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Comment Re:Here's a crazy idea (Score 1) 90

Which is funny, because the replacements on the N7 were bad. They still would have had to recall the units in shame, and with the black mark from the CPSC you wouldn't have been able to use them with 3rd party batteries either. Still a brick.

By the way - removable batteries suck. I had them on the LG G3 and G4. You have to shut the phone down to remove them and then cold boot. By the end of the run on my G4, I found it was less weight and more capacity* to carry an external battery with a slim cable and just plug it in to charge. Plus I never had to shut down in the middle of what I was doing or drop a call for a minute to wait for power down/swap/powerup. Just plug and go.

*remember, LiPos can't be safely stored in your pocket or purse without a fire resistant case/pouch, so the advantage of their slim form means nothing if you don't want a fire in your pocket.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 128

While your math adds up, I still can't get past the logic. Is the movie somehow worse if it's viewed two months later? $2

Worse, no, but it's also not topical. Part of the experience of seeing a movie when it premieres is being part of the buzz surrounding the discussion of the film. Humans are a social animal (realizing this is slashdot, I feel this must be pointed out), and sharing experiences - such as books or entertainment - is part of the enjoyment of the entertainment.

So, no, the movie is no worse, but the overall experience is diminished. For a second weekend showing, I'd be in for $30, maybe even $50, for a blockbuster. For a third to fifth weekend - most of the social shine is off of it so, no. Granted, I have a 125" screen and a nice sound system so I lose very little watching movies at home but it's still fun to go "out" with the family to see something brand new.

Comment Re:In some areas (Score 1) 143

Yup, they've got my town's balls in a vice. Sure, there's NTC (exclusive to some apartments, those poor schmucks) and Verizon (if 7Mb/768k is your idea of high speed internet), but otherwise it's Comcast or nothing. So it's $90 for 75Mb service, and $89 for 75Mb service plus basic cable. Add $10 to kick in ESPN and the other mid-tier channels that DTV charges $35 for and Sling charges $20. When they own the last mile, you're going to pay.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 2) 499

But then you've just wasted 4 hours of your day and prevented your neighbor, Joe, from getting commission so you've wasted his 4 hours too. To John Deere, there's no loss - you weren't going to buy that tractor to begin with. The dealership lost $30 in Joe's time and incremental costs (copying and such) since they pretty much just pay him on commission and the office would have been open anyway. Nobody cares except you, who now don't have the new tractor you need, and Joe, who just lost 1/10 of his weekly pay because of your hijinks and whom you are going to have to look in the face at Church on Sunday, along with his wife and three kids.

Comment Re:At least there's a way around it (Score 1) 499

But you didn't buy it, you licensed it. It looks like you bought it, but the agreement you signed only means you own the scrap value of the base metals in the item - not any control or influence on the software that's inside it that allows it to run.

It's how everything is "sold" now. You can buy the scrap, but to operate it you have to agree to a (very limited) license on the 1s and 0s that make it useful.

Comment Wait...new iPad? (Score 1) 104

WTF is with Apple's fear of the number 3?

The iPad 3 was not the 3 - it was the New iPad

Now the iPad Air 3 is a New iPad, but is neither the Air nor the 3.

Is this what you get when you have marketers sit around a table and you ask them to brand your new device revision and you just get blank stares back?

Comment Re:Marlyand is too little (Score 1) 52

> Now that would some accidental unintended consequence of this bill wouldn't it?

A for-profit licencing "arm" of the state university, set up primarily for the hand-picked members of said licensing firm to benefit handsomely off of the work of the state supported university. Hmmm, yes, that would be awful to see. /s

Comment Protip: if you won't ride in one, don't walk (Score 1) 149

If you don't trust an AI while seated in an energy absorbing cage with 3 point restraints and inflatable body protection, you sure as shit shouldn't trust that same AI when you're walking around with nothing to protect you from it at all.

Personally, I'll take an AI over someone driving a 6000lb vehicle while talking on the phone and/or texting and/or posting to Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat any day.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 149

Better yet, if we can get your sorry ass off the road and replace you with a self-driving vehicle, we won't have to pay your salary and all the shit you peddle will be cheaper. You'll be fine because you've saved your money and have a comfy retirement, so we all win. Or you'll die penniless having spent your money and had your job eliminated due to automation, in which case we win. Either way, it's a win for most of us.

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