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Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 2) 267

While it took a while to come up with a better base chipset to replace OCS/ECS, the engineers were still belting out some fantastic designs, most of which were squished by upper management.

The above was a really good case study in business ecosystem dynamics.

When the Amiga 1000 came out, it was alien technology -- probably 10 years ahead of its time. The Amiga OCS chipset's graphics and sound hardware of its contemporary competitors look like historical artifacts, and it's OS was an actual pre-emptive multitasking operating system, not just a glorified disk loader.

However, any company in the world could design, build, and sell a new PC sound card or a new PC graphics card, any many of them did. The PC sound and graphics cards continued to suck (relative to the Amiga) for quite a while, but simply due to the fact that so many different companies had hired so many engineers to work on developing them, they improved every year, and eventually surpassed the capabilities of the Amiga sometime in the mid-90's.

Amiga's engineers were undoubtedly some of the most talented on the planet, but their small team eventually couldn't compete with the sheer numbers of PC-based engineers. By the time AGA came out, the writing was on the wall: An open system that gains traction will eventually outgrow and out-innovate a small, closed system, no matter how awesome the skills of the closed systems' engineers.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 4, Funny) 486

Instead of the ambition to send people in giant ships to Mars, how about the ambition to fix the God damned space ships he's got now that regularly fail to get into LEO?

Good idea! You should call up Musk and suggest that to him, I bet he never thought of that.

Internet commenters save the day again!

Comment Re:sheeple (Score 1) 375

Only sheeple will vote no. They do not see the military-indystrial-financial complex as it is. They do not see the 'country' as it is. The country is run b y the complex. Not by /true/ patriots. And I am looking in from the outside so I /can/ know.

First rule of sheeple: If you're convinced that everyone else is blind and you're the only person who really understands what's going on, you're a sheeple yourself. From a different flock, perhaps, but with similar delusions.

Comment Re:But can it handle DOS attacks? (Score 1) 126

Aw, c'mon, you're not being nearly cynical enough. This is actually an NSA/KGB/TLA/Illuminati honeypot -- they fund this, market it, see who buys one, then they know who to watch in the future. If they can sneak some actual backdoors into it, so much the better, but even if they don't, it's served its purpose.

Comment Re: Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

It gets a little better, though -- any species with resources to cross interstellar distances probably has better things to do than gratuitously turn a small-but-biologically active planet into (yet another) molten hellworld.

If the aliens are stopping by to refuel, they'll probably head to Jupiter or some other larger planet with more raw materials.

If they're here as scientists, collectors, or tourists, they'll probably want to leave Earth more or less as it is (modulo some sample collecting), since it wouldn't make much sense to destroy the things they came to look at.

If they're here for the delicious human-steaks they heard about on the Intergalactic Home Shopping Channel, they're doing it wrong -- rather than traveling light years to round people up, it's much quicker and cheaper to just download the recipe and assemble the ideal human-steak locally in their in-home matter assemblers.

If they're here for other inscrutable alien reasons, they may not bother with Earth at all, or even notice that there is anything unusual or interesting about it.

Comment Re:That's Swell (Score 1) 429

Do they also have a solution to the problem of all those dead rats decomposing under Chicago that they're going to have in a couple of months?

I didn't do anything crazy like RTFA, but according to the summary they are just going to leave them there and ignore them.

Comment Fire hazards of various types (Score 1) 86

I agree that battery replacement is dangerous - I have ordered several replacement batteries for my Note 2 from ebay. They all had Samsung labeling, but exhibited wildly erratic discharge (dropping from 50% to 10% within a few minutes).

I have since replaced them with Anker batteries, which appear to have a good reputation for quality and safety, and are really not much more expensive than the Chinese low-end. People should be encouraged to avoid batteries made in China for safety reasons, unless they are vetted or supplied by an OEM.

The chargers also can be dangerous, and low-end Chinese manufacturers skimp on safety and quality. Look for the "UL" symbol for Underwriters Laboratories on any USB chargers. Also check for spelling and grammar mistakes in the labeling on the device, which are sure signs of a cheap forgery.

Power components must be purchased from reputable suppliers to assure safety.

Comment Removable batteries (Score 4, Insightful) 86

Samsung, the electronics will last far longer than the lithium battery. Had the note 7 battery been removable, users could have swapped a $10 replacement and kept their phones. Aesthetics/styling are the only benefits to an embedded battery, but this really accelerates product obsolescence and forces your customers to spend more. This is unacceptable.

Bring back removable batteries. If you don't, then I wish more million-unit recalls upon you until you build the product that we want.

Maybe you'll be a penny stock by then.

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