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Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 2) 1456

First, fuck your own face for calling me an idiot, when you don't know anything about me.

Second, right now it is the left that is being divisive. That's not to say that the right hasn't had a whole shitload of time of their own to be at fault for this too - but to fix it, people need to fucking stop already. Both parties, and all of their respective sycophants.

That includes you. You are part of the problem, right now, with that fucking incendiary partisan post.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 2, Insightful) 1456

No, he won because the Democratic Party is too busy tripping over their hypocritical statements and actions. You know, the party of inclusion that can't wait to have 60+ sitting congresspersons "boycott" the inauguration of the president that they now have to work with. Their candidate for president was even there, and tweeting about working together. Yet these petty and petulant asshats can't see that the inauguration is a celebration of the institution, and not of the man being sworn in.

The divisiveness only continues to get worse as long as these douchebags can't see that they are the ones perpetuating the problem.

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 298

Nope. See: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/...

Ever wonder why you can't find a HDMI-to-DisplayPort adapter? Because the petulant HDMI consortium won't allow it, and actively sues to block it. There is no way to plug a DisplayPort monitor into an HDMI port, for no technical reason. It's purely petty legal nonsense.

Your HDMI to DVI-D cable is using a DVI-D signal. It definitely won't do a non-RGB color space, which HDMI will.

DisplayPort offers all the features of HDMI, without any of the encumbrances. It is an open spec, controlled by VESA - the Mini-DisplayPort connector that practically everybody uses now was originally Apple's, and they gave it to VESA royalty free. DisplayPort supports chaining of displays, HDMI doesn't. DisplayPort 1.3 supported up to two 4k displays @ 60fps in 2014, and also includes the HDMI 2.0 spec.

There is so much more going on than just "cable cost."

Comment I just fired Time Warner. (Score 1) 145

I finally had enough of Time Warner and fired them for video delivery. Fuck them and their abuse of CCI "CopyOnce" flagging that amounts to rent-seeking by eliminating all non-rented choices for a DVR system except for Windows Media Center (EOL) and TiVo (not really your own).

I now have faster internet speeds, and Sling TV for $40/month cheaper, with all the same channels. And I recycled the box I was using for Windows Media Center into an Ubuntu 16 / MythTV box for recording OTA HD programming at far better quality than anything coming over Time Warner, and I have the ability to scan and auto-extract commercials from the recordings.

Time Warner / Charter / Spectrum can go chug raw sewage. Only way I ever go back is with a deep price cut, and the elimination of CCI flag abuse that allows me to continue using MythTV or the like.

Comment Re:The Irony (Score 1) 61

The real irony is that you still don't understand the difference between standards essential patents and design patents after all this time.

If you lobby to include your tech patents into a global communications standard under the premise that those patents would be licensed under Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory terms (which are conditions for inclusion in the standard), and then start asking for unfair, unreasonable, and highly discriminatory licensing terms from certain licensors, then you are a fuckhead company and there will be legal action.

There are absolutely zero design patents that are "standards essential", so Apple can choose to license (or not) on any terms they want. And if these design patents are so damn hard to get around, why is it only Samsung that has been found guilty of violation? LG, HTC, Google, Motorola, etc. are all doing just fine.

Get over it already. Samsung is a proven bad actor. Qualcomm may also be a bad actor - we'll have to wait to see on that one.

Comment Re:I'd love it except I have a kid (Score 1) 91

Except when it comes to convenience, where a phone wins every time.

He says he has a 3 year old - 3 year olds aren't very good at holding a pose or extending a moment while you run around looking for your camera, turn it on, realize the battery is dead so you have to go get another one to put in it, find a memory card because there's never one in the camera, then wait for the auto-focus and take the picture.

Photography on phones is a huge thing because of the convenience - you always have it, it's charged and turned on already. Storage is there already.

Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 2) 128

Touch screens in cars are the dumbest fucking idea that has ever been. There is no tactile feedback, so you have to take your eyes off the road to use the fucking thing. Every time.

I have no idea how they are legal, other than the stupid message that comes up every time you start the car that basically says "don't use this unless you are pulled over and parked." Which nobody does.

BMW spent over a decade to get their iDrive (now ConnectedDrive) system to be what it is today, and it's probably the best-of-breed. Big screen for showing information, and a knob / bump controller / touchpad thing on the center console that you can use with one hand to do practically everything, with your eyes still on the road. And it has shortcut buttons for the most accessed functions, which you can find by feel alone.

It's the way it should be, so that you aren't fiddle-fucking around with a touchscreen instead of paying attention to that idiot in a huge bro-truck that isn't checking his blind spot, and entering your lane.

Comment Re:Industry should not allow patents in standards (Score 1) 61

Because if they don't, then they don't get a standard. Nobody is going to go through the R&D spend without some guarantee of licensing revenues.

Standards bodies deal with this by requiring the patent holder to agree to Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory licensing (FRAND) to get it included in the standard, or they can go pound it. Meaning, you get to charge $0.25 per radio, and everyone that makes a device based on that standard pays the same. Fair, Reasonable, and without discrimination. Not this bullshit where all manufacturers except that one who has patents we want access to, but those patents aren't included in any FRAND standard so we will try to fuck them into a cross-licensing agreement instead of the agreed upon FRAND price, like we've seen of late.

In fact, that's probably what this FTC lawsuit is about!

Comment Re:The US can only do this by Phasing out CDMA. (Score 1) 61

To be fair, he said "carriers", not handset makers.

LTE isn't everywhere, no matter what the carrier marketing says. If you buy a Verizon phone, it has to be able to talk CDMA2000. If you buy AT&T / Sprint / T-mobile, it has to be able to talk GSM. Some handset manufacturers have gone dual-radio to get around this shit, in addition to the idea that a Verizon smartphone shouldn't be a useless lump in other countries not named the United States.

We just saw in another story that AT&T is switching off their UMTS service that the original iPhone used - how long until CDMA goes away and Verizon can recycle that spectrum?

Comment Re:"4K" playback on iOS? (Score 0) 124

I just grepped the summary for 'iOS' and it didn't find a single mention.

You know that Safari is a browser on macOS too, right? And that there is even an iMac shipping with a display better than 4K? To say nothing about plugging 4K displays into Macs that have sufficient hardware to drive them?

Comment Re: They said they want us to die... (Score 1) 298

I don't care what engine it is - if you're dealing with large data sets, and large reports that return large data sets, it will be RAM hungry.

Our developers routinely work with databases that have hundreds of millions of rows of scrubbed data to create financial reports for the business. Their development goes far faster if they have that database local to their laptop running as either a native service, or in a VM. Spending a few hundred bucks on extra RAM pays itself off hundreds of time over through the useful life of the laptop with these guys, in the form of them not twiddling their thumbs waiting for queries to return while testing.

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