're all different. For people like me (who are fortunate enough to have sufficient cash to pay for the privilege), design is as important as function. Good design sells stuff.

For 'some people' there's a phrase to describe what you're talking about, by the way: 'Conspicuous consumption', or more rudely put, 'F.U. money'. :-)

Comment: 100bpm 90bpm? (Score 2) 110

by kheldan (#47954639) Attached to: My resting heart rate:
I find it rather disturbing that the distribution of the current votes increases at the >=100bpm end of the scale. If this is you, you need to see a doctor, and more to the point you need to get a gym membership, or go walk for an hour a day, or something, because you're probably not going to live much longer like that.

Comment: "Trivial" (Score 2) 344

by kheldan (#47945357) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
That's how I'd rate the difficulty level of breaking any DRM or 'copy protection' (if there can be such a thing anymore) on something as simple as an audio file. Is Bono thinking of running for public office? Based on his apparent complete lack of understanding of technology I'd say he sounds just like your average politician. Any 'copy protection' scheme or DRM that a company spends millions developing will be broken by some anonymous bored teenage kid in Asia somewhere in a week or less, no problem, and in general distribution around the world a day after that. Even closing the 'analog hole' isn't going to help: It takes a minimal amount of electronics knowledge and skill to work around that as well, even if it were necessary. People like Bono and companies like Apple and Sony and the record labels need to just accept that they're wasting their time and money on things like this (which consequently ends up with higher prices for their 'products', in my opinion just encourages more piracy anyway) and accept that there is going to be a certain amount of digital piracy, just like there used to be people sharing 'mix tapes' and later 'mix CDs'.

Comment: 'Pass it on to the consumer' (Score 1) 323

by kheldan (#47920319) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
The sad fact is they'll do anything to protect their bottom line, so they'll just pass the extra cost on to their customers, who in many cases will not have any choice but to pay more for whatever they're getting. Then the corps will blame the government for it's 'corruption' as the reason their prices are so much higher now, and lobby for 'reform'. Or somesuch scenario.

Comment: Bad for developing brains (Score 3, Informative) 182

by kheldan (#47905777) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles
Wasn't there a news story some time ago that said research was done that shows that children a certain age or younger should not play 3D games because it screws up the development of their brain? Also mod Oculus Rift CEO down for being as biased as they come.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 598

by kheldan (#47902331) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
That is not how this would fail. How it will fail is a very simple principle:

Anything that one man can make, another can hack

Granted, it'll be like having an alarm on your home or car: It'll cause the casual criminal to move on to an easier target, but the skilled and/or determined criminal will not be deterred by it at all.

Comment: Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by kheldan (#47902291) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch
If you combine the populations of India and China, isn't it something like seven times the population of the United States? Yet, we're having more of an effect on their culture than they are having on us. What does that tell you, friend?

I'm no astrophysicist or aeronautical engineer, but it seems to me that at least 99.9% of any space vehicle's journey to any other planet in our star system is going to be uneventful and easy to manage; it's the end of the journey that's going to pose possible difficulties. The paper ball you toss at the trash can flies through the air uneventfully -- but whether or not you get it in the can, have it bounce off the rim, or miss the can entirely at the end of it's flight is something else entirely.

Not that I'm trash-talking Indian engineering or scientific ability. I work with enough Indian engineers to know better than that. Now if they could just learn to solder worth a damn. XD

Comment: Re:Been there, done that. (Score 1) 100

by kheldan (#47883707) Attached to: China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Why can't they just participate in the International space station, again?

Because their xenophobic policies prohibit 'contamination' of their citizens wherever they can manage to avoid it, and besides which they're probably afraid that the crew they send to the ISS would have a perfect opportunity to defect to the West, seeing as how they'd be outside of any countrys' borders while in orbit.

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?

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