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Comment Re:Lines? (Score 1) 84

What is the point of this faux-pedantry?
Are you looking for people to stroke your ego because you seem to think "ha, they didn't use the EXACT terminology that I would have used, thus rendering it completely wrong!" or something? If you really didn't understand what they were talking about, you could have googled it and found the answer you sought. However, I strongly doubt that is the case, and instead am led to believe that you just want slashdot points for being an internet old man.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 238

he, like most people, doesn't care.

As someone who worked extensively in a customer facing role for a consumer electronics retailer, I think you might be a little confused with what the term "most people" means.

Believe whatever you want. It is wholly like slashdotters to ridicule mainstream consumer electronics, popularly held opinions, and products that hold form over function. The target audience of this site is anything but the "average consumer". So when the lot of you hivemind and mistakenly believe that "since others around me in a controlled environment believe the same thing I do, i must be right", you move ever further and further away from reality into your own bubble.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 238

You're kidding right? OLED is an incremental upgrade? It is fundamentally different from how modern LCD based TVs work altogether. It is a larger change from the Plasma -> LCD switch that happened years ago. If you don't understand the technology change here, that's fine, but don't downplay the importance of this change.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 0) 238

I mean this literally... other than CAR salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new CAR, I go to the CAR store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was SUV, SEDAN, or EIGHTEEN-WHEELER powered. A CAR is a CAR is a CAR.

I mean this literally... other than HOUSE salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new HOUSE, I go to the HOUSE store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was COTTAGE, MANSION, or YURT powered. A HOUSE is a HOUSE is a HOUSE.

I mean this literally... other than DOCTOR salespeople, who cares? Every decade or two, when it's time to get a new DOCTOR, I go to the DOCTOR store, and I buy something that they have in stock, within my budget. I couldn't care if it was PEDIATRICIAN, ONCOLOGIST, or SPIRITUAL HEALING powered. A DOCTOR is a DOCTOR is a DOCTOR.

I get the point you are trying to make here, but don't you think your angsty "bah humbug, I don't care about this particular advancement, and therefore no one should!" mindset is a little retarded?

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

I'm at a loss for why I would want any WiFi on my fridge, or really any appliance.

I can think of one example. Let's say you own said wifi-enabled fridge. Now lets also say that said fridge can detect the presence of small RFID chips that could someday be included on some prepackaged foods (lets say a gallon of milk). Now lets also say that said gallon of milk has a small, cheap, and disposable sensor built right into the packaging that detects a "low milk level" and flips a small internal switch to change its RFID configuration to read as "low milk". Your wifi fridge can detect, for instance, when your 7 year old takes the gallon out and empties it while you're out and about. When the fridge detects this, it can send you a text, update your digital shopping list, etc. without any further interaction. Now, as you're leaving your appointment (or whatever) you see that you need milk, and can stop on the way home.

This is a fairly specific scenario, sure. And I imagine that a lot (read: most) of the people on this site wouldn't want this kind of "invasion of privacy" in the first place. My original point was that this could be pretty cool to a lot of people, and while sure, there are doors open for advertisements and security breeches and all manner of thing, the idea of automating something as annoyingly trivial as remembering to check the supply of milk in the fridge is interesting (to me, at least).

I'm against dystopian "daddy-corp knows all" type futures, of course. But automation and IoT devices don't have to mean that. If anything, I would say we should embrace them sooner than later so that we can voice our opinions and demands now, before the rest of society just takes whatever they're given.

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

Just more editorial bias. The thought is that embedded wifi will only ever be a security risk, and could never possibly be of use to anyone.

On a slightly related note: I am always surprised (ok, maybe not surprised but annoyed) at how many members of this (ostensibly) "science and tech" news aggregate always seem to be so vehemently against the proliferation of technology into our daily lives. I get that there are inherent security risks and problems, but as someone who enjoys the lightning pace that society is advancing at in the last couple centuries or so, I feel perfectly willing to deal with hiccups along the way.

Comment Re:Why not? Ask Lenovo (Score 1) 161

I do the vast overwhelming majority of my own work on a laptop


I think you misunderstand what kind of company Razer is. It is understandable to think that a large amount of people would do work on a Razer laptop, but they are first and foremost a gaming peripheral company. And people who buy laptops to play video games on rarely have concerns about battery life, portability, compactness, etc.

Comment No Subject (Score 4, Interesting) 29

To take a break from the rhetoric for a few moments, it is interesting to think that, even with so many Note 7s still in use, the reports of "exploding batteries" have all but evaporated.

Maybe it is because the phone officially "doesn't exist" anymore, or maybe it is because people don't find it newsworthy enough to report anymore, Whatever the reason, it certainly does show how a thing's problems only really matter for as long as media hype is able to be drawn from it.

I personally have to wonder if Samsung made the product recall because of a truly flawed device or if it was because of the overwhelming negative perception about the device.

Comment Re:Told ya so. (Score 4, Interesting) 221

go back to making games that a small portion of people love for their own hardware and pay even less attention to what people say.

Fine by me. While the console lock-in may be annoying at times, the quality of their games and enjoyment I can get from them is much higher than any phone-based game I have ever played, period. It is high-time that we finally started accepting that phones have limitations, and that they aren't the magical "entertain everyone perfectly" devices that a lot of people seem to think they are.

Comment Re:Lovely but. (Score 0) 123

It sounds like all of your complaints are really complaints against niche products or offerings in general.

1) As already pointed out, "don't sell them" (this is a C-Store, not a Wal-Mart).
2) How would this activity be impacted in any way at all?
3) I'd imagine you can read about it in the TOS, like 99.999% of other services that collect personal data on you.
4) Sounds like you aren't the target demographic.
5) This is a joke, right? Having to be a part of a club to get inside a store? What is Costco, what is Sam's Club, etc.
6) By "committing", you mean having an Amazon account, am I correct? If I am to assume correctly that you don't have (and will not have) one, then once again, you aren't the target demographic.
7) This is the first actual "concern" that makes any sense at all. I imagine this isn't tied to your phone exclusively, but probably something along the lines of facial recognition, motion capturing, etc. I wouldn't be surprised that the only thing that "signing in with your phone" at the front is doing is capturing your image for the session to determine when you walk about.

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.

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