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Comment: Fuck dystopia (Score 0) 260

by mveloso (#47424329) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

These days, whenever someone tries to build something nice people are all "what about the poor?"

Well, what about the poor? Are the poor going on those Moon or Mars missions that /. readers love to think about? No. Are the poor gaming on i7s in their mom's basement while posting on Facebook? Are the poor worrying about how to spend their bitcoins?

Fuck worrying about the poor. They don't worry about you. Most of the poor would steal all your stuff and pawn it.

Comment: maybe that's the secret to CSNs! (Score 1) 131

by mveloso (#47377197) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

Maybe that's the secret to CSNs: ramification. Somehow trick the staffers into coming up and exploring new strategies via online corporate games. Like "see what happens when you fire the marketing department", or "the teamsters have gone on strike: now what?"

That would be hilarious, and might even be useful.

Comment: Kraken are eating our dark plastic? (Score 2) 304

by mveloso (#47354609) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Oceanographers are at a loss to explain the lack of plastic floating in our oceans. "Where the fuck did it go?" asked Omar Roberts, head of oceanography at the Skips Institute. "We've thrown shit-tons of plastic into the ocean. Where is it?"

Omar, though, has a theory. "The Kraken ate it. We're feeding the fucking Kraken. Jeeeesus!"

Comment: Drive amazon services? (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by mveloso (#47258413) Attached to: Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

It's odd - I'm not sure if a phone would drive more amazon services. What's their motivation? They already see what I buy, when, and in many cases for whom, but they don't really seem to use that information very effectively.

I see some targeted stuff, but not as much as I would expect given my ridiculously long shopping history. A phone would allow them to know more, but they don't seem to be using the data the the extra data would be pointless.

They're not like google, in that their mobile is not a stalking horse for targeted ads. They're not really like Apple, since they don't really make high-end hardware. Launching a cellphone because you're feeling left out isn't really a great business case. Amazon doesn't really need to control the experience, since you can buy anything on amazon on other platforms.

Maybe they got a good deal on bulk minutes and cheap hardware, and want to pass the savings onto the public?

Comment: re: Popularity? Not really (Score 1) 230

by mveloso (#47182687) Attached to: Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

Well, this is an unfortunate simplification of reality.

Apple has changed processor architectures for various reasons, but the generally accepted reason for moving to the x86 architecture from PowerPC was that IBM was unwilling to continue to invest in a low-power version of the PowerPC line. You can't build a Macbook air with a PowerPC unless you have a lap made of asbestos.

There were other benefits as well, but that was a significant one.

Apple didn't move to x86 because it was popular, Apple moved to x86 because Intel was able to provide them the thermal envelope they wanted.

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