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Comment Smartphone pioneer? (Score 1) 139

What? Smartphone pioneer? How do they figure that?

They were a PDA pioneer, but did very little, if anything revolutionary or pioneering in the Smartphone space. They just did what everyone else was doing... they did not pioneer anything in that space. They were already pretty much washed up and a has-been by the time the smartphone revolution rolled around. Not saying their phones weren't nice or quality or anything, just saying they weren't anything revolutionary.

Comment Re:Two messages being sent by GoDaddy desertions (Score 2) 197

1. Politicians and government no longer represent what the people want. The bribary by the copyright lobby has gone way beyond the pale, and the political corruption of government seems unstoppable.

2. Politicians and government are now costing businesses money. While traditionally the government has supported businesses more than individuals, this has now reached the point where business finds itself at odds with the customers that provide its income, and that is a terminal situation.

The messages are pretty clear. What's unclear is where this is going, other than sending SOPA to hell.

Unfortunately, it's not a terminal situation for big business. Take a look at the telecom and to an extent the cable industries. When they start losing customers, they lobby to get "fee" attached to their bills (and other companies bills WTF!) that directly benefit them. Universal Service fund immediately springs to mind, but there are lots of other examples. Just pick up a bill and read it carefully.

Canada has that goofy law where you pay taxes on blank media... which goes directly to the recording industry. Government mandated payments to a business because the business forces away customers.

Comment Re: Binary is the way to go.... (Score 1) 725

Ooops, you'll hit a problem when you get to 4 (00100).

Only if you're one of those freaks that starts counting with their thumb. The problem comes at 2 for the rest of the civilized world.

You don't hold your thumb up when you are miming to someone that you want one of something you use your index finger, so why do you start counting with your thumb? It makes no sense consistency wise.

Comment Why so angry? (Score 5, Insightful) 119

The summary reads like an angry teenager implying that they could do better.

Really? Do yo have any idea how hard it is to actually manage launching something like that in to space? We should be more amazed when everything goes right and a rocket actually makes it there. The rocket failing is, of course, not a good thing... but at least they are trying in the face of failure, instead of giving up and whining about for a decade like the US did after the shuttle disasters.

Launching a rocket into space is a marvel of just about every discipline involved.

Comment Who's who (Score 1) 330

I did not recognize many of the names on the list... but most of the ones I did recognize read like a who's who of who to avoid doing business with. I would say roughly 90% of them are companies that have already shown themselves to be worthless scum that should be avoided. At least they are all compiled on one list now for easy viewing.

Bunch of useless pricks, all of them.

Comment iPad Killer? What? (Score 2, Insightful) 463

This device was never intended to be an iPad killer. Amazon itself said as much. The linked article makes it sound like it was set to be an iPad killer by "important people," but the link just links back to another pcmag.com article. What a joke.

The fire is not intended, has not been intended to be an iPad killer. It's a cheap tablet device that does what many people need it to do without all the extras that the iPad has that some people will never use. It's one of the primary reasons I returned my iPad and got a Color Nook and rooted it - the Nook did everything I wanted a tablet to do at a fraction of the price. If I were to do the same thing today, I would buy a fire instead of a Nook.

Comment Re:AWWWWW (Score 1) 424

Yet somehow in this environment full of pirates, Call of Duty manages to make a billion dollars, Skyrim manages to make over 450 million dollars, etc. Ubisoft is full of shit and their games stopped being good a long time ago. Come to think of it no, SSI was good. But who the hell is Ubisoft? Ahh yes, they wanted to become another EA studio-devouring machine. Well the experiment has failed.

This pretty much sums it up.

I also wanted to point out that Ubisoft is not releasing a PC title because of all the piracy... so in effect, they'd rather get 0% of nothing instead of >0% of something.

Yeah... that makes sense!

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 420

I am a native speaker and I've learned many words in writing before I learned them in speech. As a result, some of my pronunciations are nonstandard. I pronounce "comparable" as if it were "compare" + "able", even though the standard way is irregular, "comp" + "arable". I tried to pronounce these words from how they were written before I'd heard them.

Where are you getting your "standard" pronunciation definition? I've heard both ways equally... though I am assuming you really mean by "comp" + "arable" as "comp" + "rable" with the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. The two common pronunciations of that word are as you describe the first, and the second pronunciation completely or nearly so drop the first "a" sound by extending out the "r" sound or it being covered up by the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. The "ar" in "arable" being overshadowed by the emphasis on "a" extending out the "r."

Comment Re:Wait for Ivy Bridge. (Score 1) 204

Integrated graphics is all well and good for the mobile market, but I bet you'll have a hard time finding anyone running integrated graphics in a home built machine

I have a number of machines running integrated graphics for numerous reasons. Least of which is the kids machines - you sure as hell don't need a discrete graphics card to play stupid little flash games and do homework.

Machines that are for checking email and surfing the web... don't really need discrete graphics either.

Plenty of reasons to use integrated graphics.

Comment Re:Wait for Ivy Bridge. (Score 2) 204

That's nice and everything, but I'll wait for Ivy Bridge, which is due March 2012.

So yeah, just hang on for the die shrink if you care about performance and power consumption. My next system will definitely be Ivy Bridge based.

That's nice and everything, but I would just wait for Haswell, which is due in 2013.

So yeah, just hang on for the die shrink from Sandy Bridge if you care about performance and power consumption. My next system will definitely be Haswell based.

That's nice and everything, but I would just wait for Haswell, which is due in 2013.

So yeah, just hang on for the die shrink from Sandy Bridge if you care about performance and power consumption. My next system will definitely be Haswell based.

That's nice and everything, but I would just wait for Broadwell, which is due in 2014.

So yeah, just hang on for the die shrink if you care about performance and power consumption. My next system will definitely be Broadwell based.

Comment Re:Gaming on PC is expensive (Score 1) 171

It is false because of these two statements:

[quote]The controller is fine for FPS[/quote]

It's not "fine" for FPS gaming. It may be "adequate", "marginally acceptable," or possibly even "workable." But it is not "fine." Fine implies that does everything required of it, and being as it has almost no precision, it falls short in that area (as well as others, but you only need one area to be less than "fine")

[quote]games and HDTVs have the same amount of lag that PC monitors do.[/quote]

HDTVs do not have the same amount of lag that PC monitors do. SOME HDTVs may have the same amount of lag as some monitors, but I have yet to see an HDTV that has the same or less lag than the best monitors for gaming. I'm not saying they don't exist, I've just never heard of nor seen them.

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