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Comment Re:Suuure (Score 1) 51

Since you failed to actually read my comment and took one phrase out of context, I shall explain it in detail to you:

I didn't say that either of those phones were low-end.

I started by posting the quote from the reviewer who said that Motorola should concentrate on value rather than features (i.e. make cheap, low-end phones).

I then used sarcasm to bring up the fact that the market is already flooded with cheap, low-end phones. It would be impossible for Motorola to make one and capture any significant portion of the low-end market. That race to the bottom has already taken place in that market and the profit margins are razor thin, so there is no big success to be had.

There, see? Reading comprehension is your friend.

Comment Suuure (Score 1) 51

""this company is competing in the global smartphone market, not a high school science fair, and its success will depend on presenting better value than the competition, not cleverer design."

Because there just aren't enough cheap, low-end Android phones with minimal features on the market, right? Surely introducing another of those is the path to financial success! /s

Comment Re:Consider the source (Score 1) 65

Either way, what about the story seems so implausible?

The part where someone working in customer support claimed to have knowledge about confidential deals that their management was making, for one.

And the phrasing, too. "We've been hired for jobs by a very important company. We can't tell you which one, but trust us... you are impressed." Yeah, sure.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 3, Interesting) 443

these days the plurality of people are independents and not actually democrats or republicans. A fact that both parties like to ignore.

Not even close. The majority of people are fairly consistent in voting either Democrat or Republican. The concept of gerrymandering wouldn't exist and wouldn't work if most people were actually independent and voted along anything other than party lines.

Comment Re: In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 158

And the implied takeaway is completely wrong.

Hobbies are associated with better qualify of life and studies have found that seniors who stay active with hobbies tend to live longer than those who don't. This particular guy's hobby is collecting Star Trek memorabilia and he happens to have enough money to be able to do so on a larger scale.

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score -1, Troll) 158

You think you're better off than someone who can afford to blow $1.5 million creating a play room in his $35 million house?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is apparently relevant to poor people's view of how well they're doing. Which, come to think of it, explains a lot about people like Joe the Plumber supporting tax breaks for the wealthy.

Comment Re:remember CJD? (Score 5, Informative) 249

Wow... so much incorrect information in such a small space.

First, CJD is caused by prions which can come from several sources including your own body if you're unlucky enough to have the wrong genetic mutation.

Second, the prion that causes Bovine spongiform encephalopathy cannot be destroyed by any level of pasteurization that would leave cattle feed in an edible state. It remains viable at temperatures below 600 degrees C. Trying to pasteurize cattle feed at that temperature would incinerate it and leave you with prion-laden ashes. Changes to regulations on the pasteurization of cattle feed would have no effect whatsoever on this.

Third, the outbreaks of BSE were caused by cattle feed containing the remains of sick cattle and sheep. At the time, it was seen as a way to minimize lost profits while disposing of sick animals, so it rapidly became a wide-spread practice which resulted in the huge outbreaks of the dease.

Comment Re:Pasteurization still? (Score 5, Informative) 249

Irradiation degrades the flavor of milk more than heat pasteurization does. Milk, as it turns out, is very sensitive to radiation and develops an off flavor very quickly with exposure.

In the US, at least, the FDA has also not approved irradiation as a treatment for milk. Because of the issues with flavor, it's also very doubtful that manufacturers will go to the expense of lobbying for approval.

Comment Re:This is NOT a new thing. (Score 1) 73

You might say that technology is new... but is it really? Technology is just a different way of doing the same old things like communicating with each other and building communities.

If you're going to get ridiculously reductive, then nothing new has shown up since the time very shortly after the big bang when the different forces separated and the laws of physics as we know them took hold (assuming those theories are even close to correct). Everything since then has just been different ways of combining the same old subatomic particles.

Comment Re:Assholes (Score 2) 440

1) AC asked who the current chess champion is. I gave the correct answer and explained his misunderstanding.

2) I made no claims about computers not being able to outsmart humans in my post, so bringing that up is a bit stupid and strawman-ish.

3) Any idiot on a motorcycle could win the Olympic cycling events, but it doesn't make the idiot a better athlete. Competitions are divided into categories and the rules limit the competitors order to create fair and interesting competitions. Only a dumbass wouldn't recognize why this is done and insist that everyone and everything should be allowed in every competition.

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