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Comment I've spent a lot of time in retail (Score 0, Troll) 159

I've spent a lot of time in retail and - news flash - everybody does that. When Kroger has a "plus card" deal they always show you the "savings" vs. the MSRP, even if that's not what the item was priced at before the sale. Publix does that with their 2-for-1 deals - you get two items as the MSRP of one. You will save good money doing that, but it's not exactly half price.

This is normal. Once again, Canada shows why government must, of necessity, be reined in.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

By not disabling the cache Safari will just reload the web page from disk, instead of downloading it all over wifi. In normal use you don't sit around reloading the same page all day, you surf to different web sites, so caching extends battery life to unrealistic levels.

On your normal web site, the actual page content is a pretty small part of the overall download. As images, stylesheets, and javascript files are cached the only thing that loads from page to page is the actual HTML. I develop using Rails, and we have an asset system now that allows us to tell the browser to cache the non-HTML assets for a year, so they'll hopefully never be reloaded. If using standard jquery and such, you can use a CDN that'll have the same sorts of policies to promote caching.

Turning off the cache is not a normal setting, and Consumer Reports should *not* be doing that while claiming to do "real world testing".

Comment Re:Automatic. (Score 1) 483

This stuff is so clueless. I live in the very low tax state of Tennessee, and our roads are at least as good as California's. Indiana and New Hampshire have horrible freeze/thaw cycles all winter long (I spent my first 30 years living in Indiana) that destroys asphalt. We don't have this here or in CA, and road maintenance is simple in comparison.

Our sales tax is about what CA's sales tax is but we have no income tax. With proper spending it can work.

Comment This is a bit of a repeat (Score 4, Interesting) 232

So, this is a bit of a repeat, but I'll answer as I did last time. I have a Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk:


Mine's a little different as I bought it as Service Merchandise which closed in 2002. I think I got it the year that they closed and paid $300 or $400 for it. It's still my watch.

It doesn't run Android or anything. But it has a slide rule around the bezel and is actually made for making some aviation calculations simple. It also handles all time zones, shows utc on the face at all times, has a couple of alarms, a countdown timer, and a stopwatch. It's solar powered and I've never replaced the battery. It's also water-resistant. I've never had trouble with the watch. I just now realized that it's 15+ years old, and has lasted far longer than any other watch that I've owned.

I know there are some amazing computerized watches out there, but a slide rule is the ultimate nerd accessory, right? Also, show me your second generation Apple Watch in 15 years.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 336

Jobs took a company that was nearly bankrupt and turned it into the world's most valuable company.

Do you truly, in the deepest of your heart, believe that he accomplished that alone?

Of course not. What kind of stupid question is that?

He was a leader. As such his main work was motivating others to accomplish the goals that he and his helpers set out. That's not an easy job and there's a reason that you don't see much of it. Elon Musk probably operates on the same level, Bill Gates also. There's a reason you know these names.

Apple has done nothing since Jobs died. Literally, they have coasted. I could grab the local McDonald's manager and put him in Tim Cook's place and get - at worst - the same result.

The sad thing is that he's screwed up stuff that didn't need screwed up. How hard would it have been to simply do standard upgrades to the MacBook Pro line, for instance? They had years, and the best they could do is remove the top row of keys and most usable external ports. They didn't even upgrade the memory capacity - still stuck at 16GB. I had 16GB in my MBP from a few years ago. Come on.

It's frustrating to see what's happened to the company. I personally could have done a much better job of running it (yes, I'm going there) than Tim Cook. At this point, most products have been damaged (no headphone jack, no usb ports, etc.) with little in return. Worse yet, they believe this damage is somehow better - that progress is being made. They seemingly don't understand the concept of a synergistic ecosystem. Hell, even Microsoft is starting to figure this out.

I have no trouble with the fact that they haven't really rolled out another iPhone-sized project since Jobs died. Those sorts of things come around once in a generation and I don't expect such. But you'd think they could have at least maintained standard upgrade paths for the existing products. They've failed to even do that simple task.

When the stock crashes, it ain't gonna be pretty.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 5, Insightful) 336

The question that never seems to get asked is: Why do these executives get these incredible salaries? Does anybody - apart from the tiny elite at the top - really think it is good value for money?

That's not really the question. Steve Jobs was demonstrably worth hundreds of billions of dollars to Apple's shareholders.

The real question is "why do these executives continue to get incredible salaries when they demonstrably do nothing for the company?"

The issue is that they're being paid as if they're founders when, in fact, they're simply running a ship that someone else built and set out to sea. It's not the same job and nowhere near as difficult. Jobs took a company that was nearly bankrupt and turned it into the world's most valuable company. Unless Cook seriously steps up his game he either needs to be paid $100K/year for the job he's doing or replaced. If he's not replaced soon, Apple will likely be irreparably harmed.

Comment Re:Less hiss and clearer sound (Score 1) 303

carries less hiss and clearer sound

Hahahahaha. Yes, sure. As long as you get a perfect signal, anyway.

This gets into one of the biggest problems with digital broadcasting - it's generally all or nothing. With analog, there's graceful degradation as the signal quality falls, and in an emergency situation that's preferable as people can still determine what's being broadcast even if it's very faint and low quality. With digital, if your signal isn't strong enough you'll get nothing.

It seems to me that the best way forward for Norway would be to get rid of *some* FM stations to open up the bandwidth but leave others going. It's stupid to waste all the radios they currently own.

If you live there, you might want to contact your parliamentarians to let them know that going through with this means they'll be looking for a job after the next election.

Comment Re:"captured" (Score 2) 197

As soon as you use the baking soda in baking a cake or in neutralizing the acidity of ascorbic acid by mixing it with baking soda (2 g ascorbic acid : 1 g baking soda) then the CO2 will be liberated again.

Which people are doing either way - therefore this is a net win. Period.

Baking soda also has a lot of other uses that don't involve being turned back into CO2 and salt - I use it as a prewash in my dishwasher, for example. As a matter of fact, all of the uses on the back of the Arm & Hammer bag are pretty much the same as that.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Trump (Score 1) 432

You can figure that out in the summary alone. They are doing this because it's nearly $1 billion cheaper to invest $700 million instead of $1.6 billion.

Follow the money, always follow the money. The Presidency almost NEVER has any impact on business decisions, although people like to think so and I'm sure Trump will play with his little horn falsely touting how he made this happen.

It's going to W all over again. Blame everything bad they do on the previous administration, and take credit for everything good that happens because of the previous administration's work.

Yep. It's easy to say this isn't because of Trump - and perhaps some single events aren't because of him - but it's obvious that a lot more of these stories are coming out of the woodwork in the last two months.

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