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Comment Re:EEE (Score 0) 93

Stop this shit, seriously. This EEE mentality died with Ballmer's departure, and if you have been even remotely paying attention to this company, you will have seen that all of the FOSS contributions that M$FT has been making have been legitmate because their business model doesn't rely on them anymore.

I get that you have some reservations about trusting the company, and admittedly, I am primarily a .Net developer. But still, your ostrich-like "keep my head in the sand and ignore the reality around me" mentality is just depressing. I am excited about more and more of these tools becoming Open Source and multi-platform, because it not only benefits me, but all of my fellow developers. What possible benefit could M$FT reap from openly joining open source teams, accepting contributions, and building up platforms, only to renege at a later date and say "now pay us money!"? Setting aside the LITANY of lawsuits that it would bring, it wouldn't make any financial sense, since 90% of the tools they are releasing support languages and platforms that are already FOSS.

Time for you to wake up and face reality. Microsoft is focusing on a cloud-first business model, and that means removing barriers for people who want to use said cloud-services. They are only hurting themselves by keeping their tools and platforms closed and Windows-only.

Comment Re:Just delete Trump's account (Score 1) 427

Wow. I gave you a direct quote from the guy and you accuse me of lying? Way to go champ! Denial of reality, dial it up to 11!

I think you should refer to my username when searching for the way to deal with recent political events (or even my comments to you :) ).
It is understandable if you don't like what the man said, but try to take a step back and view things objectively. Either that, or resign yourself to angst and echo-chambers.

Comment A fool and his freedom... (Score 2) 497

Regardless of your political stance or your opinion of Trump, publicly threatening the life of a federal politician is about the dumbest shit you could do.

Sad how these unthinking people will put themselves on lists for the rest of their lives because they couldn't use the slightest bit of moderation.

Comment Re:Just delete Trump's account (Score 1) 427

Fascinating. So it looks like that quote is certainly open to "some" interpretation.

For instance, it depends on how you quantify the qualifier of "some". Being inherently a vague expression, you ascribe to it a meaning of "a small amount", when in reality, the definition is "an undetermined or unspecified amount".

Setting aside the question of amounts, the quote also reads such that "Mexico" is sending people. Many would agree that this is referring to the Mexican government, and Trump was (to my knowledge) making the implication that said government is pushing all of its "undesirables" onto us through illegal immigration. This makes a big difference when one is questioning the "xenophobic" or "racist" nature of a quote. Xenophobia would be the fear of immigration and alien presence, while the quote seems to make me think that Trump is instead unhappy with a sovereign state's efforts to clean up its own population by forcing the bad elements out into another sovereign state. Also, Racism is the belief that another race is inherently superior or inferior to others. I don't actually see any part of this quote that refers to race, but I suppose that is being pedantic, no? Lets assume that "Mexican" is a race instead of a nationality. Do you see him saying anything negative about Mexicans as a social group? Is he not referring to illegal immigrants exclusively?

I don't imagine you'll really take any of this to heart, but I do hope that you begin to question what you're being told by not only the media, but your own leaders. I, myself, didn't vote for Trump (feel the Johnson, baby), but it does certainly rub me the wrong way when I see people telling bold-faced lies about what a public figure "does" and "says". Even if Trump was spouting lies, do you really need to stoop to the level of a liar to discredit him?

Comment Re:Just delete Trump's account (Score 3, Interesting) 427

Calling Mexicans rapists is the textbook definition of hate speech.

I'm actually interested in where he said this. Do you mind linking the actual quote? Let me also add this: you said that he "called mexicans rapists". Are you asserting that he implied that all mexicans were rapists, or that the entire population of Mexicans contains people who are rapists, but not necessarily all of them?

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupidCauseTheSubjectIsTFA (Score 1) 98

The idea is to make two stand-alone apps that both do one thing well, and then to market them across both (all?) main mobile platforms. They want to create direct competitors to iMessages and FaceTime.

The bar is pretty low, since neither of those two applications have "killer features", so what Google really needs to get right is critical mass with its user base, and diversity in its install base (platform-wise).

Apple Replaced the Headphone Jack On the iPhone 7 With a Fake Speaker Grill ( 248

Not long ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company felt a need to remove the headphone jack from the new iPhones -- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. He said, "that jack takes up a lot of space in the phone, a lot of space. And there's a lot of more important things we can provide for the consumer than that jack." His colleague Phil Schiller cited "courage" for the same. As people learn to live in a world where they have to use a dongle to use their existing pair of headphones, gadget repair community iFixit found today that Apple isn't really using that "extra space" it got after getting rid of the headphone jack. BusinessInsider reports: "In place of the headphone jack, we find a component that seems to channel sound from outside the phone into the microphone... or from the Taptic Engine out," they write. Yep -- in the place where the headphone jack used to be there's a piece of molded plastic. "No fancy electronics here, just some well-designed acoustics and molded plastic," iFixit writes.iFixit adds, "Closer inspection shows a new, second lower speaker grille that leads ... nowhere? Interesting." Update: 09/16 21:21 GMT by M : Apple says it's a "barometric vent." The Verge reports: Apparently adding all the waterproofing to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus meant that it was more of a sealed box, and so to be able to have an accurate and working barometer, Apple used that space. The barometer is the thing that allows a phone to measure altitude, and Apple points out that on the iPhone 7 it can measure even minor changes like climbing a flight of stairs.

Comment Re:Edge (Score 1) 132

I'll be more impressed if I could get Edge to actually work using much of the internet. I don't give a crap about it's battery life.

I'm interested to know what specific parts of the internet you are referring to. Granted, I haven't used the browser for terribly much (in case I didn't make it clear in my original post, my browser of choice is still Chrome), but I haven't noticed anything not functioning as intended.

Comment Edge (Score 5, Informative) 132

Say what you will about M$FT or IE or whatever, but Edge is surprisingly fast and efficient.

I bought a tiny $80 Windows 10 tablet with around 2gb of ram and a minuscule atom processor, and Chrome will choke at just about everything (especially gmail). Edge opens quickly, browses quickly, and utilizes very little memory.

Not shilling for Edge or Microsoft by any means, but for what its worth, they definitely improved their web browser pretty substantially.

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.

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