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Comment Re:How about the rest of the world? (Score 1) 184

I mean, hell, it was the very first link that came up in my google search. You do know how to use google, right? Right?

The much more terrifying thought is that these other posters did search Google and posted accordingly. Don't ignore the power of search bubbles and individualized results.

Not everyone is interested in being part of the "reality-based community". :P


Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake 324 writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye. "It's not too hard to figure out what Apple is up to here," writes Yglesias. "Leaving the entry-level unit at 16GB of storage rather than 32GB drives higher profit margins in two ways. One, it reduces the cost of manufacturing the $649 phone, which increases profit margins on sales of the lowest-end model. Second, and arguably more important, it pushes a lot of people who might be happy with a 32GB phone to shell out $749 for the 64GB model."

But this raises the question of what purpose is served by Apple amassing more money anyhow. Apple pays out large (and growing) sums of cash to existing shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, but its enormous cash stockpile keeps remorselessly marching up toward $200 billion. "Killing the 16GB phone and replacing it with a 32GB model at the low end would obtain things money can't buy — satisfied customers, positive press coverage, goodwill, a reputation for true commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated focus on the long term. A company in Apple's enviable position ought to be pushing the envelop forward on what's considered an acceptable baseline for outfitting a modern digital device, not squeezing extra pennies out of customers for no real reason."

Comment Re: Congratulations, dev. nations. West.. not so m (Score 1) 93

The Periodic Table of Elements has "ever" been the same since the Big Bang.

Our current understanding is that only hydrogen, helium, and lithium atoms would have been created in the moments after the Big Bang. All the heavier elements didn't appear until the first generation of "metal poor" stars created them during their life-cycles.

Comment Re:600 million, not thousand (Score 4, Informative) 63

I would have joked about imperial versus metric billion instead:

A billion is a large number with two distinct definitions:

        1,000,000,000, i.e. one thousand million, or 109 (ten to the ninth power), as defined on the short scale. This is now generally the meaning in both British and American English.[1][2]
        1,000,000,000,000, i.e. one million million, or 1012 (ten to the twelfth power), as defined on the long scale. This is one thousand times larger than the short scale billion, and equivalent to the short scale trillion.

American English always uses the short scale definition but British English has employed both versions. Historically, the United Kingdom used the long scale billion but since 1974 official UK statistics have used the short scale. Since the 1950s the short scale has been increasingly used in technical writing and journalism, although the long scale definition still enjoys common usage.[3]

Another word for one thousand million is milliard, but this is used much less often in English than billion. Some languages, such as French or German, use milliard (or a related word) for the short scale billion, and billion (or a related word) for the long scale billion. Thus the French or German billion is a thousand times larger than the modern English billion.

Of course, the error in summary goes is clearly not related to this issue... it's just wrong rather than nerdy wrong as would befit this site. :P

Comment Re:which features did we lose? (Score 1) 197

I don't use activities, and KDE 4 has never tried to make me use them.

Actually, at least some variants of KDE 4.x had the workspace pager replaced by the blue/red/green activity balls in the taskbar by default. I remember this especially because I had to go read up on what an activity was!

It was simple enough to change that, but I definitely count that episode as trying to "make me use them".

Comment Re:Left with bad choices (Score 1) 344

I could see mentioning Ron Paul in the same breath as Sanders, but not Rand.

Rand has been flip-flopping all over the place trying to pander to the mainstream Republican vote. That has not worked, and it has alienated those of us who saw his father as the sort of principled stateman that works towards something bigger than just self-aggrandizement.

Signing on to the idiotic anti-Iran deal letter is just the biggest example of his apparent non-seriousness.

We all like praise, but a hike in our pay is the best kind of ways.