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Comment: lol (Score 4, Funny) 151

by sootman (#47886003) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

You know how when you first look at a block of words, your eyes and brain kind of skip around, read things out of order, and occasionally change words to fit what you think you're reading? My brain's first impression of this poll was...

To prepare for a mass ejaculation, I ...
_ Do nothing
_ Stockpile toilet paper

At that point, I figured I was reading it wrong.

In either case, my first answer is "Back up my data and foil-wrap the drive." Then the toilet-paper thing. :-)

Comment: Re:I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (Score 1) 290

by sootman (#47882925) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

> at one point "research" showed that jeans
> were responsible for higher risk of cancer

Erm, are you sure that wasn't "genes"? ;-)

Favorite line from a comedian long ago: "I'm not sure about research, though. 'We took a 4-ounce lab rat, fed him 22 pounds of saccharine, and he developed a tumor!' Well, NO SHIT!"

Comment: Re:Incredibly bad live stream (Score 2) 729

by sootman (#47865379) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

I had all those problems with the stream too. (The interlacing, especially, made me LOL.) Tried to watch for about the first third, then gave up. It also jumped back in time repeatedly, sometimes all the way to the beginning. At one point it was JUST getting good, then it bounced back a few minutes to the middle of the game demo.

One more problem: the stream problems led to problems with the web pages themselves, if you were watching it in a browser. And since the stream was embedded into the apple.com homepage -- not jus the /live/ page but the homepage itself -- I now have a screenshot of an error right on www.apple.com.

Extra bonus funny: coverage at theverge.com got images up BEFORE I saw them on the "live" stream. Obviously the stream was buffered a bit, but DAMN those guys at The Verge were FAST. They're getting pretty good at this. Multiple text posts and pictures EACH MINUTE. I don't like much about the verge, but their event coverage is pretty great.

At least #livestream on twitter had a LOT of funny comments to pass the time with.

Comment: Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 4, Interesting) 729

by sootman (#47865049) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

What is exactly is your threshold for when a product should be created? That it does everything? That everyone likes it? Apple will sell METRIC SHITLOADS of these and do just fine, thankyouverymuch.

MOST Apple products are a little overpriced and underspecced upon release. Look at the original iPod -- it was indeed expensive, had no wireless, and "less space than a Nomad." Then it TOOK OVER THE WORLD. The MacBook Air was a little slow and $1699 or $1799 at launch, and then OH LOOK, the WHOLE PC INDUSTRY tried to copy it with the whole "ultrabook" thing, and by the way Airs start at $899 now.

So yeah, the first batch will be sold to people who are willing to spend $349 to see texts without digging out their phone. Then they'll get cheaper, more powerful, and more useful over the next few years. There is LOTS that could be done here. Maybe they'll create the pico-SIM and you'll be able to use it without your phone, and they'll push telcos into supporting it for free since it uses so little data. Etc etc etc. THIS IS JUST REV ONE. Stay tuned. And if you don't like it, don't buy it. Get a pebble or a moto or a samsung or whatever. Or don't. Apple will do just fine without you.

And finally, "a gigantic set of the population" DOES still wear watches. Apple became the most valuable company in the world JUST A FEW YEARS after introducing the iPhone, the original target of which (as announced by Steve Jobs at MWSF, January 2007) was just 1% of the phone market. A product at which Steve Ballmer famously laughed. Don't worry about Apple. They'll do OK with 1% of the watch market, too.

Comment: Noooooooo! (Score 1) 253

by sootman (#47818215) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

> Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts

Don't! It's a trap! A long, drawn out, whiny, 6,959-word-long trap!

Guys, wake up: Soulskill and timothy are sitting on a mountain of Dice money and they have nothing better to do than troll Slashdot's millions of loyal readers, day in, day out. It's the only explanation that I can think of.

Well, it's either that, or they're a combination of retarded enough to think drivel like this is newsworthy and they don't give enough of a shit about their audience to bother to read the comments -- or if they do, they absolutely REFUSE to take them into account *cough*BETA*cough* -- but that thought is just way too depressing. I'd rather think they're malicious douchebags, than retards with keys to the kingdom. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Too simple (Score 1) 588

by sootman (#47808837) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

> It is hard to overeat on apples.

Wrong. Many people who want to "eat healthy" start eating lots of fruits and yes, there is such a thing as too much. I doubt I can pick the one source you'd believe so go ahead and google "too much fruit" and see what you find.

And this isn't just a case of "well duh, of course too much of *anything* is bad" -- it's pretty easy to exceed the limit. Not a worry for the average person, but for those who throw out all food and literally eat nothing but fruit (or close to it) it's a real problem. Especially if they make juice from fruit, because it's *really* easy to consume a lot of juice.

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