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Comment: Re:ApplePay uses industry standard tech (Score 1) 269

by pasamio (#49279509) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

Right because my Nokia 6610 always flawlessly handled VISA/MC transactions. Just look at the folk who jumped onto the NFC bandwagon as soon as Apple said they were there and then imagine if the triad managed to agree on an interoperable payment system instead of VISA/MC. PayPal is a simple example of paying for stuff without VISA/MC and there are plenty of other options out there.

Android

Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore 398

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'm-feeling-better dept.
First time accepted submitter Gumbercules!! writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a 'Gang of Four' technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses. From the article: 'It's no secret that Microsoft have utterly failed to make significant roads into the mobile market place. Windows Phone 7 has approximately no marketshare (ok they have live 5% or so) and this has actually gone down over the last year. It's also no secret that Microsoft have failed to gain any semblance of "cool" and that they're also managing to drag Nokia down with them. It's not even a secret that nearly everyone who looks at the new Windows 8 interface-formally-known-as-Metro doesn't like it. However this isn't the whole story.'"

Comment: Suggested by someone who has forgotten (Score 4, Insightful) 729

by cloricus (#41216753) Attached to: Do We Need a Longer School Year?

Take off the rose colored glasses. Learning constantly for 12 years is hard. Meaningful breaks are very important to avoid burnout and keep morale up. If people want to look at schooling maybe we should reconsider how the school time is allocated but lets not do it from the perspective of 'lazy students, they need to do more'.

Comment: Re:How was it not returned to? (Score 1) 503

by cloricus (#41175623) Attached to: Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

This process reminds me of an exam from hell, where there are 11 other people all trying to answer your questions. If you want to pass exams you focus on the low hanging fruit and use the remaining time to chip away on the hardest questions. I wouldn't call it obvious to attempt to solve this problem by doing the exact opposite.

Comment: Re:lo (Score 1, Insightful) 673

by cloricus (#41062619) Attached to: Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

So of your list of important laptop upgrade features the only one you can't do with a Retina Mac is upgrade the RAM. Sure it is restrictive to force forethought of the appropriate amount of RAM to select for the tasks the laptop will be used for however it is clearly a tradeoff to get a fancy new type of fast RAM. Once it comes in a small form factor stick I imagine it will become upgradable again.

If not being able to upgrade the RAM is all the Apple-haters can drum up against this laptop all I can say is this is a storm in a teacup.

Linux

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome? 1134

Posted by samzenpus
from the time-to-go dept.
dgharmon writes "The Command Line Interface has its uses, acknowledged Mobile Raptor blogger Roberto Lim, but no piece of technology targeted at the consumer market should ever require that something be done via CLI, he says. Keep it as an option or you can take it out all together. 'If it is there, it should just be there for the IT people or tech support to use when you encounter a problem.'"

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