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Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 1) 443

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone...

And, as soon as they deploy a drone, you'll be raging about the police flying big brother over your head.

No. Seriously. Do you honestly think people's reaction would be "hey, that's a smart idea" or do you think people would lose their shit? I know which one I would expect.

Comment: Re:Please make it a mental one (Score 0) 625

by whisper_jeff (#47228681) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Said like someone who has absolutely no understanding of what addiction is and how it might come about and a complete lack of compassion for those that suffer it.

You're addicted to something? Hey, just stop being addicted! See, problem solved!

Moron.

You make it sound like these people just need to make a choice and change their diets and the way they live. You fail to understand that, in their heads, they don't have a choice. For a whole myriad and complex collection of possible reasons, they eat and live the way they do because that's what they believe is their only choice.

That is addiction - a compulsion to act a certain way or do a certain thing with no sense of choice of being able to stop.

Sorry, but we don't live in your simplistic world.

Comment: Re:Share of warehouse inventory not good metric (Score 1) 179

by whisper_jeff (#46876887) Attached to: Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

I'm surprised that no law firm nor the SEC has taken action against Samsung for lying to their investors. I don't know for certain but I would assume that lying to one's shareholders is both illegal and worthy of a class action lawsuit. When I first saw the news that they'd lied - let's call it "misreported" - to shareholders, I assumed that was going to quickly lead to very bad things for them. So far, nothing. I'm surprised about that.

Comment: Strategy Analytics? (Score 3, Informative) 179

by whisper_jeff (#46876781) Attached to: Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

People still put any trust in what Strategy Analytics has to say? Seriously?

Their numbers are routinely discredited, in the extreme. They aren't making slight errors - they are overtly fabricating numbers seemingly out of thin air all with an eye on, as they say on their own website, "improving competitive positioning" for their clients. They aren't a market analyst firm. They have clients and they serve the interest of those clients, up to and including creating the impression that their clients are performing in the market better than they actually are.

Even when confronted with hard numbers that show their figures are off by several million, they stand firm and do not correct their data. We're not talking about being off by slight degrees - we're talking about figures large enough to engulf the entire reported sales figures of major manufacturers. We're talking about things like figures including phantom product categories that nobody - nobody - can verify.

They are making shit up.

Come on - they aren't reliable even as one set of data points to be viewed alongside other analysts firms' data. I could make up numbers and be as reliable as they are. If we want to be taken seriously as knowledgable nerds, we have to stop putting any stock into anything that comes out of companies like Strategy Analytics.

Comment: Re:Are they allowed to do that? (Score 5, Informative) 244

by whisper_jeff (#46851105) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

In app purchases pay a 30% fee to Apple to payment processing, etc. Purchases made outside the app (ie: at a developer's website such as amazon.com) do not incur the 30% fee.

It's up to each developer to decide if the 30% fee is worth the ease of use and Apple handling all the payment processing or not. The vast, vast, vast majority of developers happily pay that fee. Amazon is the one high profile developer to buck that trend, first with Kindle and now with Comixology.

+ - Amazon Turns Off In App Purchases In iOS Comixology->

Submitted by whisper_jeff
whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Under the bold assumption that, since they were able to do it with books, they must be able to do it with comics, Amazon has decided to avoid Apple's 30% cut of in app purchases by removing the option from iOS users. It will be interesting to see if digital comic readers leap through the extra hoops to read digital comics on their iOS device or if Amazon has just signed the death knell for their new purchase as readers decide that buying a book and buying a comic aren't the same thing — that the extra hoops they're being forced to leap through simply aren't worth it for a comic that takes five minutes to read."
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Comment: Suck It Up! (Score 5, Insightful) 504

by whisper_jeff (#46809783) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

'When customers have the opportunity to reduce their use of a product or find another provider of such service, utility earnings growth is threatened," the report said. "As this threat to growth becomes more evident, investors will become less attracted to investments in the utility sector.''

Suck it up princess!

I know you're going to fight tooth and nail to get legislators to protect your business model but the writing is on the wall. Feel free to look up buggy whip manufacturers if you want to see how this story is going to end in the long run.

Oh, and if you think we, the public, are going to feel any sympathy for you as your business model gets replaced by newer and better technology, trust me when I say you're wrong. No sympathy. Adapt or die.

I know you think legislate or die are the options on the table but I assure you, it's adapt or die.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 575

by whisper_jeff (#46755191) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

You're comparing a phone operating system to a computer operating system. Aside from both having the words "operating system" in their descriptors, they are damn near nothing alike.

How about you compare OSX and Windows? Oh. That's right. You're not doing that because then your attempt to paint Apple in a negative light would fall apart.

5, Insightful indeed... More like 5, Troll that we agree with.

Comment: Re:They already "gave back" (Score 1) 268

by whisper_jeff (#46742477) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Like every other company with a non-brain-dead accounting team.

No. Really. EVERY company does their best to reduce their taxes. Why aren't you vilifying all the other companies who tax advantage of legal tax deductions to reduce their tax burden?

And I'm willing to bet you, as an individual, did too. I bet you took advantage of some sort of tax break when you filed your taxes. Why should you be allowed to do so but not Apple?

No. Really. Answer that please. Why should you be allowed to benefit from any tax breaks but you vilify Apple for taking advantage of _LEGAL_ tax breaks to reduce their tax burden?

Don't worry. I know you won't answer because we both know what the answer is.

Comment: Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (Score 1) 408

by whisper_jeff (#46692393) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

I have largely given up any remaining hope that Slashdot can provide intelligent and informative discussion on most topics, especially any topic related to Apple.

Thank you for proving me wrong. That was an excellent and highly informative post. It makes me wistfully pine for the glory days of Slashdot...

Please consider this post a +1 Informative mod.

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