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Comment Re:So far the phone mfg with a public problem.. (Score 1) 51

It would help their narrative if they make it sound like all the competitors are ready to fail at any moment.

Yeah, instead it's just giving competitors an opportunity to fire back with a "well, it's nice that Samsung is finally taking battery testing as seriously as we've been all along..."

Immediately after making a massive fuck up in a particular field isn't really the time to publicly tout your expertise in that field. It takes a bit of time to demonstrate that you've actually learned from your mistake and haven't repeated it.

Comment Re:Alternative headline... (Score 1) 266

Eh, you might be surprised.

I might be, yeah. Not too many people have fond feelings about airlines, and I'm sure even the most stay-at-home politician has had some poor experiences.

But seeing what's happening right now, I'm inclined to treat any pro-consumer legislation actually passing in the USA as a complete fluke.

Comment Re:Switched to PulseAudio today - here's my story (Score 1) 322

Bottom line, I guess: PulseAudio in 2017 _just effin' works_. Save yourself some time, skip the whining and bitching, get with the times and install it already.

Yeah, we did, because users apparently need Firefox to play sound.

Now we need to figure out why some of our systems are bogging down or completely freezing.

I'm not saying you're entirely wrong, but you might have reversed the words "effin' works"...

Comment Re:The idea's good, their mechanisms are a bit odd (Score 1) 238

this one is utterly prohibited for use as a dump

It is now, because someone actually tried to use it as a dump. Just ask some locals; I missed that particular pissing contest, but people were still pretty bent out of shape about it when I lived there 15 years ago.

Comment Re:some things should be trivial for any expert (Score 1) 1001

Likewise, if you're an expert programmer, you should be able to write bubble sort on the whiteboard without a web search.

I would expect an expert programmer to be able to write a linear insertion sort. I would expect them to be able to explain a quicksort or a mergesort or some algorithm with real-world practical value and discuss why any particular one would or would not be used.

I would expect that an expert programmer will have last written a working bubble sort in an undergrad algorithms course and then promptly forgotten the details.

Comment Re:Hi buddy I'm jail over seas and I need you to (Score 2) 33

Soon you'll have dozens of posts in your news feed "My car broke down and it'll cost $2000 to fix it! [Send Money]" and other woe-is-me stories...

There's already a common scam where someone scrapes a Facebook profile, sets up an apparent duplicate, and starts adding all their friends. Inevitably people respond to the friend requests (they forget that they're friends, or assume that the person had to create a new account for some reason, or whatever), and then the scammer starts up with the money requests.

This might make it simpler, but it's already not that hard to set up these kinds of scams.

To be honest, I'm at the point where I find it hard to believe that there's anyone left on the Internet who is (a) gullible enough to fall for these scams and (b) still has enough money to be able to fall for these scams.

Comment Re:Prior art (Score 2) 82

I'm sure others here can come up with other examples?

Probably, but it doesn't matter... there's already enough well-known prior art out there that this guy is well into "kook" territory. More evidence that he's a kook isn't going to change his opinion. A court slapdown might, although I suspect they'll drop the case before it gets to that point.

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