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Comment 'Well respected'... (Score 1) 37

We clearly have different interpretations of that particular platitude. Mossberg has been an 'old man yells at cloud' columnist for years, and his clear bias when it comes to particular vendors *ahem, AAPL* means that he's had as much relevance for the last decade as the Dead-tree pulp he made his nut writing for. I'm not saying that the New Media replacements are an upgrade, but Mossberg was a relic from the last century who stayed visible by pandering to his tell-me-what-to-think demo.

Comment Re:Ask a car dealer how it works... (Score 1) 119

WTF are you even talking about? New car dealers have agreements on inventory cost with manufacturers (or those mfgr's intermediaries), and make profit based on the difference between the floor cost and the sale price (if they do their own financing) or the price of the loan sold to a 3rd party. It's an incredibly convoluted system that involves insurance on floor inventory, cash incentives to the dealer to move product, and upsells (think undercoating, but more modern wording.) If the dealer also moves preowned product, there are even more variations based on CPO agreements, acquisition cost (trade in vs auction vs inventory swapping with other dealers.) Sure, the parts and service department represents a different revenue stream, but if you think that the dealer expects to see any revenue in parts 3 years after someone buys a car new, you are insane. It's an almost entirely different revenue stream, it just may happen to be housed in the same building.

Comment Re:Normal top-of-bubble job hopping? (Score 1) 92

Job hopping for better pay is a result of the system working against people who stay in the same role for 2+ years, not a function of the bubble itself. The bubble just makes it easier, because companies are more aggressive with acquisition than with retention. When the bubble pops, the excess funding is shut off, and if you're lucky, you stick wherever you land until it heats up again. Right now, it's super dangerous to potentially end up stuck in a former-unicorn that is on a downward swing.

What's more interesting is the long-term compensation of the people that are leaving. If we're talking rank-and-file salaried types, then it could be trying to avoid the short-term stigma (think HP post-Fiorina days.) If they stand to make reasonable $$$ in the near future from options, but are still jumping ship for better cash upfront (or in some cases even taking a slight loss) it's a pretty strong sign that the ship is already filling with water and going down, and the alarm bells haven't rung yet to get everyone else off.

Comment Re:Remember when Apple went full USB? (Score 2) 332

Not only are headphones more personal, but the fundamental purpose of them is output to our squishy, meaty, non-digital bodies.That's really the biggest part of the argument that's getting missed; the core function of headphones is to turn electrical impulses into analog sound. Sure, you can get into a debate about where you want to stick the DAC, but in the end you are going to end up with a nice, curvy waveform to interface with the membrane in your ear.

Comment How are you listening? (Score 1) 77

Are you listening on a legit Hi-Fi rig? Speakers (or preferably Phones) set up, broken in, correctly tuned, on actual good amps? If you are, great, you may see a TINY benefit from a lossless streaming service. Anything short of that, and you are already mutilating the signal worse than any dropped samples.

Lossless is great for storage to preserve fidelity, but it's just overload for actual casting. You want the source of your transcode to be lossless, but the actual output can be 'good enough' for the use-case.

Comment Re:Maybe Better Music Would Help? (Score 2) 203

'very manufactured, very simple, very made-for-money and very forgettable'

'Where are today's U2, Metallica, Pearl Jam and other great bands?'

Your 'kids these days' is showing, and that's before your stereotypically boomer/gen-x crack about The Chainsmokers. Metallica was one of the most commercialized acts of the end of the 90's, and U2 might as well be a Brand with a theme song. Both groups notoriously over-produced albums to appeal to consumer tastes to the point where Metallica was a joke in the hi-fi industry - remember the Death Magnetic mastering debacle?

We could talk about 'genuine artists' like, oh, I don't know, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Reggie Watts, Trent Reznor, and even people like Gaga (and that's just the 'mainstream' ones...) but your entire rant reads like a typical 'old' complaining that stuff these days isn't as good as stuff back in the day. This isn't even worth getting into a discussion about the commercialization of art and conformity of taste, or the evolution of music post 1980 - your foundational argument is just too basic. Why don't you just crack out your Cassettes and Vinyl and slurp down your applesauce?

Comment Re:Hard to read (Score 1) 408

Why is it patently impossible for anyone saying something positive about Trump (or even trying to turn the negative narrative around) to make a statement without falling on cognitive dissonance, denial, or just plain old-fashioned bullshit? This isn't even a Bush/Gore moment - Trump lost the majority vote and won the EC. The only debate about it is coming from him!

Comment Re:Less favorable lending rates? (Score 2) 491

"Only a Millennial ignorant of history would think that."

Ask your average GenX about why the Savings and Loan crisis kneecapped normal growth, or your average Boomer why economic policy in the 70s was so destructive to domestic production, and I'm willing to bet you will get less of a response than asking an 'Ignorant Milennial' about what happened 9 years ago,, since they just lived/ are living through it. The people who turned the wheels that caused the fuck-ups don't like talking about why it broke, and because the average citizen's memory resembles a goldfish and we like confirmation bias, we put the same idiots at the wheel over and over.

The biggest issue isn't the fantastic 'rate' itself, it's that the rate doesn't matter to an overwhelming number of people because they don't have the income required to responsibly pursue ownership. So if you have capital, the market is great (look at all these fucking flipper shows on HGTV...) but if you don't, you get squeezed under rents dictated by that market. I have friends who would be WAY better off if they could lock in cost of living with a mortgage (in many cases below 'market' rent,) but even eating ramen and killing their phone plans wouldn't make a minimum downpayment happen in a year.

Comment Re:Managers and engineers (Score 1) 185

Holyeee Shiiittt, you're goint to admit to being a trader? I feel bad for your inbox, the haterade is going to be swift and strong.

Having said that, HFT may provide you with the 'liquidity' to move trades personally, but the automation has the arbitrary consequence of grossly magnifying fuckups, and unless everyone cooperates and plays by the same rules, it creates the opportunity for Dark markets to flourish. As an Engineer, I the premise of HFT is great. But the sociologist in me is obliged to point out it creates an incredibly destructive opportunity within a Prisoner's dilemma.

Comment Re:Something's not right here (Score 1) 68

I've done telephony integration work for the better part of a decade, so I spend a LOT of time in different call centers. Avaya is losing a ton of desk-share to Cisco, mostly because the Oracle-esque hijack-you-with-licensing scheme is finally starting to cost places more than it's worth. Adding new features costs as much as just ripping the crap out and putting something else in. It was funny the first time I saw them write an RFP to a specific price point, and then lose the business anyway because they had just pissed off to many people.

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 300

First time in a while that I've seen a UID argument that low=old and outdated.
So, since we've clearly moved past ad hominem...
1. Every Goddamn Day. 'Real' photographers like 'real' cameras, even when on the move. The best camera may be the one you have on you at the time, but there's a reason people who do this for a living are still toting around dedicated, decent cameras. Hell, even the in-the-field types will apologize for shitty phone uploads. And no, not every computer needs to accommodate the workflow - but if Apple has decided that Photogs belong in the pile with the other professionals they've abandoned in the last half decade, they only group remaining to justify their shitty hardware is 'brand-obsessed hipsters.'
2. WiFi for heavy photography is shit to use. It's shit to set up, it's slow when you move any kind of RAW data, and god forbid you are working in a radio-noisy space. Look, I get it, your wifey likes to use her crappy point and shoot and pretend she's a real artist. Ask the people who are moving Gigs of data every few minutes how well it holds up. It's a toy feature - you don't even need to be a artist to know that. Ask a Engineer how well WiFi storage holds up under any kind of load.
3. Yes, the garbage-class P&S have tiny sensors. They are comparable to decent smartphones. They really don't have merits outside of learning basic photography, as you can get substantially better image quality with a marginal increase in price. What relevance does that have for this discussion?
4. I love it when Apple apologists talk about getting rid of neigh-obsolete-in-the-consumer-space technology (Optical drives, old video interfaces) as a justification for taking out shit people use every. single. day. Yeah, killing the floppy and getting rid of a 100-year old standard analog audio interface are totally the same thing.
5. The issue isn't which is more 'popular' - it's which is more *used.* Millions of MicroSD cards will sit in those phones and never be touched or thought of - they might as well be soldered into the board. While I suspect that most camera cards will actually be used as removable media, and will require an interface to get the data out of them.
Again, I don't think that Apple actually needs to support powerusers. It's way more profitable to sell incrimental, locked-in hardware to gullible idiots who garner fleeting moments of happiness by being 'superior' to people that don't use a shitty fruit computer. Apple legitimately swayed me for a few years, and I respected them as a technology company, but damn near every decision they've made recently is laser targeted at profit over quality. They just don't offer a compelling product anymore to many of the people I know personally that have defended them for decades.

Comment Re:20 devices isn't enough (Score 1) 119

- That's a lot of ... totally useful devices. Yeah, sure. Totally... You're the WiFi version of the guy I used to know with like 15k worth of X10 gear wired all over his house. Of course, he spent enough time fiddling with his crap that his wife regularly cheated on him, but to each his own... Electrical monitor? Dishwasher?!?!
- But seriously, you bring up a quasi valid point. There is a pretty severe deficiency between people who are going nuts over smart-home crap and the stock 'prosumer' grade all-in-one networking gear you can get. I'm not sure if there is a device limit using custom firmware on the Nighthawk, as I don't have more than 30 connections at a time to mine, but I've heard your complaint from other people using the factory stuff, and it's not going to be acceptable for long to say you have to use something custom.
- I don't think that sticking WiFi on every lightbulb is going to be a reliable option for very long, regardless. It's a really kludgey fix for now, but there are half a dozen other options that make sense for 'smart' devices that don't actually need a god-damned IP address and that are going to generate less noise and eat less power. Honestly, if I was younger, I would be amused fucking with people's 'smart' lightbulbs and appliances just to irritate people like you - but you either use something open, fat, and lazy like WiFi/IP, or you have a proprietary PLC-SCADA, and I'm honestly not sure which is the better solution.

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