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Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

Replace the electronics when it's actually dead or doesn't meet your needs, not just because it's not as shiny as it once was.

The problem that you, like most tech-savvy posters on /. have is that you can't understand what the average consumer's "needs" are. Many people just like the thrill of buying a new product. Couple that with the slight gains or improvements (in the products functionality, in your own social status, etc) that are to be had, and it is pretty apparent why people routinely buy new things even when they don't, in your opinion, "need to".

Of course, this is why most of us here work in tech, and not in sales or marketing. Our needs and tastes tend to differ when placed next to those of the average consumer, and we often make assertions about the worth of a product based on those same metrics.

Comment Re:slashvertisement? (Score 1) 133

Why comment on this? Who gives a shit? It is a single line of an article summary, which is just a quote of TFA itself. Why draw more attention to what is little more than just an opinion on "a really great computer"?

I really don't understand why some slashdotters take time out of their day to complain about this. I mean, if something that could be called "advertising" offends you, why not just ignore it? Why let it bother you so much?

Comment Re:Hmm. (Score 1) 38

Too bad there's no microSD adapter for the Vita like there was for the PSP, so I'm still stuck buying Sony's overpriced memory card.

Ay. My only suggestion there is to keep an eye out during black friday sales, and even potentially getting a used one. Either way, I really hope that Sony doesn't pull this shit again, should they make another handheld.

Comment Re:Hmm. (Score 2) 38

Fellow Vita owner here, and I actually love mine. Up until now, the main use that I've had for it has been playing psOne games that I've downloaded off the store (mostly for nostalgia's sake). I've always been a big fan of playing console games on consoles (not huge into emulation on a PC or phone), and the form factor allows me to take it on the train with me in the morning.

I'd definitely recommend giving it another shot, especially now that this jailbreak is out. One of my favorite things about my PSP was the ability to play most/all old psOne games (through jailbroken means), as well as the host of old console emulators that existed.

Comment Re:So..are blatent Slashvertisements a thing now? (Score 2) 67

Great post, except for the fact that the story is missing "(competing product)", "(bad attribute)", "(link to store)", and the part about "buying now, etc".

Seriously, I can't understand why you people can't just move on when you see a post that contains $PRODUCT. Yeah, maybe it slightly resembles an advertisement, and yeah, maybe it is something that might be targeted at "nerds", but do you seriously think that the /. editors are actively trying to convince you to buy this thing? Maybe it is just a cool new device that fills an interesting niche. Maybe the submitter or editor thinks it would strike up some interesting dialogue in the comments about the pros and cons of such a technology. Maybe they really are getting paid (as Whipslash so wonderfully put it) a truckload to post said story.


These things are hardly posted regularly, and if you don't like their content, you can easily hide said stories from view (or just ignore them). Why always bring this up? Why always complain about "slashvertisements"? Why can't you guys contribute to a topic like this without throwing it out as some sinister plot to undermine our wonderful commune with the heinous threat of capitalism?

Comment Re:It's okay, it's not a freedom of speech issue (Score -1, Troll) 371

The SJW's who say "A private company isn't obligated to respect your civil rights"

I think you have that backwards. The SJW types are usually the ones crying for more censorship and control, not less. No SJW would tell you that a private company isn't obligated to respect your civil rights. If anything, the would seek to crush any business that doesn't conform to their hyper-progressive worldview.

Comment Re:See you at -1! (Score 1) 127

one of the great achievements of modern society is that we have developed a culture that shows some level of consideration to even the weakest members of society.

some level of consideration to even the weakest members of society.

I'd say our biggest problem is that we have shown too much consideration to those who choose to be offended and upset by even the most mundane of things. Reality hardens an individual. While we may not all be ready to be soldiers on the front lines, I would think it reasonable to expect a human being to be able to maintain some degree of sanity after being exposed to some of the darker truths of this world.

Comment Re:University of Minnesota (Score 2) 111

What is the point of such shameless hostility? How is this not a valid research topic? They have shown marked differences in how subjects perceive what should essentially be the same display of emotion by which mobile platforms they use. This has hefty implications on modern sociology, including the ability to predict how subjects may react to the same exact message based solely on their choice of phone.

A joke? Why does something that doesn't interest you have to be labeled as "a joke"?

What you should really be asking is how your comment passes as a valid addition to the discussion. That is the true "joke".

Comment Re:Let 'em go. (Score 1) 503

If Donald Trump had taken the million dollars he was give by his father and just invested it in a S&P index fund, he'd be worth $10,000,000,000 more than he is right now.

Why is kind of sentiment always modded up? If any person on the planet had insider knowledge about the performance of the stock market for the next 30 years, they could become wildly rich as well.
You realize that your point is essentially saying "if Trump were a mind-reader, he'd be better off!"
No shit.

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