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Comment: The system is corrupt ... (Score 1) 47

Like it or not, the corporations have more or less rigged the game.

There is no chance in hell we get what we want, because the politicians have all quite literally been bought and paid for, and are little more than corporate shills.

This is precisely why all of those people who bray about deregulation and the free market are either deluded, or in on the scam -- because these systems will always become horribly corrupt, and be sold to the highest bidder. And it's a lie to believe that system is self correcting -- because the system is rigged.

American politics (and, indeed, much of the world) is a cesspool of cronyism, and rich assholes cutting through the laws which prevent other rich assholes from raping the system.

Corporate lawyers and lobbyists have far more clout than "the people".

Welcome to the dystopian future where the corporations and the surveillance state work hand in hand, but the state is on the corporate payroll -- at least, the ones who hold any real power.

This is the reason why the bankers who ripped us all off in the housing meltdown never saw any charges -- because they all advise the fucking presidents on economic policy.

It really is time to eat the rich, because they're not in the least concerned about us in this equation.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 449

you only want products that were the new hotness at the time but where the company stopped expending resources once it became older?

No, what I want is some guaranteed level of support for consumer electronics.

If I buy something I don't expect it to be unsupported in under 3 years.

Apple was just the last straw.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 449

I doubt you would see that from them again.

Oh, I can guarantee I'll never see it from them again.

Had I known they were killing off the iPod classic I'd have replaced mine ... because it has no OS to be upgraded until it's broken.

My original iPad? I traded it in for $40 store credit while it still had some value.

But they won't be getting another iPad sale from me ever. And they won't ever sell me a phone. Or an Apple TV. Or a desktop.

I like the iPod, but for the rest? Apple is not getting my money.

If it wasn't for the fact that I still need some Windows software, my next desktop would be Linux. As it is, it might be worth it to buy a copy of Win 7 and run it in Virtual Box.

Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 1) 288

by gstoddart (#48906601) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

their seeming insistence that you have some kind of an Windows web account ( or whatever) in order to run the OS

I sincerely hope that isn't true, and that they're not going to take the step to force you to sign up for some of their crap.

I should think they'd break some antitrust laws by requiring shit like that.

And I bet they won't allow you to return it if you say "piss off, no I don't want one".

Looks like I better buy my next Windows machine soon, because Windows 10 sounds more and more like a shitpile I won't want.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 449

Also I suspect you picked on the first iPad because it was the worst.

No, I picked on it because I owned one.

My trust level for Apple has dropped significantly since then ... I'm not spending that kind of money on something which they'll abandon soon thereafter.

In fact, it has reaffirmed my belief you should never be the one to buy a first gen of any product, unless you're willing to lose the money on that.

Comment: Wow .... (Score 3, Funny) 132

That's pretty cool.

Imagine, a seasoning which turned your tough steak back from being shoe leather. :-P

Un-boiling an egg, the mind boggles.

I wonder what wacky applications chefs will come up with for this one. I can see some of the molecular gastronomy folks doing some odd things.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 449

Apple abandoned the original iPad in under 2.5 years.

It's not like they don't do it either.

Companies expect you to buy the new hotness all the time, and stop expending resources on older platforms.

Because, after all, they only give a shit about you for as long as it takes to get your money. And then you're just someone who doesn't matter to them.

Comment: Translation ... (Score 5, Insightful) 361

We're self entitled assholes, with nor regard for the law, and if we don't get back doors to encryption, we're going to become even more ethically challenged, self entitled assholes with nor regard for the law.

I sincerely hope one or more of their people get shot breaking into some place and not identifying themselves as agents.

Fuck, but governments are willing to slide into fascism and tyranny.

I you can't operate in the law, you should be subject to it ... and tried for criminal activities.

Papers please, comrade. You have nothing to frar if you have nothing to hide.


UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice? 322

Posted by timothy
from the is-your-nose-on-the-glass? dept.
An anonymous reader writes Details have emerged on the new UHD Blu-ray spec and players set to start shipping this summer. UHD promises resolutions 4X greater than Blu-ray 1080p as well as much higher data rates, enhanced color space and more audio options. But, will consumers care, and will they be willing to upgrade their HDTV's, AV Receivers, and Blu-ray players to adopt a new format whose benefits may only be realized on ultra large displays or close viewing distances? The article makes the interesting point that UHD isn't synonymous with 4K, even if both handily beat the resolution of most household displays.

Comment: Re:what the vaccine actually do? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by gstoddart (#48885917) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Well, if you walked up to a smoker and vaccinated them like this ... they would still be addicted, and have no way of alleviating that.

As an ex-smoker, had someone done that to me, I might have had to kill them

Quitting smoking is hard, is sucks, and it takes months if not years for the craving to go away. The smallest thing can make you go back to wanting one.

The ability to get nicotine from an alternate source than smoking is not something to be underestimated, and for many of us is the only way we can really quit.

I rank this about as good as locking someone in a room and waiting for the screaming to stop. It's simply doing nothing at all about the fact that your brain and body are still going "where is it? how about now? can we have some? what about now? Why isn't there any? How do we get some? WHY can't we have any?"

A smoker on forced cold turkey quitting is NOT a person you want to be around.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 157

by gstoddart (#48885559) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

I was really hoping they could throw away the cruft and start fresh, like Android and iOS did.

The way forward isn't slavishly doing the same thing you've been doing for 25+ years.

To me, this just entrenches that we're stuck with every bit of crap baggage Microsoft has been carting around, and that they will essentially keep doing the exact same thing.

So, I like them for a desktop or a server ... but I think they're going to fail miserably for mobile devices.

Essentially they're just going to ram through the iceberg instead of doing anything innovative. I honestly question if Microsoft could write an OS from scratch like Android.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 228

by gstoddart (#48885247) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Well, the in 80s I was mostly in elementary/middle school. In the 90s I was working in the tech industry. But I've been using the internet long enough to have used bang path addressing and UUCP and the like.

I don't simply dismiss all technology out of hand -- I actually do look at to see if it adds any benefit to my life.

And, in this case, I conclude the Internet of Things is crap, and Eric Schmidt is full of shit -- everything he says is the delusional ramblings of a billionaire who expects to make money from this.

In which case, I neither trust his vision, nor his intent.

The future, as envisioned by the greedy assholes who expect to profit from it, is generally a meaningless pile of self-serving crap. And Eric Schmidt is no exception.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 157

by gstoddart (#48884973) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

As usual, you're working hard to spin things in the most negative light you can.

Honestly, it's not that hard.

ARM is a power-efficient platform, but nothing prevents Intel (or someone else) from producing a power-efficient x86/x64 platform.

And you know what, insisting on doing that basically means we're stuck with the same architectures and other baggage we've had for years. It's corporate inertia and laziness.

Love 'em or hate 'em, both iOS and Android did new things on new platforms, and did them differently -- apps became smaller, with less of a footprint, and less resource hungry. We went back to small simple things which did one thing. Microsoft will have us with a 4GB install of Office because that's all they can imagine.

The entire mentality of this is "hey, we're the big players, why the fuck should we innovate when we can keep repackaging the same crap we've been selling for years?". It's the same stuff as always, when it has the potential to be more.

My work laptop and my tablet are very different animals, with very different levels of resources, on very different platforms, and used for quite different things.

What I'm hating on is the dinosaurs who are giving us the same stuff they've always given us and acting like they're doing something cool.

I think it's utterly pathetic that Intel and Microsoft just want to repackage the desktop ... because I think that means they've missed the point, and are just trying to redefine the market to match what they do.

Which is why having a single OS for the mobile and desktop market means that Microsoft can't see past their own noses, and are refusing to do anything new and interesting. Just make sure we can have fucking spreadsheets.

No thanks. At least Apple and Google have done some new and interesting things, and changed the landscape. Microsoft is just trying to keep us firmly rooted in the 90s.

Comment: Re:Ouch! (Score 1) 157

by gstoddart (#48884885) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Well, what you call "paying attention to reality" is a side effect of terrible vision/planning. It's not an accomplishment to stop selling a product which completely missed the mark in the first place.

Microsoft thinks they can tell the market what it is they want, and the keep getting it wrong.

Hell, they release copycat products, and they still keep getting it wrong -- because thy insist on putting their own stamp on things, and are stil stuck in the "Yarg, computers are for Exchange and Office".

I'm pretty sure RT was more or less DOA. Along with their phone.

And they keep doubling down on the idea that all of these tablets will be just another x86 machine so they don't have to build anything new.

I think Microsoft has been suffering from a stunning lack of vision for years -- at least, as far as that 'vision' connects with reality. It's hard to think a company with so much resources can be so inept at understanding the markets they're trying to get into.

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