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Comment Re:An interest dichotomy (Score 1) 148

Even if you don't buy Apple products, you're still effected by their business decisions. For instance, many laptop manufacturers stopped making a 17" laptop after Apple discontinued the 17" Macbook Pro.

Actually, none did 17" before Apple started doing so, so what would you have lost if they didn't introduce it in the first place?

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 148

"...and then those crazy ports started showing up on PCs." For the record, PCs had USB ports in "1996," 2 years before the iMac. An update to Windows 95 added USB support.

For the record: most PCs didn't have USB when the iMac came out. To be fair, those with an Intel mobo had them on the mobo, but usually without external ports. And we all remember that all those USB peripherals had translucent blue cases not because of zhe iMac, but because it went nicely with the BSOD Windows liked to give when you used them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjZQGRATlwA

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 148

Cook is making his mark by highlighting the importance of social efforts: LGBT rights, philanthropy, corporate diversity, renewable energy and improving manufacturing conditions abroad.

I thought Apple was first and foremost a technology company?

So?

Anyway, how exactly is he "highlighting" that? Most of what he talks about has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 148

Apple's not blameless and have plenty of business nastiness in them. No one gets as old as they are and remain idealists.

Then it sounds like Apple's infamous "reality distorting" marketing department is no longer just selling products, but has taken on the role of public relations as well.

Considering you believe only Apple does it - yeah, the RDF sure as hell works on you.

Comment Re:How well will it recognize faces under a Burqa? (Score 1) 111

The same people proposing the facial recognition very recently rejected proposals to ban Burqas.

Actually De Maizière was the one speaking out for the ban the loudest.

But please don't let facts get in the way of your "Lügenpresse" rants.Are you on that picture by chance?

Comment Re:Not a good idea (Score 1) 111

That is not actually a problem. Because if they actually knew what terror-suspects look like, they could get them by other means.

Yeah, when I was young, these things were hanging in most public places - facial recognizing terrorists was everybody's duty back then. Hey, they even caught a few.

Comment Re:Not a good idea (Score 1) 111

A type is of facial recognition system is already deployed in quite few major airports in the uk, but for the most part it used by the airports themselves and not tied into a government database:

Heck, they've been doing that in casinos for a decade now - to catch card counters and other dangerous criminals. We can't have governments actually preventing harmless terrorist attacks that way - that goes too far.

Comment Re:Not a good idea (Score 1) 111

Where I live, it seems cameras have at least convinced crooks to put on ski-masks before they rob a bank teller or a convenience store.

Are you implying that where you lived, before there were security cameras people didn't put on a mask before they robbed a bank? What did they do, shoot all the witnesses? Was it better back then?

Comment Re:12% is dangerously low (Score 1) 189

Oh I understand perfectly there is a compromise to make between having a large display and a small phone. That doesn't make the small phone more readable. A larger phone with more pixels can't be less readable than a smaller phone with less pixels.

Yeah, but a bigger phone with less pixels isn't more readable. And that's what the first big screen phones had that came out at the same time the iPhone 4: less pixels on their much bigger screens. Take the Dell Streak for example: 480x800 pixels on a 5" screen vs. 640x960 pixels on the iPhone 4's 3.5" screen, came out the same month. Same thing with the Samsung Galaxy S 5.0 that came out half a year later and the Lenovo LePad that came out over a year later.

Comment Re:Subsidy == No Sales (Score 1) 42

Everything is made in China. If people didn't want Chinese crap, Walmart wouldn't still be in business.

You can't judge all products made in a country alike. Not all products from America are as shoddy as "America" - heck, not even most beers are. For that matter, actual beer from Budweis (aka Budjovice) tastes nothing like it, but that is beyond the point.

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