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Comment 2 person case study (Score 1) 232

I have two coworkers that worked at a startup that was bought by Apple. One quit 8 weeks after the purchase, the other lasted 7 months. They said the company is just like the old 1984 commercial. "A garden of pure ideology."

That does not bode well for a company that has to operate in a free market. And consumer electronics is about as free a market as exists in today's global economy.

Comment Re:A new low, but not surprising (Score 0) 410

Fuck you! The ownership of this site is absolutely relevant and you should be ashamed to promote that shitstain of a human being. Go fucking mod a subreddit or 4chan of some other bullshit "community." I've been on /. since 1998. Except for my dice hiatus, I've visited this site on a daily basis for nearly 20 years. I used to set it as the homepage of every machine I touched (which stopped the day taco left). Now it's a fucking wasteland because of people like you.

Tech industry leaders, i.e. Intelligent and moral scientists/engineers/educators/doctors/lawyers, WHOSE COMMENTS ARE THE PRIMARY REASON TO USE THIS WEBSITE, have been getting driven away in droves the last decade by the litany of horrible editors. You and your employer are just the latest in a long line of shitheels that have tried to monetize this community. Every one of you eroding it further, poisoning the well a little more. And so the quality of the comments has steadily declined. Honestly, this is the worst click bait post I've ever seen, even shittier than the blatant dice ads a few years ago.

You are a fucking shill man. You add nothing.

Comment A new low, but not surprising (Score -1, Offtopic) 410

If anyone is wondering, /. is currently owned by BizX LLC. An ad company located in downtown San Diego. I know an engineer who worked there, he said it's a shit show. Their whole business model is based on acquiring popular websites and throwing piles ads at existing user bases. 100% of Company revenue comes from Google Ads.

/. might be a lost cause at this point. I left for over a year after all the Dice ads, think it's time for another hiatus.

Comment Re:Fooled me once (Score 1) 14

I don't think the Hero 4 line had any of the problems I had, but obviously they had some QA misses.

The new cameras are probably OK. My problem isn't so much with the quality of GoPro products as with how they handled the failures I encountered. Instead of admitting to it and helping customers find a solution, they did their damndest to actively sweep it under the rug. The heat from the Hero3 failures was so bad that the CEO was forced to respond at one point. It was a very frustrating thing to read. Instead of addressing the actual problem (it WAS a hardware problem, not software!), he talked about how GoPro users are a tribe, and we need to be patient with customer service, and of course keep buying gopro products because us shills (ahem, i mean customers) are such amazing people with amazing lives to record and share.

I found the letter: http://goprouser.freeforums.or...

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 3, Insightful) 207

The upscaling is pretty impressive. A good 4k upscaler looks significantly better on the same 1080 source. That said, 1080p give a pretty sharp picture in it's won right. I don't think 4k is very noticeable in typical size family room (i.e. viewing from 10-14 ft away) unless you have a 75" or larger TV. Similarly, if you have 42" or smaller TV 720p is probably OK unless you are sitting 6 ft away from it.

Comment Fooled me once (Score 2) 14

I had major issues with the GoPro 3 series when they were released. It was a latent failure that existed in the the silver/white series which had a slower flash memory controller than the black series. I had several microSD cards get corrupted, and tons of destroyed video data from three different cameras (all "silver" models manufactured during first 6 months of the product release).

The company never took responsibility. Never admitted to the hardware problem (friend of a friend works at GoPro and later confirmed they had a flash memory controller problem was fixed with a hardware rev). Support was non-existent. I wasted probably 40 hours of my life messing with firmware, testing, reaching out to gopro, and finally returning the cameras. Luckily I bought my second one at Best Buy (first was from Amazon) so they let me return that failed unit and then it's replacement failure for store credit (it had been months since I'd purchased the first one).

They were also actively gaming the Amazon reviews. I had my review removed twice.

Long story short, I vowed to never buy another gopro product.

Comment A lot of people use generators in Central America (Score 3, Interesting) 226

It is common for rural areas to be disconnected form the grid and many small communities in Central/South America run off generators. I stayed at a surf/yoga camp in 2011 that was run off candles and generators, even though a place to tie into the grid was only a couple miles away.

When I ruminated about how a candle is probably a worse polluter than a 60W light bulb powered by a coal power plant, the crunchy ex-pat owner got pretty upset with me. I goolged it when we got home and sure enough, candles horrible for air pollution compared to light bulbs.

Comment Re:So this is actually happening? (Score 1, Insightful) 155

I suggest you and the UN read up on internet history before making demands about who should control it. Giving up control to a conglomerate made up of nations that have actively censored the web in their countries in the past seems like a far worse option that keeping things the way they are now.

Comment So this is actually happening? (Score 3, Insightful) 155

Just the other day I was talking with an older German lady at a community council meeting. We were discussing about all the global problems we are having right now and she was waxxing poetic about Chinese an Russian hacking activities on the web. I reassured her that as long as DNS is under US government control, we holds the keys as far as global internet abuse and censorship. Welp I guess that's over.

Seriously, we should not have given this up.

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