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Comment Re: They'll say anything (Score 1) 358

https://www.thestar.com/news/w...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02...

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/wo...

These hospitals have only been deliberately attacked since the Russian air force arrived and since the U.S. is nowhere near where these attacks are taking place the only logical, unalterable conclusion is Russia is deliberately bombing hospitals.

Okay Russian trolls?

Comment They'll say anything (Score 0) 358

Because your father hasn't said something then the next day flip-flopped a complete 180.

Considering your father has praised the dictator Putin, a man who has no compunction about ordering his air force to deliberately bomb hospitals, schools and market places, a man who is bent on trying to restore the former Soviet Union, you would be wise to think very hard the next time you speak about who is saying what.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 5, Informative) 463

So what's the objection to everyone using BT headsets? People hate wires today.

In no particular order:

  • Hitting pause on NetFlix, then hitting play again, and having no sound for the first two seconds, thus missing half a line of dialog
  • Relatively poor sound quality
  • Having a radio transmitter basically in my ear
  • Having another device to charge every day, and possibly more than once per day

That first one by itself is a showstopper for me. The rest just add more reasons to question the sanity of Apple's upper management. Not that I needed more reasons to question their sanity given that they're still trying to make the d**n things thinner even after they were forced to reengineer parts of the iPhone 6 Plus to fix bending problems....

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 4, Insightful) 463

This has been my experience as well. Not every jack fails - but it still happens more often than for any other jack type that I commonly use.

If that is true, then it is true because it is the jack that you use far more often than any other type of jack. I treat headphones like crap, and headphone jacks even more horribly. The last time I had one actually break was on a PowerBook 145 (where I broke at least two or three headphone jacks). Even with massive abuse, I haven't broken one in any hardware built in the past twenty years.

On my first iPhone, I did have one instance where the jack thought headphones were plugged in when they weren't. That took a little bit of jiggling with a pair of headphones to resolve. But at no point have I ever seen a modern jack break. Not in my gear, not in gear belonging to anyone I know.

I have, however, seen Lightning plugs break off in the jacks. Not only will you lose your headphones when that happens, but also the ability to charge your phone. On the plus side, Apple is going to sell a LOT more AppleCare plans after people break their third or fourth Lightning jack. So my stock loves the idea....

Comment Re: A brief history of Slashdot tr0lling (Score 1) 322

Oh, thanks, I totally forgot about the Slashdot bitchslap.

And I'm not claiming the tr0lls weren't clever and occasionally hysterical. I'm just saying that the continual repost of "BSD is dying, Netcraft confirms it" on every single story had long degenerated from trolling to nothing more than protoplasmic copypasta spam, right down there in the sewage with the casino links. (And yes, there were many funny on-topic variants of the BSD meme that brightened up lots of different comment threads.)

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 245

I don't think the Valley would manage without this program.

Then they're incompetent. There is absolutely no reason to think people here, already in the industry or working their way up out of school, can't do the job just as well.

From what I see every day about the people from Silicon Valley, if these are supposed to be smart people I can only wonder what their definition of stupid is. The utter crap of software and services they pump out is staggering. Even more so when one considers the amount of money people pour down the black hole of ineptitude while claiming they're producing something worthwhile.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 102

There is no competition when there are only two players in broadband. The head of Verizon explicitly stated they would not be competing on price when they moved into areas serviced by Comcast.

Verizon prices are effectively the same as Comcast's for the same service.*

*+/- 5 mbps for the same price.

Comment Re:Sentencing (Score 0) 83

It's the Russian trolls. They inhabit boards such as these in their vain and transparent attempt to spread Putin's propaganda. Anything which lays out facts, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine or occupation of Crimea or its abuse of the Tartars, is immediately met with downmods or insults or anything else to try and sway opinions because they don't want the truth to be told.

After all, there is no word for truth in the Russian language.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 101

I don't need to stand by the rotation theory. However, the 2.5 degrees that the Earth rotates are about equivalent to the downrange distance.

The first stage is going about 1/5 of the target LEO orbital velocity at separation. While you might well model the trajectory as a parabola over flat ground, given the lack of fuel I would expect that SpaceX puts a lot more care into their trajectory. So far I've failed to attract the attention of the person responsible for Flight Club, the most trusted modeling of SpaceX flights, but I'll message him directly.

Comment Hypocrisy at its best (Score 0) 30

IP addresses (which can often determine the user's location),

So now an IP address can be used to determine a person's location yet people on here whine about how an IP address can't be traced to someone accused of child pornography or stealing music/movies.

Would be nice if you people would make up your minds.

Comment Re:Sentencing (Score 2, Interesting) 83

There is nothing Russia can buy from any other country that they can't make themselves.

No, it can't. There are many high-tech components Russia cannot make because it does not have the technical knowledge nor manufacturing to do. If it did it would be building its own ships rather than paying France to do so or its own engines instead of from Ukraine.

You are aware they are a military super-power right?

No, they're not. Russia is only capable of attacking its weaker, smaller neighbors because it has no navy to speak of. Its sole aircraft carrier has to a have a tug come along when it goes into open waters because it breaks down so often.

There is obviously something else behind it, but BS accusations about spies and superweapons makes it easier to swallow for dumb Americans like yourself, and it fits the agenda.

Speaking of propaganda. . . How much vodka is Putin paying you folks? It's not like the ruble is worth much nowadays. And since he's destroying imported food everything costs a lot more so he has to pay you in vodka to you keep coming to the office in St. Petersburg to do your daily trolling.

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