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Comment Re:Game Stop is like RadioShack (Score 1) 102

This is true. Although I've never really seen myself in a situation where I need a new game controller RIGHT NOW. Usually Amazon 2nd day delivery works for me. Overnight is a bit more expensive but still cheaper than my time/driving to the mall. But yeah you have a point. Maybe. I play PC games. Keyboard is all I need :P

Comment Tulsa (Score 1) 136

Just crunched the numbers for my hometown (Tulsa, OK). Both the average rents ($175/month) and the average commute (21.3 minutes) would be in their top 5.

Yeah, we're not exactly a famous tech hub. But we do have a pretty decent concentration of telecommunications and flight simulation work here. Enough to keep me employed and happy with my 15-30 minute commute and my house that would cost $3.5 Million in San Fran.

Comment Re:inaccurate (Score 1) 53

I commonly use 4 different Windows machines, 2 Windows 10 tablets, a Windows 10 desktop, and a Windows 10 laptop. The desktop and one of the tablets are on fast-ring builds, while the other two are running release builds.

News at 11: Which builds are more stable? The answer might surprise you!

My guess, they test new user-beneficial features in the fast-ring builds, without the bullshit, so they can get good feedback on just the features people care about; then, they introduce the Microsoft-beneficial features in slow-ring or RTM. Of course, that's just a WAG, but it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest and it does seem to align with my experience of fast-ring, counter-intuitively, being slightly faster and more stable than release.

I've never used slow-ring insider builds, so I can't say whether the same holds true but, as I suspect that's where they're introducing the stuff they want (rather than the stuff we want), I'd guess that it doesn't. If some brave souls wants to confirm, I'm sure this article will be posted again in a month and you can detail your results there.

Comment Re:Don't remake, release the source. (Score 1) 159

You can stop people from distributing and charging money for it.

How? How do they stop people from hosting it off of some sketchy website in a country that ignores their lawsuits? They can't even stop private WoW servers that charge for access (or "donations"), no way would they be able to stop something as easy-to-distribute as this.

Comment Re:Not really a call center. (Score 1) 17

I'm currently wondering how come every call center I call lately seems like I'm calling Mars. Ever called an airline to change a plane ticket? Then you know what I'm talking about. There's no point having a call center if all you can afford is a 4KHz connection and no one can hear each other. Skype or god forbid Teamspeak/Mumble/Discord sound like an audiophile's wet dream compared to say, KLM whom I called recently. I thought Amazon might be trying to solve this, but sadly not. /rant

Comment Re:Catch? (Score 1) 166

Right. Where are all the successful lawsuits, then? Nowhere? Got it.

Who made mass-producible 192+ DPI displays before Samsung? Whose DRAM chip design did they copy? Who'd they steal the masks from for their Exynos CPUs? I suppose they stole the specs and designs for the various DACs, encoders, and other useful bits of silicon they sell, as well. Right?

You know, if that were true, Apple would be just as liable, since it's (supposedly) public knowledge and Apple still uses Samsung parts. Knowingly buying stolen goods is a felony and knowingly buying goods that infringe on someone else's patent is a civil infraction for which one can be sued and held liable for damages equal to, or greater than, those for which the infringer might be liable.

So, basically, your claim is that Apple is run by complete idiots who would knowingly buy infringing and/or stolen parts, and employs an incompetent legal department who would let them actually do it. Somehow, I'm not buying that. For all their faults, Apple is smarter than that.

Comment Re:I Do Call Center Work (Score 1) 17

If you're of average intelligence (and yes for argument's sake lets assume that average = median for a moment although I know this is not necessarily true) just consider that half the people in the world are dumber than you. Now imagine what it's like to live on the right side of the Gauss curve. No matter how hard you try to design something that will work for the "average person" there will always be a mind numbing number of complete idiots who will always get it wrong. This is why toothpicks come with instructions. It should be pretty obvious that "DO NOT POKE IN EYE" is part and parcel of normal toothpick operation. But it's not.

Comment Re:"Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap" (Score 1) 216


You just can't make a ball "too good". Any sport is highly regulated. Screwing around with the elements too much will be viewed as a rules violation. There just isn't that much to invent here.

This is just more of the usual "patents run amok" that we see in our own domain. It should not surprise anyone that it happens with "physical stuff" too.

Comment Re:Where's the news? (Score 1) 216

> There's nothing about a golf ball that makes it unworthy of patents.

This statement is most likely false. Golf is an old well established sport with set rules. The ball itself is a very simple item that's at the center of the game. The idea that there is any "secret sauce" in any sports ball is on it's face absurd. You have a high bar to reach to argue to the contrary.

This is more likely than not a manifestation of the bullshit we see in the parts of the patent system we are intimately familiar with.

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