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Comment Carrier comparison (Score 1) 106

Many who comment here will have a reason that they chose one carrier over one other carrier. They may have switched carriers. I always found that the latest carrier plan was better than the competition, and that it would go back and forth or be too confusing to come up with one clear answer. I actually have iPhones and aPhones on 5 carriers. I also travel the world quite a bit. Domestically, all the carriers are good for most unless you live in an area not covered by some. I remember times when Verizon was faster but now it seems that AT&T is faster for me, most of the time. I remember when you could buy international data from Verizon that covered 200 countries, while the AT&T list was only about 50 countries. That affected me in places like Russia and South Africa, back then. T-Mobile has incredible data plans for here and away but they don't seem as fast as claimed unless I'm in the store. Sprint has gone far out of their way to help me with issues, including a stolen phone number. Right now I believe that the best carrier I have, for my own needs, is Google Project Fi because the plan works in over 100 countries. You can even order a free data-only SIM for free, without even a shipping charge, to use it on iPads and the like. I would never say that anyone's choice of plan is bad in any way though.

Comment Re:Automation in the military is the problem (Score 1) 324

"We need laws banning the use of machines"

That's where you can stop. Without machines, there is lower efficiency and we need every hand available to work the fields and the swords. We can go back to kingdoms where being rich was passed down through bloodlines with land ownership. People working 60 hours a week just to keep food on the table won't have time for all this liberal "feed the poor" bullshit.

Comment I don't see the dificulty (Score 5, Funny) 369

You just go in and arrest him at the embassy. I mean - he's in London, we just go in and take him.

Wait, did you say that the Ecuadorian Embassy is actually sovereign land and to send a police or military force in to arrest and remove him would be an act of war? Well, you don't need to worry about that. We've just proven, by way of 59 cruise missiles, that even sovereign nations who do bad things are no barrier to the will (or should I say whim) of the United States. And they don't even have to go in by hand - I think a targeted drone strike would have a limited number of civilian casualties. And London doesn't have any room to complain, since they were perfectly fine with all the drone strikes in middle eastern countries where there were known criminals and we (usually) limited the civilian casualties.

I don't see how this is going to be difficult - the US just needs to apply traditional tactics used on physical terrorists to the new crop of information terrorists.

Comment Re:The packs made of very inorganic plastic (Score 4, Informative) 146

Oh, but you can recycle the packs! They'll even send you a *Free* mailing label to send them back once you fill a box with discarded bags. Of course, you need to cut the pack open and use your hands to remove the pulp remnants before you do that - literally scoop out the goo with your hands and throw it away.

And you've totally missed that this is a zero-cleanup device - it's perfect for when you don't have time to go through the messy process of cleaning a traditional juicer. (but, apparently, have time to go through the messy process of cutting open and cleaning out the bag)

Personally, I still can't get over the $1/oz pricetag on the juice packs that have a shelf life of a week.

Comment You're kidding, right? (Score 1) 168

A spreadsheet so large and complex that a PC running Windows 8 (or even XP) is a time sink because it slows down during data entry? Really. Hey you fucking little kid - go do that shit by hand like we did before spreadsheets. I'll show you what a time sink is.

The real time sink? Slashdot. Reddit. Facebook. Any of a thousand sites with content that is infinitely more interesting than entering data into a spreadsheet. That's your god damned time sink.

Comment Re:and improved battery life (Score 1) 80

IIRC, the Verge claims that the battery life is just meh, but that the overall power design is supposed to allow it to hold 95(?)% of it's original charge (at full cap) after two years.

I think they're all just lying about everything at this point, because nobody can really test them properly.

Comment Re:Still slower than iphone 7 (Score 1) 80

Isn't the test of loading app after app to see how long it takes them to start a measure of time to compile the Android bytecode vs load the iOS pre-compiled executable into memory? Won't Android pretty much always lose that for any but the smallest or simplest of programs? I'd think even a 12 core Xeon at 4GHz on a Mac would lose to the iPhone in that case.

I'll be honest, I'm trying to come up with a use case for raw speed on a phone outside of gaming and I'm pretty stumped. None of the applications for handsets have the complexity of a CPU/GPU heavy desktop app like AutoCAD or Photoshop or Premiere. There aren't any real CFD or FEM programs which allow for any real-world complexity.

It's good to have fast phones, but I'm at a loss for the value of processor speed.

Comment Re:Talking about rare (Score 2) 79

Yeah, most "rare earth" metals are far from rare, and often not that expensive, as there are deposits all over the world. One of the difficulties is that China had a huge supply and was dumping them on the market to gain global share and drive other mines to close down (reducing competitors and allowing them to raise the price). That is, of course, until they became a manufacturing powerhouse and realized they should be keeping those elements in-country to bolster their total manufacturing chain. Then, of course, the prices really *did* go up due to lower (global) supply. But it had little or nothing to do with the rarity of the metals themselves.

Comment Re:No. (Score 5, Informative) 198

A whole interview rarely carries over. I was asked if I thought Apple would be around in 100 years. My reply even referred to IBM, along the lines of what you can do and how many restarts you can get when you are that big. I facetiously jabbed at the idea of Trump seeking advice from today's huge internet companies by telling the reporter that they would all ask for lower taxes and become larger yet.

Comment Re:Yay For Modern Engineering (Score 1) 73

As an engineer in the architecture/building industry, there's a shitload of truth in that. The real cost being that any force applied to your engineered part which you *didn't* predict will result in a failure, as opposed to the old-school version of something solid and "inefficient" but which can carry many unanticipated loads without requiring repair.

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