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Comment Re:Some Restrictions Apply (Score 1) 211

All true and fair criticism--I'd (happily) forgotten entirely about ADB, and I remember the pain in the neck of losing the floppy drive. I'm gettin' old and lazy. :D

The point was less any specific technology/release/decision, though, and more that there's a long and storied history of lukewarm-to-outright-derisive press for new Apple products. It's been both fair and spot-on at times (lookin' at you, G4 Cube,) but it's also been a very common out-of-the-gate response to Apple going and doing something wacky yet again--and is hardly a new or novel reception for Apple's stuff.

Comment Re:Thanks for this (Score 1) 211

Thank you! Yeah, Flash-based b/c it's my work-on-it-when-I-have-some-ounce-of-free-time project and has been in the pipeline for *years* and *years* and *years*. That said, the same code base is also compiling successfully via the still-supported Adobe AIR platform to Win/OSX executable, iOS, and Android, so I'm not *too* worried about losing the web-based stuff.

Comment Some Restrictions Apply (Score 3, Funny) 211

Yes, I would say it is indeed factually accurate to say that, with a few exceptions*, it is rare for Apple products to receive substantial numbers of lukewarm or hostile reviews from august publications.

*exceptions include Fisher-Price iMac, Desk Lamp iMac, Aluminum iMac, iPod the First, iPod the Touch, iPhone Ha Ha No Keyboard Good Luck With That, iPhone Ick You Used Plastic, iPhone Duh You Used Glass, iPhone Hurr Durr Way Too Many Pixels, iPhone Just Keep Saying AntennaGate, iPhone Horrendous Disfiguring Camera Bump Of The End Times, iPad, little iPad, big iPad, Apple Pencil for god's sake, Toilet Seat MacBook, Won't You Always Be Knocking Your Power Cord Out MacBook Pro, Why Did You Get Rid Of The Magnetic Power Cord Macbook Pro, Give Me Function Keys Or Give Me Death Macbook Pro, Pretty Much Every Other MacBook Pro Except The Original 12" Aluminum MacBook Pro But Also That One Too, Mac Pro, The Other Mac Pro, Pretty Sure There's One More Mac Pro In The Mix Here, Good Luck Doing Anything Without A Floppy Drive Mac, Good Luck Doing Anything Without An Optical Drive Mac, Good Luck Doing Anything Without A PS/2 Port Mac, The Heck Even Is A FireWire Though Mac, Oh Wait I Forgot About The Stupid Cheese Grater Mac Pro Hah Because Of All The Holes, MacBook Air, G4 Cube, Apple Watch, Magic Mouse, Apple TV, OS X, iOS, and overwhelming majority of future products yet to be created

Comment Re: Actually you can (Score 4, Interesting) 332

I would wager pretty good money that most of the far-right renditions of pepe are not digital copies but instead new artwork.

It doesn't matter if someone is making their own copy of Pepe the Frog. It's still Pepe the Frog and is not theirs to copy. This is why you don't see Tony the Tiger on your local store brand of frosted cornflakes; you might see a generic cartoon tiger, if that store brand is particularly small and feeling exceptionally lucky.

Who is providing the funding behind this legal action? Pepe was never a particularly successful commercial endeavor. The artist musst have backing from somebody with a political axe to grind.

Pepe is Matt Furie's creation. It doesn't matter if he hasn't earned a single penny from it; it's still his creation do do with as he pleases.

Matt Furie is getting pro bono legal support from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Pro bono means "for free".

As it turns out, there are lots of people who believe very strongly that the alt right is an active threat to civil society and antithetical to American values. Many of these people will happily donate their time, energy and money to shutting the alt-right down through legal action, political advocacy, and public outreach. There's nothing nefarious, illegal, or immoral about that in America. It's a free country.

Comment Toxo is intriguing (Score 2) 209

This is *really* cool science, but "paradigm shifting" may be a touch over the top--this isn't the first paper or study to come to the conclusion that Toxo plays a role in neurological disorders, and there are labs around the globe that have been working on this topic for years. (Full disclosure: my wife was a postdoc in a lab that studied Toxo and its role in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I'm no expert myself and will happily defer to real researchers on this, but I picked up a lot over the years from her.)

Fun Toxo tidbit: this is dredged from the depths of my memory, but as I recall that they've found a correlation between Toxo rates and automobile accident rates across several countries in Europe. The underlying theory is that Toxo causes very slight impairments in both risk assessment and motor control in its victims--not enough to really notice in an individual, but enough to track across a population...

Comment Re:Of course it is.... (Score 1) 332

"There's no way I'll purchase a Samsung thing for my house for a while." ...

Me neither they spend too much time trying to copy Apple (Except in facial recognition I think Samsung actually bagged that one first),I wouldnt buy any Apple products either because cost and vendor lock-in, and the fact that i like to make choices on merit rather than following fashion like a sheep.

Comment Re:the total recall remake made me lose hope. (Score 1) 47

would your opinion be different if , instead of calling it "Total Recall" it was called "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" ?

By calling it the latter people wouldnt see it as a remake , but a new film based on the same book.
I dont understand why film makers dont do this , particularly when by doing this they will always invite comparisons to the original. and as we all know , the original is always the best.

So why not make an original film interpretation of the same source material ?

It could have been an original.

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