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Comment: Re:Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (Score 1) 59

by quenda (#47950923) Attached to: Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

The whole point is that Apple won't include it unless it has a worthwhile use. Other companies play spec wars where there is no practical use of a technology for users. Apple doesn't.

Too right. Before Apple added support for copy-and-paste, MMS, multi-tasking, high-res or bluetooth, they were just useless gimmicks on other platforms.

Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 1) 158

Furthermore, one of their stated goals is that they want to destroy the US.

You have that backwards. The US wants to destroy ISIS. Even if some ISIS spokesman was accurately translated as aiming to destroy the US, how could anyone possibly take it seriously? Similar absurd claims were made about Al Qaeda, when bin Laden just wanted Americans out of Saudi Arabia, and the middle east generally.

Comment: Re:Thought crime (Score 1) 158

Just planning or speaking about heinous crimes is enough to get you nickes, again, as it should be.

No it will not. One person planning a crime, even bragging about it, is not conspiracy. It could just be a fantasy. Lots of people imagine ways of killing someone, but never do it. The crime is conspiracy, which means more than one person planning it together. To charge one person acting alone, he would have to have gone beyond planning, e.g. purchasing bomb ingredients.

Comment: Bad translation into American (Score 1) 72

by quenda (#47923385) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Their cores remain small — about 12.5 miles across

Looks like a vague "20km" gained a couple of orders of magnitude in precision (2 extra significant figures).
This is bad journalism even when its not science.

"Mr Smith was reported as saying 'You look like 772,000 Euros!'"

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 5, Insightful) 903

by quenda (#47899883) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Then why, when I visit atheist websites sites, atheist discussion forums, and talk with local atheists, that's all they want to talk about?

Yes, just like when you visit the websites devoted to "white people", and discover that all white people are racists obsessed with Hitler?

Mmmm... I do not think you have a representative sample.

Comment: Is the watch OLED? (Score 1) 730

by quenda (#47868531) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

I cannot see anything official that says what the display tech will be. Rumours of a curved OLED are obviously false.
Or are Apple sticking with LCD on both phone and watch?
I really loved the always-on notifications on my old Nokia N9 oled. (dim standby)
Oh well, at least they have NFC now.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 115

by quenda (#47861195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

These are WOUNDED veterans.
That means they were injured trying to help preserve your right to be a complete asshole.

Wounded helping preserve your right to drive a 2-tonne SUV.
American's can be assholes without any help from the middle east. (though the likes of ISIS could give some lessons in advanced skills.)

Comment: Re:Here you go... (Score 1) 115

by quenda (#47861143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

My friends in the service are not dumb jar heads. They all know exactly what is going on, better than you in fact since they are actually there.

So they knew what was happening and chose to join in anyway? That makes it worse. There is so much blood on their hands, and I'm afraid we still have not seen the worst of it.

Comment: Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (Score 1) 311

by quenda (#47822873) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Just another reminder to use strong passwords,

It does not matter how good your password is, if it can be reset by anyone researching the answer to Apple's "security questions", like:
- What was the model of your first car?
- What was your childhood nickname?
- In what city did your parents first meet?

Never mind social engineering, a lot of those could be answered by Google for a starlet.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 419

by quenda (#47795311) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Let me ask you... European governments are strong arming various USA states on the death penalty by both enforcing patents and not selling drugs. What are your feelings on this?

Hardly the same - they just don't want the US states using their *medicines* to kill. Its not like they are threatening tariffs on Texas exports.
You could probably shoot the prisoners with EU-made bullets, as those are designed to kill, not heal.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 2) 419

by quenda (#47795039) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

They would lose all the USA government contracts.

You think they do not get gov't contracts in other countries now? And there would still be a US subsidiary for that purpose if needed.

That doesn't apply to much to Europe as Europe has reasonably copyright laws.

You'd think "life plus 50 years" would be reasonable enough, but the US has been strong-arming countries to extent copyright 20 years. (until the next extension)

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 2) 419

by quenda (#47793759) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

No it doesn't. Microsoft is a US entity. They aren't European.

MS is a multi-national. They could move their HQ to Ireland next week, for tax purposes, and not much would change.

The USA doesn't shove their laws down other countries throats. You don't want USA law don't buy USA products.

As slashdot readers should know, the USA frequently shoves its copyright laws for a start. The problem is not so much in buying USA products, as
"If you want to be able to sell anything in the US market, here are a bunch of laws we need you to adopt before getting our 'free' trade agreement. "

Real Users never know what they want, but they always know when your program doesn't deliver it.