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Comment Re:It's the only reason (Score 1) 132

They were Apple Rumors that OS X always had an Intel CPU port ready for deployment. Also rumors of iTunes for windows.
And when hearing the rumors people dismissed it as why would Apple want to do that it would kill their market.
Having iMessage for android could be a smart move.
1. It encourages a larger wifi network so there is more texting and less expensive coverage.
2. It gets Android users hooked on Apple products
3. Gets ready for a backup plan in case a catastrophic problem with iOS

Apple is a huge company it has the money to spend on projects that may not get released just to hedge its bets. The market changes rapidly vendors who offer critical components can get finicky. Apple is big enough and smart enough not to take abuse from vendors. They keep backup plans in their pocket in case of a problem.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 2) 197

It is mostly due to Mathematical calculation vs. Visual observation.

The Planets part of the Solar System have been found using visual observation. A Dark planet so far away would be nearly impossible to find.

The Planets we found outside our solar system are from Stars that are having particular traits that that fit a mathematical model.

So just as how we found the mysterious 9th real planet basing the observation of the sun. Vs looking into the darkness to see if we find something.

If/When we do visually find it. I hope it isn't an upsidedown earth.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 541

Because often culture pushes them away from doing what their hearts wants them to do.

In high school how many boys will admit that they would want to be a Nurse? vs how many may had found a rewarding career as a nurse?

Society tell us that a Nurse is a Womans jobs so when choosing a career men may not even consider it.
The same with Computer Science. It is said to be a man's job, so woman who may love such a career wouldn't even consider it an option.

Comment Re:Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 0) 541

Lack of diversity is a problem.
When you get a bunch of people of the same background and walks of life, we create a culture where unique ideas just do not happen and they are discouraged. Causing the minorities of that field to feel even more isolated.

If the minorities are empowered just as much as the majority, you can find new ideas that haven't been though of before, just because someone with a different point of view was allowed to speak.

Comment Re:Technical OR legislative? (Score 1) 343

Technical solutions can be quickly changed and adapted to new methods. Legislative is a long process with many compromises in it.

Legislative would mean to push ISP's to be more proactive towards abuses from their customers. However what is considered an abuse vs innovative usage. Is downloading that Linux ISO via a turret to be be blocked because it is the same technology that is popular for piracy? The bad guys who will not stop doing illegal activities won't stop because it is more illegal.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 651

Freedom of speech doesn't mean there isn't any repercussions from your speech.

There is a common misconception that just because you have free speech you can say what you want and your life should be unaffected from it. Sorry Speech is too powerful to be unaffected from such actions.
Freedom of Speech is primarily to insure the at Government will not imprison you just because of your beliefs and if you feel such systems are wrong you should be able to speak up against them, without having the government try to silence you.

This doesn't mean your job is safe or your career in general.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1, Informative) 651

Actually Nurses know what is going on much more than what doctors do. And often they are the smartest people in the room. Doctors worked hard for their title but not necessarily because of extreme intelligence. Just as long as you have average intelligence and the time and money to invest in med school you too can become a doctor. Most people who become Nurses (Many different levels) PA, NP etc... Do so because they rather be helping people, and not stuck in school.

Comment Re:GET YER VIDEOS HERE! (Score 1) 218

There is never any love on Slashdot only temporary allies.

Unless a company sells a fully Open Source phone which is modular and allows personal hacking. However built in is everything including a 25pin Parallel port. As well at 1tb of RAM and 1eb of Storage. Battery Life 6 months without a charge. and All in a paper light and thin framework that can't be ugly.

Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 1) 267

Well it has been over 20 year and Linux still never caught up.
In short Linux for the Desktop will never catch up to Windows, until the Desktop becomes financially dead. With XP staying past its welcome and Vista being such a bomb... What happened? Apple took over not Linux.

I use Linux for my main PC. And it is great... However to get people to switch it means a big investment on my part at being the Linux support guy. Because Linux for the Desktop assumes either the End User is very experienced or is a complete noob. There is a gap in the UI for people who needs to do complex things without having to go to the command line to do it. And type a list of a dozen commands to get there.

Comment Re:non-news is non-news (Score 1, Redundant) 159

There are many simple reasons why this could be the case.
1. 32gig chips may be older chips. We had 32gig capacity iPhones for a while chances starting at the 3GS they may be still using the same chips from 7 years ago. Why use those old chips? Probably because they are cheaper then brand new 32gig chips. And people buying the 32gig model get so because they are cheaper.

2. Fragmentation iOS and your apps take up a lot of space. Small storage increases the chance of running into fragmented storage needs so duping that 4 gig will need to broken up a bunch of times to fit. While the bigger devices have free spaces in huge chunks.

3. Less then ideal driver. Being that most people will not be using their 32gig phone to store a lot of data. The driver/os may not be optimized for write speed or if using an older chip there may be extra error checking or error checking added to the 32gig chip driver.

Conspiracy everywhere logic is quite tiring. The closest to a conspiracy I have seen is mostly laziness in the organization who will stop and say that it is good enough to be released.

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