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Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 3, Insightful) 117

Ohh FFS -- that was at the initial launch and not done as a fuck you but simply because they were more interested in just getting the new product and OS out the door. Initially, Apps were JS based and highly sandboxed. But they realized that Devs wanted something better and Apple set themselves to creating an entire Development Platform and App Store to support that. So any claims that Apple is somehow hostile to developers is utter BS. If anything, Apple stands to make millions off 3rd party Apple Watch Apps in regards to App Store and In-App Purchases.

Comment: Re:"Close" Only Counts (Score 1) 340

I was not implying that they should start from scratch. Just that "close" here is not "close" in terms of a workable solution as the summary had indicated they were close to having the problem solved. And in respect to the summary, I meant only that they are still a long ways off from having a reliable vehicle. While I get your point -- I find it disingenuous in this case as it takes a very simple statement to a very radical conclusion and out of context. And because of that, I have had to waste more time explaining something I should not have had to explain in the first place.

Comment: Delivering the Mail (Score 5, Funny) 320

by l0ungeb0y (#49481777) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

A 61-year-old Florida mailman was arrested Wednesday after he landed a gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol west lawn. The gyrocopter was carrying the pilot and 535 stamped letters for members of Congress urging 'real reform' to campaign finance laws.

So in other words, they arrested a Federal Employee on Federal Property for doing his job.

Comment: Sends a Terrible Message at a Critical Time (Score 1) 148

by l0ungeb0y (#49462825) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online
Though they may make claims that piracy is a great compliment and testament to the show's popularity, it's clear that they would like to curtail piracy by offering legal avenues of watching the show as evidenced by their recent launch of HBO Now and scheduling the release of new episodes to happen simultaneously world wide.

Personally, I was a hater of HBO for the last few years due to their open hostility to Netflix, their taking of sides AGAINST Net Neutrality and their tying of their streaming service to Comcast et al -- but I've come to forgive them a bit because of their work with Amazon in bringing their back catalog of originals for internet streaming free to Amazon Prime users and their launch of HBO Now, which I have signed up for.

So it pains me a bit to see HBO change tact and offer a compelling streaming service only to suffer a massive leak by a trusted party so soon after it's debut. While I'm sure HBO will take it in stride, I've long said that if these bad actors like HBO could offer legal channels to get their content without a wait, I would sign-up and not pirate. But, with this action and the amount of seeders and leachers, it seems the use case claimed by many -- that they only pirate due to not having a clear legal means to watch without having to wait several months for the DVD release -- is the exception and not the rule.

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go out on a limb. (Score 4, Interesting) 290

Due to my own empirical observations, I would have to disagree. In my late teens and early twenties when studying liberal arts, philosophy and making my living as an illustrator and animator, I rarely drank but would smoke weed pretty frequently and maintained a 3.6 to 4.0 GPA without even trying.

However, when I decided to teach myself to code a few years later, I found the weed really got in the way, so bought some beer and found I could drink a fair amount of beer and still grok the info I needed and retain it. As such, I stopped smoking weed and started drinking for my recreational pleasure.

Comment: Re:But we know the Standard Model is incomplete (Score 2) 73

The Universe is not an iGadget -- we don't need the new shiny to replace the old just to get new features. So get past your short sighted grasp of existence and learn to realize that by fully understanding something, we can set ourselves to better exploiting it instead of wasting energy looking for things that don't exist. And it's not like we are anywhere near having a complete understanding of the universe or it's composition. So anything we can lock down is a major step forward regardless of how "revolutionary" it may be on a superficial level.

Comment: Oliver's Worst Jokes YHet (Score 3, Insightful) 200

by l0ungeb0y (#49422747) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?
I like John Oliver, but his attempts at humor early in the interview just came off as awkward at best. However, he did finally hit his stride when he started in with his survey results, which showed Americans have no clue and even less concern with educating themselves on todays issues much less wanting to do anything about it. Hopefully Snowden got the message -- that coming here to "Face Trial" as he has supposedly been mulling over would not serve any sort of public debate or discourse that could create change, but only be ratings fodder for Fox and CNN. Because yes -- American's don't care, Americans don't want to know, Americans just want to be given shiny things.

Comment: Re:Just what we need... (Score 1) 142

by l0ungeb0y (#49422607) Attached to: Stanford Develops Fast-Charging, Stable Aluminum Battery

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.