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Comment Re:Ha ha (Score 4, Insightful) 465

I recently checked Reddit's /r/bitcoin, to see how the True Believers were taking the latest developments. To hear them say it, Bitcoin has already recovered off its lows, which mean everything is fine and all this bad news is just FUD spread by haters. Bitcoin believers truly live in their own universe.


Comment Gotta agree with you there (Score 3, Insightful) 924

I cannot drag myself to the movie theater anymore, unless it's something I desperately need to see, or the wife really wants to go. Together, both situations add up to maybe two or three times in a year. I'm just so spoiled when it comes to entertainment. Why should I drive to a movie theater to see a movie that starts at a specific time, paying for both myself and and my wife, when I can watch Netflix, or movies on HBO or Showtime on demand, or rent via the cable box or iTunes? The movie starts when I want to, pauses if one of us has to go to the bathroom, and I don't have to pay twice.

Like others have said, the picture and sound are really the only reason to go to the movie theater anymore, and I have HDTV and surround.

The movie theater experience sucks. The only thing keeping it in business is people's impatience to see movies NOW.


Comment I use iMessage, not SMS (Score 1) 342

Apple is not a "wireless provider". Is the same law going to require Apple to archive all their messages? What about all the other alternative messaging apps you can get for your smartphone?

This doesn't work unless we declare that any provider of text communication between two individuals be archived, just in case the authorities want it.


Comment Channel numbers!! (Score 1) 839

What's wrong? I'll tell you what's wrong. It's the year Two Thousand f***in Eleven, and I still have to memorize channel numbers! If I want to watch Comedy Central, I should be able to tell the stupid box that I want to watch Comedy Central, not have to type in a four-digit code that I still can't remember after all this time. Yeah, there's the "Favorites" function which shortens your search, but why should I even have to mess with that? With the current state of technology, why is there no better way of locating channels other than assigning each one a number?

Current TV is premiering some new programming and is using their website to educate viewers on "how to find" their network. That's just obscene. Nobody should have to hunt through 1000+ channels to find what they're looking for.


Comment Re:Figures provided by analysts, not the companies (Score 1) 151

Believe it or not, the smartphone market is not middle-earth and it's not the forces of good against the forces of evil.

Really? You coulda fooled me. Reading Slashdot, you get the idea that Steve Jobs died because someone cut the One Ring from his hand.

I also LOL at anyone on Slashdot tut-tutting "Apple fanboys" for acting hysterical, when any article about smartphones is immediately filled with comments from chest-beating Android fans and mouth-frothing Apple haters.


Comment Android #1? Then explain web share. (Score 1) 151

Face it the iPhone is yesterday's phone and an Android phone is today's phone

And yet, according to NetApplications, iOS has a web share of over 60%, with Android a distant second place (31% US, 19% world). In other words, close to 2 out of every 3 mobile accesses of the internet are done via iOS.

Android supporters love to crow about how Android sales numbers are "beating" Apple, but the plain fact is that those sales numbers are padded with 2-for-1 and free deals that get Android phones in the hands of people who don't really need them. People who actually use their smartphones are buying iPhones.


Comment Re:The Apple shills don't get it. (Score 2) 262

Wow. 4 million iPhone 4S sold .. who's willing to bet that will be a significant number of the total sales?

Considering that Apple sold over 13 million of the old iPhones in just the last three months, I'll take that bet

If Apple had complete faith in their product they wouldn't be trying to hamstring Samsung and Android.

Absolutely. Because when you have complete faith in your product, you don't care if someone tries to rip it off. It's times like this I wish Slashdot had a :rolleyes: emoticon.


Comment Re:It's not the only thing (Score 1) 116

Curious: What happened to the lunar modules for Apollo 11, 12, and 14-17? After the ascent stage docked with the command module and the astronauts transferred over, the ascent stage was jettisoned, right? So what makes the LM for Apollo 10 special? Or did the ascent modules for the landing missions remain in orbit around the moon?


Comment "Keep Us Strong" :rolleyes: (Score 1) 289

If there was ever any doubt in my mind that Wikileaks has turned into nothing more than one man's vanity project, it was dispelled the moment I clicked that link and was greeted by the stern visage of Julian Assange. "Keep Us Strong", it says, the text right above a picture of The Man Himself. The message is clear. Assange is WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks is Assange.

WikiLeaks would be better off in the hands of someone who is not so clearly getting off on being seen as the face of the site.


Comment I can't REMEMBER movies in 3D! (Score 1) 244

Am I the only one with this weird problem? After having seen several movies in 3D, it dawned on me that I never had any visual memory of what the 3D effect looked like. For example, take How to Train Your Dragon. I remember that "the 3D was great". I remember the fact that several specific scenes looked friggin' awesome in 3D. I can even explain what was great about each scene. But I can't bring up a visual memory of what the scenes looked like, 3D-wise. All my memories of the movie are flat. When that began to sink in, 3D movies lost a lot of their allure. Knowing that, once I left the theater, the memories I was left with would be no different than if I'd watched the 2D version removed some of the incentive for paying extra for that 3D effect.

You know, my dreams are flat, too. I wonder if that's related, somehow.


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