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Comment Re: The sexism is the straw the broke the camel's (Score 1) 179

"Can't believe how much people just believe everything they read and are so blind to all the rampant agendizing going on to day." You use "agenda" like it's a dirty word. An agenda doesn't have to be inherently bad. Rooting out corporate evil seems like a fine agenda for the media to me.

Comment Re: Breaking, or braking? (Score 1) 67

Yeah, but I want you to have a car that does. People are great at over-estimating their abilities, especially in circumstances they've never personally encountered. And even if under normal circumstances you'd be fine, that day you didn't get any sleep because of a fight with your spouse, your reaction time isn't going to be what it needs to be. Although I'm sure you'd also have the self-restraint to not drive any day you were sluggish. Regardless, I expect your insurance company is going to have some thoughts about you opting out of cars with auto-braking features.

Comment They don't want to hurt iPhone 7 sales (Score 4, Interesting) 77

My theory is that the headphones are ready, but Apple is worried that when people realize Bluetooth headphones are fundamentally unreliable, it will hurt iPhone 7 sales. Better to wait until further into the holiday shopping season and prevent any bad press or YouTube videos from impacting phone sales, then drop the headphones closer to the holidays so bad reviews haven't had time to sink into the public consciousness to hurt the gift-giving headphone sales.

It's not that I think these are going to be bad headphones, as much as Bluetooth headphones just don't work a lot of places and a lot of people are going to be disappointed.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 330

Just tried weather on my watch (with WatchOS 3) and as I remembered: The delay is still there. My guess is that you probably live in a climate where the weather doesn't change every few hours so you don't see it.

My point is: The "main problem" is not that some people don't understand what it can do, it's that it just doesn't work for them. Glad it works for you.

Comment Re:Watches are worn as bling (Score 1) 330

I'd say the main problem with the watch is that people don't know what it does nor how it can streamline the use of their smartphones or integrate into their activities.

Maybe for some people, but not others and I honestly doubt it's the "main problem". I've owned an Apple Watch since the first week. I wore it for a few months before it ended up in the electronic gadget junk drawer.

It doesn't integrate well into my life. It gets my arm caught on things,it traps water against my wrist every time I wash my hands, it requires I recharge it daily, carry an extra charger when I travel, etc.

I can't trust that it's up to date without waiting for it. Take weather for example: If you check the weather, it takes several seconds to update the and will show you stale info until it does. So even if it's faster to get to the weather on your watch (although for me it's not), you still have to wait several seconds to see if it'll change its mind about what's the weather will be.

Fitness tracking doesn't work well. To save battery life the heart monitor only activates sporadically during a workout, but I exercise in intervals, so in any given workout it'll activate a couple times during a rest-period which throws off all the stats it's collecting. On top of that, the Activity app has reset all of my stats several times. (Once randomly, once when I upgraded my phone and once when I updated the Apple Watch OS.)

Overall the Apple Watch is really cumbersome, expensive way to shave a couple seconds off checking the time, and for me the other features really just don't work well enough.

Comment Re:come on guys can't we remove the BS before post (Score 1) 84

As I posted (with supporting links) in another comment: The reason EA is giving for his departure is he's responsible for their performance being about $100 million short of what they expected. A successful game launch like Skyrim (at 3.3 million copies) earned $450 million dollars, so if SimCity sold 1.1 million at launch and this was immediately followed by Amazon pulling the game from sale and even once it was back, doing things like temporarily discounting the game to $46 bucks.. then sales are likely bad enough that they're losing more than $100 million from where they expected to be on this one game alone.

Comment Because of SimCity? (Score 1) 84

SimCity is a really bad game and I certainly hope that heads will roll for ramming an unfinished, needlessly server dependent game into the fans eager hands just to try and make some numbers for the quarter... but is Riccitiello really leaving directly as a result of it? Yeah, there's the timing of it, but the reason EA gives for the departure is they're going to be about $100 million lower on their guidance than they expected. Could they really be $100 million short this quarter from SimCity?

So what are the numbers... SimCity sold 1.1 million copies at launch. For comparison the super-popular Skyrim had a $450 million dollar launch at 3.3 million copies. From that perspective, it certainly looks like SimCity really did make that dent... And considering SimCity 4 is still selling 10 years later, the money they're missing out on over the next 5 to 10 years could be ridiculous.

Comment Re:It is not that simple! (Score 1) 369

Sometimes I don't mind microtransactions, but they have power to ruin otherwise perfectly good game, and that's my major problem with them.

It's frequently harder to get more people to buy your product, than it is to get people already buying it to spend more. So soap companies put a little less detergent in the bottle and whiskey makers water the whiskey down a little more.

Comment Re:come on... (Score 1) 609

They clocked the speed he was driving at because the tires were a different size? There's some mysterious huge downhill on the new jersey turnpike that caused him to hit 80 despite setting his cruise control to 54? Really? Is that the best he can come up with?

So how much difference does 2 inches make? Broder says the standard wheel size for the car is 21 inches, but they gave him a car with 19 inch all-weather tires. I haven't seen anybody run the numbers, so I did for fun:

19 inch diameter * pi = 59.7 inch circumference
21 inch diameter * pi = 66.0 inch circumference
59.7 / 66.0 = 0.9 ratio

We don't know what data was recorded or used to create the charts, but if it was the black box wheel revolution data, that data has to be interpreted using a specific wheel size. So if you interpreted it assuming a 21 inch wheel, but the car actually had 19 inch wheels you would end up with:

* For every 100 miles on the chart, the car would have only gone 90.

* When the chart shows 60 mph, the car would have actually been going 54 mph.

* The short blip of 80 mph would actually be 72 mph. (7 mph over the 65 mph limit, which is fairly reserved for the NJ Turnpike.)

So this would pretty much explain how you could get those charts without Broder lying about the details on his trip.

And since he claims Tesla told him the batteries would warm up, I have no reason to believe Tesla didn't when they previously told Consumer Reports the exact same thing:

Comment This is not about app purchases... (Score 5, Interesting) 724

As a small developer, I would love if Apple took a smaller percentage of app purchases (which as others have pointed out isn't really 30% when you factor in referral fees, retail markups on iTunes gift cards and the credit card processing fees they pay out), but it's great that by enforcing rules they are effectively taking a step toward leveling the playing field for the small guys. (Instead of giving sweetheart deals to fellow big guys.)

But in this case, we're not talking about app purchases-- we're talking about transactions that occur in an app, and this has always been a questionable rule. It a straight tax on transactions. It's in the same vein as Verizon demanding Google pay them because Verizon customers are accessing Google "through their pipes."

And it's more inconsistent than people realize... I routinely place orders for food in the and the SeamlessWeb apps and because I have no credit card on file with either, I enter my credit card info for payment instead of using an iTunes account. So no 30% goes to Apple for my burrito, but DropBox leaves a link to their website in their SDK and suddenly all hell breaks loose. But Apple has a DropBox competitor and doesn't currently offer burritos I guess...

Comment Re:This is a direct assault on Google's revenue (Score 1) 181

Yes, this is an attack on Google, and has little to do with being "pro-consumer".

I keep seeing this presented as an attack on Google, but it seems to me that it would help Google more than it would hurt it. Consider this: If you're logged into a Google service they can (and will) still track you. With Google's new privacy policy it doesn't matter which service you're logged in to. So if you use Google Docs, Gmail, YouTube, etc. and don't log out every time you do a Google search you'll be getting tracked regardless. Hell, a lot of people have to be logged in to Google services just to get work done now.

So who's going to end up not tracking you with this setting? Ad networks that don't have the sticky-apps that Google does. Will Google lose some data? Yes. But the other guys will lose more and Google's ads (relatively speaking) will perform better as a result.

Comment PCs vs. Gadgets (Score 2) 630

Microsoft has managed to weather several OS flops (Windows Me anyone?) thanks to their domination of the market, but with Android gadgets and iPhones becoming pervasive can they pull it off again?

In a world where gadgets replace personal computers does Windows 8 or 9 even matter? Wouldn't Windows Phone be the relevant operating system? It's not like if Windows 9 is suddenly amazing, people are going to start shoving laptops in their pockets.

Comment What kind of future can Netflix streaming have? (Score 4, Insightful) 349

It's tough to be the middleman... Netflix stands between the consumers and the content providers, but streaming video is rapidly becoming a commodity, so no doubt the content providers will get greedy and decide they want to own the whole thing end to end. I'm sure they'll ignore the amazing feat Netflix has accomplished (namely getting people to pay for streaming content online) and attempt to set up their own sites with onerous terms (pay-per-view with 24 hours to start) and high monthly rates, then be all surprised when no one signs up and start claiming piracy is destroying their business.

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