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Comment Re:What phones get vendor updates after three year (Score 1) 257

But still it feels like buying a Lexus and then the sales man wants 20$ more for some floor mats.

You've obviously never bought a Lexus, or any luxury car. EVERYTHING is an option on these cars.

They'll sell you a "storage" package for 250 bucks (aka the mesh pockets behind the seats). They'll sell you the mats for 150 bucks, etc. etc. No one pays close to MSRP on these cars, as once you get all the options the price increases by 20-30%. And if you don't get the options it really hurts your resale value.

Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 304

Then there'd be no incentive except professional pride for a server to make an effort to take care of me after they'd had a crappy experience with the last customer.

This is exactly what happened to me in while on vacation. In Italy the price that you pay for your food includes the wages of the waiter, tips are not expected. Also, it's actually quite hard to fire someone legally.

Because of the above almost every waiter we encountered was incredibly rude; they really didn't give a damn. And note that we're not obnoxious tourists, in fact our group was pretty diverse and had people originally from other parts of Europe and Latin America.

Comment Re:Insanely Great Experiences? (Score 1) 409

Seems to me your benchmarks are biased. The HTML5 page loaded instantly and gave me 10fps. The Flash page took about 10 seconds to load, then gave me 20fps. I think I'd much prefer the first experience (instant gratification) versus the second one. But it seems to me the second one is biased because it's prefetching and loading things into memory.

Comment Re:normal for Apple (Score 1) 383

I hate that people keep repeating this, it's utter bullshit. Sure they put on too much extra paste, but it really does not affect the temperature very much at all. I tried this with my brother's machine (reapplying the thermal paste thinly and evenly, using the "good" stuff), and the difference was negligible, 2-4 degrees in our case. I'm not the only one to have the same experience.

Comment No one agrees? (Score 1) 200

I know slashdot is big on the groupthink, and apple is evil yadda yaddah, but has anyone bothered to look up words and see the different treatment of them?

Now I'm not saying that words per se are bad things (they're not, although I personally prefer to keep them out of regular usage for impact), but I can see how this dictionary might include many more vulgar words and expressions than a regular dictionary. I can also see how a parent could object to their kids downloading a dictionary with such an extensive ouvre of modern vulgar slang.

Let's say you're a parent, and your 10 year old (yeah you spoiled them a bit by buying them an iPhone, whatever, they did their chores, got good grades and are working it off mowing the lawn) asks you if they can download a dictionary app. Would you not be a little concerned if the dictionary was so heavy on modern swearwords? Would you expect this from a "dictionary app"? Wouldn't you expect that the urban dictionary app have a bit of a warning that it might be really offensive, racist, etc.?

Sure they'll learn all these things in due time, but I don't think innocence is such a horrible thing that needs to be stomped out. Kids should allowed to be kids.

Comment Re:Ghosts (Score 1) 550

Simple scientific procedure :

1) There's no scientific theory that would explain that our "spirit" disappears with our death. At the opposite, we can easily conceive that our "spirit" (or soul or personnality or whatever you called it) use our brain as an hardware support and that destroying the hardware releases the spirtir/soul/...

2) There're are no fact [sic] that could lead us to think that the after-life doesn't exist (from a scientifical [sic] point of view)

3) There are no facts that could be explained in an easier way if we admit that there is no after-life. Instead, it makes things a lot more complicated.

On point 3 I'll argue that a given existence would make more sense than an existence for existence's sake. This of course is not science, neither was your post.

My point is, there is no scientific evidence AGAINST an after-life. If you're a real scientist you'd have to admit the question is wide open.

Comment Re:Apple has always been overhyped (Score 1) 271

2000 - The Mac is superior, it uses the PowerPC family of chips and custom hardware. Reality: it's slower and Apple acquiesces to this fact a few years later, making Intel machines

FYI, they WERE faster, they just didn't scale as well, and were too hot to put in a mobile platform. So although they were slower at the end of the lifecycle, at the beginning they were better chips. In-fact the G5 architecture, with hypertransport connecting everything, is "better" than the one used in current intel machines (at least until nehalem).

2008 - The Mac is superior, it's "green." Reality: it's still a hunk of plastic you chuck in the landfill, and being made by the world's most neurotic computer company, it's more likely to break.

I suggest you look at consumer reports, and realize you're talking out of your ass. And they manage this reliability while being greener (which is hard, as the non-green technologies just work better: eg. led solder).

I don't understand why you have to justify your choice of using windows by ranting that "apple sux". They make great hardware and operating systems. That it's not your cup of tea because they sell very few models at set price points, that you don't agree with their corporate policy, etc. is perfectly fine.

Computers are just tools, use the one that makes you happy/productive/feel good inside. Don't justify your opinions by making up random derisive "facts". Aka, don't be a politician: instead of saying why you're better, you're just going to trash the competition to make yourself look (or feel) better.

Comment Re:All the more reason not to buy an ipod/phone (Score 1) 453

Only on slashdot will people suggest that Apple PISS OFF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE by changing the connector that is standard on many cars, stereos, etc. etc.

Only on slashdot will nerds vehemently maintain that sending video over USB (software decoding, etc.) is "better" than pinout to composite video.

If you have ever had to work with USB devices from different manufacturers, you'd know how lose the spec is and how much companies suck at developing these things.

Dock connector is here to stay, move along.

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