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Comment Re:They should ask Boeing (Score 3, Funny) 163

Have you ever tried installing Windows... and just let the machine sit there, never using it? Even with no one ever using it, over time, the installation still rots. Even if you never used it, in a few short months, it will be unusable anyway. I think far and away the vendor that matches the requirements best is Microsoft. Although admittedly, the strategy of deploying something that is already broken (call it auto-self-destruct rather than merely self-destruct) seems to overshoot DARPA's goal.

Comment Technology is fine... (Score 2) 245

I'm ok with advances in technology and the new challenges it creates. What I'm not OK with is a director deciding to make the source material "better" by changing the narrative. Jackson completely gutted Tolkien's Hobbit, rearranged the important events, and has replaced a light-hearted adventure story with the dark themes from LotR. Mr. Peter Jackson, why do you hate the work of JRR Tolkien?

Comment Re:Apple HAS browser competition! (Score -1, Redundant) 251

Sorry, that's not Chrome. It's Safari with a Chrome skin, just like all the other "browsers" in the app store.

Sorry, but this is false. The logical mistake you are making is known as fallacy of composition and takes the form: Safari uses webkit, and Chrome uses webkit, therefore Chrome is Safari. What you need to understand is that webkit is not Safari, nor vice versa. Safari is based on webkit, and are all versions of Chrome... but they are very distinct browsers.

Comment Re:Huehuehuehue (Score -1, Redundant) 251

Mercury, and essentially every browser on iOS, is just a different UI on top of Safari.

A lot of people repeating this cynicism, which is false. Safari is a webkit-based browser, but Safari != webkit. All third party iOS browsers are based on webkit, with webkit rendering engines, but they are not all merely re-skinned Safari. Is the desktop version of Chrome (another webkit-based browser) merely re-skinned Safari? Is Konquerer (yet another webkit based browser) merely re-skinned Safari? I think not.

Comment Re:It's very possible (Score 2) 526

It was neither Steve Jobs nor Apple that discovered the problem with a vertical touch interface, but Ivan Sutherland that discovered in 1963 that a vertical touchscreen was a terrible idea.

...because the blood runs out of your hand in about 20 seconds and leaves it numb...

Suffice to say, Apple will not be releasing a touchscreen laptop.

Comment Re:Revenge is a dish best served cold (Score 1) 186

Wow... kudos to the foreman... waiting in the tall grass for 20 years for some sweet payback... that billion dollar verdict against Samsung will make Seagate think twice before suing him into bankruptcy ever again. What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall at Seagate... they must be shitting their pants, thinking "how did we let this guy fuck us over so hard?" /sarcasm

This makes no sense.

No... it does. The foreman is a twisted, evil person. You see... Seagate isn't without feelings, you know. If they care about people, they'll never do business with any other company again because they now know this foreman might be instrumental in leveraging a billion dollar verdict against anyone who does business with Seagate. This will drive Seagate to despair.

I am concerned. The only harddrives I've ever purchased are Seagate products. I love their multi-year product warranties, and most of my drives are still covered by Seagate's unmatched five year warranties. How can I protect myself against this relentless unforgiving agent of evil that is ruthlessly and systematically taking out anyone with which Seagate does business? Not sure or not if it's related, but someone has poisoned my dog. I'm taking my family on a vacation just to be safe... just until this blows over... I hear Cape Fear is nice this time of year.

Comment Re: 1993? Seagate? Samsung? Srsly? (Score 1) 186

Well, it didn't stop this bullshit flamebait article submission from outright stating in the headline that the foreman preciously "tangled" with Samsung. Slashdot has literally become Idiocracy.

No, it's business as usual. Slashdot has always been filled with intelligent but intellectually dishonest commenters.

Comment Revenge is a dish best served cold (Score 0, Redundant) 186

Wow... kudos to the foreman... waiting in the tall grass for 20 years for some sweet payback... that billion dollar verdict against Samsung will make Seagate think twice before suing him into bankruptcy ever again. What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall at Seagate... they must be shitting their pants, thinking "how did we let this guy fuck us over so hard?"
/sarcasm

This makes no sense.

Comment Re:First-to-file isn't a problem (Score 2) 183

By the way, beginning in March, the U.S. will switch from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system of granting patents. Hey, what could go wrong?"

The entire rest of the world works just fine using first-to-file for patents. The US is an anomaly with first-to-invent.

The only trouble with the America Invents Act of 2011 is it is not an Amendment to the Constitution, which it needs to be in order to change the original text of the Constitution which clearly specifies (re: "Inventors") the "first to invent" system over the "first to file" system. What could go wrong is the first time the first-to-file system is challenged in court it will necessarily be declared unconstitutional.

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