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Comment CueCat all over again (Score 4, Interesting) 191

The company that made the CueCat wanted to be able to do just this eventually. When I worked at Radio Shack in the early 00's we gave these stupid things away. Information coming down the pipeline said they eventually intended to make a device that connected to the PC and would respond to audio cues in advertisement on TV and open a browser to the product page. At the time it sounded retarded, like, "who the fuck would want such a thing?" Laugh's on me I guess, everyone wants an Echo or Home now.

Comment Know how else users can get faster load times? (Score 5, Insightful) 83

By websites not have 20 tracking pixel GIFs, 50 different ad servers, 5 different CDNs, 10 tracking servers, and a partridge in a pear tree. Websites are built fucking stupid these days, too much shit relies on too many other sources to work correctly and if even one doesn't respond in a timely manner, the whole thing stalls.

Comment Most of the web sucks period... (Score 4, Interesting) 325

Even with fast Internet connections, websites are so bloated with ancillary scripts and tracking code and cross linking to 20 different various advertising and content servers that you get stuck waiting no matter what. CDNs helped but you're still hostage to X advertising companies one slow server because it's not on that CDN.

Comment This has got to be one of the dumbest articles... (Score 1) 191

...I've read on /. I mean, come on, really? Should everyone rush to leave any given brand or ecosystem every time one particular piece fails? (Hint: the answer is NO)

All hardware vendors experience issues of varying degrees with things they make. Some manage to recover, some don't. Abit was one of the great mobo makers of the time. Bad caps marred them, but it doesn't diminish all the excellent stuff they had made, and had they weathered it better they'd likely still be making excellent stuff that people would buy. Asus got hit by the bad caps too, but they managed to survive.

All the hard drive makers, every last one of them have had drives with varying levels of defects. That doesn't diminish the good stuff they made prior, nor did it mean everything they'd go on to make later would be terrible too. Every company that makes routers has issues from time to time.

If everyone ditched a company every time they had a major flaw, no one would be able to buy anything at this point.

Comment Re:Audio (Score 1) 114

I've seen this complaint before, but I don't understand what people are talking about. I bought a Sony "mechless" head unit for my car so I could use BT for playing music, and it sounds fine to me. FWIW I'm not one of those that thinks 128K CBR MP3 sounds fine, I can usually tell up to at least 192K MP3 that it *is* MP3, ie I can hear the compression artifacts. The MP3s I put on my phone are compressed to VBR0, J-Stereo. It sounds quite decent in my car, plenty of "punch" as you put it. Granted I do have the bass and treble hiked a bit, but no different than if I were using the line in instead.

So what is this terrible added compression in BT that destroys fidelity that people speak of?

Comment Re:Equivalent (Score 1) 204

So you're totally okay with the asinine idea that for a simple traffic stop it's cool if they start shining all kinds of lights and doing other scans to see if they can trump up what they've got you on? That's fucking ridiculous. There's absolutely nothing reasonable about that, or the scenario under which this happened. Claiming the bag looked like it was trying to be hidden is incredibly thin. People have messy cars. Is anything peeking out from under the seat immediately suspicious and warranting a search?

This whole thing is bogus and the court is clearly in the wrong here.

Comment Re:Why (Score 3, Insightful) 128

Well the reason is that if the US doesn't give up control, countries have been threatening with building their own internet infrastructure to run in parallel.

Since when was "do what I/we want or I'm going to take my ball and go elsewhere" been a valid reason?

If these countries (Brazil, Russia, etc) did create a "second internet", then Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, would all be shut off from their customers in those regions.

As far as I can tell, they'll do the same thing once control is globalized. At least now, they can say "fine, we'll make our own Internet" and the rest of the sane world can say "cool, see you later, good luck with your Internet without any of the shit your people actually want because we don't care to jump through your retarded hoops to appease your insignificant ass" (and yes, it really is a matter of insignificance because the shit most of these countries are yammering about and want control for is to further enforce their own restrictions on others, whereas we enforce openness (for the most part anyway, far more open than many of these other countries would have it be)). Besides, regardless of how it works out, we already know most big Internet businesses will do what they need to to ensure their service is still available, but I'd rather that choice be at the corporations level, and not made a requirement at the behest of tantrum throwing nations/governments.

Can't do the math?

They get a lower customer base, lower potential profit, lower actual revenue. Unless the spend the R&D on developing their platform to conform to the "second internet".

Why yes, yes we can, and it's already been done. Look at what Google did with China. We didn't have to give up control of the openness of the Internet to the rest of the world. Let the nations that hate all that freedom build their own fucking Great Firewall and control their people that way. As I said above, if the Internet companies give enough of a fuck, they'll find a way to make stuff work, and that's as it should be, IMO.

Comment Always crying about profit margins... (Score 1) 257

"everyone's been sucked into the whirlpool of razor-thin profit margins"

Bullshit. Phones are quite a profit generator. Companies like OnePlus have proven that. $600 and $700 phones produce at least $200 in revenue over the actual cost of the phone.

That said, it's not just the OEMs that are at fault here. As someone else mentioned, the carriers are quite a problem as well. Take my Verizon Galaxy S4. Verizon has no impetus to doing anything but a carrier unlock. It's got all their crap on it. They also required Samsung to lock the bootloader, and even now that I am no longer a Verizon customer, they (Samsung) will not undo the lock. The phone is in great shape and perfectly viable but not worth selling, and not really usable because it's stuck with Verizon's shit on it. No more updates, no changing Android flavors, nothing. Pretty paper weight. That is what needs to change. When you leave a carrier, if you've paid for the phone, it needs to be unlocked in every possible way.

Comment Old news (Score 1) 77

That muggers/thieves will pick people who slouch and look down/avoid eye contact, has been reported on before, and It's not false. Such posture/behavior telegraphs that you're a target easy for the picking, not likely to fight back. Walking upright, being willing to make eye contact is something people with at least some sense of self worth, etc. do, and make you a much less attractive target.

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