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Comment Re: If you can't be the best (Score 3, Interesting) 476

Apple forums openly talk about problems in their products and fixes.

Apple is well-known to bury data. The piece of data I personally noticed regarded data corruption in Rev.1 B&W G3 macs. They had an article in the TIL which told you to buy an ATA card or FWB toolkit and slow down your drives. When they folded the TIL into the KB they pulled in articles before and after it, but they dropped this one. They lie, cheat, and deceive; that's what they do.

Comment Re:MS shill does not like anything Google, news at (Score 1) 435

I've been using Gmail since the old days when you had to have an invitation, and I've always used a third party email client because Gmail's web-based interface is stupid and pointless.

I've been using email since before I was using GUIs, and I use gmail because their web-based interface is the best that I've yet seen and I can access it from about anything. I've run my own webmail servers, none of the free/open clients are half as good as gmail.

Comment Re:Hey, Apple did alright with Jobs (Score 1) 101

I knew there would be a comment well down the page someplace that was going in the direction I wanted to go.

If he's bright and in touch with what people actually want, unlike the people currently at Lenovo, he could well make a contribution if they listen to him. And since people listen to celebrities because they think they're better people or something, they might well do so.

Comment Re:Giving out Candy, Duh (Score 1) 273

What's the deal with "fun" sized candy anyway? Apparently I and someone else have a VERY different definition of "fun." Perhaps they define it as "Not getting type 2 diabetes by the time you're 13." By that definition it'd be more fun to not have candy at all...

Fun means that the kids are still fun after they eat one, as opposed to bouncing superballs of chaos and insanity.

Comment Re:Don't answer the door. (Score 1) 273

Personally, I despise this ridiculous 'holiday'. The last thing we need are more shipping containers, full of Chinese plastic crap arriving at Felixstowe - being imported and sold by the supermarkets - who are desperate to encourage a new yearly orgy of consumerism.

Open your mind, and your heart. Halloween can be the best holiday. Two words for you: Slutty costumery. Even that aside, it's our favorite holiday in the states because adults get to go to parties in costumes. Who doesn't like an excuse for a costume party?

Comment Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (Score 1) 610

WD40 is both a water displacer and a lubricant, if only a light-duty one. If the manufacturer and Wikipedia are to be believed...

Neither are!

Look, manufacturers lie all day. SeaFoam claims to increase the lubricity of diesel fuel, but if you read the MSDS it's clear that it does the opposite. WD40 is also not a suitable lubricant. It's not suitable because it's made out of light oils. Same reason Seafoam is not a suitable regular additive. (Best diesel additive for lubricity? Biodiesel. Proven by testing.)

Comment Re:When will the sheep look up (Score 2) 394

As a matter of fact, they're releasing this information so carefully orchestrated that I have to wonder who is guiding them. How would Snowden know exactly how to publish this data to maximum effect?

He didn't. He dumped the data on media organizations ages ago, and now he's just helping guide public discussion.

Comment Re:KY gets it (Score 1) 333

If everyone is doing something that seems stupid to you, then either everyone else is stupid or you are missing something.

False dichotomy. There are other possible reasons. It's smart to do what you get paid for, on a certain level.

The bells and whistles in those cases are perhaps more to generate buzz among non-nerds.

If they didn't break functionality, you'd have a valid argument. But nerds and non-nerds alike value functionality over shinies. You can't normally tell because we all have so much excess in the developed world, so we can care about unimportant things as well as important things.

Comment Re:They are still damn overpriced (Score 1) 241

Make that PowerPC, not POWER.

Yes, that's true, but note that the PPC601 was fully instruction set-compatible with POWER. The very first PowerPCs really deserved the name. It went downhill from there. POWER is still around, but PowerPC is still a joke today.

Had Motorola focussed on giving Apple what it needed in terms of low power CPUs, as well as trying to proliferate the portable markets, PPC would have been the hit that ARM today is.

It's not clear that PPC could ever have been as good as ARM. Certainly when Motorola was making PPC-based phones, ARM was faster for the same power... because POWER ain't exactly svelte, and thus PowerPC is not POWER, and zzz. The real punch in the PPC chips was in the coprocessors, and those can be tied to most any ISA.

Comment Re:This can be a good thing (Score 1) 151

I would love to see someone else copy Apple in one regard. Make less choices for the customer. There doesn't need to be 10 different desktop models, and 10 different laptop models. Apple has 3 desktops (mini, iMac and Mac Pro), while allowing the user to choose a few basic options like amount of RAM, hard drive space, and processor speed.

This is actually more confusing and not less, especially where the processor is soldered; there actually are more models of machine, but the model number doesn't appear on the front of the machine. It only appears on a sticker on its bottom or rear.

With Dell, and other PC manufacturers, there's tons of different models, nobody really knows how to compare one to the other, and you never know how old the current model is, and when the new model is coming out.

Who cares? You buy a new computer when you need a new computer, not when there's a new shiny. Only if selling your computers is based solely on how shiny it is will someone buy a new one every year whether they need it or not. Those people are always a minority, and in this economy, there's less of them than ever. That's why Apple's making its money selling handhelds. Lots of those purchases are subsidized.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 254

He mentioned a plan for drones to be weaponized that took six years to complete.

How many others mentioned that in 2003?

Practically every nerd I know. Every R/C pilot or even driver. Every actual pilot. Every member of the military. Everyone and their fucking mom has noticed that if you packed it with explosives or put a gun in it, a flying toy would be a weapon. And when I noticed that video games were capable of simulating multiple physics-based aircraft in combat simultaneously, I knew for certain that sooner or later, we'd have aircraft flying combat missions autonomously.

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